Colonel John P. Lloyd, Pittsburgh District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will transfer leadership of the Pittsburgh District to Colonel Andrew J. (Coby) Short during a traditional military Change of Command ceremony Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at the Senator John Heinz History Center located at 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Brigadier General Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, commander for Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, will preside over the ceremony.
The Change of Command ceremony symbolizes the continuation of leadership and unit identity despite changes in individual authority; it also represents the transfer of responsibility and authority from one individual to another. The ceremonial passing of the command flag from the departing commander to the arriving commander physically represents this transfer.
Short comes to the Pittsburgh District following an assignment at the U.S. Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Engineer Captain’s Career Course and the Engineer Officer Basic Course. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Short has served in key command and staff positions at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Hood, Texas and deployed to both Eastern Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve and to the Republic of Korea.
As commander and district engineer, Short will lead the Pittsburgh District in delivering integrated solutions that minimize risk and enhance reliability for the region’s water resource infrastructure while improving the environment. One of 43 Corps of Engineers districts, Pittsburgh District covers an area of approximately 26,000 square miles comprising the upper Ohio River Basin and extending into five states – Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and New York.
The district supports commercial navigation on the upper Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, operating and maintaining 23 locks and dams. Pittsburgh’s flood-damage reduction mission encompasses 16 multi-purpose reservoirs that have prevented an estimated $36 billion storm damages in 2017 dollars. The district’s flood-risk, management portfolio also includes more than 82 local flood protection projects, which have prevented an estimated $2.4 billion in storm damages in 2017 dollars.
Lloyd, who commanded the Pittsburgh District for the past two year, will assume command of the U.S. Forces Korea in Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea.
Media note: Members of the media are invited to attend the Change of Command ceremony. No RSVP is required.
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