Meet Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite

Todd Semonite HydroVision Keynote Speaker

54th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite assumed his position as Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on May 19, 2016. As the Chief of Engineers, an Army Staff Principal, he advises the Secretary of the Army and other Principal Officials on matters related to general, combat and geospatial engineering; construction, real property, public infrastructure and natural resources science and management.

As the USACE Commanding General, he is responsible for nearly 34,000 civilian employees and 750 military personnel who provide project management, construction support and science and engineering expertise in more than 110 countries. Prior to this assignment, Semonite established the Army Talent Management Task Force and served as its first director. In this role, he was responsible for reforming the way the Army acquires, develops, employs, and retains a talented workforce. Prior to those duties, Semonite was the commanding general for Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, responsible for the building of the Afghan Army and Police through management of a $13 billion budget to support a 352,000 individual force.

Semonite has previously served as the deputy chief of engineers and the deputy commanding general of the USACE, as well as commanding general of the USACE South Atlantic Division and North Atlantic Division. He also served as commanding general of the Maneuver Support Center, and as assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School. Other positions include: director, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Headquarters, Department of the Army; deputy commander, Task Force Restore Iraqi Electricity, and executive officer to the commanding general, U.S. Army Europe (USAEUR) and 7th Army.

Semonite, a native of Bellows Falls, Vermont is a registered professional engineer in Vermont and Virginia. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Army War College.