Vicksburg, Miss……The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mike Renacker has recently returned from ten months of deployment to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
Renacker served as the program manager for Military Construction (MILCON) for Regional Command East in Afghanistan. While assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, he managed all military construction projects for the eastern half of Afghanistan. These 138 MILCON programs totaled 1.3 billion dollars in ongoing construction projects in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training Mission-Afghanistan.
In addition to his normal duties, he played a critical role in ongoing base planning, coordinated efforts between infrastructure lines of effort, and assisted in realigning base resources and personnel in an effort to streamline operations.
“My work in Afghanistan challenged me to move beyond my boundaries. I found myself learning new skill sets and successfully putting them to use. I met many brave men and women during my deployment and was honored to have served with them,” Renacker stated.
For his outstanding service, Renacker was awarded the NATO Medal, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Medal, and the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism.
At the Vicksburg District, Renacker is responsible for six individual programs that include construction and flood damage restoration and environmental restoration and planning. He earned a Master of Arts Degree from the University of West Florida in historical archaeology. He is married to the former Melissa Andrews and they reside in Clinton with their two children.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to play a key role in defense operations as well as respond to natural disasters, both at home and abroad. Every year the Vicksburg District deploys volunteers from its civilian workforce to support the U. S. Army’s mission in foreign fields with engineers, administrators, real estate and environmental specialists. This workforce provides a unique expertise to the fighting and construction forces, including a reach-back capability that taps the skills of the Corps of Engineers as a whole.
Release no. 13-122