Photo by Sgt. Scott
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
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
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
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.
Photo by Sgt. Scott
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.