Colonel Michael J. Baim has served as the Deputy Commander of South Pacific Division since Oct. 2023.
As Deputy Division Commander, he is responsible for providing guidance and direction to four operating district commands located in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M. with a combined professional workforce of nearly 2,800. 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 his arrival at South Pacific Division, Col. Baim served as the Chief of Staff for Army Strategy, Plans and Policy, G-3/5/7, at the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA). Colonel Baim previously commanded the 555th Engineer Brigade and 14th Engineer Battalion, I Corps, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
Colonel Baim entered active-duty service in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He holds master’s degrees in business administration, public administration, military art and science, and strategic studies. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) and distinguished graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Colonel Baim has held numerous staff assignments, previously serving as the Engineer Officer Branch Chief at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC), a strategists at G-8 Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) Directorate at HQDA, Army Research Fellow at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, Operations Officer with the 18th Engineer Brigade, in both Thompson Barracks, Germany and Sharana, Afghanistan, a Countering Transnational Threat Planner with the U.S. Army in Europe, Heidelberg, Germany, and Senior Instructor at the U.S. Army Engineer School.
Colonel Baim’s military awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star (three awards), Purple Heart, and Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), among others. He holds the Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Airborne and Air Assault Badges, Sapper Tab, and Germany Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. His combat tours include Iraq, where his combat unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and Afghanistan. He also had a humanitarian assistance tour in Nicaragua and two assignments to Germany. Colonel Baim is a Silver de Fleury recipient.