Command Sergeant Major
Frank A. Socha
(September 28, 1964 – December 13, 2012)
Command Sergeant Major Frank A. Socha was born in Wyandotte, Mich. on 28 September, 1964 and graduated from Southgate Anderson High School in 1983. After completing Basic Training in 1985, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne school, Frank was assigned to the 172nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Richardson, AK. In late 1986, the 6th Infantry Division (Light) was activated and Frank was selected for the Long Range Surveillance Detachment where he served until August 1990. After a short break in service, Frank re-enlisted in April 1991and volunteered for Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, followed directly by the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Communications Sergeant.
Frank’s assignments within Special Forces include ODA 022 and 024, B Company, 1/10th SFG(A) Panzer Kerserne Germany; ODA 073, A Company, 3/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson CO; ODA 081, B Company, 3/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson, CO; Senior Instructor, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeants Course, A Company, 2/1st Special Warfare Training Group, Fort Bragg NC; Company Sergeant Major, C Company, 2/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson CO; Operations Sergeant Major, 2/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson CO; Command Sergeant Major, 2/10th SFG(A), Fort Carson CO.
Frank’s only assignment outside of Special Operations since entering Special Forces in 1991 was as a Senior Drill Sergeant for two years at Fort Sill, OK. Frank served as the Group Command Sergeant Major, 10th SFG(A) from April 2009 to April 2011. Frank participated in Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, (Italy); PROVIDE COMFORT I and II (Iraq and Turkey); JOINT GUARD (Bosnia Herzegovina); JOINT
GUARDIAN (Kosovo); IRAQI FREEDOM III (Kirkuk); IRAQI FREEDOM IV (Baghdad); and IRAQI FREEDOM V (Baghdad).
Frank’s military and civilian education: The United States Army Sergeants Major Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault Course, Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, Drill Sergeant School, Czechoslovakian and Serbian/Croatian Language Courses, Arctic Survival School, and Summer
Mountaineering Course. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Liberal Studies.
Frank’s awards and decorations: Legion of Merit (One Oak Leave Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (Two Oak Leave Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (One Oak Leave Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (“V” Device, Three Oak Leave Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal (One Oak Leave Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (One Oak Leave Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (Two Silver Loops), National Defense Service Medal (One Oak Leave Cluster), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bronze Arrowhead), South West Asia Medal (One Bronze Star), Kosovo Campaign Medal (One Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (Two Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge. Expert Marksmanship Badge (Rifle and Pistol Clasp) and French Parachutist Badge.
His wife Brenda and sons Frank Junior and Chad survive Frank.