U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Samuel Kincheloe LTC (R) Kincheloe graduated
from East Tennessee State College in June
1959 and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. After attending the Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Upon completion of the Special Forces Officers Course, he was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa where intensive training in counterinsurgency techniques continued in preparation for deployment to Vietnam.
He deployed to Vietnam as an adjutant of an Operational B Detachment where he supported Civilian Irregular Defense Forces. Upon return to the U.S., he successfully completed the Infantry Officer Career Course and was assigned as an Infantry Officer Candidate School Company Commander.
In June 1967, MAJ Kincheloe completed a CIA programed training course at the Foreign Service Institute and was conferred a civilian status as a Foreign Service Officer and assigned as the Senior Provincial Officer for Revolutionary Development in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam.
In May 1970, MAJ Kincheloe returned to Vietnam and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and served as a battalion executive officer, battalion operations officer and subsequently as an Assistant Chief of Staff, G4. Major Kincheloe was assigned as an Inspector General in the Office of the IG, Headquarters Europe and 7th Army.
In September 1979, LTC Kincheloe was assigned as the Unconventional Warfare Officer with the US Army Western Command at Fort Shafter, HI. He reestablished and expanded joint/combined Unconventional Warfare exercises with the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
LTC Kincheloe's final assignment was as Executive Officer and Deputy Commander of the IIth Special Forces Group where he culminated more than 28 years active commission service plus 4 years as an enlisted reservist. His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, Legion of Merit, 5 awards of the
Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, 4 awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.