Born on June 24, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Alvin Rose entered the US Army in 1962, serving as a personnel clerk in Alaska until reenlisting in 1964 to attend Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School. From 1967 to 1968, he served as an EOD sergeant with the 170th Ordnance Detachment in Vietnam. During this assignment, he earned a Bronze Star with "V" device for recovering booby-trapped American casualties during the enemy's TET offensive, and a Soldier's Medal for administering first aid and evacuating injured Soldiers following an explosion at the Dong Ha Ammunition Supply Point. In subsequent tours as an EOD sergeant in Vietnam, he earned a Purple Heart.
In 1974, Rose was appointed warrant officer and served as a project officer in the Doctrine and Training Literature Branch at the US Army Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School (USAOMMCS) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. While there, he reviewed ammunition doctrinal literature and developed task lists and job performance tests for the ammunition specialist (55B) Military Occupational Specialty.
From 1975 to 1976, Rose served as Accountable Officer in the 663rd Ordnance Company (Ammunition) in Germany. In 1976, he returned to USAOMMCS to become an Ammunition Project Officer in the Combat Developments Center, but was soon on his way back to Germany to serve as Lance Missile Technician and Acting Commander of the 41st Ordnance Detachment. During this assignment, he trained US and NATO personnel on the latest Lance Missile test sets and established the Lance Missile Propellant Detank and Escort Teams. From 1981 to 1982, Rose served as Acting Commander and Accountable Officer, Surveillance and Accountability Control Team #2, Camp Humphreys, Korea. The team's ammunition depot managed 95,000 tons of conventional ammunition and component materials with 98.7 percent accuracy.
In 1982, Rose returned to USAOMMCS again and was assigned as Chief Doctrine Officer in the Munitions Branch. Chief Warrant Officer Three Rose retired from the military in 1984, but continued to serve the Army and the Ordnance Corps as a Training Instructor at USAOMMCS, where he earned numerous commendations for his exemplary work.
In 1990, Rose accepted a position as Senior Management Analyst in the Weapons Systems Management Directorate, US Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal. Following a bomb scare in 1996, he took the initiative to develop the "Redstone Arsenal Bomb Incident Guide," still in use at the arsenal. He also earned the Redstone Arsenal Commander's Award for his contributions to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) team that successfully orchestrated the merger of the US Army Aviation and Troop Command with the US Army Missile Command to form the US Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. Mr. Rose retired in 1999.