• Graduate, Senior Service College Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford, CA
  • Graduate, Army Force Management School, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • Graduate, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • MS, Stanford University (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • BS, United States Military Academy (Civil Engineering)

Professional Certifications

  • Professional Engineer (New York & Virginia) 

Memberships & citations

  • Life Member, Society of American Military Engineers, Post President:  Portland (2011-2012)
  • Life Member, Army Engineer Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Society of Professional Engineers


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A licensed professional engineer with more than 20 years experience in the Army Corps of Engineers, John has senior level experience managing issues encompassing flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, hydropower production, navigation, and coastal dredging.

In 2011, John became the 59th Commander and District Engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, a position he held until December 2013. John managed the District’s vast Civil Works program totaling more than $450 million annually, with more than one third of the Corps of Engineers’ capital assets.  This involved permitting, ecosystem restoration, recreation, commercial navigation, flood damage reduction, hydropower production, and disaster assistance.

John also oversaw operations for multipurpose locks and dams on the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue Rivers and navigation missions along the entire Pacific Coast. This included dredging, jetty construction and maintenance solutions on the Columbia River. Portland District is the largest hydropower producing District within the Corps of Engineers and plays a crucial role in the Pacific Northwest’s massive hydropower generation. 

A highlight of John’s command was the execution of dredging under contributed funds from the State of Oregon for her low-use coastal ports, the first ever execution of Corps dredging under a contributed funds memorandum of agreement. 

For John, this prestigious assignment was the fitting end to a remarkable career in which he also served as Commander of the 37th Engineer Battalion at Fort Bragg, a 580-Soldier Airborne Combat Engineer Battalion in support of the 20th Engineer Brigade and XVIII Airborne Corps, and as Commander of an engineer unit within 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta.