Col. Karl D. Jansen assumed command of the St. Paul District July 10, 2019, becoming the district’s 66th commander and district engineer.
The St. Paul District employs nearly 700 professionals that work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. The district serves the American public in the areas of navigation, flood risk management, environmental enhancement, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response.
Col. Jansen is a registered professional engineer and certified project management professional. He previously served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters as well as the Buffalo and Seattle districts. During these assignments, he was affiliated with the International Joint Commission and participated in responses to western Washington flooding and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He also gained experience with the navigation, flood risk management, regulatory and environmental business lines, including the Formerly Used Defense Sites Remedial Action Program.
Col. Jansen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Col. Jansen most recently served as executive officer to the commanding general, USACE in Washington, D.C. His prior assignments include 72nd Commander of the USACE Buffalo District and tactical assignments at Fort Polk, Louisiana; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Fort Stewart, Georgia. His operational experience includes duty with the Defense Chemical, Nuclear and Biological Response Force and overseas deployments in support of Operation Desert Fox and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Col. Jansen is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and the Airborne and Air Assault Schools. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal.