Guttormsen becomes COE’s 67th Honolulu District commander

| July 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Dino W. Buchanan
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter, commander, Pacific Ocean Division, left, passes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers command colors to Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander, Honolulu District, during the COE-Honolulu District change of command ceremony held Friday on Palm Circle, Fort Shafter. FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen became the 67th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District in a military ceremony held Friday, on historic Palm Circle, here.

Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter, commander, COE-Pacific Ocean Division, hosted the ceremony during which outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Jon Chytka, and incoming commander, Guttormsen, passed the ceremonial flag symbolizing the official change of command. 

During the ceremony, Guttormsen and his family were presented with fresh flower lei, a Hawaiian symbol of welcome. The Chytka family also received lei as a tribute to their service, here.  

Chytka will be the deputy commander of the COE-Afghanistan Engineer District North in Kabul, Afghanistan.  

During his tenure, Chytka met the challenge of successfully leading the district in executing all mission requirements: military construction, civil works, international and interagency services, real estate, regulatory, environmental services and emergency management support.  

Chytka led a highly motivated staff in support of U.S. Army military construction, transformation and grow-the-Army initiatives at Hawaii Army posts, including barracks renewal on Wheeler Army Airfield, the renovation of several historic quadrangles on Schofield Barracks, construction of several new Army training facilities at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii, the initial construction of the Schofield-to-Helemano trail and Drum Road, and the start of construction for a new Army Reserve Center and warehouse on Fort Shafter Flats. 

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, the Corps and contractor Nan Inc. also joined forces under Chytka’s tenure to construct a six-story, state-of-the-art, energy-efficient barracks at Fort Shafter. 

During Chytka’s tour, the district awarded the contract for architect-engineer services for the design of the future headquarters of U.S. Army-Pacific. 

Under Chytka’s leadership, the district continued military construction support for the Air Force’s C-17 bed-down initiative, which included the completion of a clear-water rinse facility, a parking ramp, the first new flight line hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, since the 1930s, and construction of the Distributed Common Ground Systems facility. 

The district also completed the construction of a brand new, state-of-the-art hydrant fueling system at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to service C-17 and other aircrafts. 

Through Chytka’s initiative, the district stood up, fully staffed and deployed the inaugural 565th Engineering Detachment, better known as a Forward Engineering Support Team, and provided extensive design, cost-engineering, personnel and reach-back support to other districts within POD.

During Chytka’s tour, the district provided significant civil works support to the state of Hawaii, successfully completing a dredging and shoreline enhancement project at Kikiaola Harbor in Kaui; completing repairs to deep draft harbor breakwater in Port Allen, Kaui; expanding the Ala Wai watershed study; and providing technical information on various shoreline configurations for the Waikiki Natatorium study.

For his outstanding work and contributions at Honolulu District, Chytka received the Meritorious Service Medal.

Guttormsen comes to the district after serving as the operations officer for the 130th Engineer Brigade at Schofield Barracks. 

He will command an organization of about 370 engineers, scientists and support staff serving the Pacific region, including Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Kwajalein. 

The district’s current program is valued at about $2 billion. 

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