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Empower AI’s Jeremy Carlson enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in September 1993. He then attended basic training at Fort Sill as a Field Artillery Soldier. 

 

“I enlisted for the same reason as many people, I expect,” he said. “I grew up in a small farming town with not much outlook. I was approached by an Army recruiter in high school and immediately was drawn to wanting to join the Army.  A few months later I enlisted.” He admits to being drawn to adventure, but it was also “about serving my country.”

 

After four years and achieving the rank of Sergeant he changed duty stations from Fort Sill to Bamberg, Germany. In Germany he met his wife, Claudia. He later advanced to Staff Sergeant and decided to make the Army a career.

Carlson acknowledged that things were suddenly different for him and his family in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks.

 

“The game changed for all of us when the deployments began,” he said. “While deployed to Kosovo, I was selected to become an Army Warrant Officer, and in 2003, I was promoted to Warrant Officer 1 and began one of which would be many rotations in and out of combat theaters in Iraq and Afghanistan.” 

 

“Warrant officers are highly skilled, single-track specialty officers,” he said. “While the ranks are authorized by Congress, each branch of the uniformed services selects, manages, and uses warrant officers in slightly different ways. For appointment to the rank of warrant officer one (WO1), normally a warrant is approved by the secretary of the respective service. However, appointment to this rank can come via commission by the service secretary, the department secretary, or by the president, but this is less common. For the chief warrant officer ranks (CW2 to CW5), these warrant officers are commissioned by the president.”

 

Carlson took a deep breath and paused, and said, “I have been fortunate to serve in many positions and lead America’s finest around the globe, from training in the U.S., to the deserts of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan, the streets of Kosovo, to the skies of Fort Bragg, and countless places in between. It was an honor to have been given opportunities to brief presidents, interact with senior corporate enterprises, and serve on high-level staffs like U.S. European Command, NORAD, and U.S. Northern Command.”

 

He remembers the pressure to get things right. “When in combat in Afghanistan, Collateral Damage Estimation is required,” he said. “This is a process of ensuring that any munitions or ordnance dropped or fired limits the chance of civilian casualties. I had to identify targets with intelligence means, then conduct the estimation methodology, if that is wrong it can result in significant number of civilian casualties.”

 

When asked about Veterans Day, Carlson said, “The Army has definitely given us ups and downs, but I would not change anything. Veterans Day is a reminder of all of the sacrifice that so many Americans have taken before me. We remember their commitment to our nation and upholding of constitutional rights.”

 

“I have been married for 23 years to my wife, Claudia,” he said. “My family has been a rock that has supported me for all of these years. I would be remiss if I did not thank them and spend time with them during Veterans Day.”

 

Carlson has learned many lessons from his years serving our nation.

 

“I have been blessed with some great leaders and 28 years of quality training,” he said.  “I have endured years of separation from family and witnessed the devastation and suffering of combat. These are all collective events that made me who I am and taught me valuable lessons. As a senior officer, leadership and mentorship are critical skills that I have not only learned but have been able to hone over the years.”

 

Carlson believes strongly in honoring both his fellow servicemembers and the families that support the military members.

 

“Serving in the U.S. military is not a job, it is a lifestyle,” he said. “It is a commitment you and your entire family makes: If the Army says you need to move from this installation and go to Europe or Asia, it’s not a choice, it’s an order. The sacrifice we make as soldiers is great, we take an oath to serve and give up everything, up to and including our life in defense of the nation, and our families are right there supporting us.”

 

Working at Empower AI gives Carlson an opportunity to “continue to interface with DOD, specifically Army clients,” he said. “I use my experience and can relate to the Army.  There is no replication for military service, and it creates an immediate trust factor when discussing products.”

JEREMY CARLSON

U.S. Army, Retired,

Chief Warrant Officer 5 (1994-2022),
VP, Product Sales, Empower AI