Stutzman, Ralph, LTC

Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
92B-Supply Material Management
Current/Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1995-1997, 92B, 89th Regional Readiness Command (89th RRC), HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
Previously Held MOS
425-Cable Communications Officer
Service Years
1969 - 1997

Transportation Corps

Lieutenant Colonel



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 Official Badges 

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




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Countries Deployed To or Visited

Where I Served

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria
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 Annual Training--1980 
 CONUS Assignments 


GermanyUnited States

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1974, Signal Officers' Basic Course (Fort Gordon, GA)1
 Unit Assignments
HQ, US Army Cadet CommandROTC Western Michigan University (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet CommandIII Corps (3rd Corps)57th Signal Battalion
174th Supply & Services Battalion89th Regional Readiness Command (89th RRC), HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)Army Reserve Schools - Staff
  1969-1972, ROTC Northern Michigan University (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1969-1973, ROTC Northern Michigan University (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1972-1973, ROTC Western Michigan University (Cadre), HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1974-1975, III Corps (3rd Corps)
  1974-1975, 425, 57th Signal Battalion
  1976-1982, 92B, 174th Supply & Services Battalion
  1982-1989, 92B, 89th Regional Readiness Command (89th RRC), HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
  1982-1997, 89th Regional Readiness Command (89th RRC), HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
  1989-1995, 92B, 5048th USARF School (Staff)
  1995-1997, 92B, 89th Regional Readiness Command (89th RRC), HQ, US Army Reserve Command (USARC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1975-1975 Operation New Life (Vietnam)
 Military Association Memberships
Association of United States Army (AUSA)Officers' Christian FellowshipNational Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS)Reserve Officers Association (ROA)
Transportation Corps Regimental AssociationMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  1970, Association of United States Army (AUSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1975, Officers' Christian Fellowship [Verified]
  1976, National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1982, Reserve Officers Association (ROA) [Verified]
  1997, Transportation Corps Regimental Association
  2019, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) - Assoc. Page

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Reflections on LTC Stutzman's US Army Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE ARMY.
I grew up in Germany on military posts and loved the environment. Because of this and my deep love for my country, I wanted to serve in the military.
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 received my commission from ROTC at Western Michigan University and went on active duty as a Signal Corps officer at Fort Sill. Upon completion of my tour of duty, I joined the Kansas Army National Guard in Coffeyville, Kansas, and received a branch transfer to Transportation Corps. I then transferred to the US Army Reserve in Wichita, Kansas, where I remained until I retired.
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?
While I am considered a Vietnam era veteran, I entered active duty about two months before the withdrawal. I did volunteer for Desert Storm but there didn't seem to be a need for old, fat Majors.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
While I was on active duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, I was sent as the Officer in Charge of 75 men to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for Vietnam refugee support (Operation New Life). We worked eight straight, eleven-hour days erecting over 500 GP Medium tents. This didn't include the replacement of 150 tents that were torn down by the tornado that passed through.
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 first Army Achievement Medal was for publishing an article in the Army Logistician magazine. I also received a Fourth Estate Award from FORSCOM for the article.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
CW4 Lee Fast and LTC Michael Williams because they both went out of their way to make sure that others got as much credit as possible for the positive things that the unit/section did.
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?
After leaving active duty, I entered the education profession. I spent 28 years in public education as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Currently, I am an Associate Professor at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.
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?
I teach leadership principles to aspiring school administrators in my role as a professor. Military leadership principles have provided the foundation for all of our discussions of leadership.

It also influenced the way I handle subordinates. They are told that I don't want to hear how things can't work, I want to know how they are going to make them work. Failure is not an option!
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE ARMY?
Never give up--you can do a lot more than you think you can.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
It allows me to remember my military career as it happened. I also liked the opportunity to set up memorial pages for my dad, father-in-law, wife's cousin, and high school classmate.

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