Became Commander of Crane Army Ammunition Activity, 19 June, 2017
MOST RECENT ASSIGNMENT
CUOPS Chief of the Transregional Threats Coordination Cell
Graduated from Radford University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in the Martial Arts
Colonel Michael P. Garlington assumed command of Crane Army Ammunition Activity on 19 June, 2017.
Col. Garlington was born at Offutt AFB, Neb., on 20 June, 1968. He graduated from Radford University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in the Martial Arts. He enlisted in 1992 as an 11M, Mechanized Infantryman and after making E-5 he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2LT of Armor in May 1993.
After completing the Armor Officer’s Basic Course and Scout Platoon Leader’s Course, Col. Garlington’s first assignment was to 3/4 Cavalry in Schweinfurt, Germany. During this time he served as a tank, scout, and support platoon leader. He then served as the assistant BDE S4 for 2nd BDE, 1st ID, also in Schweinfurt. In 1997 COL Garlington was promoted to CPT and attended CLC3 at Ft Lee, Va. and CAS3 at Ft Leavenworth, Ks. Col. Garlington was then assigned to the Regimental Support Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft Carson, Co. After serving as the Squadron S-1, he commanded the Regimental Maintenance Troop for 24 months and deployed “Blacksmith Troop” to Bosnia in early 2000.
Later in 2000, Col. Garlington was assigned to the National Training Center at Ft Irwin, Calif., where he O/Ced 21 rotations as the Army trained up for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2002 he moved to Aberdeen Proving Grounds where he was the lead Captain’s Career Course instructor. In 2004, he was promoted to Major and attended CGSC at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., where he earned his first Master’s Degree in Management and was subsequently pulled early to deploy with the 3d ACR to OIF 05-06 in Tal Afar as the Regimental Material Management Center Chief.
After redeploying to Ft. Carson in 2006, Col. Garlington became the XO for RSS, 3d ACR and moved his Squadron to Ft Hood, TX as part of BRAC re-stationing plan. In July 2007 he moved to the Regimental Staff as the Regimental Logistics Officer and deployed the Regiment to Mosul for OIF 07-09.
In May 2009, after a 16 month deployment, Col. Garlington was assigned to the Army’s Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., to serve as the OD LTC’s Career Management Officer. In 2010, he was promoted to LTC and was selected to serve as the XO to the Commanding General of HRC. He subsequently BRACed with HRC to Ft Knox, KY and remained as the HRC CG’s XO through his departure in August 2011.
In September 2011, Col. Garlington assumed command of the Regimental Support Squadron of the 3d ACR and transformed his Squadron to support a Stryker equipped Regiment. In 2013, COL Garlington relinquished command and attended the Naval War College where he earned his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In July 2014, Col. Garlington was assigned to the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J5 where he served as the Logistics Branch Chief, Mission Support Directorate of the Pakistan and Afghanistan Coordination Cell. In 2015, the PACC transformed into the Transregional Threats Coordination Cell where he served as the CUOPS Chief.
Col. Garlington’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, The Bronze Star Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (four oak leaf clusters), the Good Conduct Medal, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Parachutist Badge.