Col. Parrott has served in a variety of command and staff assignments. Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 94th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, in Darmstadt, Germany; Platoon Leader with the 249th Engineer Battalion in Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm; Battalion Construction Officer 94th Engineer Battalion, Operation Provide Comfort; Battalion Maintenance Officer with the 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant Construction Officer and Operations Officer with the 416th Engineering Command in Darien, Illinois; Environmental Project Manager and District Executive Officer with the Europe District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Wiesbaden, Germany. Battalion Operations and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion 395th Regiment (Training Support) (EN), Ft. Hood, Texas; Group Engineer 5th Special Forces Group in Iraq; Deputy and then Chief of the Emergency Operations Center for the Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. Battalion Commander, 326th Engineer Battalion, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; Deputy Engineer for Installations, Environment and Civil-Military/Engineering Operations U. S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany; Chief of Engineering at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.; and most recently as Corps Engineer of the XVIIIth Airborne Corps, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
He graduated from The Citadel in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from The University of Phoenix and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. 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; the U.S Army War College, the Basic Airborne and Jumpmaster Schools, Air Assault School and Pathfinder School.
His awards include three awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Serve Medal, seven awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, two awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Pathfinder Badge.
The Huntington District is one of 43 Corps Districts worldwide. It is responsible for 311 miles of the Ohio River, along with the tributary rivers and drainage basins that flow into the Ohio River. In all, the District employs nearly 800 people and encompasses 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
The Huntington District has built and now maintains 35 flood risk reduction projects, more than any other district in the Corps. Our dams, flood-walls, levees and stream improvement projects have prevented $11.9 billion in flood damages.
The economic benefits associated with the Huntington District are significant, broad-based, and touch every resident of the region. The latest annual data shows that more than 95 million tons of cargo worth in excess of $17.5 billion passed through our nine locks and dams, saving over $1.3 billion in transportation costs.
As the region’s leading provider of recreational opportunities, more than 27 million people visited our recreation areas and the District conducted more than 450 water safety events last year.
The District’s Regulatory Division works to protect the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. They issue more than 800 permits and execute more than 1500 other types of regulatory actions annually.
The Huntington District is also the home of two national centers; the Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise and the Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation.
Our District has consistently supported overseas contingency operations, deploying more than 130 employees since 2003.
Our Emergency Operations Branch has responded to natural disasters and was recently making Huntington the first district to become fully accredited in the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
For more information, contact the Huntington District Public Affairs office at 304-399-5353.