Unlikely celebrity Si Robertson, also known as Uncle Si, is a Vietnam War veteran, reality TV star, Duck Commander employee and now an author.
The man known for wry, homespun one-liners between sips of sweet tea on the hit TV show Duck Dynasty will appear Nov. 11 at the JBLM Lewis Main Exchange to sign copies of his book, Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynastys Favorite Uncle.
Everywhere he goes, he carries the same blue plastic mug his mother sent him in Vietnam, a prop he has used almost continuously for more than 30 years.
The JBLM Exchange appearance will be the first time Robertson will make a book-signing visit to a military installation on a Veterans Day, making the visit all-the-more meaningful to the former Army sergeant first class.
The military will always have a special place in my heart, Robertson said. To me, it is an honor to see the faces of the new Army.
Robertson is well-known for his appearance on the reality show that features the Duck Commander family business of manufacturing duck calls, but before his TV fame he served almost 25 years in the Army, from April 1968 to February 1993.
An material control and accounting specialist, Robertsons Vietnam War experience was an important event in his life, but one he doesnt talk much about except for his trademark mug.
My mother sent it to me in a care package, Robertson said.
Robertson served at Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Devens, Mass., Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Bragg, N.C., Baumholder and Kruezberg, Germany.
After his military career, Robertson joined the family business in West Monroe, La., where he fashions the reeds inserted in the companys patented duck calls.
With the television series at the top of cable ratings almost every night it airs, Robertson has become a celebrity among the general public as well as with the military community.
In the last few years, he has been a guest at ceremonies on the Armys June 14th birthday, often appearing with new recruits.
Hey Jack, Im just a country boy from Louisiana, Robertson said.
His son, Scott, is a staff sergeant who has served in the Army for the last 16 years, including three tours to Iraq. Its kept Robertson up to date with the changes in todays service.
Robertson said the main improvement since his Vietnam War days is in the civilian communitys respect service members return from the Middle East.
I pray that not one Soldier is ever forgotten, Robertson said.