Vicksburg, Miss……Mike Stewart, a Senior Environmental Specialist with the Regulatory Branch of the Vicksburg District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), recently returned from a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was stationed at the Corps Transatlantic District – North headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
During his deployment, Stewart served as the project manager for 18 general services contracts that provided critical services for the Corps civilian workforce working throughout northern Afghanistan. He managed contracts for ground and air transportation services, security services, information management and technology services, real estate services, facilities maintenance services, materials testing services, and dining facilities services.
Stewart began working for the Corps at the Waterways Experiment Station Environmental Laboratory as a Research Biologist. In 2002 he became a Senior Environmental Specialist in the Vicksburg District’s Regulatory Branch. As a Senior Environmental Specialist, his primary responsibility is to issue Department of the Army permits that provide oversight for regulated construction and activities with minimal impacts to the environment. During his career at the Vicksburg District, Stewart has deployed to support numerous emergency recovery missions within the United States affected by natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornados, and floods.
He is a graduate of Warren Central High School and earned Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Biology.
The Vicksburg District deploys members of its civilian workforce every year who volunteer to support the U.S. Army’s mission in foreign fields. The Vicksburg District supports the U. S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan with engineers, administrators, real estate and environmental personnel. This workforce provides their unique expertise to the fighting and construction forces, including a reach-back capability that taps the expertise of the Corps of Engineers as a whole.
Release no. 13-039