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Commander, 78th Signal Battalion


Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Temko was raised in Palatine, Illinois. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Police Soldier and attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, graduating in May 1995. During his enlisted years, he was assigned to the 814th Military Police Company at Rosemont, Illinois, and the 414th Military Police Company at Joplin, Missouri. 
LTC Temko was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps after completing Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, in May 1999, and was immediately assigned as Platoon Tactical Officer for ROTC Advance Camp, Fort Lewis, Washington.

In February 2000 after completing the Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia, he was assigned as Communications Platoon Leader and then as Battalion Signal Officer (S-6), 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany, until March 2002. He then moved to 121st Signal Battalion, Kitzingen, Germany, as executive officer for Company C, whereupon he was selected as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander, 69th Signal Battalion, W├╝rzburg, Germany, serving from December 2002 until August 2004.

Upon completion of the Signal Captains Career Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia, in May 2005, he was assigned to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland, as the Army Customer Advocate and then as Program Manager of Cryptographic Capabilities of the Joint Tactical Radio System. During his tenure at NSA, he deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq as the Coalition Communications J-6 Officer.

He was next assigned as Operations Officer (S-3), 56th Signal Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, from July 2012 until August 2014 in support of United States Army South and later transferred to the United States Southern Command, first as Chief of Cyber Security (J-62) and then as Chief of Operations (J-63). In August of 2017, he returned to Fort Meade as Chief of Current Operations, Defense Information Systems Agency’s Command Center. He assumed his present duties in June 2019.

LTC Temko received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics and Military Science from Pittsburg State University, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix in February 2006.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon. He also holds the Combat Action Badge.