CARLISLE, Pa. –
On Dec. 1, DLA Distribution Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Rosenkranz was honored by Army Maj. Gen. John Kem, commanding general and 51st commandant, U.S. Army War College, as Carlisle Barracks’ Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, fiscal year 2017.
Rosenkranz, who currently serves as DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania’s Airdrop Operations non-commissioned officer in charge, had to compete with peers for the honor, appearing in front of a board.
The board, chaired by Carlisle Barracks Garrison Command Sergeant Major Jamie Lethiecq, consisted of military knowledge, uniform appearance, military bearing, current events, Army and Department of Defense regulations, field manuals and overall performance records.
Rosenkranz, a native of Mayville, Wisconsin, enlisted in 2008 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then attended the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and graduated as a basic parachutist. He then attended AIT at Fort Lee, Virginia, and graduated as a 92R parachute rigger.
He was first assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (A), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a parachute packer. While there, Rosenkranz deployed as part of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force North in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served on the Convoy Team and as aerial delivery specialist and squad leader while holding the rank of Private First Class.
Rosenkranz was then assigned to 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, 16th Sustainment Brigade as an inspector tester and parachute packer. While assigned to 5th Quartermaster SSG Rosenkranz served as airdrop equipment repair supervisor, squad leader, platoon sergeant, static line jumpmaster, and unit master fitness trainer.