Colonel David G. Ray assumed command of the Sacramento District Engineer in May 2016. He commands an organization of 900 engineers, scientists and support staff working in all or parts of eight western states. The Sacramento District is responsible for military design and construction, civil works, international and interagency support, real estate services to the Army and Air Force, regulatory work, environmental services, and emergency management.
The District is one of the largest in the Corps, responsible for more than 2 million acres and 300,000 miles of waterways, with an annual budget of over $500 million. Prior to taking command, COL Ray served as the G-3/5/7 (Operations) for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE) and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Colonel Ray gained his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers in December, 1991 after graduating from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Civil Engineering. He entered active federal service in January, 1992 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
His assignments have included: Engineer Platoon Leader, 2nd Engineer Battalion, Republic of Korea; Engineer Company Executive Officer & Battalion Motor Officer, 91st Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, C Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, Fort Richardson, Alaska; Combat Engineer Trainer, National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California; Engineer Captains Career Course (ECCC) and Combined Arms Tactics Instructor, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Battalion Operations & Executive Officer, 9th Engineer Battalion, Schweinfurt, Germany; Senior Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB) & Engineer Trainer, Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), Hohenfels, Germany; Commander, 19th Engineer Battalion, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Combined Joint Task Force - 1 (CJTF-1) & Division Engineer, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Civil) from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Colonel Ray is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri.