On order, 1/1 AD deploys and conducts Decisive Action operations to defeat enemy forces, control land areas, and secure resources in support of US national interests.
On order, 1/1 AD, as the NORTHCOM Regionally Aligned Force (RAF), conducts Decisive Action operations in defense of the homeland, secures critical infrastructure, and conduct Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) activities in support of US national interests.
Colonel Michael J. Trotter attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School followed by the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), graduating in 1995. Upon graduation from the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School, COL Trotter first served with the 1st Cavalry Division (First Team) as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Garry Owen). This tour also included a deployment to Kuwait as part of Intrinsic Action.
Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, COL Trotter was assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (1st Brigade), 82D Airborne Division where he served as the 1st Brigade Adjutant and then Company Commander in 3rd Battalion, 504th PIR. After 24 months in command in 3-504th PIR, COL Trotter was then selected to command a second Rifle Company in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). During COL Trotter’s 24 month command of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard experienced its first deployment since Vietnam to the Horn of Africa. After successful completion of company command in The Old Guard, COL Trotter was then selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/ Military District of Washington.
After completing staff college at Fort Leavenworth, COL Trotter returned to the 82D ABN DIV in 2007 where he served in several assignments including the 82D Airborne Division CJ-5 Assessments Chief, Division Chief of Operations, the 508th PIR (4th BCT) Chief of Operations, 1st Battalion, 508th PIR Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and completing his tour while serving as the Brigade Operations Officer. In 2010, COL Trotter then returned to Washington, DC, where he served as a Joint/Interagency Planner (J35) while assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region where he would be the lead military planner for consequence management for the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
COL Trotter’s recent assignments include battalion command of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment (2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. During his 25 months in command, COL Trotter deployed to the National Training Center for a Decisive Action training rotation and to both Indonesia and Japan as part of Pacific Pathways in support of U.S. Army Pacific Command. After battalion command, COL Trotter was selected to serve as the Combined/Joint-CJ 3 Operations Officer in support of the Train Advise Assist Command-South, Kandahar, Afghanistan, supporting both Resolute Support and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Upon serving as the J3 and redeploying from Afghanistan in 2016, COL Trotter attended the Marine Corps University (Marine Corps War College) at Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation from the Marine Corps War College, COL Trotter served as the Force Management Chief for the JFHQ-NCR / MDW in Washington, DC.
COL Trotter has numerous combat deployments in support of Overseas Contingency Operations and his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (OLC), the Navy Achievement Medal, NATO medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Geography and Systems Engineering from West Point and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps University (Marine Corps War College).
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeants Major Tony T. Towns enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1995 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. There he was awarded the Armor Crewman (19K) Military Occupational Specialty.
CSM Towns’s duty positions consisted of M1A1/A2 tank driver, loader, gunner, and commander. Prior to his current assignment, he performed the duties of Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operations NCO, Troop and HHT First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and Squadron Command Sergeant Major.
CSM Towns’s assignments include, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, Baumholder, Germany; 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas; 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, Fort Knox, Kentucky; 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; 7th Army NCO Academy, Grafenwoehr, Germany; A and HHT Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry, Fort Benning, Georgia; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; and 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington.
CSM Towns’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advance Noncommissioned Officers Course, Drill Sergeant School, Army Basic Instructors Course, Master Fitness Course, Battle Staff, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 66. His civilian education includes an Associate of Science in Liberals Arts from Central Texas College and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.
CSM Towns’s awards and decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, NATO metal, Army Professional Development Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, German Schuetzenschnur (Gold) Badge, Order of Saint George Medallion. CSM Towns is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, a member of Excellence in Armor, and was selected Fort Knox Drill Sergeant of the Year in 2006.