It is hard for me to believe that my tour as Commander of the Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has sadly come to an end. It was a fast two years filled with friendships, accomplishments, and memories that I will cherish forever.

This tour has absolutely been the best of my 20-year Army career. It has allowed me to grow personally and professionally.

You embraced my family with true Southern hospitality, and it is with heavy hearts that my family and I soon will head off to Washington, D.C.

I had the privilege of working with the 250 dedicated professionals of the Charleston District who give their best every day and are passionate about the work they do for this community, for South Carolina, and for our nation. I have learned so much from each and every one of them.

I want to thank the customers of the district who put their trust and confidence in this capable team. Thank you to the local, state and federal leaders who have given this district phenomenal support and helped make some of our challenges a little easier.

Our collaborative partnerships with local resource agencies are something I had not experienced before, but valued greatly. The teaming in Charleston between the government agencies, area chambers of commerce, schools and local industry is unmatched.

It has been a wonderful experience and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve in the Lowcountry.

Thank you, and God bless.

EDWARD P. CHAMBERLAYNE

Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army

Commanding U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Hagood Street

Charleston