Col. Kimberly A. Peeples took command of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a June 11 ceremony in Cincinnati presided over by Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Peeples, who previously served as commander for the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Fort McNair located in Arlington, Va., assumed command from Maj. Gen. Robert F. Whittle Jr. Whittle is slated to become the next deputy commanding general of U.S. Army North located in San Antonio, Texas.
As the new division commander, Peeples is responsible for directing federal water resource development in the Great Lakes and Ohio River basins with infrastructure valued at over $80 billion through seven engineer districts totaling over 4,200 people operating through a seventeen-state area.
Col. Peeples’ previous staff and command positions include engineer bridge platoon leader in the 74th Engineer Company; vertical construction platoon leader in Alpha Company; executive officer of the 74th Engineer Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) at Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Officer of the 74th Engineer Company, Commander of Bravo Company, 864th Engineer Company at Fort Lewis, Wash.; project engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Kansas City District, Kansas City, Mo.; brigade engineer of the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; program manager in the White House Military Office; commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; and deputy director for Operations for the U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management HQDA G9 at the Pentagon.
Peeples, a native of Akron, Ohio, graduated from the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1994. She holds a master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Washington in Seattle and a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College in Strategic Studies.