Capt. Michael Masty,
a Class of 2000 Chesterton High School graduate, was one of 28 captains and
two majors who succeeded in a double tier selection competition for the 30
slots which the Army Space Command opened for fulfillment this year to all
members of the Army officer corps.
The U.S. Army Space
and Missile Defense Command is the Army component of the U.S. Strategic
Command which deals with reconnaissance, satellites, rocket and missile
launches and other areas related to space and missile defense operations.
Army Space Command is the link to space-based support for Army operations in
Capt. Masty is
married to Amanda (nee Goulet), also formerly of Chesterton. He is currently
participating in Advanced Leadership Training for Captains at Fort Benning,
Georgia. Next he will be at Fort Riley, Kansas to serve as a Space Liaison
Officer within the headquarters staff of the First Infantry Division.
Captain Masty has
served in the Combat Infantry Branch of the Army since enrolling as an
enlisted man 16 years ago; he has since worked up through the ranks and
earned a B.A. degree. While serving in the Iraq War and garrisoning, and in
two tours in Afghanistan, he received several citations for valor, including
the Bronze Star. He has also completed the first entry program for Space
The Captain is the
son of Dana Masty, now of Valparaiso, and David Masty of Chesterton.