COL (R) Michael Obadal
A Virginia native, Mike Obadal entered the US Army from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in International Studies. He served in overseas and stateside posts as an attack helicopter officer before assessing for the US Army Special Operations Command. For the next eighteen years, he commanded units and task forces throughout Army and Joint Special Operations.
As a Colonel, Mike commanded JSOC’s Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (National Capital Region) and Operation Gallant Phoenix in Jordan. In these roles, he specialized in growing counter-terrorism partnerships among foreign nations and inside the US national security community. He holds master’s degrees in National Security Studies from the Naval War College, and International Security Studies from the National Defense University. He is rated in nine aircraft and flew 3000 hours in Army helicopters.
Mike is married to Christine, a USMA graduate and former Army officer. They have three boys, Alex, Chris and Jon.