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Corps announces new chief of Regulatory Division

Published Feb. 9, 2015

USACE-Alaska District Public Affairs


JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District selected David Hobbie as the new chief of its Regulatory Division effective Jan.11.

In this position, Hobbie provides oversight of the Corps’ second largest regulatory division in the nation with responsibility for all permitting activities in Alaska. This entails leading a diverse group of professional biologists, geologists and engineers to make timely permit decisions. The program ensures that environmental impacts on aquatic resources from construction projects are avoided, minimized and mitigated.

Prior to this assignment, Hobbie served as the deputy district engineer for programs and project management at the Jacksonville District from 2009 to 2015. In this role, he was responsible for the execution of one of the largest civil works programs in the nation that operated on an annual budget of more than $800 million. The Everglades’ ecosystem restoration effort occurred under his leadership and is the largest project of this kind ever attempted by the Corps. Hobbie was accountable for activities performed in Florida, Puerto Rico and the entire Caribbean Basin.

In 2010, Hobbie completed assignments as the deputy of the regulatory program at the Corps’ headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as the acting regional business director of the South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, Ga.

From 2007 to 2009, Hobbie served as the chief of Jacksonville District’s Regulatory Division. Previously, he worked as the chief of Mobile District’s Regulatory Division from 2005 to 2007 and as the deputy branch chief for the Alaska District’s Regulatory Branch from 2002 to 2005.

He has extensive experience with the Corps and has been employed at six different districts as a park ranger, project manager and within emergency management operations. He deployed with the Corps to Iraq as a resident engineer in 2004.

Hobbie attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., where he majored in forestry and wildlife. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1990.

He and his wife, Diane, have four children: Jaime, Jase, Jenna and Jeremy.

Release no. 15-012