Col. Michael C. Ellicott, Jr. assumed command of the Memphis District, July 14, 2016. As Memphis District commander, he is responsible for flood damage reduction, navigation, environmental stewardship, emergency operations, other authorized civil works and work for others along 610 miles of the Mississippi and White Rivers, encompassing a 25,000 square mile area in six states: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Col. Ellicott was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the ROTC program at the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) in 1993.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Tech and Master of Science degrees in construction management from Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Defense Geographic Information from Cranfield University, National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and Strategic Studies from the Army War College. His military education includes Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Royal School of Military Survey, the College of Naval Command and Staff and the U.S. Army War College.
Col. Ellicott’s previous leadership positions include platoon leader and company executive officer in the 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division; command of Alpha Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (C)(A); course director for the Community Imagery Analysis Course for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; executive officer for the Brigade Special Troops Battalion in 3d Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; deputy commander for Charleston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; professor of military science for Furman University; command of the 27th Engineer Battalion (C)(A); and division engineer for the 1st Armored Division.
Col. Ellicott’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Sapper Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal.