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Local Corps of Engineers to get New Commander

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Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 27, 2008

A ceremony to mark the changeover is set for June 27.

WALLA WALLA -- The public is invited to attend the Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, change of command ceremony set for 10 a.m. on June 27 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Lt. Col. Michael J. Farrell will assume command of the District from departing Commander Lt. Col. Anthony J. Hofmann.

Farrell most recently served as the deputy commander of the Corps' Europe District, headquartered in Weisbaden, Germany, providing planning, design, construction, environmental services and project management to meet customer infrastructure requirements; engineering services supporting the Theater Security Cooperation Plan; and field force engineering supporting the U.S. European Command and U.S. African Command.

Europe District's theater of operations includes Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel and most of Africa.

Hofmann was selected for a new assignment with U.S. Army Personnel Command in Washington, D.C., where he will serve as an assignments officer for engineer, chemical and military police officers.

Col. William E. Rapp, commanding general of the Corps' Northwestern Division, will preside over the ceremony. He is responsible for five districts and their work across an area that includes all or parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.

The June 27 ceremony will include the 104th Division U.S. Army Reserve Band's brass ensemble and a ceremonial color guard from the cadet unit of the Junior ROTC at Walla Walla High School.

Local Corps of Engineers to get New Commander
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, May 27, 2008

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