(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories honoring members of the College of Information Sciences and Technology community during Penn State Military Appreciation Week).
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — U.S. Army 1st Lt. Koby Allen is an active-duty SWAT commander and military police officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in security and risk analysis (SRA) from Penn State in 2018 and is currently pursuing a master of business administration with a concentration in cybercrime from American Military University. He is stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, where he lives with his wife, Leticia, and baby son, Kaius.
Why did you first enlist in the military, and why did you specifically join the military police?
I commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in May 2018 after spending four years in the Army ROTC program at Penn State. I wanted to commission because I always had a drive to serve my country in some capacity. I found interest in the military through participating in the Junior ROTC program at my high school and it motivated me to serve from that point on.
Growing up I had always admired and appreciated what law enforcement did to keep the community they served safe. I saw that military police was a job option post commissioning, so I felt that it was the perfect fit to not only serve my country but keep the community safe at the same time.