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Brig. Gen. William H. McCoy, Jr., takes command of Gulf Region Division

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD , Iraq -- Brig. Gen. William H. McCoy, Jr., took command of the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers June 29 in a military ceremony at the Palace Chapel Hall. Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, Chief of Engineers, and Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hosted the ceremony. McCoy replaces Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, who returns to Washington D.C. as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Bostick served as the second commander of the Gulf Region Division, which was activated Jan. 25, 2004.

McCoy's previous job was assistant commandant for the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. A native of Texas , McCoy graduated from Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. He was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers in 1974.

As commanding general of the Gulf Region Division, McCoy and the Soldiers and civilian employees of his organization work side-by-side with Iraqi citizens executing the Iraq Reconstruction Program. At transition of sovereignty June 2004, there were over 200 reconstruction projects started. Today, there are more than 2,500 projects started, valued at $5.8B. Currently, over 1,380 projects have been completed, at an associated value of $1.4 billion.

Nationwide, there are approximately 147,000 Iraqis working in support of the reconstruction effort. Currently, there are 223 local nationals employed by GRD; 31 percent of GRD's total workforce.

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For additional information, contact U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region District PAO at www.grd.usace.army.mil .

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