William C. Bilo

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Bilo, William C.
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Brigadier General William Bilo, Deputy Director of the Army National Guard
Born (1944-11-15) November 15, 1944 (age 74)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1964–1997
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Unit Army National Guard
Commands held Battery B, 4th Battalion, 41st Artillery Regiment
Battery B, 77th Artillery Regiment
Service Battery, 30th Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division
29th Division Support Command (DISCOM)
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal

William C. Bilo (born November 15, 1944) is a retired United States Army Brigadier General who served as Deputy Director of the Army National Guard.

Early life

William C. Bilo was born in Washington, D.C. on November 15, 1944. He enlisted in the Army in 1964 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Artillery after graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill.[1]

Bilo was qualified on Pershing missiles. After serving as an instructor at the Artillery school, Bilo served in West Germany, including command of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment.[2]

Vietnam War

Bilo served two tours in Vietnam, first as Commander of Battery B, 77th Artillery Regiment, and then as Commander of Service Battery, 30th Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division.[3]

Post Vietnam War

After the war Bilo continued his military career as a member of the National Guard in Oklahoma, Virginia and Maryland.[4] In 1984 he was one of the officers who helped organize the reactivation of the 29th Infantry Division, and he was the division’s chief of staff until 1987.[5] He subsequently served as Chief of Staff of the Maryland Army National Guard and commander of the 29th Division Support Command (DISCOM).[6]

Deputy Director, Army National Guard

In 1993 Bilo was selected to serve as Deputy Director of the Army National Guard and promoted to Brigadier General.[7] He served until retiring in 1997. He was succeeded by Michael J. Squier.[8]

Education

Bilo completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Cameron University, and a Master's Degree in Business and Public Administration from Southeastern University.[9]

His military education includes the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.[10]

Awards and decorations

Bilo’s awards include:

Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)

Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters and "V" device

Meritorious Service Medal (United States) with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Air Medal

Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters and "V" device

Army Achievement Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Selective Service System Meritorious Service Medal

Army Good Conduct Medal

Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star

Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver hourglass device

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 1

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal[11]

Other awards

Bilo is a member of the Fort Sill Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame[12] and a Distinguished Alumnus of Cameron University.[13]

Later career

After retiring from the Bilo operated a consulting firm, Rainbow Enterprises and resided in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland.[14] He has been a member of several government task forces and advisory panels, primarily those involved with veterans’ benefits and veterans’ memorials.[15] He was also active in several professional organizations, including serving as a Vice President of the Field Artillery Association.[16]

Legacy

The Field Artillery Association presents the William C. Bilo Support Forward Award to recognize a soldier in any component of the Army who best represents the qualities of leadership, teamwork, and caring for soldiers.[17]

References

  1. United States House Armed Services Committee, Hearing Record, National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1998, Biographical sketch, William C. Bilo, 1997, page 69
  2. United States House Armed Services Committee, Hearing Record, National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1998, Biographical sketch, William C. Bilo, 1997, page 69
  3. William C. Bilo at National Guard Bureau General Officer Management Office, accessed May 29, 2013
  4. United States House Armed Services Committee, Hearing Record, National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1998, Biographical sketch, William C. Bilo, 1997, page 69
  5. Laura Lippman, Baltimore Sun, Guard's Bilo going to Pentagon, July 26, 1993
  6. US Field Artillery Association, Field Artillery Bulletin, 1995, page 25
  7. United States House Armed Services Committee, Hearing Record, National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1998, Biographical sketch, William C. Bilo, 1997, page 69
  8. Department of Defense, Defense Link News, August 13, 1997
  9. United States House Armed Services Committee, Hearing Record, National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1998, Biographical sketch, William C. Bilo, 1997, page 69
  10. William C. Bilo at National Guard Bureau General Officer Management Office, accessed May 29, 2013
  11. American Defense International, Advisors biography, William C. Bilo, accessed May 29, 2013
  12. Fort Sill OCS Alumni, Hall of Fame Indictees page, accessed May 29, 2013
  13. Cameron University 1995 Distinguished Alumnus, William Bilo, accessed may 29, 2013
  14. American Defense International, Advisors biography, William C. Bilo, accessed May 29, 2013
  15. Southern Maryland Online, Veterans Task Force Still Has Questions, November 7, 2008
  16. U.S. Field Artillery Association, Field Artillery Journal, St. Barbara Celebrations Around the World, January, 2005
  17. Chris Cleaver, Pennsylvania National Guard, Pennsylvania field artillery unit is right on target, April 22, 2010