windorski-01On January 26th, 2009, Minnesota lost a Hero. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philip Windorski Jr. gave his life in Iraq. Homes for Heroes sends our sincerest condolences to CWO3 Windorski’s wife and 3 children. We are truly sorry for your loss and sacrifice. May God bless you and guide you through this difficult and trying time. This nation owes you our gratitude for your husbands sacrifice.

When I heard of CWO3 Windorski’s death I wanted to know more about him. I am not sure that you realize this, but the rank of Warrant Officer is something that is not lightly handed out in the Military. Out of 2.5 million men and women in the military only 25,000 hold the rank of Warrant Officer. There is a long tradition, starting in 1918, of using the rank of Warrant Officer to those who had special talents that did not fall into the normal duties of the military. This rank was and still is reserved for those that are considered experts in a technical field. The U.S. Department of Defense describes the Warrant Officer as such “The warrant officer is a highly skilled technician who is provided to fill those positions above the enlisted level which are too specialized in scope to permit effective development and continued utilization of broadly trained, branch qualified commissioned officers.” For more info try this site and this one.

Philip Windorski enlisted in the Army right out of High School in 1991. Seven short years later he was accepted into the Warrant Officer Program. After graduating from the program WO Windorski enrolled into the Army’s Helicopter flight training school. In 1999 CWO3 Windorski was a commissioned pilot flying the Army’s OH58D Kiowa Warrior.

Watch a short video of the Kiowa Warrior and many more here.

A little longer video of the Kiowa Warrior

66sqdnCWO3 Windorski was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum New York in 2007. Or as history will remember them since the Civil War, the “Six Shooters”. The mission of the Six Shooters is; On Order, 6th Squadron 6th Cavalry deploys worldwide to conduct offensive operations, tactical reconnaissance, and limited security operations in support of the ground maneuver commander. On order, command and control an Aviation Task Force. To visit their web site go here.

In other words, their job is to fly a small lightly armed helicopter into enemy operational areas, find them and engage. Then when the ground troops arrive provide close air support. Not a job for the light hearted.

His friends have put up a face book page that is dedicated to his memory. The lives he has touched is truly a testament to his love for his family and country. You are an impressive man CWO3 Windorski. May God Bless you and your family.

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