Michael Bennett was born in Madison, IN, and he and his family moved to the east side of Aberdeen in 1958. Mr. Bennett describes his childhood community as close-knit and enjoyable. He graduated from Aberdeen Senior High School, and was drafted into the army in March 1968. After completing basic training at Fort Brag, North Carolina, Mr. Bennett served as an Acting Corporal from November 1968 to November 1969. Primarily, he worked as an air traffic controller and clerk in Vietnam. After returning to Aberdeen, Mr. Bennett earned a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He currently serves as the mayor of Aberdeen.