Russell, Samuel, COL

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USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Colonel
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 TC-Logistics - TC
Service Years
1988 - 2017
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate
Order of Saint Martin
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Six Overseas Service Bars



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Combat Action 1st Award
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 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


 Military Association Memberships
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


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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 Amazon.com
He is the author of a history blog entitled Army at Wounded Knee, and his academic works include:
 
 
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  1988, Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course, 71st Transportation Battalion (Fort Lee, VA), A1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Army Ranger School142nd Supply and Service BattalionU.S. ArmyHQ, US Army Personnel Command PERSCOM
United States Atlantic Command (USACOM)United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM)2nd Infantry DivisionCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
559th Quartermaster BattalionDivision Support Command (DISCOM) 3rd Infantry Division3rd Sustainment Brigade3rd Infantry Division
94th Brigade Support BattalionQuartermaster Center & School, 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 Support Battalion (Airborne) (Provisional)
  1995-1998, 92A, HQ, US Army Personnel Command PERSCOM
  1998-1998, Combined Arms Services and Staff School (CAS3)
  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, Fort Lee
  2011-2012, 90A, Army War College (Staff)
  2012-2015, 90A TC, 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)
 Military Association Memberships
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


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Reflections on COL Russell's US Army Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE ARMY.
COL Samuel Russell - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army.
Military Family
Family tradition.
My Brother, Col Tom Russell, was a Marine Officer. My Sister and her Husband were Air Force Officers. My Father, COL Tom Russell, was a career Army engineer. All of my Uncles served. Both my Grandfathers, LTC Lawrence Russell, Jr. and COL Sammy Samouce, were career Officers and WWII vets. One of my Great-Grandfathers, COL Warren Whitside, was a career Officer and a veteran of the Great War (WWI). His Father, BG Sam Whitside, was a career cavalry officer and a veteran of the Civil War, Indian Wars and Spanish American War. I guess that makes me a fifth-generation Army Officer.
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 was branched Quartermaster and have served in the logistics field for all of my 24 years of service. Going to Ranger school right after QM Officer Basic definitely helped to set a "Warrior first, Logistician second" frame of mind and has carried with me through my entire career.
COL Samuel Russell - 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?
Class 8-89
It is a shame that it is so difficult for today's Sustainment Officers to get slots in Ranger school, as it really is the Army's premier small unit leadership course.

I was fortunate, lucky really, to have made it through without recycling--I received goes on all my patrols, and I attribute that more to luck and some damn good squad members than anything I did. As anyone who has traversed the woods of Benning, mountains of Dahlonega, swamps of Eglin--and in my time the deserts of Dugway--knows, any ranger instructor (RI) can fail any student on any patrol over any number of lapses. I had a couple of the toughest gut checks of my life at the school, and coming out of the then all-male Virginia Military Institute I had already experienced a few.

There was the 12-mile ruck march during the Darby phase at Benning where my urine was orange before we started (not a good sign). The "bat boy" next to me predicted I'd drop before the end of the march. My feet swelled to the point that I couldn't take off my boots and didn't want to because getting them back on would be impossible. In fact, I didn't want to stop at mandatory rest halts because my body went numb while moving but was wracked with pain at halts. The heat cramps began at about mile 8, and I remember saying over and over again in my head--and by the end, out loud--"never say die" to the point that I likely resembled a walking zombie more than a disciplined soldier. I finished only because I was determined to literally drop from heat exhaustion before quitting. Fortunately, 12 miles ended before I did. My peers, who almost ended my journey at the conclusion of that phase (I was second to the bottom in our first peer evaluations) took a rare moment of pity on me and pulled my tasks for the next two hours while I drank every drop of water I could fit in my gut and lay on my back with quivering heat cramps. At least that's how I recall it 26-years removed.

The second and greatest gut check came in the East Bay Swamp. It was my turn to "hump the pig," that is to carry the squad's M60 machine gun. After traversing down the Yellow River in zodiacs, we disembarked, and I took possession of our unit's greatest casualty producing a weapon. If memory serves, it weighed about 25 pounds including the ammo I carried in my ruck, which was probably around 65 pounds itself. Most of the ammo and the tripod was carried by my ranger buddy, a Force Recon Marine, who served as the assistant gunner. If you've carried an M60 you know there is no easy way to distribute its weight for a long duration. That night in the East Bay Swamp probably didn't last more than eleven hours, but it seemed unending to me. I recall the Ranger Training Battalion commander accompanied our platoon that night. Every ranger school class is different depending on the time of year and weather. In our case, it was late April, and unseasonably dry. It didn't rain a drop during the two weeks we were in the swamp. The result was the swamp, which is normally about waist to armpit deep with water, was drained leaving a bed of mud and muck. Every step saw my feet sink about a foot and required precious energy to extract from the mire. The "pig" seemed to catch on every vine and branch in the swamp, requiring me to yank it free. Within a few hours, my noise discipline was non-existent as I swore with every step I took. By 0200 or 0300 I had come to the conclusion that I was done, mentally if not physically. Quitting was the only logical choice to end my misery. I kept going for two reasons. I knew there was no way to get a helicopter or boat to our location, and even if I quit then and there, I would still have to hump out of that swamp. And, if I quit, that meant someone else would have to hump that pig, and most of them already had a turn at it.

By the time we got back to Benning at the end of the Florida phase and were awaiting our airborne trip out to Dugway, Utah, for the desert phase, I was pretty sure I had received a "go" in all of my patrols (you didn't see your results until the end of the course). I recall one of the RI company commanders asking me publicly if I knew that the Quartermaster Corps was undefeated. I didn't know what he was talking about then but realized later that he was indicating I had passed all my patrols. I was one of only about five in the platoon that had no negative major or minor spot reports and had passed all patrols. So, I was picked to be the squad leader for our airborne assault into the desert.

As I recall, our mission after a successful airborne insertion was to conduct an assault on some fighting positions around the airfield. It was our second jump at ranger school, as our jump in the swamps was scratched. I had attended Airborne school as a cadet almost four years earlier, so my experience was nil and the only airborne refresher I received at ranger school was practicing parachute landing falls (PLF) off a trash can. My jump into Dahlonega out of a Blackhawk was an inglorious tree-landing where I was wedged about 100 feet up in a hardwood oak--emphasis on the HARD. Trees weren't an obstacle in the deserts of Dugway. After a four-hour stomach-churning flight where my not-for-preflight-or-inflight-use-MRE ensured I was as nauseous as a greenhorn sailor, the doors of the C-141 Hercules opened, and that air beckoned a quick leap into the slipstream. It was my worst exit. I staggered to the door, handed off my static line to the safety, turned about 15 degrees and walked into the side of the door, which spun me out of the aircraft. I entered the blast spinning like a top twisting my risers and suspension lines as my chute deployed. I felt the shock of my chute opening and tried to check my canopy.

The twists in my chute kept my head down, and I fell back on my pre-jump training. Grasping the risers I pulled them apart and began bicycling furiously. It seemed like a couple of minutes--but likely was less than 60 seconds--before I felt the final twist pop out and I began spinning the other direction twisting my suspension lines the other way. Finally, all the twists came out and I then checked for fellow jumpers to see my rate of descent. No one was around me. Apparently, my twisted lines had decreased the size of the opening in my chute and caused me to descend faster than my fellow jumpers. I looked for the ground and realized I was almost on it. I released my ALICE pack, which smashed into the ground before it reached the end of my lowering line. I had no time to release my weapon, and I came down on top of my rucksack with my weapon still attached--an imperfect three-point PLF: feet, ass, head. On the ground and uninjured, it was a successful jump.

For the first time during our training at ranger school, we dawned MILES gear for the assault on the fighting positions. My squad leader duties weren't over until we had secured our objective. The assault required about a 1,500-meter movement to the enemy positions, bounding by buddy teams. We started taking fire but continued to move in an upright position. My RI started killing off squad members with his "god" gun if they weren't bounding properly, that is three to five second rushes before diving into the prone position and providing covering fire for the next buddy team rush. Before long, I was taken out. Only three of our members were bounding to the RI's satisfaction, and they made it to the enemy position and quickly dispatched them. As I had been "killed" early in the assault, I was sure I had my first no-go, but since my squad mates successfully completed the mission, I passed the patrol. No one makes it through ranger school on their own.
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?
Following is an email I sent to family and friends during my Battalion Command tour in Baghdad.

From: Russell, Samuel L LTC MIL USA FORSCOM
Sent: Thu, 3 Apr 2008 4:10 pm
Subject: Another Memorial

Family and Friends...

I've been trying to get out another update on the events of the past
COL Samuel Russell - 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?
two months, but we've had a busy couple of weeks -- a large spike in insurgent activity. Unfortunately, our brigade lost several Soldiers. Again, my battalion was spared any casualties. I can't bring myself to write about my trivial goings on with the weight of the latest combat operations and the burden of the associated loss. That will have to wait.

One of the missions my unit performs is recovering heavily damaged vehicles that units are unable to self-recover. We had several over the past week into heavily contested areas. Our follow-on missions after recovery are to sanitize the damaged or destroyed vehicles, process the human remains and prepare the fallen Soldiers for transport through the mortuary in Baghdad and on to the mortuary in Dover. Unless out on a mission, I am always present when remains are brought back and vehicles are sanitized. It is the most solemn of missions and at the same time potentially the most psychologically demanding that my Soldiers encounter.

One of my recovery teams went out with 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment -- Rangers -- to bring back a destroyed HMMWV and two of their fallen comrades. This mission involved running a gauntlet of improvised explosive devices (IED), rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and small arms fire--there and back--and, thank God, our guys returned unscathed, despite being hit by all three. I was there when we downloaded the severely damaged gun truck, which was missing an armored door after receiving the full blast of an explosively formed projectile (EFP). After taking the tarp off the vehicle and beginning the sanitization, I moved to the mortuary affairs collection point where I met those two young Rangers, not in life but in death. The earthly remnants of their bodies were void of the souls and spirits that so recently filled them with life and aspirations, but had now moved onto a better place. After fourteen months of hard-fought combat, these two Rangers were only days from going home; each was in his early twenties. I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with my chaplain as he prayed over the bodies of these two fine young men.

No movie can capture the essence of war, not even the beach landing scene in Saving Private Ryan. Rightfully, such true to life experiences should not be seen and felt by anyone. Beyond the sights and sounds of battle, the movies can never bring to the viewer the overwhelming crush to the other senses: touch, taste, and smell. My attempts to describe the variety and severity of each sensory input would make this message unreadable. So, I'll spare you those details. Suffice it to say that the most overwhelming sense is that of loss.

Today we held the traditional memorial ceremony for both of them. It was comforting to see photos of them when they were whole, strong, motivated and proud to serve. Unfortunately, what I'll carry with me is the images of my meeting with them at my mortuary as we prepared them for their hero flight home.

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur once said, "The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."

While this is true, the Soldier also prays for his life, the life of his buddy next to him, the loved ones he is serving to protect, and his safe return home where he can peacefully enjoy that blanket of freedom for which he has sacrificed so much. He prays for victory, for strength in battle, for the annihilation of his enemy, and for retribution of fallen comrades. But what separates a Soldier's prayer from any other God-fearing American, is that he puts his prayers into action. Wielding his God-given strength he storms into the cauldron of fire, takes the fight to the enemy, places his life on the line for his buddies, seeks vengeance for his fallen comrades, and annihilates the enemy.

May God continue to bless our Nation with young men like Specialist Durrell Bennett and Private First Class Patrick Miller, young men that not only pray for peace but are willing to answer the prayers of millions of Americans by waging into battle to protect and preserve that blanket of freedom. Sleep gently tonight America, for your brave young men are standing firmly at their post.

God Bless, Sam

SAMUEL L. RUSSELL
LTC, LG
94th BSB Commander
FOB Rustamiyah
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
COL Samuel Russell - Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
My first assignment was to Wiesbaden Air Base, West Germany. It was an outstanding community--Army, Air Force, and German. It also was a phenomenal time to be in Germany, from 1989 to 1992. We were able to see the Berlin Wall come down and East and West become a unified nation again. Our trip through Check Point Alpha, through the East German corridor, to Check Point Bravo, and ultimately through Check Point Charlie to East Berlin was one of the highlights of my early career. Being able to chip on the Wall and secure a large chunk of it was priceless.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
COL Samuel Russell - From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
There are so many memories. One particular memory is of perhaps my most emotionally demanding duty in the Army, notifying a young wife that she was now a widow, and telling her mother-in-law that her Soldier-son was gone.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
COL Samuel Russell - What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
No valorous awards here. I received a Combat Action Badge in March 2005 because the Combat Logistics Patrol in which I was traveling through west Baghdad came under small arms fire. One Iraqi truck driver (white trucks) was wounded. I was the Brigade S3 out observing the patrol. We halted the patrol to assess the casualty and swap out drivers. My sole role was to dismount, move to the nearest Blue Force Tracker, and send up a SALUTE report. My two bronze stars are for meritorious service in combat.
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?
COL Samuel Russell - 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?
My 10th Mountain Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Foreign Wartime Service or combat patch is my most meaningful badge, as I wear it in memory of two Soldiers that were killed in action under my command, SGT Mark Stone and SGT Marcus Mathes, as well as for all the Soldiers that I was privileged to serve alongside in Iraq. Everything else on my uniform is bling.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
COL Samuel Russell - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
There have been so many mentors and friends, subordinates, peers and superiors alike. Perhaps the one that has shaped me more than any other, is my good friend, Shawn Morrissey. I served as his executive officer when he commanded the 559th Quartermaster Battalion, then as a Brigade S3 Operations Officer when he was the Deputy Commanding Officer, and finally as his deputy when he was the 3d Infantry Division G4 Logistics Officer. Through war and peace, he has been a trusted friend and mentor.
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?
One stands out. As a green 2nd Lt. and Platoon Leader, I was on my first and only REFORGER (Return Forces to Germany). It was January or February 1990 in Ingolstadt, Germany, and bitterly cold. I was checking my Laundry and Bath site and noticed that the 1,500-gallon stave tank
COL Samuel Russell - 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?
in the back of the shower tent had a thick coat of ice on it. I took my M16 and used the butt of the rifle to try and crack the ice. Just when I broke the ice, the weapon slipped from my hand and sunk to the bottom of the tank. As I was staring into the tank contemplating how to retrieve my rifle from the icy water, two of my Squad Leaders, Sergeant Warner and Sergeant Burkhalter, appeared from behind me and asked what I was looking at. I explained what happened and told them to fetch me a rake, and not mention the incident to anyone. One retrieved a rake while the other ran back to the company headquarters. When I returned to the headquarters, the Company had formed an impromptu gauntlet that I had to traverse, with my Company Commander at the end waiting with a weapons cleaning kit.
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?
I am currently serving as the Chief, Mobility Division at Thrid Army (USARCENT) G4--Patton's Own!--Shaw Air Force Base, SC.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
I am a lifetime member of the Association of Quartermasters and have served as the active duty member of the board. I joined the Society of the Third Infantry Division after completing my first tour in Iraq with the 3d Infantry Division Support Brigade.

While home on R&R during my Battalion Command tour in Baghdad, I visited some of our wounded warriors in Walter Reed Hospital. One of my Soldiers, a double amputee, had just returned from a vacation with his wife in Alaska. When I asked who sponsored the trip, he mentioned that it was funded through the 10th Mountain Division Association. I've been a member ever since.

Two years ago I joined a hereditary organization, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States--MOLLUS. My Gr-gr-grandfather was an original member, and my gr-grandfather also was a member. I thought I would pay them respect and homage by joining as well. Most recently, while at Carlisle, PA, I became a lifetime member of the Army War College Foundation.
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?
COL Samuel Russell - 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?
It has influenced everything I do, from the way I approach solutions to problems to how I interact with family and friends, from inspiring me with a desire for life-long learning to instilling me with the Army values.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE ARMY?
COL Samuel Russell - Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
God bless you. Enjoy, or at least appreciate, every day in the service and every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine that you're privileged to work alongside.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
COL Samuel Russell - In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
Togetherweserved.com has been a great outlet to commemorate the service of some outstanding Americans that have gone before me: those with whom I have had the privilege of serving alongside, and those who have served as sterling examples to me of service to our Nation.

KC 7/5/19

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