Milhorn to lead USACE-POD mission

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
A flag being passed between two Army officers.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick (left), chief of engineers and commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, passes the Army colors to Col. Jeffrey Milhorn (right), incoming commander, USACE-Pacific Ocean Division, during a change of command ceremony on Palm Circle, July 18.

Terri Kojima
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Pacific Ocean Division Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER— Col. Jeffrey L. Milhorn accepted command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division from Maj. Gen. Richard L. Stevens during a change of command ceremony, July 18.

Milhorn became the 31st commander of the Army Corps’ division, serving the Asia-Pacific region, an organization that employs 1,600 military, Department of Army, host-nation civilian engineers, technicians and other professionals in the annual execution of a $3.2 billion program.

The mission includes engineering design, 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 Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands.

“I am exceptionally proud to be joining the U.S. Corps of Engineers team and family and contributing to an already storied and invaluable lineage to our nation and international partners,” said Milhorn. “I am honored.”

No stranger to Hawaii, Milhorn served two previous command tours at Schofield Barracks with the 25th Infantry Division and the 8th Theater Support Command. He most recently served as the chief of staff of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

“Jeff is an officer with diverse experiences across a very broad range of areas of our Army and perfectly suited for command of the Pacific Ocean Division,” said Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commander, USACE, chief of engineers and ceremony host.

Bostic thanked outgoing commander Stevens for his focused and insightful leadership.

“Rick is a stellar Army leader whose actions have had and will continue to have a long-term beneficial impact to our national image, relationships and security,” said Bostick. “He has been a champion of emphasizing … trusted engineering, service excellence, measurable performance and workforce fulfillment.”

Stevens expertly directed a full range of engineering capabilities throughout the U.S. Pacific Command’s area of responsibility. During his command, the division completed construction of 35 U.S. military construction projects worth more than $850 million throughout Alaska, Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.

In the face of enormous natural, political and fiscal challenges, Stevens directed the two largest host-nation military construction projects in the history of the USACE, valued at more than $17.7 billion.

“Through an extensive engagement strategy, Rick supported 140 Theater Security Cooperation activities in 17 countries, provided guidance and support on over 230 humanitarian assistance projects, and numerous disaster response and management exercises and exchanges,” said Bostick.

Bostick credited Stevens’ leadership as the enabler to staff, train and equip Field Force Engineering capability and emergency technical response support for military and civil contingency operations.

During his assignment as POD commander, Stevens deployed to Afghanistan for 10 months to serve as the director of the Joint Engineering Directorate.

For his exceptional service, Stevens received the Distinguished Service Medal. He will be the deputy commander, Military and International Operations, at USACE headquarters, Washington, D.C.

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