Military Science & Leadership
SFC Miguel R. Casarez, Jr.
Military Science Instructor/Training NCO
SFC Miguel Casarez Jr. was born in San Antonio, Texas on 25 March 1975. On 29 July 1992, he enlisted in the United States Reserve as a Wheeled Vehicle Repairer, and upon graduation from high school in July 1993 attended basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. On 23 September 1997, SFC Casarez enlisted in the Regular Army as a Petroleum Supply Specialist and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia. In August 2002, SFC Casarez attended reclassification training and was awarded the military occupational skill of Multiple Launch Rocket System Fire Direction Specialist. In March 2008, SFC Casarez, again, attended reclassification training and was awarded the military occupational skill of Cavalry Scout.
SFC Casarez’ first assignment was as a Petroleum Supply Specialist with the 1-52nd Aviation Company at K-16 Airbase, Republic of South Korea. His other assignments include: Petroleum Supply Sergeant, 1-8 U.S. Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Assistant Fire Direction Sergeant, 1-39th Field Artillery Regiment (MLRS) 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fire Direction Chief, B Battery, 1-39th FA, 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Georgia; Operations NCO, C Battery, 1-21st Field Artillery (MLRS), III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; Platoon Sergeant, C Troop, 4-9th U.S. Cavalry; Assistant Operations Sergeant and Operations Sergeant Major, 4-9th U.S. Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
SFC Casarez also has four tours-of-duty in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Invasion); Operation Iraqi Freedom III (Jan-Dec 2005); Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10 (Jan-Dec 2009); Operation New Dawn (Jul-Nov 2011).
SFC Casarez’ military education includes: Battle Staff NCO Course; Maneuver-Senior Leaders Course; Advanced Leaders Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Unit Movement Officer Course; Equal Opportunity Leader Course.
His awards include the Bronze Star with one oak-leaf; Army Commendation Medal with Silver oak leaf; Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf cluster; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Army Expeditionary Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign stars; GWOT Service Medal; GWOT Expeditionary Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 3; Combat Action Badge; Presidential Unit Citation and the Meritorious Unit Citation with one oak leaf. He is also a holder of the Orders of St. George and St. Barbara.
He is married to the former Amanda Bara of San Antonio, Texas. He has two daughters: Mikayla, and Marisa.