USACE-POD swears-in new deputy, chief of staff

| July 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Terri Kojima
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pacific Ocean Division Public Affairs

Sansone retires, Henderson moves from Honolulu District to Pacific Ocean Division

Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter, right, commanding general and division engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pacific Ocean Division, promotes Lt. Col. John Henderson, June 29, at the Palm Circle Gazebo, Fort Shafter, before Henderson assumes duties as the deputy commander and chief of staff of the division, July 1.FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. John Henderson has been named deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pacific Ocean Division, replacing Col. Lawrence Sansone, who retired from the Army, here, July 1.

POD is responsible for major design and construction and real estate management for the Army in Hawaii, the Army and Air Force in Alaska, and for all Department of Defense agencies in Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. 

The division also administers the Corps’ federal water-resource development and regulatory programs governing water and wetland work in Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

Henderson was the deputy commander for the division’s Honolulu District for the past two years, where his leadership skills were magnified during the district’s emergency responses in the aftermath of the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami that devastated American Samoa.

“John did the right things to provide sound leadership in support of the government out there, and we received nothing but praise from the governor of American Samoa,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter, commanding general and division engineer of POD. “I have never seen anyone who could bring calmness out of utter chaos. John Henderson is a natural leader.”

Prior to being assigned to the Honolulu District, Henderson served as the operations officer and battalion executive officer for the 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, during its deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2008.

Henderson is now responsible for directing the division staff and assisting the division commander in the leadership of 1,800 military and Department of Army civilian engineers, technicians and other professionals in the annual execution of a $2 billion program.

“The deputy commander is normally a senior colonel with numerous years of leadership experience, but there was one name and one name only that came to my mind – John Henderson,” Yenter said.

Henderson was frocked to the rank of lieutenant colonel, June 29.

Sansone retires, Henderson moves from Honolulu District to Pacific Ocean DivisionStory and Photo by Terri KojimaU.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pacific Ocean Division Public AffairsFORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. John Henderson has been named deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Pacific Ocean Division, replacing Col. Lawrence Sansone, who retired from the Army, here, July 1.POD is responsible for major design and construction and real estate management for the Army in Hawaii, the Army and Air Force in Alaska, and for all Department of Defense agencies in Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. The division also administers the Corps’ federal water-resource development and regulatory programs governing water and wetland work in Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Henderson was the deputy commander for the division’s Honolulu District for the past two years, where his leadership skills were magnified during the district’s emergency responses in the aftermath of the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami that devastated American Samoa.“John did the right things to provide sound leadership in support of the government out there, and we received nothing but praise from the governor of American Samoa,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter, commanding general and division engineer of POD. “I have never seen anyone who could bring calmness out of utter chaos. John Henderson is a natural leader.”Prior to being assigned to the Honolulu District, Henderson served as the operations officer and battalion executive officer for the 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, during its deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2008.Henderson is now responsible for directing the division staff and assisting the division commander in the leadership of 1,800 military and Department of Army civilian engineers, technicians and other professionals in the annual execution of a $2 billion program.“The deputy commander is normally a senior colonel with numerous years of leadership experience, but there was one name and one name only that came to my mind – John Henderson,” Yenter said.Henderson was frocked to the rank of lieutenant colonel, June 29.

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