Brigadier General Mark Toy assumed command of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 31, 2016. The Division is one of nine USACE regional commands and has seven engineer districts totaling over 4100 people operating in a seventeen state area and is charged with directing federal water resource development in the Great Lakes and Ohio River basins with infrastructure valued at over $80 billion. Brig. Gen. Toy previously served as the Commanding General of the South Pacific Division (SPD) headquartered in San Francisco, CA from June 2014 to August 2016. As Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Toy was responsible for leading a professional workforce of more than 2,300 military and civilians and managing a $4B military and civil works program. From August 2013 to June 2014, Brig. Gen. Toy served as the Chief of Staff for USACE. He was the key integrator for focusing the efforts of the HQ staff, nine Major Subordinate Commands/Divisions, 43 Engineer Districts, and two Centers and Laboratories to best accomplish the Commander's Intent. He was the principal advisor to the Commanding General and the Deputy Commanding General. Brig. Gen. Toy served as the Commander and District Engineer for the Los Angeles District, USACE from July 2010 to July 2013 where he led an 800 strong military and civilian workforce operating over a 226,000 square mile area of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Brig. Gen. Toy commanded the 84th Engineer Battalion “Never Daunted” from July 2005 to June 2007 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In December 2006, the battalion deployed for one year to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). As Battalion Commander, he led over 900 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in providing direct and general engineering support to Multi-National Corps Iraq in order to provide assured mobility and construction capability throughout Iraq. Upon redeployment, the 84th Engineer Battalion was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation. For his service in the combat zone, Brig. Gen. Toy was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Some of his other key staff assignments include: Chief, Engineer Branch, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia; Aide-de-Camp to LTG Robert B. Flowers, the 50th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, USACE, Washington D.C.; and Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Brig. Gen. Toy’s awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 Awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (6 Awards), Army Commendation Medal (2 Awards), Army Achievement Medal (2 Awards), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge. Brig. Gen. Toy is from Huntington Beach, California. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Boston University (1991), a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (1996), and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2010). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Arizona and Virginia.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division