Colonel Jay Miseli, of San Francisco, California, entered the Army in 1995, having graduated from the United States Military Academy as a lieutenant of Armor and Cavalry.
Colonel Miseli’s first assignment was tank platoon leader in the 3rd Battalion, 73rd Armor, 82nd Airborne Division until the battalion deactivated and he was reassigned to Fort Hood, Texas. Initially, he served as aide-de-camp to the chief of staff, III Corps and Fort Hood. He was subsequently assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, where he served as an M1A2 tank platoon leader, a tank company executive officer, and battalion maintenance officer. In August 2000, Colonel Miseli reported to the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor. He commanded C Company from November 2000 to July 2001 and Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) from August 2001 to June 2003. As the HHC commander, Colonel Miseli deployed the company to Kuwait for Operation Desert Spring from March to September 2002. In January 2003, the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor returned to Kuwait, and in March 2003, was part of the invasion of Iraq by the 3rd Infantry Division.
Following company command, Colonel Miseli attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a master’s degree in operations pesearch for his assignment as an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point, New York. During his first year, Colonel Miseli was selected as aide-de-camp to the superintendent of the United States Military Academy, and he concluded his tour as an assistant professor of mathematics and director of the Advanced Mathematics Program. Graduating from the Command and General Staff College in April 2008, Colonel Miseli returned to Fort Hood and the 1st Cavalry Division as operations officer for the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, deploying to Maysan Province, Iraq. Colonel Miseli also served as executive officer for the squadron’s postdeployment reset and training phases. He was then assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-8 (Resource Management) as the maneuver team chief in the Force Development Directorate.
In July 2012, Colonel Miseli assumed command of the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. After twenty-three months training reconnaissance and security operations, including a National Training Center rotation, Colonel Miseli relinquished command in June 2014. His subsequent assignment was in the Army’s Human Resources Command as armor branch chief in the Officer Personnel Management Directorate. In July 2016, Colonel Miseli transitioned to the United States Army War College Fellowship at Texas A&M University, where he is studying international relations in the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Colonel Miseli’s military education includes the Armor Officer’s Basic Course, Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, and the Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and parachutist and air assault badges.
Colonel Miseli and his wife, Charlene, have two children: Nathaniel Clark, age sixteen, and Amy Elizabeth, age thirteen.