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Col. Chad Caldwell assumes command of Sacramento District

Posted on June 27, 2022

Col. Chad W. Caldwell assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District today during a Change of Command ceremony at Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento.

Col. (P) Antoinette R. Gant, commander of the Corps’ South Pacific Division, presided over the ceremony to introduce the district’s 34th commander and bid farewell to Col. James J. Handura, who will now transition to his new assignment as Chief of Staff at USACE headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Command is a job of unrelenting pressure. Our Army’s successes and failures ultimately rest upon the decisions and actions, or inactions, of our commanders,” Gant said. “[Col. Handura] has been the right leader during some very challenging times.”

Caldwell assumes command of one of the largest districts in all of USACE, operating in parts of eight western states. The Sacramento District’s nearly 1,200 civilian and military employees execute an annual workload of approximately $1.5 billion. Caldwell previously served with USACE as the strategic planner to the Chief of Engineers at USACE headquarters.

“The great thing about our engineer corps is we are thriving with talent, and today we welcome another outstanding Army Engineer to lead the Sacramento District,” Gant continued.

Caldwell is a recent graduate from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also holds master’s degrees in Engineering Management and Structural Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1999 when he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.


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