New commander to head Walla Walla office of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Col. David A. Caldwell will assume command Friday morning in a ceremony at the Marcus Whitman.

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WALLA WALLA -- The new head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District office will be welcomed here Friday.

Lt. Col. David A. Caldwell will assume command of the district from Lt. Col. Michael J. Farrell, who is leaving after two years for a new assignment in the Washington, D.C., area. The change of command ceremony will be 10 a.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St.

Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon, commanding general of the Corps' Northwestern Division, will preside over the event, which will include the 104th Division U.S. Army Reserve Band's brass ensemble and a ceremonial color guard from the cadet unit of the Junior ROTC at Walla Walla High School.

Caldwell most recently served as the future operations chief for the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort Meade, Md. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1992 after graduating from Wheaton College with a bachelor of science degree in geology. He also holds a master of science degree in management from Thomas Edison State College.

During his career, Caldwell has served in numerous assignments including a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals and numerous other medals.

Established in 1948, the Walla Walla District encompasses more than 107,000 square miles in portions of Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah.

District personnel manage the four lower Snake River Dams and navigational channel in the Snake and Columbia rivers as well as numerous other tasks and projects.

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