The Dark Side
Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 4, 1967. He is married to a wonderful woman (Amy) who he calls his angel and his rock. Combined with his service in the National Guard and Regular Army (active duty), He served 22 years. In that time, he served 3 combat tours in Iraq (2002-2003 3rd Infantry Division), (2006-2007 82nd Airborne Division) and (2010-2011 1st Infantry Division) and one combat tour in Afghanistan (2008-2009 101st Airborne Division). He served as a Motor Transport Operator as well as an Infantryman. His awards include: Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Five campaign Stars, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award) Army Reserves Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal w M Device, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Basic Aviation Badge, Parachutist Badge, Driver And Mechanic Badge (Mechanic) and Diver And Mechanic Badge (Driver).