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Norfolk District Commander

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Colonel Patrick V. Kinsman assumed duty as the 59th commander of the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on June 13, 2018. As the commander, he oversees the district’s civil works, military construction, regulatory, and emergency operations missions, and is responsible for more than 350 employees in Norfolk and in resident offices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Prior to this assignment, Colonel Kinsman served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Transatlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With more than 600 people, the Transatlantic Division executes projects in the majority of the countries within the U.S. Central Command area spanning from Egypt through the Middle East and Central Asia

Colonel Kinsman’s other command and staff assignments include an assignment as a Secretary of Defense and Army War College Corporate Fellow with the Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Ore.; Deputy Commander for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany; Battalion Commander, 326th Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, Ky., with deployment to Balad, Iraq; Engineer Operations Planner, NATO Forces Command, Madrid, Spain; Brigade Engineer and Operations Officer, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany; Assistant Director, Civil Works, Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.; Resident Engineer at Gardez, Afghanistan Engineer District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Executive Officer and Operations Officer, Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Company Commander and Logistics Officer, 37th Engineer Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Assistant Division Engineer Liaison Officer, Executive Officer, and Operations Officer, 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Colonel Kinsman is a native of Bellevue, Wash., and a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He also attended the University of Missouri-Rolla earning a master’s degree in engineering management and the Georgia Institute of Technology earning a master’s in civil engineering and a master’s in business administration.

Among his awards and military decorations are the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal (three awards), the Army Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Army Commendation Medal (two awards), the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Superior Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal with Service Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.


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