Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Gibson was commissioned in 1994 as an engineer officer and recognized as a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio where he received a bachelor of science in business administration.
Upon completion of the Engineer Officer Basic Course and Ranger School, LTC Gibson served as an Air assault sapper platoon leader, air assault sapper company executive officer, and assistant battalion operations officer in the 326th Engineer Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1995-1998.
Following the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, he became the engineer brigade plans and exercises officer, deputy assistant division engineer, and delta company commander, in 10th Engineer Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia from 1998-2001.
Subsequent to company command, LTC Gibson moved to Columbus, Ohio where he served as the engineer team chief from 2001to 2003 for the 3-338th Infantry Battalion (CS/CSS), an Active Component / Reserve Component Training Support Battalion. Simultaneously, he pursued and was awarded his M.B.A. at Franklin University in December of 2003.
LTC Gibson was an exchange officer from 2003 to 2005 in the Canadian Army. There he was an instructor, small group leader, and squadron commander in the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada. His primary training focus was to engineer lieutenants in the Basic Engineer Officer’s Courses.
After a year at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, attending the Command and General Staff College, LTC Gibson joined the 82nd Airborne Division in July 2006 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There, he became the deputy division engineer; after intense training and deployment preparation, he deployed with the division to Bagram, Afghanistan where he served for six months as the deputy combined joint engineer (CJ7) for CJTF-82. Consequently, he conducted an intra-theater transfer to Baghdad, Iraq and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team where he served as the brigade senior plans officer completing a 15 month tour. Upon redeployment he joined the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion as the battalion executive officer, where he supported the Department of Defense Global Response Force; ultimately executing a no-notice deployment in January of 2010 to provide support to the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti. LTC Gibson completed his tour in the 82nd Airborne Division as the battalion executive officer in July 2010.
LTC Gibson stayed at Fort Bragg from 2010 to 2012 to activate and deploy the 133rd Engineer Detachment (Construction Management Team) of the 20th Engineer Brigade. In January 2011, the 133rd deployed and was attached to the United States Forces – Iraq (USF-I) where his team provided direct support to the engineer directorate (J7). LTC Gibson was assigned as the USF-I Chief of J7 Plans.
LTC Gibson currently serves as the department chair and professor of military science at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he assumed responsibility in May 2012.
He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, the Engineer Officer Basic and Advance Courses, the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, and the Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Air Assault Courses.
LTC Gibson holds a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University at Columbus, Ohio and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Xavier University.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 bronze stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon (with numeral 3), the NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Army Superior Unit Award. He has been awarded the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Chilean, Australian, German (Bronze), and Canadian Parachutist Badges. He is an Engineer recipient of the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal.
LTC Mike Gibson and his wife Cindy, have three children: Andrew, Emily, and Abigail.