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Corps welcomes new contracting chief

USACE - Alaska District
Published July 13, 2021
Updated: July 13, 2021
New contracting division 2021

New contracting division 2021

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON – Tracy Wickham assumed duties as chief of the contracting division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District in May.

In his new position, he is responsible for the planning and execution of the USACE contracting mission in Alaska. In a typical year, this workload involves about $400 million in new contract awards, $1 billion in ongoing construction, engineering and service contracts; and another $1 billion in planning contracts to support the organization’s military, civil works and environmental programs.

Prior to his arrival in Alaska, Wickham held multiple USACE assignments in the U.S. and overseas. He served as chief of the contracting division for the Portland District from May 2015 until May 2021. From 2012 to 2015, he was chief of the construction branch for the Middle East District in Winchester, Virginia. On two separate stints, Wickham worked as chief of the construction and architectural/engineering branch for the Walla Walla District from 2010 to 2012 and 2005 to 2007. Between these jobs, he served as branch chief for the direct contracting section at the Europe District in Wiesbaden, Germany, and also served a six-month tour of duty as the Gulf Region Central District’s chief of contracting in Baghdad, Iraq, from December 2008 until May 2009.

Before his assignments with USACE, Wickham served for 20 years in the Army and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2005. His final 11 years on active duty were with the acquisition corps where he served in a variety of contracting positions in both Army and joint commands.

Wickham earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and holds a Master of Business Administration from Babson College in Massachusetts. He is originally from Iowa and has been married to his wife, Emily, for more than 32 years. They have three grown children, Jennifer, Nathan and Matthew.

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John Budnik

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