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Omaha District Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff

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Major James T. Startzell joined the Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on July 29, 2016.

Startzell is from San Antonio, Texas and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in June of 2002. Prior to assuming Deputy Commander duties in Omaha, Startzell served as the Operations Officer for the 2nd Brigade Engineer Battalion located at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Startzell's past assignments include Brigade Engineer and Planner for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division; J4 Engineer for CENTCOM-Forward Jordan; Tactical Command Post Engineer for 1st Armored Division Headquarters at Fort Bliss, Texas; Project Manager for the Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineers; Company Commander for “Charlie” Company, 9th Engineer Battalion at Schweinfurt, Germany during OIF 07-09; S4 and Assistant S3 for the 62nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas during OIF 05-07; Executive Officer in the 74th Multi-Role Bridge Company, and Platoon Leader in the 68th Combat Support Equipment Company at Fort Hood, Texas during OIF I. 

Startzell's military education includes graduation from the Command and General Staff College, Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Sapper Leader Course, and Air Assault School. Startzell is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, the Army Engineer Association, and the Association of the United States Army.

Startzell's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (3 stars), and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Service Medal.