NEW YORK – Col. Paul Owen, a native of St. Louis, Mo., took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, today, 14 September 2012, in a ceremony in Lower Manhattan. New York District is responsible for multiple missions throughout the tri-state area.
Col. Owen will oversee a multi-billion dollar civil works and regulatory mission— including the Hudson River watershed, the New York and New Jersey Harbor (including a long-term, billion-dollar, deepening project for its navigable channels), as well as Long Island and parts of northern New Jersey.
Col. Owen will also lead the Army Corps of Engineers’ military construction mission in New York, New Jersey, and Greenland, which includes installations like Fort Drum, Fort Hamilton, Joint-Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force Base, Thule Air Base in Greenland, and his alma mater - the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Since graduating from West Point in 1990, Col. Owen's service has taken him to Germany, Afghanistan, California, Missouri, and twice to Iraq. He also served as the deputy district engineer for the Corps of Engineers Chicago District and participated in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts as the Operations Officer for the Louisiana Recovery Field Office.
He comes to New York District after serving at the U.S. Army War College as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow with duties at Cisco Systems San Jose, California.
About Us: New York District is responsible for the Corps of Engineers’ water resource development, navigation, and regulatory activities in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York state, including the New York Harbor and Long Island, and parts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The District is also responsible for design and construction at Army and Air Force installations in New Jersey, New York, and overseas in Greenland.