When the 9/11 terrorist attacks hit the United States in 2001, Mike Bauschka wanted to help – so he left school and joined the U.S. Army. Serving in the military never crossed his mind before the tragic course of events occurred that day.
“In that moment, I felt a compelling need to do my part and help protect our nation,” said Mike Bauschka, a civil structural design specialist at Shell Deer Park.
He served for three and a half years in the Army as a combat engineer, and his unit was deployed to Baghdad from 2004-2005.
“It was one of the most challenging experiences of my life, and the training I received changed my life forever,” said Bauschka.
Following his time in the Army, he moved to Houston to start the next chapter of his career and received a two-year degree from Lone Star College. After a few years of designing and building metal buildings, he worked at WorleyParsons and later signed on as a contactor at Shell Deer Park before accepting a full-time position. In total, he has worked at the site for nearly six years. He and his wife have three children: Vivian (7), Michael Jr. (3) and Evelyn (1).