Kansas Adjutant General's Department

8/11/2017
Contact: Public Affairs Office- Catherine Horner
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17-082 Battalion hosts change of command ceremony Aug. 12

Lt. Col. Jason Nelson will turn over command of the Kansas National Guard’s 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry to Lt. Col. Carlin Williams during a change of command ceremony Saturday, Aug. 12. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Camp Funston, 7th and F Street, Fort Riley, Kansas.

The battalion is headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas, with subordinate units in Emporia, Junction City, Lawrence, Lenexa, Manhattan, and Wichita.

Lt. Col. Carlin G. Williams

Lt. Col. Carlin G. Williams began his military career in 1996 with the Army Reserve as a combat medic. He was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Texas Christian University in 2001 as a distinguished military graduate.

Williams’ previous active duty assignments include platoon leader; company executive officer; and battalion adjutant, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; commander, Company D, 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment.

After leaving active duty in 2007 and joining the Kansas Army National Guard, he served as current operations battle captain and operations officer for 35th Infantry Division; operations officer (rear) 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment; executive officer of 4-6th Cavalry Kansas Agribusiness Development Team 4; and has served as the Red Team officer in charge, rear detachment commander, and the chief of knowledge management for the 35th Infantry Division.

In his civilian employment, he is a regional vice president for AGFA HealthCare where he manages all Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs contracts.

Williams has deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. During the deployment to Iraq, his battalion was awarded the Valorous Unit Award for actions in Fallujah.

Williams attended Texas Christian University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and holds a master’s in public administration from Webster University. Williams has completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Intermediate Level Education – Common Core, and the Advanced Operations Course.

Williams’ military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Overseas Service Ribbon 4th Award, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Kansas National Guard Homeland Defense Service Ribbon with M Device, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Lt. Col. Jason P. Nelson

Lt. Col. Jason P. Nelson began his military career in 1990 as a M60A3 Patton tank crewman and was later commissioned a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Emporia State University in 1995.

Nelson’s previous assignments include platoon leader, company executive officer, personnel officer, and logistics officer, 1st Battalion, 635th Armor; commander, Company B, 1st Battalion, 635th Armor Regiment; commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 635th Armor; operations officer, 1st Battalion, 635th Armor; deputy plans officer, and chief of operations for the 35th Infantry Division. He is currently assigned as the full-time deputy chief of staff for the Kansas Army National Guard. Nelson has deployed twice, once to Kosovo and once to Afghanistan.

Nelson attended Emporia State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He has completed the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Captains Career Course, Combined Arms Exercise, Intermediate Level Education – Common Core, and Advanced Operations Course.

Nelson’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service ribbon with bronze service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze service star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Honorable Order of Saint George.

 

 

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