Brig. Gen. Kimberly M. Colloton assumed duties as Commander of the South Pacific Division on July 25, 2018. Established in 1888 and headquartered in San Francisco, the Division is one of nine regional commands for USACE. The region encompasses California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and parts of Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho and Texas. Four operating districts are headquartered in Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco. As Division commander, she is responsible for leading a workforce of more than 2,300 military and civilians and managing a more than $5 billion military and civil works program.
Colloton was commissioned into the Engineer Regiment through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992 where she was a Distinguished Military Graduate and earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Building Science. She also holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University. In 2008, Colloton completed a fellowship at the RAND Corporation’s Arroyo Center in Santa Monica, Calif. Her military education includes Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, and Combined Armed Services and Staff School. She is a certified Project Management Professional.
Colloton has served in a variety of command and staff positions for engineering units stateside and abroad. Prior to South Pacific Division, Colloton was commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District from Aug. 2017 to June 2018. Colloton previously served as the Mission Assurance and Protection Division Chief in the J-33, Directorate for Nuclear, Homeland and Current Operations, on the Joint Staff in Washington, DC. She served as the Deputy Commander of the 555th Engineer Brigade, and the Engineer Staff Director for I Corps (Rear) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. She also had a company command in the 27th Combat Engineer Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC. Colloton deployed as a Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2005-07. Her other USACE assignments include Commander for both the Albuquerque and Los Angeles Districts, Project Manager with the Los Angeles District, and Team Leader for the South Pacific Division’s Forward Engineer Support Team deploying to Iraq in 2003.
Colloton’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7th award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Senior Parachutist Badge.