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Professor of Military Science / MSIV Instructor
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Michael Gonzalez

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Gonzalez was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus with a Bachelor of Science (1992) and Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University (2003). He received his commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps as an Engineers Officer in 1992.

LTC Gonzalez’s duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, C/ 448th Engineer Battalion, Ponce, Puerto Rico; Executive Officer with the 739th EN CO (Medium Girder Bridge), Granite City Illinois; Plans Officer, 81st Regional Support Command, Birmingham Alabama; Plans Officer, HHC/ 448th EN BN, Fort Buchanan, PR; Readiness Officer, US ARMY RESERVE COMMAND (USARC), Fort McPherson, GA; Mobilization Officer, 3rd Medical Command, Fort Gillen, GA; Engineer Training Officer, US ARMY RESERVE COMMAND (USARC), Fort Bragg, NC; Operations Officer, 1st Mission Support Command, Fort Buchanan, PR. He currently serves as the ROTC Professor of Military Science at the University of Akron.

His military education includes: The DoD Defense Support to Civil Authorities Course (D7A), Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) 6Y (installation Management). Human Resources Management Qualification Course, Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Combined Arms & Service Staff School and the Command General Staff Officer Course – WHINSEC (Distinguished Honor Graduate).

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with Bronze Arabic Numeral 3.His overseas assignments tours include: Operation New Horizons – Guatemala (2001), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004)

Senior Military Science Instructor
Master Sergeant (MSG) David Dzwik

MSG Patterson was born in Cambridge, Ohio and attended One Station Training in July 1996 at
Fort Benning, GA.
MSG Patterson’s assignments include duty in the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry
Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC, as a Rifleman, Team Leader and Squad Leader from November
1996 to November 2001; where he was than assigned to HHC, 2nd Battalion 503rd Infantry
Regiment as a Scout Team Leader; ABLE Company 2nd Battalion 503rd Infantry Regiment as a
Weapons Squad Leader; BATTLE Company 2nd Battalion503rd Infantry Regiment as a Platoon
Sergeant; HHC as the Battalion S-3 Air NCO; and DESTINED Company as First Sergeant. He
participated in operational deployments in Haiti, Kosovo, Salta, Argentina; and combat
deployments with the 173rd ABCT in OIF I, OEF VI, OEF VIII and OEF X.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious
Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor (one oak leaf cluster), Army
Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (five oak leaf
clusters), Army Meritorious Unit Award, Army Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct
Medal (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (with one
Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two Campaign Stars), Global War on
Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service
Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service
Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (6th Award), NATO Service Medal (one Bronze Star), Ranger
Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutists
Badge with Bronze Star Device, and Air Assault Badge.
MSG Patterson’s military education includes the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leadership
Course, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeant Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School,
Ranger School, Jumpmaster School and Pathfinder School. 

MSG David Dzwik is a native of Michigan. He entered the Army as an Infantryman in 1995. He received One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

MSG Dzwik has served in a variety of positions to include; Heavy Weapons Gunner, Radio Telephone Operator, Team Leader, Recruiter, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Airborne Instructor/Platoon Sergeant, Infantry Company First Sergeant and Senior Military INstructor at University of Akron.

His duty assignments include Fort Campbell, Kentucky with 3rd bBrigade, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment at For Bragg, North Carolina with 1st Brigade, 3rd Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Traverse City Recruiting Station, Greak Lakes Recruiting Battalion, and the 173rd Airborn Brigade Combat Team in Caserma #Ederle (Vicenza), Italy with 2D Battalion (ABN) 503rd Infanty and 1st Battalion (ABN) 503rd Infantry. he also was part of an exchange program and instructed at the Canadian AIrborne School at CFB Trenton, Ontario.

His overseas assignments include Operation Noble Eagle, Kosovo from 1999 to 2000, and three combat deployments with the 173rd ABCT in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, VI (Zabol), VIII (Kunar and Nuristan), and XIII (Logar and Warkdak).

His awards and decorations include The Bronze Star Medal for Valor (1 OLC); The Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), The Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), The Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), The Army Achievement Medal (7 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Sercie Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Broze Star, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Volunteer Award Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overeas Service Ribbon (6), Nato Medal (2), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Aire Assault Badge.

MSII Instructor
Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO)
Mr. Terry Michaels

Terry P Michaels, a native of Ohio and alumni of the University of Akron graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Akron in 1986 and a Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University in 2000.  He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.


Following his commissioning through Army ROTC in 1986, He served in the active duty Army for 24 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010.   His service included duty with the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, KY; the 3rd Infantry Division and 7th Army in the Federal Republic of Germany and Iraq; the 1st and 24th Infantry Divisions in Fort Riley Kansas; and the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq.  Mr. Michaels completed his active service as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College.  Following his active service, he began teaching ROTC at the University of Mount Union and Kent State University before returning to the University of Akron Army ROTC.


Mr. Michaels' military education includes the Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advance Courses, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army’s Professional Resource Management Course at Syracuse University. 

Mr Michaels’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/ 3OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/ 3OLC, Iraqi Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ bronze star device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.