Dotson, Lonnie, 1SG

Armor (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
First Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Armor
Current/Last Primary MOS
19Z-Armor Senior Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1988-1988, 19Z, 3rd Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment/HHC
Previously Held MOS
19E-M48-M60 Armor Crewman
11E10-Armor Crewman
19D10-Cavalry Scout
16C-Hercules Fire Control Crewmember
19D20-Cavalry Scout
12C-Cavalry Officer
00R-Recruiter
Service Years
1967 - 1988
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur

First Sergeant


Six Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars



 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
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Rifle
Tank Weapons
Machine Gun

 

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Post-2007) US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Army Retired-Soldier for Life

Army Recruiter (Gold) - 3 Sapphires 4th Infantry Division 25th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur


 Military Association Memberships
3/4 Cav AssociationWounded Warrior Project Barstow ChapterVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Military Order of the Purple HeartPost 82-National Rifle Association (NRA)25th Infantry Division Association
  2006, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]
  2008, Wounded Warrior Project [Verified]
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Barstow Chapter (Member) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, American Legion, Post 82 (Member) (Auburn, Washington) - Chap. Page
  2013, -National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  2198, 25th Infantry Division Association [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

Invested 28 years with the Boeing Company, worked as manager Commercial Airplane Group. My group approved and changes to production and out of production Aircraft representing the Fabrication Division. I work mainly in Renton WA (home of the 737 and former home to the 757). Moved on to support the design and project supporting the 767 Tanker program as Fab Div product review manager. Before I retired I left management and went into Supply Chain Mgt and a Lead for the 737 Change board. We worked with suppliers and design team to ensure parts were delivered at the right time to support the 737 Max and recently purchased planes. We also had to support the flight who flew Boeing planes daily throughout the world. Retired in 2016?.



   
Other Comments:
Married to the former Alice (Allie) Hatch for almost the past 36 years. I have 5 kids and 9 grandkids. Living up here in the Northwest...Sshe works for Dell here at home
   
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, 5th Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Lewis, WA), C/41
 Unit Assignments
US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM)
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment161st Infantry Regiment2nd Battalion, 160th Infantry 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment
HHC, 1st Infantry Division (Forward)US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment3rd Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment
  1967-1968, 19E, US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
  1967-1968, 11E10, 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment
  1967-1968, 19E, US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
  1967-1988, 19D10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1969, 16C, Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM)
  1969-1970, 19D20, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment
  1970-1971, 12C, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment
  1971-1972, 12C, 2nd Battalion, 160th Infantry
  1971-1973, 11E10, 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armored Regiment
  1972-1973, 19E, HHC, 1st Infantry Division (Forward)
  1973-1982, 00R, US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
  1973-1985, 00R, US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
  1985-1988, 19Z, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment
  1986-1987, 19Z, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment/HHC
  1988-1988, 19Z, 3rd Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment/HHC
 Military Association Memberships
3/4 Cav AssociationWounded Warrior Project Barstow ChapterVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Military Order of the Purple HeartPost 82-National Rifle Association (NRA)25th Infantry Division Association
  2006, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]
  2008, Wounded Warrior Project [Verified]
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Barstow Chapter (Member) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, American Legion, Post 82 (Member) (Auburn, Washington) - Chap. Page
  2013, -National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  2198, 25th Infantry Division Association [Verified]

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Reflections on 1SG Dotson's US Army Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE ARMY?
I was born on an Army base (Fort McPherson, GA) as my father was a career soldier. I had always assumed the military would be my destiny. I was a member of the California Cadet Corps up until Dad was transferred to FT Lewis Washington and they didn't have a JROTC unit. RVN just got going when I was a senior and the 9th Inf Division was preparing to ship out so I kind of knew I would get drafted or have to enlist. My dad said he wouldn't fight a third war so he retired. I looked around and the Navy didn't seem to care to talk with us due to the traffic because of the draft. So I went down and talked with my local recruiter. I actually worked for him as a Recuirter some 6 years later...so I guess it was just what I was supposed to do.
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?
I didn't do well during basic training, wasn't in shape and assumed the Army was easier than I saw it. I guess since I viewed it through my father's service but wow I was mistaken. The DI's kept telling us we were being hardened for combat because many of us
1SG Lonnie Dotson - 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?
would go directly to Infantry training and RVN. I had a contract for Armor School but wasn't sure what was in store after that. I wasn't sure if I wanted a career or if the Army wanted me to be truthful. I went off to Ft Knox and my wife joined me while I attended ArmorCrew men AIT and was a Class leader due to my experience. After I was assigned to the 194th Armored BDE that supported the Armor school. I was assigned to the 47 Armor BN. I was now nervous about an assignment after the baby came due to RVN was getting pretty hot and heavy and Tanks didn't do really well as we were told. I smooth talking Carrer Counselor talked me into extending my enlistment so I could take my family to Nike Missile duty in Los Angles Cal. That seemed better than going over to Nam as a new father of one child and a second on the way.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
While at Ft Knox, Doc Martin Luther King was shot and killed and there were riots in most major cities. All permanent party troops went on riot control duty with the 82nd AB. We were to be inserted into the streets of Washington DC and stayed at Ft Mead MA. It was scary times to be sure. When we returned I went to Ft Bliss to study as a Radar control operator for Nike Site.

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