Brigadier General Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca
North Atlantic Division Commander and Division Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Brigadier General Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca became Commander and Division Engineer of the North Atlantic Division (NAD) on April 17, 2009. As Division Commander, Brig. Gen. DeLuca oversees the planning, design, and construction of projects to support the military, protect America's water resources, and restore and enhance the environment within an 180,000 square mile area along the Atlantic Coast. This includes more than $7.5 billion in work to support the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005. He is also responsible for a variety of Division engineering and construction activities for international, federal, state, and local governments and agencies in the United States and overseas, including $3.6 billion in military and foreign assistance work in Europe and Africa. The total program in North Atlantic Division is over $16.6 billion in work between Fiscal Year 2008 and Fiscal Year 2012.
Brig. Gen. DeLuca's previous assignment was as commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) (Airborne) at Fort Bragg and in Iraq from June 2006 through December 2008. During this very active period in its history, the brigade activated three new engineer battalions, deployed two airborne combat engineer battalions to Afghanistan and deployed one construction battalion and one Air Assault combat engineer battalion to Iraq. He deployed with the brigade in June 2007 and they served as the Multi-national Corps-Iraq Engineer Brigade until October 2008, commanding a multi-service force of over 3,200 Army, Navy, and Air Force engineers in Iraq and 3,300 Army Engineers in the continental United States.
In two previous deployments to Iraq, he served as Assistant Chief of Staff, Engineer (CJ-7) at Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq from June 2004 to June 2005, where he led a $2 billion construction program to support the creation and employment of the emerging Iraqi Security Forces. He also commanded the 326th Engineer Battalion (Air Assault) during its participation in Kosovo peacekeeping operations, Noble Eagle security operations in the United States, the Afghanistan (OEF I) campaign, and the Iraq (OIF I) campaign.
Brig. Gen. DeLuca has served at every level from platoon through combatant command. He is a Eurasian foreign area officer, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute's Russian linguist course, Columbia University's Master of International Affairs program, and was a Senior Fellow at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security in Germany and a National Security Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was commissioned from the ROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 after earning bachelor of science degrees in economics and mechanical engineering. His decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Combat Action Badge.
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