Orville Whitlock is a determined professional and Leader who specializes in Project Management, Construction Management and Leadership. He recently retired in February of 2015 from the US Army as a Combat Engineer Senior Non Commissioned Officer after 20 successful years of service to our nation. He has supervised hundreds of construction projects globally both in war and peacetime locations. Recently after retirement he worked as a Project Superintendent for a construction company out of San Antonio Texas. Orville led the successful completion of a 78,000 square foot multi-level self-storage facility for Loves Truck Stop called Loves Storage Solutions in El Paso, Texas.
Orville is originally from the Bronx NY, he grew up studying Art and Architecture at Art & Design High School in lower Manhattan. He later moved to Lynchburg Virginia and traded in his passion for the Arts and Architecture to focus mainly on Athletics. Showed an ability to excel in Track and Field, Wrestling and Football. He graduated from Heritage High School in 1993 and earned a football scholarship to attend Liberty University where he played running back for the Flames for two years.
He decided that he need to serve his country like his father did and decided to join the US Army in 1995. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training for 14 weeks at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri. His first duty station was at Ft Lewis Washington with the 14th Engineer Battalion where he deployed to many peacetime operations. Supporting efforts with the 14th Engineers consisted of Emergency Fire Fighting in Yakima Washington, Children’s Elementary School House Construction in Panama to Weapons Firing Range Construction in Ft Irwin California.
In 1998 Orville was stationed in Schweinfurt Germany with the 9th Engineer Battalion. By this time Orville primary focus was the development of his skills and training Leadership. He attended many schools to further develop his ability to lead soldiers on many different projects. His military Leadership training consist of the Primary Leadership and Development school for Junior Non Commissioned Officers (PLDC). Basic Non Commission Officer Course (BNOC) for Mid-Level Career Soldiers. Advanced Non Commissioned Officer Course (ANOC) for Senior Level Career Soldiers. US Army Battle Staff Course for experienced operation managers. Orville has two combat deployments to Iraqi in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Injured by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade attack during combat operations in 2005 he was patched up and shortly returned to duty to continue his tour. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered while engaged with the enemy and the Bronze Star for valorous actions in combat.
Orville was responsible for the construction and design of over 300 construction projects in many providences in Iraqi. Projects ranged from Water Treatment Facilities, Medical Clinics, Children’s Education Centers, Highway and Road Repair. In 2008 Orville returned to Iraqi in the position of Brigade Engineer Planner NCOIC a level of responsibility two ranks above his. His mission was to expedite the plan of the cut back of United States Armed Forces presence in Iraqi. He was in charge of closing out the remaining construction contracts that were yet to be completed by previously redeployed units in the region. He also served as a Senior Engineer advisor to the Commanding Infantry Officer of 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Babil Iraqi. He advised in response to the difficulties involving unit construction, mobility, counter mobility and survivability. Displaying exceptional management skills learned over the years serving in many positions of Leadership of capacity managing from 10 to over 100 personnel. In 2010 Orville was assigned to the 1st Engineer Brigade in Ft Leonard Wood Missouri as an Instructor / Writer for the US Army Engineer School. There he helped in the training development department for Engineer doctrine in the Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. He conducted quality assurance of training for 19 different Army Engineer MOS’s Job specializations.
Orville is currently enrolled at Colorado Technical University pursuing his Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Project Management. He is a member of the American Engineer Association, and has been recently awarded the prestigious Bronze Order of the Defleury Award by the AEA. Orville has been married to his lovely wife Sandrine Whitlock from Kitzingen Germany for a happy 12 years and they have four beautiful children with in the ages of 21 years old to 8 years old. They enjoy family time, traveling and experiencing life together in his new found chapter of life outside of the military.