COL Forest L. ‘Mike’ Ramsey USA (RET) retired as a career US Military Officer with extensive emergency management / military support to civil authorities (MSCA) experience. His career covered over 30 thirty years of cumulative military service in addition to extensive experience in the civilian business and government sectors.
His military career began in 1967 with induction into the U.S. Army, covered a tour in South Vietnam as an aviation unit commander, continued in the Army National Guard beginning in 1976, then extended through assignments in the international and domestic operations arenas, including Deployment Team Chief for DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM at U.S. Forces Command, culminating in assignments as Chief of Operations, Army National Guard, and then as Chief, National Guard Bureau Olympic Task Force, sending over 13,000 National Guard personnel to provide security support to the 1996 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta, and ending as the NGB Special Officer for Combating Terrorism.
Most significantly, his experience as Chief of Operations, Army National Guard, saw extensive involvement with MSCA in disaster response and domestic military activities across the nation, with direct involvement in national support to Hurricanes Iniki and Marilyn, Northridge earthquakes, Midwest and Southeastern floods, Summit of the Americas, Southwest Border Counter Drug projects, visits of the Pope, and World Cup soccer games to name a few, plus overall responsibility for physical security of over 5000 Army National Guard facilities in 54 states and territories in addition to an assignment as Chief of Intelligence.