• New Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking (left) thanks outgoing commander Lt. Col. Philip Secrist (right) during the Change of Command ceremony June 26th. North Atlantic Division Commander Christopher J. Larsen (center) presided over the ceremony.

    Change of Command

    New Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking (left) thanks outgoing commander Lt. Col. Philip Secrist (right) during the Change of Command ceremony June 26th. North Atlantic Division Commander Christopher J. Larsen (center) presided over...

  • Philadelphia Fife & Drum provided music during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineeers' Philadelphia District Change of Command ceremony.

    Philadelphia Fife & Drum

    Philadelphia Fife & Drum provided music during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineeers' Philadelphia District Change of Command ceremony.

  • The 103rd Engineer Battalion served as the color guard during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District's Change of Command Ceremony June 26th.

    Color Guard

    The 103rd Engineer Battalion served as the color guard during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District's Change of Command Ceremony June 26th.

  • Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking accepts the colors from North Atlantic Division Commander Col. Christopher J. Larsen during a June 26th Change of Command ceremony. Outgoing commander Lt. Col. Phillip Secrist and Deputy for Program Management Curt Heckelman watch the exchange of the colors.

    Change of Command 2

    Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking accepts the colors from North Atlantic Division Commander Col. Christopher J. Larsen during a June 26th Change of Command ceremony. Outgoing commander Lt. Col. Phillip Secrist and Deputy for...

  • Outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Philip Secrist accepts an honorary ship wheel from Kathleen Broadwater of the Maryland Port Administration during a June 26th Change of Command ceremony.

    Baltimore Port Administration

    Outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Philip Secrist accepts an honorary ship wheel from Kathleen Broadwater of the Maryland Port Administration during a June 26th Change of Command ceremony.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Col. Christopher J. Larsen presents outgoing Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Philip Secrist with the Bronze De Fleury Medal during a June 26th Change of Command ceremony.

    De Fleury

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Col. Christopher J. Larsen presents outgoing Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Philip Secrist with the Bronze De Fleury Medal during a June 26th Change of Command ceremony.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking speaks with guests following a June 26th Change of Command ceremony. Becking commands a 500 person district responsible for managing water resources of the Delaware River basin; building facilities for the Army and Air Force; and providing engineering and environmental services for other agencies.

    Lt. Col. Chris Becking

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking speaks with guests following a June 26th Change of Command ceremony. Becking commands a 500 person district responsible for managing water resources of the Delaware...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District ushered in new leadership as Lt. Col. John C. Becking assumed command from Lt. Col. Philip M. Secrist III during a June 26 ceremony in the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room.

Becking became the 57th commander in the District's 148 year history.

"I'm humbled by this honor and I look forward to working with our partners," said Becking, who previously served as a NATO engineer operations staff officer at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

Col. Christopher Larson, acting commander of the North Atlantic Division, presided over the ceremony. He said Becking is prepared to command the District.

"He's trained for 20 years for this position and I know he will hit the ground running," said Larsen.

Larsen pointed to the continued funding of the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project and the construction of the Army's C4ISR facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground as part of Secrist's legacy as commander.

"The Delaware River Deepening is complex and (Secrist) worked his way through the challenges and effectively balanced many interests. The completed C4ISR complex is one of the premier facilities on the east coast. You should be applauded," said Larsen.

Secrist reflected on his time with the Philadelphia District and noted the persistence and flexibility of the workforce during his tenure.

"This has been a great experience because everyday I've been able to learn something new while here," he said. "I also want to thank friends and neighbors for being so welcoming to my family during these last two years."

Secrist, who will serve at the Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. received the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze De Fleury Medal. Former District Commander Col. (ret.) Robert Keyser inducted him into the Philadelphia District Engineers Hall of Fame.

Becking will oversee a 500-person workforce responsible for managing the water resources of the Delaware River basin; building facilities for the Army and Air Force; and providing engineering and environmental services for other agencies.

Becking earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in April 1995 and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

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