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Michael L. Warner

Colonel (Ret) Michael L. Warner is the President and founder of SMH International. Since inception, SMH has grown from an idea to a strategic partner of the US Army, providing force protection solutions for our soldiers.

Prior to forming SMH, Colonel (Ret) Warner was the third Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs for the State of New Jersey. He was appointed to this position by Governor Whitman in March 1994. As such, he was responsible for providing support to New Jersey’s 650,000 veterans and their families, management of a $55 million budget, operation of three 300-bed nursing homes, and the nation’s largest State veterans cemetery.

Prior to assuming that position, Colonel Warner served over 27 years as an officer in the U.S. Army. His last assignment was as Commander of Fort Dix, NJ. At Fort Dix, Colonel Warner was responsible for a 35,000-acre military installation and a $125 million annual operating budget. As Fort Dix Commander during a time of transition of the installation from an individual training mission to a Regional Training Center, Colonel Warner was responsible for installation and training area transformation, as well as range modernization and sustainment.

Throughout his over 27 years in the Active Army, Colonel Warner had numerous staff and command assignments, to include assignments to Korea, Germany and throughout the United States.

Colonel Warner graduated from Arizona State University and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Marquette University. His military schooling includes Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA, and the Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

Colonel Warner’s awards and decorations include two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal. Additionally, he has received campaign medals for service in Vietnam and overseas service ribbons for his tours of duty in Europe and Korea.
While serving as the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, Colonel (Ret) Warner also was Governor Whitman’s coordinator for BRAC and other defense issues for the State of New Jersey.


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