Western Michigan University
ROTC Alumni: COL (Ret.) Gene Clysdale and his wife, CW4 (Ret.) Herb Kenz and his wife. Cadets: Phil Leathead and Kim Rottenberg. Cadre: LTC Don Phillips and MAJ Tim Russell and his wife. Alumnus and Cadre: CPT Chad McDaniel.

Alumni, Cadets and Cadre in the President’s Box during the Salute to Veterans Game.

ROTC Alumni: COL (Ret.) Gene Clysdale and his wife, CW4 (Ret.) Herb Kenz and his wife. Cadets: Phil Leathead and Kim Rottenberg. Cadre: LTC Don Phillips and MAJ Tim Russell and his wife. Alumnus and Cadre: CPT Chad McDaniel.

Glen Gross, Class of 67

Glenn J. Gross graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant through the ROTC program in April, 1967. He received his Masters in Economics from Western Michigan University in 1968.

He began active duty at Ft. Lee, Virginia, October, 1968, where he completed the Quartermaster Officer's Basic and Advanced Courses and then was assigned to the New Cumberland Army Depot in Pennsylvania as a grant aid administrator to Southeast Asia. Subsequently, LT Gross spent one year with the 19th Supply & Service Company in Vietnam where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Star.

Upon leaving the Army, Mr. Gross joined Kransco Manufacturing Company and spent 25 years in various positions, culminating as Senior Vice President. As a member of the executive committee, he helped orchestrate the growth of Kransco into the largest privately-held toy company in the United States with popular consumer brands, including Wham-O©, Power Wheels©, Morey Boogie©, Hydroslide©, Hacky Sack©, Frisbee© and Hula Hoop©. Mattel Toy Company purchased Kransco in 1994.

Mr. Gross joined Camelbak© in 1995 as President and CEO. During the next 10 years, Camelbak© was transformed from a small niche recreational product used mainly by mountain bikers into the worldwide premier brand in personal hydration with over 120 products designed for a variety of recreational, military and industrial uses. Camelbak's Government and Military Division provide products specifically developed for a vast array of end users. Mr. Gross retired in 2006 and lives in Alamo, California.

Brigadier General Thomas N. Edmonds, Class of 69

Brigadier General Thomas N. Edmonds graduated from Western Michigan University in 1969 where he earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration. In 1975 he received a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. He attended the Police Academy in 1981 and Jail Management and Operations, US Department of Justice in 1982. He completed the Air Command and Staff College in 1989. He completed Air War College in 1995 as an Outstanding Graduate.

General Edmonds was promoted to Brigadier General October 31, 2000. He retired as vice commander of the Michigan Air National Guard October 2, 2004.

He received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in June of 1969 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps. Western Michigan University. He served on active duty and reserve duty with the Army until June 1988 when he was appointed a Major in the Air National Guard. Since his appointment in the Air National Guard, General Edmonds has served as a flight commander, squadron commander, and group commander. He served on active duty in Germany and Vietnam.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon.

General Edmonds served 5 elected terms as Sheriff of Kalamazoo County. He retired from the Office of Sheriff on November 15, 2003 and joined the faculty of the Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University. He teaches courses in commercial and criminal law.

General Edmonds is a Past President of the Michigan Sheriffs' Association and the National Guard Association of Michigan. He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Michael Dangerfield, Class of 79

Colonel Michael A. Dangerfield was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Adjutant General Corps in 1979 as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Western Michigan University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Political and Environmental Science.  He was the first African American Cadet Battalion Commander for the University's ROTC "Bronco Battalion".  He later obtained a Masters degree in Education from Michigan State University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College while on Active Duty.

Colonel Dangerfield last assignment on active duty was as Associate Director of Program and Budget Integration Office of the secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness where he was responsible for the programming and budgeting of 60% of the Total Obligation Authority for the Department of Defense. His past assignments have been focused on assistance to operations at the strategic and tactical levels; Assistant Chief Administrative Services Division & Assistant Chief Personnel Management, 25th Adjutant General Company, 25th Infantry  Division, Schofield Barracks, HI;  Adjutant & Budget  Officer, 500th  Military Intelligence Group, Camp Zama, Japan;   Adjutant,  Support Battalion & Budget Officer, Group Headquarters,  7th Special Forces Group (Airborne);  Ft Bragg, NC, Budget Officer, 300th Military Police Command (Enemy Prisoner of War), Inkster, MI,; Chief Internal Review,  90th Regional Support Command, North Little Rock, AR; Chief, Management Analysis Branch (Chief Financial Management Office) and Director, Resource Integration Office (Army Reserve Engineer) with the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, Pentagon, Washington DC: Director, Resource Management (Army Reserve Division) and Director, Army Competitive Sourcing, Assistant Chief of Staff, Installation Management,
Pentagon, Washington DC: Deputy Director, Resource Management, Installation Management Command, Arlington, VA and Executive Officer, Assistant Secretary of Army (Financial Management and Comptroller).

His military education includes: Army War College, Army Management Staff College Command & General Staff Course, Combined Arms Service & Staff School, Professional  Military Comptroller School, Adjutant General Basic Course, Adjutant General Advanced Course, Battalion S-1 Course, Advanced Military Police Qualification Course, Resource Management Budget Course, Planning Programming Budgeting & Execution, Resource Management Tactical Course, Resource Management Quantitative Analysis, Resource Management Budget (Reserve) Basic Auditing Course, Senior Auditing, Advanced Auditing Techniques, United Army Audit Agency Auditing Course, Instructor Training, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Team Training & Airborne School.

His decorations includes: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Armed Forces Reserve Medal(2nd Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Panama), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award) Parachutist Badge, Department of the Army Staff Identification Badge & Office of the Secretary Defense Identification Staff Badge. Additionally he was permanently awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Army
Meritorious Unit Award.

Kathyrn (Pinter) Prater, Class of 03

Major Kathryn A. Prater is a 2003 graduate from Western Michigan University's Lee Honor College.  After serving as the Cadet battalion Commander and captain of the Ranger Challenge team for Western Michigan University ROTC, she Commissioned in Spring of 2003 with a major in Education. She was the Honor Graduate at Initial Entry Rotary Wing flight school (UH60) at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 2004.  CPT Prater has deployed as a UH60 flight company Platoon Leader to Kosovo, and as a Company Commander to Iraq.  MAJ Prater is currently assigned as the S3 Officer for 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, Michigan Army National Guard.  MAJ Prater has Senior Aviation Wings, has 1500 rotary wing flight hours and is a UH60A and UH60M Instructor Pilot.  MAJ Prater has a Master's Degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction and has completed the Captain's Career Course and Combined Arms Exercise.