HJ/EDJune 19, 2006

Former Cokato man to head Army Corp of Engineers

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Kevin Wilson, a 1979 graduate of Dassel Cokato High School, will assume command of the Army Corp of Engineers July 10 at Fort Richardson in Alaska.

The former Cokato resident graduated June 10 from the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., with a master’s degree in strategic studies.

Wilson, the son of Wayne and Maxine Wilson of Cokato, graduated from the same school as President Dwight Eisenhower, Army generals such as John J. Pershing, Omar Bradley, Norman Schwartzkopf, and Navy Admiral William F. Halsey.

Wilson said last Monday it was a great feeling to have graduated from such a prestigious college. Wilson is a colonel in the US Army. Only 10 percent of all colonels get into the war college, he said.

Strategic studies are the military’s interaction with civilian leadership, such as with Congress and cabinet level leaders in administration. It also includes learning how to interact with civilian agencies, such as the department of agriculture, Wilson said.

When Wilson gets to Alaska he will be living near Anchorage, and supervising military construction of Army and Air Force facilities. Last year’s construction projects totaled $550 million, Wilson said.

Wilson also will be in charge of civil works, such as the dredging of small boat harbors.

Wilson and his wife, Jackie, who is originally a Kaskinen from French Lake, have a son, Benjamen, serving in Afghanistan. Benjamen Wilson is a platoon leader and lieutenant, Wilson said.

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