Eric Gillard served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Eric was a Marine Corps Aviator and at the time of his retirement he held the position of aircraft commander in Fixed Wing (KC130J), Helicopter (CH-46E), and Tilt rotor (MV-22B) aircraft. Eric’s Marine Corps assignments included:
-Commanding Officer MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor squadron where he led his unit in combat operations in Afghanistan
-Assistant Director of the Naval Science Department Rice University and Associate Professor of Leadership and Management
-Director of Operations, KC-130J Fixed Wing Squadron with two deployments to Iraq
-Instructor pilot at the Marine Corps Aviation Weapons and Tactics squadron
Eric is a graduate of Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He earned a Master’s degree in U.S. National policy and strategic studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Eric is active in the Houston community where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Lone Star Veterans Association. He has also been awarded a Proclamation from the City of Houston recognizing his community support efforts.
His military decorations include the Bronze Star and Air Medal (“8” Strike/Flight awards).
He is married to the former Ms. Carrie Culp of Houston, Texas. They have two sons, Jackson and Carter, and one daughter, Grace