Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Up-Side Management Company (U-SMC) is an SBA certified 8(a), HUBZone, Minority Owned, Small Disadvantaged, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. With offices in North Carolina, Florida, and Indiana, U-SMC provides a broad range of construction, renovation, and facility repair/maintenance services, including Design/Build and Design-Bid-Build. U-SMC specializes in Department of Defense, US Government, state, municipal, and industrial contracts.
U-SMC strives to meet or exceed client expectations regarding quality, safety, schedule and budget on EVERY project awarded.
U-SMC was formed in North Carolina by Mr. Victor R. Letourneaut. Letourneaut has 20+ years of management experience, including providing advice, guidance, and recommendations to the Senior and Deputy Advisor of the Iraqi Intervention Forces on all aspects of personnel, organization, training, tactics, force protection and operations; later, Mr. Letourneaut provided oversight and supervision of more than 20 US Embassy contractors in support of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
Sense of Mission
Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Letourneaut graduated from high school in Bronx, New York and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1985, attending basic training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. After completion of training, Letourneaut completed Infantry Training School in Camp Pendleton, California; was assigned to 2nd Battalion 9th Marines for duty as a Mortarman; deployed for two six-month deployments to Japan in 1986 and 1988 as well as attending jungle Operation Training School in Panama; and attended Mountain Warfare Training School in Bridgeport California.
In November 1990, Letourneaut deployed to Southwest Asia and participated in operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon return, he put in for Drill Instructor Duty and in July 1992 reported to DI School, Parris Island, South Carolina. When he was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, Letourneaut trained six platoons and over 300 recruits and two cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor. In January 1995, Letourneaut reported to 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and held many billets including Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Commander and Company Gunnery Sergeant. In November 1996 Letourneaut deployed with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit for a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.
Letourneaut participated in a Non Combatant Evacuation of American Embassy Tirana in April 1997, Albania, processing of about 1000 evacuees while providing security for the embassy. In a matter of 10 days, Letourneaut found himself sailing out of the Mediterranean Sea destined for Africa to set up evacuation of American citizens out of Kinshasa, Zaire. Letourneaut returned to Camp Lejeune for less than three months before deploying to the Republic of Panama until December 1997 as part of a company reactionary force to the US Embassy Panama.
Letourneaut deployed to 29 Palms California for a Combined Arms Exercise in January 1998, later reporting to 2nd Battalion 8th Marines as a Platoon Commander for 3rd Platoon Company B. In June of that same year, Letourneaut deployed to South Korea, and trained with the Korean Marines. Upon his return from South Korea, Letourneau graduated Marine Security Guard School Class 3-99, later serving in Damascus, Syria and Manama, Bahrain. In April 2001, Letourneaut reported to the School of Infantry, serving with the Student Admin Company and Headquarters and Service Company; he was assigned as the Operations Chief for Infantry Training Battalion in July 2003.
In Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Letourneaut deployed to Iraq in March 2004 for one year as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, assisting the 1st Iraqi Army Division and 1st Iraqi Army Mechanized Brigade to become Mission Operation Capable. Upon his return from Iraq, Letourneaut was assigned as the Academic Chief and Anti-Terrorism Officer for the School of Infantry. Letourneaut was awarded the Bronze Star Medal by General David Petraeus in 2005, and left the Marines for civilian life in 2006 as a Master Sergeant. Letourneaut is a Lifetime Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and am serves as the 4th District Commander of the VFW for the Department of North Carolina. Letourneaut's sense of mission, built by the Marines, now leads Up-Side Management Company, providing improved facilities to our military personnel through high-quality construction and renovation services.
Letourneaut's awards include:
- Bronze Star Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal
- Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; with 1 Gold Star
- Combat Action Ribbon; with 1 Gold Star
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- Navy Unit Commendation
- Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, 3 Stars
- Good Conduct Medal, 1 Silver Star
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Korea Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Medal
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; with 1 Silver Star, 1 Bronze Star
- Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon
- Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
- NATO Medal