By Martha CenkciSeptember 14, 2012
DALLAS-Robert E. Slockbower has been selected to become the Director of Programs for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to Corps officials. In this position, he will be responsible for the development and execution of Civil Works, Military, Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste, and Support for Others Programs within the Division. He provides leadership and supervision for the SWD Programs Directorate and has staff oversight for programs, planning, and project management activities in the division's four district offices.
Slockbower, a member of the Senior Executive Service, returns to the Southwestern Division after an assignment at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, where he was the Director of Military Programs from January 2010 to September 2012.
"We are very fortunate to have Mr. Bob Slockbower return to our regional leadership team," said Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, SWD commander. "His wealth of experience in the Army Corps of Engineers-in addition to his previous stint in SWD--makes him a valued asset to our Division as we carry out our work to provide value to our Nation and to our warfighters. We are looking forward to his expertise and leadership."
Slockbower's first assignment as a member of the Senior Executive Service was in April 2003 as the Director, Military and Technical Directorate, for SWD. In October 2004, he assumed the position of Director, Regional Business. Additionally, from April 2004 through January 2005, he was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in successive positions as Director of Construction and Director of Programs for the Project and Contracting Office (PCO) in support of Iraq reconstruction. Following these positions, he returned to Iraq to serve as the Deputy Director for PCO from April through September 2005.
Slockbower, who also completed 28 years of service in the U.S. Army, looks forward to his return to SWD:
"I'm very pleased to be returning to the Southwestern Division," he said. "It's an organization with a great reputation for providing outstanding engineering services to our nation and to America's warfighters, and I'm proud to be part of it!"
Slockbower was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 1975 with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.
He has held numerous command and staff assignments in both the United States and overseas. These include Director of Public Works, Fort Campbell, Ky.; Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District; Gulf Regional Engineer, Transatlantic Programs Center; Commander, Chicago District; Deputy Commander, Great Lakes Division; Chief, Real Estate Division and Deputy Chief, Projects Branch, New Orleans District; Deputy Director of Public Works in the NATO command, Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe, Izmir Turkey; Operations Officer, 52nd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy), Fort Carson, Colo.; Project Engineer, Riyadh District, Saudi Arabia; assistant professor of military science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Commander, Company A, 237th Engineer Battalion, Heilbronn, Germany; and various other staff assignments in the United States and Germany.
He holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College.
Slockbower's decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Presidential Rank Meritorious Senior Executive Award, Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, and Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.