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 Scandinavian 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Memories I tried to get back into a FORSCOM unit upon my return from Berlin but was not successful. Assignment to this office was a big let down but at the same time allowed me to have more time with my family and recover a little from an "induced" stroke I suffered whiile undergoing neck surgery earlier in Berlin. When notified by INSCOM that they wanted to return me to Central America for a six-month deployment, I advised them that I should probably not go at that time since I was still recovering from the surgical incident in Berlin. INSCOM was not a very 'soldier friendly' organization and sent me anyway. Due to continued dizzness and weakness from the earlier medical 'incident', my performance was not at my normal level.. I returned to the USA in May 1986. By 1987 I was still unable to escape from INSCOM and secure an assignment to a FORSCOM unit so I decided to retire in late 1987. For 20+ years I looked forward to participating in a retirement parade. A retirement award was submitted six months prior to my retirement date but was later modified to an end of assignment award somewhere between my office and HQ INSCOM. When I found out that no one from my command would be at my retirement ceremony/parade and that there was no retirement award available to be presented at the time of the parade, I cancelled my participation in the monthly retirement cremonies at Fort Polk, LA. I didn't want to be embarassed by being the only retiree there with no retirement award and no command representation from my INSCOM unit present I was assigned to the unit as a MSG. Retired as 1SG and later advanced on the retired list to Captain.