United States
Army Africa
Col. Michael M. Larsen
Chief of Staff,
Col. Michael M. Larsen

COL Larsen was raised in a military family and was born in Panama. He graduated from The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) in 1992 with a BA in History and entered active service in 1993.

His first assignment was with 4-8th Infantry (3rd Brigade, 1st AD) in Mannheim, Germany. After the redeployment of the brigade to Fort Lewis, WA, his unit re-flagged to 1-23rd Infantry (3rd BDE, 2nd ID) and he continued to serve there as a platoon leader, company executive officer, and battalion scout platoon leader. Before he attended the Infantry Officer Advance Course, he also served as a platoon leader in the I Corps LRS, F/52 Infantry (Airborne).

From 1997 to 2002, COL Larsen served at Ft Bragg, NC. His initial assignment was as the Plans Officer for 2nd Brigade, 82nd ABN. Subsequently, he was the commander of Alpha Company, 2-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment and the commander of F/51 Infantry LRS (the XVIII Airborne Corps Long Range Surveillance Company). COL Larsen commanded for a third time in the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Ft Benning, GA from 2002-2004, where he led Delta Company (the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course) with service in Sulaminyah, Iraq.

Between 2004 and 2006, COL Larsen attended the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Ft Leavenworth, KS, where he received a Master's Degree in Military Art and Science.

He returned to Ft Bragg, NC from 2006-2010. After serving as a G3 Plans Officer for the XVIII ABN Corps, he then served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment with service at Al Asad, Iraq in 2007. Later he served for two years as the Brigade S3 for the 1st BCT, 82nd ABN; during that time period he served in Talil, Iraq in 2008 and later in Ramadi, Iraq in 2010.

In 2010, COL Larsen served in the G3 of US Army Africa (USARAF) as the Chief of the Contingency Command Post in Vicenza, Italy. While assigned to USARAF, he deployed to the Abidjan, Ivory Coast in support of a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation.

From 2011 to 2014 he served in the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) during which he commanded 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, “The Rock.” While in command, he led the battalion through a combat deployment in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Following battalion command in 2013, COL Larsen served as the Deputy Brigade Commander of 173rd IBCT (Airborne) for one year.

COL Larsen attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI from 2014-2015, where he received a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Between 2015 and 2017, COL Larsen commanded the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA) in the Republic of the Marshall Islands which was a subordinate command under the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

COL Larsen was assigned to US Army Africa in 2017 as the Assistant Chief of Staff G3/5/7. He assumed the position of the Chief of Staff in June 2018.

COL Larsen's military schooling includes Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services and Staff School, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leader Course, TOW Leader Course, the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader Course, Military Freefall Basic Course, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course, Airborne School, Static-Line Jumpmaster Course, and Ranger School. He has earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and he has earned foreign airborne wings from Canada, Argentina, Ukraine, Cameroon, and Master wings from South Korea. COL Larsen also has foreign achievement awards from the Czech Republic and Cameroon.

COL Larsen is married to the former Jeanna Carol Gaddis, who was also raised in a military family, and they have three children (Jordan-21, Jacob-18, and Ryan Marie-16).

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