Sam’s family first arrived in middle Tennessee around 1807 and Sam was born and raised in Nashville. Sam and his family feel very proud and blessed to call Franklin home and are very active in the community. He is devoted to his neighbors, friends, and family – especially his sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and Pam, his high school sweetheart and wife of over 43 years.
Military Service and Civilian Employment
While in the Army, Sam moved 13 times during his 26 year career. He was stationed in Germany and all across the United States with duty in Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Kentucky. While stationed in Germany, he had the opportunity to witness significant historical events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the WARSAW PACT nations, and deployment of U.S. combat units from Germany to the Middle East. He served in Iraq with the U.S. Army’s VII Corps during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Sam commanded company, battalion, and brigade level Army units. He also served in tactical and operational combat units at the platoon, company, battalion, brigade, division, and corps levels.
Military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and German Army Airborne Badge. While in the military, Sam also was awarded the highest possible U.S. government security clearance based on extensive and recurring background investigations of his character, conduct, and fitness to serve in positions of high trust and responsibility.
Sam retired in 2002 at the rank of colonel after serving 26 years as a regular Army officer. He was employed as a regional manager for a defense contractor. He was responsible for the management and supervision of over 400 employees at 124 college ROTC programs. He provided administrative, executive, and training support functions critical to recruiting, training, and commissioning the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army.
• Glencliff High School, Nashville, Tennessee (1972)
• B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1976)
• Master of Public Administration, University of
• U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
• U.S. Army War College (1998)
• Chairman of Franklin’s Battlefield Preservation
• Chairman of the Cannons on the Square Committee
• Chairman of the Carter House State Historical Site
• Foreman of the Williamson County Grand Jury
• Secretary for Franklin’s Charge, Inc
• First United Methodist Church, Franklin
• Williamson County Republican Party
• American Legion Post 215
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4893
• Elks Lodge No. 72
• Disabled American Veterans
• Military Officers Association of America
• Williamson, Inc.
• Franklin Noon Rotary
• Save the Franklin Battlefield
• House Transportation Committee
• House Transportation Subcommittee
• House Health Committee
• Joint Government Operations Committee
• Joint Subcommittee of Government Operations (Commerce,
Labor, Transportation & Agriculture)
Paid for by Sam Whitson for State Representative, Jonathan Duda, Treasurer