January 7th Monthly Luncheon: Programs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District



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11:30 a.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. Lunch and Program

“777 Main”
Petroleum Club | 40th Floor
777 Main Street | Fort Worth, Texas

$25.00 Full Buffet
$20.00 Young Members

$2.50 On-Site Parking
(with validation)

This month’s topic:

Programs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, an annual joint meeting with the American Society of Civil Engineers

Presented by: COL Ken Reed, USACE Fort Worth District Commander

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a worldwide organization that provides engineering services, environmental restoration, and construction support for a wide variety of civil and military projects. The Corps’ primary civil mission is developing and managing the nation’s water resources.

The Corps develops projects to reduce flood damage; improves navigation channels and harbors; protects wetlands; and preserves, safeguards, and enhances the environment. The Corps’ primary military mission is providing the United States armed forces with modern facilities, at home and abroad; strengthening the nation’s defensive capability; and ensuring combat readiness.

Additional missions of the Corps include managing federal real estate; assisting communities with emergency operations and recovery; and providing recreation opportunities. The Corps also manages major construction projects undertaken by other federal agencies to include the cleanup of Superfund sites for the EPA

The District’s Civil Works area of responsibility covers approximately 53 percent of the state of Texas and portions of 10 river basins from the Rio Grande River in the southwest to the Red River in the northeast. Civil Works missions include flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife mitigation, hydropower and environmental stewardship.

The District collaborates with numerous river authorities, federal, state and local governments, and resource agencies on water resource studies within the Trinity, San Antonio, Guadalupe, Nueces, Brazos, Sabine, Neches, Sulphur, Rio Grande and Colorado river basins. The issues addressed in these studies range from large, complex, multi-purpose basin-wide water resource problems to smaller, localized problems.

Biographical Information:

Colonel Kenneth N. Reed is a native of Louisville, Alabama. He received a commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Alabama in December 1995.

Colonel Reed has held a variety of leadership and staff positions throughout his career. His early company grade leadership assignments began with the 23rd and 16th Engineer Battalions, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division in Friedberg and Giessen, Germany, where he served as a Sapper and Support Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Maintenance Officer during Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia. Following the Engineer Officer’s Advance Course, he served as the Assistant Division Engineer Planner for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He then joined the 299th Engineer Battalion (Mechanized), 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer and Commander of Company B and HHC during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Company Command, COL Reed served as the Battalion Executive Officer Observer, Controller, and Trainer for the 1st Battalion, 395th Regiment (EN). After completing the Command and General Staff College, he served as a Military Transition Team Chief for the 9th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division in Al Kisik, Iraq. COL Reed returned to Fort Hood as the 36th Engineer Brigade’s Chief of Operations and later served as the Battalion Executive and Operations Officer for the 8th Engineer Battalion during Operation Enduring Freedom under Task Force Trojan Horse. After completing his field grade officer key developmental positions, COL Reed served as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Chief of Engineers in Washington, DC until being selected to command the 20th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, TX. After battalion command, COL Reed attended Senior Service College at the National Defense University’s Joint Advance Warfighting School in Norfolk, VA. Most recently, COL Reed served as the Future Operations Branch Chief for U.S. European Command in Stuttgart Germany.

COL Reed’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Bronze Order of the DeFluery Medal. His operational deployments include Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR), Bosnia, Operation Joint Guard (SFOR), Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

COL Reed’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alabama in Civil Engineering, a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a Master of Science Degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University. He holds the Project Management Professional certification.

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