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Vining, Mike, SGM Infantry (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Current/Last Service Branch
Infantry
Current/Last Primary MOS
11Z-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Current/Last Unit
1992-1999, 11Z, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
Previously Held MOS
55C-Ammunition Maintenance Specialist
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Service Years
1968 - 1999



Sergeant Major


Ten Service Stripes



Two Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) WWII EOD Sleeve Insignia Austrian High Alpine Police Badge

EOD US SOCOM Army Special Operations Command


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Ordnance Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal

Cold War Veteran


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Fully retired.  Keeping busy by writing, hiking, backpacking, rock and mountain climbing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and alpine and backcountry skiing.
   
Other Comments:
Recipient of The Order of 1st SFOD-D - Delta Colors, Serial Number 123, on 19 October 1995, for singularly exemplary contributions to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (Airborne).  Graduate of Operator Training Course -1 (OTC-1).   In Delta served as an Operator, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Master Breacher, Climbing Instructor, and Mountain Guide.  Army Historian for the Vietnam Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Veterans Chapter of the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association (NATEODA).  Recieved the 2013 Art Macksey Citizenship Award presented by the Vietnam EOD Veterans Association.

Married to Donna L. Ikenberry, a freelance photojournalist.  We have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Email: sgmmvining@gmail.com
   
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Master)

Parachutist (Basic)Military Freefall Parachutist

 
 Unit Assignments
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)US Army Materiel Command (AMC)/Technical Escort Unit533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
543rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska
176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
  1968-1968, 55C, US Army Materiel Command (AMC)
  1969-1969, 55D, Ordnance Center and School/Phase One Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
  1969-1969, 55D, Ordnance Center and School/Phase Two Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
  1969-1970, 55D, US Army Materiel Command (AMC)/Technical Escort Unit
  1970-1970, 55D, 533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
  1971-1971, 55D, 533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
  1973-1978, 55D, 543rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/63rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
  1978-1983, 55D, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
  1983-1985, 55D, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
  1985-1985, 55D, 176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska
  1986-1986, 55D, 176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska
  1986-1999, 11Z, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
  1992-1999, 11Z, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
 Reflections on Service
  Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army?
  Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took.
  If you participated in combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
  From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
  If you received any medals for valor or awards for significant achievement, please describe how these were earned.
  Of all the medals, awards, qualification badges or device you received, please describe the one(s) most meaningful to you and why?
  Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
  Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
  What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
  What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
  In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career?
  Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
  In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Excelsior College
  1993-1994, Excelsior College
 Basic Combat Training
  1968, Fort Knox (8th Battalion, 3rd Training Regiment), ECHO/4th
 Combat and Operations History
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970 VSM Steamer
  1970-1970 Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign 1 May to 30 June 1970 VSM Streamer/Operation Toan Thang 42
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign 1 May to 30 June 1970 VSM Streamer
  1970-1971 Vietnam War
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign 1 Jul 1970 to 31 June 1971 VSM Streamer
  1979-1981 Cold War (1945-1989)/Cold War/Iran Hostage Crisis
  1980-1980 Cold War (1945-1989)/Iran - Desert One1
  1980-1980 Cold War (1945-1989)/Operation Eagle Claw1
  1983-1983 U.S. Military Operations/Grenada - Operation Urgent Fury
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Operation Desert Storm
  1994-1994 Operation Uphold Democracy1
 Military Association Memberships
Post 8121, Seigfried-Leyte PostVietnam EOD Veteran ChapterVietnam EOD Veterans AssociationATWS Unit Historian
  2001, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8121, Seigfried-Leyte Post (Member) (South Fork, Colorado)1 - Chap. Page
  2008, National EOD Association (NATEODA). , Vietnam EOD Veteran Chapter1
  2008, Vietnam EOD Veterans Association
  2008, National EOD Association (NATEODA).
  2013, ATWS Unit Historian [Verified]
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Sep 03, 2008, On the summit of Rio Grande Pyramid (13,821'), Colorado1
  Mar 15, 2011, Military Bio
  Oct 30, 2012, General Photos1
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