Michael Schindler spent the early part of his childhood growing up on Elmendorf Air Force Base where his dad was employed by the Alaskan Air Command as an engineer. His dad later transferred to the Army Corp of Engineers and Mike spent the next fifteen years under the continued influence of men and women in uniform.
Michael enlisted in the US Navy where he experienced the culture of Singapore, Japan, Philippines and parts of Malaysia. Through his personal experiences in the military and his exposure to the hardships of long deployments on servicemen and women and their families, Mike began to see firsthand the need for marriage support services.
Years later, those experiences led Michael to found Operation Military Family – an organization committed to developing sound strategies designed to strengthen military marriages and families.
As an inspirational speaker and trainer he is a strong advocate and promoter of what our government and our military is doing “right” because, as he is known to say, “the media does a great job of pointing out what isn’t going so right.” His message of Strong Marriages plus Strong Families equal A Strong Military continues to gain momentum throughout all the military branches. This is especially true during the current tempo of high deployments.
Michael is a graduate of Western Washington University, serves as CEO of a web-based marketing firm, is former Navy and the founder of Operation Military Family. He has been featured on a growing number of local and national radio talk shows, has served as a panel speaker, keynote speaker and session breakout speaker and currently resides in Edmonds, Washington with his wife Keri and their two daughters.