Army Reserve commander gets star in ceremony Saturday

Col. Michaelene “Mikey” Kloster, commander of the 98th Training Division at Fort Benning, will be promoted to brigadier general during a 2 p.m. ceremony Saturday at the headquarters building in Harmony Church.

Kloster took command of the division in December, just five months after the Army Reserve Unit arrived from Rochester, N.Y., under the command of Brig. Gen. Dwayne R. Edwards. The unit’s primary mission is to provide drill sergeants to Army Training Centers across the nation.

The division manages four brigades throughout 12 eastern states and Puerto Rico.

Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, will promote Kloster.

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the division has served in support of the war on terror and operations overseas. In 2004, the 98th deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to train new army and security forces. Soldiers in the division played key roles in establishing Army Training Schools at Kirkush Military Training Base and trained Iraqi police, highway patrol, special commandos and border police.

In Kloster’s previous assignment, she was commander of the 1st Mobilization Support Group at Fort Totten in Queens, N.Y.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Kloster was commissioned in 1984 as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master of science degree in management and a doctorate in business administration.