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Colonel Thomas D. Asbery

Commander and District Engineer

Published June 8, 2017

Colonel Thomas D. Asbery assumed command of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on June 8, 2017. 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 Asbery oversees the design and construction at U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force installations in New Jersey, New York, and Greenland. Colonel Asbery holds the title of Supervisor of the New York and New Jersey Harbor.

Most recently, Colonel Asbery served as the Transatlantic Division’s Operational Command Post Officer in Charge at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.  Colonel Asbery began his military career as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Adjutant, in the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.  He later served as the Battalion S-4 and Company Commander of Bravo Company, 317th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Benning, Ga.  After two operational assignments, Colonel Asbery served in Europe District, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as a Project Engineer, Resident Engineer and Area Engineer at Incirlik Air Force Base, Turkey; then moved to Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany and served as a Program Manager for the U.S. Air Force Europe. He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Forward Engineer Support Team Operations Officer and Team Leader.  He deployed a third time to the Mississippi Coast in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. After graduating from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Ks.  Colonel Asbery returned to Europe as the Battalion S-3 of the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg, Germany. 

As a Battalion S-3, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-10 and was attached to the 20th Engineer Brigade “Airborne,” Camp Stryker, Iraq. Upon redeployment from Iraq, he was assigned to the Engineer Branch, Operations Division, Human Resources Command as the Engineer Majors and Lieutenant Colonels Assignment Officer. He later served as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky. Colonel Asbery then served as the Commander of the Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Deputy Division Commander, Pacific Ocean Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Shafter, Hi.

Colonel Asbery is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Sapper Leader Course, and the U.S. Army Ranger School. His military awards and decorations include the Airborne and Air-Assault Badges; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Achievement and Commendation Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Engineer Regiment’s Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal. Unit awards include the Army Superior Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Citation. 

Colonel Asbery hails from Woodbridge, Va. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 1994 after graduating from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture. He also holds a Master of Science in Architecture - Construction Management degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.  Colonel Asbery is married with two adult children.


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