August 18, 2011
– Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Colonel Michael Calhoun was recently promoted to the position of brigadier general in the Florida National Guard.
“Colonel Calhoun is a superb leader who is commanding his second brigade-level organization,” said Major General Emmett R. Titshaw Jr. “He is highly deserving of this promotion.”
Calhoun enlisted into the Florida National Guard in August of 1977, following college graduation, and subsequently received a direct appointment into the Medical Service Corps in July 1989. He holds a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from FAMU and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Calhoun’s assignments include command of the 856th Quartermaster Battalion (Water); the 53rd Infantry Brigade’s Special Troops Battalion; the 211th Regiment, Regional Training Institute (RTI-FL); the Commander, 50th Area Support Group; and he is currently commanding the 83rd Troop Command.
Calhoun’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Florida Distinguished Service Medal, the Alabama Commendation Medal, and the Mississippi State Emergency Medal. In 2008, Colonel Calhoun was the Army National Guard’s recipient of the Department of Defense African American History Month Recognition Award for his contributions to the Global War on Terrorism.
Calhoun is a registered consultant pharmacist. He and his wife, Sophia, a case manager with Good Samaritan Hospital, have one son, Evan, who currently attends FAMU.
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