Chief of Engineers
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Chief of Engineers

Chief of Engineers of the
United States Army
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Flag of the Chief of Engineers
Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite.jpg
LTG Todd T. Semonite

since 19 May 2016
Department of the Army
Reports toSecretary of the Army
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
SeatThe Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthFour years
Constituting instrument10 U.S.C. § 3036
FormationApril 1776
First holderLTC Rufus Putnam
WebsiteOfficial website

The Chief of Engineers is a principal United States Army staff officer at The Pentagon. The Chief advises the Army on engineering matters, and serves as the Army's topographer and proponent for real estate and other related engineering programs. The Chief of Engineers is the senior service engineer for the Department of Defense, responsible for integrating all aspects of combat, general and geospatial engineering across the Joint Force.

The Chief of Engineers also commands the United States Army Corps of Engineers. As commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Chief of Engineers leads a major Army command that is the world's largest public engineering, design and construction management agency. This office defines policy and guidance, and it plans direction for the organizations within the Corps. The Chief of Engineers currently holds the rank of lieutenant general but in the past has been ranked as low as major. Civilian oversight of the Chief of Engineers is provided by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).

Chiefs of Engineers

Image Rank Name Begin Date End Date Notes
Colonel Gridley, RichardRichard Gridley 1775-06-01June 1775 1776-04-01April 1776 [a]
Rufus Putnam Lieutenant colonel Putnam, RufusRufus Putnam 1776-04-02April 1776 1776-12-01December 1776 [a]
Louis Lebègue Duportail Brigadier general Duportail, Louis LebègueLouis Lebègue Duportail 1777-07-2222 July 1777 1783-10-10October, 10, 1783 [a]
Lieutenant colonel Rochefontaine, StephenStephen Rochefontaine 1795-02-2626 February 1795 1798-05-077 May 1798 [a]
Henry Burbeck Major Burbeck, HenryHenry Burbeck 1798-05-077 May 1798 1802-04-011 April 1802 [a]
Jonathan Williams Colonel Williams, JonathanJonathan Williams 1802-04-011 April 1802 1803-06-2020 June 1803 [a]
Jonathan Williams Colonel Williams, JonathanJonathan Williams 1805-04-1919 April 1805 1812-07-3131 July 1812 [a]
Joseph Gardner Swift Colonel Swift, Joseph GardnerJoseph Gardner Swift 1812-07-3131 July 1812 1818-11-1212 November 1818 [a]
Walker Keith Armistead Colonel Armistead, Walker KeithWalker Keith Armistead 1818-11-1212 November 1818 1821-06-011 June 1821 [a]
Alexander Macomb Colonel Macomb, AlexanderAlexander Macomb 1821-06-011 June 1821 1828-05-2424 May 1828 [a]
Charles Gratiot Colonel Gratiot, CharlesCharles Gratiot 1828-05-2424 May 1828 1838-12-066 December 1838 [a]
Joseph Gilbert Totten Colonel Totten, Joseph GilbertJoseph Gilbert Totten 1838-12-066 December 1838 1864-04-2222 April 1864 [a]
Richard Delafield Brigadier general Delafield, RichardRichard Delafield 1864-04-2222 April 1864 1866-08-088 August 1866 [a]
Andrew Atkinson Humphreys Brigadier general Humphreys, Andrew AtkinsonAndrew Atkinson Humphreys 1866-08-088 August 1866 1879-06-3030 June 1879 [a]
Horatio Wright Brigadier general Wright, Horatio GouverneurHoratio Gouverneur Wright 1879-06-3030 June 1879 1884-03-066 March 1884 [a]
John Newton Brigadier general Newton, JohnJohn Newton 1884-03-066 March 1884 1886-08-2727 August 1886 [a]
James Chatham Duane Brigadier general Duane, James ChathamJames Chatham Duane 1886-10-1111 October 1886 1888-06-3030 June 1888 [a]
Thomas Lincoln Casey Brigadier general Casey, Thomas LincolnThomas Lincoln Casey 1888-07-066 July 1888 1895-05-1010 May 1895 [a]
William Price Craighill Brigadier general Craighill, William PriceWilliam Price Craighill 1895-05-1010 May 1895 1897-02-011 February 1897 [a]
John Moulder Wilson Brigadier general Wilson, John MoulderJohn Moulder Wilson 1897-02-011 February 1897 1901-04-3030 April 1901 [a]
Henry Martyn Robert Brigadier general Robert, Henry MartynHenry Martyn Robert 1901-04-3030 April 1901 1901-05-022 May 1901 [a]
John W. Barlow Brigadier general Barlow, John W.John W. Barlow 1901-05-022 May 1901 1901-05-033 May 1901 [a]
George Lewis Gillespie, Jr. Brigadier general Gillespie, George Lewis Jr.George Lewis Gillespie, Jr. 1901-05-033 May 1901 1904-01-2323 January 1904 [a]
Alexander Mackenzie Brigadier general Mackenzie, AlexanderAlexander Mackenzie 1904-01-2323 January 1904 1908-05-2525 May 1908 [a]
William Louis Marshall Brigadier general Marshall, William LouisWilliam Louis Marshall 1908-07-022 July 1908 1910-06-1111 June 1910 [a]
William Herbert Bixby Brigadier general Bixby, William HerbertWilliam Herbert Bixby 1910-06-1212 June 1910 1913-08-1111 August 1913 [a]
William Trent Rossell Brigadier general Rossell, William TrentWilliam Trent Rossell 1913-08-1212 August 1913 1913-10-1111 October 1913 [a]
Dan Christie Kingman Brigadier general Kingman, Dan ChristieDan Christie Kingman 1913-10-1212 October 1913 1916-03-066 March 1916 [a]
William Murray Black Major general Black, William MurrayWilliam Murray Black 1916-03-077 March 1916 1919-10-3131 October 1919 [a]
Lansing Hoskins Beach Major general Beach, Lansing HoskinsLansing Hoskins Beach 1920-02-1010 February 1920 1924-06-1818 June 1924 [a]
Harry Taylor Major general Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 1924-06-1919 June 1924 1926-06-2626 June 1926 [a]
Edgar Jadwin Major general Jadwin, EdgarEdgar Jadwin 1926-06-2727 June 1926 1929-08-077 August 1929 [a]
Lytle Brown Major general Brown, LytleLytle Brown 1929-10-011 October 1929 1933-10-011 October 1933 [a]
Edward Murphy Markham Major general Markham, Edward MurphyEdward Murphy Markham 1933-10-011 October 1933 1937-10-1818 October 1937 [a]
Julian Larcombe Schley Major general Schley, Julian LarcombeJulian Larcombe Schley 1937-10-1818 October 1937 1941-10-011 October 1941 [a]
Eugene Reybold Lieutenant general Reybold, EugeneEugene Reybold 1941-10-011 October 1941 1945-09-3030 September 1945 [a]
Lieutenant general Wheeler, Raymond AlbertRaymond Albert Wheeler 1945-10-044 October 1945 1949-02-2828 February 1949 [a]
Lewis A. Pick Lieutenant general Pick, Lewis A.Lewis A. Pick 1949-03-011 March 1949 1953-01-2626 January 1953 [a]
Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr. Lieutenant general Sturgis, Samuel D. Jr.Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr. 1953-03-1717 March 1953 1956-09-3030 September 1956 [a]
Emerson C. Itschner Lieutenant general Itschner, Emerson C.Emerson C. Itschner 1956-10-011 October 1956 1961-03-2727 March 1961 [a]
Walter K. Wilson, Jr. Lieutenant general Wilson, Walter K. Jr.Walter K. Wilson, Jr. 1961-05-1919 May 1961 1965-07-011 July 1965 [a]
William F. Cassidy Lieutenant general Cassidy, William F.William F. Cassidy 1965-07-011 July 1965 1969-07-3131 July 1969 [a]
Frederick J. Clarke Lieutenant general Clarke, Frederick J.Frederick J. Clarke 1969-08-011 August 1969 1973-07-3131 July 1973 [a]
William C. Gribble, Jr. Lieutenant general Gribble, William C. Jr.William C. Gribble, Jr. 1973-08-011 August 1973 1976-06-3030 June 1976 [a]
John W. Morris Lieutenant general Morris, John W.John W. Morris 1976-07-011 July 1976 1980-09-3030 September 1980 [a]
Joseph K. Bratton Lieutenant general Bratton, Joseph K.Joseph K. Bratton 1980-10-011 October 1980 1984-09-1414 September 1984 [a]
Elvin R. Heiberg III Lieutenant general Heiberg, Elvin R. IIIElvin R. Heiberg III 1984-09-1414 September 1984 1988-05-3131 May 1988 [a]
Henry J. Hatch Lieutenant general Hatch, Henry J.Henry J. Hatch 1988-06-1717 June 1988 1992-06-044 June 1992 [a]
Arthur E. Williams Lieutenant general Williams, Arthur E.Arthur E. Williams 1992-08-2424 August 1992 1996-06-3030 June 1996 [a]
Joe Nathan Ballard Lieutenant general Ballard, Joe NathanJoe Nathan Ballard 1996-10-011 October 1996 2000-08-022 August 2000 [a]
Robert B. Flowers Lieutenant general Flowers, Robert B.Robert B. Flowers 2000-10-2323 October 2000 2004-07-011 July 2004 [a]
Carl A. Strock Lieutenant general Strock, Carl A.Carl A. Strock 2004-07-011 July 2004 2007-05-1717 May 2007 [a]
Robert L. Van Antwerp, Jr. Lieutenant general Van Antwerp, Robert L. Jr.Robert L. Van Antwerp, Jr. 2007-05-1717 May 2007 year-00-0017 June 2011 [a]
Merdith W.B. (Bo) Temple Major general Temple, Merdith W.BMerdith W.B. Temple 2011-06-1717 June 2011 year-00-0022 May 2012 [a][1]
Thomas P. Bostick Lieutenant general Bostick, Thomas P.Thomas P. Bostick 2012-05-2222 May 2012 2016-5-1919 May 2016 [a]
Todd T. Semonite Lieutenant general Semonite, Todd T.Todd T. Semonite 2016-05-1919 May 2016 year-00-00present [a]

See also


^ a: Office of History. "Commanders of the Corps of Engineers". United States Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 2009.

Inline citations
  1. ^ "Acting Chief of Engineers". U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Engineers. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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