By Donna Parker
In June of 2010, Col. Jeffrey Hall assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, located in what is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the country. This “collaborative optimist,” as the local magazine tagged him, immediately set about establishing his network with the local movers and shakers, in preparation for huge multi-billion dollar projects like deepening the Savannah Harbor and building new military facilities in Georgia and North Carolina.
“It’s fast, furious, and fun,” says this lifelong military man who took command after stints in Korea, Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East.
“We’re finding world-class engineering sustainable solutions for 12 military installations in Georgia and North Carolina and numerous civilian communities in Georgia, which could sound daunting, but really it’s all about building relationships,” explains Jeff.
“Each day I interface with stakeholders, as well as local leaders and military personnel. I truly love my job and can’t wait to come to work every day!”
Col. Hall, himself the son of a career Army soldier, leads the team of 1,200 civilian and military team members. Together, they manage the construction of military facilities; three large hydroelectric dams; and navigation projects including deepening the Savannah harbor, which happens to be the 4th largest container port in the country.
Not bad for this former Trinity Tigers outfielder who, when commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant years ago, was first saluted by his own father; tradition being that the first non-commissioned officer to salute the new commissioned officer would receive a silver dollar. So, his extremely proud dad, retired for 11 years, dusted off his Army uniform, got a regulation haircut, and was presented the silver dollar from Jeff.
“The military influence of my dad led me to my ROTC scholarship at Trinity. The school, in turn, gave me a great foundation that helped me get where I am today,” says Jeff.
“My science education under the direction of Dr. Robert Freed (department of geosciences) was invaluable and even though his mineralogy course was tough, he made a very difficult subject fun. My favorite course was Volcanology Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift under Dr. Perry Roehl, which provided me a great understanding of how the earth’s plates all fit together.”
When this busy colonel isn’t tending to Savannah’s expansion, he loves to geocache, both orienteering and treasure hunting, and has been known to hit the links when time permits, boasting a 14 handicap.
“The Savannah area has wonderful golf courses between here and Hilton Head. I just love to be outdoors in the fresh air. I also love to hike, which brings back fond memories of my Trinity and geology days.”
Jeff is married to wife Elyce who he met through eHarmony and started dating when Jeff was attending the Army War College in Pennsylvania.
“We fell in love and I drove two hours each way on weekends to visit her in Wilmington, Del.
“Proud dad” is a title he also wears with pleasure and says his daughters, Gabriella, 10 and Cameron, 9 “simply amaze me!”
Jeff, who describes himself as driven, engaging, and fun-loving is enjoying his time in the Coastal Empire, walking the streets, admiring the beautiful architecture and moss-draped trees which make Savannah such a popular tourist destination. Mostly he is committed to making a difference in the lives of thousands of military members as well as Savannah residents and keeping this beautiful jewel shining.
You may contact Jeff at: email@example.com.
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