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U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Bone joined the military in 1987 as a Field Artillery Forward Observer for the 82nd Airborne Division (82nd ABN). During his time in the 82nd ABN, he completed Ranger training and in 1989, in support of Operation Just Cause, he participated in a combat parachute assault into the country of Panama. As a result of this operation, Kevin earned his “Combat Jump Wings”. Following his combat in Panama and inspired by his dedication to our country and military service, Kevin joined the U.S. Army Special Forces.
In his new occupation as a Special Forces Operator, he was required to spend plenty of time overseas and away from his family. Kevin was involved in various combat missions, including overseas tours throughout Central and South America (1991–2002).
Once the Global War on Terrorism began, Kevin’s area of operation shifted to the Middle East. In 2002 thru 2003, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Later, in 2007 thru 2008, Kevin deployed to Iraq with U.S Central Command (CENTCOM), in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
In 2007, Kevin’s operational tempo in Iraq became among the most stressful combat experiences in his career. However, a blossoming relationship with his wife-to-be, Carolina, kept his spirits alive. Kevin returned to the states in January 2008. Within the same year, and after only being married for one and a half months, he experienced yet another deployment, this time returning him to Afghanistan. He finally returned home eight months later.
In the Spring of 2009, Kevin was selected to head the Special Forces Warrant Officer Branch with Human Resources Command (HRC) in Alexandria, Virginia. His assignment with HRC eventually turned into an opportunity to attend The National Defense University (NDU) at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. While at NDU, Kevin became the first Warrant Officer to graduate from NDU’s College of International Security Affairs with a War College Diploma.
The physical and emotional strains of multiple combat operations began to take a toll on Kevin. While stationed in Germany from 2011 to 2013, Kevin and his wife spent most of their time in and out of medical appointments and surgeries. By August 2013, Kevin was transferred to the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, to begin his recovery and transition process. Kevin was medically retired from the U.S. Army in December 2014.
As a result of Kevin’s selfless service, he has been honored with multiple awards; including a Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge (x 2), Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star (Combat Jump), Drill Sergeant Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (x 4), and several other military commendations.
Thanks to the Houston Texans, along with FMC Technologies and the PulteGroup Built to Honor program, Kevin and his family will have a home to call their own.