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Grand Marshal for the Frisco Community Parade Announced (October, 2006)

Brigadier General Michael B. Cates, a native of FriscoBrigadier General Michael B. Cates, a native of Frisco and the son of Bill and Lois Cates of Frisco, is practicing his wave and debating whether to wear his uniform or his old high school cap as he fulfills the role of grand marshal of the Frisco Community Parade November 11.

Brigadier General Cates has been asked to serve because of his noted military career. The theme of this year’s community parade is “Salute to the Troops.” Cates, a 1975 Frisco High School graduate, is Commander of the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and the Chief, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Cates received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in August 1980, and was commissioned a Captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps one month later. He has served in various posts in the United States and around the world and has held commands in Tennessee, Kentucky, San Antonio, Texas, and Heidelberg, Germany.

Cates has always been an animal lover. As a young boy growing up in Frisco, he and his brother enjoyed the love of their faithful dog, Lucky. The dog often accompanied Mike Cates and his brother Scott around town. When Lucky died, the Enterprise ran his obituary. Cates’ love of animals became his career and led to his way of serving his country.

He is married to the former Linda Nell Atkins of San Antonio. He was awarded the Patriot Award by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce in January of this year.

Cates says he is looking forward to being part of the festivities. He has been communicating about his role in the parade with School Board president Buddy Minett and his wife Joni, who serve on the parade committee. Minett has told Cates that a 1941 Cadillac convertible has been secured for the parade route and it is believed this is the same model car General Douglas McArthur rode in during one of the World War II victory parades.

The Frisco Community Parade is scheduled for November 11 on Main Street. Persons who want to volunteer to help with the parade or register to enter the parade should go to for information.