COL Kathryn P. Sanborn Ph.D., P.E., PMP

Deputy Commander, South Pacific Division

South Pacific Division
Published Sept. 1, 2020


Colonel Kathryn P. Sanborn has served as the Deputy Commander of South Pacific Division since July 2022.

As Deputy Division Commander, she is responsible for providing guidance and direction to five operating district commands located in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M.  with a combined professional workforce of nearly 3,500. Key missions include managing the nation’s water resources infrastructure for economic growth and environmental sustainability, timely response to natural disasters, support to military installations and civilian communities throughout the region and strengthening national security.

Prior to her arrival at South Pacific Division, Col. Sanborn served as an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Division at the United State Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. From July 2018 to June 2020 she was the commander of the Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from West Point as well as a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont and PhD in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management and certificate in Construction Management at University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.

Col. Sanborn's military service began at Fort Lewis, Wash., where she served as a platoon leader in the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), and Task Force Engineer for 11th Attack Helicopter Regiment while deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon redeployment, she served in 14th Combat Engineer Battalion (Wheeled) and the 555th Engineer Brigade. She commanded 68th Combat Support Equipment (CSE) Engineer Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, at Fort Hood, Texas where she deployed her company to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008.

In 2010, Col. Sanborn reported to the United States Military Academy, and taught in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. In 2013, she reported to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Group Engineer for two years.  In 2021, she returned to the United States Military Academy as a senior military faculty member teaching Construction Management, advising a capstone on base camp development and leading the Design Group of the Civil Engineering Division.

Col. Sanborn is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Captain's Career Courses, Joint Engineer Operations Course, the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Vermont and a certified Project Management Professional. Her military awards and decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals and four Army Commendation Medals as well as the Parachutist Badge and the Dutch Parachutist Badge. She has also been awarded the Engineer Regiment's Bronze Order of the de Fleury.