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Edinboro ROTC to welcome Maj. Marc P. Beckage with formal change of command ceremony

07/09/2013

EDINBORO, Pa. -- An alternately bittersweet and celebratory day awaits the Edinboro University community on Monday, July 22, as an Edinboro Army ROTC Change of Command Ceremony will celebrate the tenure of departing professor of Military Science LTC James W. Marshall III and welcome Maj. Marc P. Beckage into Marshall’s former role.

With the university since 2010, LTC Marshall fostered a disciplined and positive command climate in the Fighting Scots ROTC Battalion, elevating the program academically, militarily and physically in just three short years. He departs Edinboro having carried the university’s ROTC program to the second highest Distinguished Military Graduate rate in the nation and increased the average GPA for the ROTC Living Learning Floor to 3.30 for the spring 2013 semester, giving the ROTC one of the top two GPAs for a Living Learning Floor on campus.

 Since LTC Marshall assumed command of the Fighting Scots ROTC Battalion, overall program enrollment increased by 80 percent. In addition, during his three-year tenure, his adherence to strict standards ensured that 25 cadets were fully prepared to commission and serve as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. He also oversaw a 50 percent increase in academic scholarships for Scholar, Athlete, Leader (SAL) candidates.

“LTC Marshall has pushed to increase overall university awareness of the program, presenting ROTC as a means of pursuing academic excellence and a way to discover an above-standard career path after graduation,” said JoyAnne Bulkley-Bean, Edinboro University ROTC Enrollment and Scholarships Officer. “He worked with the university in order to procure the room and board scholarship, a very good card to have in one’s hand when trying to attract cream of the crop high school candidates to join the university and ROTC. That scholarship helps to create a focused environment for those students and has been shown to gradually increase their GPA.”

His successor, Maj. Beckage, is a Scranton, Pa., native who comes to Edinboro from his most recent assignment as an Executive Officer of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Drum, N.Y. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Scranton and a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Army Operations and National Security from the University of Maryland University College. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Service Staff School (CAS3) and Command and General Staff College (CGSC).

He was commissioned a second lieutenant and branched to the infantry in July 1997, after serving as an enlisted soldier in the Pennsylvania National Guard.  Maj. Beckage has held a variety of command and staff assignments. He and his wife of 15 years, the former Kate Acculto, have two children, Olivia, 10, and Ian, 5.

Maj. Beckage inherits a program with 100 new freshmen applicants for the Intro to ROTC class for the fall 2013 semester and a total ROTC population of 150 students, the highest in Edinboro University history.