Korea is newest mission for Army Corps' Col. John Lloyd

2018-07-07 | Niagara Gazette

July 07--Col. John Lloyd is ready for a new mission.

Serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lloyd, a native of Lockport, has been assigned to South Korea as the command engineer for United States Forces Korea. He left for Korea late last week.

"From everything you see in the news with Korea, it's probably interesting to be in Korea right now. I'm always honored to serve in the Army in different capacities," Lloyd said in a phone interview.

Lloyd's duties will include theater master planning, military construction, host nation-funded construction, exercise-related construction, real estate acquisition and disposal, family housing initiatives, environmental policies and programs, topographic/geospatial information systems engineering, contingency operations and engineer transition to war planning.

A big part of his assignment will deal with assisting the U.S. in moving its base from Seoul to Camp Humphreys. The U.S. officially relocated to Camp Humphreys on June 29, according to the Associated Press. Camp Humphreys is about 60 miles from the Korean Demilitarized Zone, while Seoul is about 31 miles, according to Lloyd.

Lloyd served as the commander of the Task Force Power Restoration for Puerto Rico from October 2017 until January.

At this point, Lloyd said, based off a report he saw on June 28, it appears that 99 percent of the power grid has been restored in Puerto Rico and about 2,000 customers remain without power. That's not unexpected, he added, due to challenges including mountainous terrain and the fact that it's an island.

"From a planning standpoint, this is where we thought it would be," Lloyd said.

Lloyd has received some recognition for the work he did in Puerto Rico. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers honored him as a 2017 Military Civil Responder of the Year and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, recognized him in Congress on June 27.

"He is a man with numerous awards and accolades to match his commitment and dedication to his job," Thompson said of Lloyd. "I wish him the best as he departs the Pittsburgh district for his next assignment. He's done an outstanding job for the citizens of northwestern Pennsylvania."

Lloyd assumed command of the Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in July 2016. As the commander, he was responsible for carrying out the district's mission within the Ohio River Basin. Prior to that assignment, he served in a variety of engineer command and leadership positions, including battalion commander of the 19th Engineer Battalion at Fort Knox, and Army Fellow assigned to the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Lloyd joined the Army after graduating from Lockport High School in 1986. He recently returned for a visit and says he liked what he saw.

"Every time I go back to Lockport I'm really excited over the changes," he said.