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
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.