The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division serves as USACE’s tip of the spear in one of the most dynamic construction environments in the world, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS, BUILDING CAPACITY, and ENHANCING SECURITY for our nation, allies, and partners. 

We deliver agile, responsive, and innovative, design, construction, engineering and contingency solutions in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and other global partners to advance national security interests.

John L. Adams, SES

Regional Programs and Business Director

Transatlantic Division
Published Aug. 17, 2020

Mr. Adams was appointed into the Senior Executive Service (SES) in August 2020. He serves as Director, Regional Programs and Business Directorate, Transatlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, located in Winchester, Virginia. As the senior advisor to the Division Commander, he provides executive strategic leadership and technical, resource/financial and program management expertise for the Division. He is responsible for leading the execution of a multi-billion-dollar program, which provides design, construction and related engineering services in direct support to U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and other activities in thirteen countries located throughout the Middle East and Southwest Asia to establish the conditions for regional security and stability. In addition, he is responsible for enabling the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) global construction program through centralized planning/programming on behalf of the USACE Enterprise. Transatlantic Division is comprised of the Middle East District, located in Winchester, Virginia, one contingency district (Afghanistan District) and one contingency task force (Task Force Essayons), which total over 700 personnel (includes over 250 forward deployed with field offices located in nine countries). The Division supports Overseas Contingency Operations in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility and provides specialized capabilities for the USACE Enterprise, including the Technical Center of Expertise for Aircraft Hanger Fire Protection, the Center of Standardization for Non-Permanent Facilities and the USACE Contingency Deployment Center.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Adams served as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District Deputy District Engineer and Chief of its Programs and Project Management Division since December 2015. In that position, he was responsible for management of District Military Missions’ programs and activities throughout the Europe District's EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of operation. Mr. Adams had also served as Norfolk District’s Chief of the Projects Branch from November 2003 through November of 2015. In that position, he had responsibility to manage and lead the District’s Project Managers in the execution of Civil, IIS, Environmental, and Military projects throughout the District’s area of operation.

Mr. Adams has served the Government for over 35 years beginning his service with the Atlantic Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. He has served in various positions within both NAVFAC and USACE, to include a deployment as the Chief of the Engineering and Construction Division of the Afghanistan Engineer District-South (AED-South). Other overseas assignments have included Antigua West Indies, Naples and Aviano, Italy, and as an Area Engineer with the Corps of Engineers, Europe District in Ansbach, Germany.

Mr. Adams is a native of Lexington, VA. He attended Virginia Military Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1985. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified Project Management Professional, and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps.