Russell, Samuel, COL

Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Service Branch
Logistics Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
90A-Logistics - QM
Current/Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
2015-2017, 90A, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (Staff), Army War College (Staff)
Previously Held MOS
92B-Supply Material Management
92D-Aerial Delivery and Materiel
92F-Petroleum Supply Specialist
92A-Quartermaster Officer
90A-Logistics - TC
Service Years
1988 - 2017
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate
Order of Saint Martin
Voice Edition

Logistics Corps


Six Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

United States Joint Forces Command 10th Mountain Division 1st Sustainment Command 3rd Infantry Division

3rd Sustainment Brigade USA Central Army Retired-Soldier for Life Military Order of the Loyal Legion

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Order of Saint Martin Cold War Veteran Global War On Terror

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Association of QuartermastersSociety of the 3rd Infantry DivisionThe National Association of the 10th Mountain Division
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)Army War College FoundationCarlisle Barracks/Cumberland Valley ChapterPost 477, Corp. Orlando Newcomer Post
  1984, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1992, Association of Quartermasters [Verified]
  2006, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division [Verified]
  2008, The National Association of the 10th Mountain Division [Verified]
  2010, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) - Assoc. Page
  2011, Army War College Foundation - Assoc. Page
  2015, Association of United States Army (AUSA), Carlisle Barracks/Cumberland Valley Chapter (Member-at-Large) (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) - Chap. Page
  2019, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 477, Corp. Orlando Newcomer Post (Life Member) (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

LTC Wellington W. Samouce, USA & USMC, Gulf War & Iraq War vet (cousin)
Col(ret) Thomas W. Russell, USMC, Gulf War vet (brother)
Maj Barbara R. Bucknam, USAF, Gulf War vet (sister)
Col(ret) Mark A. Bucknam, USAF (brother-in-law)
Col(ret) Thomas B. Russell, USA, Vietnam vet (father)
LTC(ret) Lawrence Russell, III, USA, Vietnam vet (uncle)
COL(ret) Warren A. Samouce, USA, Vietnam vet (uncle)
Capt John W. Samouce, USMC, Vietnam vet (uncle)
T/5 John A. McDaniel, USA & USN, WWII & Korea vet (father-in-law)
LTC(ret) Lawrence Russell, Jr., USAR, WWII & Korea vet (grandfather)
COL(ret) Wellington A. Samouce, USA, WWII vet (grandfather)
COL(ret) James A. Samouce, USA, WWII vet (granduncle)
MAJ(ret) George A. Samouce, USAR, WWI & WWII vet (granduncle)
Nicholas A. Samouce, USA, WWI vet (granduncle)
Capt.(ret) Carrol L. Tyler, USN, WWII vet (granduncle-in-law)
BG(ret) William R. Woodward, USA, WWI & WWII vet (granduncle-in-law)
COL(ret) Fred B. Inglis, USA, WWI & WWII vet (granduncle-in-law)
COL(ret) Warren W. Whitside, USA, Span. Amer. War, Punitive Exped & WWI vet (gr-grandfather)
LTC Archie Miller, USA, Span. Amer. War vet and Medal of Honor recipient (gr-granduncle-in-law)
MAJ Victor M. Whitside, USA, WWI vet (gr-granduncle)
BG(ret) Samuel M. Whitside, USA, Civil War, Indian Wars, Span. Amer. War vet (gr-gr-grandfather)
LTC Charles B. Bostwick, NY Vol, Civil War vet (gr-grandfather)
MAJ Henry A. Bostwick, NY Vol, Civil War vet (gr-granduncle)
1LT John H. Russell, NY State Militia, War of 1812 vet (gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
Dr. Thomas Russell, CT Line, Revolutionary War vet (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
CPL Enos Wood, VT Militia, Revolutionary War vet (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
SGT Samuel Smith, VT Militia, Revolutionary War (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
CPT Reuben Bostwick, CT Line, French and Indian War & Revolutionary War (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
Benajah Stone, IV, CT Line, French and Indian War (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
1LT James McGavock, Sr., VA State Militia, French and Indian War & Revolutionary War (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
Jacob Wead, CT Line, French and Indian War vet (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
Capt James Turner, Jr., VA State Militia, Revolutionary War (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)
Capt William Curtis, Conn. Colonial Officer, King Philip's War (gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather)

Other Comments:
COL Sam Russell was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in 1988 after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute. He is a fifth-generation Army officer and the father of three wonderful children. Prior to his arrival at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, as the Chief, Proponency Division at the Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute, he was the Chief, G4 Mobility Division, Third Army, U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

COL Russell's Operational Force assignments include serving as a lieutenant with the 142d Supply and Service Battalion, Wiesbaden, Germany; as a captain with the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina; as a major with the 2d Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Korea, and with the 3d Infantry Division and the 24th Corps Support Group at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; and as a Lieutenant Colonel where he commanded the 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Ft Polk, Louisiana and Baghdad, Iraq. His Generating Force assignments include service as a Quartermaster Assignments Officer, US Total Army Personnel Comamnd, Alexandria, Virginia; J4 Executive Assistant, US Atlantic Command, Norfolk, Virginia; and Chief, Office of the Quartermaster General, US Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia.

COL Russell is a graduate of the Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from VMI, a Masters of Military Arts and Science in History from USAC&GSC, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from USAWC. He has deployed in support of Operation Uphold Democracy (Cuba), Operation Enduring Freedom (Kuwait, Qatar and Pakistan), and twice to Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). His awards include the Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Rigger Badge, and numerous other campaign and service medals and ribbons.

COL Russell recently published a book titled, Sting of the Bee: A Day-By-Day Account of Wounded Knee and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890 - 1891 as Recorded in the Omaha Bee, available on
He is the author of a history blog entitled Army at Wounded Knee, and his academic works include:
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1988, Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course (Fort Lee, VA), A1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army Ranger School142nd Supply and Service BattalionU.S. Army528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne)
HQ, US Army Personnel Command PERSCOMUnited States Atlantic Command (USACOM)United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM)2nd Infantry Division
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course559th Quartermaster BattalionDivision Support Command (DISCOM) 3rd Infantry Division3rd Sustainment Brigade
3rd Infantry Division94th Brigade Support BattalionQuartermaster Center & School (Staff) Fort LeeArmy War College (Staff)
US Army Forces Central (Third Army)Army War College (Staff)
  1989-1989, 92A, Army Ranger School
  1989-1992, 92B, 29th Supply and Service Company, 142nd Supply and Service Battalion
  1992-1992, 92A, Quartermaster Officers' Advance Course
  1992-1995, 92D, HHC, 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne)
  1995-1998, 92A, HQ, US Army Personnel Command PERSCOM
  1998-1998, Combined Arms Services and Staff School (CAS3) Course
  1998-1999, 90A, United States Atlantic Command (USACOM)
  1999-2000, 90A, United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM)
  2000-2001, 90A, 2nd Infantry Division
  2001-2002, 92A, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  2002-2004, 92F, HHC, 559th Quartermaster Battalion
  2004-2005, 90A, HHC, Division Support Command (DISCOM) 3rd Infantry Division
  2005-2006, 90A, 3rd Sustainment Brigade
  2006-2007, 90A, ACoS G4, 3rd Infantry Division
  2007-2009, 90A, 94th Brigade Support Battalion
  2009-2011, 92A, Quartermaster Center & School (Staff) Fort Lee
  2011-2012, 90A, Army War College (Staff)
  2012-2015, 90A, HQ, US Army Forces Central (Third Army, ARCENT)
  2015-2017, 90A, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (Staff), Army War College (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1994-1995 Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti)
  2002-2002 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 12
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Taji, Iraq4
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Muleskinner Rustimiyah, Iraq37
  2005-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)1
  2005-2005 OIF/National Resolution (2005-07)6
  2007-2008 OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)1
  2009-2009 OIF/Iraqi Sovereignty (2009-10)
  2012-2012 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2014-2014 Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military InstituteCommand and General Staff CollegeArmy War College
  1984-1988, Virginia Military Institute6
  2001-2002, Command and General Staff College
  2011-2012, Army War College4
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 23, 2012, COL Warren A. Samouce's Funeral2
  Jun 17, 2012, General Photos4
  Feb 23, 2013, Forum Photos
  Mar 19, 2014, Message Photos1
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