Brig. Gen. Kimberly M. Colloton assumed duties as Commander and Division Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division, July 25, 2018. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., the Division is one of nine regional commands providing engineering and construction services to the nation. The region encompasses 10 states in the Southwest including California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho and Texas.
As Division Commander, Colloton leads a workforce of more than 2,300 military and civilian personnel and manages a portfolio of more than $20 billion in military and civil works programs. Colloton oversees five districts headquartered in Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento, and San Francisco. The Division’s full-spectrum operations include military missions, civil works, overseas contingency operations, interagency & international services, and flood risk management. The South Pacific Division provides construction and real estate support to 25 Army and Air Force installations and supports eight FEMA and EPA regions.
Colloton was commissioned into the Engineer Regiment through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992 where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Building Science and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. 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 Officers 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 and abroad. Prior to South Pacific Division, Colloton was commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan District from August 2017-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, D.C. She served as Deputy Commander for 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 at 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assignments include Commander for both Albuquerque and Los Angeles Districts, Project Manager with 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), Meritorious Service Medal (7th award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Senior Parachutist Badge.