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Posted 5/11/2016

Release no. 16-015

Tyler Stalker

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District welcomed its 32nd commander today.

Colonel David G. Ray assumed command from Col. Michael J. Farrell during a Change of Command ceremony at the Masonic Temple in Sacramento.

Farrell assumed command of the district in July 2013. His next assignment will be an overseas deployment.

“All of [our] missions are extremely important and really make us a part of the fabric of the lives of people in this area,” Farrell said during his remarks. “I will cherish my experience here for the rest of my life.”

Ray comes to the Sacramento District after serving as the Operations officer for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Ray is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers in December 1991.

“Working for the Corps of Engineers is something that all young engineers aspire to,” Ray said. “I’m honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to join and lead such an incredibly talented team.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District operates in parts of eight western states, executing about $800 million a year on average in planning, design, construction and operation of projects to improve America’s water infrastructure and preserve natural resources, as well as building facilities and infrastructure, and providing real estate services, for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies. Under the Clean Water Act and related laws, the district has significant responsibilities for protecting the nation’s aquatic resources in all or part of five western states.

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