Col. Christopher J. Larsen will relinquish command of the North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Col. Kent D. Savre (SAV-ree) during an Assumption of Command ceremony July 31 at 11 a.m. in the Jackson Room of the Community Club at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, the Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Corps of Engineers and former commander of the Division.
Savre most recently served as the Director of the Office of the Chief of Engineers in the Pentagon. A native of Edina, Minnesota, he received his commission in the U.S. Army as an engineer officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in July 1985.

Savre is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the Army Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

He has worked in Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lewis, Wash.; St. Paul, Minn.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; and Wuerzburg, Germany. He served in operations in Macedonia, Kosovo, and Iraq.

Col. Christopher Larsen has commanded the Division since Sept. 2011. During this time he advanced relationships with the Division's customers and oversaw the completion of a massive $7.5 billion Base Realignment and Closure program throughout the Northeast. He is returning to his former position as the deputy commander of the Division.

Media are invited to attend. Please contact Bruce Hill, Fort Hamilton Public Affairs, for registration and access to the installation. He can be reached at (718) 630-4780.