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Posted 3/26/2015

Release no. 15-009


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In a Change of Command ceremony held today at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y., Brig. Gen. Kent D. Savre passed the command flag, signifying change of command authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division, to new Division Commander Col. William H. Graham. Presiding over the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Richard L. Stevens, Deputy Chief of Engineers/Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Col. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was an Army War College Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. 

As Division Commander, Colonel Graham oversees an annual program of more than $5 billion to plan, design and construct projects to support the military, protect America’s water resources, mitigate risk from disasters, and restore and enhance the environment. He is also responsible for a variety of Division engineering and construction activities for international, federal, state and local governments and agencies in more than a dozen Northeastern states as well as overseas.

Before becoming the Commander of the North Atlantic Division, Colonel Graham served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. Before that he served as the Engineer Director for the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, Division Engineer for the 1st Armored Division and Multi National Division-North during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Colonel Graham also commanded the 40th Engineer Battalion in Kuwait and Iraq, served as battalion engineer officer with the 4th Infantry Division (Mech) in Iraq, and served as a Combat Engineer platoon leader in the 3rd Armored Division during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

His awards include the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal,  Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, Overseas Service Medal, Saudi Arabia Defense and Kuwait Liberation Medals, Valorous Unit Award and Combat Action Badge.

Brig. Gen. Savre will become the next Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  During his tenure, Brig. Gen. Savre led the Corps' Hurricane Sandy response and recovery operations, federal efforts on three major river basin commissions, agency operations on important global initiatives, including constructing missile defense facilities and a large replacement hospital in Europe, leading the Army engineer effort to combat ebola in Liberia, reducing risk to communities along our Northeast coast, and partnering with stakeholders to improve resilience after coastal storms.

Colonel Graham North Atlantic Division Commander