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Corps announces new chief of Environmental and Special Projects Branch

Published Jan. 28, 2015
Larry Phyfe, chief of the Environmental and Special Projects Branch

Larry Phyfe, chief of the Environmental and Special Projects Branch

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District selected Larry Phyfe as the new chief of its Environmental and Special Projects Branch effective Jan.25.

In this position, Phyfe is responsible for the oversight of all project management planning and execution for environmental, humanitarian assistance, international and interagency support programs in Alaska and the Asia-Pacific region. These programs deliver a broad range of products and services from master planning, feasibility studies, remedial investigations and actions to the design and construction of schools; medical facilities such as hospitals, clinics and blood banks; and multipurpose shelters across eight countries in Southeast Asia. The branch’s mission operates an annual budget of between $200 million to $400 million.

Phyfe previously served as the chief of the Military Branch’s Foreign Military Sales Section from 2010-2014. In that role, he was responsible for the planning, management and execution of design and construction valued at more than $300 million in Bangladesh, India, Taiwan and the Maldives. The largest project was in support of the sale of 10 C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft purchased by the government of India. He managed the acquisition, planning, design and construction of the base facility infrastructure that included a taxiway; apron with fuel hydrant piping; dual-hangar facility; squadron operations; aircraft ground equipment; engine storage warehouse; parachute pack and rigging building; training building and other supporting utility infrastructure.

Earlier in his career, he worked as a program manager for more than eight years on a variety of projects for the Missile Defense Agency at Eareckson Air Station on Shemya Island, and Fort Greely. From 2005-2007, Phyfe served a 19-month deployment with the Corps as deputy chief of programs in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kabul, Afghanistan. These assignments included establishing mission requirements, objectives and leading teams through project development, budgeting, estimating, design, construction, and operations and maintenance for an infrastructure program valued at more than $2.4 billion.

Phyfe earned a bachelor’s in geology in 1984 from Fort Lewis College at Durango, Colo. He is a registered project management professional, contracting officers representative and holds an advanced facility engineering certification from the Defense Acquisition University. Phyfe also holds international affairs and security assistance management certifications through the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management.

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John Budnik

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