The personnel of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Shelbyville office met their new boss on Monday, August 8. Colonel Christopher “Chris” Hall assumed command of the St. Louis District on July 8. Former commander Thomas OHara is now enjoying retirement.
Hall stopped in Shelbyville and visited the new Corps of Engineers Visitor Center.
“This is an awesome facility,” Hall said. “This facility is a tremendous opportunity for the public to come out and see what the Corps are doing and what Lake Shelbyville is all about.”
Hall talked about the economic impact the lake has on the area.
“Understanding the impact and the balancing act between the recreation piece and the water management piece is always a give and take,” continued Hall. “We have got some fantastic folks up here that have done a great job partnering with the local communities.”
Lake Shelbyville Operations Manager Ricky Raymond told the Colonel visitations were up at Lake Shelbyville.
“Visitation was up last year from where it had been during those flood years and this year it is even up more,” said Raymond.
Raymond went on to say the lake level has really been up all summer but not enough to affect visitors.
“Even though we have been above normal pool, we have actually been at a very good recreation pool,” Raymond said. “You know that little bit of extra water actually makes the lake look a lot better.”
Hall is a native of Warren, Ohio. Hall was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in May 1988 out of the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.
He has served in a wide range of command and staff positions. He served as platoon leader and company executive officer in B Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, Republic of Korea. He was then selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp for the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division. After attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he served as the assistant operations officer and commander of A Company in the 14th Engineer Battalion (Corps Wheeled), Fort Lewis, Wash. He was then afforded the opportunity to command again in A Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, attached to 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Lewis, Wash. Following graduate school and Command and General Staff School.
Hall served as the Deputy District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District. Following duty in Buffalo, he was assigned to Fort Drum, N.Y., where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer in the 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. Hall was then chosen to serve as an engineer planner assigned to the Iraq Provisional Command, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, immediately following the invasion of Iraq. Upon his return, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va., where he served as training and doctrine developer and assistant executive officer to the Commander, TRADOC. Hall then commanded the 4th Special Troops Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. He deployed with this battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following battalion command he was reassigned to Norfolk, Va., where he served in U.S. Joint Forces Command J3/4 as a Joint Engineer Observer Trainer and deployed to Haiti as the deputy Joint Taskforce Haiti engineer. Hall’s most recent assignment was to the U.S. Army War College.
His military education includes the U.S. Army Engineer Officer Basic Course and Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio.
Hall is married and has four children.