John Moreno, P.E., SES

Programs Director

South Pacific Division
Published Jan. 29, 2019

Mr. Moreno serves as Programs Director (PD), a US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Senior Executive at South Pacific Division, with primacy over a 5-state geographic area, as well as partial responsibilities for 5 additional states. The PD has oversight and direct accountability for delivering military installation products and services, civil works water resources management, and interagency support programs to include flood risk management, navigation, recreation, environmental support, ecosystem restoration, and regulatory permitting under the Clean Water Act.  Under broad authority from the Commanding General, the Programs Director is steward for executive direction and management through four regional USACE Districts delivering $11.5 billion in capital investments.  This position drives delivery of $4B in projects to support military personnel on 13 Army installations, 13 Air Force Bases, and 6 Reserve/National Guard facilities as well as supporting 820 recruiting centers for over 4,000 DOD personnel. This position exercises management authority and delivery accountability for 15.3 million acre-feet of flood storage, more than 6,300 miles of USACE and local flood protection structures, and over 3.5 million acre-feet per year of municipal and industrial (M&I) and irrigation water supply as well as providing critical maintenance dredging of 27 Federal Ports & Harbors, including 5 National Strategic Ports and 429 miles of federal navigation channel: #1 in value shipped and #3 in US tonnage. This position also assures public access to 183 recreation areas at 34 projects annually, hosting 19.6 million visits. The economic benefits to the recreation program produce $683M in visitors’ spending and 4,900 jobs within 30 miles of projects; value of this entire civil works program is over $6B.


Career Chronology:

  • Programs Director, South Pacific Division, USACE (2022-current)
  • Regional Business Director, South Pacific Division, USACE (2018-2022)
  • Chief of Engineering and Construction Division, South Pacific Division, USACE (2016-2018)
  • Chief of Engineering and Construction Division, Afghanistan District, USACE (2015-2016)
  • Chief of Engineering and Construction, Albuquerque District, USACE (2011-2015)
  • Construction Manager/Area Engineer, Fort Worth District, USACE (2006-2011)
  • Resident Engineer, Europe District, USACE (2001-2006)
  • Resident Engineer, Los Angeles District, USACE (1999-2001)



  • Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1990
  • Masters of Building Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
  • Professional Engineer, Civil Engineer, State of California, 1995
  • Administrative Contracting Officer, 2001
  • Army Acquisition Corps, 2009 (CON Level 2 and FE Level 3)
  • Advanced Civilian Education System, Army Management and Staff College, 2015


Awards and Honors:

  • HENAAC/Great Minds in Stem Executive Excellence (Military), 2020
  • Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, US Army Engineer Association, 2016
  • Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army, 2016
  • Civilian Combat Service Pin, USACE Afghanistan, 2016
  • Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army, 2011
  • Construction Manager of the Year, Southwestern Division, 2007


Professional memberships and associations:

  • Society of American Military Engineers, member since 2004