U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer
29 years served
Seeking a career in operations & logistics
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gilman was born February 8, 1972 in Berlin, Vermont. He graduated from U-32 High School in June of 1990. After enlisting in the Marine Corps’ Delayed Entry Program in February of 1990 he reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island, SC for recruit training in September 1990. Upon completion of Recruit Training and MOS school he was assigned to Motor Transport Platoon, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group in Okinawa, Japan for duty as an Organizational Automotive Mechanic. He was promoted through the rank of Sergeant and in February of 1996 deployment with Combat Service Support Detachment 38 as the Motor Transport Maintenance Chief for Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training ‘96 (CARAT) to countries throughout the Pacific theater.
In July 1997 Sergeant Gilman was transferred to Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division where he served as Platoon Sergeant for the Maintenance Platoon. In March of 1998 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and assumed the billets of Maintenance Section Leader, Maintenance Management Chief, and Maintenance Chief for Truck Company. From July 1997 to November 1999 he deployed in support of multiple Combined Arms Exercises (CAX) and other training exercises for 1st Marine Division. From November 1999 to September 2000 Staff Sergeant Gilman was by name selected and assigned as the Maintenance Chief for the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) as part of the Marine Corps Operational Test & Evaluation Activity (MCOTEA).
In February 2001 SSgt Gilman was promoted to Warrant Officer and reported to The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA. He graduated from the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) in June 2001 and returned to Truck Company as the Maintenance Officer and Platoon Commander.
In July 2001 Warrant Officer Gilman was transferred to 1st Transportation Support Battalion (TSB), 1st Force Service Support Group where he was assigned as the Maintenance Officer and Platoon Commander for 1st Platoon, Maintenance Company. In August 2002 he was commissioned a Chief Warrant Officer 2. In preparation for combat operations in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, 1st TSB restructured into Transportations Support Group (TSG) to meet the requirements for deployment. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gilman was by name selected to lead the newly formed Maintenance Detachment of over 235 Marines comprised of the battalion’s entire Maintenance Company, the maintenance personnel from 6th Motor Transport Battalion as well as the Army’s 319th POL Company. He was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq from February 2003 to July 2003 where he led the maintenance effort in support of the largest ground transportation organization formed during the war.
In August 2004 Chief Warrant Officer Gilman was transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan where he was assigned as the Squadron Motor Transport Officer. During his tour he participated in Operational Planning Teams (OPT) in support of regional disaster relief efforts. This included relief efforts for the super typhoon that devastated the Philippines and the tsunami relief efforts throughout the Fareast following the devastating earthquake off the coast of Indonesia on December 2004.
In August 2005, subsequent to promotion, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gilman was transferred to Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division where he served as Battalion Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Platoon Commander. He deployed with Truck Company to Iraq from January 2006 to February 2007 as part of the I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward Headquarters Group. During this deployment Chief Warrant Officer Gilman designed, built and tested the prototype mine roller system that was later produced by MCLB Albany, GA. His design became the catalyst for the systems produced BAE and Panama City Inc.
In October 2007 Chief Warrant Officer Gilman was reassigned to the 1st Marine Division Staff where he assumed to duties as the Division Motor Transport Officer. In August of 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. During this assignment he planned and executed all ground transportation requirements in support of Exercise STEEL KNIGHT and Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR. The exercises were the largest MAGTF level exercises conducted across the Marine Corps.
In June of 2009 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gilman was transferred to 4th Maintenance Battalion where he was assigned as the Inspector Instructor and Detachment Commander for Detachment 3, Motor Transport Maintenance Company, 4th Maintenance Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group in Allentown, PA.
Upon successful completion of his tour on inspector instructor duty, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gilman was transferred back to his previous assignment with the 1st Marine Division Staff where he was once again assigned as the Division Motor Transport Officer. He once again took the lead with planning and execution of all ground transportation requirements for STEEL KNIGHT and DESERT SCIMITAR which had nearly doubled in size from previous years.
In October of 2013 Chief Warrant Officer Gilman received orders and was reassigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Command Element (CE) as the MEF Motor Transport Officer. Upon promotion to CWO5, he received orders and was transferred to III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Command Element (CE) as the MEF Motor Transport Officer and Maintenance Management Officer.
In March of 2015 Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gilman was transferred to his current assignment at Headquarters United States Marine Corps, Deputy Commandant Installations and Logistics where he was assigned as the Motor Transport Advocate & Occupational Field Sponsor. As the Occupational Field Sponsor for Motor Transport across the Marine Corps, he oversees the third largest occupational field within the Marine Corps comprised of over 14,000 personnel and a wheeled vehicle fleet valued at over $10 Billion.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gilman’s personal decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of 3rd award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3 gold stars in lieu of 4th award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of 2nd award.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gilman is married to the former Debra Arnold of Lakewood, Colorado. They have one son Steven who is 11 years old.