First Sgt. Michael Browder was born in 1981 and raised in Lusk, Wyoming. His military career in the U.S. Army began in June 1999 where he attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then graduated from Fort Eustis, Virginia, as a 68B Aircraft Powerplant Repairer (15B).
Browder has served proudly for the past 19 years. His assignments include: S Troop, 4-2 ACR Fort Polk, Louisiana; B Co., 601st Aviation Support Battalion Katterbach Germany; B Co. 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3 CAB, Hunter Army Airfield Savannah, Georgia; 3rd Staff and Faculty and C Co. 2-210 Battalion 128th Aviation Brigade Fort Eustis Virginia; D Co. and HHC 4-4 Aviation Reconnaissance Battalion, 4 CAB, Fort Carson, Colorado. Browder is currently assigned as the Deputy Commandant, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Browder has held numerous duty positions during his career to include: Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Production Control NCO, Instructor, Senior Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Operations NCOIC, and ALC Branch Chief.
Browder’s deployments include: Seven months in Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian KFOR4, 2002, 28 months in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, 2004-2005 and IV 2007-2008, and 22 months in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X, 2009-2010 and Operation Resolute Support/Freedom Sentinel, 2015-2016.
His military education includes: Field Sanitation Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Master Driver Trainer Course, MRAP Vehicle Course, Bus Driver Course, Combative Level 1, Unit Prevention Course, Cadre Training Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Instructor Evaluator Course, Evaluating Instructors Course (Instructor Development Recognition Program), Primary Leadership Development Course (BLC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (ALC), Senior Leaders Course, and First Sergeant Pre-command Course.
His military awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO Medal (3rd Award), Senior Aviation Badge, Drivers Badge (wheeled vehicle), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (3rd Award), and the Army Superior Unit Award.
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