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Education

  • BS, Kansas State University
  • Army Corps of Engineers Executive Development Program

Honors

  • Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal
  • Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal
  • Secretary of the Army’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award (three times)
  • Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award

Contact

  • o: (202) 289-2060
  • f: (202) 289-8683
  • mensch@dawsonassociates.com
After nearly 40 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers, including five as Chief, Operations and Regulatory, Mike has extensive experience overseeing both Corps operations and maintenance activities and the Regulatory permitting process.

Selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2007, Mike oversaw Corps of Engineers procedures for Sections 10 and 404 permit applications. This included the first update of the Corps Nationwide permit program, negotiations with EPA on excavation and definition of fill, and revisions to the mitigation rule.

Mike also was responsible for the $2.5 billion operations and maintenance program of Corps navigation locks and waterways projects (including dredging of channels and harbors), dams, lakes and hydropower facilities.

Mike’s background is unique, even within the Corps. He has served the Operations/Regulatory community at the Project, District, Regional and Headquarters levels. He was also actively involved in Federal efforts in Iraq, in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and at Deepwater Horizon.

Prior to 2007, Mike served for eight years in the Corps’ Nashville District as Chief, Operations and three years in the Fort Worth District as Assistant Chief, Operations. He was also Chief, Environmental Division, Fort Worth District and Executive Assistant in the Southwestern Division and Fort Worth District

Mike’s career also includes a detail to Office of Management and Budget’s Water Resources Branch.