Army Names New Walter Reed Deputy Commanding General
March 8, 2007
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody and Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commanding General Maj. Gen. Eric Schoomaker announced March 8 that Brig. Gen. Michael S. Tucker will become the new deputy commanding general of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Tucker's most recent assignment was as Deputy Commanding General/Assistant Commandant for the United States Army Armor Center and Fort Knox, Ky. He entered the Army as a private in 1972 and served as a cavalry scout for 1st Battalion, 35th Armor in Erlangen, Germany until he departed as a staff sergeant 1977. He then served the next two years as a drill sergeant in the 3rd Basic Combat Training Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
He was accepted in 1979 for Officer Candidate School where he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate. After being commissioned in armor, his first assignment was tank platoon leader, B Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, Germany. During this tour from January 1980 until July 1984 he served as a Tank Company Executive Officer, Battalion Motor Officer, commanded the Battalion's Combat Support Company and C Company.
After a short tour in the states to attend school, he returned to Germany in January 1986 to command Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, then served as the Battalion Adjutant, Deputy Sub-Community Commander of Ferris Barracks, and finally as the S3, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor in OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
Brigadier General Tucker attended Command and General Staff College in 1991-92 and was then assigned as an Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He was then selected to serve as a joint staff officer, and was assigned as Chief, Joint Network Simulations at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama.
Brigadier General Tucker commanded 1st Battalion, 64th Armor, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) from June 1996 to June 1998 and following attendance at the U.S. Army War College, was assigned as the G3, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) from June 1999 to February 2001.
In March 2001, he assumed command of 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, which culminated in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, he then assumed duties as Executive Officer, Commanding General U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army.
After completing his tour as Executive Officer, he assumed duties as the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 1st Armored Division from August 2004 to August 2005. He then moved over to be the Assistant Division Commander (Support) from August 2005 until June 2006. He is currently serving as the Deputy Commanding General/Assistant Commandant, United States Army Armor Center and Fort Knox.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, a Master's Degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star with "V" device (1 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Good Conduct Medal - 3rd award, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Ribbons, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with "3", Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with "3" and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia). Brigadier General Tucker has earned the Expert Infantry Badge, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the German Ranger Badge.