US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

New Division Commander Returns to the District

public affairs
Published Sept. 13, 2018
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Mark Phaneuf, right, geologist in the District’s Environmental Engineering Section, discusses the Bulk Fuels Facility Remediation Project with South Pacific Division commander Col. Kimberly Colloton (front left); Linda Dreeland, (2nd from left), chief, Environmental and SRM Section; and District commander Lt. Col. Larry Caswell (left), Aug. 30, 2018.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Mark Phaneuf, right, geologist in the District’s Environmental Engineering Section, discusses the Bulk Fuels Facility Remediation Project with South Pacific Division commander Col. Kimberly Colloton (front left); Linda Dreeland, (2nd from left), chief, Environmental and SRM Section; and District commander Lt. Col. Larry Caswell (left), Aug. 30, 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Thomas Bueno, chief, Program Integration and Controls Branch, discusses project timelines with South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton, Aug. 28, 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Thomas Bueno, chief, Program Integration and Controls Branch, discusses project timelines with South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton, Aug. 28, 2018.

COCHITI DAM, N.M. -- (l-r): District commander Lt. Col. Larry Caswell, South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton, and Operations Division chief Mark Yuska tour the Cochiti Photovoltaic Project at Cochiti Lake, Aug. 28, 2018.

(l-r): District commander Lt. Col. Larry Caswell, South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton, and Operations Division chief Mark Yuska tour the Cochiti Photovoltaic Project at Cochiti Lake, Aug. 28, 2018.

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. – During her visit to the District, USACE South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton visited the pueblo and met with the governor, Aug. 29, 2018. (l-r): Albuquerque District commander Lt. Col. Larry Caswell; Col. (P) Colloton; Lt. Gov. James Naranjo; and Gov. Michael Chavarria.

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. – During her visit to the District, USACE South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton visited the pueblo and met with the governor, Aug. 29, 2018. (l-r): Albuquerque District commander Lt. Col. Larry Caswell; Col. (P) Colloton; Lt. Gov. James Naranjo; and Gov. Michael Chavarria.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – During her visit to the District, South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton, center, toured the construction site of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Albuquerque Complex, Aug. 30, 2018. (l-r): Capt. Brian Williams, project engineer; Kevin Vigil, project engineer; Col. Kimberly Colloton; Lt. Col. Larry Caswell, District commander.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – During her visit to the District, South Pacific Division commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton, center, toured the construction site of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Albuquerque Complex, Aug. 30, 2018. (l-r): Capt. Brian Williams, project engineer; Kevin Vigil, project engineer; Col. Kimberly Colloton; Lt. Col. Larry Caswell, District commander.

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Former District Commander Col. (P) Kimberly Colloton recently paid a visit to the Albuquerque District, her first in her new role as South Pacific Division Commander.

Colloton, who commanded the Albuquerque District from 2008 to 2010, assumed command of SPD on July 25, 2018. Colloton is very familiar with SPD, having been not only a former Albuquerque District commander, but also a former Los Angeles District commander from 2013 to 2015. She also has additional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers experience serving as commander of USACE’s Afghanistan Engineer District from August 2017 to June 2018.

During her three-day visit to the District, Colloton visited the Cochiti Lake project office, where she presented coins to several park rangers and maintenance workers in recognition for their outstanding work.

Colloton met with Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Michael Chavarria, Aug. 29, followed by a tour of the Santa Clara Pueblo watershed restoration sites in Santa Clara Canyon. Following her visit to Santa Clara Pueblo, she traveled to the District’s Los Alamos resident office. Here she met District staff, saw several of the District’s projects at Los Alamos National Labs, and recognized three District employees there for their outstanding work.

The final day of her visit, Aug. 30, Colloton toured the NNSA Albuquerque Complex project site and the Bulk Fuels treatment facility, both located at Kirtland Air Force Base. She rounded out her visit to the District with an overview of area levee projects. Throughout her visit, Colloton spent time reconnecting with District employees from her time here as District commander.

“It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces, meet new teammates and recognize the outstanding work you continue to do at the District,” Colloton said.