With Mr. R.D. James taking office on February 5, 2018, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) new leadership team is complete. Changes in the Administration along with retirements and career advancements have brought a new leadership team to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).

Mr. James leads the team. As the 2nd longest serving member of the Mississippi River Commission, Mr. James brings a strong understanding of the public and stakeholders that the Civil Works program serves. Mr. Ryan Fisher was appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) on November 6, 2017. Having served eight years with the Pittsburgh District, six years as the Legislative Director for Congressman Pence along with other congressional experience, Mr. Fisher brings both a strong legislative and policy background and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the field offices to the team. Mr. David Leach stated as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Project Planning and Review in October 2017. Mr. Leach joins the team with a long career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in both the Civil Works, Military and International and Interagency Services mission areas. Mr. Leach's breadth of experience within the Corps provide a holistic view of the Civil Works program within the Army portfolio. Mr. Joseph Bentz joined as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Management and Budget in January 2018. Mr. Bentz comes from a long career in the U.S. Army Audit Agency, often overseeing the audits and reviews of the Corps Civil Works program. His external perspective of the performance of the Corps Civil Works program provides useful input in understanding as we look to the road ahead.

We bid a fond farewell to career staff that have retirement or moved on to new career opportunities over the last year, at the leadership level - Mr. Douglas Lamont, Mr. Let Mon Lee and Mr. Eric Hansen, and at the staff level - Mr. Henri Langlois, Ms. Amy Sharp, and Mr. Charles "Chip" Smith.

The new leadership team with their diverse perspectives and backgrounds are ready to continue to lead the Army Civil Works, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, forward as the premiere engineering organization for the Nation. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, the Army Civil Works and the Corps are working diligently to strengthen our Nation's security by building and maintaining America's water resource infrastructure -- energizing our economy by dredging America's waterways to support movement of critical commodities and provide recreational opportunities; devising hurricane and storm damage reduction infrastructure to reduce the risk from disasters; protecting and restoring the Nation's environment in regions such as the Everglades, Lousiana coast and the Missouri River; and cleaning sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic, or radioactive water and material to help sustain our environment.