United States Army Corps of Engineers

From: The Chief Sends
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 9:05 AM
To: CDL-All-Corps of Engineers
Subject: Chief Sends – Passing of LTG Heiberg (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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Corps Teammates,

I am sad to report that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has lost another one of its great former leaders. LTG Elvin R. (Vald) Heiberg III, the 46th Chief of Engineers, passed away on Friday.

During his 35 years in uniform, LTG Heiberg held remarkably diverse leadership roles, including Commander of the New Orleans District and of the Ohio River Division. He was subsequently promoted to Director of Civil Works in the Corps of Engineers and later Deputy Chief of Engineers.  LTG Heiberg became the U.S. Army’s 46th Chief of Engineers in 1984.

LTG Heiberg was a third-generation West Pointer when he graduated fifth in the Military Academy class of 1953. He later obtained master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in government and administration from The George Washington University. Early in his military career LTG Heiberg served as Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in Germany, and taught in the Social Sciences Department at the Military Academy. In 1968-69 he commanded the divisional 4th Engineer Battalion in Vietnam and was awarded a Silver Star. He then served as Special Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness, under the Executive Office of the President.  LTG Heiberg also served for a year as Executive Officer to Secretary of the Army Howard Callaway.

Our thoughts and prayers are with LTG Heiberg’s wife, Kitty, and the entire Heiberg family as we mourn the loss of this dedicated Soldier and public servant who did so much for the USACE, the Army and the Nation.

Thomas P. Bostick
Lieutenant General, US Army