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Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management

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Damon Lilly is the Deputy District Engineer, Project Management and Chief, Planning, Programs & Project Management Division, Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has held this position since August 2016.

In his capacity as the senior civilian in Seattle District, he is responsible for the full range of management decisions related to major Civil, Military, Environmental, and Interagency & International Support programs. In recent years, the programs have ranged between $500 million and $800 million.  He leads technical functions including planning, engineering, construction, real estate, contracting and resource management.  He also assures establishment of corporate goals on project scopes, schedules, and budgets.  He is responsible for forecasting workload related to military construction and support for other programs, prioritizing civil works program elements, and directs the preparation, compilation, review, analysis, and submission of data for the district’s civil works program budget.  In addition, Lilly supervises a staff of approximately 85 program and project managers, program and budget analysts, technical, administrative and support team members.

Prior to his current assignment, Lilly served as Chief of the Navy/Marine Branch, Programs and Project Management Division, Japan District, USACE from 2011 to 2016.  In this role, he oversaw large programs including the $4.5 billion Defense Policy Review Initiative at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, $1 billion Sasebo Relocation Initiative, $350 million Ikego Housing Expansion and a $300 million Military Construction Program. 

From October 2010 to October 2011, Lilly served as a Program Manager for NAVFAC Far East/Commander Naval Region Japan.  He was responsible for programming, administration, and execution of the Japan Facilities Improvement Program and the Facilities Management Program for all Naval Facilities in Japan.

From 2007 to 2010, Lilly was a NAVFAC Contracting Officer with assignments in both Newport, Rhode Island and Yokosuka Japan.  Prior to this, Lilly was a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer.  His military assignments include: Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction in Newport, RI; Officer in Charge, Winter-Over Detachment, Naval Support Force Antarctica; Facilities Support Contracts Officer and Assistant Production Officer at the Public Works Center in Yokosuka, Japan; Assistant Operations Officer Joint Task Force Alaskan Road; Assistant Public Works Officer and Resident Officer in Charge of Construction at Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan; Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut; Resident Officer in Charge for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Resident Office in Al Asad, Iraq; Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Director, Public Works New London, Connecticut. Mr. Lilly retired as a Lt. Cmdr. in 2007 to pursue a civil service career.

Lilly has an undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida. 

Awards include the Bronze Order of the De Fleury Medal, Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal, and numerous performance awards. 

Lilly is originally from Ashaway, Rhode Island.   

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