Lt. Col. Wade Welsh assumed duties as Deputy District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District on 5 April 2017.
He came to Little Rock District from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where he was the Brigade Engineer Officer and Battalion Operations Officer in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.
Lt. Col. Welsh was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers in 2003 through the ROTC Program at the University of Northern Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He also holds Master’s degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology and Iowa State University. He has attended the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Course and the Army Command and General Staff College.
He began his career as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Assistant Operations Officer with 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas and Ar Ramadi, Iraq; Strategic Operations Protection Engineer, Multi National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq; Commander, 103rd Engineer Company (Horizontal), 94th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Deputy to the DPM and Deputy Project Manager for USSSTRATCOM Command and Control Facility, Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Lt. Col. Welsh has deployed to Iraq and Honduras in support of combat and operational missions. His military awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor, Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Action Badge and Parachutist Badge.