Spellmon receives Grainger Alumni Award for Distinguished Service


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Scott A. Spellmon
Scott A. Spellmon

CEE alumnus Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon (MS 97) has been named a recipient of the 2024 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service by the Grainger College of Engineering. 

This award is conferred annually to exceptional alumni who are recognized for professional distinction through outstanding leadership, contributions to the field of engineering, creativity and entrepreneurship; as well as service to society, the professional community and to the department, college, or university. 

Spellmon, who serves as the 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding Officer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), was cited “for his leadership as commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers providing critical services such as disaster response, flood control, energy production and land and water management; for leadership in the U.S. Army ensuring state-of-the-art combat support for U.S. soldiers; and for service through a lifetime career in the U.S. military.” 

Spellmon’s command assignments include commanding general of the Northwestern Division, USACE, where he oversaw an annual program of more than $3 billion in civil works, environmental restoration and military construction in 14 states; commanding general of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command; commander, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; commander, 317th Engineer Battalion and 3-3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

Key staff assignments include executive director of the Office of the Chief of Engineers; chief of staff, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; engineer intelligence officer, Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, Rheindahlen, Germany; and observer-controller, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany.

He was also part of operational deployments including Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Spellmon’s career is additionally marked by numerous military awards and decorations, such as the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge. 

Spellmon will be recognized during the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service Recipients Panel Discussion on Friday, April 5 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the NCSA Auditorium on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, or on Zoom. Registration is required.

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This story was published March 26, 2024.