Division West Chief of Staff


Col. Michael C. Kasales assumed duties as the Chief of Staff for First Army Division West during September 2014. He graduated from DePauw University as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as an Armor Officer during 1987.

Col. Kasales’ most recently commanded the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, and Regional Command-South, Afghanistan. He also recently completed a U.S. Army War College Fellowship at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.

After attending the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he served as a Scout Platoon Leader, Squadron Support Platoon Leader, Cavalry Troop XO (during Operation Desert Storm), and Squadron Logistics Officer in the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. After attending the Infantry Officers Advance Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer in the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Wildflecken, Germany; and the Operations Training Officer for the 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany. During December 1995, he assumed command of B Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment, Buedingen, Germany, and deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the lead IFOR elements of Task Force Eagle. Following command in 1997, he was assigned to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, where he served as the Headquarters Company, Scout Platoon / Reconnaissance Troop, and Battle Staff Trainer on the Armored Task Force Training Team (Cobra Team).

After graduating from the Command and General Staff College, and earning a Master of Arts degree at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2001, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington where he served as the Squadron Operations Officer for the 1st Squadron, 14th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (RSTA) and as the Brigade Operations Officer for the 3rd Brigade (SBCT), 2nd Infantry Division during the first Stryker Brigade Combat Team deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following this assignment he served in a joint assignment in the National Capital Region. In December of 2006 Col. Kasales assumed Squadron Command of the 5th Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and deployed to Diyala Province, Iraq, during 2008-2009 as part of the 1st Brigade (SBCT), 25th Infantry Division’s deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Squadron Command in 2010, he served as Operations Officer at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

Col. Kasales’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (w/ 1OLC), the Bronze Star Medal (w/ 3OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (w/ 3OLC), the Combat Action Badge, the Army Superior Unit Awards, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Army Parachutist Badge. He is also a knight in the Order of Saint George and is the 2002 recipient of the Frederick M. Franks Award.

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