Meet Our: Maj. Joseph Owens

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District
Published Aug. 25, 2020
Man stands against a brick wall.

Meet our new deputy commander, Maj. Joseph Owens.

Explain your job in a few sentences.

I’m the new Deputy District Commander which means I have several hats that I wear. Most prominent is acting as the District Commander’s Chief of Staff which means ensuring synchronization of the Districts efforts.

What is the most unique thing you bring to the District?

An outside perspective. My background in the Army is very tactical, so I am seeing the Charleston District enterprise with a fresh set of eyes.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

The people! I’m a big people person so I’ve loved meeting the team over this first week or two. I get energy from being a part of a team, and the Charleston team is a great one to be on.

Highlight a notable milestone or memory in your career.

In 2012 I was a Company Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division on Global Response Force status. We were activated and given no-notice orders to Afghanistan as part of the surge there.

What goals do you have for your career at the Charleston District?

First and foremost I want to be a contributing member of the team; doing whatever I can to help the district and our employees succeed. Second, I want to learn the USACE system and culture.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I’m a big college sports fan.