Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler Retires

 

Written by

Sgt. Scott Faddis

Published October 24, 2005

       
Col. Paul Harrell presents Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler with the Legion of Merit for his long service with the Utah National Guard.

Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

Col. Paul Harrell presents Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler with the Legion of Merit for his long service with the Utah National Guard.

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — After 34 years of devoted service, Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler officially retired from the Utah National Guard Oct. 13 in a ceremony at Camp Williams.

 

Shuler served 24 years in the AGR (Active Guard Reserve) program, finishing his career with the 640th Regional Training Institute (RTI). 

 

Shuler is well known among his colleagues for his professionalism and the calm, collected manner in which he serves.

 

At the ceremony Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Spencer related one of many stories about Shuler’s demeanor while working as the 1-140th Field Artillery’s fire-direction chief.

 

“When everything was falling apart Karl was always the calm in the storm, keeping everyone else even-keeled,” Spencer said.

 

Master Sgt. Buckley Platt worked for Shuler for three years as deputy commandant of the 640th RTI.  Platt will remember Shuler for the way he demonstrated caring leadership in all his duties.

 

“When he became the commandant at the 640th he diligently strived to become the subject-matter expert in the NCOES (Noncommissioned Officer Education System) schoolhouse arena,” said Platt. “His expertise became evident nationwide when he had dealings with other academies.”

 

Col. Jerry Acton, deputy commander of I Corps, worked with Shuler for years while Shuler was in the Artillery.

 

“Command Sgt. Maj. Shuler is one of the finest NCOs I have ever worked with.  He was a great mentor to officers and all soldiers.  His knowledge, wisdom and professionalism will be greatly missed,” Acton said. 

 

Shuler now plans to divide his time between doing chores around the house and hunting, his favorite pastime.   

 

First Sgt. Kasey Quarnberg (left) presents Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler with a hunting rifle from the 640th RTI staff.  It was their way of making up for all of the hunts he had to miss working for the RTI.

Photo by Sgt. Scott Faddis

First Sgt. Kasey Quarnberg (right) presents Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler with a hunting rifle from the 640th RTI staff.  It was their way of making up for all of the hunts he had to miss working for the RTI.