Major General Robert F. Whittle, Jr. assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Engineers/Deputy Commanding General on 5 March, 2020. As such, he is second in command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has more than 32,000 civilian employees and 700 military personnel who provide project management and construction support to 250 Army and Air Force installations in more than 110 countries. He remains in command of command of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which he assumed on July 12, 2019.
As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Deputy Commanding General, Whittle is responsible for policy and programming in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 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, Whittle 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, Guard, and Reserve.
Whittle also serves as the senior military officer in the division, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, responsible for delivering engineering and water resource solutions for the Great Lakes and Ohio River region, which covers 335,000-square miles and encompassing portions of seventeen states. The division’s civil works mission provides planning, construction, and operation of navigation structures and flood damage reduction, hydropower, environmental restoration, water management, recreation, and disaster response. Also, LRD executes military construction in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan with design and construction of barracks, hospitals, airfields and family housing on military installations. LRD’s seven districts are in Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Huntington (West Virginia), Louisville, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.
Before coming to LRD, Whittle served as the 97th Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Other previous assignments include Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 40th Engineer Battalion, Baumholder, Germany. Company Commander in the 2nd Engineer Battalion, Camp Castle, Korea. Project Manager in the Philadelphia District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Deputy Chief of the Joint Visitors Bureau, Task Force Eagle, 1st Cavalry Division, Bosnia. Executive Officer to the Commanding General of the North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. G3 Plans Officer in the 1st Infantry Division, during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Battalion S3 of the 9th Engineer Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Executive Officer of the 9th Engineer Battalion, Schweinfurt, Germany. Commander of Task Force Guardian, Schweinfurt, Germany. Battalion Commander of the 1st Engineer Battalion, Fort Riley, Kansas; deployed and commanded the 1st Engineer Battalion as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10. Action Officer and Division Chief, Strategic Plans, and Policy Directorate (J-5), Joint Chiefs of Staff. Commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, TX; deployed and commanded the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Executive Officer to the Commander of Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. Deputy Commander for the 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, TX.
Whittle, a native of Mystic, Connecticut, holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Marine War College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.