Mike's appointment in 2017 as State Inspector for the 4th consecutive year is a testament to the experience and knowledge that his peers see in him. This same experience and knowledge, coupled with a lot of hard work, has guided him to being selected as an All-American Department Commander in 2013.
Mike joined the VFW in 1974 at Post 5484 in Providence, Ky, where he maintains his Legacy (GoldLevel) Life Membership. He has served the VFW in many leadership positions including but not limited to Post Commander 1977-78, All-State Post Quartermaster 1995-98, Assistant Inspector General 1995-96, District 2 Commander 2005-07.
Mike served in the United States Navy from 1965 -1969 including 2 tours in Vietnam. His decorations include Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Navy E Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device.
Mike retired as a Mine Inspector and Supervisor for the Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration in District 10, Madisonville, Ky. after 25 years of service to the Health and Safety of the Nations Coal Miners.
Mike is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, American Legion, Life Member of VFW National Home for Children, Hopkins County Honor Guard, and Chairman Of The Board Of Directors for Joseph "Eddie" Ballard Program Fund at the Hanson Veterans Center.
He resides in Providence, Ky. with his wife Judy.