– Maj. Freida Oakley, Florida Institute of Technology professor of military science and director of the university’s U.S. Army R.O.T.C. program, will be
promoted on June 1 to Lt. Colonel (LTC). She will receive her promotion in an 11 a.m. ceremony in the Hartley Room of the Denius Student Center.
Oakley just completed her first academic year at the university as the military science program director. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant of
Air Defense Artillery in 1988 when she graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. In 1998 she earned a master’s
degree in logistics management from Florida Tech’s School of Extended Graduate Studies center at Fort Lee, Va.
Oakley has fulfilled overseas assignments in Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Hungary. She has supported Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation
Joint Endeavor, Operation Desert Spring, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her roles in these operations include Launcher and Fire
Control Platoon Leader, Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Support Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer.
Oakley has earned a multitude of military awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four times), Army Commendation
Medal (four times), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary/Service and National Defense Service Medal.