Lieutenant Colonel Armand C. Francoeur graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. His educational credentials include a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State College and completion of the Command and General Staff College.
After receiving his commission through UNH ROTC, Lt Col Francoeur entered active duty as a Corps Signal Officer, VI Corps, Battle Creek, MI. Less than a year later, he was assigned as a Platoon Leader, B Company, 54th Signal Battalion, Republic of Vietnam (RVN). As a field operations platoon leader, he provided personnel training and first level maintenance for tactical command and control circuits, communications center services, photographic services, cable systems, and air messenger services. He was next assigned as Detachment 11 Commander in Pleiku, RVN, leading the efforts of 50 soldiers in a combat environment. Later, Lt Col Francoeur was selected as Commanding Officer, 167th Radio Relay Company. Reassigned stateside to the Army Signal School and Center, Ft. Monmouth, NJ; he performed duties related to Advanced Individual Training for Signal Corps soldiers. His active duty service ended in September of 1968.
Lt Col Francoeur was assigned to the 1034th US Army Reserve School (USAR), Manchester, NH, from 1972-1987. He performed duties as an Instructor, MOS subjects and as Instructor, Officer Advanced Course. As he progressed in rank and became part of the command staff; he served as S-3, responsible for unit planning, training, and operations. Subsequently, Lt Col Francoeur was assigned to the National Communications Systems, Defense Systems Agency, from 1988-1993. In that role, he performed duties in support of National Defense Policy regarding continuity of government. He retired from the US Army Reserve in December of 1993. His awards and decorations include the DOD Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Achievement Medal, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Lt Col Francoeur also made contributions to the State of New Hampshire. He served in Operations and Executive Management for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NH from 1972-1987. He was also CEO of NH Auto Dealers Health Insurance Trust, from 1989-1992. His leadership efforts continued in health care from 1993-2005, serving as Vice President of Operations/General Manager of Administration for Delta Dental of RI. Lt Col Francoeur also served as President of the Bow PTO and Spaulding Memorial Credit Union, as well as in positions supporting the Episcopal Church in NH. He also contributes as a member of the NH Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Committee.
Lt Col Francoeur has impressively served the University of New Hampshire. He has served as the Class of 1965 Treasurer, from 1985 to the present. He chaired the 20th, 25th, 35th, and 40th Class Reunions and co-chaired the 50th Reunion Committee. Lt Col Francoeur is a Brother, Sigma Beta Fraternity. He has also served on the UNH ROTC Advisory Board for over a decade, supporting the Air Force and Army ROTC Programs.
For meritorious service to the United States Army, the US Army Reserves, and the University of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel Armand C. Francoeur is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.