Michael Prevost is a 49-year-old husband and father of three boys, all of whom shortly will be Eagle Scouts. He graduated from Strayer University with a B.S. in Information Systems, and Norwich University with an M.S. in Information Assurance. He joined the U.S. Army in 1984, spent six years in Germany where he met his wife Alicia, and left active duty in 1993. He has been in the Army National Guard since 1995, and currently is a Warrant Officer in the Virginia Data Processing Unit. He has 28 years of service. His civilian employment is with the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency as the Chief of the Pentagon Computer Incident Response Team. He has worked there for two years.
Michael joined scouting in 2001, and Troop 165 in 2005. He has been directly involved with three Eagle Scout projects--one for each son—and helped in numerous others.
Michael developed his loved of cycling in Germany where he bought his first “real” bike (which he still has) in 1987. Since then, he has ridden 14 century rides. He enjoys not only the solitude a cyclist experiences on long rides, but also the comradeship one enjoys with other riders. For Michael, cycling is a sport where you have to do it alone, no one can pedal for you, but it is the ultimate team sport in the support and encouragement you receive from those on your team. Nobody does it alone. Kind of contradictory, but it makes sense. Michael sees the ESCAA ride as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he wants to share with two of his sons: Benjamin and Alexander. He wants to be there with them, encourage them, and receive encouragement from them. He knows they will help him as much or more than he will help them. He loves watching them grow up and become men. He knows that accomplishing such difficult challenges as this ride will help them for life because there never again will be anything they can’t accomplish if they put their minds to it. This shared experience will cement the bond that every father wants to have with his children by providing memories that they will share for the rest of their lives.