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Emeritus Day at the Corps of Engineers

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

At Dawson & Associates, we’re proud of the remarkable achievements and contributions of our US Army Corps of Engineers alumni.  Collectively, our firm’s members have spent a combined total of more than 500 years serving in the Corps.  This service includes command and senior management of multiple Corps of Engineer Districts and Divisions, as well as the entire Corps.

Last week, it was a special honor for more than a dozen of our Dawson colleagues to attend the annual “Leaders Emeritus” day held at Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC.  I attended along with our founder Bob Dawson and former Congressman Martin Lancaster, who joined our firm in 2009.

Others Dawson & Associates members who participated were:

  • Gen. (Ret) Henry Hatch, 47th Chief of Engineers

  • Maj Gen (Ret) Robert Griffin, former Deputy Chief of Engineers

  • Les Edelman, former Corps Chief Counsel,

  • Barry Frankel, former Director of Real Estate

  • Steve Stockton, former Director of Civil Works,

  • Dwight Beranek, former Deputy Director of Military Programs,

  • Gary Loew, former head of Civil Works’ Programs Integration Division

  • Mike Ensch, former head of Civil Works’, Operations and Regulatory Division

  • Joe Tyler, former Director of Military Programs and

  • Bill Roper, former Director of Worldwide Research & Development

Among many topics, the group discussed USACE’s overall efforts to “revolutionize” the Corps while delivering vital engineering solutions to secure our Nation, energize our economy and reduce risk from disaster. Corps leaders emphasized their commitment to accelerating project delivery, transforming project financing & budgeting and improving permitting and regulation reform.

This year’s gathering was a great opportunity to network with other retired General Officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, and political appointees.  If there’s one takeaway that all of us gained from the day’s events, it’s that while the Corps continues to operate under great stress in challenging times, its leadership, spirit, and sense of public service remains steadfast.

Maj. Gen. (Ret) Rick Stevens Senior Vice President

A former Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rick joined our firm in 2018.


The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dawson & Associates.


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