Resiliency Roundtable with COL Nyland & COL Michael

Resiliency Roundtable with COL Nyland & COL Michael


FMA President Doreen Harwood will sit down with COL Christopher Nyland, Fort Meade Garrison Commander and COL Tracy Michael, Fort Meade Medical Department Activity and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Commander for an intimate discussion on what matters most to them and the Fort Meade community.

Join the discussion as they cover the issues and challenges the Installation faces in a post-pandemic world and how resiliency, wellness and education remain at the forefront of their mission to protect our military personnel and their families. Learn what keeps these two commanders up at night and how FMA members can help make a difference.

There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is required.


About the Speakers

Colonel Christopher M. Nyland
Fort George G. Meade Garrison Commander

Colonel Chris Nyland is from Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry in 1997.

Since then, Colonel Nyland has served around the world including Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Colonel Nyland’s most recent operational assignment was a three year tour in the Republic of Korea where he commanded the United Nations Command Security Battalion – Joint Security Area. Following command, he served as the Deputy Commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division during their rotations to Korea.

Following his return from Korea, Colonel Nyland completed a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy with a concentration in Supply Chain Management from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University. His research was focused around China, Artificial Intelligence and Human-Machine Teaming, and sustainment in contested environments.

Prior to becoming the Fort Meade Garrison Commander, Colonel Nyland served as the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the Pentagon.

Colonel Nyland is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Military Freefall School, Military Freefall Jumpmaster School, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course, the Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, and the 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster Course.

Colonel Nyland is married to the former Ms. Christy Hill of New Orleans, Louisiana. Colonel Christy Nyland is also a commander at Fort Meade. They have been married for 19 years.

Colonel Tracy Michael
USA MEDDAC Commander, Fort George G. Meade, MD

COL Michael is a native of Brooklyn, New York and served for eight years as a Signal Soldier and NCO before being selected for a Green-to-Gold ROTC Scholarship. In 1998, he graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.

COL Michael has served in a variety of command and staff positions including:

Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Surgeon General; Chief, Congressional Affairs, Office of the Surgeon General and CG, US Army Medical Command; Commander, 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion, Ft. Meade, MD; Legislative Liaison to Congress, Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison (OCLL), HQDA; Aide-de-Camp to the 43rd Surgeon General and CG, US Army Medical Command; Director of Business Development, TRICARE Regional Office-South, San Antonio, TX; Battalion Executive Officer later Brigade Support Operations Officer (SPO), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; Chief, Joint Plans and Programs Division (JPPD), US Army Medical Materiel Center-Europe (USAMMC-E), Pirmasens, Germany; Commander, HHC, Special Warfare Medical Group, later Chief Medical Logistics Plans and Operations, US Army Special Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, NC; Commander, Bravo Company, 32nd Medical Logistics Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, Ft. Bragg, NC; and Division Medical Supply Officer (DMSO), later Medical Logistics Plans and Operations Officer, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC.

COL Michael is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Indiana University, a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Baylor University and a Master of Science (MS) in Nation Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University. He is also board certified in healthcare management, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is also a 2019 Health Innovators Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Global Leadership Network.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two bronze stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with bronze star), NATO Defense Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Recruiter Badge.

COL Michael and his wife are the proud parents of a son and two daughters.