Dale R. Brown, P.E. Lieutenant Colonel Dale R. Brown is a 1981 graduate of Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 1988, he received his Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. While a cadet at Norwich, he played fullback on the 1980 and 1981 Rugby team, earned an Air Force scholarship, and after graduation was commissioned into the Air Force Civil Engineers. He is a graduate of the AF Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College, and completed numerous programs at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Lt Col Brown’s AF career included a wide variety of base level assignments at Griffiss AFB, New York, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska and Pope AFB, North Carolina. His Major Command assignments included Headquarters Tactical Air Command and later Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Virginia. He opted for early retirement being offered as part of the AF force reduction program following his assignment to HQ USAF Civil Engineer staff at the Pentagon.
Lt Col Brown held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his many assignments. During his early assignments, his time on the ‘design boards’ produced numerous new construction renovation projects for completion by both in-house and contract forces. As the Design Branch Chief for the 5099th Civil Engineering Operations Squadron, he led an annual program valued over $60 million constructing facilities for remote sites located in the ‘bush’ regions of Alaska. While assigned as the Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Air Force Regional Civil Engineer, he directed work on over 25 projects valued over $100 million at bases located throughout the Southeast United States, meeting all congressional design milestones and budgets. During Operation Desert Storm, he performed engineering assessments of bomb damaged facilities and developed a new process to map bases in AutoCAD from overhead electronic imagery, completing maps for 22 middle east bases in four months. As Pope AFB Civil Engineer Operations Flight Chief, he was assigned as the sole AF Engineer to Joint Task Force 180 deployed to Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy to direct airfield engineering activities and repair operations. As the HQ USAF representative to the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s $3.4 billion Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Defense Program, he was responsible for getting the AF NBC Defense programs back on-track and leading efforts to get biological detection installed at several overseas AF bases located in high-threat areas.
Following his retirement in 1998, Lt Col Brown accepted a position with the Architectural Engineering firm of Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern (HSMM) in their Washington Office. He was promoted to Vice President and starting in 2001 was in charge of their Washington team of 70 professional architects and engineers executing designs for over $80 million in construction annually. Projects completed included both renovation and new construction for many different clients including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Pentagon, Andrews and Dover Air Force Base, Patuxent River and Dahlgren Naval Bases, West Virginia Air National Guard, Federal Bureau of Prisons and a multitude of state and local agencies.