Carlson, Sam, CPT

Military Police Corps (Officer)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
31A-Military Police Officer
Current/Last MOS Group
Military Police Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
2009-2010, 35E, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Previously Held MOS
97D-Military Intelligence Coordinator
19D20-Cavalry Scout
97B20-Counter Intelligence Agent
97B40-Counter Intelligence Agent
35E-Counterintelligence Officer
Service Years
1967 - 2010
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition

Military Police Corps


Six Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

101st Airbone Division 10th Mountain Division 82nd Airbone Division United States Army South

US Army Retired Army Military Police Department of the Army Military Intelligence Infantry Shoulder Cord

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) US Army Retired (Post-2007) Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present)

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Military Police Mountain US Army S.E.R.E. insignia

MP Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Border Tab

Global War On Terror

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
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 AssociationBlackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)Association of 3rd Armored Division VeteransIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
American LegionThe National Association of the 10th Mountain DivisionMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)ATWS Unit Historian
TWS Memorial TeamTWS Profile IntegrityNational Association of the 6th Infantry Division
  1966, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  1975, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - Assoc. Page
  1982, Society of 1st Infantry Division - Assoc. Page
  1983, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) - Assoc. Page
  2000, 9th Infantry Division Association
  2001, Blackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)
  2009, Association of 3rd Armored Division Veterans - Assoc. Page
  2009, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) - Assoc. Page
  2010, American Legion - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Association of the 10th Mountain Division
  2012, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) - Assoc. Page
  2013, ATWS Unit Historian
  2016, TWS Memorial Team
  2018, TWS Profile Integrity
  2021, National Association of the 6th Infantry Division

 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 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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  • Cosby, Joe, SFC, (1950-1972)

   1986-1987, 902nd Military Intelligence Group

First Sergeant
From Month/Year
May / 1986
To Month/Year
- / 1987
902nd Military Intelligence Group Unit Page
First Sergeant
Not Specified
Base, Fort or City
Red River Army Depot
 902nd Military Intelligence Group Details

902nd Military Intelligence Group
Military Intelligence
Parent Unit
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Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017
Memories For This Unit

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.

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902nd Military Intelligence Group

Lynch, Mike, WO1, (1980-1988) MI 97B20 Warrant Officer 1
Sneed, Paul, SGM, (1972-1992) MI 97B50 Sergeant Major
Spry, Tyrone, CSM, (1967-1996) MI 97Z Sergeant Major
Bauer, Roger, MSG, (1977-1998) MI 97B20 Master Sergeant
Barrow, Robert, SFC, (1974-1995) MI 97B20 Sergeant First Class
Bergeron, Al, SFC, (1970-1992) MI 97B20 Sergeant First Class
George, Tim, CW3, (1975-1998) MI 97B20 Sergeant First Class
Glines, Stephen, SFC, (1974-1995) MI 97B20 Sergeant First Class
Gogo, Maria, SFC, (1980-2000) MI 97B40 Sergeant First Class
Griffith, Craig, SFC, (1975-1995) MI 97B20 Sergeant First Class
Mahlstede, Lee, SFC, (1968-1988) MI 97B20 Sergeant First Class
Reinke, Jeff, CW4, (1975-2005) MI 96B10 Staff Sergeant
Tegge, William, SSG, (1981-1988) MI 97B20 Staff Sergeant
Wall, William, SSG, (1978-1988) MI 97B30 Staff Sergeant
Caldera, Robert, SGT, (1987-1995) MI 97G Sergeant
Mace, Will, SGT, (1979-1986) MI 33T Sergeant
Siebold, Ed, CSM, (1978-2016) MI 97B20 Sergeant
Smith, Rick, SGT, (1981-1987) MI 97G Sergeant
Whitten, Keith, SFC, (1978-1997) MI 97B20 Sergeant
Judd, Orson, LTC, (1969-2003) MI 35E Lieutenant Colonel
Borrego, Eugene, MAJ, (1970-1990) MI 35E Major
Crider, John, LTC, (1977-2001) MI 351E Captain
Leonard, Jerry, CPT, (1970-1988) MI 35E Captain
Torres, Hector, CPT, (1980-Present) MI 35E Captain
Torres, Hector, CPT, (1980-Present) Captain
Albrecht, Kenneth, CW3, (1969-1989) MI 351B Chief Warrant Officer 3
Allen, James, CW3, (1972-1992) SC 250A Chief Warrant Officer 3
Iwankovitsch, Harold, CW3, (1968-1989) MI 351B Chief Warrant Officer 3
Moore, Thomas, CW3, (1964-2003) MI 351B Chief Warrant Officer 3
Engelhaupt, Kristine, CW2, (1980-2005) MI 35E Chief Warrant Officer 2
Fino, Yvonne, CW2, (1977-1992) MI 351B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Foley, Larry, CW2, (1968-1994) MI 351B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Kern, Michael, CW3, (1964-1990) MI 351B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Pease, Maurice (Moe), CW2, (1975-1999) MI 351L Chief Warrant Officer 2
Lynch, Mike, WO1, (1980-1988) MI 35E Warrant Officer 1
Thorn, Anthony, SGT, (1978-1992) QM 92Y10 Sergeant
Smith, Russell, CW5, (1977-2020) MI 351B Special Agent
Rodriguez, Richard, CW2, (1974-1994) Special Agent

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