Credentials: Major, U.S. Army
Position title: Assistant Professor of Military Science / Executive Officer
Major (MAJ) Michael J. Centola is a native of Buffalo, New York and a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. MAJ Centola earned a commission as a Field Artillery Officer through the University of Minnesota’s Army ROTC program.
Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course, MAJ Centola was stationed at Schofield Barracks, HI as a Fire Support Officer for C/2-35IN, and later a Battery Fire Direction Officer and Executive Officer for A/3-7FA, 3rd Brigade , 25th ID, deploying once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Once complete with the Captains Career Course, MAJ Centola was assigned to 4th Striker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd ID, at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), WA, where he served as an Assistant S-3 in 2-12FA, the Fire Support Officer for 2-23IN, and culminated his time at JBLM commanding two companies in 4-9IN. During his time in 4-2 SBCT, MAJ Centola deployed once more in support of Iraqi Freedom as part of the “Last Combat Brigade”. He departed JBLM in 2013 and was assigned as an Observer/Coach/Trainer for the Fire Support Division at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
MAJ Centola most recently served in Grafenwoehr, Germany after graduating the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. While in Germany MAJ Centola was the Deputy G3, Chief of Training for 7th Army Training Command, Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion S3 for 4-319 AFAR, 173rd IBCT(A). During the summer of 2019 MAJ Centola became an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Executive Officer for the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Army ROTC program.
MAJ Centola’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Metal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (4). Additionally, he has been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Meritorious Unit Citation (2 OLC), the Manchu Belt Buckle, and has been inducted into the honorable order of Saint Barbara. His foreign decorations include the French Airborne Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).
MAJ Centola holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a MS in Organizational Development from Capella University. He is married to his wife Stephanie and they have two children, Joshua and Lillian as well as two beagles: Cobalt and Nickel.