Lieutenant Colonel Daniel (Dan) Hayden joined the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Afghanistan District as Deputy Commander on September 14, 2019. In this position, he is second in command of the District, which has more than 130 civilian, military, and contract employees who provide engineering solutions and expertise in support of U. S. efforts to help build a stronger Afghanistan.
Before his assignment with the Afghanistan District, Lieutenant Colonel Hayden was Deputy Commander of the Chicago District, where he assisted the Commander in water resources development in the greater Chicago metropolitan area and throughout northwest Indiana. Prior to his assignment in Chicago, Lt. Col. Hayden was the Chief of Accessions Division in the Department of Military Instruction at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
He is a U. S. Army Engineer officer who has served in a variety of command and staff positions from platoon leader to battalion executive officer. Lt. Col. Hayden completed five combat deployments throughout his career having served twice in Iraq and three times in Afghanistan with duties ranging from facilities engineer to battalion operations officer.
A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, he received his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a degree in Political Science. He holds a Master of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and a Master of Military Art and Science in Military History degree from the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Lt. Col. Hayden’s awards and decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, and the Sapper Tab.