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Deputy Commanding Officer Operations

Col. Patrick R. Michaelis

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Col. Patrick R. Michaelis is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Texas A&M University and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in 1993. He currently serves as the Deputy Commanding Officer (Operations) for the United States Recruiting Command.

Previous assignments include Deputy Commanding Officer (Maneuver) for the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Commander, Mission Command Element, Operation Atlantic Resolve, United States Army Europe; Executive Officer to the Under Secretary of the Army; Commander of the 2d Recruiting Brigade, United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC); G3 (operations officer) for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, and as the Chief of Staff to the commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Iraq (CJFLCC-I) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Baghdad, Iraq; Commander of the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2-2 Stryker Brigade, where he had operational responsibility for Kandahar City, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13; Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army; Operations Officer for the 1st Ironhorse Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08; Executive Officer and Operations Officer for 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry; and as the Battle Command and Chief Knowledge Officer for the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

He received a B.A. in history from Texas A&M University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, specializing in strategic planning.

His military training and education also includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger School.

He has served in various other command and staff positions, to include Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; Ground Troop and Headquarters Troop Commander for the 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas; Tank and Scout Platoon leader, Troop Executive Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry, Schweinfurt, Germany and Operation Joint Endeavor.

He is married to the former Bonnie Elizabeth Tate of Weaver, Alabama.