Lieutenant Colonel Mike Oeschger
In 1987, LTC M. T. “Mike” Oeschger enlisted in the Army for Infantry, Airborne, and Ranger.
In 1989, after serving as a Sergeant in the 3rd Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning Georgia and a Non Commissioned Officer Platoon Leader in the 1-116th (LI) IN, LTC Oeschger was commissioned a 2LT in the Field Artillery from Appalachian State University.
LTC Oeschger’s first officer assignment was to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York where he served as the Battalion Reconnaissance and Survey Officer and Executive Officer, the Charlie Battery Fire Direction Officer and the Battalion Fire Support Officer while deployed to Haiti with the 2nd Battalion, 14 Infantry. He also commanded the 10th Target Acquisition Detachment.
Following completion of the Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, LTC Oeschger was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey, Republic of Korea where he served as Battalion Fire Direction Officer.
Next, LTC Oeschger was assigned to 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC where he served as Division Artillery Fire Control Officer and Commander, Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 319th Field Artillery Regiment. He also served as Commander, 82nd Airborne Division Advanced Airborne School.
Next, LTC Oeschger was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La. where he was an Observer Controller with the Fire Support Division.
Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2004, LTC Oeschger was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer. Later, in Iraq, he served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment and Commander, Mobile Training and Transition Team. Returning to Fort Campbell, LTC Oeschger was the Commander, Rear Detachment, 1st Brigade Combat Team and Executive Officer, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
LTC Oeschger’s most recent assignment was in Afghanistan as Commander, Army Assistance and Training Team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division(LI).
LTC Oeschger’s awards include BSM (1OLC), MSM (3OLC), ARCOM (4OLC), AAM (3OLC), MUC, AGCM, NDSM (1OLC), AFEM, ACMCS, ICMCS, GWOTS, KDSM, HSM, ASR, OSR (2OLC), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.