DVIDS – News – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Expeditionary District Takes Command


CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard T. Childers assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division Expeditionary District during an assumption of command ceremony on July 21, 2022, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Maj. Gen. Kimberly M. Colloton, commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division, presided over the event.

Colloton, in his final official ceremony before relinquishing his command on July 26 and moving to Army Corps of Engineers headquarters in Washington DC, transferred the district colors to Childers with the assistance of Sgt. Major Joseph Taylor, the Expeditionary District’s senior adviser appealed.

The passing of the colors is an ancestral symbolic tradition that dates back to the 18th century and represents the transfer of responsibility and authority from one commander to another.

“As commander of the transatlantic division for a few more days, I’m relishing every last minute,” Colloton said. “I am presiding over this Assumption of Command Ceremony, to officially install your new Commander for the Expeditionary District, one whom I know personally and who I know is the right person at the right time for this command. I welcome him and his family to the transatlantic team.

Childers comes to the Expeditionary District after serving as commander and district engineer of the Walla Walla District, and before that, as deputy commander of the Tulsa District. He has held several military engineering positions during his 23-year career and is also a Missouri Chartered Professional Engineer and a Certified Project Management Professional.

“I am very proud to be the newest member of the Transatlantic Expeditionary Team and I am confident that together we will continue to make a difference by providing lasting solutions, which set the conditions for regional security and stability” , Childers said in his remarks. “I can’t wait to earn my place on your team.”

Childers then reassured partners and stakeholders, many of whom were seated in the audience, that he was committed to maintaining and building relationships in USCENTCOM’s area of ​​responsibility.

“I look forward to meeting all of you in the near future and continuing to build relationships as we stand by your side to solve the toughest engineering challenges for our nation and our allied mission partners in a meaningful way. resilient and sustainable,” Childers said.

Outgoing commander U.S. Army Lt. Col. Peter Ammerman, who arrived in the Expeditionary District in November 2021 as deputy commander, has led the district for the past three months following the commander’s short-notice reassignment. previous.

Ammerman, who will return to his role as deputy district commander, thanked the Expeditionary District team and members of its sister district, the Middle East District, for their support over the past three months.

“You ran like a well-oiled machine while firing on all cylinders,” Ammerman told district members and the audience. “We have grown together over the past few months, and I consider you brothers and sisters. Keep striving to achieve your goals because we are making a difference.

The Expeditionary District, whose motto is “Always Ahead,” is the only contingency district in the Army Corps of Engineers, dedicated to meeting the challenges of providing theater-wide and field-wide engineering solutions. expertise in support of U.S., coalition, and host nation efforts throughout the USCENTCOM Area of ​​Responsibility.

Footage of the ceremony is available on the TAE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USACEExpeditionaryDistrict, or on the DVIDS Expeditionary District page: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/USACE-Transatlantic -Exp -D

Date taken: 22.07.2022
Date posted: 23.07.2022 07:16
Story ID: 425652
Hometown: BOERNE, TX, USA
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