TFC Alumni Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
On June 15th, Toccoa Falls College Alumni Major Jason E. Franklin, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel during a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was attended by TFC President Dr. Bob Myers who gave the invocation during the ceremony and Alumni Director, Deborah Wilkes. The benediction was performed by another TFC alum, Navy Commander Paul N. Rumery.
Major Jason E. Franklin enlisted into the Army National Guard at the ripe age of seventeen. After his Basic and Advanced Individual Training he served as a Subscriber/Switchboard Programmer and Operator in B Company / 38th Signal Battalion (INARNG) and later transitioned to the 324th Signal Battalion (USAR).
After college he was accepted into the Army’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) and earned a commission into the US Army Signal Corps. His first duty assignment was the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. There he served as the S-6 of 3/101 Aviation (Attack) with follow-on assignments as Platoon Leader of the CCP Platoon, B Company, 50|51 Signal Battalion as well as that company’s Executive Officer. He deployed his platoon to Kosovo (2001) and separated from Active Duty shortly thereafter.
Upon separation from Active Duty, he joined-the Indiana National Guard where he served as the Deputy Commander for the 2-150 FA’ s Operation Noble Eagle mission and commanded C Company / 38th Signal Battalion (INARNG). This re-kindled his love for serving his country and he transitioned to the Title 10 Active Guard / Reserve program (AGR) with the Army National Guard. He spent his entire time as Major in the ARNG AGR program. His duties included S3 of the Reserve Component Operations unit at Fort Irwin, CA; Signal Organizational Integrator (OI), Force Management Division; ARNG Operations Officer, US Forces Afghanistan; Battalion Executive Officer, Mission Training Complex -Leavenworth (MTC-L VN); Deputy Division Chief, G-39 (CEMA) Strategic Plans and Policy (FORSCOM); and Branch Chief, Information Management/Systems (NGB J6). It was here that he credits Sovereignty for the opportunity to transition to the US Army Reserve (USAR) where he currently serves. Major Franklin is the Branch Chief for the Strategic Plans and Policy branch of the Army’s Protection Division (G-34).
Major Franklin’s Military education includes, The Army Signal Officer Basic Course; Signal Officer Advanced Course; Combined Arms Exercise Course; FA 50 Force Management qualification course; and Intermediate Level Education, Command and General Staff College (CGSC).
His civilian education includes attendance at Toccoa Falls College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University.
He has been married for over 20 years to his lovely bride, Amy, whom he affectionately refers to as “Mrs. America.” Together, they raise their seven children: Cameron (17), Charise (15), Topher (6), Gracie (4), Caleb (4), Caroline (3), and Mercy (3).