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Posted 7/10/2014

Release no. 14-010


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DETROIT – Lt. Col. Michael Sellers assumes command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, in a Change of Command ceremony rich with symbolism and heritage held today, Thursday, July 10.

– Lt. Col. Michael Sellers assumes command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, in a Change of Command ceremony rich with symbolism and heritage held today, Thursday, July 10.

As District Engineer, Sellers, along with the District's almost 400 employees, oversees a more than $80 million program. “As part of the Great Lakes team we accept with pride our role in protecting, maintaining and improving one of our Nation's largest fresh water resources.”

The district’s area of responsibility includes all of Michigan and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana – a total area of 82,000 square miles of land with 4,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.

Approximately 14 million people live within the District’s boundaries. The District maintains 611 miles of channels and 95 harbors including connecting channels on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and part of Lake Erie. Much of this work is carried out through four area offices located in Detroit, Grand Haven and Sault Ste. Marie, all in Michigan, and Duluth, Minn.

Supporting the Great Lakes Navigation System, the Detroit District, established in 1841, investigates, plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains congressionally authorized water resource projects related to navigation, flood control, hydropower production and recreation. The district also provides support to tribal nations, international organizations and other federal, state, and local government agencies. As a steward of the environment the Detroit District exercises regulatory authority over wetlands adjacent to navigable waterways and completes ecosystem restoration projects throughout the region.

In addition, our employees support Overseas Contingency Operations and are poised to provide emergency management and disaster response services in times of crisis.

Sellers recently served as the Regimental Engineer of the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA. Sellers’ photo and biography are available on our website www.lre.usace.army.mil.

Sellers assumes command from Lt. Col. Robert J. Ells who served the district well for the last two years and will retire and move on to private industry.

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