Retired Colonel Gregory S. Michel was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on June 18, 2018.
Prior to joining the Agency, Michel served for nearly 30 years in Mississippi National Guard, where he earned multiple statewide and national leadership roles. From 2015-2017, he served as the Installation Commander of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, outside of Hattiesburg, MS. With that role, Michel managed the nation’s largest state owned military training facility.
Under Michel’s leadership, Camp Shelby was instrumental in the disaster response and recovery efforts of the 2017 Pine Belt Area Tornado. Both the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operated its Federal Disaster Joint Field Office on the grounds of Camp Shelby. It was there, federal and state resources were housed and deployed to and throughout the impacted area of the Pine Belt.
Another one of Michel’s career highlights is when he served within the National Guard Bureau, in Washington, D.C. There he was named Chief of the Guard’s Strength and Management Division. His top duty was directing nationwide recruiting programs for all 50 states and four territories to ensure troop strength of 365,000 soldiers, per the Department of the Army’s mandate.
Michel’s combat history is highlighted by a tour from 2004 to 2005, where he served in the 1-155th Infantry Battalion, he served as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and numerous others.
He’s earned two Master’s Degrees in one in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and another in Business from Touro University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Michel is a native of McComb, MS and currently resides in the city of Ridgeland with his wife Rachel and their daughter Anna Morgan.