Brig. Gen. David C. Hill

Commander, Southwestern Division

Published Aug. 8, 2014

Brig. Gen. David C. Hill is the Commander and Division Engineer of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The Division, which is headquartered in Dallas, is one of nine Corps of Engineers regional commands. With four District Offices in Little Rock, Ark., Tulsa, Okla., and Galveston and Fort Worth, Texas, it encompasses all or part of seven states, and covers some 2.3 million acres of public land and water with an annual program totaling nearly $2.6 billion.  As the SWD Commander and Division Engineer, Hill oversees hundreds of water resources development and military design and construction projects that bring value to our communities, our Nation and our warfighters.

Prior to taking command of SWD, Hill served as director of the Office of the Chief of Engineers in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

Hill received his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1990, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.  

Hill began his Army career as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., and Aide de Camp for the Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command, Pope AFB, N.C.  He then served as the Engineer Staff Officer and then Company Commander with the 1st Armored Division Engineer Brigade and the 16th Engineer Battalion in Bad Kreuznach and Giessen, Germany from 1996-1999.   Other assignments include Combat Engineer Observer/Controller, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., from 1999-2001, and Battalion S3 and Executive Officer, 299th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas from 2002-2004. 

He continued to serve at Fort Hood from 2004 to 2009, first as Chief of Training and Chief of Operations, 4th Infantry Division, and then as Commander, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT, 4th Infantry Division.  Hill then served as the Maneuver Support Human Resource Manager, U.S.  Army Colonels Management Office, Rosslyn, Va., from 2009-2010 before returning to Fort Hood as Commander, 36th Engineer Brigade (2011-2013).  His operational assignments include Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Hill’s awards and decorations include the two Legion of Merit medals, three Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.