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Captain Michael W. Newton was a native of Newport News, Virginia and after graduating from Denbigh High School in 1999, he attended Virginia Military Institute (VMI).
In 2003, Michael graduated from VMI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  On August 1, 2003, Michael was commissioned as a Field Artillery, Second Lieutenant branching Field Artillery (FA).
Upon graduating from the FA Branch Course at Fort Riley, Kansas (2003), 2LT Newton successfully completed assignments at Camp Casey, Korea (1-15th FA Battalion, and 101 Airborne Division), Fort Campbell, KY (3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry).
LT Newton immediately deployed with the 101st in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, December 2005.  Redeploying, he served as the 320th Field Artillery Assistant S3 through August 2007.
In February 2008, Captain Newton graduated from the FA Captain’s Career Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and then deployed to Mosul, Iraq from October 2008 – October 2009.
In June 2010, Captain Newton assumed Command of Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 84th FA Regiment, 170th Infantry, Baumholder, Germany before he deployed again to Camp Griffin, Faryab, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (February 2011).
Captain Michael W. Newton died June 11, 2011 in a non-combat related incident while on duty in Afghanistan’s Faryab province.