Doug Englen announced his candidacy for state Senate in District 22.
Englen retired from the United States Army after 33 years of service as a chief warrant officer 5. Serving at the highest level in the Pentagon, Englen was the senior warrant officer advisor to the secretary of the Army. He is one of the most decorated aviators in U.S. Army history during the global war on terror and a legend in the Joint Special Operations community.
In 1990, Englen deployed to Turkey for Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Upon his return, he made the decision to follow his dream of becoming an Army aviator, graduating from warrant officer basic course and flight school in 1994. After completing the CH-47 Chinook Aircraft Qualification Course, Englen was assigned to Camp Humphreys, South Korea followed by three tours in Bosnia/Kosovo while stationed in Germany.
In 1998, Englen assessed and was selected into the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Known as the Nightstalkers, 160th SOAR is the world’s precision rotary-wing airlift support to Special Operations Forces, including Army Rangers, Special Forces, Navy SEALs, and Marine Corps Special Operators. He and his wife, Tina, moved with their four children to Fort Campbell to begin the new adventure.
During his time with SOAR, Englen logged more than 7,000 hours of flight time, and he flew more than 2,500 combat missions.
Englen said he possesses a keen intellect and extraordinary competence and leadership. As a result, he was selected to fly in nearly every high-profile special operations mission in the Global War on Terror.
Englen was awarded numerous medals for heroism and valor, including two Silver Star medals, two Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars and two Meritorious Service Medals. He also earned a degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Englen said he is a loving husband, supportive father and a doting grandfather. He and his wife have been happily married for 31 years, and they have four children together – Christopher, Alexandria, Catheryn and Elizabeth. They also have two grandchildren, Carter and Reagan, with one more on the way.
“We would greatly appreciate your support and vote in the upcoming election,” Englen said.
The Republican primary is Aug. 6 with early voting from July 17 until Aug. 1. To learn more about Englen and his candidacy, visit his website at dougenglen4tn.com.