Asbery takes reigns of USACE-Honolulu District

| July 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District
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Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery (right), incoming commander, USACE-HD, Pacific Ocean Division, receives the unit colors from Brig. Gen. Richard Stevens, commander, USACE-POD, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Shafter, July 18. (Photo by Dino Buchanan | Honolulu District Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery (right), incoming commander, USACE-HD, Pacific Ocean Division, receives the unit colors from Brig. Gen. Richard Stevens, commander, USACE-POD, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Shafter, July 18. (Photo by Dino Buchanan | Honolulu District Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery became the 68th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District in a change of command ceremony, here, July 18.

Asbery took command from Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen.

Asbery and his family were presented with fresh flower lei, a Hawaiian symbol of welcome, and the Guttormsen family received lei as a tribute to their service.

Brig. Gen. Richard Stevens, commander, USACE-Pacific Ocean Division, hosted the ceremony.

Guttormsen received the Meritorious Service Medal. He leaves to become the division engineer for the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.

During his tenure, Guttormsen led USACE-HD in executing all mission requirements, including military construction, civil works, international and interagency services, real estate, regulatory and environmental services, and emergency management support.

For fiscal years 2010 and 2011, the District’s contracting team awarded more than $816.8 million in contracts in Hawaii and the Pacific Region.

Projects during his tenure included barracks renewal on Wheeler Army Airfield; renovation of several historic quadrangles, here; and construction of new Army training facilities at Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii.

Also, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, the Corps of Engineers and several contractors joined forces under Guttormsen’s tenure to start and finish construction of two state-of-the-art, energy-efficient barracks at Schofield Barracks and to start construction of two others.

USACE-HD also completed work on Schofield’s new School Age Center for children ages 6-10, renovated Schofield’s 98-year-old Soldiers Chapel and began construction of a new Warrior in Transition barracks and complex in 2012.

In March 2012, USACE-HD awarded a contract for construction of a Child Development Center at Fort Shafter.

Through Guttormsen’s initiative, USACE-HD deployed the 565th Engineering Detachment, Forward Engineer Support Team-Advance, in support of overseas contingency operations.

Asbery will command an organization of about 330 engineers, scientists and support staff serving the Pacific Region, including Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Kwajalein.

Asbery most recently served as the executive officer to the commander, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2004 as a Forward Eng. Spt. Team operations officer and team leader.

He also deployed to the Mississippi Coast in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts in 2005 as a Forward Eng. Spt. team leader.

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