Lieutenant Colonel Cullen A. Jones commanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District July 7, 2017 to June 28, 2019. As Commander and District Engineer, Lieutenant Colonel Jones managed the water resources development and navigable waterways operations for the Cumberland and Tennessee River basins covering 59,000 square miles, with 42 field offices touching seven states and a work force of over 700 employees. Before assuming command of the Nashville District, Lieutenant Colonel Jones served as the Deputy Commander of the Portland District.
On the Cumberland River, the Corps operates and maintains 10 multi-purpose projects for navigation, flood damage reduction, hydropower, environmental stewardship, and recreation. Nine of these projects generate hydro-electric power and four have navigation locks. In the Tennessee River Basin, the District partners with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and operates 15 navigation locks at 10 locations. Throughout both river basins, the District carries out all regulatory activities, stream bank protection, flood control, and operation and maintenance of all navigation facilities and channels.
Lieutenant Colonel Jones received his U.S. Army commission in 1999 and has served in leadership and staff positions in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and multiple locations in the United States. Between 2000 and 2004, he was a platoon leader, executive officer and battalion air officer with the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He remained at Fort Bragg from 2004 to 2005, transferring to the 18th Airborne Corps as a current operations officer. From 2005 to 2006, he deployed to Iraq, serving as the Multi-National Corps anti-terrorism/force protection engineer, before returning to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) and deploying to Afghanistan in 2006 to assume command of B Company (Combat)(Airborne)(Rough Terrain) until 2008.
From 2010 to 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Jones was an assistant professor in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at United States Military Academy at West Point before transferring to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served from 2013 to 2014 as the brigade engineer officer for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Strike). In 2014, he deployed with the Strike Brigade to Afghanistan as the battalion operations officer for the Special Troops Battalion. He continued with the Strike Brigade from 2014 to 2015 as the brigade executive officer. After completing a Training with Industry fellowship in the Washington D.C. area in 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Jones transitioned to serve as the Deputy District Commander for the Portland District, Northwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Lieutenant Colonel Jones’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with three campaign stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (with two campaign stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal (with one campaign star), NATO medals for both Kosovo and Afghanistan, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge. He also wears a Joint Meritorious Unit Award for operations with the Multi-National Corps - Iraq and the Meritorious Unit Citation (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) for combat operations while serving with the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) and with Strike Brigade, both in Afghanistan, and the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze De Fleury Medal.
Lieutenant Colonel Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His technical education includes the Blast Effects Estimation and Security Engineering courses from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Protective Design Center and his military education includes the Common Core and Advanced Operations courses from the Command and General Staff College. Lieutenant Colonel Jones is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.) in TN, OR, WA, and DE, Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).
Lieutenant Colonel Jones is married to Sharon and has a son, Jameson, and daughter, Arden.