MVD commander now a two star-general

Published 12:04 am Sunday, June 13, 2010

Michael J. Walsh, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division, has been promoted to two-star general.

Previously a brigadier general, Walsh’s new title will be major general. He was recognized during a June 2 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“It was an honor to be promoted and a privilege to serve the Mississippi Valley Division,” said Walsh, 54, who has led the MVD for about two years.

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Walsh is native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and a master’s degree in construction. He was enrolled in Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army War College and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is married to Susan Oliveri.

The MVD is responsible for the Corps’ water resources programs in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing parts of 12 states. Work is carried out by its six district offices — St. Paul, Minn.; Rock Island, Ill.; St. Louis; Memphis; Vicksburg; and New Orleans.