US Army Corps of Engineers
Far East District

Richard Byrd

Published Jan. 22, 2017

Mr. Rich Byrd serves as the Deputy District Engineer and Chief of the Program and Project Management Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, headquartered in Seoul, Korea. He assumed this position in January 2017.


The Far East District’s area of responsibility stretches across the entire Republic of Korea, from Pusan and Chinhae in the south to the Demilitarized Zone in the north. Over 40 U.S. Forces Korea military installations are supported by the District.


As the Deputy District Engineer, Mr. Byrd oversees the planning, design and construction of military, environmental and host nation funded construction programs in Korea. He is responsible for the execution of just over 9 billion dollars of projects in design and construction for Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Defense Agency customers.


Prior to his assignment as the Deputy District Engineer, Mr. Byrd served as the Far East District PPMD Branch Chief for the Army, Navy, and Marine Branch.  His previous assignments include Deputy Chief of the Missile Defense Branch for Europe District, Chief of Contract Administration, Administrative Contracting Officer, and Project Engineer in the Seattle District.


Mr. Byrd is a 1994 graduate of the Indiana Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a 2000 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Masters degree in Construction Management. His certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and Designated Design-Build Professional (DBIA). His awards include the Bronze de Fleury Medal from the Engineer Regiment, U.S. Army Bronze Star, Ranger and Sapper tabs and the Combat Action Badge.