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August 3, 2021
Col. Geoff Van Epps has taken command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division. Van Epps comes from the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington, D.C., where he was director of the Pentagon office of the Chief of Engineers. Van Epps was commissioned as an engineer officer from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1995, where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He later earned master's degrees in engineering management from the University of Missouri at Rolla; in economics, finance and management from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; and in international relations from Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals. He replaces Brig. Gen. Peter Helmlinger, who is retiring after a 33-year career with USACE. The Northwestern Division is the largest division in USACE. It administers five districts based in Portland; Seattle; Walla Walla; Kansas City, Missouri; and Omaha, Nebraska.