At a change of command ceremony today, Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser assumed command of the Northwestern Division office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He succeeds Col. Robert A. Tipton who served as commander since the retirement of Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon last month.
From his Portland headquarters, Funkhouser will direct a 4,800-member workforce and a multi-billion dollar 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, located in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Walla Walla, Wash., Kansas City, Mo., and Omaha, Neb.
Funkhouser most recently served as commander of the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, Kandahar, a position he held since July 2010. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, he served as commander of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Dallas, Texas) and of the Corps' Tulsa District office, in addition to numerous other stateside and overseas combat and operations assignments.
A 1985 civil engineering graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., Funkhouser earned a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a master's of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.