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Major General Michael H. Shields
Commanding General, U.S. Army Alaska

Major General Michael H. ShieldsMajor General Michael Shields was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant and graduated Norwich University in 1984. He first served as a rifle and scout platoon leader in the 7th Infantry Division Light, then commanded both Mechanized Infantry and Long Range Surveillance Companies in Germany. He commanded 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and then deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd in August 2002. After attending the Army War College at Carlisle, he commanded the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) from Fort Wainwright Alaska, leading them through 12 months of combat in Ninewah Province and a four month extension in Baghdad Iraq, from August 2005 through November 2006. The 172nd SBCT was awarded the Valorous Unit Award for their 16 month performance in Iraq.

 

He has since served as the Assistant Deputy Director for Europe/NATO/Russian/African policy on the Joint Staff J5; the Director of the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center (NJOIC); the Deputy Director for Operations and Intelligence and Director of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Operations and Intelligence Integration Center (COIC) at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). From February to October 2012 he completed an operational deployment to Afghanistan where he served as Director, Future Operations, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC). Most recently, Major General Shields served as the Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell (PACC), J5, the Joint Staff, where he coordinated Afghanistan and Pakistan policy with the Department of Defense, United States Central Command (CENTCOM), ISAF, the Interagency, Intelligence Community, and the National Security Staff.

 

Major General Shields has earned two masters' degrees and holds a number of awards to include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, NATO ISAF Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

 

Major General Shields is married and has three sons.