The Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, held a change of command ceremony Thursday, June 30.
During the ceremony, Col. Steven R. Miles transferred command to Col. John W. Eisenhauer. Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon, commander and division engineer of the Corps’ Northwestern Division, presided over the ceremony.
Miles served as commander of Portland District since May 30, 2008, and retired from the U.S. Army with 26 years of distinguished service at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Eisenhauer comes to Portland District from Stanford University where he served as a U.S. Army War College fellow at the university’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and deeply rooted in Army history. The event signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability for the command. The ceremony is open by all members of the unit, partner agencies and the public so they all can witness the transfer of leadership.
The Portland District has one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs. Covering most of Oregon and southwestern Washington, Portland District is operating locks and dams along the Columbia River, managing dams in the Willamette Valley for flood damage reduction, maintaining Oregon’s coastal rivers for navigation, and leading the nation in hydropower generation, all while ensuring equal attention is placed on environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation. Portland District also serves as the Corps’ Hydroelectric Design Center, a national leader and center of expertise.