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Starkel, Breerwood, Labure Promoted at New Orleans District

Maj. Murray Starkel has been named deputy commander of the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District, and Gregory Breerwood has been named deputy district engineer for Project Management. They are the number two and number three executives, respectively, of the District.

In addition, Linda Labure was promoted to chief of the Real Estate Division.

Starkel most recently was deployed for seven months as area engineer for Victory Base in Baghdad, Iraq. Prior to that, he was deputy commander of the Corps San Francisco District from 2002 to 2005.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and his awards include the Bronze Star. He earned master’s degrees at Carnegie Mellon University in business administration and environmental engineering.

Breerwood, who has served the Corps for 36 years, is transitioning from duties as chief of the Operations Division. As the senior civilian, he is the district’s primary spokesman with sponsors and congressional offices on projects and programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University, and a master’s degree from Tulane University.

Labure became the District’s chief real estate professional after 26 years in the District. Most recently, she was assistant division director and also director of the Management, Disposal and Control branch. She is now responsible for $278 million of real estate, with 70,000 acres of fee-owned land and 700,000 acres of easements.

The New Orleans District has a budget of more than $400 million and responsibilities for more than 30,000 square miles of south Louisiana for flood control, navigation and environmental stewardship. It maintains channels for the world’s largest port complex – Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico – and is the leader, in partnership with the State of Louisiana, of a multi-agency project to restore coastal Louisiana.

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