525 East Genesee Street, Frankenmuth MI, 48734
Colonel Tonya L. Sebold is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Frankenmuth High School. Colonel Sebold has been named the 2022 Frankenmuth High School Distinguish Alumna of the year.
Her career began 13 December 1997 when she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Therapeutic Recreation and was Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the United States Army as an Active-Duty Transportation Officer. Colonel Sebold is proud of her accomplishments over the past 24 years and would like you to take a step back in time to reflect on her journey as a Soldier.
Colonel Sebold’s previous assignments include: (2 nd Lieutenant) 299th Forward Support Battalion, Ammo/Fuel Platoon Leader and later became a (1 st Lieutenant) Support Operations Transportation Officer, 299th Forward Support Battalion; (Captain) Brigade Assistant S4, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; DISCOM S4, Fort Stewart, Georgia; (Major) Operations Officer, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Illinois; Commanding General Executive Officer, 8th Transportation Brigade, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Division Transportation Officer, Fort Riley, Kansas; Battalion S3, 25th Transportation Movement Control Battalion, Camp Henry, Korea; (Lieutenant Colonel) Theater Operations Officer/Team Chief, United States Army Rapid Equipping Force, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Battalion Commander, Army Field Support Battalion-Qatar, Qatar; Human Resources Command, Transportation Enlisted Branch Chief, Fort Knox, Kentucky; (Colonel) United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and currently, she is the Senior Support Operations Officer, Fort McClellan, Alabama.
Her military and civilian education include: Transportation Officer Basic Course, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Combined Arms Service Staff and School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Intermediate Level Education, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Master of Arts in Leadership and Management, Webster University, Missouri.
Colonel Sebold’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (8 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Valorous Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign with Bronze Star Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Number 3), NATO (Kosovo) Medal, Army SID Badge and the Parachute Badge.
COL Sebold’s deployments consist of: Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar.
Her family consists of her parents William and Gloria Sebold, brother Todd Sebold, Sister-in- Law Nancy Sebold, Niece Brianna and Nephew Tyler Sebold.
Jim was born in Flint, Mi on December 25,1942. He and his family moved to Aplena , Mi in 1956 after the death of his father. He graduated from Alpena High School in 1961. While in high school, he played both basketball and ran track( he was their captain) …He was MVP in both sports in his senior year.
After graduation, he attended Alpena Community College and earned an Associate Degree. While in college, he played basketball,ran track, and was on their tennis team. In 1964, he attended Northern Michigan University.
In 1965, Jim entered the Michigan State Police and was assigned to the Erie post.While at the Erie post, he was assigned to both the 1967 and 1968 Detroit riots. Another assignment at Erie was to the Michigan State Fair for purposes of security.
In 1968 he was transferred to the Bridgeport post. In addition to being a patrol trooper he also served as a community services officer giving crime prevention programs throughout Saginaw County including schools and various service clubs.Jim was also the post first aid instructor. During this time, he married the former Janice Froberg. They still reside in Frankenmuth.They have two children, Anne (Petteys)and Ken Thompson of Vassar and Ryan and Leigh Petteys of Roswell, Georgia. Also 4 grandchildren… Kendra and Corey Thompson and William and Matthew Petteys.
In 1969,Jim was assigned to U of Mand MSU to police student unrest due to the war in Vietnam. In 1976, he became the Frankenmuth police chief. He served for 26 years and retired in 2003. While police chief he continued speaking to various groups and service clubs concerning personal safety and shop lifting. In 1991 he initiated the Dare program with officer Tom Daugherty serving the schools in Frankenmuth. He was a recipient of the Optimist Club Law Enforcement Award.
While living In Frankenmuth, Jim was active in many local recreational leagues. He played basketball and softball for Frankenmuth Mutual and Zehnders. He began his coaching basketball career at St.Lorenz school from 1983-1988. In 1988 he became the junior varsity girls basketball coach at Frankenmuth high school. He coached for 6 years and during that time his teams won 120 games and lost 0. In 1994 he became the girls varsity basketball coach. His 1996 team won the state championship. Jim was the regional coach of the year in 1994 and 1995. He was the state coach of the year 1996 as voted by BCAM.. His record was 200 wins and 39 losses. In 2004,Jim returned to coach girls JV basketball for a 19-1 season. His record for coaching JV basketball was 139-1. Also from 1995 till 2004 he coached both boys freshman and varsity basketball.
Jim volunteered coaching local youth in softball and basketball for several years. In 1986 he volunteered to be head timer at Frankenmuth High school track meets and retired after the 2021 season. He has been awarded the Friend of the Youth at the annual Caro Meet of Champs. Jim is a member of the Frankenmuth Softball Hall of Fame. He served on that board and retired in 2020. For 14 years he has served on the board as Vice President for the Saginaw County Hall of Fame. He retired in 2022.