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Major General (MG) (Ret.) Robert D. Carlson serves as Senior Vice President and Branch Manager.  He will be based in the firm’s Virginia office and responsible for pursuing work with Federal and state agencies in Washington, DC; Virginia; and Maryland as well as continuing to grow the firm’s mentor protégé partnership Jacobs and Cardno. In addition, he will be pursuing international projects in the Middle East and Europe. Major General (MG) Robert D. Carlson most recently served as the Senior Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA M&RA), headquartered at the Pentagon, Washington, DC. The Office of ASA M&RA provides oversight and direction to the Army's Total Force management, manpower, and workforce management programs with authority extending to all five components of the Army (i.e., Active, National Guard, Reserve military, civilian, and contractor), including training, readiness and mobilization policies. As the Senior Military Advisor, MG Carlson advised the Assistant Secretary on all matters relating to the Army’s Total Force management policies for over one million service members. His responsibilities included developing the M&RA’s Strategic Plan and Army Human Capital Strategy to address organizational priorities and align them with the Army’s manpower mission, affecting 60-percent ($90 billion) of the Army’s total annual budget. He identified significant multi-component issues, recommending solutions to challenges that impacted the effective implementation of the Army’s Total Force policies and regulations. Previous to his Pentagon assignment, MG Carlson served as the Commanding General of the Transatlantic Division (TAD) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), headquartered in Winchester, VA. TAD provides USACE services throughout the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, with projects in 18 of the 20 CENTCOM nations, spanning from Egypt to the Arabian Gulf and Central Asia. The division oversaw construction programs exceeding $8 billion annually through district offices located in Afghanistan and Winchester, VA, as well as regional offices throughout the Middle East. TAD is the sole USACE division in direct support of the CENTCOM warfighter providing contingency and field force engineering resources for Operations Inherent Resolve, Resolute Support, Spartan Shield, and other military activities throughout the region. MG Carlson was commissioned into the Engineer Regiment upon graduation from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from USMA, a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Science in strategic studies from the United States Army War College (USAWC) at Carlisle, PA. Throughout his career MG Carlson served in numerous key command and staff positions ranging from company- to division-level units. Some of MG Carlson’s more recent senior-level assignments included commanding the Transatlantic Division for USACE, Winchester, VA; commanding the 372nd Engineer Brigade, Fort Snelling, MN; serving as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Agency for International Development, Kabul, Afghanistan; and commanding the Contingency Response Unit, 416th Theater Engineer Command, Headquarters USACE, Washington, D.C. His military education and training includes graduation from USMA, the Engineer Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Command and General Staff College, and USAWC. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, NATO-SFOR (Balkans) Medal, NATO-ISAF (Afghanistan) Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the U.S. Forces Afghanistan Combat Service Identification Badge, and the Engineer Regiment Silver DeFleury Medal.

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