Howard,Michael (Mickey)

Dave Kratzer

Military Service

Commanding General in the United States Army | 1970-2006

Current Role

Former University of Florida Vice President for Student Affairs


Springfield, Illinois

What was your job in the military?

Commanding General

What was the best part of serving in the military?

Being part of a high performing team and serving with the dedicated men and women who serve in our armed forces.

What does it mean to be a Veteran at UF?

Since less than 1% of the US population served in either Afghanistan or Iraq, I am often asked by my friends to interpret news stories about current and past military situations.

How does your military experience affect your life today?

I appreciate the freedoms that we enjoy and it reminds me to appreciate small luxuries like reliable electricity, good coffee, fast internet, and water that you can drink straight from the faucet.

BEST food you ate in the military?

Breakfast in the mess hall (dining facility).

WORST food you ate in the military?

MREs (meals ready-to-eat).