Monday, October 14, 2013

Area Mason Honored by UI Alumni Association

Col. Michael S. McBrideCol. McBride is a member of Catlin Lodge No. 285 and is being honored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association as one it's "Illini Comeback Honorees" at the 2013 Homecoming football game.
Col. Michael S. McBride ’84 LAS
Retired Col. Michael S. McBride is a 27-year career infantryman in the U.S. Army, where he served in a variety of roles, from rifle platoon leader to adviser to the Iraqi Army to senior liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and is a graduate of The Army Command and General Staff College. Col. McBride completed the Army ROTC program at the University of Illinois, where his experiences broadened his global perspective and sense of social justice and greatly influenced his approach to soldiering, leading and developing relationships with peoples from different cultures. For his contributions, which included combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Col. McBride has received the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster and the Bronze Star with “v” device for valor in combat with three oak leaf clusters, among other commendations. Having retired from his military career in 2011, Col. McBride is studying for a master’s degree in education at the University of Illinois and is devoted to mentoring young people. An inaugural inductee into the Fighting Illini Army ROTC Hall of Fame, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1984.

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