In Loving
Memory

Russell “Russ” Fred Carpenter

May 14, 1971 – May 29, 2024

Russell “Russ” Fred Carpenter of Bumpass, Virginia was born on May 14, 1971. He passed unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin Carpenter; mother, Viola Krinner Carpenter; and brother-in-law, George Jeffrey Tuggle. Russ is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Wendy Tuggle Carpenter; and his loving son, Edwin Dylan Carpenter; mother-in-law, Brenda Tuggle; father-in-law, George Tuggle (Phyllis); brother-in-law, Realy Tuggle (Sabrina); brother, Daniel Carpenter (Mary); stepbrothers, David Carpenter (Angel), Dale Carpenter, Don Carpenter (Terri), Dennis Carpenter; niece, Natalie Cowan (Greg); nephew, Tyler Tuggle; niece, Kaitlyn Tuggle; great-nephew, Blake Cowan; special friends, Trampus Stanley, Chad Case, Jeff Pfeiffenberger, Michelle Robbins, and Beth Brown.

Russ is a native of Weaverville, California. Russ was serving as Telecommunications Manager at the US Secret Service. Russ began his career at the U.S. Secret Service in March 2011 as a Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc. (WBB) contractor supporting the Communications Branch in CIO. As a WBB contractor he set the bar high and was often sought out for his expertise supporting procurement, budget, and scheduling operations. In June 2021, he was hired as a federal employee to lead Radio Programs. His phenomenal leadership and genuine care for people were instrumental in keeping radio operations moving forward. Employee morale was always high under his leadership, and he worked through countless problems at his level. Seeing a leadership void in the cellular program, he took it upon himself to also lead operations and help modernize the program by promoting greater flexibility and enhancing expeditionary capabilities. Russ was always looking ahead and willing to try out new technologies to improve USSS Radio and Cellular capabilities.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Russ served in the U.S. Army for over 21 years. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and retired from The White House Communications Agency, where he provided flawless Emergency Action and Command and Control Communications Support to the President and Vice President of the United States from 2005-2011. He continued to serve Presidential and Vice-Presidential missions throughout the United States and foreign countries while working with the USSS.

As a Soldier and a leader, Russ held every leadership position from Team Chief to 1SG. His duty positions included 1SG White House Communications Agency, Operations Non-Commissioned Officer, White House Communications Agency, Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, 82nd Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC, Air Operations Non-Commissioned Officer, 82nd Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC, 5 years as the Assault Command Post Platoon Sergeant, 82nd Signal Battalion, Field Recruiter, Raleigh, NC, Section Sergeant, 82nd Signal Battalion and Team Chief, 82nd Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC.

Russ served in active combat Area of Operations to include the Gulf War, Southwest Asia, Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq. A highly decorated Soldier, some of Russ’s decorations included 2 Bronze Stars, The Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7), Army Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Medal (2), Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and German Parachutist Wings. He honorably retired from the U.S. Army in March 2011 in the rank of First Sergeant (E-8).

Outside of his work, Russ had many hobbies including boating, marksmanship, watching his son play hockey, and amateur radio. He will always be remembered for his unwavering service to his country, his larger-than-life personality, and his never-ending care for the people he led.

The Secret Service Memorial will be held on Monday, June 17, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel located at 1775 Semper Fidelis Way, Triangle, Virginia, 22172, with Military Honors burial to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road, Triangle, Virginia, 22172.

Secret Service Memorial

Location

Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel

1775 Semper Fidelis Way

Triangle, Virginia, 22172

Date

Monday, June 17, 2024

Time

12:30 p.m.

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Military Honors Committal Service

Location

Quantico National Cemetery

18424 Joplin Road

Triangle, Virginia, 22172

Date

Monday, June 17, 2024

Time

2:30 p.m.

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