Merdith W.B. Temple
Major General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
General Temple retired from the Army on September 1, 2012 and currently consults as Temple Enterprises, LLC, and is affiliated with Dawson & Associates and Burdeshaw Associates.
General Temple served as the Acting Chief of Engineers and Acting Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), from June 2011 until his retirement in September 2012, while remaining the Corps’ Deputy. He oversaw a $40(+) billion engineering and research program, and a global organization of over 30,000 employees, nine divisions, and the Engineer Research and Development Center.
Major General Temple’s previous assignment was the USACE Deputy Commanding General of Civil and Emergency Operations (DCG-CEO). He served as the President of the U.S. Section of the International Navigation Association (PIANC), President of the Corps’ Coastal Engineering Research Board, and Executive Director of the Inland Waterways User Board.
Prior to serving as the DCG-CEO, Major General Temple was the USACE Deputy Commanding General of Military and International Operations, where he was responsible for policy, program, and technical functions in the execution of $40 billion of design, construction, and environmental programs for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies globally and in foreign countries.
Major General Temple has also served as a Platoon Leader in the 44th Engineer Battalion, Korea and in the 548th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy), Ft. Bragg; and served on the staff of U.S. Army Europe & 7th Army in Heidelberg, Germany. He commanded A/307th and later served on the 307th Engineer Battalion and 82d Airborne Division staffs in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War. Major General Temple served at the NATO Headquarters in Izmir, Turkey, with the U.S. Army Personnel Command Center in Virginia, and as a Reserve Component advisor with the Readiness Group in Denver, Colorado.
Major General Temple earned a bachelors degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a masters degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Major General Temple’s military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal,Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal,Army Superior Unit Award, the Army Staff Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Lifetime Achievement in Government and the Parcel-Sverdrup Leadership awards, the Army Engineer Association’s Gold deFleury medal, and is a National Academy of Construction member.
Merdith W.B. Temple