Gov. Phil Bryant is naming another retired military leader to run Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency.
Bryant said on Monday said he was appointing Gregory Michel as the agency’s director.
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Michel was the commander of Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg from 2015 to 2017. He retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard as a colonel, having joined the guard as a combat medical specialist in 1988 and entering full-time service in 1998. As he rose through the ranks, Michel deployed to Iraq in 2005 as executive officer of the 1-155th Infantry Battalion.
Michel earned a bronze star and was president of the National Guard Association of Mississippi in 2014-2015.
Bryant’s senior criminal justice policy adviser had led the agency since Lee Smithson resigned in May, citing alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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