Major General Richard L. Stevens became the Deputy Chief of Engineers/Deputy Commanding General on 02 September 2014. As such, he is second in command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has over 33,000 Civilian employees, and 700 Military personnel who provide project management and construction support to 250 Army and Air Force installations in more than 100 countries around the world.
As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Deputy Commanding General, Major General Richard Stevens is responsible for policy and programming in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’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, Major General Stevens advises the Chief of Engineers on engineering matters, real estate and other related engineering programs.
Major General Stevens hails from Vincennes, Indiana, and received his commission as an Engineer officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1982. He has held a variety of command and staff positions including service with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point, New York, 3rd U.S. Army in Kuwait and both the 24th and 3rd Infantry Divisions at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
He commanded the 11th Engineer Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia, the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas and the Pacific Ocean Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. His operational assignments include service in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Major General Stevens has served multiple duty assignments within the Headquarters, Department of the Army at the Pentagon, most notably with the Army G8, Office of the Chief of Engineers and as the Executive Officer to the 36th Army Chief of Staff.
He holds Masters of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University and National Security Strategy from the National War College. He also served as an Army Senior Military Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Major General Stevens is married to the former Terri Steckler, also from Vincennes, and they have three children.