Col. David C. Weston


District Engineer and Commanding Officer

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

COL Christopher W. Sallese was born in Johnstown, Penn., on Nov. 21, 1964. In 1986, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Science and Engineering, and received his commission through Army ROTC.

Following graduation, he was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, Wildflecken, Germany, where he served as platoon leader, assistant S-3 and HHC Executive Officer. In November 1991, he was reassigned to the 23rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Hanau, Germany, for deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Provide Comfort.

In 1993, Sallese was assigned to the 326th Engineer Battalion (AA), 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., where he served as Battalion S4, 187th Infantry Brigade Engineer, and Commander of Alpha Company. Following command, he was assigned to Seoul, Korea, as a protocol action officer in support of U.S. Forces Korea. In 1996, Sallese was assigned as a Project Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, managing the remediation of EPA Superfund sites. Following this assignment, he served as an active component advisor to reserve component engineer units in Missouri.

In 2001, Sallese graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy State University. He was then assigned to the 36th Engineer Group (Construction), Fort Benning, Ga., where he served as the Group’s Operation Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom I. Following the deployment, Sallese also served as the Group’s Deputy Commander and Chief, Design Management.

In 2004, Sallese was assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, as the Deputy District Commander. In 2006, he assumed command of the 92nd Engineer Battalion (C)(H), 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., and deployed his battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V. Upon completion of command in 2008, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington D.C., and earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Resources. Following graduation in 2008, Sallese served as Chief, Programs Integration Division, Assistant Chief of Staff, Installation Management, the Pentagon.

Sallese’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3), Meritorious Service Medal (7), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Saudi Arabian Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwaiti Kuwait Liberation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Sapper Tab.

Current as of July 2010