Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Associate Dean and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel was honored as a Mission Awardee during the 2018 “Homeland Security Today” Homeland Heroes awards. The awards were presented during the Government Technology & Services Coalition’s annual event in Arlington, Virginia, on Dec. 11.
As a Mission Awardee, McDaniel, who is also director of WMU-Cooley’s Homeland and National Security Law LL.M. Program, was recognized for his leadership and accomplishments in homeland security at state and national levels. He is a nationally recognized expert in homeland and national security law, has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for 26 years, and was integral in securing $170 million in federal funding to replace 18,000 hazardous water pipes in Flint, Michigan.
Before joining WMU-Cooley, McDaniel served as deputy assistant secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance at the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2003, he was also homeland security adviser to then-Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and has been the chairperson for Great Lakes Hazard Coalition since 2012. He also served as the assistant adjutant general for Homeland Security with the Michigan National Guard.
The “Homeland Security Today” Homeland Heroes awards are given to federal, state, and local individuals and teams for their dedication to the communities they serve. During the event, 24 recipients were selected for their roles in forwarding the homeland security mission behind the scenes.
“Homeland Security Today” is published by the Government Technology & Services Coalition. The publication is dedicated to informing and supporting the efforts of public, private, nonprofit, and academic organization and practitioners engaged in the homeland security mission.