Colonel R. Mark Toy
59th Commander, Los Angeles District
Colonel Mark Toy is the 59th Commander of the Los Angeles District with 25 years of active federal service.
As Commander and District Engineer, Colonel Toy leads 844 military and civilian personnel operating throughout a 226,000 square mile area of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Established in 1898, the Los Angeles District provides direct support to overseas contingency operations throughout the world and inter-agency and inter-service planning and response to natural disasters or domestic attacks. Colonel Toy controls in excess of $1 billion annually to execute a program of planning, engineering, construction, asset management, regulatory, emergency management, and environmental services for 3 Army and 8 Air Force installations, International and Interagency customers, and the nation’s civil water resources infrastructure in the Southwest. Colonel Toy maintains strong personal liaison with senior national civil works and military leaders, 54 members of Congress, 170 Native American tribes, 4 states and numerous local governments.
Colonel Toy is from Huntington Beach, California. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Boston University (1991), a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (1996), and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2010). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Arizona and Virginia.
Colonel Toy commanded the 84th Engineer Battalion “Never Daunted” from July 2005 to June 2007 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In December 2006, the battalion deployed for one year to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). As Battalion Commander, Colonel Toy led over 900 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in providing direct and general engineering support to Multi-National Corps Iraq in order to provide assured mobility and construction capability throughout Iraq. Upon redeployment, the 84th Engineer Battalion was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation. For his service in the combat zone, Colonel Toy was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Other past assignments include:
- Platoon Leader, 94th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 18th Engineer Brigade, Darmstadt, Germany
- Aide-de-Camp to MG Ernest J. Harrell, Commanding General, US Army Engineer Division Europe, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Frankfurt, Germany
- Alpha Company Commander and Battalion Civil Engineer, 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 555th Combat Engineer Group, Fort Lewis, Washington
- Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
- Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer, 84th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
- Secretary of the General Staff for the 25th Infantry Division (Light), Task Force Eagle, Multinational Division (North), Stabilization Force 11, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Aide-de-Camp to LTG Robert B. Flowers, the 50th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington D.C.
- Chief, Installation Integration, Office of the Chief of Engineers, the Pentagon
- Chief, Engineer Branch, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia
Colonel Toy’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal. His military school and education includes the Senior Service College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Engineer Officer Advanced and Basic Courses, and the U.S. Army Airborne School.