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Army Corps of Engineers welcomes new Detroit District commander

• Jul 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Lt. Col. Greg Turner assumed the leadership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District on Thursday during a change-of-command ceremony.

As district engineer, Turner oversees an $80 million program with more than 400 employees.

Turner recently served as the assistant director for civil works and as the secretary of the general staff for the Army Corps of Engineers’ headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Turner accepted command from Lt. Col. Dennis P. Sugrue, who served the Detroit District for the past two years and will attend Army Advanced Civil Schooling at the University of Michigan.

The Detroit District includes all of Michigan and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana — a total area of 82,000 square miles of land with 4,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. That includes the Grand Haven area.

Approximately 14 million people live within the district's boundaries. The district maintains 611 miles of channels and 95 harbors and connecting channels on lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron, St. Clair and part of Lake Erie. Much of the work is carried out through area offices located in Grand Haven, Detroit, Sault Ste. Marie; Duluth, Minnesota; and Appleton, Wisconsin.

Supporting the Great Lakes Navigation System, the Detroit District investigates, plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains congressionally authorized water resource projects related to navigation, flood control, hydropower production and recreation. The district also provides support to tribal nations, international organizations and other federal, state and local government agencies.

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