Michael Strand, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, went through infantry training and was selected to attend Artillery Officer Candidate School after being drafted in 1967. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant Artillery Forward Observer in 1968, and was then transferred to the Army Air Defense Command at Fort Bliss where he served as a Battery Commander for 550 enlisted men in the Air Defense School.
Following his service, in 1970, he went on to build a career with IBM and then formed his own technology company. In retirement, Mr. Strand has been active in local government and helped start the Frisco American Legion Post 178, the fastest-growing post in Texas and the country, boasting more than 500 veteran members!
We appreciate your service, Mr. Strand!