Col. John G. Buck assumes command of Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Published July 18, 2014

Colonel John G. Buck assumed command of the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, July 18, 2014.

As District Commander, Buck oversees military construction in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. He also manages an extensive civil works engineering and construction mission in Washington, Idaho and Montana.  His programs also include Historic Preservation of Historic Structures, and Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste cleanup.  Seattle District manages half a billion dollars worth of work annually with a workforce of about 900 employees.

Colonel Buck joined the Seattle District after attending the National War College. 

Colonel Buck has served in a variety of command and staff assignments including with the 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division; 23rd Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division; Commander, B Company, 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division; Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams, 10th Mountain Division; Assignment Officer, Engineer Branch, Human Recourses Command; Commander, 14th Combat Engineer Battalion and most recently served as a Human Resource Manager, Senior Leader Development, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army.

His operational and combat deployments include Hurricane Andrew Relief (Homestead, Fla.), Operation Restore Hope and Operation Continue Hope (Somalia), Operation Restore Democracy (Haiti), Operation Joint Endeavor, IFOR and SFOR 2, (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Operation Enduring Freedom, OEF I and OEF VII, and OEF 11-12 (Afghanistan).

Colonel John G. Buck was commissioned in 1991 as an engineer officer from the United States Military Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Additionally, he holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.   

His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne, Air Assault, Sapper Leader Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, and Command and General Staff College. 

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal , National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3, NATO Medal, UN Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.  He has been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Sapper Tab.  He is a recipient of the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal. 

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