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Engineering Challenges in Afghanistan

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LTC Michael J. Rounds is a native of Andover, Minnesota. He was commissioned aSecond Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers from the US Military Academy in 1988. He holds aBachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace) from West Point and a MastersDegree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His military education includescompletion of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the M1A1 Tank Commanders Certification Course,the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Joint Officer Planning Course, the Army Command andGeneral Staff College, Ranger school, Airborne school, and Air Assault school.LTC Rounds has served in a variety of engineer command and staff positions during his 22 year careerin the Army. He has served with the 1st Infantry Division in Germany, the 1st Cavalry Division inTexas, and the 101st Airborne Division in Kentucky and Iraq. He has also served as an engineerobserver/controller at the National Training Center in California and on the Combined Forces engineerstaff in Korea.LTC Rounds served two tours as a faculty member at the US Military Academy in the Department ofCivil and Mechanical Engineering, West Point, NY. He taught courses in Thermodynamics, FluidMechanics, Heat Transfer, and Mechanical Engineering Design and served as the MechanicalEngineering Design Group Director and Department Executive Officer.From March 2009 -- March 2010, LTC Rounds was in charge of the US Army Corps of EngineersBagram Area Office at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. While assigned to Bagram, he supervisedover $800M of construction at the airfield and in 4 surrounding provinces.LTC Rounds is currently serving as the Deputy Commandant of the US Military Academy PreparatorySchool at Fort Monmouth, NJ.LTC Rounds' military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), DefenseMeritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army CommendationMedal, Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (1 BronzeService Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism ServiceMedal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings, andAir Assault Wings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.

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