Corps welcomes new deputy commander



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A new deputy commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson arrived in April.

Maj. Mark J. DeRocchi assumes responsibility for managing the organization’s programs, manpower and resources, which annually execute military construction, civil works and environmental activities throughout Alaska. He also directs operations during emergency contingencies.

Previously, DeRocchi was the operations officer for the 92nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Stewart, Ga., and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2012-2013. As the unit’s executive officer, he deployed to Afghanistan from 2010-2011.

He earned Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2008 and in engineering management in 2002 from the University of Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998 from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Originally from Lee, N.H., DeRocchi’s Army service began when he enlisted as a field artillery crew member in 1993.

He has received various medals, citations, ribbons and unit awards, including the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

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