Col. Michael J. Simmering assumed command of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team July 25, 2017. He was commissioned as an Armor Officer in May 1993 following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
His previous tours include deputy commander/chief of staff for the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, Louisiana (2016-2017); commander, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Fort Benning, Georgia (2015-2016); deputy command center director, United States Northern Command (2014-2015); division G3, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson (2012-2013); commander, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (2009-2012) with duty in the Arghandab Valley, Khandahar Province, Afghanistan (2011-2012); deputy chief of staff, 4th Infantry Division (2008-2009); regimental executive officer, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), Fort Hood, Texas (2007-2008) with duty in Mosul, Iraq (2007); regimental S3 (Operations), 3rd ACR, Fort Carson and later at Fort Hood, Texas (2006-2007); S3 (Operations), 2nd Squadron, 3rd ACR, Fort Carson (2005-2006) with duty in Tal Afar, Iraq (2005-2006); chief of Plans, 3rd ACR (2004-2005); observer/controller (Grizzly Team) at the Combat Maneuver Training Center in Hohenfels, Germany (2001-2003); assistant S3 and later company commander for Company B, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, Fort Hood (1999-2001), operations officer, G3 (Force Modernization) III Corps and Fort Hood (1998); tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, company executive officer, and assistant S-3 for 1st Squadron, 3rd ACR, at Fort Bliss, Texas (1994-1995) and later at Fort Carson (1996-1997).
Simmering’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course and Armor Officer Advanced Course (Fort Knox, Kentucky), Command and General Staff College (2004) and the Joint Advanced Warfighting School, National Defense University (2014). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy as well as Master’s degrees from Kansas State University and the National Defense University.
Simmering’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star (one oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), the Parachutist’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.