VILLA HILLS, KY, USA
CPO, EXPLOSIVE ORDANCE DISPOSABLE MOBILE UNIT 11 WHIDBEY ISLAND WA
FOB WARRIOR, IRAQ 04/06/2007
Gregory John Billiter of Villa Hills KY attended St. Joseph School in Crescent Springs and graduated from Covington Latin School, where he played basketball, soccer and ran track. He was a competitor who loved nothing better than to beat somebody at something. Billiter enjoyed the mental challenge of dismantling explosive devices, just as he enjoyed the physical challenge of playing sports.
Upon graduating from Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Gregory served onboard USS Durham (LKA-114) in San Diego, California, as a Boatswains Mate. After training at Naval Special Warfare Center he then served onboard USS Duluth (LPD-6) in San Diego, California, where he earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin. Gregory graduated from Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal earning the Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician pin.
Billiter’s professionalism and steadfast dedication to his team was noticed every day. While onboard he became qualified as a Scuba and MK16 Mod1 Diving Supervisor, Demolitions Operations Supervisor, Helicopter Rope Suspension Training (HRST) / Cast Master and Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, making him a vital part of the command.
During his service, Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 5th award, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, 2nd award, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, 3rd award, Navy “E” Ribbon, 4th award, Navy Good Conduct Medal, 5th award, National Defense Service Medal, 2nd award, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, 5th award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Rifle Medal, and the Expert Marksmanship Pistol Medal.