Curlee, Stephen Douglas, LTC

Signal Corps (Officer)
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Current Service Status
USAR Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
25A-Signal Officer
Current/Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1998-2009, 25A, Retired Reserve
Previously Held MOS
11C10-Indirect Fire Infantryman
11C20-Mortar Squad Leader
30221-Communications Center Officer (SF Qualified)
31010-Combat Signal Unit Commander (SF Qualified)
2520-Training Officer
11A-Infantry Officer
37A-Psychological Operations
35B-Strategic Intelligence Officer
01A-Officer Generalist
Service Years
1969 - 1998
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition

Signal Corps

Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel

One Service Stripe

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Post-2007) Army National Guard Recruiter National Communications Service

Army Retired-Soldier for Life

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Signal Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

USPA Wings

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Not Specified
Other Comments:

Special Forces Tab retroactively awarded on 2OCT84.

Previously Held MOS  notes:
1.  37A-Psychological Operations -  originally awarded as Specialty Skill Identifier 48B - Psychological Operations Officer on 28FEB85, since psychological operations was then part of the Foreign Area Officer functional area 48.  It was later designated a separate functional area (39) and subsequently, a separate branch (37). 
2.  01A-Officer Generalist -  was for duty as a qualified detailed inspector general. 
3.  Awarded Specialty Skill Identifier 18A - Special Operations on 5FEB85. 

Official Badges  notes:
1. Transferred to the Retired Reserve on 11MAY98. Officially retired on 18MAR09.
2. Appointed as an ALARNG Recruiter, period indefinite, effective 11SEP74.

Ribbon Bar
Marksmanship badges for Rifle  (Caliber 5.56 mm, M16A1), Pistol (Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1) and Mortar (81mm, M29A1) reflect original qualifications from BCT(1969) and AIT(1970). 


At least six of my eight great, great grandfathers (William Curlee, Lewis Kilgore, Thomas Holland, Edwin Sockwell, William Thompson and Noble Delashaw) served as Confederate soldiers in the War Between the States (all have TWS profiles shown below).

Special Forces Information

The U.S Army interpretation of the Latin phrase De Oppresso Liber is generally considered to be "to free from oppression" or "to liberate the oppressed".

A more correct and/or literal translation of the phrase 
de oppresso liber would be "from (being) an oppressed man, (to being) a free one".


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 Ribbon Bar

Parachutist (Basic)

 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, 3rd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC), D/18
  1970, 12th Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC), B/42
  1972, Alabama Military Academy Officer's Candidate School (Fort McClellan, AL), B/16
  1974, Signal Officers' Basic Course (Fort Gordon, GA)5
 Unit Assignments
20th Special Forces Group (Airborne)Basic Airborne Course (BAC)Special Forces Training Group Airborne (SFTG Abn)ARNG Special Forces Units
ARNG Special Forces UnitsU.S. Army Administrative Schools Center (Staff)ARNG, AlabamaIndividual Ready Reserve (IRR)
15th Psychological Operations BattalionU.S. Army377th Theater Support Command (377th TAACOM)Command and General Staff College - Non-Resident, CGSC-NR)
75th Maneuver Area Command95th Division (Training)125th Army Reserve Command (125th ARCOM)Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
Department of Defense (DOD)US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)Retired Reserve
  1969-1969, 11B10, HHC, 20th Special Forces Group
  1970-1970, 11C10, Basic Airborne Course (BAC)
  1970-1970, 11C10, Special Forces Training Group Airborne (SFTG Abn)
  1970-1970, 11C10, Special Forces Training Group Airborne (SFTG Abn)
  1970-1971, 11C10, HHC, 20th Special Forces Group
  1971-1971, 11C20, HHC, 20th Special Forces Group
  1971-1972, 11C20, HHC, 20th Special Forces Group
  1973-1973, 30221, HHC, 20th Special Forces Group
  1973-1974, 31010, HHC, 20th Special Forces Group
  1973-1974, 31010, U.S. Army Administrative Schools Center (Staff)
  1974-1976, 2520, 62nd Troop Command
  1976-1977, 11A, 62nd Troop Command
  1977-1981, 25A, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1981-1981, 25A, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1981-1982, 25A, 15th Psychological Operations Battalion
  1982-1984, Signal Officer Advanced Course
  1982-1985, 37A, 15th Psychological Operations Battalion/HHC
  1985-1986, 35B, 15th Psychological Operations Battalion
  1986-1987, 25A, 377th Theater Support Command (377th TAACOM)
  1987-1988, 25A, 377th Theater Support Command (377th TAACOM)
  1987-1991, 25A, Command and General Staff College - Non-Resident, CGSC-NR)
  1989-1990, 25A, 75th Maneuver Area Command/95th Maneuver Training Command
  1990-1990, 01A, 95th Division (Training)
  1990-1990, 01A, Inspector General Course
  1991-1994, 01A, 125th Army Reserve Command (125th ARCOM)
  1994-1994, 01A, 125th Army Reserve Command (125th ARCOM)
  1994-1994, 25A, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1994-1998, 25A, National Communications Systems-Office of the Manager
  1995-1995, 25A, HQ Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  1998-1998, 25A, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  1998-2009, 25A, Retired Reserve
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1973-1973 Training Exercise - Cabal Thrasher '73
  1974-1974 Training Exercise - Cabal Thrasher '741
  1983-1983 Training Exercise - WINTEX-CIMEX '838
  1984-1984 Training Exercise - Reforger '842
  1985-1985 Training Exercise - WINTEX-CIMEX '85
  1986-1986 Training Exercise - Gallant Eagle '861
  1987-1987 Training Exercise - Bright Star '874
 Colleges Attended 
Auburn UniversityCommand and General Staff College
  1967-1977, Auburn University3
  1987-1991, Command and General Staff College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mar 17, 1971, Commissioning of 2LT Preuit I. Holland, III, USA (First Cousin)1
  Mar 11, 1972, Met COL Ola L. Mize, USA, CMH Recepient2
  Jun 08, 1976, FAA Senior Parachute Rigger (Chest) Certificate1
  Feb 01, 1980, Appointed and Commissioned an Arkansas Traveler by Governor Bill Clinton 1
  Apr 27, 1981, Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.1
  Jun 01, 1986, Affiliation with the Signal Corps Regiment2
  Oct 10, 1986, Nominated, Constituted and Appointed a Colonel and Aide-de-Camp by Governor Edwin W. Edwards1
  Jan 09, 1987, TSgt. John E. Foote, USA, WWII (Uncle-Deceased)2
  Jul 18, 1992, Met Col. (ret) George "Bud" Day, USAF, CMH Recepient1
  Jun 12, 1993, Met COL (ret) Aaron Bank, USA, Father/Founder of Special Forces1
  Jan 17, 1996, Designation as a Member of the 1st Special Forces Regiment 2
  Sep 14, 1996, Inactivation of the 125th U.S. Army Reserve Command3
  May 07, 1997, Caisson Platoon, HHC, 1st Battalion, 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)2
  May 09, 1997, The Evening Parade, Marine Barracks Washington, Washington, D.C.3
  Jul 01, 1998, Cold War Certificate1
  Nov 08, 2000, Sgt. George B. Curlee, USA, WWII (Uncle-Deceased)3
  Aug 16, 2011, Maj (ret) Charles H. Watkins, Jr., USMC (Deceased)3
  Aug 20, 2011, Alabama Military Academy Military Ball and Reunion1
  Sep 11, 2011, U.S. Flag Flown Over Camp Eggers, Afghanistan2
  Jul 29, 2012, Great Sunday Afternoon with Bill O'Neill!1
  Aug 17, 2012, German Italian POW Memorial Cemetery, Fort McClellan, AL - Visitation2
  Feb 07, 2013, MG (ret) Henry H. Cobb, Jr., USA, First Commander of the 20th SFG(A), (Deceased)1
  Apr 06, 2013, SSG Barry A. Sadler, USA, Nashville National Cemetery - Grave Visitation4
  Apr 22, 2013, The Origin and Original Composition of the Parachutist Badge3
  Nov 08, 2014, Military Appreciation Day at Auburn University, AL1
  Nov 10, 2014, 60th Anniversary National Veterans Day Award Dinner 2
  Aug 26, 2016, LTC John Pelham, CSA, City Cemetery, Jacksonville, AL - Grave Visitation 5
  Nov 05, 2016, Military Appreciation Day at Auburn University, AL2
  Oct 07, 2017, Military Appreciation Day at Auburn University, AL2
  Jul 01, 2019, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
United States Parachute Association (USPA)United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Lt. Andrew Crockett ChapterJFK Special Warfare Museum Association
Chapter XXXVIII - The William P. Yarborough ChapterSignal Corps Regimental AssociationMiddle Tennessee20th Special Forces Society
Army Together We Served
  1974, United States Parachute Association (USPA)3 - Assoc. Page
  1977, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1981, Sons of the American Revolution, Lt. Andrew Crockett Chapter (Franklin, Tennessee)1 - Chap. Page
  1985, JFK Special Warfare Museum Association3
  1986, Special Forces Association, 38, Chapter XXXVIII - The William P. Yarborough Chapter (Executive Officer) (Fort Campbell, Kentucky) [Verified]2 - Chap. Page
  1990, Signal Corps Regimental Association [Verified]4 - Assoc. Page
  2010, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Middle Tennessee (Member) (Nashville, Tennessee) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, 20th Special Forces Society2
  2011, Army Together We Served [Verified]
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