WIESBADEN – Col. Patrick J. Dagon became the 22nd commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, during a military change of command ceremony at the Amelia Earhart Center June 30, 2020. He assumed leadership from Col. John K. Baker, who had commanded Europe District since July 2017.
Dagon takes command of one of the largest and most globally diverse districts in the Corps.
“There’s no place I’d rather be right now than here in Europe taking command of this incredible organization,” Dagon said. “To the District’s many international partners and stakeholders, I want you to know you have my commitment to providing the best service possible.”
The Europe District provides engineering, construction management and general services in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe, Africa and Israel. A presence in Europe since 1945, and headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, Europe District and its more than 500 military, civilian, and contracted employees execute a program in excess of $7.6 billion with projects in 44 countries.
This assignment is Dagon’s second time commanding a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district, having previously commanded the Albuquerque District in New Mexico. He also served as the deputy commander for the Nashville District in Tennessee, and as the Military Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment). Most recently, he was the Command Engineer for United States Southern Command in Miami, Florida.
Dagon’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Captain’s Career Courses, the Command and General Staff School, the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University, Airborne School and Air Assault School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and a Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of Washington.
Dagon’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal from the Army Engineer Association.
Baker will serve as the Chief of Operations for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command in San Antonio, Texas.
You can watch the ceremony online on the District’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/europedistrict/