Rank insignias in the officer corps can be a metaphor for the roles of Army officers throughout their careers, Fort Leavenworth's commanding general said Oct. 4.
While honoring the promotion of Michael D. Lundy to brigadier general, Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, said few Army officers rise to the rank of general.
"Those that we do select, we think about it long and hard," Perkins said of general officer selection. "How did they do throughout their careers? What is their potential to provide a guiding light?"
Perkins illustrated the various roles that officers play with a rank analogy— the trunks of trees as intermediate-level officers, the tops of trees as they progress in their careers, the eagles are the colonels and the general officers are the stars above.
"We are made general officers not to be exalted but to serve," he said. "We don't really want all those trees and eagles looking up at us. Our job is to look down at (what they are doing)."
Lundy is the deputy commanding general of Combined Arms Center – Training. According to his biography, Lundy has served in the Army since 1987, when he was commissioned as an aviation officer after graduation from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. His military education includes the Aviation Officers Basic Course, Basic Rotary Wing Training and OH-58 Transition, the Armor Officer Advanced Course and the Cavalry Leaders Course. Lundy attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1998 and the U.S. Army War College in 2006, where he earned a master of science degree in strategic studies.
He has served in a number of command and staff positions in his career, deploying to Southwest Asia for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, to Bosnia, to Iraq and to Afghanistan. Lundy has also served as an attack and cavalry troop and battalion/squadron S-3 observer-controller at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., and as the operations group senior aviation observer-controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.
Lundy's decorations and badges include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with "V" Device and oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge and Ranger Tab.
Before coming to Fort Leavenworth in July, Lundy was the deputy commanding general (support) for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Lundy recently installed a new noncommissioned officer at CAC-T, the first NCO in charge of training at CAC-T since the organization began. Sgt. Maj. Donald L. Rose Jr. helped Lundy unfurl his first general officer flag. Lundy's daughter Sydnie attached his new brigadier general rank and his wife Paula helped him put on a belt signifying his new status as a general officer.
"I'm very humbled and honored," Lundy said.
Lundy said his career has been supported by many talented Soldiers.
"I've been very blessed," he said. "I've had phenomenal mentors to guide me and phenomenal Soldiers to work with."