Captain Erich Eshelman
CPT Erich E. Eshelman hails from Lusby, Maryland. He is a 2007 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Military History and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery.
Upon graduation of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, CPT Eshelman was assigned to 1-77th Field Artillery Regiment (FAR) at Schweinfurt, Germany where he served for 3 years as a Battery Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Leader. In November 2008, CPT Eshelman deployed with C Battery, 1-77th FAR as motorized infantry to Wasit Province, Iraq where he was a Platoon Leader. Upon returning from Iraq in October 2009, CPT Eshelman served as the Combat Observation and Lasing Team (COLT) Platoon Leader for 8 months and then the Battalion Maintenance Officer for the duration of his assignment. In February 2011, CPT Eshelman attended the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Following his graduation from the career course in October 2011, CPT Eshelman completed a one-year tour in the Republic of Korea, were he was assigned to 4-7 CAV as the Squadron Fire Support Officer at Camp Hovey. Following this assignment, in October 2012 CPT Eshelman was assigned to 1-321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment (AFAR), 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne) at FT Bragg, NC and served as the Assistant Operations Officer. CPT Eshelman again served as an Assistant Operations Officer in 1-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division. While in 1-319th he took command of C Battery, the Battalion’s only Battery equipped with 155mm M777 Howitzers. CPT Eshelman has been an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Michigan since January of 2016.
CPT Eshelman's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Italian Airborne Wings, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.
CPT Eshelman is married to the former Ms. Diana Brinkman and they have one son.