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Past MRC Presidents

 

Brevet Major General Quincy A. Gillmore
1st term: 1879-1882
2nd term: 1884-1888 

Born Ohio. Graduate USMA 1849. Gillmore was an assistant engineer during the construction of Fort Monroe and later headed fortification of New York Harbor. During the Civil War, he earned a battlefield promotion for reduction of Fort Pulaski. He commanded Union forces that won the battle Somerset and later received a brevet promotion to major general resulting from his leadership in capturing Fort Wagner and demolishing Fort Sumter. He served as member of the MRC from 1882-1884 in between terms as MRC president. Gillmore was recognized as one of the preeminent 19th century authorities on cement materials—a reputation earned through his authorship of, Practical Treatise on Limes, Hydraulic Cements and Mortars, in 1872.

Brevet Major General Quincy A. Gilmore 

 

Brevet Brigadier General Cyrus B. Comstock
1st term: 1882-1884
2nd term: 1888-1895

Born Massachusetts. Graduate UMSA 1855. Comstock served in many campaigns during the Civil War, including the siege of Vicksburg and the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fort Fisher and Mobile. He served as General Ulysses S. Grant’s secretary. After the war, he was superintending engineer of the geodetic survey of the Northern and Northwestern Lakes and later for the progress of the Eads jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi River. He was a member of the 1874 jetty board and the 1878 engineer board to improve low-water navigation on the Mississippi immediately prior to be named a member of the MRC. He was a Member of the MRC from 1879-1895 and served two terms as President. Comstock was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1884.

Brevet Brigadier General Cyrus B. Comstock

 

Colonel George L. Gillespie
1985-1901

Born Tennessee. Graduate USMA 1862. During the Civil War, Gillespie commanded two engineer companies for the Army of the Potomac, building pontoon bridges and fortifications. He earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for most distinguished gallantry during the Battle of Cold Harbor and participated in climatic engagements in Virginia, including the surrender at Appomattox. His immediate post-war assignments were with occupation forces in the Southwest and along the Gulf of Mexico. He served with various harbor and fortification boards around the nation. He was supervising engineer of government control for erection of the Statue of Liberty. While MRC President, Gillespie also served as Chief of Engineers from 1901-1904.

Colonel George L. Gillespie 

 

Lieutenant Colonel Amos Stickney 

Lieutenant Colonel Amos Stickney
1901-1903

Born Missouri. Graduate USMA 1864. During the Civil War, Stickney served on General Oliver O. Howard’s staff during the March to the Seas and the Carolina campaign. His post-war services were largely connected with fortifications and river and harbor improvements. He helped to build the original canal on the Mississippi River at Keokuk, IA, including the design of all machinery. Prior to his appointment as MRC President, he served as the Fourth MRC District Engineer and as a Member of the Commission from 1894-1901. In these capacities he was heavily involved with formulating the Commission’s early plans for treating the Atchafalaya River. Stickney also was appointed president of the Missouri River Commission in 1896.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Oswald H. Ernst
1903-1906

Born Ohio. Graduate USMA 1864. Ernst served as an assistant engineer for the Army of Tennessee during the Georgia campaign of the Civil War and was appointed assistant engineer of fortification for the Pacific Coast after the Battle of Atlanta. He was engaged in various river projects along the Mississippi River, mainly as the officer in charge of improvements between the mouths of the Missouri and Ohio Rivers, where he developed several successful contraction works methods. He served as aidde- camp to President, and former MRC Member, Benjamin Harrison, followed by five years as Superintendent, USMA. He commanded the 1st Brigade, I Corps, in Puerto Rico during Spanish-American War and served on the commission to determine the route of the Panama Canal. Ernst also served as a Member of the MRC from 1888-1894.

Lieutenant Colonel Oswald H. Ernst 

 

Colonel Clinton B. Sears
1906-1908

Born New York. Graduate USMA 1867. During the Civil War, Sears served in the enlisted ranks of the 95th Ohio Regiment during the battles of Vicksburg and Jackson. After the war, he served as an instructor at the USMA and was placed in charge of the construction of the academy’s observatory. He also in charge of the MRC Third District and oversaw improvements to Vicksburg harbor. Sears served as Chief Engineer for the Philippine Islands Division from 1901 to 1903 and then as a Member of the MRC from 1904-1906.

Colonel Clinton B. Sears 

 

Brigadier General William H. Bixby
1st term: 1908-1910 (As Colonel)
2nd term: 1917-1918 (Acting) 

Born Massachusetts. Graduate USMA 1873. Prior to his initial appointment to MRC, Bixby was assigned to river, harbor and lighthouse duty at Wilmington, Newport, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Detroit and Chicago. As a captain, he served on the study team to determine a new maximum length of suspension bridges, thus avoiding channel blockages by bridge piers. This 1894 study was considered an engineering breakthrough, particularly on wind effects. After his first term as MRC president, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and appointed Chief of Engineers from 1910-1913. Bixby left retirement to serve a second term as acting MRC President during World War I to free MRC President C. McDonald Townsend for active service.

Brigadier General William H. Bixby 

 

Colonel Walter L. Fisk 

Colonel Walter L. Fisk
1910-1911

Born Illinois. Graduate USMA 1877. After graduating from the USMA, Fisk was assigned to river, harbor, and defense projects along the Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and northeast coast and was placed in charge of the defenses for Portland Harbor. He also headed a survey of the northern and northwestern lakes prior to being named Chief Engineer Officer, Philippines Division. Fisk became Division Engineer, Lakes Division, prior to MRC appointment.

 

Colonel C. McDonald Townsend
1912-1920

Born New York. Graduate USMA 1879. After routine assignments, Townsend worked on the construction of the Washington, D.C. aqueduct. He headed the MRC Third District at Memphis and then was placed in charge of construction at Grand Rapids. He was assigned to the 3rd Engineer Battalion, Philippine Islands, and supervised road and harbor construction. He returned to Washington as a member of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors. World War I interrupted his term as MRC President. After retiring, Townsend authored, The Hydraulic Principles Governing River and Harbor Construction, in 1922.

Colonel C. McDonald Townsend 

 

Colonel Charles L. Potter
1920-1928

Born Maine. Graduate USMA 1886. Originally in the U.S. Cavalry, Potter served in the Indian Territory before transferring to the Corps of Engineers. During the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, he was Chief Engineer, 8th Army Corps. During World War I he was Director of the Gas Service. His early rivers and harbors assignments included work at Memphis, Duluth, St. Paul, and St. Louis. Potter served as MRC president during the 1927 flood and prepared the MRC’s comprehensive river control plan that was quashed by General Jadwin.

Colonel Charles L. Potter 

 

Brigadier General Thomas H. Jackson
1928-1932

Born Canada. Graduate USMA 1899. Jackson served as Engineer Officer, Department of Visayas, and as supervisor of construction at Iloilo and Fort William McKinley, all in the Philippine Islands. As secretary of the California Debris Commission, he developed a diversion and spillway plan for improving the Sacramento River. This was followed by district assignments at Dallas and Wheeling. During World War I, he organized engineer support for the American Expeditionary Force and remained in France after the armistice to supervise engineer supply operations. His post-war activities included 9th Corps Area Engineer and Pacific Division Engineer. During his term as MRC President, he ceded much of the independent authority of the Commission. Jackson also moved the MRC headquarters from St. Louis to Vicksburg, established the Waterways Experiment Station, and began implementing the Jadwin Plan.

Brigadier General Thomas H. Jackson 

 

Brigadier General Harley B. Ferguson
1932-1939

Born North Carolina. Graduate USMA 1897. Ferguson experienced military combat in Cuba, the Philippines and China. He made engineering history in 1911 with the raising of the USS Maine in Havana harbor. Just prior to World War I, he held several rivers and harbors assignments in the Northwest Division. During the war, he commanded the 105th Engineers and was 2nd Corps Engineer. After war, he served as Division Engineer for the Gulf, Central and South Atlantic Divisions. As MRC President, he directed the channel rectification program that made possible the ultimate transformation of the Jadwin Plan. Ferguson is considered one of the nation’s great civil engineers.

Brigadier General Harley B. Ferguson 

 

Brigadier General Max C. Tyler 

Brigadier General Max C. Tyler
1939-1945

Born North Dakota. Graduate USMA 1903. Tyler worked on several Ohio River locks and dams prior to World War I and was District Engineer, Washington, D.C., from 1919-1923. After that assignment he was assistant and then District Engineer for the Wilson Dam and Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Tennessee River. Tyler was District Engineer for the New Orleans and Buffalo Districts, Division Engineer for the Great Lakes Division, and Assistant Chief of Engineers prior to appointment as MRC President.

 

Major General Robert W. Crawford
1946-1948

Born New York. Graduate USMA 1914. Crawford commanded one of the first offensive gas units during World War I. His civil works assignments included District Engineer at Duluth, Honolulu, and New Orleans; executive assistant for the Administrator of Public Works; and briefly as a member of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors. He served in the Plans Division in late pre-war and early World War II years before becoming a combat commander in the 8th Armored Division. He was Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, and helped in the planning of the Normandy invasion. Crawford retired to become Executive Vice President, Lower Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association.

Major General Robert W. Crawford 

 

Brigadier General Peter A. Feringa
1949-1953

Born Netherlands. Graduate Lehigh University 1921. Feringa enlisted in the Army during World War I. He was commissioned as an officer shortly after graduating from Lehigh University. His early civil works assignments included District Engineer at Jacksonville and Savannah; Assistant to the Chief, Rivers and Harbors Division; twice a member of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors; and Assistant Chief of Engineers for Civil Works. In early assignments with the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Feringa pioneered the concept of basin-wide planning which was incorporated into the Flood Control Acts of 1936 and 1938.

Brigadier General Peter A. Feringa

 

Major General John R. Hardin
1953-1957

Born Maryland. Graduate USMA 1918. Hardin’s assignments between the First and Second World Wars included assistant to the District Engineer, Washington, D.C.; duty with the 3rd Engineers, Hawaii; and construction of the spillway and main control gates at the Fort Peck Dam. He directed Army Air Forces construction in the Atlantic, Alaskan, and South American areas. During World War II, he served as Deputy Chief Engineer, European Theater of operations. His first post-war assignment was as MRC Secretary and as Deputy Division Engineer, Lower Mississippi Valley Division. Hardin later served as New Orleans District Engineer, Great Lakes Division Engineer, and Assistant Chief of Engineers.

Major General John R. Hardin 

 

Major General William A. Carter
1957-1960

Born Texas. Graduate USMA 1930. During World War II, Carter was 2nd Corps Engineer in North Africa and Sicily and later developed and executed the engineering plan for the Army portion of the Normandy invasion. Following the capture of the Remagen Bridge, he directed the construction of 11 additional spans across the Rhine River. His post-war assignments included, 3rd Army Engineer, Director of Installations (Logistics) at the Pentagon, and Engineer and Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, in Japan. Carter left the MRC to be governor of the Panama Canal Zone.

Major General William A. Carter 

 

Major General Thomas A. Lane
1960-1962

Born Massachusetts. Graduate USMA 1928. Prior to World War II, Lane held various assignments, including the Nicaragua Canal Survey. During the war, he organized and trained aviation units and was then operations officer on the Southwest Pacific Theater engineer staff. Lane’s post-war assignments included Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia and Commander, Fort Leonard Wood.

Major General Thomas A. Lane 

 

Major General Ellsworth I. Davis

Major General Ellsworth I. Davis
1962-1966

Born Washington. Graduate USMA 1932. Davis commanded engineer units during World War II and the Korean War. His civil works assignments included Assistant Supervising Engineer, Panama Canal; Executive Officer, Sacramento District; and Pacific Ocean Division Engineer. Immediately prior to appointment as MRC President, Davis was Engineer for U.S. Army Europe.

 

Major General Robert G. MacDonnell
1966-1969

Born Washington. Graduate USMA 1934. During World War II, MacDonnell was assistant engineer and later acting engineer for the 8th Army during the Pacific campaigns. His civil works assignments included Southwest Pacific Division Engineer. Prior to his appointment as MRC President, he served in the Office of the Chief of Engineers as Director of Military Supply, Director of Civil Works, and Deputy Chief of Engineers. MacDonnell’s additional duties included chairmanship of the California Debris Commission, the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, and the Red River Compact Commission.

Major General Robert G. MacDonnell 

 

Major General Andrew P. Rollins, Jr.
1969-1971

Born Pennsylvania. Graduate Texas A&M College 1939. Rollins commanded the 27th Engineer Combat Battalion in the Southwest Pacific and during the occupation of Japan. His civil works assignments included Waterways Experiment Station Director and Kansas City District Engineer. H served the Office of the Chief of Engineers as Deputy Director and then Director of Military Construction. He was assigned to Vietnam in 1959-1960 with MAAG and returned there in 1967 as Commanding General, 18th Engineer Brigade. Rollins also served as Commanding Officer, Fort Leonard Wood, immediately prior to appointment as MRC President.

Major General Andrew P. Rollins, Jr. 

 

Major General Charles C. Noble
1971-1974

Born New York. Graduate USMA 1940. During World War II. Noble served as a battalion commander in the European Theatre. After the war, he served as Executive Officer, Manhattan District and deputy executive secretary of the Military Liaison Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission. His civil works assignments included Assistant District Engineer, New York District; District Engineer, Louisville District; and Director of Civil Works, Office of the Chief of Engineers. After directing the construction of Minuteman ICBM facilities in the Western United States, he became head engineer for the, United Nations Command and 8th Army in Korea. He served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Engineer Command, Vietnam, immediately prior to appointment as MRC President. Noble later ordered the first operation of the Morganza Floodway during the 1973 flood.

Major General Charles C. Noble 

 

Major General Francis P. Koisch 

Major General Francis P. Koisch
1974-1977

Born New York. Graduate USMA 1942. During World War II, Koisch served with the Engineer Section, 8th Army, in the South Pacific, Philippines, and Japan. He also served as Deputy District Engineer, Philadelphia; Area Engineer in Keflavik, Iceland; Commander, 79th Engineer Group; and Deputy Director for Military Construction with the Office of the Chief of Engineers. As Fort Worth District Engineer, he was responsible for administering the designs and construction of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center at Houston. Koisch served as special assistant to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Vietnam; North Atlantic Division Engineer; Director of Civil Works, Office of the Chief of Engineers.

 

Major General Robert Marshall

Major General Robert Marshall
1977-1980

Born Washington, D.C. Graduate USMA 1943. During World War II, Marshall served with the 305th Engineer Battalion in the European Theater. During the Vietnam War, he was commanding officer of the 937th Engineer Combat Group. His other overseas assignments included Greece, Turkey and Korea. He also served as Assistant Director of Civil Works, Mobile District Engineer, Commanding General of Safeguard System Command at Huntsville, and Ballistic Missile Defense Program Manager in Washington D.C. Immediately prior to appointment as MRC President, Marshall served as Deputy Chief of Engineers.

 

Major General William E. Read
1981-1984

Born North Carolina. Graduate USMA 1950. During the Korean War, Read served with the 808th Engineer Aviation Battalion, in Okinawa and Korea. During the Vietnam War, he served as Commander, 5th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division; Commander, 4th Infantry Division Support Command; and Commander, Task Force Ivy. His other assignments included multiple positions with the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command and Deputy Commanding General for Material Readiness. Read’s civil works assignments included Tulsa District Engineer, Missouri River Division Engineer, and Assistant Chief of Engineers.

Major General William E. Read 

 

Major General Thomas A. Sands
1985-1989

Born Tennessee. Graduate USMA 1958. Sands, early career included several engineer assignments overseas. During the Vietnam War, he served with the 334th Armored Helicopter Company and was Commanding Officer, 26th Engineer Battalion, 23rd Infantry Division. He held various staff positions, including Executive Officer, U.S. Army Engineer Command in Vietnam, Assistant Director of Civil Works with Office of the Chief of Engineers, and Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army. Sand’s also served as the New Orleans District Engineer and the North Atlantic Division Engineer.

Major General Thomas A. Sands 

 

Major General Arthur Williams
1990-1992

Born New York. Graduate Saint Lawrence University 1960. During the Vietnam War, Williams served as a company commander for the 87th Engineer Battalion and as operations officer for the 577th Engineer Battalion. He also served as Commander, 44th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Engineer Group with the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces in Korea. His civil works assignments included Deputy Commander, St. Paul District, Sacramento District Engineer, and Pacific Ocean Division Engineer. Williams was promoted to rank of lieutenant general in 1992 and served as Chief of Engineers from 1992-1996.

Major General Arthur Williams 

 

Major General Pat M. Stevens, IV 

Major General Pat M. Stevens, IV
1992-1994

Born California. Graduate USMA 1963. During the Vietnam War, Stevens served as Company Commander, 103rd Engineer Company, and with Headquarters, 159th Engineer Group. During operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served as Deputy Director, Logistics, United States Central Command, Saudi Arabia. His other key positions included Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Commanding Officer, 30th Engineer Battalion; and Plans Officer, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence. Stevens’ civil works assignments included Vicksburg District Engineer and North Pacific Ocean Division engineer.

 

Photo of Brigadier General Eugene S. Witherspoon 

Brigadier General Eugene S. Witherspoon
1994-1995

Born South Carolina. Graduate USMA 1961. During the Vietnam War, Witherspoon served as a company commander with the 937th Engineer Group (Combat), and on a second assignment as Operations Officer with the 35th Engineer Group (Construction).  He served as Chief of Staff of the Engineer Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and as Transatlantic Division Engineer with responsibility for military engineering support in Europe and the Middle East including restoration of infrastructure in Kuwait after the Gulf War of 1991. His Civil Works assignments included Vicksburg District Deputy Commander, New Orleans District Commander and Missouri River Division Engineer.   

 

Major General Robert B. Flowers
1995-1997

Born Pennsylvania. Graduate Virginia Military Institute 1969. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Flowers served as Commander, 20th Engineer Combat Brigade. His other key command and staff assignments included, Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Engineer Center: and Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School. Prior to his appointment as MRC President, he was deployed to Bosnia as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering, U.S. Army Europe. Flowers was promoted to rank of lieutenant general in 2000 and appointed Chief of Engineers.

Major General Robert B. Flowers 

 

Major General Phillip R. Anderson
1997-2000

Born California. Graduate Virginia Military Institute 1970. Anderson’s troop assignments included Company Commander, 27th Engineer Battalion; Executive Officer, 307th Engineer Battalion; and commander of both the 20th Engineer Battalion and the 36th Engineer Group. He was involved in many humanitarian relief efforts, including Army Forces Engineer during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces during the United Nations Mission in Haiti. Upon leaving MRC, Anderson became the South Atlantic Division Engineer.

Major General Phillip R. Anderson 

 

Brigadier General Edwin Arnold
2000-2002

Born Texas. Graduate University of Texas, 1972. Arnold’s career assignments included battalion operations officer, supply officer, and commander at several posts within the U.S. He also served as Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Engineer Center, Fort Leonard Wood; Commander, 1st Armored Division Engineer Brigade; and Southwestern Division Engineer.

Brigadier General Edwin Arnold 

 

Brigadier General Don T. Riley
2002-2004

Born California. Graduate USMA 1973. Riley’s troop assignments include, Commanding Officer, 14th Engineer Battalion; Assistant Division Engineers and Chief, Plans and Exercises, 3rd Armored Division; Commander, 7th Engineer Battalion; Commander, 17th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood; Chief, Plans and Exercises, I Corps; Commander 555th Engineer Group; Director, Maneuver Support Battle Lab, Fort Leonard Wood; and executive officer to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Riley also served as the contract construction engineer for the Far East District in Korea and as Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe.

Brigadier General Don T. Riley 

 

 Brigadier General Robert Crear

Brigadier General Robert Crear
2004-2008

Born Mississippi. Graduate Jackson State University 1975. Crear’s previous civil works assignments included, Vicksburg District Engineer, Assistant Director of Civil Works, Military Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Southwest Division Engineer. Crear’s troop assignments include. In addition, he commanded the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., where he also served as Executive Officer of the Divisional Engineer Brigade. Other assignments include Executive Officer, 802nd Combat Heavy Engineer Battalion, Korea; Executive Officer of the U.S. Army Engineer School and Operations Officer, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Instructor and Branch Chief at the U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Belvoir, Va.; Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer, 546th Direct Support Maintenance Company and 66th Maintenance Battalion, respectively, in Germany. During Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Crear served as Commander, Task Force Restore Iraqi Oil (RIO), from January 2003 to November 2003. TF RIO's first-of-its-kind mission for the Department of Defense, was first to extinguish all oil fires and then to restore the oil infrastructure, production, export capability, and the internal distribution system, in addition to importing fuel for humanitarian purposes.

 

Major General Michael J. Walsh Major General Michael J. Walsh
2008-2011

Born New York. Graduate Polytechnic Institute of New York 1977. Walsh's previous civil works assignments included: Commander of the Corps' Gulf Region Division, Baghdad, Iraq; Commander of the South Atlantic Division, Atlanta, Ga.; Chief of Staff at headquarters, Washington, D.C.; Executive Director of Civil Works at headquarters, Washington, D.C.; District Commander of the Sacramento District, Sacramento, Calif.; and District Commander of the San Francisco District, San Francisco, Calif. Walsh's troop assignments include: project management officer for Engineer Branch, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE); Environmental Task Force Leader, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Executive Officer, 92nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga., and Saudi Arabia; Project Engineer and Assistant Area Engineer, Baltimore District; Construction Officer, 18th Engineer Brigade, Darmstadt, Germany; and Commander, Company B, 94th Engineer Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany.

   
Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody  Major General John W. Peabody  
2011-2013

Born Ohio.  Graduate USMA 1980.  Peabody spent most of his career as a combat engineer. Staff assignments included Company Executive Officer and Aide-de-Camp in the 193rd Infantry Brigade, Instructor at the U.S. Army School of the Americas; Assistant S3 in the 307th Engineer Battalion (Airborne); the 13th Corps Support Command Engineer, Fort Hood, Texas; the Logistics Support Command Engineer in Somalia; S3 of the 17th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Division; Pol-Mil Division Chief of the J5, U.S. Southern Command in Panama; Senior Engineer Trainer at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., and Programs Division Chief of the Army’s Office of the Chief, Legislative Liaison. Peabody’s previous commands included the 618th Engineer Company (Light Equipment) (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division; the 299th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood; the Engineer Brigade for the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I; the Pacific Ocean Division; and the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   His awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Purple Heart, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Unit Commendation Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and Army Staff Badge.

   
 Brig. Gen. Duke DeLuca Brigadier General Duke DeLuca            
2013-2014

Born Pennsylvania. Graduate Universtiy of Pennsylvania 1983. He also earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in 1993. A veteran who served in three separate declared combat zones, DeLuca served from platoon level through combatant command in Army, Joint, multi-national and Interagency environments. He commanded from company through division level, including command of a battalion and a brigade in combat. He has run multi-billion dollar annual construction programs in Iraq and in a region including the northeast United States, Europe and Africa supporting foreign militaries, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense family and several other federal agencies. DeLuca is an engineer and a Eurasian foreign area officer, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute and has served in fellowships at Columbia University, the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also served as the commandant of the United States Army Engineer School, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood. His awards included the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Ranger Tab.

   
 Major General Michael Wehr

Major General Michael C. Wehr
2014-2017

Graduate of University of Santa Clara 1985 with bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Also earned master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, was a Senior Service College Fellow at the Senior Service College Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Registered professional engineer in Virginia. Previous assignments include: in Afghanistan as director of the Joint Engineering Directorate of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (he simultaneously served as commander of the USACE Transatlantic Division (Forward-Afghanistan); commanding general of the USACE South Pacific Division, San Francisco, California; commander of the USACE Vicksburg District, Vicksburg, Mississippi; and commander, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. Military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Navy Achievement Medal,  the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab and the Sapper Tab.

   
 

Major General Richard G. Kaiser
2017-