Michael E. Wikan
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Michael E. Wikan

LTC Michael E. Wikan was born into an Army family in 1942. He graduated West Point in 1964 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry. 3 days after graduation, he married his sweetheart Sandra in her hometown of Augusta, GA. Following Ranger and Airborne Schools, Mike and Sandra traveled to Munich, Germany where Mike truly began his Army career. In addition to his assignment with the 24th Infantry Division in Munich and the 25th Division in South Vietnam, Mike served with the Joint/Combined Command in South Korea, West Point, Ft. Stewart, GA, Ft. Buchanan, P.R., and Ft Eustis, VA where he retired from the Army. Along the way he earned a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mike’s significant background in Competitive Marksmanship, the Close Combat gained in Vietnam and work with Training Devices, Close Combat Unit Simulation Systems and development of Doctrine to plan, prepare, conduct and evaluate training while in the Army prepared him for continuing that work when he moved to Altamonte Springs, FL to work in Industry supporting the US Army’s Headquarters that developed and fielded those systems. Mike’s military decorations and awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, Excellence in Competition Badge – Silver, two Silver Stars and the Bronze Star with “V” device and one oak leaf cluster, and Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. Mike finally retired in 2007 and lives today with his wife Sandra in Mt. Dora, FL. The couple have been married for almost 56 years and have 3 beautiful children, 4 wonderful grandchildren and a few beloved grand-dogs. Mike has always said the event that convinced Sandra to marry him was when he promised her an “Interesting Life” if she would join him. It has indeed been an interesting, and wonderful, life.

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