Mr. Fromknecht, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania first enlisted into the PA Army National Guard in 1998. His first duty assignment was D Co. 1-110th Infantry, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized). In 2002 he commissioned through Indiana University of PA ROTC as a Second Lieutenant and branched Aviation. He was then assigned to HHC 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) in Johnstown, PA. Shortly thereafter, he attended flight school (Initial Entry Rotary Wing) at Fort Rucker, Alabama where he was trained and qualified in the TH-67 Bell Creek helicopter, the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and in his advanced aircraft the AH-64 Apache helicopter.
After graduating from flight school in 2004 he then deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. He served as Battle Captain in the S-3 operations shop and Platoon Leader in A Co. 1-104th ARB. In 2007 he took command of C Co 1-104th ARB until May of 2008 when he was selected to deploy to Iraq is support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team as their Brigade Aviation Officer. He Served in Iraq from September of 2008 until September of 2009. He has since then transferred back to the 1-104th ARB where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer until 19 Jan 2011 when he reverted from the Officer ranks to the Warrant Officer ranks and assumed the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. CW2 Fromknecht was then assigned to A Co. 1-104th ARB as a company mission planner. In Aug of 2012 until Aug of 2013 he deployed with the 1-104th ARB to Afghanistan is support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Some of his awards are the Bronze Star Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Combat Action Badge, Air Medal, 5 Army Commendation Medals and Army Senior Aviator Badge.
When Mr. Fromknecht is not on drill status he serves as the Human Resources Assistant here at Edinboro University's ROTC Department. He lives in Erie, PA with his wife Sarah and two son's Grant and Grady. He enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors and flying in the PA Army National Guard. Mr. Fromknecht holds a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from Indiana University of PA.