Lieutenant Colonel David C. Park is the USACE Philadelphia District's 60th Commander. In this role, he leads a 500-person District. Missions include dredging waterways for navigation, protecting communities from flooding and coastal storms, responding to natural and declared disasters, regulating construction in the nation’s waters and wetlands, remediating environmental hazards, restoring ecosystems, building facilities for the Army and Air Force, and providing engineering, contracting and project management services for other government agencies upon request. Established in 1866, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District encompasses the 13,000-square-mile Delaware River Basin and the Atlantic Coast from New Jersey’s Manasquan Inlet to the Delaware-Maryland line. Within its boundaries are more than eight million people in eastern Pennsylvania, western and southern New Jersey, most of Delaware, New York’s Catskills region and part of northeastern Maryland.
Lieutenant Colonel David Park was commissioned as an Engineer Second Lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in 2001. He has a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Missouri, Science and Technology. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, and Command and General Staff College.
Most recently, he has served on a joint duty assignment to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, where he served as Deputy Division Chief of the Space and Interiors Division and as Chief of Staff of the Security and Installations Directorate.
Previous assigments have included Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Battalion Adjutant with the 16th Engineer Battalion, Giessen, Germany; Company Executive Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2003 to August 2004; Battle Captain at the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Engineer Observer/Trainer with the Battle Command Training Program. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2008 to January 2010 as an Operations Officer for the Division Engineer, 1st Cavalry Division and assumed command, while deployed, as the Company Commander of Echo Company, 2-5 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. He then redeployed to Fort Hood, Texas and served as Company Commander of Charlie Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He served as a Headquarters Department of the Army Staff Officer with the Office of the Chief of Engineers at the Pentagon. Additional assignments included Battalion Executive Officer and Operations Officer with the 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia and Deputy Director for the Department of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Camp Henry, Korea.
Lieutenant Colonel Park is from Fairfax, Virginia and has been married to Jill Ann Park since 2014.