Lt. Col. H. W. Hugh Darville

Deputy Commander

Published April 22, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel H. W. Hugh Darville serves as deputy commander of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. He served as the Center's interim commander from April to August 2019. 

Huntsville Center executes more than 6,000 contracts valued at $2.1 billion annually in engineering, construction and technical services in support of strategic national programs such the design and construction of worldwide chemical weapons demilitarization facilities, Army and Air Force installation facility repair and renewal construction, national energy savings programs, nationwide environmental and ordnance remediation programs, Army medical facilities design oversight, and overseas contingency operations.

Lt. Col. Darville joined Huntsville Center following assignments as director of the Directorate of Training and Leader Development, and director of the Department of Instruction at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In these roles, he oversaw curriculum development for Army Engineer courses, training strategies for operational Army Engineer units, and the execution of officer and warrant officer courses.

His previous assignments include commander, Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion from July 2012 to July 2014; deputy commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District from January 2010 to June 2012, when the district’s 1,200 employees executed an annual program over $2.4 billion, providing design, engineering, construction, environmental, contracting and real estate expertise to a variety of federal and local agencies in six states and the District of Columbia; and operations officer and executive officer for the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington, from 2007 to 2009, where he deployed from 2008 to 2009 as the battalion provided mission command to a multi-service force of 800 Army, Navy and Air Force engineers conducting full-spectrum operations across Iraq.

From 2004 to 2006, Lt. Col. Darville was the executive officer to the Director of Civil Works at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Washington, D.C., the general officer responsible for the Corps' $5 billion annual Civil Works Program, and the Army's engineering support in response to presidential declarations of emergency or disaster.  He deployed to the Gulf Coast during the immediate recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina and later served as the liaison between USACE and the City of New Orleans.

His early assignments during consecutive tours in Germany include operations officer and Alpha Company commander for the 16th Engineer Battalion in Giessen; deputy assistant division engineer for the 1st Armored Division in Wiesbaden; chief of Construction Management for the 130th Engineer Brigade and platoon leader for the 502nd Engineer Company (Assault Float Bridge) in Hanau.

His combat and operational deployment experience includes being squadron engineer for 1st Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment, in Baghdad, Iraq; chief of Construction Management for Task Force Falcon, and master planner and architect of Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo; and chief engineer of Joint Task Force Shining Presence in Tel Aviv, Israel, during Operation Desert Fox.  He also served on operational and humanitarian assistance deployments to Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Moldova and Botswana.

Lt. Col. Darville is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Environmental Design, cum laude.  He also holds a Master of Architecture with certificates in Historic Preservation and American Urbanism from the University of Virginia; and a Master of International and Strategic Defense Studies jointly conferred by the University of Milan and the Free International University of Social Studies (LUISS) "Guido Carli" in Rome, Italy.  He is a registered architect in Louisiana and a certified construction manager.  He is a member of American Institute of Architects, is past president of the Fort Leonard Wood Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, and past chair of the Baltimore Federal Executive Board.

Lt. Col. Darville's military decorations include two awards of the Bronze Star, seven awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Silver and Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.  His military education includes the Defense Strategy Course of the U.S. Army War College; the Joint Service Staff College (ISSMI) at the Center for High Defense Studies (CASD) in Rome, Italy; the Joint Multi-National Staff Officer Course at the Euro-NATO Training Engineer Center (ENTEC) in Munich, Germany; the Future Unit Commanders Course (CFCU) at the French Army Engineer School (ESAG) in Angers, France; and the Linguist Enhancement Course at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.