Former Major General Michael Harrison: Orient Shield

Former Major General Michael Harrison spent thirty-four years in the United States Army before retiring from active duty in October 2014.

“I learned the value of both responsibility and accountability,” he says, as he reflects on his long military experience.

In 2011, Former Major General Michael Harrison was the Commanding General of US Army Japan and First Corps (Forward), and in that capacity visited the annual Orient Shield, an annual, bi-lateral Brigade and Regimental tactical field training exercise with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. “I wanted to observe the Orient Shield exercise that’s being conducted by a unit out of the Texas Army National Guard, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry,” he said shortly after arriving. “Neither of these units – the Texas Guard or the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force – had met, and they have forged a friendship, and a great deal of respect for each others’ capabilities.”

Former Major General Michael Harrison received a tour of the Camp Kita-Fuji grounds, and a briefing about the training that was taking place. He also met with the Chief of Staff of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force to discuss the bi-lateral operations and discussed ideas for future cooperation help sustain the continued positive and professional relationship between the United States and Japan.

Since retiring from active duty, Former Major General Michael Harrison has been exploring opportunities in the private sector, and says that he would love to be an Executive Coach for an International firm. Further down the road, he says that he would like to become the President of a College or University. “My goal is to help make organizations better,” he says, “more effective and efficient.”


Former Major General Michael Harrison – The Afghan National Army

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.