Corps of Engineers gets new Savannah District commander

Col. Thomas J. Tickner will become the new commander for the Army Corps of Engineers' Savannah District on July 19.

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Savannah District, which manages lakes Thurmond, Russell and Hartwell along the Savannah River, will have a new commander Friday.


Col. Thomas J. Tickner, who will replace outgoing commander Col. Jeffrey M. Hall, comes to the Savannah District from Washington, where he recently completed studies at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

Before attending school, Tickner served as the military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works and has served in various military assignments, including a deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served in the corps’ Sacramento District and commanded the Philadelphia District.

The Savannah District manages military construction programs at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina and oversees water resources and development activities in Georgia and portions of South Carolina.

The district also oversees civil projects including the maintenance of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors in Georgia; dams and lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond on the Georgia-South Carolina border; and environmental and regulatory permits for Georgia. The Savannah District supports worldwide missions related to real estate, master planning and construction of barracks and other facilities to enhance overseas contingency operations.

Hall, completing the standard three-year-tour leading the Savannah District, will retire from the Army after 29 years of service.