COL Daniel H. Hibner
Colonel Daniel H. Hibner commissioned in 1993 from Kemper Military College. During his 28 years as a commissioned officer, he served in numerous command and staff positions in the United States and the Middle East and currently serves as the Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School.
Colonel Hibner served in the U.S. Army Reserves as an infantry officer for three years before transitioning to active duty as an engineer officer. He then served as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Maintenance Officer in the 65th Engineer Battalion. Following that assignment he was assigned as the 11th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Assistant Brigade Engineer, the Battalion Adjutant, and Company Commander of Alpha Company. As the Battalion Adjutant he served in Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. As a Company Commander, Colonel Hibner deployed his unit for the invasion of Iraq in January 2003.
After his first tour in Iraq, he was assigned to the New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving as a Project Engineer and Construction Manager. While in this assignment, he deployed in 2005 as the Fallujah Resident Office Officer in Charge of Reconstruction until he redeployed in response to Hurricane Katrina. He then served as the New Orleans District Emergency Operations Center Chief and the Executive Officer. After completion of Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Military Studies Program, Colonel Hibner was assigned as a planner, 4th Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq in 2008. Upon redeployment he served as Operations Officer for 1-8 Infantry Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. In 2010, he deployed with 1-8 Infantry to Iraq, and shortly after assumed the Operations Officer position for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Following that deployment he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 4th Infantry Division. Colonel Hibner took command of the 4th Engineer Battalion and deployed to form a construction and route clearance Task Force in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. He served as the 4th Infantry Division Chief of Plans and then attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) Senior Service College, Norfolk, Virginia. Following JAWS he served as the Levant Branch Chief, Plans and Policy Directorate, U.S. Central Command. His most recent assignment was Commander of the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 2018 to 2021.
Colonel Hibner holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, a Master of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies, a Master of Science in Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University, and is a Project Management Professional.
Colonel Hibner’s awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.