Corps of Engineers Louisville District farewells Gant, welcomes Crispino as new commander

USACE Louisville District
Published June 25, 2020
Change of Command Ceremony

Change of Command Ceremony

Col. Eric D. Crispino assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District during a ceremony at the McAlpine Locks and Dam in Louisville, Kentucky, today.

Col. Antoinette R. Gant passed the district colors to Col. Crispino symbolizing her relinquishment of command after serving three years as the commander.

Maj. Gen. Robert Whittle, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, served as the presiding official. Whittle spoke of Gant’s significant accomplishments as the Louisville District commander and wished her well as she transitions to serve as the commander of the USACE South Pacific Border District.

Prior to the change-of-command ceremony, Whittle awarded Gant with a Legion of Merit, Silver de Fleury, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for her efforts in leading the Louisville District.

“Thank you again Louisville for a job well done,” said Gant. “Continue to lead from the front, never becoming complacent, always looking to serve greater than yourself, executing and delivering for the region and our nation as a whole. I’ve been truly blessed to serve with some of the most innovative, inspiring and hardworking individuals in all of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.” 

Crispino arrives to the Louisville District after deploying to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where he led the Combined Joint Engineer Directorate for Operation Inherent Resolve. He is a native of Southington, Connecticut and was commissioned as a field artillery officer in 1998. He later transitioned to the Engineer Branch. He has served in many command and staff positions during his military career.

“Maj. Gen. Whittle thank you for your confidence and trust in me to take on this tremendous responsibility of command in the Army Corps of Engineers,” Crispino said during his remarks. “It is evident, I am joining a very special team that leads the way not only in the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, but across all of USACE.”

As commander of the Louisville District, Col. Crispino will provide strategic direction, and command and control for the district’s $1 billion workload including civil, military, environmental and Interagency and International Services programs.

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Katie Newton
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