Carlson, Sam, CPT
Military Police Corps (Officer)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Captain
Current/Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
31A-Military Police
Current/Last MOS Group
Military Police Corps (Officer)
Current/Last Unit
2009-2010, 35E, 10th Mountain Division (LI)/3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Previously Held MOS
11B10-Infantryman
97D-Military Intelligence Coordinator
97B-Counterintelligence Agent
19D-Cavalry Scout
97B-Counter Intelligence Agent
35E-Counterintelligence
Service Years
1967 - 2010
Foreign Language(s)
German
Italian
Spanish
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate

Military Police Corps

Captain


Six Service Stripes



Five Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Army Military Police Department of the Army Military Intelligence Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Post-2007)

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) US Army Retired 82nd Airbone Division 101st Airbone Division

United States Army South 10th Mountain Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Military Police Mountain MP Shoulder Cord

US Army S.E.R.E. insignia Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

Border Tab


 Military Association Memberships
-National Rifle Association (NRA)United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Society of 1st Infantry Division Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
9th Infantry Division (Octofoil)Blackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)Association of the 6th Infantry DivisionThe Association of 3d Armored Division Veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)American Legion10th Mountain Division Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
ATWS Unit HistorianATWS Memorial Team
  1966, -National Rifle Association (NRA)
  1975, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1982, Society of 1st Infantry Division [Verified]
  1983, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, 9th Infantry Division (Octofoil)
  2001, Blackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary) [Verified]
  2009, Association of the 6th Infantry Division
  2009, The Association of 3d Armored Division Veterans
  2009, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, 10th Mountain Division [Verified]
  2011, American Legion, Post 304 (Member) (Kennesaw, Georgia) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2012, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, ATWS Unit Historian [Verified]
  2016, ATWS Memorial Team [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I retired from the Army (again) in late March 2010 and from Lockheed Martin effective 1 July 2010. 

I'm currently enrolled in school at Kennesaw State University drawing down my Post 9/11 GI Bill in order to take fun and interesting courses.  I was only able to  use 6 months of my Vietnam GI Bill before I received my MS degree and the Vietnam GI Bill expired in 1989.  The VA subtracted those six months from my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.  This means I can be a professional student for 3 1/2 years!

I almost feel like Rodney Dangerfield in "Back to School".

   
Other Comments:
I am the third generation of five generations of US Army.
 
1.  Grandfather, PFC Charles A. Carlson, a Sandinavian immigrant, served from 1917 to 1919 in the Army's Air Service (23rd Balloon Company) in France during WWI.  His TWS memorial profile is located at http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/280259

2.  Father, LTC Carsten Carlson served from 1937 to 1963... WWII in the Pacific ('41-'42) and Europe '44 -'45) & Korea (1950) plus the Vietnam era.  His TWS memorial profile page is at http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/388780

3.  I served in the Regular Army from 1967 to 1987; in the TX Guard from 1992 to 1995; and again in the Regular Army from 2005 to 2010 as a recalled retiree.
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4.  My son, 1SG Sam Carlson, was active duty starting in 1984, served as a tank commander with the 2d ACR during the first Gulf War and was the 1SG of the Laghman PRT in Afghanistan at about the same time as I was there with the 3d IBCT, 10th Mtn Div (LI) during my 2009 - 2010 deployment  He retired with over 26 years AFS effective September 2010.

5.  Grandson, SGT David Carlson, was also on active duty and recently returned from a deployment to Iraq where he was an Army UAV Pilot.  His TWS Profile is at http://army.togetherweserved.com/Profile/88564

Uncle, Vernon L. Carlson, USMC, served from 1940 to 1946 with combat service at Pearl Harbor, Midway, Guam, Okinawa and as a China Marine.  See his proile on the Marine TWS site at http://marines.togetherweserved.com/profile/219359

Brother, Carsten D. Carlson, LTC, USA (Ret), served in combat with C Co, 2d Bn 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam from approximately January 1968 to August 1968 when he was medically evacuated with serious wounds.  He enlisted in the USAR in 1962 and was commissioned in about 1966.  He later went on active duty, retiring as a Regular Army officer with 20 years of active service.    

Uncle Charles R. Carlson, SGM, USA (Ret) /  CPT, AUS (Ret),  served from 1947 to 1968 with combat service in Korea and Vietnam.  See his profile at the Army TWS site at http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/87789

In addition to my time with the US Army, I served in the Texas Guard from 1992 to 1995.   I served as the XO of the 502d Military Police Battalion and later as Commander, 2d Bn, 4th Bde from 1993 to 1995.  I entered the Guard as a Captain and was soon promoted to Major by the State AG..  I left the Guard in 1995 as a Lt Colonel.

Other members of my famly have served, particularly on my father's mother's side of the family, with Union forces in the Civil War, the War of 1812, the American Revolution, French & Indian Wars.... and others, going back to my 10th Great Grandparents who came over on the Mayflower in 1620.  Their daughter (my 9th Great Grandmother, Rebecca Towne, was hanged as a witch during the time of the Salem witch trials.  She was later found not guilty, but that verdict came a little late.  Another ancestor from that side of the family participated in the Norman Invasion of 1066 and the Battle of Hastings.  That side of the family has aslo been traced back to ancient royals of the House of Wessex as well as other French and English Royalty, including ancient  French, Scandinavian and Germanic Kings. 
   

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, 3rd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Lewis, WA), E7
 Unit Assignments
6th Battalion, 3rd Brigade AIT6th Infantry Division/HHC293rd Engineer Battalion513th Intelligence Corps Group
Military Intelligence UnitsMilitary Intelligence UnitsMilitary Intelligence Center & SchoolDepartment of Defense (DOD)/Defense Language Institute West (DLI West)
115th Military Intelligence Group502nd Military Intelligence BattalionEighth Army (EUSA)9th Infantry Division
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment/2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment3rd Armored DivisionUS Army Reserve Command (USARC)/Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)101st Military Intelligence Battalion
66th Military Intelligence GroupUS Army South (USARSO)Berlin BrigadeUS Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
902nd Military Intelligence GroupJoint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B)Military Police UnitsCombined Joint Task Force 82 (CJTF-82)
Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF-101)10th Mountain Division (LI)
  1967-1967, 11B10, 6th Battalion, 3rd Brigade AIT/A Company
  1967-1968, 11B10, 6th Infantry Division/HHC
  1968-1968, 11B10, 293rd Engineer Battalion
  1968-1968, 11B10, 513th Intelligence Corps Group
  1968-1969, 97D, 430th Military Intelligence Battalion
  1969-1971, 97D, 430th Military Intelligence Battalion
  1971-1971, Military Intelligence Center & School/Counterintelligence Special Agent's Course
  1971-1972, 97B, Defense Language Institute West (DLI West)/Spanish
  1972-1972, 97B, 115th Military Intelligence Group
  1973-1973, 97B, 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion
  1973-1975, 97B, Eighth Army (EUSA)
  1975-1977, 97B, 9th Infantry Division/9th Military Intelligence Company
  1977-1978, 19D, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment/HHT
  1978-1980, 97B, 3rd Armored Division
  1978-1981, 31A, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)/Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1980-1981, 97B, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion/HHC
  1980-1981, 97B, 1st Infantry Division/HHC
  1981-1983, 97B, 66th Military Intelligence Group
  1981-1985, 31A, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)/Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1983-1983, 97B, US Army South (USARSO)
  1983-1985, 97B, Berlin Brigade
  1984-1985, 97B, US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  1985-1985, 97B, 902nd Military Intelligence Group
  1985-1986, 97B, Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B)
  1985-1987, 31A, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)/Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1986-1987, 97B, 902nd Military Intelligence Group
  1992-1993, 31A, 502nd Military Police Battalion/HHC
  1993-1995, 31A, 502nd Military Police Battalion/HHC
  2005-2007, 35E, 902nd Military Intelligence Group/308th Military Intelligence Battalion
  2005-2007, 35E, 308th Military Intelligence Battalion/HHC
  2007-2008, 35E, Combined Joint Task Force 82 (CJTF-82)
  2008-2008, 35E, Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF-101)
  2009-2010, 35E, 10th Mountain Division (LI)/3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1975 Vietnam War
  2001-2014 Operation Noble Eagle
  2007-2010 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
  2010-2010 OEF - Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009-11)3
 Colleges Attended 
Kansas State UniversityTexas A&M University, TexarkanaCentral Michigan UniversityKennesaw State University
  1980-1981, Kansas State University
  1984-1987, University of the State of New York - Albany
  1986-1987, Texas A&M University, Texarkana
  1989-1992, Central Michigan University
  2012-Present, Kennesaw State University2
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