BOSTON, Mass. — In a change of command ceremony at Faneuil Hall, District Commander Col. Charles P. Samaris passed the command flag, signifying change of command authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New England, to new District Commander Col. Christopher J. Barron.
A native of Goshen, N.Y., Col. Barron is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in physics. In 1991, Col. Barron was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He has served in various U.S. locations and in Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, Germany, Macedonia and Bosnia. Challenges he will face include regulatory activities, navigation improvements, environmental restoration, clean up at formerly used defense sites, dredging needs of harbors, and other issues.