On Friday, July 12, 2015, at the Huntington City Hall Auditorium, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District conducted a change of command ceremony. Col. Leon Parrott transferred command of the District to Col. Philip Secrist. The ceremony was presided over by Brig. Gen. Richard Kaiser, 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. Parrott assumed command of the Huntington District on Oct 11, 2013. 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.