Michael A. Baker
Master Sergeant Michael A. Baker, of Louisville, Kentucky, has 21 years of military service. Baker has had an exemplary military career, with numerous accomplishments and awards. He has been named the top producing recruiter in the state of Kentucky, Strength Maintenance Training Center Instructor of the Year, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Instructor of the Year, and Professional Education Center Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. He has also been recognized by the Jefferson County Commissioner’s Office for his work with veterans and has been awarded the Bronze Star for significant contributions to Multi-National Forces in Iraq.
Balancing family and military duties to earn his degree, Baker, at one point, completed 12 semester hours of courses while serving in a combat zone. But his commitment to education extends beyond himself. As an Army instructor for 3½ years, he was awarded the title of Professional Education Center Master Instructor. He also worked at the Army National Guard GED Plus Program, which helps young high school dropouts earn their General Education Diplomas. He was placed on the Commandant’s List for this program in 2006. As a recruiter, Baker’s emphasis has been on the National Guard’s college program, and he has seen many of his recruits earn their college degrees.
Baker understands the value of his degree, both for advancement in the military as well as after retirement, and he continues to promote education. He says he sees himself as “a great example of how anyone can receive their degree with a little hard work and determination. It has lifted my self-esteem and given me more confidence than one can imagine. I continue to share my story with others.”