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Lt. Col. Michael Hale

Commander, 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment

Commander, 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment

Lt. Col. Michael Hale was born in 1975 in western Indiana, growing up on his family’s farm in Parke County. He attended Purdue University where he was commissioned in December 1999 into the Armor Branch. He attended initial training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was assigned to 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado. He served as a tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader and later as Squadron S4 with the Regiment, deploying with 2d Squadron to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Hale transferred into Aviation Branch in August, 2003, entering training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and qualifying in the CH-47 Chinook. He moved from Fort Rucker to Camp Humphreys, Korea, in 2004 where he served as a platoon leader in B/2-52 Aviation Regiment as the unit transformed from a CH-47 battalion to a General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB). From there, Hale returned to Fort Rucker for the Aviation Captains Career Course.

Hale moved from Fort Rucker to Fort Drum, New York, in 2007 where he commanded B/3-10 during a train up and deployment to Iraq. He deployed again with the Combat Aviation Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan in 2010 where he served as the CAB S4 and the 3d Battalion Task Force Operations Officer (S3). He left Fort Drum in 2012, as moved back to Fort Carson, Colorado. Here Hale served as the 2-4 GSAB Executive Officer, and later as the Brigade Executive Officer with the Combat Aviation Brigade of 4th Infantry Division.

Hale deployed again in 2015 to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as an advisory team commander, partnered with the 3rd Squadron, Special Mission Wing of the Afghan Special Security Forces. He returned to Fort Rucker in 2016 with his family, where he served as the Deputy Director for the TRADOC Capability Manager for Future Vertical Lift and later as the Military Deputy Director of the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate.

Hale is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Hale is a Senior Aviator whose awards and decorations include three Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, and several ARCOMs.

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