Courtney Paul New Leader of Corps of Engineers Little Rock District

Col. Courtney W. Paul assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock district on July 2. He replaced Col. Glen Masset, who is retiring after 31 years in the Army. Paul now leads more than 700 employees and oversees the management of nearly 750,000 acres of public land and water in Arkansas and Missouri. He is also responsible for construction and real estate support to military installations, Army Reserve facilities and recruiting offices for all branches of the military.

Paul graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in geography and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers in May 1987 as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. He received his master’s degree in European studies from Indiana University. Paul studied at the French equivalent of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of National Defense in Paris.

He has held a number of command and staff assignments in the U.S and abroad during his 26 years as a U.S. Army officer. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His military awards include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Bronze Order of the Engineer DeFleury Medal. Paul formerly served as the director of capabilities development and integration in the Maneuver Support Division of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.