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Lt. Col. Michael C. Shaw is a native of Wisconsin and received his commission from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.
Shaw has held several command and staff positions. He served as an attack helicopter platoon leader and distribution platoon leader in the 2rd Squadron (Attack), 6nd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, and Illesheim, Germany, where he deployed his platoon to Bagram and Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI. Afterwards, Shaw completed the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, before heading to Fort Hood to serve as an assistant operations officer and attack helicopter company commander in 4th Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment. During this time, Shaw deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-10.
After company command, Shaw served as an assistant professor of military science and military history instructor at Louisiana State University in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps before heading back to Germany to serve as a battalion executive officer and battalion operations officer in 3rd Battalion (Attack), 159th Aviation Regiment (ARB). As S3 of the 3-159th ARB, Shaw deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and then to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He then served as the G-3 proponency deputy director for the U.S Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama, before working as the integration officer for DAMO-AV, Army G-3/5/7, Washington, DC.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Santa Clara University, as well as a Master’s of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy in human resource management and leader development from Louisiana State University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing course, the Maneuver Captains Career Course, the Command and General Staff College and the AH-64E Apache Instructor Pilot Course.
Shaw’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and, the Air Medal. His badges include, the Senior Army Aviator Badge and the Army Staff Badge.
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