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U.S. Army

7th Signal Brigade
7th Signal Brigade

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the Following Organizations

Patriot Guard

American Legion

Life Member of The Canadian Vietnam Veterans Association

DAV Disabled American Veterans

Karla Richardson

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Karla Richardson - Basic TrainingKarla Richardson - 7th Signal Brigade

SFC Karla Richardson

Born: Pipestone, Minnesota, USA

United States Army 1977 - 1998

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US Army Military Service

Karla Richardson signed up in the US Army in February 1977 and in September 1977 attended Basic Training and Advanced Training at Ft Jackson, South Carolina.

Her military career spanned from the State of Washington, Texas and postings in Europe, notably Belgium and Germany.

  •  1978 - 1979 - 525th Replacement Detachment, Ft Lewis, Washington

  • 1979 - 1982 - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) (NATO), Mons, Belgium

  • 1982 - 1985 - Central Army Group (CENTAG) (NATO), Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1985 - 1992 - Office of the Inspector General, US Army Europe (USAREUR), Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1992 - 1995 - Patriot Training Detachment, Ft Bliss, Texas

  • 1995 - 1998 (Retired) - 7th Signal Brigade, Mannheim, Germany


Karla was awarded several medals and ribbons during her military career.

  • Meritorious Service Medal (3)

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal (2)

  • Army Commendation Medal (1)

  • Joint Service Achievement Medal (1)

  • Army Achievement Medal (2)

  • Good Conduct Medal (6)

  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

  • 9th Infantry Division Outstanding Soldier Award

  • NCO Professional Development Ribbon # 3

  • Army Service Ribbon

  • Overseas Service Ribbon # 4

  • Other

  • 1995 inducted into the Order of St Joan of Arc

  • Charter Member of Women in Military Service Memorial in Washington DC

  • First female soldier to be Unit Guide-On/Company Flag Bearer for Ft Lewis, WA

Military Training

Karla was professionally trained and qualified for her military assignments.

  • Inspector General Course

  • Advanced NonCommissioned Officers Course

  • Basic NonCommissioned Officer Course

  • Basic Leadership Course

  • Equal Opportunity Training

  • Instructor/Small Group Instructor Training


Minnesota Patriot Guard, Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders and also a member of the American Legion and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans)

Karla's Footnotes:

-Best experience during my time in the service was the privilege of serving my flag, my country, and my God.

-Most difficult experience during my time in the service was re-educating male soldiers/over-coming traditional stereotypes of female soldiers capabilities serving in the Army.




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