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Tribute to a General

Updated: Jun 6, 2020

Gen. (Ret) Bud Ahearn, NAC’s president, and Gen. (Ret) Hatch at the NAC Annual meeting

The National Academy of Construction (NAC) is one of the country’s most prestigious membership organizations devoted to the engineering and construction industries. That is why Dawson & Associates is honored to announce that NAC has inducted Senior Advisor Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Hank Hatch, former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as a member.

“I am deeply humbled to have been honored by my election to the National Academy of Construction,” Hank said. “It is particularly meaningful to me that it was a choice by my peers, many of whom I know, some for decades. I look forward to ‘giving back’ to the profession and industry as we work together to improve the quality of life for all while serving our Nation.”

Dawson & Associates is honored that four of our colleagues have been inducted into the NAC. (L-R) Les Edelman, Hank Hatch, Bud Griffis. Not pictured: Gen (Ret.) Rick Capka.

As Chief of Engineers from 1988 to 1992, Hank commanded more than 40,000 personnel and supervised more than $13 billion in annual programs. His term was notable for his successful efforts to strengthen project management, develop a more comprehensive environmental ethic and improve efforts at partnering with industry and customers.

Hank’s career included service as Director of the Corps’ Civil Works (water resources) Program, Engineer for the Army in Europe, Commander of the Corps’ Pacific Ocean Division, Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command in Korea, Commander of the Corps’ Nashville District, and Commander of the 326th Engineer Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

Hank joined Dawson & Associates in 2012. He is the fifth member of the Dawson team to be inducted into the NAC. Others include Les Edelman, Gen. (Ret.) Rick Capka, Bud Griffis and the late Vald Heiberg.

Congratulations, Hank!

Robert K. Dawson Founder


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