Meet Our: Dan Klingshirn

Published April 8, 2020
Dan Klingshirn

Dan Klingshirn was recently selected as the new chief of the military Regional Reimbursable & Military Construction Branch.

Explain your job in three sentences.
The Regional Reimbursable & Military Construction Branch provides support to our military partners at multiple locations throughout the Southeast, including Joint Base Charleston and Fort Jackson. My job is to build a team of project managers that can leverage the District’s talented workforce to assist and support our customers and military partners. We focus on new construction, building renovations, design solutions, and facility management services.

What is the most unique thing you bring to the District?
I’ve travelled to over 30 countries and spent a portion of my career working on projects in many foreign countries. It was a very rewarding experience and I had to learn how to work with very diverse stakeholders for project success.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?  
Helping solve some of our customers’ hardest problems. We’re working side-by-side with them through all phases of the project delivery process to make sure we are meeting their needs and using taxpayer funds in the most appropriate way possible. 

Highlight a notable milestone or memory in your career. 
One of my favorite projects was a new health clinic in Samoa. An existing health clinic was damaged in a tsunami, and we initially planned to renovate the existing clinic. After we developed the cost estimate and scope, we realized constructing a new clinic would be more cost-effective. The project took a long time because we had to identify a new location, work with a foreign government and the US Embassy for the legal agreements, and hire a contractor who could complete the work. The project completion was scheduled to coincide with the US Embassy’s celebration of Samoa’s independence day, and the US Ambassador and President of Samoa delivered remarks from the project. 

What goals do you have for your career at the Charleston District? 
My goals are to continue the high level of customer support, expand our services to new customers, and make sure our people have the right training and skills to deliver challenging projects on time.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?    
I taught sailing for a summer, and have raced sailboats for 10 years.