Colonel Aaron L. Dorf

Deputy Commander

Northwestern Division
Published Aug. 17, 2020

Colonel Aaron L. Dorf became the Deputy Commander of the Northwestern Division, on August 17, 2020.

As Deputy Division Commander, he is responsible for providing guidance and direction to five operating district commands located in Portland, Oregon; Seattle and Walla Walla, Washington; Kansas City, Missouri; and Omaha, Nebraska; with a combined professional workforce of nearly 4,800. Key missions include managing the nation’s water resources infrastructure for economic growth and environmental sustainability, timely response to natural disasters, support to military installations and civilian communities throughout the region and strengthening national security.

Prior to joining the Northwestern Division, Col. Dorf served as the Portland District commander from 2017-2020.

Col. Dorf began his career at Fort Lewis, Washington, as a platoon leader with A Company, 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 Battalion, 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 Battalion, 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 his 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.