Visiting Researcher Mike Kasper grew up in Pittsburgh PA. Having served in Newark, NJ and Philadelphia, PA, he retired in 2015 from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after serving 28 years as a Special Agent before finding his way to the Institute. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration & Management from Penn State University and a Masters in Library & Information Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Mike received a Reserve Commission in the PA Army National Guard through R.O.T.C. and served five years before working for the DEA. After completing his master's degree, he worked for the Cranbury History Center, Cranbury, N.J. as an archivist and volunteered at the Hagley Library Archives in Wilmington, DE. From 2016 until 2021 Mike worked as a Project Archivist for the Institute overseeing the processing of archival collections, assisting and training student interns working with collections, and creating online finding aids. He has been studying and collecting U.S. Military History all his life. Mike continues working as a visiting volunteer researcher for the Institute and as a grant-funded Production Manager with the Havana, FL History & Heritage Society.