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Colonel Aaron L. Dorf

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Colonel Aaron L. Dorf assumed the duties as the commander and District Engineer of the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on July 28, 2017. He oversees a workforce of more than 1,300 employees serving residents of Oregon and parts of southwestern Washington.

The Portland District has one of the Nation’s most comprehensive and diversified civil works programs. Covering most of Oregon and southwestern Washington, Portland District is operating locks and dams along the Columbia River, managing dams in the Willamette Valley for flood risk management, maintaining Oregon’s coastal rivers for navigation and leading the Nation in hydropower generation, all while ensuring equal attention is placed on environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement and recreation. Portland District also serves as the Corps’ Hydroelectric Design Center, a national leader and Center of Expertise.

Col. Dorf started his career at Fort Lewis, Washington, as a platoon leader with A Co., 13th Engineer Battalion. Following a transfer to the Republic of Korea, he assumed positions of increasing responsibilities from company commander to assistant resident engineer to the Regimental Engineer for the 75th Ranger Regiment. From 2004 to 2011, he served as a branch chief at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College, executive officer of the 65th Engineer Bn., and commanded the 5th Engineer Detachment, Geospatial Planning Cell in Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Col. Dorf also deployed to Iraq during this time.

Col. Dorf commanded the 3rd Engineer Bn., 364th Regiment at McGregor Range, New Mexico and served as the Engineer Regiment’s branch chief at Human Resources Command from 2014 to 2016. Prior to assuming command at Portland District, he was a student at the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Canada.

He received his U.S. Army commission in 1993 and has served in leadership and staff positions in the Middle East, the Republic of Korea, Cuba and throughout the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Science from the University of Maine at Orono, a Master of Science in Defense Geographic Information from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Military Art and Science from the Command and General Staff College. His military education includes Engineer Officer’s Basic and Advance courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course and Canadian Forces National Security Program.

Col. Dorf’s military awards and decorations include two Bronze Star medals; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; five Meritorious Service medals; two Joint Service Commendation medals; Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korean service medals; the Ranger and Sapper tabs; the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Col. Dorf is married and has two children.