Mike Wills


Lt Col


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United States Marine Corps (Retired)
Principal, Bellevue High School, 
Bellevue Independent Schools, Bellevue, Kentucky

Lieutenant Colonel Wills is a native of Paris, Kentucky and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, with a B. A. in History and Social Science. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in October 1966 and was later accepted into the Platoon Leaders Class and completed OCS in August 1968. Upon graduation in 1969, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Marines. After completion of The Basic School in December of 1969, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam for duty. During his tour in Vietnam Lieutenant Colonel Wills served as a rifle platoon commander with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment for a period of eight months, and subsequently as the battalion S-4 (Logistics Officer) for the remainder of his tour. Following his Vietnam service he has served in a variety of command and staff billets to include: in the 2nd Marine Division, a battalion S-3 (Operations) training officer, S-3A (Assistant Operations Officer) and a rifle company commander; at Marine Barracks, Washington, DC, a ceremonial platoon commander, company executive officer, parade adjutant with additional duties as a White House Social Aide under Presidents Nixon and Ford; in the 4th Marine Division, an executive officer of a Military Police Company; at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, a recruit company commander and Director, Drill Instructor School; in the 3rd Force Service Support Group, a logistics plans officer; in the 3rd Marine Division, G-4 (Logistics) Operations Officer; at the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, an instructor of tactics and military history, special operations instructor and subsequently as Head of the Tactics Division. Lieutenant Colonel Wills commanded 2nd ANGLICO, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina from 10 July 1986 to 14 July 1988. Following his battalion level command tour he was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 15 July 1988 to 31 July 1991. During his tour at Fort Bragg, he served in the assigned billets as Chief, Plans and Training Division, the Deputy J-3 and Acting J-3 of the J-3 (Operations) Directorate. Lieutenant Colonel Wills retired from the United States Marine Corps on 1 September 1993 at Headquarters United State Marine Corps, Washington, DC, where he served as the Deputy Director, Special Projects Directorate, Office of the Commandant. Prior to joining Bellevue Public Schools, he was a social science teacher and the Naval Science Instructor at King George High School, King George, Virginia from September 1993 to June 1994 and a social science teacher and military science teacher at Holmes High School from July 1994 until June 2001. Before assuming his current position, he was the Director of Holmes Alternative School from 1 July 2001to 30 June 2002 and the Assistant Principal at Holmes High School from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2004. In addition to The Basic School, Colonel Wills is a graduate of Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the U. S. Army Jungle Warfare School, the U. S. Army Airborne Course, the U. S. Army Jumpmaster Course, Instructional Management Course, Total Quality Management Course, the Special Forces John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center Military Freefall Course. He also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

A combat veteran of Vietnam, Operation Just Cause (Panama – 1989) and Operation Sharp Edge (Liberia – 1990), Lieutenant Colonel Wills’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star (second award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars (third award), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy – Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He holds the Navy – Marine Corps Parachute Insignia, the U. S. Army Master Parachutist Badge, U. S. Army Special Forces Military Freefall Badge and the British Parachute Insignia.

Lieutenant Colonel Wills is married to the former Karen J. Cook of San Diego, California. They have three children: Thomas John (24) Centre ‘04, Amy Joanne (19) EKU ‘08 and Richard Joseph (13).



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