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Major General Michael Atherly


Major General Michael Atherly, MSS

Major General Michael Ulric Atherly was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on May 20th 1971.  He was promoted to Lieutenant 1974, Captain in 1976, Major in 1980, Lieutenant Colonel in 1987, Colonel in 1993, Brigadier in 2000 and Major General in May 2004.

He held several appointments including: Officer Commanding Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School; Commanding Officer 3 Special Forces Battalion; Commanding Officer, Training Corps; Commander 1 Infantry Battalion Group and Colonel General Staff, Defence Headquarters. Major General Atherly also served as Deputy Commander of a multi national Commonwealth Military Training Team to Uganda.  He was appointed Chief of Staff in April 2000.

He was educated at numerous international military institutions including the Canadian Staff School in Toronto, the  Canadian Command and Staff College in Kingston Ontario, the Camberley Command and Staff College in the United Kingdom, the Lester Pearson Peacekeeping College in Nova Scotia Canada and the National Defence University in the United States of America.  

He has been honoured at the national level with a number of awards that included the Military Service Medal and the Military Service Star.  

 Major General Atherly was admitted to the United States National Defence University International Fellows HALL OF FAME (Washington DC) in October 2004.  

Maj Gen M U Atherly is married to Barbara and they have one son Michael Atherly Jr