Col. Antoinette Gant took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District in a change of command ceremony July 27, 2017. As commander and district engineer, she provides strategic direction, and command and control for the district’s civil, military and environmental programs.
“The Louisville District is getting yet another truly great leader in Toni,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, commander, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, during the ceremony. “Toni takes care of people with three simple words: listen, support and educate.”
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 has a Master of Science in engineer management from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the Louisville District, Gant served as the Resolute Support Combined Joint Engineer branch chief in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. She advised and assisted in planning for the Resolute Support commander and staff in all aspects of military engineering. She served as Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army-Civil Works at the Pentagon.
Gant served as the director for the Directorate 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, and commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District. She has also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
A strong advocate for STEM, Gant has worked to develop partnerships with agencies and organizations to promote STEM initiatives.
Her awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Army Engineer Association Bronze DeFleury Medal.
A native of Port Gibson, Mississippi, she and her husband Leonard have two children.