Army Officer Portrait

CPT Michael Hamel



CPT Michael Hamel graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2013 with a degree in History. He commissioned into the Military Police Corps and his first assignment was with the 118th Military Police Company where he served as a platoon leader. In 2015, he deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon his return in February 2016, he served as the Executive Officer for HHC, 16th Military Police Brigade. After graduating from the Captains Career Course, he served on staff at the 8th Military Police Brigade and then assumed command of HHD, 19th Military Police Battalion (CID). Following command, he attended graduate school at the University of North Texas and earned an MA in History. He currently serves in the Military Division of the Department of History and is pursuing his PhD.

Ongoing Research Projects

Missed Opportunities and Unlearned Lessons: An Examination of Spain's Military Unpreparedness, Operational Failures, and Post-War Stagnation in the War of the Pyrenees (1793-1795)

Hybrid Warfare in the Iberian Peninsula

Publications & Presentations

“Unprepared for War: The Spanish Army Reforms before the War of the Pyrenees.” Presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Fort Worth, Texas, May 2022.

“Countering the Tide: Antonio Ricardos' Invasion of France during the War of the Pyrenees.” Presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Fort Worth, Texas, February 2023.

“The Roussillon Campaign of 1793/94: Spain’s Lost Opportunity.” Presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, San Diego, California March 2023.