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MHS grad named to officer post

By The Mercury

A Manhattan High graduate has been named national president of the Reserve Officer Association.

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Silva, USAR was formally sworn in to the role at the organization’s recent annual National Security Symposium. Silva is taking over for retired Col. Walker Williams III, of the U.S. Air Force, who acted as president for the national non-profit from 2011-13.

During his 33-year Army career, Silva held operations, training, senior staff, and command positions in various assignments including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Qatar. He also served a tour in the Pentagon in the Iraq Interagency Support group resolving issues between the Department of Defense and the Department of State. Most recently, he deployed as the Commanding General of the 411th Engineer Brigade in Balad, Iraq supporting the Multi-National Corps Iraq. He is a West Point graduate and a 2006 inductee at the Manhattan High School Wall of Fame.

The Reserve Officers Association is a 60,000-member professional association for all uniformed services of the United States.

Chartered by Congress and in existence since 1922, ROA advises and educates Congress, the president, and the American people on national security, with expertise on issues that affect the 1.5 million men and women now serving in America’s Reserve Components.

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