Caldwell, Michael, MSG

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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
19Z50-Armor Senior Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1997-2000, 19K10, A Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor
Previously Held MOS
19K10-M1 Armor Crewman
11Z50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Service Years
1994 - 2015
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Order of Saint George
Order of the Spur
Voice Edition

Master Sergeant

Six Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

1st Armored Division 1st Cavalry Division 1st Infantry Division Army Physical Fitness Badge

German Military Proficiency Gold

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Armor Shoulder Cord German Sports Badge Order of The Spur

Order of Saint George (Bronze)

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
1st Cavalry Division AssociationUS Armor AssociationGeneral of the Army Omar Bradley Chapter
  2006, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  2007, US Armor Association
  2010, Association of United States Army (AUSA), General of the Army Omar Bradley Chapter (Member) (El Paso, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Enjoying retirement.
Other Comments:

My 13 year old son wrote this poem that won 1st place in his school district. I wanted to share it.

Farewell Again...
When I was eight years old, my dad had to leave.
I knew what was going on, but I didn't want to believe.
He was fighting someone's else is war, that wasn't even his.
I knew he should be home with us, spending time with his kids.
I helped him pack his bags, and load them in the car,
He was going away for a while, to a place that's very far.
We drove to the airport in the middle of the night,
He looked at me and said his good byes.
He looked at me in the eyes and said,
and told me to be strong,
Then he looked at his wife and said, "Take care of your mom."
It took everything I had to fight back the tears,
He's going to be gone from nine months to a year.
For the next twelve months I was depressed,
Every little thing made me sad and stressed.
But then one day my dad came home,
and then I didn't feel sad, stressed, or alone.
You have to remember that I was eight back then,
But now I'm twelve, and my father is gone once again.


Tre' Miguel Caldwell

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OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Diamondback (Mosul Air Base), Iraq
From Month/Year
May / 2003
To Month/Year
June / 2004


In mid-April 2003, Mosul Airport was the temporary headquarters for several hundred US special forces and marines. Marines and Sailors of the 26th MEU (Special Operations Capable) were ordered into the Mosul International Airport in Northern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. About 50 helicopters shuttled up to 5,000 troops of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from the outskirts of Baghdad to Mosul's airport, and trucks ferried them into Iraq's third largest city. The Marines and Sailors continued to build up this forward operating base to serve as a logistics hub for continued infrastructure assistance for the free people of Iraq.

Camp Diamondback, a 500-soldier base camp similar to what US forces occupied in the Balkans, was apparently located at Mosul Airport. The soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina at Camp Diamondback at Mosul were attacked with mortar fire regularly.

In June 2003, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) approved a contract for an internet service site for each battalion, and built an Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center, established a Post Exchange (PX; from which the brigades drew items to establish satellite PXs), and begun construction of more permanent base camp facilities at Mosul Airfield, one of the 101st Airborne Division's largest fixed bases.

The new Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facility at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) airfield in Mosul, which officially opened its doors in June 2003, was located where the 101st Assault Command Post operated shortly after the Division moved into the city in mid-April 2003. Colonel Jerry Dolinish, Commander, 101st Corp Support Group, was "tagged" with the responsibility of organizing the MWR facility by Brigadier General Edward Sinclair, Assistant Division Commander (Support), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The facility was also once an officer's club for the Iraqi Republican Guard before the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It subsequently housed a weight room, movie theatre, beach volleyball court, card game room, and a permanent stage that was to host future morale boosting performances.

My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
May / 2003
To Month/Year
June / 2004
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories

People You Remember
1LT Perry, SSG Rod, SSG Cabrera, SGT Saravia, SGT Cook, SGT Delagarza, SGT Ruiz, SPC Bob, SPC East, SPC Locke, PV2 Holmes, SPC Gibson, SSG Gipson, SPC Galaz, PV2 Petersen, PV2 Cavenar, PV2 Johnson

We all made it back home.

My Photos From This Battle or Operation

  1969 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abbott, Cameron, SSG, (2004-2008)
  • Abernathy, Shannon, SGT, (2001-2007)
  • Abrahim, Jason, SFC, (1996-Present)
  • Accoo, Antonio, SSG, (2003-2008)
  • Acosta, Aaron, SGT, (1999-Present)
  • Acosta-Barron, Priscilla, SSG, (2002-Present)
  • Adams, John, SSG, (2000-2008)
  • Aitken, Mark, COL, (1989-Present)
  • Aiyetoro, Adisa, CW3, (1989-2012)
  • Ajuria, Alex A., SGT, (2004-2014)
  • Akers, Brett, 1SG, (2000-Present)
  • Akers, Ledamine, WO1, (2001-Present)
  • Albert, Heath, SP 4, (2003-2008)
  • Alfaro, Marcus, CPL, (2004-2008)
  • Alicea, Israel, MSG, (1988-2009)
  • Alkire, Ian, SFC, (2002-Present)
  • Allen, Jacob, WO1, (2000-Present)
  • Allen, James, MAJ, (1994-2008)
  • Allen, Jason, SSG, (1994-2014)
  • Allen, Kevin, SFC, (1999-Present)
  • Allen, Philip, SGT, (1986-Present)
  • Alvey, Jennifer, SSG, (2002-Present)
  • Alvira, Ivan, SFC, (1995-2011)
  • Aman, David, Sgt, (1996-Present)
  • Amsdell, Matt, CPT, (1996-2008)
  • Andersen, Christine, 1LT, (1997-Present)
  • Anderson, Charles, 1SG, (1985-2011)
  • Anderson, Douglas, CW4, (1987-2008)
  • Anderson, Erik, SFC, (2000-Present)
  • Anderson, Joseph, SSG, (2001-2009)
  • Anderson-Bowen, Tim, CPT, (1989-Present)
  • Andrade, Jason, SSG, (2003-Present)
  • Andrews, Kenneth, SSG, (1993-2008)
  • Andrus, Floyd, SPC, (2005-2010)
  • Angel, Todd, SFC, (1990-2008)
  • Angus, Joseph, SSG, (1992-2009)
  • Anson, Jeff, SGT, (2001-2008)
  • Antonio, Adelso, CPT, (1992-Present)
  • Aponte, Scott, SP 4, (2002-2008)
  • Aquino, Mark, SFC, (1992-Present)
  • Archer, Erik, CPT, (2001-2008)
  • Argentino, Daniela, CPT, (1998-2009)
  • Arias, Ralph, SFC, (1994-2008)
  • Armeni, Damon, CPT, (2002-Present)
  • Arnold, Bradley, SGT, (2003-Present)
  • Aschle, Brian, SFC, (1987-2007)
  • Ashby, Wayne, SFC, (1984-2007)
  • Ashton, Wolf, SGT, (2004-2009)
  • Athey, Scott, SSG, (1989-2010)
  • Atkinson, Fred, Jr, CW4, (1986-2008)
  • Ausbun, Christopher, SFC, (1999-Present)
  • Austin, Daniel, CPT, (2003-Present)
  • Avery, Rick, 1SG, (1991-2014)
  • Babbitt, Beau, CPL, (2003-2006)
  • Babyak, Brandon, SFC, (1995-Present)
  • Bacon, Scott, SP 4, (2002-2008)
  • Badgero, Brian, SSG, (2002-2008)
  • Baggett, Steven, SGT, (2004-2009)
  • Bailey, Christopher, SFC, (1997-Present)
  • Bailey, James, SSG, (2005-Present)
  • Bailey, Jeremy, SFC, (1990-Present)
  • Bailey, Ryan, SP 4, (1998-2001)
  • Baker, Isaac, SSG, (1990-2015)
  • Baker, Jerry, 1SG, (1992-Present)
  • Baker, Robert, SFC, (1987-2011)
  • Baldoza, Richard, SSG, (1997-2010)
  • Baldwin, Michael, SGT, (2004-2008)
  • Balkom, Jason, SGT, (2002-2008)
  • Ballejo, Jose, SSG, (1993-Present)
  • Baniak, David, SGT, (2000-2007)
  • Banks, Johnnie, SSG, (1997-2008)
  • Banse, William, SFC, (1993-2008)
  • Barclay, Richard, MSG, (1986-2008)
  • Barker, Arthur, SFC, (1996-2016)
  • Barker, Bob, CSM, (1979-2006)
  • Barnes, Louis, CSM, (1981-2007)
  • Barnett, Cameron, SSG, (2002-Present)
  • Barrera, Jaime, SSG, (2002-Present)
  • Barrera, Mike, SFC, (1999-Present)
  • Barrientes, Mark, SGT, (2002-2008)
  • Bashaw, Mike, SGT, (2003-2008)
  • Bashful, Antony, SSG, (1994-2009)
  • Bates, Brian, SGT, (1991-2003)
  • Battle, Aldreaka, SGT, (1999-Present)
  • Baxley, James, SFC, (1994-Present)
  • Baxter, Ronnie, SFC, (1996-Present)
  • Baylor, Ernest, SSG, (1991-Present)
  • Beagle, Kevin, MAJ, (1991-Present)
  • Beaty, Eric, MAJ, (1996-Present)
  • Beaver, Jason, SGT, (2003-Present)
  • Bebo, Jason, SFC, (1991-2011)
  • Bechtel, Dennis, SGT, (2003-2008)
  • Bechtel, Mike, WO1, (1997-Present)
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