Majoring in Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technology
New York National Guard, Class of 2020
From Oneida, New York
TECHNICAL SERGEANT MICHAEL R. CARSON
AFSC : 3D171, Client Systems Craftsman
TSgt Michael Carson is the Lead Help Desk Technician and a Local Registrant Authority for the 224th Support Squadron at the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Rome NY. In addition to his primary duties he is the Program Manager for the 224th Air Defense Group volunteer Honor Guard Team. TSgt Carson was born in Atlanta, GA on Mar. 26, 1972. Upon his graduation from Jackson High School, Jackson Georgia in 1990, he entered U. S. Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island SC from Aug. to Nov. 1990. He would go onto Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, NC and was subsequently assigned to MOS Computer Operators Course at Marine Corps Central Design & Programming Activity at Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), Quantico VA. Once he graduated the Computer Operators course, Lance Corporal Carson, would then be permanently assigned to Marine Corps Computers and Telecommunications Activity, MCCDC Quantico VA, in Mar. of 1991. In Dec. of 1992 he would be transferred to Bravo Company, Headquarters Battalion at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, GA as a helpdesk telecommunications technician.
Corporal Carson would leave active duty in Aug. of 1996 to enter the civilian IT sector where he continued his IT career with companies such as, IBM Global Network Services, Nextel, Bell South Intl, and The American Red Cross. Mr. Carson would enlist into the Marine Corps Reserves on May 31, 2001 and would be assigned to the Comm. Platoon with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 472 -, under Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 42 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Atlanta. Beginning of 2002 Cpl Carson would be reassigned to MAG 42. Cpl Carson would be sent to MOS Info. Systems Specialist Course at Marine Corps Comm. & Electronics School at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms CA in April of 2002 where he graduated and returned to his unit and civilian job. In Mar. of 2003, Cpl Carson would be promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and detached from his unit to start ADSW orders with the Joint Public Affairs Office (JPAO), at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC as the webmaster for MCAS Cherry Point and 2nd Marine Air Wings public military websites.
Sgt Carson then sought active employment with the Marine Corps Reserve and was selected for the Active Reserve Program in Jun. of 2004 where he would be assigned to Marine Aerial Refueling Squadron (VMGR) 452, at Stewart ANGB in Newburgh, NY as an Airframes Mechanic for KC-130T aircraft. Sgt Carson would then be sent to A School at NAS Pensacola, FL from Aug. to Oct. 2004 where he would graduate as the Honor Graduate. He would attend C School at MCAS Cherry Point, NC from Jan. to Mar. 2005. Sgt Carson would become a QA Collateral Duty Inspector in 2007. He would deploy for Exercise Foal Eagle at MCAS Iwakuni Japan in Feb. 2007. Sgt Carson would accept the VMGR-452 Corrosion Workcenter Supervisor position offer. He would attend the Corrosion Prevention and Painters Course at the Depot at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina; the Respiratory Protection Program Managers Course at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia; and the Hazardous Material Control Technician Course at Naval Base San Diego, California between Jul. 2007 and Jan. 2008. He would go to the Substance Abuse Control Officers Course at NAS JRB New Orleans, LA in Mar. 2009 and serve the additional duty of SACO until his ETS in Mar. 2010. He also served the additional duty of MAG 49 Det. B Marine Corps Burial Detail Team member for 3.5 years.
SSgt Carson would go onto transfer to the ANG with 105th MXS at Stewart ANGB and would go on to AFSC School for Sheet Metal at NAS Pensacola, FL. He would serve on Title 10 orders with the 105th MXR before transferring to his current position at the 224th SS in Rome, NY. While at the 224th SS SSgt Carson has received the NCO of the 4th Quarter for 2018, the 224th ADG Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year for 2018 and 2019, and he was chosen as the 2019 NYANG Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year.
TSgt Carson is a non-commissioned officer with 20 years of total active service to his nation. His awards and decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, the AF Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars, the AF Outstanding Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 4 bronze stars, the AF Good Conduct Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 2 bronze stars, an AF Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, a Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the AF Longevity Service Ribbon with 1 silver oak leaf cluster, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the USAF Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hour glass device, the USAF NCO PME Graduate ribbon, the NY Long & Faithful Service Medal, the NY Outstanding Enlisted Leader of the Year Ribbon, and the NY Humane Service to NY State Medal. He has currently completed his CCAF degree for Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technology.