Detroit District welcomes new commander in 54th Biannual Change of Command Ceremony

Published July 28, 2016


DETROIT- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District held their 54th Biannual Change of Command Ceremony, today at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue assumed command as District Engineer of the Detroit District. As D.E., Sugrue will oversee about 400 employees and a program worth more than $800 million.

The district’s area of responsibility includes Michigan, parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana, totaling an area of 82,000 square miles of land and 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 of lakes Superior, Michigan Huron, St. Clair and part of Lake Erie. This work is carried out through four area offices located in Detroit, Grand Haven and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Duluth, Minnesota.

Established in 1841, the Detroit District supports the Great Lakes Navigation System. The district investigates, plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains congressionally authorized water resource projects related to navigation, flood risk management, hydropower production and recreation. The district also provides support to tribal nations, international organizations and other federal, state and local governmental 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 district employees support overseas contingency operations and trained to provide emergency management and disaster response services in times of crisis.

Sugrue recently served as the Deputy District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District for the last 2 years. Sugrue assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael Sellers, who served the district well for the last two years and will continue his military career in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Erica Mitchell

Release no. 281607-01