Special Agent Chad L. Michael
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Chad L. Michael was killed on October 26, 2009, when the U.S. military helicopter he was in crashed while returning from a joint counternarcotics mission in Western Afghanistan. Special Agent Michael was a member of DEA’s Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Team (FAST) Alpha, assigned to Afghanistan. He was 30 years old at the time of his death.
Special Agent Michael grew up in Hughesville, PA. He graduated in 1997 from Hughesville High School and in 2001 from St. Leo University in Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. Special Agent Michael began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department in Tampa, Florida. He joined DEA in 2004 and was assigned to the Miami Field Division, serving for five years in Enforcement Group Six. In July, 2009, Special Agent Michael volunteered to serve as a member of DEA’s FAST Team and took part in operations in Guatemala before being deployed to Afghanistan.