#OurHeroes - James Gentile

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James Gentile

DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL SALES

With more than 32 years of experience in U.S. and NATO military operations, international security cooperation, and foreign military sales, James is leading the effort to introduce ShotStop® to Europe and beyond. James has worked in combat aviation, intelligence operations, military training and education, and international security cooperation in organizations including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. European Command, NATO and Northrop Grumman - Europe.

Lieutenant Colonel James Gentile (Retired) was commissioned Regular Army in the Aviation Corps as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Eastern Michigan University, in 1986. His military education includes the Aviation Officers’ Basic and Advanced Courses; the Cavalry Leaders Course; the Combined Arms & Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College; the Defense Language Institute; the United States Naval Postgraduate School; the French Army Combined Arms Staff School; and the Joint and Combined Staff Officers School.  Lieutenant Colonel Gentile is senior Army aviator rated in the AH-1F Cobra, OH-58C Kiowa and UH-1H Iroquois helicopters with more than 250 hours flying in combat.         

James mucking around in 2005 during pre-deployment training for Darfur, Sudan, Africa.

James mucking around in 2005 during pre-deployment training for Darfur, Sudan, Africa.

James participating in the 2003 Paris Air Show.

James participating in the 2003 Paris Air Show.

Lieutenant Colonel Gentile served in a variety of command and staff assignments: Aeroscout Platoon Leader, Border Pilot and Flight Operations Officer, 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he witnessed first-hand the opening of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, and screened the Regiment during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Air Cavalry Troop Commander,  Quarterhorse Squadron, 1st Infantry; French Language Branch Chief, United States Military Academy, West Point, and Exchange Professor to the French Military Academy of Saint-Cyr; Export Control Officer, Defense Security Cooperation Agency; Chief of Current Plans, NATO Land Component Command, Madrid where he deployed to Darfur, in support of the African Union Mission to Sudan; Executive Liaison to the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs; Commander of the U.S. National Intelligence Center, Pristina, Kosovo. 

Lieutenant Colonel Gentile’s final military assignment was Branch Chief for Intelligence Cooperation, United States European Command.  Included among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Defense and Meritorious Service Medals, and the Air Medal for Valor in combat.

1990 during Operation Desert Storm when James was an air-cavalry platoon leader in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

1990 during Operation Desert Storm when James was an air-cavalry platoon leader in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

How does your service relate to your role/connection with ShotStop?

Having worn heavy, fragile ceramic ballistic protection most of my flying career, I am excited about being a part of improving service members comfort, safety and survivability.

How did (does) your military experience affect your life today?

I bring twenty-eight years of knowledge and experience working with allies across the globe to ensure that ShotStop is better positioned to understand the overseas market and mindset, and to make the effort to listen to and communicate with overseas clients in a way that demonstrates our appreciation of their needs and approach to business.

Keep an eye out for more #OurHeroes stories coming soon. In the meantime, learn about Our Team here.