Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp became the 52nd Chief of Engineers and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 18. He assumed this position from Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock who has retired after 36 years of military service.
General Van Antwerp has taken charge of the nation’s leading public engineering agency. The Corps plans designs builds and operates water resources projects designs and manages military facilities construction for the Army and Air Force at home and abroad and provides design and construction management support for other defense and federal agencies. In addition the Corps cleans hazardous areas across the Nation through the Formerly Used Defense Sites program and the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program and conducts engineering research and design at its Engineer Research and Development Center.
General Van Antwerp’s previous assignment was as Commanding General U.S. Army Accessions Command and Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training at Fort Monroe Virginia. The Army Accessions Command consists of U.S. Army Recruiting Command Fort Knox Kentucky; U.S. Army Cadet Command Fort Monroe Virginia; and the U.S. Army Training Center Fort Jackson South Carolina. Additionally General Van Antwerp exercised Department of the Army directed executive agent authority over the Military Entrance Processing Command.
Command assignments include the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood/Commandant U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District during the Northridge Earthquake of 1994; the U.S. Army Division South Atlantic Atlanta Georgia; and the 326th Engineer Battalion 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Strom in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Other assignments include Chief of Staff U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management Washington DC; Director Office of Competitive Sourcing Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research Development and Acquisition) Washington DC; Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Washington DC; Executive Office Office of the Chief of Engineers Washington DC; Chief Military Engineering and Construction Division U.S. Army Western Command Fort Shafter Hawaii; Executive Officer 84th Engineer Battalion 45th General Support Group Schofield Barracks Hawaii; and Instructor Department of Mechanics U.S. Military Academy West Point New York.
Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1972. He completed Ranger Airborne and Air Assault training the Engineer Officer Basic Course and the Engineer Officer Advanced Course. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Long Island University in New York. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.
General Van Antwerp and his wife Paula have three sons Jeff Luke and Rob; and two daughters Julia and Kathryn.