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PA12-52 Change of Command

Published July 20, 2012

Huntington District Changes Command

Huntington, W. Va.--- Today, at the Huntington City Hall Auditorium, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District conducted a change of command ceremony. Col. Robert Peterson transferred command of the District to Col. Steven McGugan. The ceremony was presided over by Brig. Gen. Margaret Burcham, Commanding General of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The custom of acknowledging a change in commanding officers emphasizes the continuity of leadership and unit identity; despite changes in individual authority, it symbolizes the transfer of command responsibility from one individual to another. This transfer is physically represented by the passing of the colors; the tangible symbol of the unit, from the outgoing commander to the senior commander and then to the new commander.

Col. Peterson assumed command of the Huntington District on July 29, 2009. As the District Commander, he was responsible for carrying out the District’s mission within the Ohio River Basin including navigation on 311 miles of the Ohio River, along with the tributary rivers and drainage basins covering 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. The economic benefits associated with the Huntington District are significant, broad-based, and affect every resident of the region.

Col. Peterson graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and from the U.S. Army War College with a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. His military education includes the Engineer Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses; the Combined Arms Service Staff School; the US Army Command and General Staff College; Joint Forces Staff College; the U.S Army War College, and the Basic Airborne and Jumpmaster Schools.

Col. McGugan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering – Construction Management from North Carolina State University in 1989.

His military education includes the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course, the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course; the Combined Arms Service Staff School; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

Awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Serve Medal, the Meritorious Serve Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Operation Iraqi Freedom with two Bronze Stars, the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Saudi Arabian and Kuwait Liberation Medals, and the Joint Meritorious, Valorous, Meritorious and Superior Unit Awards, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

For more information, contact the Huntington District Public Affairs office at 304-399-5353

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Release no. PA12-52