’84 Rock grad to provide Veterans Day address


veterans day

Nov. 10, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Army Col. Michael Brobeck, a 1984 Slippery Rock University graduate with 30 years of experience as a commissioned officer, will be the featured speaker during SRU's Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial in front of the alumni house.

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Brobeck currently serves as a facilities engineer at the Army's Defense Intelligence Agency. Past assignments have included commanding an engineering brigade in Iraq and managing 30 people in the Pentagon's global security programs. Brobeck provided information to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the purpose of providing military advice to the U.S. president.

Brobeck's assignments have included service with engineering brigades deployed to Kosovo, Honduras and Germany.

A native of Ohioville, Brobeck joined SRU's ROTC in 1982 and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1984. He received a bachelor of science in business administration from SRU. Brobeck is married to Lisa Gazzo, a 1987 SRU graduate. They have three children, including a daughter Rachel, a criminology and criminal justice major at SRU.

SRU has several events planned for Veterans Day. The day begins with a Veterans Day Breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public.

At the 11 a.m. ceremony, Army Capt. Joseph Barrow, SRU assistant professor of military science, will be awarded a Purple Heart for a combat wound he received in Afghanistan in 2013, SRU President Cheryl Norton will make remarks, a wreath will be laid at the memorial, the Marching Pride will play taps and all veterans, past, present and future, will be honored with a 21-gun salute.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine | 724.738.4854 | gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu