Colonel (ret) Michael S. Mismash, originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in August of 1988. In August of 1992, he was commissioned through Officer Candidate School and subsequently graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He attended several military schools including the United States Army War College and the Eisenhower School for Joint Combined Warfare. He earned his Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
He served at every echelon from Platoon to Army Staff. He cut his teeth as 3rd Platoon Leader in Bravo ‘B’ Company, 1457th Engineer Battalion in Murray, Utah. He distinguished his company grade service after 9/11 when he completed a successful deployment to Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom I (OEF I) as Company Commander of the 115th Engineer Utility Company.
After his OEF I tour COL Mismash served 20 years at the National Guard Bureau in unique positions of increasing responsibility and authority in engineering, training and operations at various locations across the nation and the globe. His assignments include numerous command, staff, and leadership positions-whose focus encompassed engineering, plans, operations, strategy, interagency task forces, and joint and combined operations. Throughout his impeccable career, COL Mismash demonstrated outstanding leadership and foresight combined with a sincere concern for the welfare of Soldiers, Civilians and their Family Members. In 2021 he became the Senior Engineer Operations Officer at the National Guard Bureau.
Having served in a variety of theaters, his awards, badges, and decorations are consistent with those of most Soldiers who have had the honor to serve their country over a period of decades and the good fortune to return safely home.
Joint War College National War College M.S. Civil Engineering, NJIT B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah