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Lieutenant General W. Michael Steele, USA (Retired)

Lieutenant General Steele was commissioned into the United States Army upon graduation from The Citadel in 1967. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2001. During his career, he led/commanded at every level from platoon to division and served as commanding general U.S. Army Pacific. Other commanding general assignments included U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, the 82d Airborne Division and as commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Deputy commanding general assignments included: Training and Doctrine Command, 8th Infantry Division, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army Infantry Center and School.

Lieutenant General Steele is a Vietnam Ranger Battalion and Ranger Group combat veteran. Following retirement, he served as a senior executive in the defense industry. In 2006, he started his own defense services company, Osprey Bay, LLC, where he used his expertise in military operations, planning, readiness training, instrumentation, education and doctrine to assist the U.S Armed Forces and allied/coalition nations with war fighting doctrine and weapon systems development. He also served as a senior mentor for the chief of staff, Army, General Officer Strategic Leader Development Program from inception in 2001 through 2014.

Board Service

  • Elected by The Citadel Alumni Association, 2009 to 2015
  • Board of Visitors, Chair, 2013 to present
  • Executive Committee, Chair

Citadel Activities and Affiliations

  • Cadet activities, Distinguished Military Student, T Company and Regimental Staff, Cadre, SAME, AUSA, Ranger-Airborne Club, Block ā€œCā€ Club; Chapel Usher, Rod and Gun Club
  • Citadel Sports: Baseball
  • The Citadel Alumni Association
  • The Citadel Brigadier Foundation
  • The Citadel Foundation, 1967 Class Chair
  • Class of 1967 Citadel Reunion Campaign
  • The Citadel Foundation Campaign Steering Committee

Other Board Affiliations and Community Service

  • Uniformed Services Benefit Association (a veteran focused life insurance organization), Board of Directors, Former Chair
  • Colt Defense, LLC, Board of Advisors, Former Chair
  • SafePorts, Board of Advisors
  • The Citadel Foundation, Board of Directors


  • BSB Business Administration, The Citadel, 1967
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1978
  • MA, Webster University, 1980
  • The National War College, 1984

Married to Pam

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