Colonel Alexander “Xander” L. Bullock assumed command of the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, June 30, 2020. He joined the district after serving as a Logistics and Plans Officer and member of the Commanders Action Group for U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Florida.
Colonel Bullock, who grew up in Snoqualmie, Washington, leads a team of about 800 employees who undertake military construction in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon; and are responsible for an extensive civil works engineering and construction mission in Washington, Idaho and Montana. The District’s programs also include preservation of historic structures, and hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste cleanup. Seattle District manages $500 million worth of work annually.
Colonel Bullock has served in a variety of command and staff assignments including Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, B Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Brigade Engineer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Chief of Engineer Operations at Grafenwohr Training Area, Grafenwohr, Germany; Assistant Brigade Engineer, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany; Assistant Brigade Engineer and Company Commander, 82nd Engineer Battalion, Diyala, Iraq; Executive Officer to the Director of Military Programs, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.; Operational Planner at I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington, and as a Future Operations Planner at the Multi-National Corps in Iraq and Multi-National Forces-Iraq; Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 864th Engineer Battalion (Construction), JBLM, Washington; Brigade Operations Officer, 555th Engineer Brigade and Joint Task Force Triple Nickel, which served as the Theater Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan, and later Brigade Executive Officer when the unit redeployed to JBLM.
Colonel Bullock commanded the 82nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, and deployed with that unit to Kuwait/Iraq in 2016. Following National War College, he transferred to his previous assignment at CENTCOM.
Colonel Bullock earned his commission as an Engineer from the United States Military Academy in 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a Masters of Military and Strategic Studies from the Command and General Staff College, and a Masters of Strategy from the National War College. Colonel Bullock is also a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne and Air Assault Schools, and the Command and General Staff School and the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Colonel Bullock’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star (2), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Army Commendation Medal (2), the Army Achievement Medal (3), the NATO Medal, the Kosovo, Iraq (2), and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award (2), the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge, and the Bronze De Fleury Award.