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Chesterton native to head Army Corps unit

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Chesterton native Col. William J. Leady has been named the new commander in charge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, which has operations in eight western states.

Leady is the district’s 30th commander since its inception in 1929.

Leady comes to Sacramento from Ft. Lewis, Wash., where he served as deputy commander of the 555th Engineer Brigade, and as a staff officer at I Corps headquarters. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1987.

He was deployed in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also commanded the Corps’ Detroit District from 2006-08. He also holds a master’s of science degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

“I am humbled to realize the Army has entrusted me with the leadership of this historic and impressive organization,” Leady said. “I am committed to leading this world-class team to successfully executing our mission, to build strong civil works projects with innovative engineering solutions and proven standards of excellence, to deliver quality and value to our nation as we construct projects for the military and other governmental agencies, and to provide leadership and a professional work force to respond to national emergencies with our federal, state and local partners.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is responsible for a $600 million annual program. It provides planning, engineering and design, project and construction management, and environmental and real estate services to deliver water resources, environmental and military construction services in California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona.


Posted 7/30/2010