Captain Frances Lamb

By: Paula Green    

       Frances Lamb is serving our country as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves.   She is the daughter of Drs. Michael and Kathleen Lamb of Wexford.   She has three siblings Kathy, Mary and Joseph.

      She hails from a family with an extensive military background.  “My dad’s father Joe Lamb served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a Sergeant for the 36th Infantry Division.  He was awarded a Purple Heart  after the war.  My mother’s father, Dr. Ken Garver, was an Officer who served in the U.S. Army as an Army physician.  Additionally, my father was in the U.S. Army Reserves as a doctor and retired as a Major.  My Aunt, Maureen Swartz, also served as an Officer in the United States Navy,” said Lamb.

      With all of this family military experience, it seems natural for her to follow in their footsteps.  “It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the greatest military in the world.  Those I have served with are truly admirable and selfless individuals.  I could not be more proud to stand beside these leaders and protect the principles our nation holds so dear,” Lamb said.

      Lamb attended Villanova University where she received an undergraduate degree in journalism.  She was also a member of the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps).  Upon graduation, she attended the Leaders Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Wash.  Lamb was commissioned as a 2LT (Second Lieutenant).  She went onto Fort Benning, Ga., for Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC), followed by BOLC II at Fort Jackson, S.C., where she graduated with honors on the distinguished Commandants’ List.  It was at Fort Jackson, that she attended Adjutant General School where Lamb learned the necessary tools to be a successful Battalion Adjutant, her chosen specialty for the military.

     “Once I completed my initial military schooling, I was assigned to a reserve unit in Butler, Pa., as the Assistant S1 Officer at the 301st Regional Support Group from 2007-2010.  After moving to Philadelphia for a public relations job in 2008, the commute became daunting, and I transferred to a unit closer to my new home – the 157th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) in Willow Grove, Pa.  I am currently the S1, Battalion Adjutant, and Safety Officer for the 157th CSSB.  Our unit will be in Fort Hood, Texas, this fall to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan,” Lamb said.

      Lamb recently became engaged to Joe Kennedy Urmann, a teacher in the Mount Lebanon School District.  She realizes that planning a wedding while overseas will be an interesting experience.

      “I am sure that this deployment will be a positive experience, and  I would like to use my journalism background to capture these memories. I also plan to volunteer at the hospital overseas. I started taking nursing classes to receive my BSN and hope to work in pediatric oncology once I obtain my degree.  Down the road, I would like to eventually become a nurse practitioner.   And finally, I cannot wait to marry my best friend to begin our life together,” Lamb said.

      Northern Connection magazine salutes Captain Frances Lamb for her commitment and dedication to serving our country. If you have a troop you would like us to feature, please contact us at 724-940-2444 or email us at