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									                   Lieutenant General Joe N. Ballard
             Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lieutenant General Joe N. Ballard became the 49th Chief of Engineers and
Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Oct. 1, 1996. He is the Army's
senior engineer and top engineering advisor. He is responsible for an annual budget of
over $12 billion, and leadership of a workforce of more than 37,000 civilian and military
personnel worldwide.

General Ballard manages Army Corps of Engineers missions, including the nation's vast
civil works program, environmental restoration, and construction on military installations.
His leadership guides the Corps in assisting with recovery from natural disasters,
regulating work in the nation's waterways and wetlands, conducting research and
development, serving as the Army and Air Force real estate agent, and providing
engineering services to 60 other federal agencies and more than 80 other nations.

General Ballard graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1965 with a
bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned into the Corps of
Engineers. He later earned his master's degree in Engineering Management from the
University of Missouri. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff
College and the Army War College. He is a registered professional engineer in civil
engineering. Lieutenant General Ballard holds a number of honorary degrees, including
an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO; an Honorary
Professional Degree from the University of Missouri in Rolla, MO; and an Honorary
Doctorate of Engineering from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Prior to his selection as Chief of Engineers, General Ballard served as the Chief of Staff
of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va. He served in a wide
variety of command and staff positions in the U.S. and overseas, including
Commanding General of the U.S. Army Engineer Center and Fort Leonard Wood.
General Ballard served two combat tours in Vietnam.

General Ballard's military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of
Merit (three awards), Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service
Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards).

In addition to his military honors, the Council of Deans of Historically Black Colleges and
Universities and the Career Communications Group recognized General Ballard as the
1998 Black Engineer of the Year. He is also the 1998-1999 president of the Society of
American Military Engineers and a member of the National Engineering Honor Society,
Tau Beta Pi.

General Ballard is a native of Oakdale, LA. He is married to the former Tessie LaRose
of New Orleans, LA., and they are parents of three daughters: Mrs. Dawn Stewart, Mrs.
Taras Copeland, and Mrs. Makyba Frazer.

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