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Lt. Col. Dennis P. Sugrue

Lt. Col. Sugrue

LIEUTENANT COLONEL Dennis P. Sugrue assumed command of Detroit District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in July 2016. As the Commander and District Engineer, he is responsible for carrying out the District’s mission in Michigan and in sections of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Indiana, as well as in four of the Great Lakes. The District is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and employs approximately 400 professionals who, in addition to the navigation mission, support planning, design, and construction efforts in flood risk management, environmental initiatives, emergency management, recreation, and military construction. The District’s mission also includes international and interagency support, as well as government-to-government relations with 22 Native American Tribes in the region.  The District’s area of operations includes 4,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, four connecting channels, 440 miles of channels, 91 commercial and recreational harbors, 59 miles of structures, and nine dams along the Fox River along with water level management on Lake Winnebago. The District’s Regulatory Program serves Michigan and part of Indiana and processes about 2,000 regulatory permits applications per year.

 LTC Sugrue graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1999. During his career, he served as the Deputy District Commander of the Los Angeles District, USACE. Prior to that, he was the Brigade Engineer and Executive Officer of the 3rd BDE Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.  While deployed in Afghanistan, LTC Sugrue was the Executive Officer to the Commander of the Advise and Assist Command in RC-East South of Kabul.  LTC Sugrue has served in leadership positions as Platoon Leader with the 40th Engineer Battalion in Baumholder, Germany, and as Troop Commander of HHT, 3-71 Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.  He was also an assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy from 2009-2012.  His deployments include two tours in Afghanistan, and one to Kosovo. 

 LTC Sugrue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from West Point, and two Masters of Science degrees in Geological Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Missouri Science and Technology and The Johns Hopkins University, respectively. LTC Sugrue is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and Missouri.

LTC Sugrue’s military awards include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC),  Kosovo Campaign Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with 2 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger tab. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College.