COL E. J. Karlberg
Colonel Ernest (EJ) Karlberg was born in Albert Lea, MN in 1972. He is a 1994 graduate of Westminster College, Fulton, MO, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and receiving his commission as a Field Artillery Officer. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.

Upon completion of the Field Artillery Officer Basic course, COL Karlberg was assigned to 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery in Fort Lewis, WA. While there he served as a Company Fire Support Officer for D Company 5-77 AR, Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Leader in Alpha Battery and the Battalion S-4. COL Karlberg then served as the Assistant Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery and as commander for Alpha Battery, which deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Spring. He then assumed command of HHB, 214th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, OK. COL Karlberg then served two years as the Field Artillery Branch Qualified Captains Assignment Officer with Human Resources Command in Alexandria, VA. Following completion of Command and General Staff College, COL Karlberg served as the Assessments Chief for 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX, and deployed to Iraq in support of OIF 05-07. While deployed, he also served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer for the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Camp Taji.

Upon redeployment, COL Karlberg served as the Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 41st Fires Brigade. He also served as the Brigade Operations Officer and Executive Officer for 41st Fires Brigade, which deployed as a Battle Space Owner for Wasit Province, Iraq. Following his return from Iraq, COL Karlberg served as a Combat Trainer at the National Training Center, where he served as the Operations Officer Trainer and the Deputy Senior Fire Support Trainer. COL Karlberg then commanded 2-20 FA (MLRS) at Fort Hood, TX. During command, the battalion served as the NORTHCOM Quick Reaction Force and A Battery deployed to Kuwait in support of CENTCOM. COL Karlberg then served in the Mission Command Training Program and as the Division Chief for Training and Doctrine Management Division, Training Management Directorate, CAC-T at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

COL Karlberg’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, US Army Airborne School, the Combined Arms Staff Service School, the Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College.

COL Karlberg’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Overseas Ribbon (2), and Parachutist Badge.

COL Karlberg is married and have two children.