2016 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Mr. Robert Frank, ‘69
Robert [Rob] Frank attended OMA from 1966 to 1969, graduating high school in 1967 and junior college in 1969. During his time at OMA he held the positions of Squad Leader, First Sergeant, Platoon Leader, Company Commander and S-2. Frank was a member of the Chevron Society, Saber Society, Honor Court, Rabbit Drill Team, New Cadet Detail, and Dean’s Honor Roll. In1968 he received a Lifesaving Commendation from the American Red Cross and OMA for saving the life of a 7 year old boy.
During his Rabbit Period, Frank was involved in an accident involving an impaired driver resulting in injuries that would keep him from military service. He elected to remain at OMA knowing he would never receive a commission.
Upon graduation, Frank attended the Texas State Law Enforcement Academy graduating in 1970 and served as a police officer in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1973, he was selected to become a member of a newly formed state law enforcement agency specializing in fugitive apprehension and tactical operations [SWAT].
Frank attended U.S. Marine Corps Special Weapons School, Urban Warfare School, Sniper School, and Air Assault School. He was assigned to the Dallas Fort Worth Metro unit serving in a variety of assignments across north and west Texas until 1979. During his time of service, Frank was awarded Police Officers Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Award, Community Service Award and Lifesaving Award, achieving the rank of Tactical Sergeant [Staff Sergeant].
In 1977, he earned his MBA from Southern Methodist University and in 1979 elected to leave law enforcement to enter the corporate world, where he enjoyed a 30-year career holding positions from Manager Trainee to Global Operations Officer for Lee Apparel Company, Rawlings Sporting Goods and Superior Battery Inc.
In 2009, Frank made the move from the corporate world to the non-profit world, where he presently serves as Global Chief Executive Officer with Bible League International, a Chicago-based Christian service non-profit with 65 offices around the world.
Rob resides in St. John, Indiana with his wife Teresa. They have two children, Brandy Frank Lasiter, who resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with her husband Jason and son Henry; and Travis Frank, a senior at Anderson University, where he is majoring in criminal justice.
Frank currently serves as a member of the OMA Alumni Association Board of Directors and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.