Major General John Peabody assumed responsibility as the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, United States Army Corps of Engineers on Oct. 18, 2013.
A northern Ohio native, Maj. Gen. Peabody entered military service in 1980 upon commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, spending most of his career as a combat engineer.
Staff assignments include Company Executive Officer and Aide-de-Camp in the 193rd Infantry Brigade, Instructor at the U.S. Army School of the Americas; Assistant S3 in the 307th Engineer Battalion (Airborne); the 13th Corps Support Command Engineer, Fort Hood, Texas; the Logistics Support Command Engineer in Somalia; S3 of the 17th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Division; Pol-Mil Division Chief of the J5, U.S. Southern Command in Panama; Senior Engineer Trainer at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., and Programs Division Chief of the Army’s Office of the Chief, Legislative Liaison.
Previous commands include the 618th Engineer Company (Light Equipment) (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division; the 299th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood; the Engineer Brigade for the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I; as well as three Corps of Engineers Divisions for over eight consecutive years – in sequence, the Pacific Ocean, Great Lakes and Ohio River and the Mississippi Valley Divisions. He also served five years on the Mississippi River Commission, culminating as the 36th President of the Commission.
Awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Purple Heart, Joint Meritorious and Army Meritorious Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Unit Commendation Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Army Staff Badge.
Maj. Gen. Peabody is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College with a master’s degree in Strategic Studies. He also holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University and studied international relations and political sociology as an Olmsted Scholar at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City. Maj. Gen. Peabody holds a Professional Engineer License from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
He and his wife, Kelly, spend their free time chasing their young daughter, Reagan.
As the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, Major General Peabody is responsible for a $10 Billion dollar annual program. He exercises oversight of Corps’ civil works activities conducted by over 23,000 military and civilian professionals operating in 8 engineer divisions and 38 districts nationwide. The Corps Professionals conduct research and development, as well as plan, design, build, operate and maintain the nation’s water resource civil infrastructure valued at $125 Billion dollars, including more than 693 dams, 4,254 recreation areas, over 12,000 miles of commercial inland waterways, and approximately 14,000 miles of levees and 926 harbors. Major General Peabody is also responsible to coordinate all emergency response missions and preparatory activities for civil disasters in support of FEMA and state and local authorities. He serves the Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works as their principal military advisor for Civil and Emergency Operations.