Biography
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Mr. Bolivar E. Vilchez

Mr. Vilchez is a native of New York, New York. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives Fellow Course, Harvard Business School, Federal Executive Institute Leadership for a Democratic Society, and the DoD Joint Inspector General (IG) Course. He is also a member of the Association of Inspectors General having been certified as a Certified IG, Certified IG Investigator, and Certified IG Inspector/Evaluator.

Mr. Bolivar Vilchez began his military career when he enlisted the Marine Corps in February 1996 as a Field Wireman with 6th Communication Battalion, Brooklyn, NY. In November 1997 he volunteered for the Marine Corps Recruiting Extended Active Duty (EAD) Program where he served as a canvassing recruiter in RSS Bronx, RS New York. In November 1999 he received orders to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. In May 2000 he received orders to Battery G, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines which was further assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for the Unit Deployment Program (UDP). In November 2001 Mr. Vilchez received orders to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines where he served as the Platoon Sergeant for Communications Platoon. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 13th MEU and participated in Operation Anaconda. In August 2002 he received orders to Weapons and Field Training Battalion (WFTBn), Quantico, Virginia and was assigned the duties of range coach, Primary Marksmanship Instructor, High Risk Personnel Instructor, and Small Arms Weapons Course Instructor. In December 2002 Mr. Vilchez received orders to Command and Control Systems School (CCSS) aboard Quantico. He was assigned as the Platoon Sergeant for Direct Support Platoon (DSP) and an instructor for the Basic Communication Officer’s Course, Command and Control (C2) Planner’s Course, and various other courses held by the school. While at Quantico, Mr. Vilchez deployed to Colombia, South America, with Mobile Training Team Barracuda to support Colombian Special Forces by instructing radio communications and basic patrol tactics, techniques, and procedures. In July of 2004 he was assigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, Okinawa, Japan, and assigned as the Squadron Training Chief and Squadron Wire Chief. In November of 2005 he received orders to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 373, Miramar, CA, and assigned as the Squadron Wire Chief. In January 2006 Mr. Vilchez received orders to Marine Wing Communication Squadron 38. Joining “Red Lightning” he was assigned to Alpha Company and deployed February 2006 to January 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07 and assigned as the Wire Chief. He then extended and was assigned as the Outside Plant Construction Chief for Al Asad Air Base. While attached to MWCS-38, Mr. Vilchez deployed from 2008 – 2009 with a transition team in support of combat operations in Iraq. He was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in August 2009. While assigned to MWCS-38 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Vilchez attended both the Wire Chief Course and Communications Chief Course where he graduated as the Honor graduate from both courses. In December 2009 he received orders to 9th Communication Battalion aboard Camp

Pendleton. He was assigned as the Support Company Switching Platoon SNCOIC, Switching Platoon Wire Chief, and Support Company Operations Chief. In Dec 2011 Mr. Vilchez was accepted to attend the Warrant Officer Basic Course WOBC at The Basic School and Warrant Officer Communications Course aboard Quantico, VA. He was then appointed as a Warrant Officer in February 2012. Upon completion of his tour aboard Quantico, VA, in August 2012 Mr. Vilchez was assigned orders to 7th Communication Battalion where he assumed the duties as the Switching, Wire and Technical Control (SWAT) Platoon commander, Support Company Commanding Officer, and the Battalion Telecommunications Systems Engineering Officer (TSEO). He was commissioned to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 in Aug 2013. In September 2014 he reported for duty to Marine Corps Communications Electronic School in 29 Palms, CA. He was assigned the duties of TSEO course instructor, Wire Chief Course and Radio Chief Course OIC. Mr. Vilchez was then assigned to Marine Central Command (Forward) aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain in September 2015. While assigned to MARCENT (FWD) he assumed the duties as the TSEO and G-6 Operations Officer for various joint and bilateral exercises. He was present for the transition to Naval Amphibious Force, TF 51-5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (51/5). Upon completion of his tour at 51/5, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Vilchez reported for duty to 3D Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) where he assumed the responsibilities as the Network Engineering Officer within the G-6 and as the Deputy Command Inspector General. He was promoted to his final rank of CWO3 in Dec 2016. Mr. Vilchez retired from the US Marine Corps in 2019 after 23 years of service. Since retirement, Mr. Vilchez has served as the Defense Media Activity, Ft Meade, Deputy Inspector General and Naval Special Warfare Command Chief of Inspections and Chief Investigator.

Mr. Vilchez assumed the role of the Deputy Command Inspector General within 3D MAW in Nov 2019.

Mr. Vilchez's personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (w/3 Gold Stars), Navy Achievement Medal (w/3 Gold Stars), Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit citations/medals.