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Davidson is the new Memphis District Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management

Published May 14, 2019

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 14, 2019 – Donny D. Davidson, Jr. is the new Memphis District deputy district engineer for programs and project management. He assumed his new role in April, after serving four and a half years as the Engineering and Construction Division chief.

In his new role, Davidson is the senior civilian advisor to the Memphis District commander. He is responsible for the development and execution of the District’s annual Civil Works Construction and Maintenance Program budget. Davidson helps lead the District in carrying out its responsibilities for flood damage reduction, navigation, environmental stewardship, emergency operations, other authorized civil works; and work for others along 610 miles of the Mississippi and White Rivers, encompassing a 25,000 square mile area in six states: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Davidson has 22 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has previously served as the District’s Construction Branch chief, executing the District’s overall construction mission. He also served as the Caruthersville Area Office area engineer and administrative contracting officer.

Before rejoining the Memphis District, Davidson served as the Far East District’s (Seoul, South Korea) Construction Division deputy chief. There he assisted in the overall execution and administration of the District’s $12 billion construction program, including the Yongson Relocation and Camp Humphreys’ construction program.

Davidson’s experience also includes service with the Corps’ Nashville District, as senior project engineer responsible for contract administration and quality assurance needs primarily associated with large dam safety projects at Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dams. He has also served as construction team leader for the New Orleans District, Orleans East Bank for Task Force Guardian post Hurricane Katrina.

Davidson’s overseas deployment experience includes an assignment as the deputy district engineer for programs and project management, Task Force Essayons, in Kuwait and Iraq. There he managed the development and execution of projects supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. In this position, he managed the overall activation, staffing, processes and business development of the new task force as well as the overall programmatic development and oversight of the planning, design, and construction mission of this new engineer district.

Davidson also deployed to Afghanistan where he served with the Corps’ Transatlantic South (TAS) District in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There he was the area engineer and administrative contracting officer for the Herat Area Office and Helmand Area Office, executing construction contracts in his 101,000 sq. mile area of responsibility and approximately $1.5 billion in construction. He also served as Construction chief and Engineering and Construction deputy chief at TAS.

Davidson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Memphis. He is a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee. He holds a Level III Facilities Engineering Certification as well as Level II Contracting Certification.

Davidson, his wife, Kimo, and their son, Tripp are natives of Newbern, Tennessee.