Lieutenant Colonel Michael Coleman
Deputy Director Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) - Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS)
United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Coleman was born in New York, NY on 12 June 1973. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and Master of Arts in Business Management from Webster University, Missouri.
LTC Coleman enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1991 as an 11B Infantryman while attending Mansfield University. Upon graduation in May 1995, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery. After graduating from the Field Artillery basic course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC where he served in numerous positions as a member of the 3rd Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment. In April 1999, he successfully completed Special Forces Assessment and Selection at Fort Bragg, NC.
In August 2001, following his completion of Special Forces training, LTC Coleman was assigned to 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, and served as the following: Commander Operational Detachment Alpha 782, Commander Operational Detachment Alpha 794, and Company Executive Officer for Charlie Company (Commander’s In-Extremis Force). During this time, he conducted numerous operational deployments to Haiti and Central and South America. In 2006, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the senior advisor to the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force. Upon completion of his deployment, he attended the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Following the conclusion of his studies at Fort Leavenworth in January 2008, LTC Coleman returned to 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group as a Company Commander and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12 as the senior advisor to the Afghan National Commando Brigade. Serving as the Battalion Operations Officer for 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group, he once again deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 14 as the Special Operations Task Force North and West Operations Officer.
LTC Coleman was assigned in July 2010 to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, FL. While at MacDill AFB, his assignments included Inter-Agency Task Force Operations Officer, Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander USSOCOM, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff USSOCOM, and USSOCOM Commander’s Action Group (CAG). While assigned to the to the CAG, LTC Coleman was the Senior Army Strategist and primary speechwriter for the Commander. Additionally, he chaired the Commander’s Innovation Group and directed a cross-functional team that worked closely with industry, DoD, and OGA in providing recommendations and advisement directly to the Commander.
After departing Unites States Special Operations Command, LTC Coleman commanded the Albany Recruiting Battalion, 1st Recruiting Brigade from June 2013 to August 2015. The Albany Recruiting Battalion comprised the largest geographically dispersed battalion in United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), comprised of 7 recruiting companies, 24 recruiting centers, and 258 Soldiers and DA Civilians disbursed over 323,347 square miles. The battalion was responsible for Army recruiting operations in Northeastern New York, Western Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, and Europe. Under his leadership, Albany battalion was ranked in the top five production battalions within the USAREC for 20 of his 26 months in command.
After relinquishing command in July 2015, he returned to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, FL. LTC Coleman is assigned to SOF Acquisition Technology and Logistics (AT&L) as the Deputy Director Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) - Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). TALOS is charged with delivering an innovative, cutting-edge capability to drastically improve the ground operator’s capability and survivability while executing direct action missions. JATF-TALOS is committed to developing and implementing revolutionary approaches and developing nontraditional partnerships with the highest academia, industry partners, Other Governmental Agencies, and National Laboratories.
LTC Coleman’s awards include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal. He has also earned the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
LTC Coleman has been married for 16 years to the former Daniella Littzi of Pittston, PA. They have two children, Michael and Morgan.