Staff Sergeant Andrew Bachelder was born and raised in Texas. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 2002. Upon completion of recruit training he reported to the Marine Combat Training in Camp Pendleton, CA. Following MCT, Bachelder attended Combat Engineer School in NC and earned the 1371 MOS (Combat Engineer). In February 2003, Bachelder deployed to Kuwait with Bravo Company 1st CEB attached to 1/5 for the invasion of Iraq. He returned home in July 2003 and then re-deployed in February 2004 to Fallujah, Iraq, attached to 2/1 in support of the initial attack on Fallujah.
In February 2005, Bachelder reported to Camp Pendleton, CA and served as the NCOIC for all range operations. He also served as H&S BN color guard for one year. Bachelder re-enlisted in September 2006 and did a lateral move as a UH-1N Huey crew chief. In October 2006, he went TAD from Pensacola, FL and back to HMLA/T 303 where he attended to SERE School in Coronado, CA. Upon completion, Bachelder attended and completed mechanics school, then reported to Marine Enlisted Aircrew Training, graduating in September 2007 and reported to the F/L Shop at HMLA/T 303.
Bachelder reported to HMLA/169 in July of 2008 and in May 2009, he deployed to Iraq for four months and then to Afghanistan in support of 2/8, 1/5, and 1st LAR in the southern Helmand Province. On October 26, 2009 Bachelder was involved in a mid-air collision between the Huey that he was in with an AH-1W Cobra helicopter. He was transferred to Germany and then Bethesda, MD, where he was cared for in NNMC. After extensive treatment and surgeries he was transferred to NMC Balboa. Bachelder reported to the WWB in April 2010, where he spent the rest of his enlistment until his retirement on November 30, 2011.
Bachelder’s personal decorations include: Air Medal with strike flight numeral 2, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 1 gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bronze stars.
Currently, Bachelder is very active in veteran golfing organizations and is seeking a career working with veterans using golf as part of their rehabilitation. He is currently attending the Golf Academy of America Dallas and will graduate April 2018. Bachelder is a three-time participant of the Bush Center Warrior Open and 2015 Champion.
Bachelder and his wife Debi have been married for 15 years. They have two children: Kaitlin and Jacob. They currently reside in Fort Worth, TX.