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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will transfer leadership during a change of command ceremony on July 29 at 10 a.m. at Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh.
Col. Andrew Short, commandant of the Pittsburgh district since July 2018, will transfer command to Col. Adam Czekanski during a traditional military ceremony. Col. Kimberly Peeples, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, will chair the ceremony.
The change of command ceremony symbolizes the continuation of the leadership and unit identity. It represents the transfer of responsibility and authority from one person to another as the mission continues. The solemn handover of the standard colors from the departing commander to the arriving commander physically represents the transfer of powers.
“The change of command is not about me, it’s about the district” said Colonel Short. “This is an opportunity for the entire Pittsburgh District to reflect, celebrate, and welcome a new commander.”
Czekanski joins Pittsburgh District after serving as a professor of military science for the Army’s ROTC program at Niagara University. He is a graduate of the US Army War College, holds a BS in Agricultural and Bioengineering from Cornell University and an MS in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering from the University of Texas. Czekanski served in key leadership positions including District Commander for the Buffalo District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Operations Officer for the Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, and Deputy District Commander for the San Francisco District.
As the commander and district engineer, Czekanski will lead the Pittsburgh District in delivering integrated solutions that minimize risk and increase the reliability of the area’s water resource infrastructure while improving the environment. The Pittsburgh District covers an area of approximately 26,000 square miles that includes the upper Ohio River Basin and extends into five states: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and New York.
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