Acting Commanding General, United States Army Africa
Brigadier General Eugene (Gene) J. LeBoeuf serves as the Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Africa and Commander of its Army Reserve Engagement Cell. He was commissioned as an engineer officer in the Army Reserve in 1985.
LeBoeuf graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army ROTC program and received a Regular Army commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 1985. He is a graduate (magna cum laude) of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University with a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Stanford University with a M.S. in Civil Engineering, The University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, and the U.S. Army War College with a Master of Strategic Studies. In his civilian capacity, LeBoeuf serves as the Associate Department Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He has published over 50 technical publications, including four U.S. patents, and was a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Faculty CAREER Award. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and Tennessee, and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.
His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Contingency Engineering Management Course, Command and General Staff Officer Course, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Course, and the U.S. Army War College.
As an Army Technical Enrichment Program Fellow, he began his military career as a graduate student at Northwestern University. Following graduation, he was assigned to the 2d Engineer Battalion (Combat), 2d Infantry Division, South Korea, where he served as an Assistant Battalion S4, Platoon Leader and Task Force Engineer, and Company Executive Officer. He then served with the Nashville District, Army Corps of Engineers as the Deputy Area Commander in Pineville, Kentucky, Battalion Maintenance Officer for the 12th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 3rd Armored Division during Desert Storm, Assistant Battalion S3 for the 554th Engineer Battalion, and Instructor and Doctrine Writer with the U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
He then served with the U.S. Military Academy as an Instructor for the Department of Systems Engineering and as Personnel Recruitment Officer. Follow-on assignments included a joint billet as Engineer Plans and Logistics Officer for U.S. Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii; Assistant Division Commander (IMA), Pacific Ocean Division, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Commander, 1-100th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, 102nd Division (MS) in Knoxville, Tennessee; Military Chief, Emergency Operations, Pacific Ocean Division, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Contingency Response Unit, 416th Theater Engineer Command, in Washington, D.C., and Chief of Staff, 416th Theater Engineer Command, in Darien, Illinois. Upon selection to brigadier general, he then served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, 416th TEC, headquartered in Darien, Illinois.
Awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Valorous Unit Award, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. In 1989, he was selected as the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recipient for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and in 2011 was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.