Dr. Larry McCallister was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in September 2013 and serves as the Chief of Engineering and Construction for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Provides executive leadership for all technical engineering activities during planning, design, and construction for the worldwide military, civil works, environmental, support to others, and international programs within USACE with a budget influence of over $40 billion and a worldwide workforce of over 35,000.
Previously, he served as Director of Regional Business, Military, International and Interagency Support (IIS), and Environmental Programs for the South Atlantic Division, USACE, where he provided oversight of all engineering, design, construction, and project management for civil works, military construction, IIS, and environmental programs for all or part of eight southeastern states, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
In 2013, Dr. McCallister was the Deputy District Engineer for Program and Project Management (DPM) for the Transatlantic Afghanistan District, USACE, Kabul, Afghanistan where he oversaw a construction program in excess of $3.2 billion. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the DPM for the USACE Alaska District where he was responsible for the planning and execution of engineering and construction projects in the largest and most unique geographical district in the USACE.
Dr. McCallister retired in 2009 from the US Army as an Engineer Officer at the rank of Colonel after 30+ years of service. During his military career he commanded the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama with an annual acquisition, engineering, design, construction, and planning program of $1.3 billion. He also commanded the USACE Gulf Region South District in Iraq, responsible for a $2.5 billion Iraqi reconstruction program. Other key assignments include the J4 for U.S. Forces Japan at Yokota Air Base, Japan; USACE Israeli Program Director, Tel Aviv, Israel; USACE Area Engineer/Commander, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey: and various command and staff position in Texas, Virginia, New York, Kansas, Alabama, Germany, Korea, Iraq, Somalia, Albania, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. McCallister served combat tours in Iraq (multiple), Somalia, Afghanistan, and Albania/Kosovo.
Dr. McCallister earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He also earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a graduate of the Army CGSC, the Army Management Staff College, and the Army War College. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), a Project Management Professional (PMP), is Acquisition Level III in Facility Engineering, is a Fellow with the Society of American Military Engineers, and was inducted into the Academy of Civil Engineers and awarded an honorary Professional Degree in Engineering from his Missouri alma mater.
Dr. McCallister’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards (2), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), and over 35 additional combat, campaign and service medals. He was selected as the 2000 USACE Military Engineer of the Year and one of the Top Ten Federal Engineers of the Year. He is also a recipient of the Army Engineer Association’s Silver De Fleury Medal.