DEGRAY LAKE, Arkansas --Michael "Pete" Petermann, engineering technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District's DeGray Lake, recently returned from an eight year military deployment. He is a member of the Headquarters Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (JFTC). The JFTC trains all U.S. branches of military services and military personnel from Canada and Honduras.

Petermann worked in range control and performed target training for various types of weaponry, from rifles to multi-launch rocket systems (MLRS).

Petermann began his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Greenwood Area Office (GAO) at age 17 while still a senior in high school. During this time he has performed a variety of duties including office engineer technician at Greenwood, operation and maintenance site supervisor at the Yazoo City Field Office and engineering technician at DeGray Lake.

The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employs dozens of Soldiers that serve our country in both the civilian and military capacities. Citizen Soldiers continue to serve our country in both capacities by leaving their civilian positions to serve in Overseas Contingency Operations in their U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard positions.