New commander takes over Corps Northwest Division

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PORTLAND - A new commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, which oversees the Walla Walla District office, took over the office Friday.

At a change of command ceremony here, Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser succeeded Col. Robert A. Tipton, who served as commander since the retirement of Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon last month.

Funkhouser will direct a 4,800-member work force and a multi-billion annual program in civil works, military construction, and environmental restoration that spans 14 states throughout the Missouri and Columbia river basins. These activities are implemented through the division's five operating districts, located in Portland, Seattle, Walla Walla, Kansas City, Mo., and Omaha, Neb.

Funkhouser most recently served as commander of the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, Kandahar, a position he held since July 2010. Prior to that, he served as commander of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and of the Corps' Tulsa (Okla.) District office, in addition to numerous other stateside and overseas combat and operations assignments.

A 1985 civil engineering graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., Funkhouser earned a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a master's of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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