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Ellis W. Golson entered service from Lyeffion, Alabama, in July 1972 as a cadet at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Upon graduation in June 1976, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor and assigned to the 4th Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment in Mainz, Germany.
Upon completion of the overseas tour, Golson attended flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, graduating at the head of his class and then assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, as the operations officer and flight company commander. Subsequent assignments included the Republic of Korea, as the operations officer of 4th Battalion, 501st Aviation, Squadron Commander of 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry at Fort Drum, New York, and Chief of Staff United States Forces, Kosovo.
He graduated from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, the Air Force War College, and earned a Master of Science Degree from Texas A&I University. He retired from Active duty in August 2004 after 28 years of continuous service as the Director of Combat Developments, Fort Rucker and began his second career as a Department of the Army Civilian assigned as the Aviation Capability Integrator for the U.S. Army, Fort Rucker.
Awards and decorations include, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Senior Aviator Badge, Airborne Badge, and Ranger Tab.
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