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Jansen to command Corps of Engineers in St. Paul, Minnesota

Published July 10, 2019
Col. Karl Jansen

Col. Karl D. Jansen assumed command of the St. Paul District July 10, 2019, becoming the district’s 66th commander and district engineer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will host a change of command ceremony at the historic Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, today, July 10, at 10 a.m.

Col. Karl D. Jansen will assume command of the St. Paul District from Col. Samuel L. Calkins. Jansen will become the district’s 66th commander and district engineer.

Prior to assuming this command, Jansen most recently served as executive officer to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. A Colorado native, Jansen earned his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1997. His prior assignments include 72nd commander of the Corps’ Buffalo District and tactical assignments at Fort Polk, Louisiana; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Jansen is a registered professional engineer and certified project management professional. He holds 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.

The St. Paul District covers most of Minnesota, the western half of Wisconsin, the northeastern half of North Dakota and small portions of northeastern South Dakota and northeastern Iowa. It has missions in the area of flood risk management, navigation, environmental management, regulation, disaster response and recreation.

The district traces its origins to 1866, when Congress authorized the Corps of Engineers to establish a 4-foot navigation channel on the Upper Mississippi River. Maj. Gouverneur K. Warren, a West Point graduate widely acclaimed for his leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg, was tasked with establishing the district and conducting preliminary surveys of the Mississippi river and its tributaries. Warren arrived in St. Paul and opened the first district office in August 1866.

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