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Profile: Major General John Peabody, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations

PeabodyMajor General John Peabody is the deputy commanding general for civil and emergency operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He exercises oversight of the Corps’ civil works activities, which includes conducting research and development, as well as planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the nation’s water resource civil infrastructure.

Maj. Gen. Peabody is also responsible in coordinating all emergency response missions and preparatory activities for civil disasters in support of the FEMA and the state & local authorities.

Prior to this role, he was the commander of the Mississippi Valley Division and president of the Mississippi River Commission.

Maj. Gen. Peabody’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Purple Heart, Joint Meritorious and Army Meritorious Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, among others.

A northern Ohio native, he entered military service in 1980 upon commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, spending most of his career as a combat engineer.

Maj. Gen. Peabody is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College with a master’s degree in strategic studies. He also received an M.P.A. from Harvard University and studied as an Olmsted Scholar at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City.

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