SAUSALITO -- Leadership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District changed today when LTC John D. Cunningham was sworn in as the district's 56th commander.
At a military ceremony at the Bay Model Visitor Center here, LTC Travis J. Rayfield relinquished command of the district he has led since 2017. Cunningham assumed command after having most recently served as deputy commander of the Portland, Oregon district. He received his U.S. Army commission in 2002 and has served in leadership and staff positions in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Republic of Korea and multiple locations in the United States.
LTC Cunningham was born in Houston, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science degree in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Texas. His military awards and decorations include three Bronze Star medals, three Meritorious Service medals, three Army Commendation medals, and two Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medals.
The Corps' San Francisco District has served the Bay Area since 1866, providing support for 22 federal shipping channels and the region's $68 billion annual maritime industry, and is the federal agency responsible for keeping the Bay's navigation channels free of debris. Its largely civilian workforce operates two major dams that provide drinking water, recreation and mitigation against the risk of flooding. The district also oversees the largest wetland restoration projects west of the Mississippi.