Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Agpalza assumed the duties as commander of the Army Field Support Battalion-Africa in June 2018. LTC Agpalza, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1996. Graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, she was commissioned a Second Lieutenant into the Hawaii Army National Guard.
LTC Agpalza’s assignments include Class III Platoon Leader, C/193rd Aviation Chinook); Brigade Chemical Officer, 31st Air Defense Artillery, Operations Officer, 31st ADA Brigade; commander 518th Maintenance Company (DS), 1-1 ADA Battalion; company commander, Monterey Bay Recruiting Company, Sacramento Recruiting Battalion, operations officer, 401st Army Field Support Battalion, Brigade Logistics Support Team Chief, Army Field Support Battalion-Bragg; observer coach/trainer, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA; SHARP Program Manager and Ready and Resilient Director, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA; and executive officer to the commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal, IL. She has deployed to Iraq in support of initial operations and the transition to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
LTC Agpalza has an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. Her military education includes Chemical Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officers Advance Course, Army Recruiting Company Commander Course, Support Operations Officer Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
LTC Agpalza awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal; Army Meritorious Service Medal (four bronze Oak Leaf Clusters); NATO Medal; the Army Commendation Medal (two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Achievement Medal; various campaign and service ribbons.