MELBOURNE, FLA.—Michael Perry, Florida Institute of Technology director of undergraduate admission, was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He took command of the 1st Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery (Avenger) on March 14 at the Reserve Forces Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“Mike exemplifies excellence in all that he does. It is no surprise to me that he has achieved this rank so early in his career,” said Gary L. Hamme, Florida Tech vice provost for enrollment management and Perry’s supervisor.
Lt. Col. Perry received his bachelor’s degree in aviation management with flight from Florida Tech in 1988. That same year, he was commissioned through the university’s ROTC program.
In 1989, Perry transferred to the Florida National Guard where he assumed several positions including platoon leader, battery executive officer and commander. He was an operations officer during Operation Noble Eagle in South Florida following 9/ll. He also served as an embedded tactical trainer with the 207th Regional Corps Assistance Group in Herat, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom III.
Perry’s U.S. decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Florida Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
“I am pleased to be acknowledged for the privilege of serving my country while helping undergraduates achieve their educational goals at Florida Tech,” said Perry.