Brigadier General Thomas J. Tickner is Commander and Division Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division. He took command July 15, 2020.
The North Atlantic Division is one of nine regions providing engineering and construction services to the nation. It is the Corps’ headquarters for the Northeastern United States, Europe, and Africa, with offices in Concord, Mass., New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Va., and Wiesbaden, Germany. As Division Commander, Brigadier General Tickner 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.
Prior to assuming command of the North Atlantic Division, Brigadier General Tickner served as the commanding general of the Pacific Ocean Division (POD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Brigadier General Tickner has served in a variety of tactical, operational, and strategic assignments spanning a period of 27 years.
Brigadier General Tickner was commissioned a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1989. He began his military career as a platoon leader, executive officer and assistant operations officer in the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) followed by an assignment to the 84th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he held company command. He served in various assignments with the Sacramento District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to include a deployment to lead the Los Alamos Fire Recovery Office. Brigadier General Tickner then served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 52nd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy), Fort Carson, Colo., where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as an Engineer Branch Assignment Officer at the Army’s Human Resources Command, followed by command at the Philadelphia District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from June 2008 to July 2010. Brigadier General Tickner worked as the Military Assistant for the ASA (Civil Works), followed by commanding the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from July 2013 to June 2015. Prior to commanding POD, he served as Chief, Army Budget Liaison, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller, following his return from a one-year tour in Afghanistan, where he served as the Engineer Director for the Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan (CSTC-A).
Brigadier General Tickner is a native of Wayne, Pa. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1990, his Masters of Civil Engineering Degree from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999, and a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University in 2013. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Brigadier General Tickner is a graduate of the Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger courses. He is a certified Project Management Professional.
Among his military awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Engineer Silver de Fleury Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.