In Memory of
Lt Col Terry W. Edinboro
August 26 1954 – July 4 2011
Terry Edinboro was born on 26 August 1954 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California, where he graduated from Glendale High School in 1972. Terry’s first interest in the military was sparked when he joined the Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force Auxiliary) in 1974. He rose to the rank of Major, serving as a Cadet Programs Officer for the California Wing (and onetime Director of Cadet Programs). He actively administered the CA Wing Encampment Program, and served as Commander, Commandant of Cadets, or Chief Tactical Officer at many encampments.
Terry enlisted in the USAR ROTC/SMP as a Cadet on 2 September 1980, where he attended ROTC at the University of San Francisco and served in the 670th Military Police Company. On 1 July 1982 he was appointed to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 143rd Military Police Battalion in San Mateo, California. He had a series of assignments in the 143rd Military Police Battalion, 670th Military Police Company, and Headquarters 49th Military Police Brigade, and in April of 1989 he was promoted to Captain and took command of the 970th Military Police Company. He deployed with the 970th in December 1991 to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm, where they performed a detention operations mission. In March of 1996, Captain Edinboro transferred to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 185th Military Police Battalion as the S-3 and on 25 July 1996, he was promoted to Major. On 1 December 1996, Major Edinboro transferred to HQ (-) State Area Command as the Military Support Officer and on 15 July 2001 he became the Chief Military Support. On 1 December 2001, Major Edinboro transferred to Provost Marshall and on 19 March 2002 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In July of 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Edinboro became the J3 Deputy Director in the Headquarters, California National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Edinboro transferred to the USAR Control Group (Retired Reserve) on 15 June 2008 with over 26 years total service.
Terry was also a proud member of the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), Post 1921, and enjoyed marching in their Color Guard at many highland games. He played bass drum for the City of Sacramento Pipe Band for one season, but ‘retired’ to cheer them on from the sidelines and sell CDs.
Lieutenant Colonel Edinboro’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M Device), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Lapel Button, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6th Award), Army Reserves Component Overseas Training Ribbon (5th Award), Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia, Air Force Recognition Ribbon, California Medal of Merit (2nd Award), California Commendation Medal (2nd Award), California Service Medal (2nd Award), California Counterdrug Service Ribbon, California Drill Attendance Ribbon and the Louisiana Emergency Service Award. He was a recipient of the Bronze level of the Military Police Corps Regiment Marechaussee Award. His USAF Auxiliary awards include the Commanders Commendation Medal, Encampment Ribbon with multiple repeat awards, and wings indicating his status as a rated observer.
He is survived by Grace Edinboro, his wife of 20 years, and father and stepmother James and Marilyn Edinboro. Terry loved animals, doting on his dogs (Jo and Spencer) and cat (Albert).
In 2011 California Wing named the Lt Col Terry Edinboro Commandants Award for Leadership at Encampment in honor of his dedication to the California Encampment program and cadets that it impacts.