Andrew Gilbertson

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How long have you been with LCPD?

I’ve been with the police department for eight years. After my deployment, I came back to Houston because my wife became a teacher here. I was going to school full time and I wanted to become a police officer and this is the first place I applied to. It all worked out perfectly.

What are your responsibilities at the Police Department?

I’m a night shift supervisor, so I’m in charge of the west side of town. I have five officers that report to me. My primary focus is my officers and making sure they’re safe, have all the training and equipment they need and that they are best equipped to serve the citizens.

How have you served in the military?

I joined the US Army Reserves in September 2003 as an E2 (Private). I enlisted in the Army as a Petroleum Supply Specialist and served in that capacity until approximately 2013.

I deployed to Iraq for 13 months from 2009-2010 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2013 I joined a Civil Affairs Battalion and became a Civil Affairs Company Medic. I served as a medic for the Civil Affairs Company for three years and achieved the rank of E6 (Staff Sergeant).

How did you begin flying helicopters?

I was accepted by the 1-158th AVN Battalion as UH60L Pilot. In 2017 I reported to Ft Rucker Alabama for my flight school training which lasted 15 months, during which time I attended the following classes: WOBC (Warrant Officer Basic Course), SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), Dunker Training, Primary School (UH72 Lakota) and Advanced School (UH60L Blackhawk). I received my commercial, dual engine, rotary wing, VFR and IFR license through the FAA. Currently, I hold the rank of CW2 (Chief Warrant Officer 2) and serve as a UH60L Pilot.

What is Bosslift?

We had our first ever 1-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion “Boss lift” on October 19, 2019. The Boss lift program is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation to employers who of the United States Army Reserve Soldiers like me for their support. It is also a chance for them to learn more about what a Citizen Soldier does when attending training. We invited Chief Gary Ratliff on a one-hour flight on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

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What do you love about your job?

I like helping people and helping my officers become better. I also enjoy the action and I love the night schedule because it allows me time to go fly.

What do you love about being in the Army reserve and flying helicopters?

I fly a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. I love the thrill, the speed, the power and capabilities of the equipment, and the ability to test myself and my capabilities. I also am proud to support the ground forces. We have a very close-knit unit.

Why did you choose to serve your country?

I do it because I think we’re the best country in the world and I don’t want that to change. I think that a patriot should serve his country.

Fun fact about yourself?

I have two boys, Gabriel and Wyatt. They keep me pretty busy outside of work. If I’m not at work or the army, I’m with my boys.

What does Veterans Day mean to you?

It’s a chance to honor those who serve this country and I think it’s important to remember those individuals who have risked their lives and stability to serve.

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