FSC's ROTC head Michael Haydak retires
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Haydak (right) received a Certificate of Appreciation for Service in the Armed Forces of the United States, signed by President George Bush, presented to him by his former roommate at West Point, Col. Robert Roggeman (left), at his retirement ceremony on June 27.
LAKELAND, Fla. (June 30, 2008) — Lieutenant Colonel Michael “Mick” Haydak, professor of military science and head of Florida Southern College’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, officially retired from the military on June 27 in a formal ceremony attended by members of his family, as well as his Army family and FSC family, in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel on the FSC campus. Haydak served with the United States Army for 22 years.
During the ceremony, Haydak received the Certificate of Appreciation for Service in the Armed Forces of the United States, signed by President George Bush and presented to him by his former roommate at West Point, Col. Robert Roggeman. Haydak also received a United States flag, a Certificate of Retirement, and a shadow box displaying his many awards, medals, ribbons and badges. Distinguished guests included Lt. Gen. (Ret) Don Kerrick, a member of the FSC Board of Trustees and 1971 graduate; Maj. Gen. Mike Scaparrotti, United States Central Command, Director of Operators J-3, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.; Maj. Gen. (Ret) Fred Raymond, Association of the United States Army Suncoast Chapter President; Col. Francisco Bentacourt, 6th Brigade Commander, Army ROTC, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Col. (Ret) Gary Clark, United States Air Force; and Col. (Ret) Gordon Burke.
Haydak earned his bachelor’s degree from West Point in 1986 and holds master’s degrees in administration and in national security and strategic studies. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan prior to joining FSC in 2004. Under his leadership, the Moccasin Battalion enrollment has more than doubled and the program has been recognized as among the top 15% of programs nationally in each of the past 3 years. Haydak will be succeeded by Lt. Col. Benjamin Higginbotham.