Army Mental Health from a Battalion Commander's Perspective | 2023 | Events

Army Mental Health from a Battalion Commander's Perspective
An unidentified soldier clasping their hands together
Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Rangel
January 24, 2023
Pye Conference Room (E40-496)

Special IAP Seminar hosted by the MIT Security Studies Program (SSP)

Abstract: Lieutenant Colonel Rangel most recently served a command beginning the summer of 2020 and ending in the summer of 2022. He will discuss some of the mental health challenges the battalion experienced including assisting Soldiers suffering PTSD, three suicides (one internal, two post-retirement), a request to retire by a key leader leaving the battalion without a key leader, civilian toxic leaders, physical and mental burn out from requirements to support operations despite COVID operational restrictions. 

Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Rangel was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA in 2001. His most recent assignment was Battalion (BN) Commander for the Technical Services Battalion (MI) BN, U.S. Army Counterintelligence Command, Ft. Meade, MD. He has served with U.S European Command J2X, Stuttgart, Germany; U.S. Army Africa, Wiesbaden, Germany; 201st MI BN, Ft. Sam Houston, TX; 470th MI Brigade, Ft. Sam, TX; Bravo Company, 308th MI BN, Redstone Arsenal, AL; 308th MI BN, Ft. Meade, MD; and 519th Military Police (MP) BN, Ft. Polk, LA. His deployments include Afghanistan (2012 and 2008) and Iraq (2003). He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX in 1994 and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 2014.


Sponsor: MIT Security Studies Program (SSP)

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