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    Damon Lilly named to Senior Executive Service

    Damon Lilly inducted as new Senior Executive Service member

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Ershwyn Thibou | Damon Lilly poses for a photo with Pacific Ocean Division Commanding General, Brig....... read more read more

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – (July 16, 2019) The Secretary of the Army has appointed Damon Lilly to the Senior Executive Service as the Program Director for the Pacific Ocean Division (POD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was notified in late Dec. 2018 of his promotion.

    Lilly was inducted into the Senior Executive Service corps aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, at Ford Island.

    In this new position, Lilly is responsible for providing leadership to the division and its four districts. He is charged with overseeing a budget of over $3 billion and will provide strategic guidance in the execution and delivery of all programs across different areas of POD’s portfolio that covers one-third of the earth's surface. His area of responsibility covers the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and includes approximately 1,700 active duty military, U.S. civilians and foreign nationals.

    POD's Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner, presided over Lilly's induction. "It is our good fortune to have Damon become only the third ever Senior Executive Service civil servant to lead POD’s Program’s Directorate. His background and experience is not only impressive, they display exactly the career path we are looking for in our SES civil servants to lead the division toward continued success,"Tickner said.

    Lilly brings over 35 years of public service experience to POD, serving 23 years in the U.S. Navy where he spent nine years as an enlisted service member and 14 years as a military officer. Whether in the military or in his civilian capacity, he has been in leadership positions for over twenty five years.

    Lilly, who prior to his promotion, was the Deputy District Engineer for Planning, Programs and Project Management at the Seattle District, expressed gratitude for being selected to fill his new position. "I admire my predecessors and desire to live up to the high standards and legacy of excellence that they have established at POD,” he said.

    Since retiring from the military, Lilly has embarked on a civil service career that covers the last 12 years. He worked as a Navy Facilities Engineering Command contracting officer for three years and spent five years working at the Japan District as chief of the Navy/Marine Branch, Programs and Project Management Division.

    Lilly says that his combined military and civil service leadership experience has helped to put him in a position to successfully face the challenges of his new job. He stressed that all along the way, he has had the privilege of leading and working with high caliber personnel whose talent and professionalism made it a pleasure to lead.

    Lilly believes that the experience gained in his last position, which covers the full spectrum of USACE mission sets, will be very useful as he undertakes the responsibilities of his new role. He added that interactions with various stakeholders and other leadership roles has also helped to prepare him for the new role as director of regional business.

    Lilly credits his family for their encouragement and understanding, as well as for providing a great support system throughout his career. He also emphasized the importance of professional relationships. “It is those relationships and one’s ability to interact with people that make the difference in dealing with people, problems, and issues,” Lilly said.

    Lilly has earned many awards throughout his career, but downplays the significance of those accolades, giving some insight into what is important to him. “I’m focused on providing value for the Department of Defense and our nation. I want to provide value through the delivery of facilities and infrastructure for all our partners and service members in theater. I want to provide for the quality of life for our families and support our allies. That for me is the true measure of success and not what’s hanging on a wall,” said Lilly.

    Lilly added that he is looking forward to building upon relationships and forming new ones with the POD ohana, as well as tackling unique challenges and supporting allies.

    Lilly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering from Auburn University and a Master's Degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida.



    Date Taken: 07.17.2019
    Date Posted: 07.17.2019 22:03
    Story ID: 331885
    Location: HONOLULU, HI, US 
    Hometown: ASHAWAY, RI, US

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