About Bouhammer

You can call me Bouhammer [boo-ham-er]. A guy that worked for me one time in Buffalo, NY started calling me that after I moved there from Eagle River, Alaska because I had so many hunting and fishing stories and pictures. I have killed more than my fair share of caribou, so hence the name bouhammer.

I joined the Army directly out of High School in 1987. After Basic Training, AIT, and jump-school I was assigned to HHC, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, from 1987-1989. From there I PCSed to South Korea and was assigned to B co, 1st Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Greaves Korea, from 1989-1990.

I left Korea and went back to Ft. Hood. I was supposed to be assigned to the OPFOR detachment for III Corps but was redirected back to 1st Cavalry Division because I knew how to operate the new SINCGARS radio system and 1st Cav. was about to start field testing them for the whole Army. So I was then assigned to HHC, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, from 1990-1992. While I was stationed there I was deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm from Sept. 1990- April 1991.

I married my wonderful wife in 1991, and soon after received new PCS orders. I was then sent to Ft. Richardson Alaska where I was assigned to both HHC and B co., 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne), 6th ID, Alaska, from 1992-1996.

In 1996 I decided to hang up the BDUs 7 days a week for just one weekend a month/two weeks a year and was asked to join and accepted membership into 207th Group, LRSD (Airborne), AKARNG, 1996-1999. In 1999 my civilian company offered me a job I could not refuse and I accepted a corporate position in Buffalo, NY. I then transferred to HHC and later B co., 1st Battalion, 108th Infantry, NYARNG, from 1999-2005.

In 2005 our brigade went through a transformation into one of the new Brigade Combat Teams and my unit transformed into C Troop (Light Recon), 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment (RSTA). In February 2006 I was mobilized to deploy to Afghanistan as part of Task Force Phoenix in Operation Enduring Freedom. I was deployed with a 15 man Embedded Training Team (ETT) as the team 1SG. I redeployed in 2007 and was assigned to A CO 2/108th Infantry as the Commander and 1SG of the rear detachement of that company while 2/3 of the company was deployed to Afghanistan.

In 2008 I came back to the 2/101 Cavalry wearing a dual hat of both the Bravo Troop 1SG and the Squadron CSM of the rear detachment because the Squadron is also deployed to Afghanistan.

Some of the military positions held in career have been: Every position in a Mortar platoon from Ammo Bearer to Platoon Leader (Served on 60mm, 81mm, 4.2, and worked with 120mm), HQ PSG, S-3 Schools NCO, S-3 Air NCO (ABN BN), LRSD Team Leader, LRSD PSG, SCOUT Platoon PSG, Detachment 1SG, Infantry Company 1SG (Since July 2002), and of course a Afghanistan Embedded Training Team 1SG.

Some of the Specialty Areas/Civilian Experience that I have are: SINCGARS Instructor, AIR NCO, Senior Information Technology Consultant, Certified Civilian Instructor, and IT Project Manager.

I have attended numerous military schools, to include: Graduate-Airborne School, Graduate-PLDC, Honor Graduate- BNCOC, Graduate- ANCOC, Graduate- Instructors Trainers Course, Distinguished Honor Graduate- Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Distinguished Honor Graduate -Jumpmaster School, Graduate- Military Mountaineering School (awarded E ASI), and Graduate-Air Force Arctic Survival School.

I have an AA degree in Business Administration from Central Texas College, a BS (With Honors) in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, and am working on my Masters Degree from the University of Phoenix in Management Information Systems.

I have worked for a variety of IT companies since leaving the active Army, to include a very busy year as an independent contractor with some large Fortune 500 companies. On the civilian side I currently work for Aptec LLC as a Senior Solution Architect, specializing in identity management and systems security.

Some of the milestones reached during my military career have been scoring 8th place out of 300 people at the 1998 Leapfest competition sponsored by the RI National Guard, Three tours at NTC (one as OPFOR), Three tours at JRTC, One tour at CMTC (as OPFOR), Two deployments to NYC helping secure it during high-threat timeframes, One deployment to NYC assisting the Secret Service with security during the Republican National Convention in 2004, multiple deployments all over the world to include jumping into most of those places. I have also earned my Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), and the Master Parachutist Wings. By far the greatest accomplishment of my entire career was being named the Distinguished Honor Grad for Jumpmaster School. The greatest position I have ever held was as the 1SG of the greatest bunch of men and soldiers I have ever known, those of B co. 1/108th Infantry.

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2007 George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award Winner

US ARMY Jumpmaster / Master Parachutist

Veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom

Graduate of the NWTC Military Mountaineering School (E ASI)

Placed in Top 10 at 1998 Leapfest

26 Responses to About Bouhammer

  1. Juanita WilliamsonNo Gravatar says:

    I just want to say,.. I appreciate the service you have provided to our country. I think your blog is one of the most insightful ones I have ever read. It’s so refreshing to hear stories of the sucesses our Soldier’s are having. You bring fourth through your words,..a truth the people really need to hear. HOOAH !!!!! Congrads on all your new Twitter friends,..and I’d be more than happy to mention you on my site.

  2. 2/503rd Chosen MomNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for your many years of service to our great country. Since July 13, 2008, when my son was wounded at Wanat, I have spent hours and hours reading about the heroic men and women in our military and your blog has become one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing the stories that our main stream media refuses to air or print.

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  4. Ranger MomNo Gravatar says:

    My son just came home. He was in Khost for a year, Paktia.
    I just wanted to thank you for your courage and your family.

    I found your site through Rafal Gerszak’s site.

    You guys deserve so much from life and you have all my respect..

    LT’s Mom 101st 2-506 4th D-Co 3-08 – 3-09

  5. Tom BrounsNo Gravatar says:

    Nice blog! Wanted to know if you could pass along opportunity to enter a NATO-sponsored video contest (which I’m overseeing) on “Why Afghanistan Matters”. Hopefully you can pass it along – or enter – and help pass along the good – and important – news! Winner gets a pretty decent camcorder!

    See the web site at http://www.afghanistanmatters.com for more detail.

    Keep up the great work, and good luck!

  6. JayNo Gravatar says:

    Great blog! As a mil blogger, do you know about Digital Veterans Day, Nov 11? Check it out: http://open.mytbwa.com/emails/MyVetwork%20DVD%20Invite/DVD_Invite_mail-alt.html and let me know if you want to take part. If you can’t join in person but have a webcam, I can add your name/email address to “satellite” participants who’ll be sent a Digital Veterans Day “toolkit” prior to Nov 11. All free, brought to you by MyVetwork (community.myvetwork.com), to help the US military community. Thanks, Jay, MyVetwork, 212-452-4800

  7. Dawood LuqmanNo Gravatar says:

    Top, Love your “you might be an ETT…” comments. I’d like to offer a new one.

    “If the active duty unit you are will prefers to stay in thier uparmored Hmmwvs while you and your ANA climb the 10K + “ridgeline”…you might be an ETT.

  8. Luigi FulkNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been reading a few posts and really and enjoy your writing. I’m just starting up my own blog and only hope that I can write as well and give the reader so much insight.

  9. Adrian DeLunaNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bouhammer!

    I recognized your mug on your blog. You and I served in the AK-ARNG, 207th ALRSD. Excellent job on your blog, I was in Afghanistan with the 341 MI BN during OEF V – VII.

    It looks like you get a quite a few readers on your blog and I was wondering if you could help out. I am in the process of trying to raise funds to rebuild one of my soldier’s home that was burned down in 2006.

    Summary: During 2006, SGT Leonid Milkin of Seattle, WA was detached from the 341 MI BN and serving in Iraq with the 413th MI BN. During his tour in Iraq, SGT Milkin’s wife, two young sons and his sister-in-law were murdered and his house was burnt to the ground by a neighbor, who was an alcoholic and drug addict. SGT Milkin ran into some issues with the contractor who was hired to rebuild the home and ended up in civil court with very little money left to finish the reconstruction project. Since then I have been trying to raise funds to help with the reconstruction of his house. More information can be obtained at Milkin House on facebook.



  10. Sophia AndersonNo Gravatar says:

    I do agree with @Juanita Williamson (Comment 1), your blog is unique and has a very good insight. Spending your life away from your family and fighting / serving for your country is a noble thing to do, I admire your courage and success in life.
    I hope I may hear more stories from you.

  11. Nina A.No Gravatar says:

    Thank you for your service and dedication, it is much appreciated! Your blog is a great contribution to the military community. Just read your article on memorial day, Great work! Keep up the interesting posts.

  12. Robin MooreNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you! In my opinion, we cannot even begin to say enough thanks to support our military personnel!

  13. laserNo Gravatar says:

    I have spent hours and hours reading about the heroic men and women in our military and your blog has become one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing the stories that our main stream media refuses to air or print.

  14. Mike VolkinNo Gravatar says:

    Bouhamme, please email me. I can’t find contact info for you on this website. I run Ultimate Basic Training and I have some good ideas for us

  15. PatriotNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Brother, I have been reading your blogs these are so good hope you put some of our team pic in there bro take care

  16. JOHN LAURINNo Gravatar says:

    Hey where did you do your train up before you went over in 2007? I was in ft dix for our predeployment and went over to work with task force cerberus at bagram. I was also in Kandahar. We probably ate the same dirt, I had some friends in task force phoenix

  17. carol bollesNo Gravatar says:

    This is such an ENLIGHTENING BLOG!! So much info and related articles about what the vets get and DON’T get!! I thank you for your time in putting this blog together! If there is any way I can help you, please do let me know! I will do what I can from home here in Sterling, UT!! Again, thank you for your time in the service and putting in the data for your blog!! Carol Bolles

  18. lawerygNo Gravatar says:

    Support by Fire… Veterans helping Veterans!

    Vanguard Documents Rise Of PTSD In Iraq/Afghanistan War Vets

    I thought people may find this informative.

    “In this episode of Vanguard, correspondent Kaj Larsen investigates the alarming rise in the number of soldiers who have been traumatized by war and are now accused of bringing the violence home. Of the more than 2 million men and women who have served in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as many as a third of them may now have post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. A growing number of these vets are being charged with violent crimes, and Kaj travels to prisons and mental health facilities in Arizona, Colorado and Oregon to hear their stories.”

    Here’s the link to the film: http://current.com/shows/vanguard/92532800_war-crimes.htm


  19. brandonNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Bouhammer, I am a high school student and am wanting to join the military. I am also doing a project for english and I was wondering if you could help me with a question. The question is: Is joining the military after high school a good career path?

  20. ulisesvelezNo Gravatar says:

    congratulations all american -services[american armed forces veterans].for your loyal for our country in time of war.thanks for all.

  21. anonymousNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Bouhammer! Did you know that a new book on 9/11 is out?

    The author knew the Mossad agent who organised the events of that day.

    Dimitri Khalezov has spent 10 years researching and writing this book. Download links:

    Or read at:

    In a 2010 interview, Khalezov explained that you can’t build a skyscraper in NYC without an approved demolition plan. On 9/11, the World Trade Center’s demolition plan was put into action to demolish the complex.

    Khalezov learned of this demolition plan from his job in the Soviet Union. He had worked in the nuclear intelligence unit and under an agreement between the Soviet Union and the USA, each country was obliged to inform the other of peaceful uses of nuclear explosions. The WTC was built with 3 thermo-nuclear charges in its foundations.

    Note: underground nuclear explosions do not produce mushroom clouds. This is only ever seen when the explosion takes place above ground. On 9/11, the explosions were deep underground.

    More info:

    You can watch the 2010 interview at:
    Video # 4 – WTC’s demolition plan
    Video # 14 – WTC 7 (which fell ½ hour AFTER the BBC announced its collapse).
    Videos # 24/25 – chronic radiation sickness of WTC responders (their cancers are not due to asbestos poisoning)

    Khalezov was interviewed on 4 Sept 2013:

    Here is a recent article mentioning Khalezov:

    I know it is preposterous to claim that the WTC was brought down by nukes. But note that the place where the WTC once stood is called ‘Ground Zero’. If you look up the meaning of ‘ground zero’ in the old dictionaries you have at home, you’ll find that there would only be one definition. It is what you call a place that has been nuked.

    After 9/11, the US government sent people out to switch all the dictionaries in the public domain. The replacements differed only in the meaning of ‘ground zero’. They show extra definitions for that term, to obfuscate the original single meaning.

    For example, if you have a genuine old Merriam-Webster dictionary, you would see this:
    ground zero n (1946) : the point directly above, below, or at which a nuclear explosion occurs.

    The replacement books (even of old editions) show two extra definitions and this is what you’ll see:
    ground zero n (1946) 1 : the point directly above, below, or at which a nuclear explosion occurs. 2: the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change 3: the very beginning : SQUARE ONE

    Have a look at this video:
    At 6:05 mins, he shows the old and new definitions of ‘ground zero’.

  22. JuniorNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome blog. I have enjoyed reading a couple of your posts. I have a similar blog its mymilitaryjourney.com . Check it out and let me know what you think. All the best to you and your blog.

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