Thank you, Gen. Semonite & Corps leadership

Updated: Aug 15


On March 6, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Commander and Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other Corps of Engineers leaders hosted the Corps’ annual “Leaders Emeritus” meeting at Corps headquarters in Washington, DC. I was honored to take part with about 60 former Corps leaders, which included several other Dawson & Associates colleagues:

  1. Robert Dawson, our founder,

  2. Gen. (ret) Bruce Berwick,

  3. Gen. (ret) Robert Griffin,

  4. Gen. (ret) Bo Temple,

  5. Les Edelman, former Corps Chief Counsel,

  6. Steve Stockton, former Director of Army Civil Works,

  7. Dwight Beranek, former Deputy Director of Military Programs,

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

  9. Joe Tyler, former Director of Military Programs and

  10. Bill Roper, former Director of Worldwide Research & Development.


General Semonite gave an overview of the Corps’ present challenges and his priorities for delivering the Corps’ extensive program of military and civil projects across the nation and around the world. He was followed by major program leaders, who described operations under their purview and plans for meeting requirements, including those in recent Executive Orders.

Overall, this year’s “Leaders Emeritus” meeting was a wonderful reminder that the Corps of Engineers is led by many truly remarkable men and women. Essayons!


Maj. Gen. (ret) Don Riley Senior Advisor

A member of the Dawson team since 2010, Don spent 37 years in the U.S. Army and served as Deputy Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers.


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