Chalmers, Michael Anthony
Birth: Friday, February 22, 1952 in Lima, Peru
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the age of 65
Laid to Rest: Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Old Celina Cemetery, Celina, Texas
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Michael Anthony Chalmers of Waldorf, Maryland passed away April 13, 2017 following a full and active life as a loving husband, father, brother, son, uncle, solider, and proud American patriot. He was born on February 22, 1952 in Lima, Peru.
He is survived by his wife Suzanne Ashford; children Antonia, Michael, and Matthew Chalmers; sisters Dolores Foster and husband Ken Foster, Dianne Chalmers and husband Mike Bishop; and three grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. Mike was preceded in death by son Jason Chalmers, mother and father Fitz and Babs Chalmers, and brother Joseph Chalmers.
Mike's life-long service to his country started when his desire to become an Air Force pilot through the USAF ROTC program was cut short almost before it began when he was drafted by the Army in 1972 for a 2 year tour. Mike became Special Forces qualified and continued his service as a Counterintelligence Special Agent in both the Active and Army Reserve components until his military retirement in 2002 at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 and his federal civil service retirement as a GS-15 in 2008. All told, 36 years of government service. Mike wasn't done serving yet. For seven more years Mike worked in the intelligence sector as a contractor before again being drawn to federal civil service in 2015 where he occupied a position mandated by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court as the Senior Court Information Security Officer for the Office the Trial Judiciary, Office of Military Commissions.
During his lengthy service Mike served as a leader, mentor, and subject matter expert in the US Army and more broadly in the US Intelligence Community. He was called on during the later part of his career to design, staff, and lead the first-ever counterintelligence offices in three different Executive Branch organizations. Mike served in the U.S. Special Forces and Military Intelligence Corp during specified military campaigns to include Operation Just Cause, Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Joint Guardian, and Operation Desert Storm.
His civilian and military decorations, medals, badges, and citations include the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Special Forces Tab, Senior Airborne Wings, Air Assault Wings, Pathfinder Badge, and numerous other commendations, medals, and awards.
In 2009, Mike found fellowship and a further opportunity to serve with the Fort Washington Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), the official riding club of Harley-Davidson. He served in numerous positions, including Director in 2012 and 2013. Mike was able to put his exceptional writing and leadership skills to work as the chapter editor and led numerous rides and provided narration at historic military sites.
Mike was a deep thinker and a passionate man. He provided leadership, counsel, mentoring, love, motivation and friendship to so many along his journey. He loved spending time with his family, and when not helping others, writing poetry, playing golf, fishing, and riding his Harley. Some of his poetry is published in American Anthologies of Amateur Poets and is in the Congressional Library.
A viewing will be held on April 24th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home in McKinney, Texas. Burial will follow at Old Celina Cemetery in Celina, Texas at 1:00 pm. A Memorial Service will follow in the Washington D.C. area.