Carl Offenbacher, Jacksonville, OR

Nominated by Annie Offenbacher

My Hero

Carl has sacrificed a lot for his family. It's not easy being away from home, especially in a war zone. He is my personal hero and an inspiration to all. If there's anyone worthy of recognition, it's my Dad.

Making a Difference

Carl has an AS degree in Industrial Welding Technology from Rogue Community College. He worked for the State of Oregon Fish and Wildlife as a welder fabricator building and installing fish screening systems and passage. Next he went overseas with VSE Corporation in Kuwait for 6 months repairing and modernizing Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles including the Force Protection Buffalo and Cougar blast resistant vehicles. He is now at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The base regularly comes under rocket and mortar fire.

Welding Application

His job in Afghanistan is to install an upgraded suspension system on the Cougar vehicles and modernize the interior and gunner turrets. He does battle damage repair, works very closely with the troops and does what he can to keep them safe and ready for battle.

Miller on the Job

Force Protection is proud to use Miller Big 40 diesel welders; Miller suitcase wire feeders and Miller fume extractors in Afghanistan. Carl started out as a production welder for Force Protection in April of 2011, but in October passed the Certified Weld Inspector test and now holds that position in Bagram. His job now requires a certain amount of travel from base to base. He flies with the military on C17s and C140s. He is a true welding hero!