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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

Rick Michael, 46, has lived in Copperas Cove for 15 years. He and his wife, Anette, just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. They have a daughter, Samantha, and one grand dog.

What do you enjoy most about living in Cove?

The friends I’ve made while I’ve lived here.

Where do you work?

U.S. Army and headed to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., soon. I am a signal officer now. I was an enlisted man in the signal corps for almost 11 years and then went to OCS and commissioned in the signal corps.

Are you involved in any community activities or clubs?

I am involved with the Copperas Cove Pistol Club. It’s a bunch of good folks who get together to exercise their rights and become more proficient with weapons.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

We don’t get to vacation that often but to this point, Colorado Springs. Because with all four seasons you can go up there anytime and there’s always something to do. Next year we’d like to try Argentina for our 25th wedding anniversary trip.

What’s the last book you read?

I read a lot of books and portions of books this year because I just got out of Command Staff College. But the last book I read cover to cover was “The Fourth Star.” It was on a lot of the four-star generals we’ve had and how they got there.

If you could change one thing about your life, what would that be and why?

That’s a tough one, I’d have to go with the standard: I wouldn’t change a thing. I dropped out of college to join the Army and thought that was a bad deal. But 27 years later, I’ve been able to raise a family, have a pretty decent existent and a whole bunch of great friends. So off the top of my head, I don’t know of anything I would change.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

“Integrity isn’t cheap, you can only spend it once and don’t tell me, show me.” My dad told me that and I didn’t always listen but I came back around to it.

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