Colonel (R) Gregory S. Michel was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as Executive Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on June 18, 2018.
Prior to joining the team at MEMA, Greg served for nearly 30 years in the Mississippi National Guard after enlisting in the service after graduating high school. Greg has served in numerous roles from the enlisted ranks to his culminating assignment serving as Installation Commander for Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg, MS. Camp Shelby is the largest National Guard Training Center in the Nation and also serves as First Army’s Mobilization Force Generation Training Center for Active DoD service components and National Guard.
COL(R) Michel is a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Director Michel serves as Chairman for the Governor’s Defense Initiative Task Force and is a member of the Governor’s School Safety Task Force.
Director Michel graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in business. He is a graduate from the United States Army War College, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
Director Michel is a native of McComb, MS and currently resides in the city of Ridgeland with his wife Rachel. They have one daughter, Anna Morgan Michel. She resides in Nashville, TN.