March 6, 2023

Episode 134: Darrell Utt “Green Beret/National Medal of Honor Museum”

This week in the studio a man who came from humble beginnings in West Virginia to becoming a Green Beret with 10 combat deployments, and ending up as the Chief of Business Operations for the National Medal of Honor Museum. In his career he has conducted numerous operations to include Combat Search and Rescue, Counter Sniper operations, and Special Reconnaissance to name a few. My guest has spent a life of service to his country, teammates, and his fellow man. He retired from the Army with 26.5 years of service and now spends his days promoting the legacy of the recipients of the Medal of Honor, a honor that less than .01% of service members have ever been recognized for. He is here this week to tell his story. It is my honor to introduce you to Darrell Utt.

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Darrell Utt

Chief of Business Operations

My career snapshot:

July 1990 – entered the US Army, 11B Infantry, Ft. Benning, GA
1990 – 1993 – Ft. Ord, CA, 7th Infantry Division
1993 – 1994 – Ft. Lewis, WA, 7th Infantry Division (de-activated from Ft. Ord and relocated to Ft. Lewis)
1994 – 1996 – Ft. Campbell, KY, 101st Air Assault Division
1996 – Attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) at Ft. Bragg, NC
1997-1998 – Attended Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) at Ft. Bragg, NC
1998-2002 – Assigned to 1/10th SFG(A) at Stuttgart, GE
2002-2008 – Assigned to 2/10th SFG(A) at Ft. Carson, CO
2008-2012 – Assigned to USAJFKSWCS at Ft. Bragg, NC
2012-2016 – Assigned to USASFC(A) at Ft. Bragg, NC
January 2017 – retired from the US Army, 18Z, Ft. Bragg, NC

Schools: Ranger, Special Forces, Sniper, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Air Assault.

Awards/Decorations: BSM w/V, BSM x 4, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge.
*MG Robert T. Frederick “Top Operator” Award in 2006 (18 Series Special Forces Noncommissioned Officer whose duty performance had a significant impact on the Special Forces Community during the past year).
*Larry Thorne Award in 2006 (Best Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) in 10th Special Forces Group).
*Larry Thorne Award (Runner-Up) in 2007.

Deployments: Over ten (10) deployments to the Balkans and Iraq (to include Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) during the Air War; Compartmentalized Sensitive Intelligence Collection; Personnel Indicted For War Crimes (PIFWCs) hunting/capture in Bosnia and Kosovo; Initial infill into Kosovo (1999); Counter-Sniper Security for President Clinton in Sarejevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Counter-Sniper Security for President Bush (43) in Kosovo; Special Reconnaissance (SR) in Kosovo; Initial infill into Northern Iraq and working with Kurdish Peshmerga (2003); additional Iraq rotations.