Gen. Michael Garrett completed Army ROTC at Xavier University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in criminal justice. He commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1984.
37 years later, he is serving as the Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command.
Garrett has commanded at every level from Company through Army Service Component Command, and led units in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his initial military training courses, including Ranger, Pathfinder, and Jumpmaster, he served his formative years in the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division, where he commanded 3rd Battalion 325th Infantry (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also commanded 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (Light), which he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Garrett’s assignments include Chief of Staff of U.S. Central Command, Commanding General of United States Army Alaska and multiple joint and operational tours, staff assignments at numerous levels as well as several commands.
Garrett has many awards such as a Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion Of Merit Medal among several others.
About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame
The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.
The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.
Read more about the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees.