Colonel Michael N. Cleveland enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard in July 1988 as a Chaplain Assistant. He later received his commission as an Engineer second lieutenant in August 1992 from the Mississippi Military Academy.
Colonel Cleveland served in various leadership assignments throughout his career. He served in the 890th Engineer Battalion as a Platoon Leader, Detachment Commander and Executive Officer. He later transferred to the 168th Engineer Group and served as the Plans Officer, HHC Commander and Civil Engineer. In 2003, he was assigned to the 223rd Engineer Battalion where he was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq serving as the intelligence officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as the Battalion Operations Officer during Hurricane Katrina and assumed the position of Battalion Executive Officer. In June 2010, he obtained command of the 223rd Engineer Battalion and latter deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded a route clearance battalion composed of nine companies in Regional Command South consisting of over 1000 soldiers. After command, he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the 168th Engineer Brigade located in Vicksburg, MS. In Feb 2015, he assumed command of Camp McCain Training Site located in Grenada, Mississippi where he currently serves. In addition, Colonel Cleveland has participated in various overseas training assignments which range from Costa Rica, South Korea and Jamaica.
He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from William Carey College and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, Army Command and General Staff College, Advanced Operations and War Fighting Course, the Engineer Advanced Course and the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 20 Year Device Silver Hourglass and M Device, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star), Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Two Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Unit Commendation. His state awards include the Mississippi Magnolia Medal, Mississippi War Medal, Mississippi Emergency Service Medal (3rd Award), Mississippi Longevity Medal (7th Award).