Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kevin P. Dares
CW5 Kevin P. Dares was appointed by Major General Glenn Curtis as Louisiana’s 7th State Command Chief Warrant Officer on 1 October 2013. As the Command Chief, he serves as the senior warrant officer advisor to the Adjutant General to address the development and strength management of the Warrant Officer Corps. CW5 Dares is responsible for keeping the Adjutant General informed and making recommendations in matters of recruiting, morale, welfare, schooling, promotion and retention. Prior to his appointment, CW5 Dares served as the Commander of OSA SFD 38 under the State Aviation Command in Hammond, Louisiana.
CW5 Dares is a native of Metairie, Louisiana where he graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
He enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard in 1984 as a Private First Class and completed advanced training as an OH-58 helicopter mechanic. He performed these duties in the 256 BDE until 1986 when he began Army flight school training at Ft Rucker, Alabama. He completed flight school and was commissioned as a Warrant Officer One in 1987. Upon his return to Louisiana CW5 Dares was assigned to the 1-244th AHB where he performed duties of increasing responsibility cumulating with the appointment as the Standardization Instructor Pilot in 2005. During this time he flew UH-1H/V and UH-60A/L helicopters.
From 2005 until 2008 CW5 Dares was assigned to State Aviation Command where he oversaw pilot training and standardization for all aviation units in Louisiana. In 2008 CW5 Dares was assigned as Commander of OSA SFD 38 which flies C-12U fixed wing aircraft to conduct troop transport within the Continental United States, Caribbean and Central America.
CW5 Dares mobilized and deployed as the Standardization Pilot for the 1-244th AHB to Balad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 CW5 Dares was mobilized for Hurricane Katrina and was responsible for establishing a helicopter evacuation zone at the Morial Convention Center in which an estimated 10,000 citizens were evacuated by air. From 2008 through 2009 CW5 Dares mobilized and deployed to Djibouti, Africa as the OSA SFD 38 Commander where his unit flew missions throughout the Horn of Africa and Southeast Asia.
CW5 Dares has completed the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Warrant Officer Senior Course and Warrant Senior Staff Course. He has also completed the UH-1, UH-60 and C-12 Instructor Pilot courses and the Instrument Flight Examiner course. He has compiled over 7300 flight hours.
CW5 Dares awards, decorations and honors include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster , Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hour glass and M Device, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Aircraft Crewmember badge, Basic Army Aviator Badge, Master Aviator Wings, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal with Silver Fleur-de-Lis and 5 Bronze Fleur-De-Lis, Louisiana Longevity Medal with 4 bronze Fleur-De-Lis, Louisiana Cold War Medal Louisiana Recruiting Ribbon, Louisiana Commendation Medal, Louisiana Emergency Service Ribbon, Louisiana War cross with one Bronze Fleur-De-Lis, F Edward Hebert Unit Commendation Award, and Texas Adjutant Generals Individual award.
CW5 Dares and his wife, Dawn, reside in Folsom, Louisiana. They are the parents of four children, Kevin II, Jessica, Amy (Jacob), and Michael (Lilly). They are also the Grandparents of Victoria, Skylar, Holton, Palmer, and Jolie.
(Current as of October 13, 2021)