Christopher W. Sallese
passed the command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District to Col.
will never be able to count the number of Soldiers' lives he
has touched throughout his
career and I thank him for his
great service to our nation."
in turn recognized the workforce for their professionalism and endurance during many challenges and also acknowledged the critical role the district's partners and sponsors played in the command's achievements throughout its history.
As district commander, Sallese led the USACE Galveston District through some of the most demanding years in the district's history, which were marked by a significant reduction in funding.
contributions had a direct positive impact in keeping the nation's top ranked navigation and commercial waterways and ports open for business; projects that encompass 1,000 miles of channels, 28 international ports and 700 miles of coastline.
"You all, the Custodians of the Coast, have truly earned a special place in the history of this district and will certainly be remembered as public servants who answered the call of duty," said Sallese
Christopher W. Sallese
with the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal during his
retirement ceremony today at the USACE Galveston District's Jadwin Building.
"It is an honor and a privilege to have the engineering community recognize me for my contributions to the overall Engineer Regiment," said Sallese
"Throughout my military career I have learned that a great leader is one who is always working in pursuit of the organization's vision while inspiring others to do the same and I hope I have been able to convey this during my tenure as commander.
The district's staff has continued to make sacrifices in order to execute our demanding mission.
Without you all, the Corps would not be where it is today."
was presented with the medal in recognition for more than 27 years of exceptional service to the Engineer Regiment in many positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his
selection as the USACE
Galveston District commander.
wife, Amanda, was awarded the Essayons Award for her
voluntary contributions to the morale, welfare and spirit of engineer units and organizations throughout their 17-year marriage.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering, Sallese earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and a master's degree in Strategic Resources from Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
He became the 50th commander of the district July 7, 2010 and retired from an extensive and rewarding career in the Army following the change of ceremony.