Col. Antoinette R. Gant is the Commander and Division Engineer of South Pacific Division (SPD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Division, which is headquartered in San Francisco, is one of nine USACE regional commands. With five District offices in Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento, and San Francisco; SPD encompasses all or part of ten states. As the SPD Commander and Division Engineer, Gant oversees hundreds of water resource development and military design and construction projects that bring value to our communities, our Nation and our warfighters.
Prior to taking command of SPD, Gant served as the South Pacific Border District Commander and District Engineer.
A native of Port Gibson, Mississippi, Gant graduated from Prairie View A&M University in Texas as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a commission in the Engineer Regiment. She holds a Master of Science in Engineer Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Washington, DC.
Gant has lived in 11 states and two countries serving in an array of positions that include platoon leader, company executive officer, administrative assistant and special staff to a Corps commander, two company commands (operational and recruiting), mentor/trainer for Reserve and National Guard units, brigade planner, the director for the Directorates of Public Works and Installation Support in a deployed environment, brigade engineer for an infantry brigade combat team, executive officer in a special troops battalion, chief of operations for an engineer directorate of an Army Service Component Command, the military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army-Civil Works at the Pentagon, and district commander at the battalion and brigade levels. She has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and in 2016, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel serving as the engineer for the Resolute Support and OFS headquarters, a four-star coalition headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A strong advocate for STEM, Gant has worked to develop partnerships with agencies and organizations to promote science, technology, engineering, and math initiatives. She has received several national and community awards, to include 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Conference Awards (BEYA) Army Stars and Stripes Award recipient, the 2020 Women of Color Career Achievement in Government Award, the YWCA Women on the Move Award, Women of Influence in Government by Albuquerque Business First, BEYA Special Recognition Award, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., South Central Region Visionary Leader and Global Leader Awards.
Gant’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. She is also a recipient of the Army Staff Identification Badge, Recruiter Badge, and the Army Engineer Association Silver de Fleury Medal. Gant is a certified Project Management Institute project management professional.