ESS Announces the Addition of Two Regional Directors with Distinguished Military Service Backgrounds

November 29, 2005  |  ESS UPDATES

Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) is proud to announce that Carl Christian and Mike Turner have joined its management team as Regional Directors.

Mr. Christian recently retired from the U.S. Army, serving most recently in the U.S. Army Forces Command as its command sergeant major.  In that position, he served as the FORSCOM Commanding General's personal advisor on all matters relating to enlisted soldiers, with emphasis on training and quality of life.  He is a 30-year career soldier, and served as FORSCOM command sergeant major from October 2001 through November 2005.  He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to ESS, based upon the many positions he's held throughout his distinguished Army career.

Mr. Christian has served as a Tank Commander, Reconnaissance Section Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Armor Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, writer/analyst for the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Operations Sergeant Major, Squadron Sergeant Major, Regimental Sergeant Major, 1st Armored Division (Forward) Task Force Eagle Bosnia Command Sergeant Major, United States Armor School Command Sergeant Major, and United States Army Armor Center & Fort Knox command sergeant major.

As a Regional Director for ESS, Mr. Christian will be responsible for the military market in the eastern U.S.  "It's great to be able to have the opportunity to continue in a role that still allows me to take care of Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors," said Mr. Christian.

ESS' Regional Director in the western U.S. is Mike Turner, also a retired command sergeant major who served with the U.S. Army Special Forces.  Mr. Turner is a 25-year career soldier whose last assignment was as the 1st Battalion, 3rd Recruiting Brigade command sergeant major.  In this role, he was the senior manager responsible for over 3,500 recruiters, and acted as the personal advisor to the brigade commander on all matters relating to enlisted soldiers in the 3rd Recruiting Brigade.

During his Army career, Mr. Turner held numerous leadership positions.  He enlisted as an infantryman and served as a squad leader, long range reconnaissance platoon leader, station commander, brigade trainer, operations sergeant, guidance counselor, first sergeant, battalion sergeant major, and brigade sergeant major.  He graduated the U.S. Army's Ranger School, Pathfinder School, and Air Assault School. 

ESS' new Regional Directors will work closely with service members to provide them with information about eye protection systems, to learn about ways to improve those systems, and to increase eye safety awareness.


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"Dear ESS, On deployment in 2012, my vehicle was struck with an IED while performing route clearance in Afghanistan. The IED flipped my vehicle, knocking me unconscious and launching my rifle into my face. My cheek, nose, and eye socket were shattered from the impact, but my eye was saved from the ESS Crossbow I was wearing. When I put a pair of Crossbows back on, you can clearly see where I would have lost my eye if I wasn't wearing them." SSG Pronzati