David D. Chai

Deputy District Engineer

Far East District
Published July 20, 2022

Mr. David D. Chai currently serves as the Deputy District Engineer (DDE) and Chief of Programs and Project Management Division (PPMD) for the Far East District (CEPOF), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), headquartered in U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Humphreys, Korea. 

As the senior civilian in the Far East District (FED), Mr. Chai has programmatic oversight for the planning, engineering, design, and construction of Military & Host-Nation programs and activities valued in excess of $5.6 billion for the District.

Prior to assuming his current role as the DPM for FED, Mr. Chai served as the Deputy Chief for the Real Property Services Field Office (RSFO), Baltimore District (CENAB), USACE, overseeing an office that executed over $600 million in annual obligations for planning, engineering, real estate, contracting, and construction services.  He has nearly twenty years of experience as a Program/Project Manager dealing with Military, Interagency, and Host-Nation stakeholders.  His previous work experience includes the following: Program Manager, Security Operations Branch, Far East District, USACE; Project Manager, Korea Program Relocation Office, Far East District, USACE; Project Manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), United States Forces Korea (USFK) J2; Project Manager, Wyle Corporation, DIA, USFK J2; and Military Intelligence Officer, U.S. Army, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade and 2nd Infantry Division.

Mr. Chai is a graduate of the University of Washington and received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland University College.  In 2003, he commissioned as a U.S. Army Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).  Mr. Chai is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.  He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and Military Intelligence Corps Association.  His civilian and military awards and decorations include the National Intelligence Achievement Medal, Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award, Civilian Service Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Knowlton Award, and was named the USACE National Program Manager of the Year in FY2020.