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COL (Ret)  Michael B. Colegrove

Dr. Michael B. Colegrove

Biography

COL Michael B. Colegrove was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  He attended the public schools of Mason County, West Virginia, graduating from Point Pleasant High School in 1967.  COL Colegrove earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cumberland College, graduating in 1971.  He completed his Master of Arts Degree at Eastern Kentucky University in 1973, and earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1981.

COL Colegrove was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through Army ROTC on 17 July 1973.  After attending the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course he was assigned as a Training Officer with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 397th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 100th Division, headquartered in Corbin. Kentucky.  COL Colegrove later served as Commander of that unit and also served as S4 (Supply Officer) for the 2nd Battalion, 397th Regiment, 100th Division, headquartered in Lebanon, Kentucky.

In May 1986, COL Colegrove became the S1 (Adjutant) of the 3rd Squadron, 397th Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 100th Division, headquartered in Middlesboro, Kentucky, serving in that position until May 1987.  Following this assignment, he served two years in the Individual Ready Reserves, during which time he completed the Command General Staff College.  COL Colegrove returned to the 3rd Squadron in December 1989, as the Squadron Executive Officer.  He assumed command of the Squadron on 18 April 1993.  During his command the Squadron Headquarters was relocated to new facilities in Corbin, Kentucky.

COL Colegrove was then chosen to serve as Executive Officer of the 6th Brigade (Professional Development), 100th Division (Institutional Training), where he served until March 1998 when he took command of the 8th Brigade (Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps), 100th Division (Institutional Training), headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. In June of 2001 COL Colegrove left command of the 8th Brigade and in August 2001 was assigned as a Faculty Instructor (IMA) with the U.S. Army War College.  He was assigned to the Retired Reserve in August 2003 following 30 years of service.

He is a graduate of the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Command General Staff College and the U. S. Army War College.  His awards include the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.

COL Colegrove resides in Williamsburg, Kentucky with his wife Donna.  He is employed by The University of the Cumberlands where he serves as Vice President for Student Services, Director of Leadership Studies and Professor of Education.

 

A Message from Dr. Colegrove

UC Army ROTC gave me the confidence to lead. It gave me the chance to mature and develop the leadership and management skills I use today. It gave me the basis for success. It gave me lifelong friends and cherished memories. In great part, it made me who I am today.

If you’re reading this as a prospective cadet, or an undecided cadet thinking about continuing on, I can only offer these thoughts from my experience:

* Army ROTC gives you the opportunity, like nowhere else, to develop and exercise leadership skills. No other department or program can touch Army ROTC for leadership development.

* Army ROTC helps mold moral and ethical leaders that this Nation counts on when things get tough.

* The UC Army ROTC program establishes friendships that transcend distance and time.

"Go Patriots! Go Army! God bless America."