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Battalion Commander

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Personnel Data
Name: Michael Rogers
Rank: Major
Home Town: Milford, Delaware
Occupation: SGT, United States Army, Delaware ARNG S-1 Admin NCO / Satellite Systems Operator
Member Since: 15 June 2003
Contact: michael.rogers@fortmiles.org
 
Biography

Major Rogers was born in Milford, Delaware in 1980.  At the age of 13, he began working at a local radio station as an intern - learning the trade of radio broadcasting.  By 16 he was a weekend disc jockey on 97.7 in Milford.  Throughout the remainder of his teenage years, he continued to work for several radio stations in the Delmarva area ranging from Top 40, Rock, Traffic, Talk and News.  He continued to serve as an on-air personality and assistant engineer until 2001.

After working for 8 years in the radio business, Rogers went on to become a Parts Counter Manager at AutoZone in Milford.  After a year with AutoZone, he accepted a position with Federated Auto Parts, working on parts counters in Dover and Milford - a position that he held until leaving in 2009.


Major Michael Rogers

United States Army
On 26 February 2009, Rogers enlisted in the Delaware Army National Guard as a 25S (Satellite Communications Operator).  He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC on 25 August 2010 and Advanced Individual Training as a Human Resources Specialist (42A) on 06 March 2011.  In November of the same year, he completed training as a Satellite Communications Operator in Sacramento, California.  On 24 July 2012 Rogers completed Warrior Leader Course at Fort Dix, NJ ranking in the top 20% of his class, earning him the title of "Honor Graduate" and a place on the Commandant's List.  On 01 January 2012 he began working in his current career full time for the Delaware Army National Guard as the S-1 for Alpha Company, 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Georgetown.

In April 2013 Rogers deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Fort Miles & the 261st Coast Artillery
In January 2003 Rogers and his friend Nate Davidson began research on Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park.  Finding that there had been no significant research done on the site prior to their beginning, they set out to build the most comprehensive database of information on the history of the site.  The result of that research is FortMiles.org.  Using this information, Rogers and Davidson developed and launched the first public tours of Battery 519 in the summer of 2003.  In September of 2009, Rogers accepted a position with Delaware State Parks as the full time historian at Fort Miles - a position he held until 31 December 2011.  He still serves as a part time interpreter with Fort Miles and sits on board meetings of the Fort Miles Historical Association.  Rogers also launched the 261st Coast Artillery re-enactment group, which has grown in numbers since its beginning in the summer of 2003.  Today it stands as one of the most successful Coast Artillery re-enactment units in operation.

Personal Info
When not working with Fort Miles or the Delaware National Guard, Rogers retreats to his home with his wife, Candace and his Corgis, Winston and Moriarty.  He is a fan of Star Trek, The X-Files, Burn Notice and historical documentaries.  While he wears a uniform from the 1940's, his music interests lie in the 1980's with artists including Tears For Fears, David Bowie and The Police.  Consequently, in his downtime he can be found most often with his head between a set of Bose QC-15 headphones.

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