Former Major General Michael Harrison spent thirty-four years in the United States Army before retiring from active duty in the fall of 2014. During that time he served honorably as a General Officer and a Soldier, including serving as the US Army Brigade Commander during the 9/11 tragedy.
He also was deployed to Afghanistan and served from 2006 to 2007 as a senior leader responsible for the equipping and training of the Afghan National Army. “This global war on terrorism is very, very real,” he said at the time. “And the threat that all of the freedom-loving people of the world have to contend with is alive and well, and we will have to be vigilant and patient, until we can rid the world of this threat.”
But he said that he thoroughly honored to be part of the herculean International effort to provide training support to the Afghan National Army. “One of the more important improvements that we are seeing is the emerging role of the Non Commissioned Officers” of the Afghan National Army, he said. “They have been given more responsibility, and they have stepped up to the plate, and their Soldiers are responding accordingly.” As the Afghan National Army Soldiers, NCOs and Officers completed various courses at the Kabul Military Training Center, he went on, they gained the skills they needed to successfully conduct military operations in support of their country.
Former Major General Michael Harrison trained at the United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where he received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies. He also holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Howard University.