Monday, December 16, 2013

New U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Colonel to meet in Apalachicola for River tour

The City of Apalachicola will be hosting a visit Thursday, December 19th from 11:00AM until 2:00PM with Colonel Jon J. Chytka, the new commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District along with his staff.  The Colonel's visit is part of the Tri Rivers ACF Tour of the Middle/Lower Basin of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint.  

Colonel Chytka  assumed command as the 51st District Engineer in the history of the Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a ceremony August 1, 2013 at the Alabama Cruise Terminal.  Chytka succeeds Colonel Steven J. Roemhildt, who was the commander and district engineer since May 26, 2010.

The Colonel arrived at the Mobile District from the Naval War College, where he graduated this past summer earning a Master’s Degree in Security Studies.  Prior to that assignment, he served as the Deputy Commander of the 130th Engineer Brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

A native of South Dakota, Colonel Chytka earned a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla.  He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

The Colonel's Apalachicola visit will encompass two sessions as outlined below:
Session I: 
11:00AM - 12:30PM at the Owl Cafe - 15 Avenue D - to discuss issues concerning Apalachicola Bay with local seafood industry stakeholders (SMARRT) and county and city elected board officials.

Session II:
12:30PM - 2:00PM  at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum - 103 Water Street to tour the museum and a boat tour of the Apalachicola River and Estuary.