Staff Sergeant Andrew Bachelder, USMC, Ret. enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in April 2002. He deployed to Kuwait for the invasion of Iraq in February 2003. Bachelder returned home in July 2003 and re-deployed for the initial attack on Fallujah in February 2004.
Bachelder made a lateral move as a UH-1N Huey crew chief when he re-enlisted in 2006. Between 2006–2007, he attended SERE School in Coronado, CA, completed mechanics school, and graduated Marine Enlisted Aircrew Training.
In May 2009, Bachelder deployed to Iraq for four months and transferred to the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. On October 26, 2009, Bachelder was involved in a mid-air collision between the Huey he was in and an AH-1W Cobra helicopter. He was immediately evacuated and endured extensive treatments and surgeries. Due to his injuries, Bachelder Ret. on November 30, 2011.
Bachelder’s personal decorations includes the Air Medal with strike flight numeral 2, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal with two Bronze stars.
In April 2018, Bachelder graduated from the Golf Academy of America Dallas. He is very active in veteran golfing organizations to help veterans heal through the sport of golf. He is an avid golfer and a four-time participant of the Bush Center Warrior Open and the 2015 and 2018 Champion.
Bachelder and his wife, Debi, have been married for 16 years. They have two children, Kaitlin and Jacob. They currently reside in Fort Worth, TX.