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 retired after 36 years of military service.
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 Storm 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 officer 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.
Gen. 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 from Long Island University in New York. He is a registered professional engineer.