Campbell County Veteran Affairs is conducting Military Programs around Campbell County on Monday, Memorial Day.   The first program will be held at the Courthouse in Jacksboro at 11:00 am. . The Campbell County Honor Guard will perform the presentation of the flags, a 21 gun salute and taps. Special speaker will be Lt. Colonel Knud Salveson, U-S Army retired (TOP PHOTO).
The second program will be held at the War Memorial at Jellico at 1:00 pm.  The American Legion Honor Guard will perform the presentation of the flags, 21 gun salute and taps.  Salveson will also speak at the Jellico ceremony.

Biographical Summary
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Knud H. Salveson

Retired Lieutenant Colonel {LTC (r)} Salveson was born in Munich, Germany while his parents were stationed with the U. S. Army in Germany in 1950. He lived with his parents in various states and European countries until he graduated from college. This included attending a Dutch kindergarten and living four years in The Hague, Holland. He graduated from Eastwood High School in El Paso Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (minor in Engineering) from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1972. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Education and Engineering Technology from West Texas State University (now West Texas State A & M University) in 1985.

LTC (r) Salveson was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in December, 1972, and entered the U. S. Army in 1973 at Fort Bliss Texas as an Air Defense Artillery (ADA) officer. He attended the ADA Officer Basic Training Course, Chaparral Vulcan Officers Course and Redeye Missile Officers course at Fort Bliss Texas, as well as Airborne School at Fort Benning Georgia, before being assigned to the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, of the 1st Infantry Division in Germany. He branch transferred to the Infantry branch in 1975.

LTC (r) Salveson’s military positions/assignments include redeye section leader, anti-tank platoon leader, company executive officer, brigade logistics assistant, battalion logistics officer, company commander, battalion inspection officer, manager of the second largest computer operations center in Europe for the Army, a professor of military science, military post/installation deputy, a brigade operations officer, and director of automation for the U. S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. He earned several military awards in twenty plus years of service, including the Army Commendation medal and six Meritorious Service Medals.

LTC (r) Salveson served 22 years as the Senior Army Instructor (SAI) for the Campbell County High School (CCHS) Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) in Campbell County Tennessee. He co-started the JROTC program from inception, training 6 levels of 9-12th grade students, improving graduation rate, and winning multiple East Tennessee and southeastern state competitions/trophies as a Raider, Drill & Color Guard coach. The CCHS drill teams finished 4th and 5th in National Drill Team Championships at Daytona Beach in 2006 and 2007. The Raider team won several trophies at the National Raider Championships. The CCHS JROTC program earned the Honor Unit with Distinction Award (highest JROTC award) 20 consecutive years. LTC (r) Salveson served as a member of the CCHS School Safety Response Team, and helped secure the shooter in CCHS’s school shooting tragedy in 2005. He was awarded the US Army Cadet Command, 7th BDE JROTC Senior Army Instructor of the Year Award and the US Army Cadet Command JROTC Gold Instructor Award in 2008. He retired from his SAI position in July 2015 receiving the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service Medal.

LTC (r) Salveson is also a licensed Pyrotechnic Technician in Tennessee. As such he fired numerous fireworks shows for Pyro Shows of LaFollette in the southeastern United States as well as the Nation’s 4th of July Fireworks show in Washington, DC in 2008 and 2009.

Currently, LTC Salveson works as a substitute teacher in Campbell/Anderson Counties, a county sport team bus driver, a fireworks shooter/truck driver for Pyro Shows of LaFollette, a flagman for the LaFollette Electric Company, and a tour bus driver for Premier Transportation of Knoxville. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/24/2019-6AM)