ALBUQUERQUE, NM, — Lt. Col. Jerre V. Hansbrough assumed command of the Albuquerque District from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, July 7, 2022, during a formal change of command ceremony at the district district general.
Hansbrough replaces Lt. Col. Patrick M. Stevens V who led the Albuquerque District as of July 2020.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve with you,” Stevens said.
“Throughout my time at the District, it’s the people, not the engineering monuments we build, that have continued to impress me,” he said. “We’ve had good times and stressful times, but you, the people who make up this district, have always been able to respond when our communities needed us most.”
Several accomplishments under Stevens’ command include the transition of White Sands Military Range and the Army’s mission from the Fort Worth District to the Albuquerque District;
the transition of the regulatory mission in the Colorado West Slope from the Sacramento District to Albuquerque; the completion of the NNSA Albuquerque complex; the completion of the McKinley Canal in Alamogordo, NM; the early award of the DTRA West headquarters building; the price of the Cannon AFB Dangerous Cargo Pad; and the historic New Mexico wildfire emergency response and flood relief support.
The purpose of a change of command ceremony is to emphasize the continuity of leadership and unit identity, despite the change in individual authority. The Albuquerque District’s area of responsibility includes the entire state of New Mexico, as well as parts of southern Colorado and far western Texas. The district performs design, construction, and operations and maintenance services for three Air Force bases; conducts a robust program of civil works; and operates and maintains nine dams.
Lt. Col. Hansbrough is from Canton, Ohio. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Life Sciences and was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii.
Prior to assuming command of the Albuquerque District, Hansbrough was the Theater Exercise Branch Chief at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp HM Smith, Hawaii.
Hansbrough is no stranger to USACE, having previously served as assistant area engineer for the resident office at Schofield Barracks in the Honolulu District; Project Engineer at Kanagawa Resident Office in Japan District; and Deputy District Commander for the District of Japan.
“At the Albuquerque neighborhood, thank you for the warm welcome. I am impressed with your professionalism, skill and appreciation for good peppers. I believe food gives insight into the culture of a community, and this team is off to a great start,” Hansbrough said.