Colonel Alan M. Dodd is the Commander and District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. Col. Dodd assumed command on June 28, 2012.
Col. Dodd recently graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., where he led the battalion during combat operations in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2009 to December 2010. Previous assignments include: Command Engineer, Joint Special Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Plans Branch Chief, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.; Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.; Battalion Executive Officer and Battalion Operations Officer (S3), 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; Command Engineer, 1st Corps Support Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Deputy Resident Engineer, Yokosuka Resident Office, Japan Engineer District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Commander, C Company and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer (S3), 317th Engineer Battalion (Combat), 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; Brigade Construction Officer, 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat)(Airborne Corps), Ft Bragg, N.C.; Executive Officer, Combat Engineer and Light Equipment Platoon Leader, B Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
Col. Dodd was born and raised in Worcester, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983 as an Atomic Demolitions Munitions Specialist and was assigned to the 66th Engineer Company (Atomic Demolition Munitions) at Ft Hood, Texas. In May 1989, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has a master’s degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Col. Dodd is a graduate of the Army War College, Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Army Advanced Force Management Course, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster Course and the Air Movements Officer Course.
Col. Dodd’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device (three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Saudi and Kuwait Liberation Medals, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Australian, German, Japanese, Netherlands and Honduran Parachutist Badges, Army Staff Identification Badge and the Bronze Order of the deFleury Medal.