Brigadier General Mark C. Quander assumed command of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD), on 30 June 2023. Before assuming command of LRD, he served as the Commandant of Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. Quander graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1995 earning commission as an Engineer officer.
As the Division Engineer, he serves as the senior military officer in the division, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The division delivers engineering and water resource solutions for the Great Lakes and Ohio River region, covering 335,000 square miles and parts of seventeen states. The division’s civil works mission provides planning, construction, and operation of navigation structures and flood damage reduction, hydropower, environmental restoration, water management, recreation, and disaster response.
LRD also executes military construction in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, involving designing and constructing barracks, hospitals, airfields, and family housing on military installations. LRD consists of seven districts in Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Huntington (WV), Louisville, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.
Quander previously commanded the Transatlantic Division, USACE, where his organization provided engineering and construction services for a $5 Billion dollar program consisting of Military Construction (MILCON), Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Interagency and International Support (IIS) spread across 20 countries.
As a commissioned officer, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, the Republic of Korea, the Middle East, and Central Asia with deployments in support Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Unified Response.
BG Quander served twice at the national level in the Pentagon. Within the Joint Staff, he fulfilled duties as a Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern/Politico-Military Planner in the Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Iraq Division. Within the Headquarters Department of the Army, he fulfilled duties as Director Office of the Chief of Engineers.
BG Quander holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri for Science and Technology, a Master of Arts in Policy Management from Georgetown University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.