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Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Attended Engineer Officers’ Basic Course, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Airborne School, Ft. Benning, Georgia.

1960 – 1962:

Platoon Leader and Company Commander, 4th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Lewis, Washington and Karlsruhe, Germany. Promoted 1st Lieutenant in 1961.

1963 – 1964:

Company Commander, 809th Engineer Battalion (Construction), Panom Sarakham, Thailand.


Promoted Captain. Attended Engineer Officers’ Advanced Course, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

1964 – 1966:

Graduate studies, University of Missouri, Rolla, Missouri. Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (Soils and Foundation Engineering).

1966 – 1969:

Engineer Advisor, U.S. Military Group Guatemala. Promoted Major in 1969.

1970 – 1971:

Construction Engineer, U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, Gia Dinh Province, Vietnam.


Facilities Engineer, Ft. Hamilton, New York.

1971 – 1972:

Attended Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

1972 – 1973:

Staff Officer, Materiel Requirements Branch, Engineer Division, U.S. Army Combat Developments Command, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

1973 – 1974:

Staff Officer, Materiel Requirements Branch, Materiel Systems Division, U.S. Army Engineer School, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

1974 – 1978:

Professor of Military Science, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Polytechnic Institute of New York, Brooklyn, New York. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 1976. Graduate studies, Polytechnic Institute of New York. Professional Engineer’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering).

1978 – 1980:

Commander, 4th Battalion, U.S. Army Engineer Training Brigade, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.



Retired from the Army.

1980 – 2010:

Consulting Geotechnical Engineer.

Professional Registrations (past and present):

Registered Professional Engineer in Mississippi, Maryland, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Awards & Decorations:

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
  • Joint Services Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • National Defence Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal with 3 campaign stars
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Meritorious Unit Citation
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation
  • Parachutist Badge
  • Vietnam Signal Corps Badge

Affiliations & Memberships (past and present):


Society of American Military Engineers
Institution of Royal Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
U.S. Army Engineer Association
International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
American Society of Photogrammetry