News: Fort Worth deputy commander gets promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel
Story by Randy Cephus
FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District deputy commander, William N. Craig III, was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel during a Feb. 28 ceremony at Sundance Square.
A crowd of approximately 100 people witnessed the promotion of the Fort Worth District deputy on a mild and sunny Friday morning where the Southwestern Division commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula, pinned the new rank to Craig’s left shoulder, while Craig’s wife pinned it to the right.
Sundance Square, the centerpiece of downtown Fort Worth, complete with a mural depicting a herd of cattle as well as changing waterfalls and cascades provided a fitting venue for the ceremony. Many passers-by stopped and witnessed the event, where men in uniform stood tall during the formal ceremonial proceeding.
Craig is a native of Lufkin, Texas, and 1997 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He also holds a master's in construction management from North Carolina State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer through the state of North Carolina.
“This is a momentous day in the lives of the Craigs as it was a team effort that resulted in this promotion,” said Fort Worth District commander, Col. Charles Klinge. “Spouses play a significant role in the careers of our soldiers. They are there through the many relocations, deployments and conflicts; keeping the family connected.”
The Fort Worth deputy has more than 16 years of service with mostly combat units. However, from 2007 to 2009, Craig served as a project engineer with Savannah District. There, he managed projects worth approximately $50 million that supported the unique training needs of airborne and special operations forces.
“I wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for some very special people that I had the fortune to be surrounded by during my career,” said Craig. “I thank all my noncommissioned officers, peers that I worked with as well as my leaders who coached and mentored me along the way. Lastly, I want to thank my wife and family for the undaunted support you provide.”
Craig has been with the Fort Worth District for six months and with his promotion, has been selected for battalion command.