Huntsville native Michael E. Rorex attended Grissom High School and the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he was commissioned through the ROTC Program in 1981. He retired from the United States Army as a Colonel in September of 2010 and presently works for DynCorp. From 1 August 2003 to 31 December 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Michael E. Rorex distinguished himself by exceptional performance leading engineer reconnaissance operations in unfamiliar and hostile areas. His disregard for danger and coolness under fire allowed him to gather critical threat information used in subsequent operations. For his valorous achievement, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.