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On order, 3d CR deploys anywhere in the world and conducts combined arms operations to fight and win.

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Lieutenant Colonel Blackmon

Lieutenant Colonel Rhett A. Blackmon graduated from The Citadel in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned as an Engineer Officer. Upon completion of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader and Light Equipment Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 65th Engineer Battalion.

Following completion of the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, LTC Blackmon was assigned as the Personnel Officer in the 44th Engineer Battalion at Camp Howze, Korea. He later assumed command of Bravo Company in Korea, and then deployed the company to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2004. Following service in Iraq, the unit was re-stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.

In 2008, LTC Blackmon completed his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Southern California. As a follow on assignment, he served on the faculty in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at West Point, teaching Mechanics of Materials and Soil Mechanics.

In 2011, LTC Blackmon was reassigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Division Engineer staff officer and a Battalion Operations Officer. He also served in the 20th Engineer Brigade as a Battalion Operations Officer and as the Brigade Executive Officer.

LTC Blackmon’s most recent assignment was as the Deputy Commander for the Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) where he coordinated the organization’s staff and administrative programs in support of flood risk management, navigation, environmental stewardship, emergency operations, and other authorized civil works along 610 miles of the Mississippi and White Rivers.

LTC Blackmon’s awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. His decorations include the Ranger and Sapper Tabs, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist’s Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Lieutenant Colonel Blackmon is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.


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