Boykins native retires from U.S. Army

Published 10:19 pm Monday, April 24, 2023

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Col. Carl Jerome Faison, a native of Boykins, retired from the United States Army on March 31. Faison is the oldest son of the Hon. Carl J. Faison and Rev. Dr. Lillie Adkins Faison of Boykins. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Armor Corps in December 1994 after earning a B.S. degree in Biology from Hampton University. He earned a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. COL Faison has also earned the Senior Professional in Human certification. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, the Adjutant General Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms & Services Staff School, the Human Resources Management Course, and the Army Command & General Staff College.

In his 28-year military career, COL Faison’s assignments included Tank Platoon Leader, A Co. 2/72nd Armor Regiment, Camp Casey, S. Korea, 1995-1996; Company Executive Officer, D Co. 1/61st Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, 1996-1999; Operations Officer, Charlotte Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), Charlotte, North Carolina, 1999-2001; Battalion Operations Officer & Detachment Commander, 502nd Personnel Services Battalion (PSB), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX, 2001-2004. While in command, COL Faison deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He served as Adjutant General Team Chief, 3-335th Training Support Battalion, Fort Sheridan, IL, 2004 to 2006; Brigade Adjutant, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, Fort Lee, 2006-2008; Commander, Fort Lee MEPS, 2008-2011; Manpower Director, 8th Army G1, Yongsan, S. Korea, 2011 to 2014; Sr. Military Adjudicator, National Capital Region Physical Evaluation Board, Arlington, 2014-2017; Deputy Chief of Military Human Resources for the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Fort Lee, 2017-2020; and Deputy Director of Technology & Business Architecture Integration (TBAI) for Headquarters Department of the Army G1 at the Pentagon, Washington, DC.

COL Faison’s military awards and honors include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, and the Horatio Gates Bronze Medal. 

COL Faison is married to his high school sweetheart, Dr. Latorial (Williams) Faison, a Courtland, native and Assistant Professor at Virginia State University. They have three sons: Carl Jerome Faison II, Kendall Isaiah Faison and Kaleb Ezra Faison.