Corps Commanding General visits Huntington District Office

   Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, Commander and Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Huntington District March 11, 2011.    

   Gen. Van Antwerp addressed the Huntington District workforce at a town hall meeting in City Hall auditorium, met with emerging leaders and was briefed by district senior leaders on the Huntington District programs and activities.

   Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe recognized the General by proclaiming March 11, 2011, as “Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp Day” in Huntington.

   As commander and chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gen. Van Antwerp leads a workforce of about 37,000 civilian and military employees located throughout the world. Civil Works is a major component of the Corps, and programs include water resource development activities including flood control, navigation, recreation, infrastructure and environmental stewardship and emergency response.  In addition, the Corps provides management and construction support to 250 Army and Air Force installations in nearly 100 countries worldwide. 

   The Corps carries on a proud heritage that began in 1775 when Congress authorized the first Chief of Engineers to build fortifications in the Boston area near Bunker Hill. The Corps continues to provide quality and responsive engineering services to the nation.

   Prior to his appointment as the 52nd Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gen. Van Antwerp served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Accessions Command, responsible for recruiting and training thousands of young patriots who represent the epitome of “Army Strong.”   

    A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972, Gen. Van Antwerp completed Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault training, and both the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from Long Island University in New York. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

   For more information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.

Comments are closed.