Col. Edward P. Chamberlayne became the 67th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, during a traditional military change of command ceremony Friday at Fort McHenry. He assumed command from Col. J. Richard Jordan III who has commanded the Baltimore District for the past three years. Chamberlayne, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, will now command the Corps district that includes his hometown.
As commander and district engineer, Chamberlayne will oversee engineering, construction and real estate activities for the Army, Air Force and other Defense activities in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, southern New York and northern Virginia. He will be responsible for water resources development activities within the upper Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes a six-state area and the District of Columbia.
The Baltimore District is Chamberlayne’s third tour with the Corps. He joined the Europe District, Corps of Engineers in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2003, where he served as a project engineer, Forward Engineer Support Team leader (FEST-A), and resident engineer. From 2011-2013, he served as the commander and district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District. He was responsible for civil works construction and maintenance; regulatory permitting for commercial and private activities, as they relate to navigation and the Clean Water Act; military construction; and construction and engineering support services to multiple other federal agencies.
Chamberlayne was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in August 1993 after graduating from Virginia Tech. His first duty assignment was in the 40th Engineer Battalion in Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a platoon leader, assistant battalion operations officer and company executive officer. In 1996, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the Implementation Force (IFOR) during Operation Joint Endeavor. He joined the 70th Engineer Battalion in Fort Riley, Kansas in May 1998 and served as the assistant brigade engineer, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division and as company commander of C Company, 70th Engineer Battalion. He deployed in 2000 to Kuwait in support of Operation Intrinsic Action. He deployed in support of EUCOM, Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2005. He joined the 1st Engineer Battalion in 2006, where he served as the battalion operations officer (S3) and battalion executive officer. He deployed as the S3 of 1st Engineering Battalion in support of route clearance operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007.
Following Chamberlayne’s tour in Charleston District, he was assigned to the Pentagon as the chief of the Program Integration Branch, Office of the Chief of Engineers, on the Headquarters Department of the Army Staff. He most recently served as a U.S. Army War College fellow at the Institute of World Politics in the District of Columbia.
Chamberlayne’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and a U.S. Army War College fellowship at the Institute of World Politics. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Engineering Management at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.
Chamberlayne’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Bronze de Fleury Medal. Chamberlayne was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in June 2013.
After relinquishing command of the Baltimore District, Jordan retires with more than 26 years of service to our nation.