LTC Tracy Michael
LTC Michael is a native of Brooklyn, New York but completed high school in South Carolina and enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC and also met the love of his life there, his wife of 25 years, Regina. LTC Michael served for eight years in Air Defense (Patriot) and Signal occupations before being selected for a Green-to-Gold ROTC Scholarship while stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. He attended the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA, where he graduated with a degree in Biological Anthropology and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps in 1998.
LTC Michael most recently served as a Legislative Liaison to Congress for Army Personnel Policy matters impacting current and future legislation. Prior to this assignment, LTC Michael served as the as Aide-de-Camp to the 43rd Army Surgeon General. Other assignments include Director of Business Development, TRICARE Regional Office-South, San Antonio, TX; Battalion Executive Officer and Brigade Support Operations Officer (SPO) in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; Chief, Joint Plans and Programs Division (JPPD), US Army Medical Materiel Center-Europe (USAMMC-E), Pirmasens, Germany; Commander, HHC, Special Warfare Medical Group, later Chief Medical Logistics Plans and Operations, US Army Special Operations Command; Commander, Bravo Company, 32nd Medical Logistics Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC; and Division Medical Supply Officer (DMSO), later Medical Logistics Plans and Operations Officer, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He has completed combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
LTC Michael is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Basic and Advanced Courses and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Indiana University and a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Baylor University. He is also board certified in healthcare management, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Tracy’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two bronze stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with bronze star), NATO Defense Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM James Keaster
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) James D. Keaster enlisted in the Army from Phoenix, AZ in October of 1991 as a 13F (Fire Support Specialist).
He attended basic and advanced individual training at Fort Sill Oklahoma.
As a Fire Support Specialist, he served as a forward observer, combat observation and lasing team member, and fire support NCO. Upon entering recruiting duty, he served as a recruiter, center commander, instructor at the recruiting and retention school, company trainer, first sergeant, operations sergeant major and command sergeant major.
His initial assignment was at the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell KY, additional stateside assignments include: Greeley, CO., Denver Recruiting Bn; Fort Jackson, SC., Recruiting and Retention School; Phoenix, AZ., Phoenix Recruiting Bn; Ventura, CA., Los Angeles Recruiting Bn; Fresno, CA., Fresno Recruiting Bn,; Raleigh, NC., Raleigh Recruiting Bn; Fort Knox, KY., 3rd AMEDD Recruiting Bn; and Fort Bliss, Tx., United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. His overseas assignments include Schweinfurt Germany where he was deployed as a Fire Support NCO in support of 1/26th Infantry and deployment to Bosnia as part of Task for 4/67 Armor, where he served as a firing liaison in Sarajevo as part of a multi-national Task Force.
CSM Keaster’s military education includes Fire Support Specialist Course, Air Assault Course, Jungle Warfare Course, Primary Leader Development Course, Basic NCO Course, Recruiting Course, Center Commander Course, Advanced NCO Course, Staff and Faculty Course, DA First Sergeant Course, Recruiting First Sergeant Course, and the Sergeants Major Academy class 65. His civilian education includes a degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Post University.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Forces Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, NATO Medal as well as the Audie Murphy Medal, Adjutant General’s Corps Award for excellence, President Theodore Roosevelt award for Physical Fitness, Air Assault Badge, as well as all awards for excellence in Recruiting.