UPDATE 10/11/13 @ 9:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander at its Huntington District.
Col. Leon Parrott took command Friday. Brig. Gen. Margaret Burcham, commanding general of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, presided over the ceremony.
Parrott has served in a variety of command and staff assignments, most recently as Corps Engineer of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He succeeds Col Steven McGugan as commander.
The Huntington district has more than 830 employees. The district operates and maintains 35 multi-purpose reservoirs and nine locks and dams and oversees navigation along 311 miles of the Ohio River.
The district covers 45,000 square miles in five states: West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina.
Colonel Steven McGugan's last day was Friday.
Officials said there is an ongoing investigation, but they could not give any specific details.
McGugan has been reassigned to headquarters in Washington, D.C. His duties have not been determined.
In the meantime, Lt. Col. William Reding will assume command of the Huntington District.
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Col. Robert Peterson transferred command of the District to Col. Steven McGugan during a ceremony Friday at Huntington City Hall.
Col. Peterson assumed command of the Huntington District on July 29, 2009.
Col. McGugan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering/Construction Management from North Carolina State University in 1989.
His military education includes the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course, the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course; the Combined Arms Service Staff School; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Serve Medal, the Meritorious Serve Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Operation Iraqi Freedom with two Bronze Stars, the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Global War on Terror ism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Saudi Arabian and Kuwait Liberation Medals, and the Joint Meritorious, Valorous, Meritorious and Superior Unit Awards, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
As the District Commander, he is responsible for carrying out the District’s mission within the Ohio River Basin including navigation on 311 miles of the Ohio River, along with the tributary rivers and drainage basins covering 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
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