MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary L. Miller will relinquish command of the district to Deputy District Commander Lt. Col. Robert W. Green in a ceremony scheduled for June 16, 10 a.m., at Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Drive, Memphis.
In the Relinquish of Command Ceremony, Col. Miller will pass the Memphis District Distinguishing Flag to Mississippi Valley Division Commander Maj. Gen. Diana M. Holland. Maj. Gen. Holland will then pass the flag and command of the Memphis District to Lt. Col. Green. Lt. Col. Green will command the district until he transfers command to Col. Brian D. Sawser in an Assumption of Command Ceremony scheduled for July 22.
Col. Miller assumed command of the Memphis District, July 19, 2019. As Memphis District commander, he was responsible for flood damage reduction, navigation, environmental stewardship, emergency operations, and other authorized civil works along 610 miles of the Mississippi and White Rivers, encompassing a 25,000 square mile area in six states: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Col. Miller also served as the Recovery Field Office Commander for both Hurricanes Laura and Ida in Louisiana. He led U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations supporting FEMA’s Hurricanes Laura and Ida recovery missions. Col. Miller also led the construction of the Tennessee COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility in Memphis, converting the vacant Commercial Appeal Newspaper Building on Union Avenue into a 350-bed, non-acute COVID-19 patient care facility.
Col. Miller will next command the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. He is the first engineer officer selected for this elite leadership assignment.
Col. Miller, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1997.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the USMA, Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Missouri. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, The Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He completed Senior Service College as a 2017 Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow.
Col. Miller’s command assignments include command of a combat engineer company in the First Cavalry Division; the 21st Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division; and 5th Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade. Col. Miller’s key staff assignments include operations officer for the 20th Engineer Brigade, executive officer for the 27th Engineer Battalion, planner for US Forces-Iraq, HQDA G-3/5/7 strategist at the Pentagon, and engineer staff officer for 8th Army in the Republic of Korea. His initial assignment was in the 92nd Engineer Battalion where he served as platoon leader, company executive officer and battalion construction officer.
Col. Miller’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq and Afghan Campaign Medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NATO Service Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Col. Miller and his wife, Beth, are the proud parents of their son Nathaniel, and daughter, Evelyn.
The Memphis District is one of 39 districts in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, part of the Mississippi Valley Division. The Memphis District, along with the Vicksburg, New Orleans, St. Paul, Rock Island and St. Louis Districts fall under the division’s jurisdiction. The Division Headquarters is in Vicksburg, Miss.
The district includes 100 flood control districts, water resource and wildlife agencies from six states, four Port Commissions, the Lower Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association as well as eight Congressional Districts and 12 Senators.
The district is responsible for maintaining and improving 355 miles of the Mississippi River main channel from Cairo, Illinois, to the mouth of the White River. It also maintains over 640 miles of mainline levees along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, eight inland harbors and 255 miles of navigation channel on the White River in Arkansas.
The district headquarters is located in the Ordell Horton Federal Building in the heart of downtown Memphis. It also has a marine maintenance, engineering and mooring facility at Ensley Engineer Yard, and field offices in Caruthersville, Mo., Carlisle, Ark., and Wynne, Ark.