LTC Mike Lerario, MA

Mike Lerario serves as a Leadership Development Consultant for CWC. Mike was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army in 1983 following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He served 23 years on active duty. 11 of those years were at Fort Bragg, NC in the 82nd Airborne Division and at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Key assignments include:
  • Commander, 82nd Airborne Division Long Range Surveillance Troop (12 months)
  • Commander, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment (31 months with combat operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm)
  • Operations Officer (S3), 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry (Air Assault)
  • Operations Officer (S3), 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
  • Director for Operations (J3), Joint Task Force Full Accounting

Mike’s awards and decorations include:

  • Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak leaf clusters)
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters)
  • Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award)
  • Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Upon his retirement from the Army in 2006, Mike went to work as a consultant and project manager for The Wexford Group International, providing specialized consulting services in defense related subjects to the Department of Defense and NATO. Additionally, Mike conducted research for the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral Sciences and co-authored the book: “Capacity Building in the Operational Environment: Stories and Lessons Learned.”

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Arts in Leadership Development, both degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He currently works with the RAND Corporation as an adjunct researcher and holds an active TS/SCI clearance.