TULSA, Okla. (July 12, 2013) – Col. Richard A. Pratt assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, after a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Friday, July 12.
In the tradition-filled change of command ceremony, Col. Pratt assumed command of the Tulsa District from Col. Michael J. Teague, who has been the district commander for the past three years and retired after 28 years in the Army.
Col. Teague’s tenure at the Tulsa District will be remembered for his skill at developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships with the various stakeholders and agencies that work with the USACE on issues such as the long-term strategic plan to make the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System a reliable system.
Col. Pratt comes to the Tulsa District from the Navy War College in Newport, R.I.
A native of Cape Cod, Mass., Colonel Pratt earned his commission from Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont, in 1990.
Most recently, Pratt served as the Engineer Organizational Integrator in the Force Management Directorate of the Deputy Chief of Staff.
Col. Pratt earned a Master of Science Degree in Education from Long Island University in 1998.
He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has a wife and three sons.
He has held a number of staff assignments that include the Engineer Organizational Integrator in the Force Management Directorate of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, the Division G3, Gulf Region Division, US Army Corps of Engineers, Baghdad, Iraq; Assignment Officer, Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Va.; Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion Operations Officer, 92nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Tactical Officer and Regimental Executive Officer, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; and served as the Battalion Adjutant, 41st Engineer Battalion, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Col. Pratt’s command assignments include the 31st Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and the 642nd Combat Support Equipment Company, 41st Engineer Battalion at Fort Drum, N.Y.