Corps' Huntington District Commander Relieved of Duty
The State Journal
28 August 2013
By Jim Ross - email
Col. Steven McGugan has been relieved of command of the Huntington
District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Army
investigates "allegations of officer misconduct."
McGugan was relieved of command on Friday, Aug. 23, by Brig. Gen.
Margaret Burcham, commander of the Corps' Great Lakes and Ohio
River Division, the next level up the chain of command from the
Col. David Patterson of the Army public affairs office confirmed
Aug. 28 that McGugan had been relieved of command. He said Lt.
Col. William Redding has temporarily assumed command of the
Huntington District. Patterson would not say what the specific
allegations against McGugan are.
McGugan assumed command of the Huntington District on July 20,
2012. As the district commander, he was responsible for carrying
out the district's mission within the Ohio River Basin, which
includes 311 navigable miles of the Ohio River in West Virginia,
Kentucky, and Ohio, plus nine major tributaries, including the
Kanawha, Little Kanawha and Big Sandy rivers. The district
covers 45,000 square miles in five states – West Virginia,
Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina — generally the area
drained by the Ohio River between New Martinsville, W.Va., and
The district has a staff of more than 830 employees who support
the district's mission to operate and maintain 35 multi-purpose
reservoirs and 9 locks and dams, providing flood damage reduction,
commercial navigation, recreation and water supply while
protecting the environment. The district also has certain
regulatory functions on the river.