Col. Andy Pannier assumed the duties of deputy commander, Mississippi Valley Division, Vicksburg, Miss., July 12, 2021. He also serves as secretary of the Mississippi River Commission.
Pannier graduated and received his commission from Eastern Illinois University in June 1999.
Previous assignments include scenario design division chief at the Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; battalion commander of the 3-340th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 181st Multi-functional Brigade, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; and battalion executive and operations officer for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois; a master’s degree in geology from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri; and a master’s degree in microbiology from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. Pannier’s military education includes the United States Army Command and General Staff College and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. He is project management professional certified.
Pannier’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, bronze de Fleury, and gold German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.
The Mississippi Valley Division is responsible for water resources engineering solutions in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing portions of 12 states. Work is carried out by district offices located in St. Paul, Minnesota; Rock Island, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Since 1879, the seven-member presidentially appointed Mississippi River Commission has developed and matured plans for the general improvement of the Mississippi River from the Head of Passes to the Headwaters. The Mississippi River Commission brings critical engineering representation to the drainage basin, which impacts 41% of the United States and includes 1.25 million square miles, over 250 tributaries, 31 states and two Canadian provinces.