DETROIT – Lt. Col. Greg Turner assumes command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, today, Thursday, July 26, in a Change of Command ceremony rich with symbolism and heritage.
As District Engineer, Turner, along with the district's more than 400 employees, oversees an approximate $80 million program. The district is responsible for an area which 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 and 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 Duluth, Minn., Detroit, Mich., Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and Appleton, Wis./Grand Haven, Mich.
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.
Turner recently served as the Assistant Director for Civil Works and as the Secretary of the General Staff for Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Turner’s photo and full biography are available on the Detroit District website at: www.lre.usace.army.mil.
He accepts command from Lt. Col. Dennis P. Sugrue who served the district well for the last two years and will attend Army Advanced Civil Schooling at the University of Michigan.