Colonel Robert G. Dixon assumed duties as District Engineer and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District on July 7, 2016. As Commander, Dixon oversees a civil works mission stretching from southern Missouri to southwest Arkansas. The $6.5 billion worth of public infrastructure includes 12 multipurpose lakes, seven hydropower facilities, and 13 lock and dams on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The Little Rock District also manages a large recreation mission with 138 parks and access areas. Visitors to Table Rock Lake alone reach 2.5 million annually. The District’s military medical mission provides engineering and construction management services for all branches of the military around the world managing projects worth about $900 million.
He came to Little Rock District from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where he was the I Corps Engineer.
Colonel Dixon was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers in 1993 through the ROTC program at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He also holds Master’s degrees from American Public University in Management, from the School of Advanced Military Studies in Military Art and Science, and from the U.S. Army War College in Strategic Studies.
He began his Army career as Platoon Leader, Assistant S3 and then Company Executive officer in 40th Engineer Battalion, Baumholder, Germany. He then served as Battalion S4 and Company Commander in the 62nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. Other assignments include Battalion S3 and Detachment Commander of 357th Infantry Battalion, Portland, Oregon; Aide de Camp at U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and Chief of Future Operations, Battalion S3, Battalion XO and Division Engineer Planner for the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. He subsequently served as a Strategic Planner at U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Florida; Battalion Commander of 31st Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and as an Army Fellow at the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, Washington, D.C., where he served on the Megacities Concept Team.
Colonel Dixon has deployed to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq in support of operational and combat missions. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
His published writings include “Bringing Big Data to War in Megacities” War on the Rocks, January 2016; “US Army Engineers and the Modern City” Engineer, September 2015; “Clausewitz, Center of Gravity, and the Confusion of a Generation of Planners” Small Wars Journal October 2015; Duffer’s Shoal: A Strategic Dream of the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility, August 2015; and “Psychology and Basic Training” Small Wars Journal, October 2014. He was also the editor for Megacities and the United States Army: Preparing for a Complex and Uncertain Future, Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group, June 2014.