MENOMINEE — Major Tyler Tafelski, a graduate of Menomi-nee High School Class of 1997 and the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the son of Rod Tafelski of Marinette and Peggy Tafelski of Menominee, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army. 

Tafelski who earned a bachelor’s degree in human factor’s engineering from the Unites States Military Academy, a master’s of business administration from Webster’s University and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified in Program Management, Level II in Contracting and a member of the Acquisition Corps, is currently the Deputy Director of Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) BAE Systems located in Nashua, N.H. 

Tafelski’s impressive resume began immediately after graduating from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry Lieutenant with his first duty assignment as an infantry Platoon Leader and Company Executive officer for 2-14 Infantry Regiment in the 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Drum, N.Y. He then served as a Mechanized Company Commander for 2nd Combined Arms Battalion and Headquarters Company Commander for 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, upon completion of the Infantry Captain Career Course. 

He was selected for the Acquisition Corps and after obtaining his graduate degree was assigned as an assistant product manager for the Ground Combat Vehicle project. He quickly rose to assistant product manager for Project Management Stryker Brigade Combat Team (PM SBCT) located at Detroit Arsenal, Mich., and following his branch qualifying assignments, he was assigned as a program integrator for DCMA and was subsequently assigned as the interim Commander of DCMA BAE systems located in Nashua, N.H., and then as deputy director.

For his service and commitment to excellence, Tafelski earned a variety of awards and badges which includes the Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, Expert Infantrymen’s Badge, Bronze Star (Oak leaf), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Metal (Oak Leaf), Army Commendation Metal (Oak Leaf), Army Achievement Metal (Oak Leaf), National Defense Service Metal, Iraqi Campaign Metal (Three Stars), Global War on Terror Service Metal, Army Service Ribbon and Army Overseas Service Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Tafelski, his wife, Monica, at their four children, Viviana, Landon, Jameson and Owen, currently reside in Merrimack, N.H.