Deputy Commander

Colonel Robert M. McTighe

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division
Published July 27, 2023

Colonel Robert M. McTighe was assigned as the deputy commander of the North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers July 5, 2023.

The North Atlantic Division is one of nine divisions comprised of over 3,500 employees providing engineering and construction services to the nation. It is USACE’s headquarters for the Northeastern United States, Europe, and Africa, with six subordinate district command offices located in Concord, Mass., New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Wiesbaden, Germany.

McTighe’s previous operational assignments began at Fort Drum, New York, from 2002–05, where as a Sapper platoon leader he deployed with the 2-14th Infantry in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, he served as a company executive officer and next as the Fire Fighting Detachment commander. After departing Fort Drum, he was assigned as a senior observer controller–trainer at Devens, Massachusetts, in a Training Support Battalion preparing the reserve component for worldwide deployments. In 2008, he was reassigned to Fort Drum and immediately deployed with the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters to Iraq. While deployed, he assumed command of the division’s Headquarters Support Company.

Upon completion of company command, McTighe served from 2010-12 in Garmisch, Germany, at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies as operations officer and facility engineer. He next served at Fort Carson, Colorado, from 2013-16, beginning with a deployment to Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters. While deployed, he served as a Transition Team operations officer for both the Afghan Army and Uruzgan Provincial Police. Upon redeployment, he served as the brigade planner in the 1st Stryker Brigade and then as the 299th Brigade Engineer Battalion operations and executive officer.

From there, he returned overseas to Wiesbaden, Germany, where he served in the U.S. Army Europe Headquarters and held positions as the engineer operations officer and chief of construction. McTighe then assumed command of the 1-310th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 181st Multifunctional Training Brigade, soon after attending the Army War College before arriving at NAD to serve as the deputy commander.

McTighe holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in public administration from Webster University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  

His military awards and decorations include: the Airborne Badge and Sapper Tab; the NATO Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Iraqi and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and three Bronze Star Medals. His unit awards include two Army Meritorious Unit Citation Awards. He has also received the Engineer Regimental Award and the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal. 

He is married, and he and his wife have two daughters.