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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District Welcomes New Commander

Published June 23, 2014
Lt. Col. Patrick J. Dagon

Lt. Col. Patrick J. Dagon

ALBUQUERQUE – Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Dagon will assume command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Albuquerque District during a formal change of command ceremony June 26, at 10 a.m.
at the District Headquarters: 4101 Jefferson Plaza N.E.

The Albuquerque district’s area of responsibility includes the entire state of New Mexico, as well as portions of southern Colorado and far west Texas. The district performs design, construction, operations and maintenance services for three New Mexico Air Force bases, nine lake projects throughout the area, and operates a robust civil works program.

Currently, Lieutenant Colonel Dagon is serving as Chief of Construction with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at Kirtland Air Force Base. Previous assignments include Combat Engineer Platoon Leader with the 23rd Engineer Battalion in Friedberg, Germany, Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, Assistant Task Force Engineer, and Company Executive Officer, 16th Engineer Battalion, Giessen, Germany. He commanded the 18th Engineer Company, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned as a Stability Transition Team member in the 4/3 Advise and Assist Brigade (AAB) during a deployment to the Anbar Province, Iraq. His additional non-tactical assignments include the Deputy District Commander, Nashville District, USACE; Deputy Resident Engineer, Ft. Myer, VA; and Deputy District Engineer for Support Operations, USACE Baltimore District.

Lieutenant Colonel Dagon is from Raymond, IL. He graduated and earned his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science. He earned a Master’s in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 2002 and a Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of Washington in 2006. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Captain’s Career Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff School.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Superior Unit Award. He has also earned the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.

Lieutenant Colonel Dagon is joined by his wife, the former Emily Frazier of Annandale, VA., and their son, Nathaniel.

For additional information, contact Ronnie Schelby, Public Affairs, Albuquerque District at 505-342-3353 or email

Ronna Schelby

Release no. 14-005