Colonel John K. Baker assumed command of Europe District for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on 24 May 2017. Europe District provides engineering, construction management, and general services in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe, Africa, and Israel, continuing the legacy of U.S. Army engineer support in Europe since 1945. Headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, Europe District and its nearly 500 military, civilian, and contracted employees execute a program in excess of $4 billion with projects in 44 countries.
Raised in College Station, Texas, COL Baker is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1995. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2003, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College in 2016.
COL Baker has served in a variety of troop unit and USACE assignments across the U.S. and through three combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. His previous USACE assignments include service as a Resident Engineer, District Commander (San Francisco), and Executive Director for Civil Works at the USACE Headquarters (Washington, DC). COL Baker most recently served as the Chief Engineer for U.S. Army Europe. COL Baker is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers.