Major Michael A. Tobey, National Guard

2010 U.S. Missile Defender of the Year

Major Michael A. Tobey is the Assistant Operations Officer (Assistant S-3) for the 100th Missile Defense Brigade of the United States Homeland Missile Defense system. Major Tobey is a native of Midland, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering Management. He received his commission into the Air Defense Artillery branch that same year. Major Tobey’s decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the U.S. Air Force Senior Space Operations Badge. Major Michael A. Tobey received his award from Brigadier General Kurt Story, United States Army.

On behalf of our membership throughout the nation and the American public, we are honored to recognize the best of the best in missile defense for 2010. These four outstanding young men represent their unit, ship and air wing as extensions of all those that they work with and the missile defense systems they operate. They represent the best of the military’s current and future missile defense capability to make our nation and world safer. We commend their role and those of our military war fighters who bring these missile defense systems to life to operate, command, defend and protect against the growing and current threats of nuclear proliferation and ballistic missiles.

Defenders of the Year