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Newly Promoted Colonel to Address CSE Graduates at Commencement

Morristown, N.J. (April 18, 2016) – The College of Saint Elizabeth is honored to announce that Colonel Ingrid A. Parker, garrison commander at Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County, N.J., will be the Commencement speaker at the College's graduation exercises on May 14, 2016. In recognition for her service to her country, Colonel Parker will receive an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters.

Col. Parker is a highly decorated officer with awards and commendations including Joint Service Badge, two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, and six Army Commendation Medals.

Her experience as an Army officer has been in the area of defense – tactical, strategic, and force-providing units. Col. Parker has been deployed and has experience working with women in Iraq. When assigned to Picatinny, Col. Parker was half of the first all-female command team in the base's history. While serving there, she is responsible for the welfare, maintenance, and security for the entire base and its grounds. She came to Picatinny from Fort Meade in Maryland where she was the enterprise geospatial product trainer and the counterterrorism senior operations leader at the National Security Agency.

Colonel Parker was originally from Chambersburg, Pa., and earned her degree in sociology at nearby Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania before being commissioned as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army through Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Her education continued through military courses including Military Intelligence Officer Basic, Captains' Career Course, the combine Arms Service Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Joint Cyber Analysis Course. She earned a master's of business administration from University of Phoenix. Col. Parker has finished her doctoral coursework from the University of Maryland and is preparing her dissertation. She has been garrison commander at Picatinny Arsenal since 2014.

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