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Edinboro ROTC to welcome officers home from service in Afghanistan


The Edinboro University Fighting Scots ROTC Battalion will celebrate the return of Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Fromknecht and Master Sergeant Corey Oliver from Afghanistan with a lunch program on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room.

Master Sergeant Oliver is the University’s incoming senior military instructor, and Chief Warrant Officer Fromknecht will be in charge of ROTC Department human resources.

The program will include opening remarks from professor of Military Science and director of Edinboro’s ROTC program Lieutenant Colonel Marc Beckage, music, social time, a presentation recognizing Master Sergeant Oliver and Chief Warrant Officer Fromknecht’s service in U.S. military efforts overseas, and a speech from Edinboro University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman.

Master Sergeant Oliver enlisted as an Infantryman in June 1998 and completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., in August of that year. He has been deployed five times – Operation Desert Fox (Kuwait, 1998-99), Stabilization Force-8 (Bosnia, 2000-01), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq, 2004-05 and 2006-07) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan, 2012-13). Oliver has served as an automatic rifleman, team leader, squad leader, weapons squad leader, platoon sergeant, senior drill sergeant and first sergeant.

Oliver is married to the former Marianne Elkington of Luxembourg and has two children, Emma, 9, and Owen, 7. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (for valor) and the Meritorious Service Medal. He has received both the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges.

Chief Warrant Officer Fromknecht, a native of Erie, enlisted in 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 Pennsylvania ROTC as a Second Lieutenant and earned his way into the Aviation branch.  After graduating from flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala., in 2004, he 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 May 2008, he was selected to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team as their Brigade Aviation Officer.  He served in Iraq from September 2008 until September 2009.  He later transferred back to the 1-104th ARB, and has spent the last year flying an Apache helicopter in Afghanistan. 

Fromknecht lives in Erie with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Grant and Grady.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from IUP.

“I am very excited to welcome Chief Fromknecht and Master Sergeant Oliver back home from their recent deployment to Afghanistan.  These servicemen have successfully completed seven military overseas deployments in the past two decades,” said LTC Beckage. “As these men return to our University our students and cadets will benefit from their recent experience in the field.  The ROTC Department is proud of their selfless service and their commitment in continuing to mentor our nation’s future leaders at Edinboro University.”