By Martha CenkciJune 28, 2014
DALLAS-Col. David C. Hill, who is slated to take command of the Southwestern Division, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Dallas in July, has been confirmed for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General by the United States Senate. Hill will take over leadership of the Southwestern Division in a ceremony here on July 24. The actual promotion date is yet to be determined but is normally several months after Senate confirmation.
Hill is currently serving as the director of the Office of the Chief of Engineers in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
"I am looking forwarding to leading the Southwestern Division team and working with our great partners throughout this region," Hill said. "We have many issues of critical importance to resolve, from water supply and drought to infrastructure, transportation, flood risk management, and disaster response support, to name just a few. We work these issues as a Corps of Engineers/stakeholder team, and I look forward to helping find the right solutions to satisfy our common goals of support to our communities and our warfighters."
Hill received his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1990, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Hill began his Army career as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., and Aide de Camp for the Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, Pope AFB, N.C. He then served as the Engineer Staff Officer and then Company Commander with the 1st Armored Division Engineer Brigade and the 16th Engineer Battalion in Bad Kreuznach and Giessen, Germany from 1996-1999. Other assignments include Combat Engineer Observer/Controller, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., from 1999-2001, and Battalion S3 and Executive Officer, 299th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas from 2002-2004.
He continued to serve at Fort Hood from 2004 to 2009, first as Chief of Training and Chief of Operations, 4th Infantry Division, and then as Commander, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Infantry Division. Hill then served as the Maneuver Support Human Resource Manager, U.S. Army Colonels Management Office, Rosslyn, Va., from 2009-2010 before returning to Fort Hood as Commander, 36th Engineer Brigade (2011-2013). His operational assignments include Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hill's awards and decorations include two Legion of Merit Medals, three Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
The Southwestern Division, one of nine Corps of Engineers regional headquarters, covers all or part of seven states. It was established in 1937 to manage large-scale construction projects authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936. From its headquarters in Dallas, the Division oversees district offices in Fort Worth and Galveston, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; and Tulsa, Okla. Its major mission areas include Civil Works, including flood risk management, navigation, hydropower, water supply, recreation, regulatory, and disaster relief; Military Missions, including engineering, construction, and environmental management services for the Army and Air Force; and Interagency and International Services, which includes planning and engineering and construction management services for other federal, state and local agencies.