COL Jon J. Chytka assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Transatlantic Afghanistan District on July 5, 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Commander of the USACE Mobile District. COL Chytka previously served with USACE in Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander of the Afghanistan Engineer District, Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010-2011
A native of Tabor, South Dakota, COL Chytka earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, and a Master of Science degree in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
COL Chytka was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1990. His previous assignments include: 1st Engineer Battalion and 34th Engineer Battalion, Fort Riley, Kansas; 44th Engineer Battalion at Camp Howze, Korea; Commander, 82nd Engineer Company, and Installation Commander, Camp Edwards, Korea; Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Executive Officer and S-3, Australian 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment, Operation Stabilse, East Timor; Assistant Division Engineer, 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany; Executive Officer, 40th Engineer Battalion, Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07; Brigade Executive Officer and Brigade Commander, Engineer Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany; Operations Officer, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff – engineering, U.S. Army Pacific, Fort Schafter, Hawaii; Commander, USACE Honolulu District; and Deputy Commander, 130th Engineer Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a master’s degree in security studies. COL Chytka also served as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal (six Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leal Cluster); the Humanitarian Service Medal; Ranger Tab; Air Assault Badge and Airborne Badge. COL Chytka is also a recipient of the Army Engineer Association Silver de Fleury Medal.