Wednesday, April 3, 2013
After more than three years of service with the Oklahoma Army National Guard and a total of 33 years of total service with the U.S. Army, Col. Francis “Frank” Sherman will retire from the Army on May 31.
Sherman has been assigned as the Inspector General for the Oklahoma Army National Guard since August 2010. In this position, he is responsible for monitoring the morale, welfare and discipline of all military personnel, military technicians, veterans and their families across Oklahoma. He conducted numerous general and special inspections, performed hundreds of inquires, interviews and investigations, and served as a teacher and trainer on a wide variety of military related topics.
Sherman is a native of Ware, Mass., and was commissioned as an Armor Officer in May 1983 through ROTC as a distinguished military student from The Citadel in South Carolina.
After graduation, Sherman served with 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Bad Hersfeld, Germany, as platoon leader and troop executive officer.
After his first assignment in Germany, Sherman went on to hold a number of key command and staff positions to include commander Company C, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 73rd Armored Regiment; operations officer, 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, XVIII Airborne Corps, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; theatre operations officer, U.S. Forces Korea; commander, 1st Battalion 13th Armored Regiment; assistant chief of staff, G3 for the 24th Infantry Division; assistant chief of staff, G3 Division West; commander of the 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, Fort Carson, Colo.; and, inspector general for the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
Sherman’s military education includes the armor officer basic course, the armor officer advanced course, the Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College.
Sherman holds two Master’s Degree, one in business administration from Boston University and a second in national security and strategic studies from the Command and General Staff College.
Sherman’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster; the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the Joint Service Achievement Medal; the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters; the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star device; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead device; and, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral “4”.
Sherman also wears the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge with one gold star, the Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve alongside the finest soldiers of any nation,” said Sherman. “I was fortunate to have a number of non-commissioned officers and officers who believed in my abilities and dedicated their time to challenge and mentor me. Although, it has been a wild ride, I remain confident in the abilities of the Army to overcome all adversity because of its greatest asset....a U.S. Army soldier.”
Sherman is married to the former Anna Hathaway of Dallas, Texas. They have two sons, Lukas and Francis III and one daughter, Maria. Sherman’s parents, Francis and Claire Sherman, live in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
“Col. Sherman has served the Oklahoma National Guard and the U.S. Army with a level of professionalism and determination that is unparalleled,” said Maj. Gen Myles Deering, the adjutant general for Oklahoma. “He has been a very important part of my staff and will be greatly missed.”