Silver Creek grad leads Corps unit

Col. Adam J. Czekanski

Col. Adam J. Czekanski assumed command of the Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from Colonel Andrew J. “Coby” Short on July 29 during a ceremony at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

As the District Commander and Engineer, he is responsible for carrying out the District’s mission within the Ohio River Basin, which includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways on the Allegheny River, Monongahela River and upper Ohio River. Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. The District’s infrastructure includes 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood damage reduction reservoirs, 80 local flood damage reduction projects and other projects to protect and enhance water resources. With over 150 years of experience, the Pittsburgh District has developed expertise to accomplish its varied Civil Works missions in the areas of navigation, ?ood damage reduction, recreation, environmental restoration, hydropower, storm damage reduction, regulatory, water supply and emergency response.

Czekanski recently completed an assignment serving as the Professor of Military Science for the Niagara University Army ROTC program, and previously served as the District Commander for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo District.

Czekanski is the son of Mike and Diane Czekanski of Sheridan, who were in attendance for the ceremony, and is a 1994 graduate of Silver Creek High School. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1998 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Water Systems Concentration) from Cornell University and later earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas in 2007.

He is married to the former Wendi Lynn and is the father of Annabelle and Nicholas.


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