Director's Corner

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COLONEL MICHAEL F. PAPPAL,
DIRECTOR,
CENTER FOR ARMY LESSONS LEARNED

Colonel Pappal’s first assignment was in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader in D Company, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry and following a COHORT to Camp Casey, ROK as a Support Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer for Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor. Following his attendance at the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1992 joined 2nd Battalion, 67th Armor in Friedberg, Germany where he served as the D Company Commander, Adjutant, and Headquarters Company Commander. He then deployed to Camp Kime, Bosnia as the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division Plans Officer which was part of IFOR.

From 1997 to 2000, he served as a Staff and Company Observer/Controller-Trainer and Brigade Senior Analyst at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

He served as the Chief of Plans for the 24th Infantry Division and Fort Riley then joined 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor in Baghdad for OIF-1 (Western Baghdad) as the Operations Officer. He became the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division Executive Officer upon return to Fort Riley deploying for OIF-3 (Northern Baghdad and Taji). While in Iraq he became the Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer. Upon return to Fort Riley, he became the Chief of Transition Team Training for 1ID preparing Advisor Teams for Iraq and Afghanistan.

On 23 March 2007, he assumed command of 1st Battalion, 68th Armor (CAB) at Fort Carson, CO. He deployed to Baghdad (Istaqlal, Shaab, and Adhamiyah) from December 2007 to February 2009 for OIF VI where the unit played an integral part in the destruction of Jaysh al Mahdi in northeast Baghdad and Sadr City during combat operations from March-June 2008.

After training units for Afghanistan and Kosovo as the Senior Brigade Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Germany, he assumed Command of 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Kirkuk, Iraq in March 2011 during Operation New Dawn.

Colonel Pappal assumed responsibility as the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-US Combined Division Chief of Staff beginning in July 2014 which was followed by assuming the seat as the Director of the Center for Army Lesson Learned (CALL) in July 2016.

Colonel Pappal graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). He has a Master of Arts Degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master of Military Arts and Science Degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with V Device and 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He earned the Combat Action Badge and Parachute Badge.

Colonel Pappal is married and has three children.