Colonel Marshall K. Eward
Colonel Marshall K. Eward is the commander of the 213th Area Support Group, headquartered in Allentown, Pa. He was assigned to his current position November 1, 2000.
Col. Eward was born in Lewistown, Pa., and graduated from Kishacoquillas High School in June 1965 and Drexel University in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in general studies. He earned a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University in 1995.
Col. Eward entered the active Army in 1967. His active duty experience includes positions as platoon leader with the 4th Battalion, 1st Infantry, 6th Infantry Division; platoon leader, company commander and liaison officer, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Vietnam); and as a Special Forces A Detachment commander and battalion adjutant with the 1st Special Forces Group (Okinawa).
Col. Eward joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1973, serving in a full-time position following seven years as an infantry officer on active duty. His source of commission was through the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1976. Prior to his assignment as commander, 213th Ares Support Group, Col. Eward served as Chief of Staff from August 1995 to November 2000. Col. Eward also served as Chief of the Training Division, directorate of Plans, Operations, Training and Military Support of the Pennsylvania National Guard, from October 1994 to August 1995 in the State Area Command Headquarters. He also served as commandant of the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Academy from November 1990 to October 1994; as acting commandant and assistant commandant from May 1986 to November 1990; and as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 111th Infantry, from March 1985 to May 1986. He served as a training technician at battalion and brigade level and as a battalion administrative officer. Additionally, he served in a variety of command and staff positions at the 56th Brigade and the 103rd Engineer Battalion. He attained the rank of colonel December 27, 1990.
His military education includes Airborne School, 1968; Jungle Operations Course, 1968; Special Forces Officer Course, 1970; Infantry Officer Advance Course, 1973; Command and General Staff Course, 1977; and U.S. Army War College, 1991.
Col. Eward's military awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman's Badge; Senior Parachutist Badge; Special Forces Tab; Bronze Star with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters; Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters; National Defense Service Medal with star; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with "60" device; Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars; Presidential Unit Citation; Valorous Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Citation; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm; Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Medal; General Thomas J. Stewart Medal; Major General Thomas R. White Medal; Pennsylvania Service Ribbon; and the Pennsylvania 20-Year Medal.
Col. Eward is a member of the National Guard Association, Military Order of the World Wars, Association of the United States Army and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is also a member of the United States Army Infantry School OCS Hall of Fame.
He is married to the former Patricia Jane Secrest and they reside in Harrisburg, Pa.