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Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite

54th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Published June 5, 2018

Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite assumed his position as Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on May 19, 2016. As the Chief of Engineers, an Army Staff Principal, he is responsible for more than 90,000 military engineers and advises the Secretary of the Army and other Principal Officials on matters related to general, combat and geospatial engineering as well as construction, real property, public infrastructure and natural resources science and management.

          As the USACE Commanding General, he is responsible for nearly 36,000 civilian employees and 800 military personnel who deliver a massive $68B portfolio including construction support, project management, science and engineering expertise in more than 110 countries.

          He led this WORLD-CLASS organization through the REVOLUTIONIZE USACE effort, 5 major hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence and Michael), construction of the 900 mile, $15B Southwest Border Wall for the Trump Administration, and was the senior FEMA Engineer for the COVID-19 response effort building 38 Alternate Care Facilities that expanded the Nation’s bed capacity by more than 15,000 beds.

          Prior to this assignment, Semonite established the Army Talent Management Task Force and served as its first Director. As Director, he reformed the way the Army acquires, develops, employs, and retains a talented workforce. Prior to those duties, Semonite was the Commanding General for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, responsible for managing a $13B budget to build, train, and support 352,000 Afghan National Defense Forces.

          Semonite previously served as the Deputy Chief of Engineers and the Deputy Commanding General of the USACE, as well as Commanding General of the USACE South Atlantic and North Atlantic Divisions. Other positions include: Director, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Headquarters, Department of the Army; Deputy Commander, Task Force Restore Iraqi Electricity, and Executive Officer to the commanding general, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) and 7th Army.

          Semonite, a native of Bellows Falls, Vermont is a registered professional engineer in Vermont and Virginia. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Army War College.

          His awards include the 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers “Outstanding Projects and Leaders Award” for leadership in Construction, Distinguished Service Medal (2), Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit (5), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (7), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award (2), NATO Award, Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.