Michael D. Higley

Michael D. Higley
Service Branch: 
Air Force

2nd Lt. Michael D. Higley was born September 16, 1964
Completed Elementary and High School in Elgin, OR with graduation in May 1982

Attended Blue Mountain Community College (1983-1985) and completed a degree in Heavy Diesel Mechanics
Attended Sheridan College (1985-1987)
Became an EMT Fall 1986

Attended Montana State University (1987- 1990) with a dual degree in Political Science and Business Administration

Joined ROTC at MSU and became the ROTC squad leader during his Senior Year (1989-1990)

Received the Silver Star for valor by distinguing himself by extraordinary heroism. While traveling to an ROTC event in Boston, Mr. Higley and his fellow ROTC cadettes witnessed a severe vehicle collision that resulted in severe injuries to those involved. Without thinking, Mr. Higley and his fellow cadettes jumped to aid the victims. Mr. Higley put his EMT skills to use and his quick actions saved the lives of several crash victims as the emergency response time to the crash site was over 20 minutes. The emergency responders commended Mr. Higley for his treatment of the victims and informed him that there was no doubt that had he not reacted so quickly, the victims surely would have perished.

Was accepted for Pilot Training at the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Training Facility in Wichita Falls, TX
Entered the Air Force as a Lieutenant upon graduation from MSU (June 1990)

Entered Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training Program Fall 1990

After completing the first stage of pilot training, Mr. Higley was killed in action on June 21, 1991 during a routine training exercise flying a USAF T-38 jet fighter.
Michael’s mother, Gay Higley received a letter of condolence from the President of The United States, which is now part of the Bozeman State University ROTC library named in his honor. For 10 years after Michael’s death, The Bozeman State University ROTC gave “ACE” scholarships to the most academic Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior. Michael is survived by his Mother, Gay Higley, Brother, Shawn Higley and his grandmother, Anna Nordstrom.