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Colonel Alexander Young

55th Commander and District Engineer

New York District
Published July 15, 2023

Colonel Alexander Young assumed command of USACE, New York District, on July 14, 2023. He is responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, navigation, and regulatory activities in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York State, including the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Long Island, as well as areas of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Colonel Young oversees the design and construction at U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force installations in New Jersey, New York, and Greenland. Colonel Young holds the title of Supervisor of the New York and New Jersey Harbor. 

His previous assignments include 22 months as Commander, 642nd Engineer Support Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Drum, New York where he deployed to Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; 24 months as Commander, 4th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Carson, Colorado. He also served as Joint Planner, United States Forces Afghanistan, Secretary of the General Staff of the 1st Infantry Division, and human resource manager for engineer colonels in the Colonels Management Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Colonel Young served with the Corps of Engineers as part of the Corps’ Gulf Region Division in Basra, Iraq where he also served as the Chief of Essential Services for the Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Colonel Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, P.A. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and science degree from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, K.S., and a Master of Science in strategic studies degree from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, P.A.

He is a licensed Project Management Professional. Colonel Young’s military education includes the Army Engineer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the Army War College where he graduated from the Advanced Strategic Art Program.

He is a native of Redding, Connecticut, and is married with two sons.