Degrees and Certifications:
MSG KARL WURZBACH, US ARMY (Retired)
Master Sergeant (Retired) Karl Wurzbach enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard during his senior year of high school where he was a 4-year Air Force JROTC cadet. After graduation he completed Infantry One Station Unit Training returning home and was assigned to Company C 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry. Master Sergeant Wurzbach transitioned to the Active Army in January of 1993 where he was assigned to the Berlin Brigade’s 5th Battalion 502d Infantry Regiment in Berlin, Germany where he served as a machine gun crew member, Dragon missile gunner, and battalion awards clerk. In the summer of 1994 Master Sergeant Wurzbach transferred to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Battalion 327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky where he served in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company as an ammunition supply specialist and Company A as an automatic rifleman. During this assignment he attended and graduated from the Air Assault and Combat Lifesaver courses.
In 1996 Master Sergeant Wurzbach attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course and was transferred to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. After completing Airborne school, he was assigned to the Special Warfare Training Center and School before being reassigned to the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in the fall 1997. He served in Company’s C and A of the 2nd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment as an M203 gunner, Rifle Team Leader and Rifle Squad leader. During this assignment he graduated from the Army Ranger school and deployed to Kosovo in support of Low Intensity Conflict and Peace Keeping operations. In the Fall of 2000 he was again reassigned, this time to the 3rd Battalion of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment where he served as a Rifle Squad Leader and Reconnaissance Squad Leader.
After graduating from the Army Drill Sergeant School in December of 2001 he was reassigned to the Infantry Training Brigade at Ft. Benning, Georgia where he served as an Infantry One Station Unit Training Drill Sergeant with Company A, 2nd Battalion 54th Infantry until being again reassigned to the Special Warfare Center and School, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina in the summer of 2004. During this assignment Mater Sergeant Wurzbach attended the Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Qualification Course and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) course.
Upon his graduation from the Qualification Course in October 2005 he was then reassigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) also located at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Assigned to Company C, of the 3rd Battalion he served as the Senior Weapons Sergeant and Detachment Intelligence Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 3336 deploying three times to Afghanistan. In 2010 he was assigned as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Operations Sergeant where he again deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Battalion Support Center Operations Sergeant where he earned the first of two Purple Heart Medals. In May of 2012 he was again reassigned to Company C as the Detachment Operations Sergeant for ODA 3332 deploying a final time to Afghanistan in 2013 and earning his second Purple Heart.
After recovering from his injuries, in 2014 he was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 3rd Special Forces Group where he served as the Group Engineer Operations Sergeant and the Group Operations Sergeant. In 2016 he deployed to Germany as part of the 3rd Group’s Special Operations Command Forward North and West Africa Command where he served for six months as the Joint Operations Center Operations Sergeant. From July 2016 until his retirement in February 2018 he served as the Group’s Training Support and Futures Noncommissioned Officer in Charge.
His additional military and civilian education include the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course, Special Operations Terminal Attack Control Course, and the Special Forces Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course. Master Sergeant Wurzbach also holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports and Health Sciences from the American Military University.
His Awards and Decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, 4 Bronze Star Medals, 2 Purple Heart Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, 4 Army Commendation Medals, Kosovo Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 Service Stars, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (second Award), Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the German Schutzenschnur (marksmanship) Badge in Gold.