Regis University to Host Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

February 18, 2019

DENVER — Regis University’s office of Military and Veteran Services will host a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at its Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd.

Capt. Gary (Mike) Rose, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces combat medic, will speak at 6 p.m. in the Mountain View Center at St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall. A welcome reception begins at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the free event.

During the Vietnam War, Rose took part in a four-day mission called Operation Tailwind, providing medical care. Rose is credited with rescuing 60 to 70 wounded soldiers. He was honored with a Congressional Medal of Honor in 2017.

“On that operation, it wasn’t just the Army,” Rose said in an interview with Army Service News in 2017. “It’s a collective medal from my perspective.”

Regis’ Military and Veteran Services supports all military personnel -- whether active, reserve or veteran -- who want to begin or continue their education. Some of the University’s military education benefits include preferred tuition rates, multiple campus locations and online courses, making degree programs accessible and innovative.

“I’m thrilled to have Capt. Rose on campus to speak,” said the Rev. Mark McGregor, S.J., director of Military and Veteran Services. “His Catholic faith is important to him and that faith translated into action to serve others. He didn’t run from what he was ordered to do.”

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit