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Mike Dillabough

Operations and Readiness

Published Jan. 9, 2013
Michael (Mike) Dillabough is chief of the Operations and Readiness Division for the San Francisco District.

Promoted in 2003 to his current position, Dillabough is responsible for the district’s Emergency Management Office, Dredge Material Management Office, Office of Technical Services and Natural Resource Management, two flood-control/water-supply projects, the Navigational Debris Removal Section, the Bay Model Visitor Center, and, until a 2008 reorganization, the Regulatory Branch.

During early 2003, he deployed to Kuwait and Iraq as the senior project manger for the Gulf Regional Engineering Office and as the chief engineer for the Humanitarian Operations Center.  His work involved military and non-military customers from various nations, as he developed repairs to the Iraqi infrastructure.  Dillabough also provided engineering advice to United Nations relief agencies, as well as to relief agencies from England, Japan, Spain, Denmark and Kuwait.

In 2001, he became the first project manager assigned to a remote site – Warm Springs Dam.  His project manager “forward” duties included water-system management studies, feasibility studies, construction of flood-control projects, environmental restoration projects, dredging and jetties projects, and projects for the Warm Springs and Coyote Dams.

In 1994, he transferred to the Corps of Engineers Earthquake Preparedness Center of Expertise.  There, he served as an instructor and program manager for the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Technical Search Specialist Cadre and as an assistant program manager for the US&R Structural Specialist Cadre.

He was a facilities manager for the U.S. Navy from 1988 until 1994, assigned at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.  In this position, he was responsible for all repair, construction, and maintenance work for more than 550 facilities and their utilities, plus more than 25 miles of roads.

In 1987, Dillabough worked as a logistics analyst/planner for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation at Sunnyvale, California.  He also has worked for Martin Marietta Aerospace at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California as a senior engineer and technical writer.  He began his professional career in 1979 as a U.S. Air Force officer.

Dillabough holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from California State University at Chico.  His awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, two Humanitarian Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal.