At a change of command ceremony today, Col. Robert A. Tipton assumed command of the Northwestern Division office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He succeeds Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon who is retiring from active duty.
From his Portland headquarters, Tipton will direct a 4,800-member workforce and a multi-billion annual program in civil works, military construction, and environmental restoration that spans 14 states throughout the Missouri and Columbia river basins.
These activities are implemented through the division’s five operating districts, based in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Walla Walla, Wash., Kansas City, Mo., and Omaha, Neb.
Tipton has served as deputy commander for the division since May 2010. Prior to his arrival at Northwestern Division, he served in a number of stateside positions, most recently as assistant commandant and commandant of the Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and in several overseas deployments to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tipton earned both his bachelor’s and master's degrees in civil engineering from Montana State University and a master's of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.