​Lt. Col. Mark Schoenrock, the contracting officer of the Colorado Army National Guard
180912-Z-WU045-1017.JPG Photo By: Lt. Col. Mark Schoenrock

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Washington D.C. - Former Lt. Col. Mark Schoenrock was an active duty Army officer for 28 years; a decade as a logistics officer in several combat units, then a contracting officer, then the inspector general for the Colorado National Guard. From 1991-98 he was an executive officer in the office of one of President Bill Clinton's appointees in Washington, then the Army's acquisition liaison to Congress for two years. Retired from the active duty Army, he now serves as an Army civilian, chief of contracting for the CONG, and is approaching 34 years of federal service. In August 2011, Schoenrock sat down for an impromptu interview about the CONG's latest construction project, a new facility for the High-Altitude Army National Guard Training Site (HAATS) in Gypsum, Colo. The result of that meeting was a stunning reminder of human mortality – and a humble lesson in the value of intuition and faith. A true survivor of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, this is his story, in his words.


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