News: USACE Galveston District welcomes new deputy commander
Story by Sandra Arnold
GALVESTON, Texas (May 13, 2014) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District welcomed its new deputy commander Lt. Col. Jared B. Erickson, P.E., today. Outgoing deputy Lt. Col. Marty Maldonado was selected to assume a joint assignment with NATO in Germany.
“We’re fortunate to have Lt. Col. Erickson onboard and I am confident that he will quickly become an invaluable member of the district,” said Col. Richard Pannell, USACE Galveston District commander. “His leadership experience along with his solid background in engineering makes him an ideal addition to our team.”
A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., Erickson graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1994 and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Following his commission, he was assigned to Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Erickson’s past military assignments include serving as a battalion S3 and executive officer with 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) at Fort Polk, La.; and in Iraq, the chief of operations with 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Afghanistan; an instructor and assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; a battalion maintenance officer and company commander with 92d Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) at Fort Stewart, Ga.; and as an assistant battalion S3, surveying platoon leader and company executive officer with 29th Engineer Battalion (topographic) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Additional assignments include coordinating with USACE Headquarters for Individual Academic Development summer assignments for West Point cadets pursuing degrees in civil or mechanical engineering and considering the USACE as their branch assignment as well as working at the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss., to conduct a study on concrete-based structural hardening systems. He also served as an assistant deputy district engineer with the USACE Omaha District.
Prior to accepting this position with the USACE Galveston District, he served with U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as a team leader in the Current Operations Integration Center and also as chief engineer, chief of operations, G3, and deputy chief of staff of the Contingency Command Post and Task Force 51.
In 1999, he earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (structural emphasis) from Purdue University in 2004. Erickson is also a licensed professional engineer in the State of Missouri. His military education includes Engineer Officer Basic Course; Mapping, Charting and Geodesy Officer Course; Engineer Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Air Assault Badge. For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.