Born on 15 February 1956 in Geneva, New York, Michael B. Cervone graduated from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1978. Commissioned as a second lieutenant through ROTC, his first assignments were as a platoon leader, shop officer, then executive officer in the 66th Maintenance Company in Kitzingen, Germany, from 1979 to 1982.
Cervone next served, from 1983 to 1985, as Operations Officer and Company Commander in the 707th Maintenance Battalion, 7th Infantry Division (Light), Fort Ord, California. He then assumed duties as Recruiting Operations Officer, 4th ROTC Region, and Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1988 he was selected for Training with Industry (TWI) with the Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas, working on the Army Tactical Missile System.
From 1989 to 1992, Cervone served as Contracting Officer at the US Army Missile Command (MICOM), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and then as Executive Officer for the Deputy to the Commanding General, MICOM. His contracting team procured parts for ground and airborne-based laser systems. In the middle of his tour of duty at MICOM, he deployed, during Operation DESERT STORM, to join the US Central Command (CENTCOM) Liaison Team with Joint Forces Command-East.
Cervone next served, from 1992 to 1994, as Executive Officer, 124th Main Support Battalion, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas, then as Chief of the division's Materiel Management Center until 1996. His staff of 134 soldiers managed a $40 million repair parts and supply budget. He then returned to Germany as Chief of Maintenance, 3d Corps Support Command, V Corps, where he corrected errors in the supply and financial management systems that saved millions of dollars.
In 1997 Cervone became the Director for Maintenance, 200th Materiel Management Center (MMC), 21st Theater Support Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and then commanded it from 1998 to 1999. His MMC supported missions and deployments throughout the theater, to include Bosnia and Kosovo. He returned to the United States to serve as Chief, Office of the Chief of Ordnance, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. With wide responsibilities for personnel proponency, Cervone headed a team that determined the maintenance support requirements for the new Stryker Brigade Combat Teams and led the Two-Level Maintenance Study in support of Army Transformation.
Cervone next served, from 2001 to 2002, as Director of Maintenance, Army Materiel Command (AMC), Alexandria, Virginia, pioneering the development of the National Maintenance Management concept. He then assumed command of the Red River Army Depot in Texas, with a 1,500-person workforce conducting the rebuilding of light combat and wheel vehicles. He reduced repair cycle times by 50 percent or more, increased production by 64 percent, and reduced labor costs by $24 million.
Relinquishing command in 2005, Cervone joined an AMC Evaluation Team that assessed Iraqi Army logistics capabilities. His final assignment was AMC Liaison Officer to US CENTCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. COL Michael Cervone retired in 2006 after almost 30 years of distinguished service, and continues to serve as a civilian in the Department of the Army, G-4, as Chief of Major End Items.