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Major Mike Syvertsen graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2004, commissioning as an Infantry officer. Mike served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, during which time he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, Mike graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group where he served as the Detachment Commander for ODA 3124 and later as Company Commander for Headquarters and Support Company. He deployed to Afghanistan three times with 3rd SFG(A) prior to transitioning to the Group Headquarters to serve as the 3rd SFG(A) Future Operations Officer. In 2014, Mike was selected for the General Wayne A. Downing Scholarship and attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. From 2016-2018, MAJ Syvertsen was assigned to USASOC and deployed to Afghanistan for six months as the J35 for Special Operations Joint Task Force Afghanistan (SOJTF-A).

MAJ Syvertsen holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Ranger School, Special Forces Qualification Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, Airborne School, Military Freefall School and the Infantry Mortar Leader Course.

MAJ Syvertsen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oakleaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation medal with three oakleaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab and German Airborne Wings.

Mike lives in Niceville, FL with his wife Marlena.


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