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Emeritus Day at the Corps of Engineers – 2024

Updated: Apr 15

Recently, several Dawson & Associates colleagues proudly strengthened our enduring connection to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) by attending the annual “Leaders Emeritus” gathering of former Corps of Engineers senior leader alumni. The welcome and healthy exchange of ideas, new and old, reminds us always of the professionalism inherent to the USACE mission. Again this year, the historic Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club, just outside of Washington, D.C., hosted the event.

Top of mind for all attendees was the on-going Corps response to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore 2-days earlier. The 55th Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, provided an in-depth update on the massing of more than 1,100 engineering, construction, contracting and operations specialists to provide support to local, state and federal agencies. USACE will lead the effort to clear the Federal channel to Baltimore Harbor as part of the larger interagency recovery effort.

In addition to our President and Founder, former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Hon. Bob Dawson and me, other Dawson & Associates representatives attending were:

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

  • Maj. Gen (Ret) Don Riley, former Deputy Chief of Engineers

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

  • Joe Tyler, former Director of Military Programs

  • Lloyd Caldwell, former Director of Military Programs

Other topics of discussion included USACE efforts to enhance partnering with industry and stakeholders, Maui wildfire recovery operations, USACE initiatives to improve delivery of critical military construction projects, and innovative research and development opportunities.

The Corps’ Leaders Emeritus program has long been the premier event that connects and inspires leaders from across multiple generations. Dawson & Associates is proud to play an important role in carrying that tradition forward.

Maj. Gen. (Ret) Rick Stevens 

Senior Vice President

A former Deputy Chief of Engineers 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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