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Moyer takes over as Policy and Planning Division chief

Rebecca Moyer was recently selected as the Southwestern Division’s Chief of Planning and Policy Division, Programs Directorate for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Rebecca Moyer was recently selected as the Southwestern Division’s Chief of Planning and Policy Division, Programs Directorate for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Rebecca “Becky” Moyer was recently selected as the Southwestern Division’s Chief of Planning and Policy Division, Programs Directorate for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As chief, she is the manager and senior technical advisor for the large and diversified civil works water resources planning program within the region. Moyer is also the leader of the Division’s Planning Community of Practice, and Director of the national Planning Center of Expertise for Water Management and Reallocation Studies.
Prior to this assignment, she was the Southwestern Division’s Senior Economist from 2011 to 2015. Throughout her 28-year Corps career, Moyer has held key Planning positions at all levels within the organization to include assignments at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as part of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Regional Integration Team and the Office of Water Project Review. She was also an integral member of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, , as well as the Huntington, Jacksonville, and Mobile Districts.
“Becky Moyer brings a wealth of policy and planning expertise to this position at a time when these skills are even more critical to our organization than in the past,” said Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, SWD commander. “Her background and vision will serve us well as we face current and future challenges and work to deliver value to our Nation.”
Moyer was a Co-Technical Director of the Inland Navigation Planning Center of Expertise. Her technical areas of expertise are navigation planning and economics (both inland and deep-draft navigation). While in the Jacksonville District, she pioneered the use of navigation simulation modeling for evaluating the economics of harbor improvements and was a key contributor to the development of Harborsym, the Corps’ corporate tool for deep-draft navigation economic analysis.
She is a former proponent and lead instructor of the “Planning Principles and Procedures” course. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Miami University and a Master of Arts in public administration from Marshall University.


SWD welcomes Ollar as new deputy commander

Southwestern Division Deputy Commander Col. Donovan Ollar (Photo by Andre Mayeaux)
Southwestern Division Deputy Commander Col. Donovan Ollar (Photo by Andre Mayeaux)

by Martie Cenkci
Southwestern Division Public Affairs

Col. Donovan D. Ollar became the Deputy Commander of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on July 17, 2015. Prior to this assignment, he was Sidewinder 07, the Senior Engineer Trainer, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.

The Colorado Springs, Colo., native has served in a variety of command and staff positions, including Commander, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Prior to taking command, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer and Operations Officer for the 84th Engineer Battalion and Maneuver Planner with the 25th Infantry Division, both at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He also served as a Project Engineer with the Far East District, Korea; Engineer Captain’s Career Course Small Group Instructor and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

His overseas deployments have included Uphold Democracy in Haiti (1995-96); Operation Enduring Freedom in the Philippines in 2004; and in Afghanistan from 2004-2005 and again 2012-2013. He also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-2007 and 2009–2010.

“Col. Ollar is an outstanding addition to our leadership team,” said Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, Southwestern Division commander. “He brings proven command and leadership experience, combined with engineering and professional expertise, all of which will help us as we work to deliver value to the region and to the Nation.”

Ollar is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.

His military awards and decorations include four Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Armed Forces Service Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutists Badge and Air Assault Badge.