Laurence M. Kerr
Major Laurence M. Kerr was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 6-65, June 22, 1965. His first duty assignment was as Infantry Platoon Leader, 82d Airborne Division, Dominican Republic. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam; A Team Leader 6th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, Kontum Mike Force, Vietnam; Commander, Basic Training Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; G1 Staff Officer, VII Corps, USAREUR, Germany. His subsequent duty assignments as a civilian, following Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army, August 1, 1974 include; Registered Representative, Merrill Lynch, New York, Tucson, Arizona; Vice Consul Consultant General, Guadalajara; Vice Consul, American Embassy, Singapore; Consul, American Embassy, Guatemala; Vietnam Desk Officer, Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Deputy Director, Citizens Consular Services, Washington, D.C.; Consul General, American Embassy, Santiago, Chile; Deputy Chief of Mission, American Embassy, Tbilisi, Georgia; Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, Mexican Embassy, Mexico; Associate Professor, National Defense University, Washington D.C. | He retired, Flag Officer Equivalent, from the U.S. Department of State. In his retirement he served as Lecturer, Military Thought, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.; Lecturer, Terrorism, Inter-American Defense College, Washington, D.C.; Lecturer, American Foreign Policy, University of Americas, Puebla, Mexico; Teacher, History/Government, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, Washington. | Major Kerr's military education and training includes: Infantry Officer Candidate School 6-65, Fort Benning, Georgia; Ranger Training, 9-65, Fort Benning, Georgia; Airborne School, 10-65, Fort Benning, Georgia; Special Forces Orientation Course, 9-68, U.S. Army Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Infantry Officers Advance Course, 71-3, Fort Benning, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Miami University and a Master Science in International Relations from Troy State University. | His military awards and decorations include: Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Medal w/ V Device, Bronze Star Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and a Meritorious Service Medal. | His Department of State Awards include: Superior Honor Award, Meritorious Honor Award (4), Secretary’s Career Achievement Award, Sinclaire Award for Excellence in Foreign Language and a Senior Performance Award.