Arcadia Valley native takes command of Missouri Guard battalion

Bill Phelan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Army National Guard recently named Lt. Col. Christopher W. Mickan, of Jackson, as commanding officer of the 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, headquartered in Jefferson City.

A 21-year Guard veteran, Mickan's previously served as administrative officer of the 70th Troop Command, the Missouri Guard's largest bridge, headquartered at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis County. The 835th is a subordinate unit of Troop Command.

As battalion commander, Mickan will be responsible for five companies of Guardsmen stationed in 10 Missouri cities.

Mickan is a native of the Arcadia Valley and a graduate of Arcadia Valley High School. He has a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and a master's degree in business administration from William Woods University in Fulton.

After graduating from the Missouri State Officer Candidate School in 1991, Mickan was commissioned a second lieutenant and began his military career as a reconnaissance officer. His other previous assignments have included platoon leader, intelligence officer, company commander, and operations officer just to name a few.

A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mickan's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, an Air Assault Badge and a Combat Action Badge.

Lt. Col. Mickan and his wife, Tonya, are the proud parents of three sons, Austin, Ben, and Clayton. He is the son of Bill and Helen Mickan.

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