Edward V. Karl '59 Colonel (Ret.)
Born in Yonkers, New York, Edward V. Karl graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. A Distinguished Military Graduate of the University’s Army ROTC program, he received a Regular Army commission as a Field Artillery second lieutenant and was assigned as a mortar battery forward observer at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. In October 1959, he became a launcher platoon leader in a Nike Hercules/Ajax Air Defense battery at Grand Island, New York.
Karl completed the Artillery Basic Officer’s Courses at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Bliss, Texas in September 1960 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After completing the Division’s Airborne course, he served as a forward observer in a 105mm howitzer battery before he was branch transferred to the Ordnance Corps. As a lieutenant, he commanded Company B, 782nd Maintenance Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division until June 1962. He was selected to pursue graduate studies and earned a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Delaware in June 1964.
He was assigned for one year as a member of the general staff, 9th Logistical Command, Korat, Thailand and returned to the United States to attend the Ordnance Officer’s Advanced Course. In June 1966 he was assigned as an assistant professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Military Academy. He returned to Southeast Asia in June 1969 as Materiel Officer and Executive Officer, 27th Maintenance Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam. After completion of his one-year tour, he attended and graduated from the Army Command & General Staff College and in June 1971was assigned as Research and Development Staff Officer, Benet Weapons Laboratory and then as Executive Officer, Watervliet Arsenal, New York.
Karl joined the Army Staff in the Pentagon in February 1974 and served in two key positions as a Procurement Program Analyst in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research Development and Acquisition and in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff. In July 1978 he assumed command of the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant in Warren, Michigan. After three years, he was selected to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and upon graduation, returned to the Pentagon as Director, Industrial Base Programming, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He returned to Watervliet Arsenal and served as that installation’s commander from July 1983 until January 1986, when he was assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command. Karl retired at the grade of colonel in September 1987. After his retirement from active duty, Karl began a civilian career with VSE Corporation that included the positions of Senior Program Manager for Army Systems, Assistant Vice President and Army Systems Division Manager, Senior Vice President and General Manager for all U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Programs and Senior Vice President, Director for Systems Development.
Karl is a graduate of numerous military schools, including the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His military awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Campaign Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal (2nd Class), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, Secretary of Defense and Army General Staff Identification Badges and numerous unit awards.
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