Colonel Travis Rayfield is a native of Sedro-Woolley, Washington. In 1999, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a second lieutenant.
Col. Rayfield earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in 1999, a Master of Science in Engineering Management in 2003 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, and a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captain's Career Course, and the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri, and he holds a Project Management Professional Certification.
His previous operational assignments include: platoon leader and executive officer in the 14th Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA; battalion logistics officer (S4) and company commander in the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas (including deployment to Iraq); battalion operations officer (S3) and executive officer (XO) in the 1st Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, Fort Riley, Kansas (including deployment to Afghanistan); brigade operations officer (S3) and executive officer in the 555th Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
This assignment is his third tour within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Previously, he served as the commander of the San Francisco District from Jun 2017 through June 2019. Afterward, he was assigned to the Headquarters of USACE as the executive officer to the Command General and 54th Chief of Engineers.
In addition to these operational assignments, Col. Rayfield served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor for Environmental Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy's Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.
Col. Rayfield's military awards and badges include the Bronze Star Medal; the Army Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Medal; Combat Action Badge; Ranger Tab; Sapper Tab; and the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.
He is married and has two children.