Brigadier General Michelle M. T. Letcher assumed the duties as the 42nd Chief of Ordnance and Commandant of the U.S. Army Ordnance School on June 16, 2020.
Brig. Gen. Letcher is a native of Oak Forest, Illinois, and was commissioned in the Air Defense Artillery branch via the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995. She was branch detailed and became an Ordnance Officer in 1997.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, and a Master of Science in Human Services and Counseling from the State University of New York at Oswego, a Masters in Advanced Military Studies from the Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
Brig. Gen. Letcher’s assignments include: Commanding General, Joint Muntions Command in Rock Island, Illinois; Commander, 16th Sustainment Brigade in Baumholder, Germany; Commander, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Grafenwoehr, Germany, where she deployed the unit to combat operations in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13; Commander, B Company, 26th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, where she deployed the company to Iraq during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom 1; and Launcher Platoon Leader, 1-43 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, Osan Air Base, Korea.
Her other key staff assignments include: Executive Officer to the Commanding General, Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Deputy Support Operations Officer, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas; Lt. Col. Assignment Officer, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Support Operations Officer, 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Sustainment Planner, 18th Airborne Corps and Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq; Observer/Controller for the BCT S4 and BSB Staff at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; Battalion S-3, 26th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division and Battalion S-4 and Maintenance Control Officer, 710th Main Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.
Her military education includes Air Defense Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course, Ordnance Basic Munitions Management Officer Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff Officer Course, the School of Advanced Military Studies and the Senior Service College Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin.
Brig. Gen. Letcher's military awards include the Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Meritorious Service Medal (Silver Oak Leaf Cluster).