Corps welcomes new Deputy Commander
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.… The Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomed Lt. Col. William (Bill) M. Reding as he assumes his duties as Deputy Commander. He acts as Chief of Staff and ensures sound management of the District's $225 million operating budget, and directs all aspects of support for the district. He serves as the District's advocate for anti-terrorism/force protection security issues, and manages the District’s support to overseas contingency operations.
Lt. Col. Reding’s most recent military assignment included duties as the Deputy Commander of the 533rd Engineer Detachment (FEST-M) in Ft. Knox, Ky. from Nov. 2008 to July 2012. During this time, he deployed to Iraq in support of United States Forces – Iraq as an Iraqi Military advisor from June 2009 to June 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of United States Forces – Afghanistan and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division from June 2011 to April 2012.
Other key command and staff assignments include: Executive Officer and Operations Officer for the 3-410th Engineer Battalion, Ft. Knox, Ky. from Oct. 2006 to Oct. 2008; Brigade Plans Officer 130th Engineer Brigade Hanau, Germany and Balad, Iraq June 2005 to Sept. 2006, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Assistant Professor and Instructor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. May 2002 to May 2005; Commander - Headquarters Support Company and Battalion Logistics Officer, 52nd Engineer Combat Battalion (HEAVY), Fort Carson, Colo. from November 1997 to July 2000; and Platoon Leader and Executive Officer 16th/54th Engineer Battalion Bamberg, Germany April 1994 to April 1997.
Lt. Col. Reding earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Geo-spatial Informations Systems from Murray State University, Murray, Ky. in 1993 and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2002.
His other military and civilian education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College. He also completed the EURO NATO Engineer Training Instructor’s Course, Norwegian Winter Warfare Course, and several other Army and management level courses. He has also completed Joint Engineer Operations Course and Contingency Engineer Management Course.
His military awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, Global War of Terrorism Support Medal, two NATO Medals, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with four bronze stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star, six Overseas Service Ribbons, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, one Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Army Superior Unit Awards among others. Reding is also the recipient of U. S. Army Combat Action Badge, the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, and has earned both the U.S. Army Parachutist and Air Assault Badges. Lt. Col. Reding is a member of the Army Engineer Association.