Mike Abernathy

Mike Abernathy is the Chief of Real Estate Division for the Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers having held the position since March 16, 2009. As the Chief of Real Estate Division, Mike manages approximately 500,000 acres of Corps-owned land at 10 multi-purpose lake projects throughout the Cumberland River basin and supervises 15 Real Estate Division employees in the Management and Disposal Branch and the Technical Resources Branch. Mike maintains a Level II Real Estate Contracting Officer delegation.  Mike began his Federal service career in March 1991 at Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Charleston, South Carolina as a Realty Specialist where he gained a wide-range of military real estate experience in a 26-state geographic area. Mike’s career with the Corps of Engineers started in January 1997 when he accepted a position at the Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a civil works Real Estate Negotiator. In January 2000, Mike was selected to be the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Real Estate representative at Fort Campbell, Kentucky responsible for all real estate transactions on the 107,000 acre Army installation. In October 2001, Mike came to the Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Team Leader in the Real Estate Acquisition Branch where he served as the Real Estate representative on all Nashville District continuing authority projects. Mike was selected as Chief of Real Estate Acquisition Branch in 2007 where he oversaw the implementation of the Section 202 flood damage reduction project in eastern Kentucky and the acquisition of hundreds of flood-prone residential and commercial structures in the Upper Cumberland Region. In March 2009, Mike was selected as Chief Real Estate Division where he currently serves.  Mike is from Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a major in Finance.  Mike received the Achievement Medal For Civilian Service on October 31, 2011 for dedication and support to the Army Audit Agency’s audit of actions taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Cumberland, KY regarding rent abatement and marina concessionaires. Mike is married to the former Tiffany Nelms of Nashville, TN. They have two daughters, Peyton and Alison.