New Corps of Engineers Organization Activated

Published Sept. 30, 2009

The division supports Corps of Engineers’ military/international missions in the 20 countries from Egypt through Arabian Gulf to Central Asia (U.S. Central Command operations area).

The Division’s mission - provide design and construction services and related engineering services to establish conditions for regional security, stability, and prosperity.

Division has five subordinate districts:

  • Gulf Region District and Gulf Region South District in Iraq
  • Afghanistan Engineer District-North in Kabul
  • The newly formed Afghanistan Engineer District-South in Kandahar
  • The Middle East District in Winchester, Va. (renamed from Transatlantic Programs Center)

The ceremony was held in the Old Court House, Winchester, Va. Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, charged Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox with command of the division. Current staffing: 30 people, expected to double. The majority will be located in Winchester; the commander will be based in Iraq.

“It is an exciting and challenging, and ultimately rewarding time for the Corps of Engineers,” said Cox. “I’m thankful for this opportunity to command the Transatlantic Division.”

Previous assignments for Brig. Gen. Cox:

  • Commander and division engineer for the Corps of Engineers’ Southwestern Division in Dallas, Texas.
  • Assistant to the Senior Military Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Commander, 1st Cavalry Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, which included a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Director, Office of the Chief of Engineers on the Army Staff in the Pentagon
  • Reconstruction Advisor to the Commander, Multi-National Corps-Iraq

Release no. 13-050