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Deputy District Commander, Rock Island District

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Lt. Col. Rachel Honderd (promoted from Maj. to Lt. Col. Nov. 8, 2017) became the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, headquartered on Arsenal Island in Rock Island, Illinois, on July 17, 2017. She has three years prior experience in the Corps, serving in the Seattle District, Northwestern Division as a Civil Works Project Manager, an Operating Project Manager at Libby Dam, Montana, and Deputy Commander. She also served in the Kansas City District as Deputy Commander. 

Lt. Col. Honderd joined the U.S. Army in 1996 as an intelligence intercept analyst and electronic warfare specialist (Arabic). After serving her first tour of duty as an enlisted Soldier, she was selected for the Green to Gold program and commissioned into the Army Corps of Engineers at Augusta State University, Georgia, on May 11, 2001. She is originally from Seattle, Washington, where most of her family still resides. 

Her previous tactical assignments include: Vertical Platoon Leader, A Company, 864th Engineer  Battalion (Combat)(Heavy), Fort Lewis, Washington; Battalion Intelligence Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, 864th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Heavy); Company Executive Officer, C Company, 14th Engineer Battalion (Corps Wheeled); Small Group Instructor, B Company 554th Engineer Battalion; Project Engineer- Water Resource Management, Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa; Company Commander, HHC, 94th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO/Iraq. As a field grade officer in the 555th Engineer Brigade, she served as the Assistant S3- Chief of Operations (CHOPS). She served as an Executive officer for both the 864th Engineer Battalion and the 555th Engineer Brigade.   

Her combat deployments include two deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom where she served as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander, and one deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom where she served as a Joint Task Force project engineer. 

Lt. Col. Honderd’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, the Joint Engineer Operations Course. She is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.  She also graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, with a language certification in Arabic. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Western Washington University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Augusta State University, and a Master’s of Science in Construction Management from the University of Washington. She currently maintains her Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification. 

Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal