Brig. Gen. Marshall T. Michels' service in the military spans more than 36 years. A native of Vermillion, Michels enlisted into the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1983 as a combat medic with the 730th Medical Company. In 1988, he received his commission as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of South Dakota.
Michels served over three years on active duty with the 2nd Armored Division and with the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
As a field artillery officer, Michels has held numerous command and staff positions to include commander, Alpha Battery, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion; executive officer, 2-147th Field Artillery Battalion; S-3 officer, 147th Field Artillery Brigade; commander, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion; commander, 109th Regional Support Group; and chief of staff for the SDARNG.
Michels is a graduate from the University of South Dakota and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and two Master's degrees: Business Administration from University Touro International and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Michels is also a graduate of the Joint Force Staff College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education and the U.S. Air Force War College.