Kenneth E. Carroll was born in 1933 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated from the American Institute of Engineering and Technology in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electronics. He joined the U. S. Army Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School (USAOMMCS) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, in 1962 as an instructor, beginning a long association with that school. For 22 years, Mr. Carroll instructed on missile systems ranging from the Redstone to the Pershing II and was recognized as the school's outstanding instructor seven times.
In 1984, he became the Director of Support and Deputy Assistant Commandant, a position held until October 1994. He was instrumental in implementing innovative projects to improve the quality of life and instruction within the center and school. In October 1994, Mr. Carroll became Assistant Commandant, responsible for formulating policies and coordinating staff actions, logistics support, and personnel management. He saw the center and school through turbulent times, overseeing the downsizing of OMMCS concurrent with the creation of the Combined Arms Support Command in 1994. During this period, he maintained training excellence while reorganizing the center and school, restructuring several ordnance career management fields, and assimilating the electronic maintenance functions. Mr. Carroll retired in 1999, completing 37 years of dedicated service to OMMCS and the Ordnance Corps.