Col. Lewis F. Setliff
Chief of Staff
U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)
Colonel Lewis F. "Skip" Setliff III was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1982.
Prior to his arrival to USARPAC and Ft. Shafter, Hawaii, Colonel Setliff was the Chief of Staff, Eighth United States Army in Seoul, South Korea from July 2008 to July 2010. Prior to his assignment to Eighth United States Army, he served as the District Engineer and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District from June 2005 to July 2008.
Before taking command of the St. Louis Engineer District, Colonel Setliff was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff – Engineer for the Multinational Forces-Iraq in Baghdad. Other staff assignments include Civil Engineer at the U.S. Army Construction Engineer Research Laboratory in Champaign, Illinois, Staff Engineer at NATO’s LANDSOUTHEAST Headquarters in Izmir Turkey, and Operations Officer in the Army’s Transformation Office in DA G-3 the Pentagon. Troop assignments include duty as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, Battalion Assistant S-3 and Company Executive Officer in the 12th Combat Engineer Battalion, 8th Infantry Division in Germany. He also served as Company Commander and Battalion S-3 in the 588th Combat Engineer Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and as Brigade Operations Officer and Executive Officer in the 1st Engineer Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Colonel Setliff also served as the Battalion Commander of the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Colonel Setliff was selected to command Task Force Guardian, the Task Force responsible for restoring New Orleans’ flood and hurricane protection systems to their pre-storm levels before the next hurricane season began.
Colonel Setliff’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science from the University of Florida. His military education includes attendance at the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Military Acquisition Management Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit w/Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal w/three Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal w/ Bronze Service Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon fourth award, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, two Army Superior Unit Awards, and the Silver De Fleury Medal. Colonel Setliff has also earned the wearing of the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks