Col. Antoinette Gant assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, on July 27, 2017. Established in 1886, it is one of the most diverse districts that include military, interagency and international services, environmental, and civil works construction and missions. This district has a workforce of approximately 1,250 people in a five-state area of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan working from 60 field offices along with its headquarters in Louisville. The over 95% civilian workforce is made up of professional engineers, architects, planners, biologists and other specialist and support staff. As the commander, she is responsible for providing strategic direction, command and control, and the management of a yearly budget of over $1B.
A native of Port Gibson, Mississippi, Col. Gant graduated from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a commission in the Engineer Regiment. She holds a Master of Science in engineer management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the Louisville District, Col. Gant served as the engineer, for the Resolute Support and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Headquarters, a 4-Star Coalition Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Col. Gant has lived in 10 states and two countries serving in an array of positions including platoon leader, company executive officer, administrative assistant and special staff to a Corps commander, two company commands, mentor/trainer for Reserve and National Guard units, brigade planner, the director for the Directorates of Public Works and Installation Support in a deployed environment, brigade engineer in an infantry brigade combat team, executive officer for a special troops battalion, chief of operations for an engineer directorate of an Army Service Component Command, battalion commander, and the military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army-Civil Works at the Pentagon. She has also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
A strong advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Col. Gant has worked to develop partnerships with agencies and organizations to promote STEM initiatives. She has received several community awards to include the YWCA Women on the Move Award, Women of Influence in Government by Albuquerque Business First, 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., South Central Region Visionary Leader and Global Leader Awards.
Her military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal (one Bronze Service Star), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 3). She has also earned the Army Staff Identification Badge, Recruiter Badge, and Army Engineer Association Bronze DeFleury Medal.
She is married to her college sweetheart Leonard L. Gant of Kansas City, Missouri. They have two children.