Howard,Michael (Mickey)

Tafari Green Coffie

Military Service

United States Marine Corps | 2007 - 2012

Current Role

Undergraduate Student, Plant Science major


Colon, Panama

What was your job in the military?


What was the best part of serving in the military?

The best part of serving in the United States Marines Corps was the value of tradition and brotherhood. We are the fraternity of all of the branches, for it's a brother- and sisterhood of a lifetime.

What does it mean to be a Veteran at UF?

Being a Veteran at UF could mean a lot of things for many Veterans. I believe Veterans add worldly views and diversity to the campus. A lot of people don't realize that many Veterans have seen both the darkest and the most beautiful parts of the world and can give insight beyond our books.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I'm an open book, but the one thing no one knows is that my father is the singer of a theme song on a show, movies and some soundtracks.

BEST food you ate in the military?

Plov, a Russian cuisine mixed with lamb and rice.

WORST food you ate in the military?

MREs (meals ready-to-eat).