1st Battalion - 48th Infantry Regiment Commander's Biography


LTC Samuel W. Kline was born in Philadelphia PA, Nov 1974. He commissioned in 1997 from the Pennsylvania State University as Infantry Officer serving in the 25th Infantry Division. In 2004, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and served in both the 20th and 1st Special Forces Groups as an Operational Detachment Commander. During this time he deployed to various wartime and peacetime locations in the CENTCOM and PACOM AOR.

In July 2009, he was assigned to the Pentagon serving in the Headquarters Department of the Army G-3/5/7 as a Special Forces Action Officer and Deputy Policy and Forces Branch Chief in the G-3 Special Operations Division. In 2011, he graduated the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth KS. From 2012 to 2015 he served as the Special Forces Underwater Operations School and the Military Free Fall School commander as well as the Advanced Skills Battalion Ops and Executive Officer. From 2015 to 2018, he was assigned to the NATO Special Operations Headquarters, Mons Belgium where he served as the Current Operations Branch Chief and Executive Officer to the Commander.

His significant military education includes the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Signal Officer’s Course, Military Intelligence Captains Career Course, Army Staff Officers Course, and the Army Command and General Staff College. His civilian education includes a Master’s Degree in Global and Interagency Studies from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.

His personal awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), and other various awards; skill badges include the Air Assault Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall badge, Combat Infantrymen Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Special Forces Tab, and the Special Forces Combat Dive Supervisors Badge.

Sam is married to Lieutenant Commander Heather Kline, USN (retired), of Fayetteville, PA.

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