CHS alumni retires from U.S. Army Reserves

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Col. Larry Gann was honorably retired at Ft. Chaffee, Ark., on April 30, after 34 years and 5 months service in the Arkansas National Guard and United States Army Reserve.

After graduating from CHS in 1979 Gann enlisted in the National Guard and Reserve Officer Training Program while attending Wentworth Military College. In 1984, after transferring to the University of Arkansas, he accepted his commission in the Arkansas National Guard upon completing the State OCS program. Subsequently he attended Officer Basic School in Ft. Sill, OK.

During his career Gann served in multiple positions of responsibility including two Battery commands, two Field Artillery Battalion commands, Executive Officer for the Army Commander and multiple other roles for the Arkansas National Guard.

In 1990 Gann deployed for Operation Desert Storm and served in Iraq as the Battalion Intelligence Officer.

Other deployments were as the Commander of Joint Task Force Arkansas in support of the Border Patrol during Operation Jump Start, as well as the Officer in Charge of relief efforts for Arkansas in support of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2012, Gann transferred from the Arkansas National Guard to the United States Army Reserves and was immediately promoted to the rank of Colonel and attached back to the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade where he served as the Liaison officer until his retirement.

Gann's awards include three Southwest Asia Service Medals, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, 4 Meritorious Service Medals and numerous Army Commendation and Achievement medals.

Gann is the son of Amanda Samuels -- Edie, of Exeter, and Harlan Samuels, of Warsaw. He and his wife, Paula, have a poultry farm in the Monett area.

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