Major General Rick Kaiser assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Engineers/Deputy Commanding General on 29 July, 2019. 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.
As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Deputy Commanding General, Kaiser 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, Kaiser 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.
Prior to this assignment, Maj. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser commanded the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), He also serves as president of the Mississippi River Commission. Kaiser served as the senior military officer in the division, headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, responsible for water resources engineering solutions in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing portions of 12 states. The Mississippi River Commission brings critical engineering representation to the drainage basin, which impacts 41% of the United States and includes 1.25 million square miles, over 250 tributaries, 31 states and two Canadian provinces
Other previous assignments include Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command and Deputy Chief of Staff for Security Assistance, Headquarters, Resolute Support, Afghanistan, Commander of the USACE Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Cincinnati, Ohio; Deputy Chief of Staff (operations), Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in England; chief of staff for the 82nd Airborne Division, and commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Operation New Dawn, Iraq; director of operations, 18th Airborne Corps (Rear Det.) at Fort Bragg; commander, Special Troops Battalion – 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Drum, New York, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; senior engineer observer/controller for the Combat Maneuver Training Center, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army in Germany; assistant division engineer (later operations officer) for the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; aide-de-camp to commanding general for the Engineer Officer Advanced Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; commander, Alpha Company, 27th Engineer Battalion at Fort Bragg, and Joint Task Force-180, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti; assistant engineer plans officer for the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg; platoon leader and executive officer for Bravo and Charlie Companies of the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, and during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.
Kaiser is a native of Racine, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette University in 1987, where he was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Marquette University, a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri - Rolla, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and is a certified Project Management Professional. His military education includes Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the British Army Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.