Ashworth deployed to Iraq as part of support team
Col. Eric L. Ashworth w ill deploy to Baghdad, Iraq, where he will be assigned to the Multi- National Security Transition Command-Iraq and support the training of Iraqi Armed Forces. He is currently director of the Department of the Army's Support Branch at the Center for Strategic Leadership in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is a part of the faculty at the U.S. Army War College.
Col. Ash- worth is from Sharon Springs, New York and graduated from Sharon Springs Central School in 1978. He graduated from Siena College in 1982 with a degree in accounting and was commissioned as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the college's ROTC program. Since the, he has earned a Master of Computer Science Degree from Texas A&M University in 1993 and graduated from the U.S. Army War College with a Master of Strategic Studies Degree in 2004.
Col. Ashworth has held many positions in his 27-year career. From 1983-87, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery at Fort Hood. From 1987-90, he was the Battalion Logistics Officer and commanded a battery within the 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment in Baumholder, Germany.
From 1993-95, he was a software development chief at the U.S. Army Artificial Intelligence Center at the Pentagon. From 1996-99, he was assigned at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he held the positions of Battalion Operations Officer for the 6th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery, and the Executive Officer of the 75th Field Artillery Brigade.
Col. Ashworth was deployed to Camp Red Cloud, South Korea in 1999-2000 as a Plans Officer in Eighth U.S. Army. His latest tactical command occurred from 2000-2002 when he commanded the 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artiller y Regiment (Multiple Launch Rocket System) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Col. Ashworth's military awards include the Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals and five Army Achievement Medals. He has earned the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Badge.
Col. Ashworth and his wife Teal live in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with their three children, Kelsea, age 17, Jared, 15, and Keara, 13. Teal Ashworth is the former Teal Barlow, daughter of Ramona Barlow and the late Alva Barlow.