Professor of Military Science / MS IV Instructor

LTC Erik A. Kjonnerod joined the Eagle Battalion as the Professor of Military Science in Summer 2015 and also serves as our MS IV Instructor. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised in Panama and Northern Virginia. He graduated from W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA in 1995.  He graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1999 and was commissioned through ROTC.

LTC Kjonnerod was commissioned a 2LT in the Infantry. He completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne Course, and Ranger School in 2000. LTC Kjonnerod was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, NY where he served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, executive officer and assistant S3 in the 2nd Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment and deployed to Kosovo in support of NATO peacekeeping operations and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I. After completing the Infantry Captains Career Course in 2004, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Ft. Stewart, GA. LTC Kjonnerod deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III as an Assistant in the Division G3 Plans and then was reassigned to 2nd Brigade to become the Assistant S3 and Chief of Operations. LTC Kjonnerod was then reassigned to 3rd Squadron 7th Cavalry where he served as the Alpha Troop Commander and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V. Upon completion of his command in 2008, LTC Kjonnerod was assigned to 1st Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment (Basic Officer Leader Course II), where he served as a Platoon Mentor and Company Commander. He then served in 2nd Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment (Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course) as the Battalion Operations officer.

In 2012, LTC Kjonnerod graduated from the Air Command and General Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He was then assigned to Fort Drum, New York, where he was the Battalion S3 and Battalion XO of 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). In January 2014, LTC Kjonnerod became the Executive Officer to the Commanding General of 10th Mountain Division and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In July 2014, LTC Kjonnerod became the Secretary of the General Staff – Rear for the Acting Senior Commander at Fort Drum.

His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science.


MAJ Ponnivas, D.
Assistant Professor of Military Science


Mrs. Foreman, L.
Administrative Secretary