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Major Karl J. Hochstein '91: Professor's Guidance Made the Difference

Published: 5-28-2013 1:50 pm

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Major Karl J. Hochstein
Major Karl J. Hochstein, a native of Wynot, Neb., serves as Deputy Director, Department of Defense Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory (FADL), in San Antonio, Texas. His duties include managing day-to-day operations of a laboratory responsible for microbiological, chemical, and toxicological testing in support of public health, food safety, and chemical surety programs; ensuring the laboratory maintains its accreditation certificate from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation by supporting and employing the quality assurance system; reviewing and approving significant test results prior to reporting; training and advising Veterinary Service personnel regarding available laboratory capabilities; and support and assisting FADL Director with administrative and leadership functions for a staff of 60 military and civilian personnel and an annual budget of $4 million. 

He earned his bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Wayne State College in 1991. He earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1995 from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and a master of science degree in biomedical science in 2008 from Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station, Texas. He received his commission in the US Army Veterinary Corps in 1995 and was first assigned as the Chief of Veterinary Services at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Hochstein was assigned to the 72nd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) in 1997 in Hanau, Germany.  In addition to managing the veterinary clinic and food inspection program for the 414th Base Support Battalion, he served as Officer-in-Charge of a fully deployable veterinary service detachment. Hochstein deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1998 as the Commander of the 72nd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services)-Forward, in support of Operation Joint Guard and Operation Joint Forge.

He reported to the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease in 2003 at Fort Detrick, Maryland, where he worked as the Chief of Aerosol Services in the Center for Aerobiological Sciences conducting bio-defense research. He was assigned to the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in 2007 in Natick, Mass., where he served as the Chief of the Veterinary Support and Oversight Branch, managing the laboratory animal medicine program. He was assigned to the Department of Defense Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory in 2010 in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves as the Deputy Director of the laboratory.

His military education includes the Army Medical Department’s Officer Basic Course and Officer Advance Course and the Defense Acquisition University’s Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management Course. He is a professional member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the American Legion.

Hochstein’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and NATO Service Medal.

Hochstein is married to the former Carroll Ann Roberts from Junction City, Kansas. They have a daughter, Grace.

Hochstein is the son of Don and Elaine Hochstein of Hartington, Neb., and one of 15 children (eight boys and seven girls). Of those 15 children, six of the daughters and four of the sons either attended or graduated from Wayne State College.

“A lasting memory of my time at Wayne State is the genuine concern and dedication that faculty had for their students,” Hochstein said. “While deciding to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, I learned that there was no pre-vet faculty advisor. Dr. Russ Rasmussen volunteered, without my even asking, to serve as my pre-vet advisor to ensure that I completed the required coursework and was a competitive applicant. His guidance helped set me on the path to where I am today.”

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