Change of Command for Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

USACE, Savannah District
Published Aug. 4, 2023

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Colonel Ron Sturgeon took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District,  from Col. Joseph Geary, in a formal ceremony at 10 a.m., today, Aug. 4, 2023.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Hibner, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ South Atlantic Division, officiated at the formal change of command ceremony in The DeSoto, Cumberland Ballroom, in Savannah, Georgia.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multi-million dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina and manages water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of the Regulatory stream and wetland permitting program within the state of Georgia.

With more than 700 employees throughout Georgia and the Carolinas, the Savannah district team provides expertise across a wide range of disciplines—from engineering, architecture, design, construction, and master planning to subsurface exploration, hydropower, and environmental stewardship. The District traces its heritage in Savannah to 1829.

Sturgeon comes to the Savannah District from Fort Bragg (known as Fort Liberty since 2023), North Carolina, where he was the Battalion Commander of the 5th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade. He worked as a project engineer in St. Paul District, Minnesota, and as a strategic planner at Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC. Additionally, he served as a security force assistance advisor and human resource manager. His assignments include service with airborne engineer and heavy construction units and his commands include the Company Commander of Alpha Company, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Battalion Commander of 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood (known as Fort Cavazos since 2023), Texas. Furthermore, he has three combat deployments, one in Iraq and two to Afghanistan. He also took part in the humanitarian relief mission to Louisiana in support of Joint Task Force Katrina. Lastly, he has multiple security force assistance missions to build military capacity with our partners in Africa.

Sturgeon was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Engineer Officer from Youngstown State University in 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science in Construction Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Campaign Planning and Strategy from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Geary took command of the Savannah District in May 2021. From here, he will go to the Pentagon. During his tenure as commander of the Savannah District, he oversaw the completion of the deepening for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, the Brunswick Harbor Modification Study, Noyes Cut Ecosystem Restoration Closures, Tybee Ship Wave Wake Study, and the successful removal of several Revolutionary War cannon and artifacts from the shipping channel, which have been sent to Texas A&M for restoration.


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