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Meet Mark Oldroyd

By Desiree Drindak, military academic development coordinator, Office of Veteran and Military Education

November 26, 2013

Empire State College student alumni, mark OldroydCommand Sgt. Major Mark Oldroyd, (in profile, far right) at Fort Drum, has relinquished his post and enrolled in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program through Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Oldroyd didn’t just give me data; he gave me timely, accurate, useable and meaningful information. There is no greater commodity to a commander,” said Col. Gary A. Rosenberg said of Oldroyd as he passed the symbolic officer sword to Command Sgt. Major Thomas Geddings, who is assuming the post.

Geddings said Oldroyd had set a high standard and he has "big shoes to fill."

Oldroyd, who joined the Army nearly 30 years ago as a cavalry scout, will retire in Castorland. Since arriving at Fort Drum in 2007, Oldroyd served as the division G-3 operations sergeant and as senior enlisted adviser for 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team before becoming the garrison command sergeant major.

Oldroyd said he had two tasks during his remarks – to say “thank you” and to say “goodbye.”

In the Army, he explained, "Soldiers and families rarely say ‘goodbye,’ but say, 'see you later.’ Regardless of how many years have passed, it’s easy to pick right up where they left off. Time drops away and we’re always able to reconnect quickly, even if we can’t remember each other’s names,” Oldroyd said. “Today, I say ‘see you later.’”

Oldroyd will work with Mark Soderstrom, chair, Master of Arts in liberal studies, School for Graduate Studies; Anastasia Pratt, mentor, Plattsburgh Unit; and Susan Hollis, mentor, Master of Arts in liberal studies, School for Graduate Studies. He has received assistance with the transition from military to civilian life from the Office of Veteran and Military Education.

For the whole story, go to http://www.drum.army.mil/mountaineer/Article.aspx?ID=7912