From 1985 until 1990, Michael P. Strouse served the United States Air Force as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and Sergeant. Prior to his military career, Michael P. Strouse attended the University of Phoenix, located in Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in management. Michael P. Strouse began his career with the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) shortly after his military service, starting at LA/Ontario International Airport. As Project Manager, Michael P. Strouse took responsibility for managing all ground transportation services at the airport. He prepared forecasts and trends, as well as detailed reports, and handled yearly revenues. Michael P. Strouse also evaluated the performance of contract employees and processed operating agreements and service contracts. In 2007, Michael P. Strouse joined Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as a Project Manager in the Landside Operations department, a position that involved managing the LAX FlyAway Bus network. Thanks to a mayoral initiative, the system was incorporated into the Metro's EZ transit pass program in 2008. Michael P. Strouse played a key role in the program's integration into the Metro's vending machines system so that rail passengers could easily gain access to LAX. The program resulted in improved air quality, reduced traffic around Los Angeles airports, and increased convenience and reliability throughout the city's transportation system.