Portland, Ore. – Col. Jose L. Aguilar became District Commander of the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony here today.
Aguilar assumed command from Lt. Col. Glenn Pratt who served as commander of Portland District since Dec. 4, 2013.
The Portland District is responsible for the Corps’ water resource activities in western Oregon and southwestern Washington and has one of the Corps’ most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs. Emphasis is placed on environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife protection and enhancement, hydropower production, navigation, flood damage reduction, recreation and operation of the Corps’ center of expertise for hydropower and pump station engineering.
Before assuming command at Portland District, Aguilar was the Theater Basing Chief for Afghanistan, responsible for the drawdown of coalition bases across the country. Before deploying to Afghanistan, he was a student at the U.S. Army War College. Aguilar commanded Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., from 2009 to 2011 and served as the Portland District Deputy Commander from 2008 to 2009. He received his U.S. Army commission in 1991 and has served in leadership and staff positions in Europe, the Middle East and throughout the United States.
Aguilar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration – aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His military education includes the engineer officer's basic and advance courses and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course.
Aguilar’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service medals, two Army Commendation medals, five Army Achievement medals, the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment’s Bronze deFleury Medal, the Ranger and Sapper tabs, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Release no. 14-026