SAI:  CW4 (Ret) Michael A. Harp


Assigned:  August 2009

CW4 Michael Anthony Harp enlisted in the Army on 8 February 1982, and attended basic training and his advanced training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  SFC (P) Harp was selected for Warrant Officer Candidate School as a Field Artillery Target Technician, MOS. 131A in February 1994. He retired after 27 plus years on 1 September 2009. Throughout his career, CW4 Harp has served in a variety of assignments and leadership positions including:  Multiple Launcher Rocket Driver to First Sergeant, Battalion and Brigade Radar Technician, Counter Fire Officer, Brigade Targeting Officer, Nation Training Center Senior Targeting/ Radar Observer Controller Senior Instructor / Course Manger of the United States Army Field Artillery Warrant Officer School, and is presently the Senior Army Instructor at Lely High School.  His unit of assignments include: 6th Field Artillery Fort Riley Kansas, A 1/40 Field Artillery Hanua Germany, 2-320 Field Artillery 101st Airborne Division Fort Campbell Kentucky, 3/29 Field Artillery Fort Carson Colorado, 3rd Bde. 4th ID Fort Carson Colorado, Ops. Group Fort Irwin California and 1\30 Field Artillery Fort Sill Oklahoma. He served 2 tours in Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division.

CW4 Harps awards and decorations include the Legit of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal 5 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal,8 oak leaf clusters, Achievement Medal 9 oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 3rd  award, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Recruiting Badge and Army Air Assault Badge


His military schools include the Primary, Basic, Advance Non- Commission Officer Leadership Courses, Warrant Officer Candidate, Basic and Advance Courses. He is also a graduate of the Army Recruiting Course, Army Air Assault School, Collateral Damage Estimation Course, Joint Firepower Control Course – Hurlbert Field Florida, Joint Aerospace Command and Control Course -Hurlbert Field, Florida and Information Operation Course at the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group San Diego California. CW4 Harp holds a Bachelor Degree from Columbia College


AI:  MSG (Ret) Laureano Santiago


Assigned:  August 2000

MSG Santiago graduated from Bayamon High School in Puerto Rico.  Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the VOLAR Army.  During his first seven years, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.  While at Fort Bragg he played on the Post Volleyball Team, Post softball Team, and played on the All-Army Team.  He attended LRRP (Long range Recon Patrol) School and the Leadership Academy.  MSG Santiago then volunteered to go to Germany.  He was one of the first soldiers to convert to the new MOS of 13F, fire Support specialist.  MSG Santiago was then tasked by Brigade S3 and the Brigade FIST Chief to incorporate a Fire Support Program for the tankers in the brigade.  His next assignment was at Fort sill, OK for 6 months as an instructor for the Staff and Faculty Battalion.  There he instructed new lieutenants in how to call in fire.  His next assignment was at Fort Chaffee, AR as an interpreter for the Cuban Resettlement Program.  He then received an invitation from the Army welcoming him to the Drill Sergeant Academy.  After spending two unforgettable years at Fort Knox, he received another welcome letter.  This time he was off to the Recruiting Command.  Eleven years later he decided to retire and accept a more relaxing job as a JROTC instructor; or so he thought!  MSG Santiago completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology in June 2002.  While working for his Master’s Degree, he taught briefly at International College.  MSG Santiago is married to his high school sweetheart, Myrna Melendez.  They have a son, Laureano (31) and a daughter, Renee (29), who is married and has given them two wonderful grandchildren, Elisa and Patrick.  MSG Santiago retired in October 1993 and has taught JROTC in Maryland, and on both the east and west coast of Florida,