General Michael Garrett, Commander, U.S. Army Forces Command

General Michael Garrett

Commander, U.S. Army Forces Command

Michael Xavier Garrett was born in 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was an Army command sergeant major. Garrett attended high school in Germany. He graduated from Xavier University with a degree in criminal justice. Other education was courtesy of the military and included the prestigious Senior Service College Fellowship at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

His assignments gave included Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command, Commanding General of United States Army Alaska, Deputy Commander of U.S. Alaskan Command, and multiple joint and operational tours, staff assignments at numerous levels as well as several commands. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded an airborne brigade combat team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as the Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Recruiting Command. He also deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Forces-Iraq.

He presently serves as the Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command.

In the News…

The U.S. Military Academy will welcome back the cadets in the Class of 2020 at the end of the month for graduation and the rest of the Corps of Cadets in late June for summer training. The Army continues to ship hundreds of soldiers to basic training every week, and West Point is adapting its summer training cycle to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A critical piece to summer training is the support received from Forces Command (FORSCOM) to help train and mentor the cadets. This year, the academy will begin welcoming a task force of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk, Louisiana, in mid-June.

“We are adjusting readiness activities to the COVID-19 operational environment,” said General Michael X. Garrett, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command. “Supporting West Point summer training is just one example of how we are adapting around the Army.” Keller Army Community Hospital has transformed its former labor and delivery ward into a COVID-19 ward. It currently has no patients and was toured by General Garrett as part of his visit to West Point. “The conditions are set and resources in place to protect the soldiers and cadets and execute the summer training mission,” he said.


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