Todd T. Semonite

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Todd T. Semonite
Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite.jpg
Born (1957-05-29) May 29, 1957 (age 62)
Bellows Falls, Vermont, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1979–present
RankLieutenant General

Todd Thurston Semonite (born May 29, 1957) is the 54th Chief of Engineers of the United States Army and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Semonite is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and was commissioned into the Army Corps of Engineers in 1979. He also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont as well as a Masters of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College[1][2]

In January 2020, Scott A. Spellmon was nominated to succeed Semonite as Chief of Engineers.[3]

U.S.-Mexico border wall

During a visit to a new section of border wall near San Diego in September 2019, President Donald Trump revealed to reporters that the wall was "wired so that we will know if somebody’s trying to break through." When asked to provide the reporters with further details, Semonite cautioned the president: "Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that." [4]

2020 COVID-19 pandemic response

In March 2020, Semonite gave the Pentagon briefing on how the US military would be initiating and leading an effort to lease a large number of facilities nationwide in hotels and in larger open buildings to immediately ratchet up the number of rooms and beds with ICU capability for patients of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The US Army Corps of Engineers will handle leasing and engineering, with contracts for rapid facility modification and setup to local contractors. The plan envisions that the operation of the facilities and the provision of medical staff would be entirely handled by the various US States rather the US Federal government.[5]


  1. ^ Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy. 1984.
  2. ^ "Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite". US Army Corps of Engineers. June 5, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "PN1400 — Maj. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon — Army". U.S. Congress. March 12, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Moran, Lee (September 19, 2019). "General Tells Donald Trump To Keep Quiet About 'Wired' Border Wall And Tweeters Go Loud". HuffPost Politics. Verizon Media. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "USACE Support to COVID-19 Response". Retrieved 2020-03-23.

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Preceded by
Thomas P. Bostick
Chief of Engineers
Succeeded by

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