Charles Kirchen was born into an Air Force NCO family at Keesler AFB Mississippi in July of 1958. As a military dependent he attended 26 different schools and lived in Mississippi, Texas, Washington (state), Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Guam, Thailand, and The Philippines. He graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1981 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and entered active duty in the US Army. He served in a variety of locations including Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Washington (state), Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan, Germany, Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. He commanded from battery through brigade level. His favorite assignments were as an instructor at Fort Sill and as the commander of the United Nations Command Honor Guard in Korea. During his 3 years in Korea he also taught at Duk Sung Women's University and the Korean Military Academy. While there he competed a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Troy University. He has graduated from and later served as a senior instructor at the US Army Command and General's Staff College. He has severed as a civilian and military instructor in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Charles Kirchen has been employed by Lawton Public Schools (LPS) since 1993 (which included 3 retiree recalls into the Army). He has been a substitute teacher (at all levels), a high school social studies teacher, a department chair, a Fencing Coach, a Soccer Coach, and an Academic Team Coach. The academic teams that he was privileged to work with won 14 State Championships and have finished as high as second at Nationals. He was the LPS Teacher of the Year in 2016. Mr. Kirchen has been married to the former Charlann Roberts (who was also from an Air Force family) since 1979. They have 1 son, 3 daughters, and 2 granddaughters. He is a licensed pilot and his favorite hobby is motorcycling.