Carlson, Robert, CMSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
55390-Site Development Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Civil Engineering
Primary Unit
1981-1983, 55390, 1st Civil Engineer Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
M 0230-Surveyor, Topographic
22250-Geodetic Surveyor
22270-Surveyor Technician
55370-Site Development Technician
Service Years
1955 - 1983
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Cuban Missile Crisis
Chief Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Education and Training Command Instructor Basic Air Education and Training Command Instructor Master Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Nothing but traveling around the good old USA.   I'm currently retired and was certified, by NICET, with certification as a Senior Civil Engineering Technologist through the National Association of Professional Engineers.


Other Comments:

Civilian Work History (1984-2001):
2000-2001 Civil Engineering Design Team One, Base Civil Engineer, Randolph AFB, Texas (GS-12).
1999-2000 Director of Public Works for the Department of Defense Base Realignment And Closure Team, Fort McClellan, Alabama (GS-12).
1997-1999 Chief, Buildings and Grounds, 104th Area Support Group for six Public Works Offices, Hanau, Germany (GS-12).
1996-1997 Deputy for Public Works, Pusan Public Works, Busan, Korea (GS-12).
1995-1996 Chief of Facilities Maintenance, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) Public Works Office, Corpus Christi, Texas.(GS-12)
1992-1995 Chief, Plans and Programs, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) Public Works Office, Corpus Christi, Texas (GS-12).
1991-1992 Chief, Buildings and Grounds, 21st TACOM, Public Works Office, Kaiserslautern, Germany (GS-13). (On the NATO Inspection Team)
1990-1991 Chief, Roads and Grounds, 21st TACOM, Public Works Office, Kaiserslautern, Germany (GS-12). (On the NATO Inspection Team)
1988-1990 Chief, Facilities Management, Planning, and Programming Office, Mainz Area Public Works, Germany (GS-12).
1986-1988 Chief, Plans and Programs, NAS Corpus Christi Public Works Office, Corpus Christi, Texas (GS-11).
1984-1986 Public Works Contracting Officer Construction Representative, NASCC Naval Construction Corpus Christi Area Office, Corpus Christi, Texas (GS-09).

Military Service History (1955-1983):
1982 - 1983 Engineering Assistant Manager, 1st Base Civil Engineering Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing, Tactical Air Command (TAC), Langley AFB, Hampton, VA (E-9, CMSGT). Temporary Duty (TDY) Trip to: Willow Grove NAS, PA in support of the TAC Inspector General.
1980 - 1982 Chief, Contract Construction Management, 435th Civil Engineering Squadron, 435th Combat Support Group, 435th Airlift Wing, Rhein Main AB, Military Airlift Command (MAC), Frankfurt, Germany (E-9, CMSGT). TDY Trips to: Ramstein AB, Germany and Scott AFB, Illinois.
1978 - 1980 Chief of Facilities Maintenance, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Post Engineering Office, NATO Headquarters, Allied Forces Southern Europe (AF-South), Naples, Italy (E-8, SMSGT).
1975 - 1978 Chief, Construction Training Branch, 3778th Instructor Squadron, 3770 Training Group, Civil Engineering Training Center, Air Training Command (ATC), Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX (E8, SMSGT). TDY Trips to: Lackland AFB, TX and Maxwell AFB, AL.
1973 - 1975 Chief, Construction Management, 96th Civil Engineering Squadron, 96th Bomb Wing, 15th Air Force, Strategic Air Command (SAC), Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX (E-7, MSGT).1972 - 1973 Chief, Engineering Design and Safety Branch, 306th Civil Engineering Squadron, 306th Bomb Wing, SAC, McCoy AFB, Orlando, FL (E-7, MSGT).
1971 - 1972 Chief, Engineering Assistant and Design Branch, 554th Red Horse Heavy Construction Squadron, Vietnam and Thailand, Pacific Air Command (PACAF) (E-6, TSGT). TDY Trips to: Phan Rang AB, Cam Ranh Bay AB, Da Nang AB (our permanent home station), Tuy Hoa AB, Bien Hoa AB, Tan Son Nhut AB, and Nha Trang AB, and Ubon, Udorn, and Tacklie AB, Thailand. In July 1972 the Squadron Headquarters was moved to Utapoa, Thailand.

1968 - 1971 Survey Team Chief, Quality Control and Scheduling, 7454th RADAR Evaluation Squadron, 78th Fighter Wing, ADC, Hill AFB, Ogden, UT (E-6, TSGT). TDY Trips to: Aiken AFS, SC; Empire AFS, MI; Indian Mountain AFS, AL; Havre AFS, MT; Limestone AFS, ME, Houma AFS, LA, and Sheppard AFB, TX for cross training into the Engineering Assistant career field.
1967 - 1968 Survey Team Chief, Off Base Facilities Branch, 325th Civil Engineering Squadron, 325th Airlift Wing, Design Section, MAC, McCord AFB, Tacoma, WA (E-5, SSGT). TDY Trips to: Walla Walla AFS, and Makah AFS, WA.
1965 - 1967 Survey Team Chief, Off Base Facilities, 21st Civil Engineering Squadron, 5040th Civil Engineering Group, Survey/Design Section, Alaskan Air Command, Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AL (E-5, SSGT). TDY Trips to: Kotzebue AFS, Alaska; Indian Mountain AFS, Campion AFS, King Salmon AFS, Galena AFS, Cold Bay AFS, Hopper Bay AFS, Unalakleet AFS, Eileson AFB, Seward Recreational Area, Port Moller, Alaskan Air to Ground Bowing Range, and Port Heiden AFS, all located in Alaska.
1964 - 1965 Survey Team Chief, 2868th Ground Engineering and Electrical Installation Agency (GEEIA) Squadron, Western GEEIA Region, Air Force Logistics Command, Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AL (E-5, SSGT). TDY Trips to: Indian Mountain AFS, Wildwood AFS, Kotzebue AFS, Cape Newenham AFS, and Galena AFS, all located in Alaska.
1962 - 1964 Survey Team Instrument Man, Design Section, 4756th Civil Engineering Squadron, 4756th Fighter Wing, ADC Training Center, Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL (E-4, A1C). TDY Trips to: Apalachicola LORN Station, and Cross City AFS, FL.
1960 - 1962 Recorder and Computation Crewman, Survey Team Six, 7420th RADAR Sitting and Evaluation Squadron, Geodetic Survey Flight, Ramstein AB, United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Ramstein/Landsthul, Germany (E-4, A1C). TDY Trips to the following AFS RADAR/Missile Sites: Langerkopf AFS, Pirmasens, Baumholder, Finthen Army Airfield, Westhing, Grass, Sachsenheim, Spangdahlem AB, Erbeskopf AFS, Wiesbaden AB, Wasserkoppe AFS, Turkheim, Freising AFS, Giebelstadt AB, Emskirchen AFS, Schwarzenborn, Feldberg, Loffingen, Hamm, Linderhopfe, Wunsdorf, Celle AFS, Koterberg, Schonfeld, Teuelskopf AFS, Regensburg, Schmarnzell, Birkenfeld AFS, in Germany; Metz AFS in France; Madrid Civilian RACON, Torrejon AB, and Zaragoza AB in Spain; South Ruisuip AB, Upper Heyford AB, High Wycombe AB in the United Kingdom; Tripoli AB and Bengasi AFS in Libya; and Aviano AB in Italy.
1959 - 1960 Survey Team Instrument Man, Survey Team 3-0 Party, 1381st Geodetic Survey Squadron (Missile) and 1373 Mapping and Charting Squadron, 1360th Air Base Group, 1360th Photo Mapping Wing, Air Photographic and Charting Service, MAC, Orlando AFB, Orlando, FL (E-4, A1C).
1958 - 1959 General Surveyor, 1st Air Installations Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing, Eastern Air Defense Sector, ADC, Selfridge AFB, Mount Clements, MI (E-4, A1C).

1957 - 1958 Combat Topographer and Surveyor, 66th Topographic Combat Engineering Company, 1st Armored Division, Headquarters 3rd Army, North Fort Polk, Leesville, LA (E-4, SPC).
1956 - 1957 General Draftsman and Combat Topographer, 66th Topographic Combat Engineering Company, VII Corps, United States Army Europe (USAEUR), Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Germany (E-3, PFC).
1956 - 1956 United States Army follow-on Technical Training in Topographic Drafting and Surveying at the Combat Engineering Training Battalion, Fort Belvoir, United States Army Training Command, Alexandria, VA (E-2, PVT).
1955 - 1955 Basic Military Training, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, United States Army Training Command, Colorado Springs, CO (E-1, RCT).



 Countries Deployed To or Visited

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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

AustriaBelgiumBelizeBosnia and HerzegovinaCanadaChinaDenmarkIrelandCzech RepublicFranceGibraltarGermanyGuamGreeceCroatiaHungaryIsraelItalyJapanKorea, SouthSlovakiaLiechtensteinLuxembourgLibyaMonacoMoroccoMexicoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalPhilippinesSaint Kitts and NevisSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerlandThailandUnited KingdomUnited StatesVietnamHoly See (Vatican City)

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Visited = Red.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1955, OSVET (Prior Other Service Veteran), 8ID2
  1956, OSVET (Prior Other Service Veteran), School
 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)US Army (USA)/8th Infantry DivisionUS Army (USA)/V Corps1st Civil Engineer Squadron
Defense Mapping Agency/1381st Geodetic Survey Squadron1370th Photo Mapping Wing1373rd Mapping and Charting SquadronUS Air Force
4756th Civil Engineer Squadron2868th Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency Squadron5040th Civil Engineering GroupCivil Engineer Units
4754th Radar Evaluation Squadron554th Civil Engineer Squadron - Red Horse306th Bombardment Wing, Heavy96th Civil Engineering Squadron
3770th Technical Training GroupSenior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)Civil Engineer Units
Rhein Main Air Base
  1955-1956, M 0230, US Army (USA)
  1956-1956, M 0230, US Army (USA)/8th Infantry Division
  1956-1957, M 0230, US Army (USA)/V Corps
  1956-1958, M 0230, US Army (USA)
  1958-1959, 22250, 1st Civil Engineer Squadron
  1959-1959, 22250, Defense Mapping Agency/1381st Geodetic Survey Squadron
  1959-1959, 22250, 1370th Photo Mapping Wing
  1959-1959, 22250, 1373rd Mapping and Charting Squadron
  1959-1959, 22250, 1373rd Mapping and Charting Squadron
  1960-1962, 22250, 7420th Radar Evaluation Squadron
  1962-1964, 22250, 4756th Civil Engineer Squadron
  1964-1965, 22250, 2868th Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency Squadron
  1965-1967, 22270, 5040th Civil Engineering Group
  1967-1968, 22270, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron
  1968-1971, 22270, 4754th Radar Evaluation Squadron
  1971-1972, 55370, 554th Civil Engineer Squadron - Red Horse
  1972-1973, 55370, 306th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1974-1975, 55390, 96th Civil Engineering Squadron
  1975-1978, 55390, 3770th Technical Training Group
  1977-1977, 55390, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)
  1978-1979, 55390, NATO United States Contingent
  1979-1981, 55390, 435th Civil Engineer Squadron
  1979-1981, 55390, Rhein Main Air Base
  1981-1983, 55390, 1st Civil Engineer Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1961 Cold War Incident - Standoff at Checkpoint Charlie (East Germany)
  1962-1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
  1972-1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Air Force?
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 were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are 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?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
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 Air Force?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Community College of the Air ForceWayland Baptist UniversityWebster University
  1975-1979, Community College of the Air Force
  1975-1976, Others/Not Listed
  1977-1980, Wayland Baptist University
  1984-1986, Webster University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  C-133 Cargomaster II  B-61/TM-61A/MGM-1 Matador Missile  TM-61C/CGM-13 Matador Missile  
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  C-141 Starlifter  F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle  F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle  
  1958-1958, F-86 Sabre
  1959-1959, C-133 Cargomaster II
  1959-1962, B-61/TM-61A/MGM-1 Matador Missile
  1959-1962, TM-61C/CGM-13 Matador Missile
  1973-1975, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1979-1980, C-141 Starlifter
  1981-1983, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
  2003-2003, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 03, 1958, Old DOD Armed Force Wedding Vows
  Jul 15, 1983, 7420th Reunion
  Jul 31, 2006, 1381 GSSQ Reunion
  Jun 25, 2009, 1381 GSSQ Reunion
  Aug 31, 2009, Red Horse Reunion 20095
  Oct 16, 2011, RED HORSE ASSN REUNION 2011
  Aug 03, 2012, 1381 GSSQ Reunion
  Oct 30, 2012, General Photos1
  Jul 26, 2015, Rhein Main Air base Reunion, 2015
  Sep 22, 2016, Rhein Main Air Base Reunion 2016
 Military Association Memberships
AFSA 1075Air Force Association (AFA)Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)REDHORSE Association
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association (AFTEA)Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  1973, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1075 (Randolph AFB, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1975, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1984, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) [Verified]6
  2001, REDHORSE Association [Verified]10
  2005, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association (AFTEA) [Verified]
  2011, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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