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Posted 7/1/2014

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WINCHESTER, Va. – Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic Division commander, relinquished command and retired from the U.S. Army during a Relinquishment of Command and Retirement Ceremony June 27 at the Stonewall Jackson headquarters here.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick accepted the colors from Eyre and passed them to Col. Richard Heitkamp, Transatlantic Division Interim Commander. Simultaneously, Brig. Gen. Ed Jackson took control of the Transatlantic Division Forward in Afghanistan.

Eyre has commanded the Transatlantic Division since April 26, 2013. Prior assignments include the Corps of Engineers’ Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations, responsible for policy, programming and technical support in the execution of more than $28 billion in design, construction, and environmental programs for the Army, Air Force, other Department of Defense and foreign agencies. He has also served as Deputy Commanding General and Deputy Chief of Engineers for Reserve Affairs, Commander of the Gulf Region Division in Iraq and Commander of the 416th Theater Engineer Command, headquartered in Darien, Ill.

Jackson has been serving as the Deputy Commanding General for Transatlantic Division Forward and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Engineer since April 27. Most recently he served as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division commander, responsible for engineering and construction services to support military, protect America’s water resources, and restore and enhance the environment within a 250,000 square mile area including eight southeastern states.

The Transatlantic Division, established in September 2009, supports the Army Corps of Engineers missions with the 20 countries of the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, from Egypt through the Arabian Gulf to Central Asia. The division currently has two subordinate districts: the Middle East District collocated in Winchester and the Transatlantic District Afghanistan.