2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Brig. Gen. Troy Kok, who earned a bachelor's degree in aviation maintenance technology in 1986 and a master's degree in aviation safety from UCM in 1987, is receiving the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Friday, Oct. 23 as part of the week’s Homecoming festivities. Kok currently serves as deputy commanding general of support for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky.
Kok, who also serves as a senior aviator in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been responsible for 215 aircraft and more than 4,500 soldiers and civilians in 14 states, providing executive level advice to senior members of the U.S. Army Reserve and leadership on aviation-related matters.
His military career started out at UCM, where he was commissioned through the ROTC program as a second lieutenant in 1984. Following his graduation, he became a platoon leader for the 219th Transportation Company at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, then went on to attend flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala. In addition to his UCM education, he advanced his military career by completing the Master of Strategic Studies program at the United States Army War College.
During his career, Kok has managed more than $1.5 billion of aviation assets and commanded seven times, including a battalion of AH-64D Longbows, the most advanced attack helicopters in the world. In addition to holding a military rank, possessed by less than one percent of those who serve in the Army, Kok has received numerous military honors, including six Meritorious Service Medals, two Bronze Stars, the Legion of Merit and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
In addition to his military service, Kok continues to stay engaged with the current Army ROTC students at UCM and his fraternity, Delta Chi.
Proud of his connection to the university, particularly the ROTC program, Kok noted in a statement about what UCM means to him. "The impact that the UCM education has had on the success of my career, in both my military and civilian life, has been insurmountable. The five years I spent at UCM thoroughly prepared me for the challenges I would face as I progressed through my career in the military."