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Lt. Col. Earnest Robertson, C.O. Co. A

-  A Brief Bio, As Of February 2009  -

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Earnie Roberston, CaptainEarnest Robertson, Ltc. (R)

I was born in Dallas Texas in 1935. As my father was a career Army officer, I spent my early years with frequent moves. I attended 7 different grade schools, and 6 high schools, including the 6th grade in Kwangju Korea, I graduated from Anchorage High School, in Alaska.

I graduated from Texas A&M, Kingsville, in 1959 and received my graduate degree from Webster University, St. Louis in 1974. I graduated from the Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, in 1974.

I entered active duty in the spring of1960, completed Signal Officer Basic and Airborne training, then reported for duty at the Middle East Signal Agency, Asmara Eritrea. I was there for 10 months, as Assistant S3, and Adjutant. I was then transferred to their Detachment 2, in Teheran, Iran, where I spent 15 months as Administrative Officer. Returning to CONUS, I was assigned as Post Signal Officer for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, in Denver. The Arsenal was responsible for the manufacture and storage of the Army's supply of GB nerve gas. During my 2 years there I also served as Post Adjutant, and Officer's Club Manager.

In 1964 I attended the Signal Officer Career Course at Ft. Monmouth, and then spent a year in Korea as 1st Brigade Signal Officer for the 7th Infantry Division. Returning to CONUS, I joined the instructor force, Officers Communication Dept. and assisted in the activation of the Signal OCS. During this time I taught both OCS candidates, and Signal Officer Basic students. 

In June 1966 I assumed command of Company A. 1st OC Battalion, and held that position until June 1967. During that time I was responsible for 8 classes of candidates. I then departed for the STRATCOM Signal Group, Taipei Taiwan, where for the next 2 years I served as Chief Plans & Ops Division, and then Long Lines Battalion XO. In 1969 I returned to the US to attend the Automated Communications Staff Officer course at Ft. Monmouth, and then went on to Vietnam. I served 6 months as the 196th Infantry Brigade Signal Officer, and 6 months as the Assistant Division Signal Officer for the Americal Division.

Returning to the US I was assigned as Systems Control Officer for the 35th Signal Group, and the S3 for the 50th Signal Battalion, supporting XVIII Airborne Corps.  After 4 years at Ft. Bragg my next duty was at the Reserve Components Personnel & Administration Center, St. Louis. During my 4 years there I was the Chief Assignments & Attachments Branch, then Chief Mobilization Designation Branch.  This job consisted of managing an Army wide program for Reservists which included 54 major governmental agencies, and more that 6,000 individuals, as well as conducting briefings at the highest levels of the Army. Earnest Robertson, Ltc. (R)

My final assignment was Chief Resources Management Division, Army Communications Command-FORCES at Ft. McPherson GA. This office coordinated the security, personnel management, logistics and comptroller support for 23 subordinate communication/air traffic control units throughout the northern hemisphere. I was also the CONUS Action Officer for the establishment of 2 400 man air traffic control battalions. I retired in November, 1979, and reside in Atlanta.

Awards/decorations include - Bronze Star with 2 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal  with 1 OLC, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 OLC, Vietnamese Technical Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citationand Parachute Badge.  

This page originally posted 19 February, 2009 

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