Brookfield Central Class of 1996
Major Frank Castro is a proud Brookfield Central graduate who has led members of the United States Army in numerous capacities since his 1996 graduation.
During Major Castro's time at Central, he was actively involved in Spanish Club, Culture Club, and played football for the Lancers. "I appreciate the great deal of options I had in sculpting my high school experience," said Major Castro. "From the choice of classes to the variety of extracurriculars available." Frank highlighted the impact of his English teacher, Nancy Scripko who supported and encouraged his choice to join the Army after college.
Frank graduated from Central in 1996 and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. While at Whitewater, he was involved in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and was a founding member of the Kappa Omega Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha. He graduated from UW-Whitewater in May 2001 with a degree in History and a minor in Criminal Justice, and began a whirlwind journey with the U.S. Army.
The day after his college graduation, he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer at UW-Madison. Later that year, he reported to Fort Benning, GA, where he completed the Infantry Officer's Basic Course, Airborne School, and Mechanized Leader's Course. Following the completion of his courses, he reported to Fort Stewart, GA where he became a Platoon Leader for a 36-soldier infantry platoon in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment in June 2002.
Major Castro participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom beginning in March 2003 and was involved in major combat operations from the Iraqi Border to Baghdad. He received a Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his leadership in Iraq, and would later return to Baghdad as a Brigade Staff Officer to manage reconstruction projects. "There is no greater feeling in the world than when you see the trust your Soldiers have in you," said Frank. "It is an honor to have served with and for them."
In 2006, Frank took command of Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division and deployed a 92-soldier Infantry Heavy Weapons Company in Iraq. Castro left Iraq in 2009 and journeyed to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. There, he joined the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and spent three years conducting recoveries and investigating sites to return remains of missing service members from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War home to their families. "Being able to bring closure to the families and loved ones of those service members that had gone missing was very fulfilling," he reflected.
In 2013, Frank earned his Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University and also graduated
from the Army Command and General Staff College. After receiving his degree, Major Castro worked as an
Operations Officer in Fort Hood, TX and Operations Advisor in Afghanistan. In January 2015, he became the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Executive Officer and Chief of Staff for an 822-Soldier Cavalry Squadron before returning to the United States.
Today, Frank is stationed at the Mission Command Training Program in Kansas as a Team Leader in the Scenario
Design Division. His work helps Division Commanders and their staff train to plan combat operations and execute staff processes in a simulated combat environment. "The leadership skills I was able to form during my time at Elmbrook and Whitewater have taken root and grown throughout my career," said Castro. "I am honored to have spent 17 years serving and leading some of our Nation's finest individuals."
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