Major General David C. Hill assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Engineers/Deputy Commanding General on 20 July 2020. As such, he is second in command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which has more than 36,000 civilian employees and 800 military personnel who provide project management and construction support to 250 Army and Air Force installations, and technical and construction expertise to more than 110 countries.
As the USACE Deputy Commanding General, Hill is responsible for policy and programming in support of USACE’s project management, construction support and engineering missions executed around the world. He plays a critical role in contingency operations supporting national defense as well as civil works and emergency response programs in support of national security. Also, as the Deputy Chief of Engineers, Hill advises the Chief of Engineers on real estate and engineering matters and programs related to the approximately 90,000 engineer Soldiers within the Regular Army, National Guard and Reserve.
Prior to this assignment, Hill served as the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Central (USARCENT). He also commanded the Transatlantic Division, USACE, in Winchester, Virginia, providing engineering and construction services across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, and the Southwestern Division, USACE, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Other command assignments include the 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division (ID), Fort Hood, Texas; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division Engineer Brigade, Bad Kreuznach and Giessen, Germany.
Other previous assignments include Director of the Office of the Chief of Engineers in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Maneuver Support Human Resource Manager, U.S. Army Colonel’s Management Office, Rosslyn, Virginia; Division Chief of Training and Chief of Operations, 4th ID at Fort Hood, Texas; Combat Engineer Observer/Controller, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Joint Special Operations Command, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina; and 299th Engineer Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th ID, Fort Hood, Texas. His operational assignments include Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hill hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his commission in 1990 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Hill is a certified Project Management Professional.
Hill’s awards and decorations include three Distinguished Service Medals, two Legion of Merit Medals, three Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, six Amy Achievement Medals, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.