Merdith W.B. Temple
Merdith W.B. Temple, sometimes called "Bo" Temple, is an American
United States
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 military officer who as Major general
Major general (United States)
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 is currently the Acting Chief of Engineers
Chief of Engineers
The Chief of Engineers commands the US Army Corps of Engineers. As a staff officer at The Pentagon, the Chief advises the Army on engineering matters and serves as the Army's topographer and the proponent for real estate and other related engineering programs....

 of the United States Army
United States Army
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 United States Army Corps of Engineers
United States Army Corps of Engineers
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is a federal agency and a major Army command made up of some 38,000 civilian and military personnel, making it the world's largest public engineering, design and construction management agency...

. Temple is a career military engineer, and previously served as Deputy Commanding General of Civil and Emergency Operations under his predecessor, Robert L. Van Antwerp, Jr.
Robert L. Van Antwerp, Jr.
Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp, Jr. M.Sc. M.B.A. PE was the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....


Early life

Merdeth Temple was born in Virginia, and graduated Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute
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 as a civil engineer
Civil engineer
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. Temple attended Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University
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, receiving his masters in civil engineering.

Military career

Commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1975, Temple served in operational engineering commands in Korea
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, the United States, and Germany
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, before commanding the 307th Engineer Battalion (Airborne)
37th Engineer Battalion (United States)
The 37th Engineer Battalion was an airborne combat engineer battalion in the United States Army, and a subordinate unit of the 20th Engineer Brigade and XVIII Airborne Corps, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina....

in the Gulf War.
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