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 SRU's Army ROTC program director earns lieutenant colonel rank 




January 23, 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




SRU's Army ROTC program director earns lieutenant colonel rank    


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Maj. Patrick A. Callahan, director of Slippery Rock University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corp, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel. The appointment was signed by Gerald T. Mayer, chief of promotions, Jan. 1 and was followed by a formal, on-campus induction ceremony Tuesday.

            The SRU ROTC program enrolls nearly 140 students - the largest contingent ever at the University - in a variety of military science courses.

            The campus ceremony was led by Col. Charles Hardy, brigade commander at Fort Dix, N.J. SRU's program is part of the brigade. 

Maj. Stefan R. Bandas, executive officer for the SRU program, read Callahan's promotion document: "The president of the United States has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of the following officers. In view of these qualities and his demonstrated potential for increased responsibility, Maj. Patrick A. Callahan is therefore promoted in the United States Army to the grade of lieutenant colonel." The promotion directive included a number of others throughout the Army. 

In brief, but emotion-filled remarks, Callahan thanked fellow officers for their support and offered praise for his wife's ability to run the family household during his extended absences. He said he remembered daily his fallen comrades and friends. He introduced family members and fellow officers, with whom he has served and who joined in the ceremony. 

More than two dozen SRU ROTC cadets also turned out for the University Room ceremony.

Callahan took command of the SRU ROTC program at the start of the 2008-09 academic year.

He originally enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1988 as a Bradley mechanized infantryman. After attending basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to Friedberg, West Germany. He served as an infantryman, M577 operator and driver for the brigade command team until 1990 when his enlistment was completed.

            Callahan was commissioned from Georgetown University and earned his bachelor's degree in political science from The American University in 1992. He has taken assignments with the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas, and served as an assistant operations officer, platoon leader and company executive officer during a tour that included numerous gunneries and an operational deployment to Kuwait during the fall of 1993.

            He attended the armored officers advanced course during 1996 and was then assigned the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. During his time at Fort Benning, he served as assistant brigade operations officer, battalion logistics officer, tank company commander and headquarters company commander. As a major, he was deployed to Kuwait on several occasions, including Operation Desert Fox and Intrinsic Action.

            In 2000, Callahan was appointed the United States liaison officer to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. For 24-months, he was responsible for training and commissioning British cadets in the British Army as well as the training British doctors, lawyers, chaplains and nurses into the professional branch of the British Army.

            In 2002, he became the G3 with the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Jackson, S.C. His duties included training readiness, oversight and evaluation of three enhanced separate brigades from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The work included the 30th BCT (North Carolina) training for Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2003-2004.  

            While attending CGSC at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 2004-2005, Callahan earned a master's degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. He moved to Fort Bliss, Texas, to become the squadron executive officer of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry as part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 and 2007. While there, he served as the squadron operations officer in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq. He was responsible for conducting combat operations against Al Qaeda; overseeing humanitarian operations in Ninewah Province; training Iraqi Army forces; and conducting counter-insurgency operations with the Iraqi Security Forces along the Syrian border.

            Callahan's awards/decorations include: Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (with combat award), Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon (second award).  

He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Air Assault School.  


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