Saturday, October 8, 2016

New USACE Colonel To Tour ACF Rivers Basin On Friday

Col. James A. DeLapp

Colonel James A. DeLapp, the new Commander and District Engineer, of the Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is scheduled to tour the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint (ACF) River Basin on Friday, October 14, 2016.  Following the tour, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners and the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners invite the public to join them from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m., to meet and greet the new colonel over lunch at the Owl CafĂ©, followed by a discussion.

Hosting the luncheon will be Apalachicola Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., and Franklin County Commissioner Joseph “Smokey” Parrish. Presentations will be made by both Mayor Johnson and Commissioner Parrish along with Catherine T. Phillips, PhD, with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Shannon Hartsfield, President of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association and Dan Tonsmiere, with the Apalachicola Riverkeepers.

Colonel DeLapp assumed command as the 52nd District Engineer in the history of the Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in June of this year. Prior to assuming command of the Mobile District, Colonel DeLapp attended the Army War College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Security Studies. Prior to that assignment, he served as Chief, Plans Branch, J4 Engineer Division, United States Central Command. He also served as the 62nd Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

A native of Illinois, Colonel DeLapp received his commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Kansas State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. He earned a Master of Science in Construction Management from Texas A&M University in 2003. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

His operational assignments include serving with the 41st Engineer Battalion (Light) and 642nd Engineer Company, Fort Drum, NY; Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Division Commander 10th Mountain Division with a deployment to Bosnia and Croatia in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR and JOINT GUARD; Operations Officer for the 18th Airborne Corps Staff Engineer Section, Fort Bragg, NC; Commander of Bravo Company, 37th Engineer Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC with a deployment to Kosovo in support of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN; and Operations and Executive Officer of the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Fort Lewis, WA with a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

His additional assignments include Area Commander and later Deputy District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District with a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Congressional Fellow to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton – New York and Senator Mark Begich – Alaska; Legislative Liaison to the Army G-3; and Legislative Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army, General George W. Casey, Jr.

Colonel DeLapp’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (One Oak Leaf Cluster); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Tennessee National Guard Commendation Ribbon; the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Citation (One Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Army Superior Unit Award. He has also earned the Ranger Tab, Army Staff Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Venezuelan Parachutist Badge. He also was recognized and awarded with the Bronze de Fleury Medal from the Army Engineer Association.