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Posted 7/24/2014

Release no. 14-008

Carol Labashosky


Todd Hornback

LOUISVILLE, KY– Col. Christopher Beck assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District during a ceremony at the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, on July 23. USACE Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Commander Col. Steven Roemhildt, Cincinnati, passed the “colors” to Beck signifying the transfer of leadership of the district to Beck. “He is just the right person to tackle the challenges that the region brings.” said Roemhildt.

As commander of USACE Louisville District, Beck is responsible for directing federal water resource development in the Ohio River basin, navigation, flood risk management, civil works, military construction nationwide -- and some locations overseas -- emergency operations, and environmental clean ups at formerly-used Department of Defense sites. The Louisville District’s territories are Kentucky, Indiana, western Ohio, eastern Illinois and small portions of Tennessee. Beck will direct mission execution that is accomplished by more than 1,100 employees regionally, some who serve as park rangers at 20 lakes and lockmasters at 10 locks and dams in the district.

Beck, a native of Maryland, previously served as the deputy district engineer at the Army Corps of Engineers Huntington, W. Va., District. He has many overseas deployments including Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia; Operation Joint Forge, Kosovo; Operation(s) Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Beck is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., with a degree in civil engineering and three Master of Science degrees - one in engineering management, University of Missouri, Rolla; another in structural engineering, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; and a master’s of Strategic Studies from the Air War College. Beck’s awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

He resides in Louisville with his wife, Sally.

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