PEO STRI and the Team Orlando community was saddened to hear the news of the loss of two of its former leaders: MG Francisco Espaillat (left) and MG (Ret) John John Michitsch.

The Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) family, comprising current and former members of the organization, received the overwhelmingly sad news that two of its former leaders passed away.

Major General Francisco Espaillat, then a colonel, served as PEO STRI’s Project Manager, Combined Arms Tactical Trainers (PM CATT) from July 23, 2008, until July 29, 2012. He was assigned to general officer support in the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve, based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and was selected to serve as the next chief of staff for U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg.

Major General (Ret.) John Michitsch was a brigadier general in 1993 when he became the first general officer to lead the Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM), later to become PEO STRI. He served in the defense industry since retiring from the Army after 35 years of service.

“The PEO STRI family was profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of these two great American patriots, Army leaders, mentors and friends,” said Brig. Gen. William E. Cole, program executive officer for the Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. “Their call to military service was driven by a common bond of love for our country, our Soldiers and their families. They have put an indelible imprint on our hearts and the continued combat readiness of our Soldiers. They will be sorely missed.”

Both generals remained a close part of the PEO STRI family, and were involved in the various ceremonies highlighting the accomplishments of the workforce.