Col. Michael L. Foster
COL Michael Foster was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1990. After attending the Infantry Officer Basic Course, his first assignment was as a Rifle and Mortar Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment. Following that, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Assistant S4 in 3rd Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment as the Assistant S3 and then as a Rifle Company Commander. Following his first company command, he returned to 3rd Ranger Battalion where he served as the Battalion S4 and once again as a Rifle Company Commander. After attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he served as the Current Operations Officer for the 75th Ranger Regiment and was then assigned again to 3rd Ranger Battalion as the Battalion Executive Officer. Upon completion of that assignment, he returned to Fort Bragg, where he served in the Joint Special Operations Command as the Director of a Joint Interagency Task Force and then in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as the Battalion Commander of 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment. Colonel Foster then served as the Commander of 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. After completing Command, he worked as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.
Among Colonel Foster’s awards and decorations are the Presidential Unit Citation w/OLC, Valorous Unit Award w/ OLC, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab and Master Parachutist Badge. He is recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal w/ 6 OLC, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 3 OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal w/ OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/ 2 OLC, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/ 4 OLC, National Defense Service Medal w/ Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 3 service stars, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 4 service stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon w/ numeral 4 and the NATO Medal for ISAF. COL Foster has been awarded the parachutist badge from Belgium, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Canada, and the United Kingdom.