Home > About > Leadership > Bio Article View

Chief, Engineering and Construction

Bookmark and Share Email Print

Mr. James C. Dalton currently serves as Chief of the Engineering and Construction (E&C) and is responsible for policy, program, and technical expertise in the execution of over $10 billion of design and construction programs for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, other Federal agencies, and over sixty foreign nations.  He provides leadership to a field organization consisting of 8 divisions, 41 districts, and approximately 15,000 personnel and guides the development of engineering and construction policy for the Corps world wide Civil Works, Military, and Environmental Missions.  He also serves as the Corps' South Atlantic Division Regional Integration Team (RIT) team leader, the South Pacific Division RIT Leader, the USACE Climate Change Adaption Committee Chair, and the lead for USACE on Resilience.

Mr. Dalton served as the Regional Business Director for the South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, Georgia from July 2005 to May 2007.  He led strategic initiatives, performed strategic evaluations of long-term workload trends, promoted and managed workload sharing between the districts and other Corps of Engineers business centers.  He also led the Programs and Project Management Business Process throughout the South Atlantic Division by ensuring standard business processes and policies in all programs.  He was responsible for providing regional support in Contracting, Engineering, Construction, Information Management, Resource Management, and Public Affairs.

Mr. Dalton served as Director of Business Management for Gulf Region Division in Baghdad, Iraq from 13 January 2005 to 31 July 2005.  He led the Programs and Project Management Business Process to ensure standard business processes and policies to support all Districts in programs, real estate, engineering, construction, contracting, and resource management functions.  He provided executive leadership and direct supervision of the project management and technical functions in executing the GRD construction program.  Mr. Dalton managed the Regional Operating Budget and provided executive leadership in executing the financial management program.

Mr. Dalton served as the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Division of the Alaska District located in Anchorage, Alaska until January 2005. He was responsible for the execution of the District’s Military, Civil Works, Environmental Interagency and International Support programs and projects for Army, Air Force, DoD, Federal, State and local agencies in Alaska. He provided management, direction, control and oversight of planning, engineering and construction programs and projects with an average annual construction value in excess of $500 million.

From 1999 to 2001, he served as the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Division; Chief, Ministry of National Defense/Host Nation Liaison of the Far East District in Seoul, Korea, where he provided leadership and oversight of a large military construction program. Mr. Dalton spent several years working in the Middle East where he began as Office Engineer for the Utilities Resident Office in 1981 as part of the Saudi Arabia construction program executed by the Corps. During his assignments in Saudi, he also served as project engineer and resident engineer in various other offices. Mr. Dalton was the project manager for the Bosnia project to support Operation Joint Guard and other projects for the Transatlantic Program Center. From 1997 to 1999, he was the Chief and senior in-country representative for the Corps’ office in Egypt. He served in this capacity for two years before accepting an assignment in Korea.

Mr. Dalton is a native of North Carolina and has been employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 1978. After a short employment with the Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta Georgia, Mr. Dalton joined the Corps’ Wilmington District in Wilmington, North Carolina. He began his career with the Corps as a cost engineer in Wilmington after completion of the training program.

Mr. Dalton earned his B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering in 1978 from N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.  He was selected for Long Term Training and attended N.C. State University where he earned his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in 1992.  Mr. Dalton is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

Mr. Dalton was awarded the Excellence in Construction Management Award in 1995 and was the winner of the nationally recognized Black Engineer of the Year in 2007 for Career Achievement. Mr. Dalton also has received numerous performance awards including the Superior Civilian Service award in 2001 for his work in the Far East District and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for work in Iraq in 2005.