Lt. Col. Thomas E. O’Hara, Jr. assumed command of the St. Paul District on June 24, 2004, until July 30, 2004, after serving nearly three years as the deputy district engineer. In April 2002, he deployed on a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he served as the deputy joint engineer for Joint Task Force 180 and oversaw all engineer operations in theater. Back in the district, he chaired the budget review task force, where his leadership helped cushion the district against budget shortfalls in FY2004. He also served on the strategic planning board during a period of regionalization and outsourcing. As district engineer, Lt. Col. O’Hara coordinated district activities during Grand Excursion 2004, which saw more than 11,000 people visit the district’s locks and dams to view the massive flotilla.