DIXON ASSUMES COMMAND OF CORPS’ LITTLE ROCK DISTRICT

 

Col. Robert Dixon (right) holds the Army Corps of Engineers flag, and with it command of the Corps’ Little Rock District, as Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, the Corps’ Southwestern Division Commander looks on during the district change of command ceremony.  The event was held July 7 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in downtown Little Rock.
Col. Robert Dixon (right) holds the Army Corps of Engineers flag, and with it command of the Corps’ Little Rock District, as Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, the Corps’ Southwestern Division Commander looks on during the district change of command ceremony. The event was held July 7 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in downtown Little Rock.

During a July 7 ceremony at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in downtown Little Rock, Col. Robert G. Dixon assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District.

He replaces Col. Courtney W. Paul, who is retiring after 29 years in the U.S. Army.

Col. Paul receives the Silver DeFleury medal from Brig. Gen. Hill for his more than 29 years of service in the U.S. Army.

Col. Paul receives the Silver DeFleury medal from Brig. Gen. Hill for his more than 29 years of service in the U.S. Army.

Little Rock District is responsible for a $500 million program annually.  This includes civil works, military construction, Army and Air Force Medical Service support, environmental stewardship, emergency management and support to other government agencies throughout Arkansas, southern Missouri, across the nation and around the world.

The district has a staff of about 715 employees.  It is responsible for maintaining the Arkansas River and other waterways, including 13 locks and dams, 12 multi-purpose lakes, seven hydroelectric power plants, and more than a half million acres of public lands and water.

Dixon came to Little Rock District from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where he was the I Corps Engineer.

Dixon was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1993 through the ROTC program at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He also holds Master’s degrees from American Public University in Management, from the School of Advanced Military Studies in Military Art and Science, and from the Army War College in Strategic Studies.

Dixon was deployed to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq in support of operational and combat missions.

His military awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

USACE Galveston District Spotlight on Patricia Brannan

GALVESTON, Texas (July 1, 2016) – Just a junior in High School, Patricia Brannan saw an opportunity to attend a two-year class in technical school called Vocational Office Education. She studied tirelessly after school every Monday through Friday before beginning her career as an administration support assistant. With 11 years of service at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, the project she is most proud of was her involvement working with the Emergency Management Office during both Hurricane Rita (2005) and Hurricane Ike (2008). “I liked the constant activity and excitement of helping the Corps with whatever I was tasked to do,” said Brannan. “I felt like I was part of something bigger than me, that I could help people that were down on their luck and provide a positive outcome, even when they could not see one.” When Hurricane Ike hit, the Corps played a vital role in the restoration of the Galveston waterways as well as working with organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide support in recovery operations. Employees showed their dedication to environmental stewardship by continuing to work around the clock and deploying to alternative locations through the area of responsibility while trying to manage damages to their homes. Never one to hesitate when an opportunity to assist other departments that are in need, she is currently on a 120-day special assignment to provide administrative support to the Real Estate Division. Brennan’s passion and willingness to help others extends beyond the work place. The most memorable moment at the Corps is when a co-worker and I put a cookbook together to raise money for the breast cancer walk in Galveston,” said Brannan. “We sold t-shirts for four ladies who lost their battles with cancer while working at the Corps.”

Whether it’s on the job, in her community or overseas, Brannan believes that she was put on this earth for a greater purpose – to help people. A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Brannan received a certificate of appreciation for her effort during Hurricane Ike. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her flower beds, sailing and serving in her church, where she is currently planning her second mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic.

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