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  • Cleveland Breakwater offers safe navigation and protection for harbor

    Feb 27, 2015

    The $36.6 million Cleveland Harbor Breakwater infrastructure restoration work has proved critical to Cleveland Harbor keeping the navigation system on track for meeting the needs of the nation.

  • Veterans Curation Program celebrates five years

    Feb 27, 2015

    Service members transitioning from military to civilian life face many challenges; especially service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. The nation has come a long way in addressing transition-related issues including adjustment to life, healthcare, and employment through a variety of programs and initiatives. The Veterans Curation Program is one such resource that has proven itself successful.

  • Division leadership program emphasizes 'thinking regionally'

    Feb 27, 2015

    "Thinking regionally" and understanding organizational structures, missions and leadership perspectives is why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division's Regional Leadership Development Program sent its participants to the Nashville District in Music City this week.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains Arctic air base supporting national security

    Feb 25, 2015

    It's 9 p.m. and 2 degrees in Thule Air Base located in the northwestern corner of Greenland in the Arctic Circle. A team of engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are haggard after a long overnight flight that was followed by a day of visiting projects. They were about to call it a day when they decide to visit the base's museum.

  • Corps of Engineers renovation project helps Soldiers at Fort Meade

    Feb 24, 2015

    Single Soldiers attending courses at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade, Md., now have a modern, renovated home thanks to a project completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District.

  • 13 businesses awarded Utility Monitoring and Control Systems contracts

    Feb 24, 2015

    Huntsville Center awarded the last of 13 contractors to the fourth generation of its Utility Monitoring and Control Systems (UMCS) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) in January. Representatives from the pool of contractors gathered for a post-award kickoff meeting Feb. 18 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus.

  • Federal funding breathes life into Greens Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project

    Feb 24, 2015

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 24, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Harris County Flood Control District will start work on the Greens Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project in north Harris County this year due to $8 million in start-up funding allocated in the federal fiscal year 2015 budget for the Corps' Civil Works program.

  • Liberia mission brings unique challenges, high rewards for engineer team

    Feb 21, 2015

    After turning over the last of 10 Ebola treatment centers in January, U.S. military task force members have begun withdrawing from West Africa as new cases of the disease tail off to virtually zero in Liberia.

  • USACE Galveston District to host Stakeholder Partnering Forum

    Feb 20, 2015

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 20, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will meet with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners to collaborate on best practices regarding programs ranging from environmental to flood risk management, dredging the Texas coast and regulatory oversight of U.S. waters during a Stakeholder Partnering Forum Feb. 25 at the district's headquarters building in Galveston.

  • Transatlantic Division holds change of responsibility ceremony

    Feb 20, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic Division held its change of responsibility ceremony at the Division's headquarters in Winchester, Virginia. During the ceremony, the Division bid farewell to outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Ward and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Johnson as the new command sergeant major of the Transatlantic Division.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $4,106,760 contract for Alexander Island Placement Area Containment

    Feb 19, 2015

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 19, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $4,106,760 to Southern Contracting LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, to perform containment dike raising on Alexander Island Placement Area, located along the Houston Ship Channel.

  • STEM: Building designs come to life with 3-D modeling

    Feb 18, 2015

    In February, five structural engineers with the Louisville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) visited Scott Middle School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, to give more than 100 eighth grade students a glimpse into the engineering profession.

  • STEM: Robotics competition brings engineering to life

    Feb 18, 2015

    As part of USACE's strategy to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives the Louisville District became involved with judging VEX Robotics competitions--the fastest growing STEM game in the world.

  • What is the USACE Galveston District's Continuing Authorities Program?

    Feb 18, 2015

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 18, 2015) - The Continuing Authorities Program provides the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District with the authority to solve water resource, flood risk mitigation and environmental restoration problems in partnership with local sponsors without the need to obtain specific congressional authorization for each project. This decreases the amount of time required to budget, develop and approve a potential project for construction.

  • Honolulu District Engineers Participate in 2015 National Engineers Week Activities

    Feb 18, 2015

    More than 200 engineers and friends of the 17 organizations within the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies plus invited local VIPs and dignitaries and engineers from the Honolulu District are expected to gather at the Hale Koa's Banyan Tree Showroom Feb. 24 for a luncheon to kick off Engineers Week 2015, which runs Feb. 22-28. The 2015 Engineers Week theme is "Discover Engineering!" and the local theme is "sustainability."

  • Army Corps of Engineers water management engineer earns Black Engineer of the Year honor

    Feb 15, 2015

    Michael C. Sterling, Ph.D., the chief of the Water Management and Infrastructure Branch, Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Dallas, has been named the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year for Professional Achievement (Government Category) during the 29th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) ceremony in Washington.

  • Army Corps workers honored for deployments

    Feb 13, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers likes to recognize the achievements and contributions employees have made during deployments worldwide. Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville employees Sharon Howard, Business Management Office, and Tracey Shaw, Contracting Directorate, were both recognized for their efforts while deployed to Afghanistan.

  • District awards geotechnical services contract as part of Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Study

    Feb 13, 2015

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 13, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $208,866.76 to Quaternary Resources Investigations LLC, for core drilling, soil sampling and laboratory testing of soil conditions in Orange and Jefferson counties, Texas.

  • Huntsville Center worker recalls uncle, Tuskegee Airman and decorated pilot

    Feb 13, 2015

    When Robert Meekie, a contract specialist at the Engineering and Support Center's Contracting Directorate, thinks of the great contributions African-Americans have made in America's history, he doesn't have to look any further than his own relative.

  • Department of Defense leases property to a charter school at Armed Forces Retirement Home

    Feb 13, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, represented the Department of Defense at a unique real estate transaction at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9.

  • Strategic review keeps Huntsville Center moving in right direction

    Feb 13, 2015

    Maintaining transparency, listening to and meeting the needs of customers and clearly defining measures of success were resounding themes throughout the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Huntsville Center Command Strategic Review.

  • Oklahoma items on display in St. Louis for Assistant Secretary Darcy

    Feb 12, 2015

    Although she will be in Missouri, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, will view pieces of Oklahoma's history while visiting the St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to celebrate the five year anniversary of the Veterans Curation Program (VCP).

  • Listening sessions available for establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

    Feb 12, 2015

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 12, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District encourages agency partners, local non-federal sponsors and customers to participate in upcoming listening sessions regarding the 2015 Executive Order, Establishing of a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input, as well as in the 60-day public comment period open through April 6.

  • Civil works projects mean American jobs, Army leader says

    Feb 11, 2015

    For every $1 billion spent on civil works projects by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, about 20,000 jobs are created, Army senior leaders said.

  • Meeting informs public of actions to clean up formerly used defense site

    Feb 10, 2015

    A public meeting will provide interested individuals with information about a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, investigation for potential munitions at the former Camp Van Dorn, a 41,544-acre formerly-used defense site, or FUDS, located in Mississippi's Wilkinson and Amite counties.

  • Corps of Engineers brings actress to highlight rugged American history

    Feb 10, 2015

    The crack of a whip, anguished cries, spiritual songs with double meanings, courage in the face of death -- all performed by an acclaimed actress to remind people what slaves ran from as they escaped to freedom through the Underground Railroad in the 1850s.

  • Medical Division employees receive kudos from customer

    Feb 10, 2015

    Two employees with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville's Medical Division received certificates of achievement from the director of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for support provided in fiscal year 2014 during a town hall Jan. 23.

  • Middle East District kicks off Leadership Development Program in the field

    Feb 6, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District recently kicked off Leadership Development I in the field, marking the first time the program has been held for field offices within the District's area of responsibility.

  • Breaking barriers: Army opens first-of-its-kind ACP in Germany

    Feb 5, 2015

    The Clay Kaserne Access Control Point is the first Department of Defense project worldwide to employ a new active vehicle barrier safety scheme, know as High Efficiency Presence Detection. Representatives from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, U.S Army Europe, Installation Management Command-Europe, the German armed forces and ministries of construction and finance, URS Deutschland, Hermanns and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District officially opened the $6.3 million ACP with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 28.

  • Continuous process improvement increases center efficiency, customer satisfaction

    Feb 5, 2015

    Everyone has ideas about what is wrong, what could be done differently and how they might fix problems in their work areas. They just might not know how to go about getting it done. That's something Huntsville Center's Program Improvement Manager Carolyn Harris wants to change.

  • President's FY16 Budget for USACE Civil Works released

    Feb 5, 2015

    Galveston, Texas (Feb. 5, 2015) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will receive new feasibility funding for the Houston Ship Channel and Coastal Texas studies; continued funding for the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay study; construction funding for Addicks and Barker Dams and Greens Bayou in Houston, as well as continued Operation and Maintenance funding for the Texas waterways in the president's fiscal year 2016 budget for the Corps' Civil Works program.

  • Huntsville Center Furnishings Program replacing Army administration furniture in Republic of Korea

    Feb 5, 2015

    Huntsville Center's Furnishings Program, designated as the central manager for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Furnishings Program, completed a three-contract, $6.7 million project to replace administrative furniture at Army facilities across the South Korean peninsula.

  • Cub Scouts, Army Corps of Engineers partner to foster environmental awareness

    Feb 4, 2015

    Baltimore District Army Corps organized a guided tour of the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island for a Cub Scout troop on Jan. 25, 2015 as part of the district's ongoing STEM program.

  • Mother Nature allows for start early to winter lock maintenance

    Feb 4, 2015

    Following a historically late start to the navigation season in 2014, Mother Nature once again showed who's in charge, giving the region a shot of cold air and shutting down navigation earlier than anticipated. This worked in favor of the district's maintenance and repair section, based out of the Fountain City, Wisconsin, service base.

  • Black History Month: Shining a light on contributions of black Americans

    Feb 4, 2015

    February is Black History Month, a time set aside to learn more about the many contributions that black Americans have made to our history, and to celebrate their culture and achievements.

  • ARNORTH AREC discuses capabilities, way ahead with 412th TEC, Army Corps of Engineers

    Jan 30, 2015

    Col. Alberto Rivera, deputy director, and Sgt. Major Rodger Clark, senior enlisted advisor, both with the Army North Army Reserve Engagement Cell, met with leaders of the 412th Theater Engineer Command and Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, to cross-talk capabilities and the way ahead in Vicksburg, Miss., Jan. 28. The ARECs are designed as "one-stop shops," directly linking back to United States Army Reserve Command and it's subordinate commands, said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley when he spoke at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Convention in 2013. The subject matter experts on these teams will help the active duty units understand how to use the Army Reserve's capabilities. This was the ARECs first visit to the 412th TEC. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Debralee Best)

  • Team eyes mission's next phase as Ebola treatment units completed

    Jan 29, 2015

    U.S. and international agencies carrying out Operation United Assistance efforts have wrapped up work on the final two of 10 Ebola treatment units in Liberia, a top engineer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) said Jan. 23.

  • Looking ahead to new missions, building upgrades and delivering on promises

    Jan 28, 2015

    Huntsville Center Commander Col. Robert Ruch led off a Jan. 23 town hall sharing praise he's received from leaders across USACE and the Army, and looking ahead at work coming to the Center as a result of successful project delivery time after time.

  • Savannah USACE begins harbor deepening, recovers CSS Georgia 150 years after its abandonment

    Jan 28, 2015

    Recovering the CSS Georgia ironclad scuttled on the Savannah River floor marks the beginning of the construction phase of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

  • Work crews top out Kentucky Lock's first concrete monolith

    Jan 28, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District placed concrete to top-out the first massive concrete monolith for the Kentucky Lock Addition project this past week. This milestone is a significant step towards completion of the new 1,200-foot-long navigation lock at Kentucky Dam.

  • Army Corps of Engineers caring for people, environment

    Jan 27, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working on important projects worldwide that often go unnoticed -- as compared to a large natural disaster when Corps activities get more visibility. Here are some snapshots of work they've been doing just over the last several weeks.

  • Army Corps of Engineers improves VA, Army medical facilities

    Jan 26, 2015

    When it comes to waterway and storm mitigation projects, the United States turns to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, for assistance.

  • Dewatering the Black Rock Lock

    Jan 26, 2015

    In preparation of the upcoming maintenance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District Dive Team ventured under the water in the Black Rock Lock to seal off the lock chamber.

  • Team APG partners with local STEM community to host 2014 FIRST Lego League

    Jan 24, 2015

    Team Aberdeen Proving Ground partnered with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and 'For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,' known as FIRST, hosted the 2014 FIRST Lego League robotics competition for students age 9-14, Saturday, January 24 at U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command headquarters at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

  • Dolos Construction

    Jan 23, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District is already preparing for the 2015 construction season. In 2015 the Cleveland and Oswego harbor breakwaters will be repaired using dolos that are currently being constructed. A dolos is a concrete block in a complex geometric shape used in great numbers to protect harbor walls from the erosive force of wave action.

  • Accidents down in first quarter 2015

    Jan 23, 2015

    Accidental Soldier fatalities were down 8 percent at the close of the first quarter of fiscal 2015, continuing the downward trend that culminated in the Army's safest year on record during 2014.

  • Army Corps, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds" Reopen Renovated Quad D Barracks

    Jan 23, 2015

    Honolulu District officials and Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds" gathered in the center of historic Quad D at Schofield Barracks Jan. 23 for a ribbon cutting ceremony, which officially reopened two barracks renovated by the Corps of Engineers.

  • Corps of Engineers female officer qualifies for unique Army Ranger program

    Jan 21, 2015

    Capt. Kelly Giraud, chief, maintenance branch, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct in Washington, D.C., took a week in November to join other women Soldiers who volunteered to go through a portion of Army Ranger training at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Huntsville Center Contracting professionals honored

    Jan 20, 2015

    Two Huntsville Center contracting professionals received Excellence in Contracting awards Jan. 12. Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Kendall presented the awards during a staff meeting at the Center.

  • 52 fun-filled weeks of the FAR

    Jan 16, 2015

    Making the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) fun, conversational and relatable -- as well as giving people the tools to use it more effectively -- are the primary goals of a new lunch-and-learn program at the Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.

  • Music City workshop tunes up tribal consultations

    Jan 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 16, 2015) -- State and federal agency representatives met in Music City this week to tune up and improve how they consult with tribal nations in a workshop hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

  • Project manager garners Buckeye notoriety in 'Drive to the Championship'

    Jan 15, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 15, 2015) -- A project manager recently garnered Buckeye notoriety when several reporters from ABC Channel 6 from Columbus, Ohio featured the Ohio State University football fanatic in their "Drive to the Championship" report.

  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

    Jan 14, 2015

    "Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others? - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • USACE engineers participate in DoDDS-Europe STEMposium

    Jan 13, 2015

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District welcomed 36 students, representing 23 military high schools, for a day of design, engineering and construction activities during the fourth annual, weeklong Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe STEMposium here.

  • Huntsville Center explores green roof option at Pentagon

    Jan 7, 2015

    As part of an ongoing effort to reduce energy consumption at the Pentagon, Huntsville Center program managers looked at the possibility of installing a vegetative roof.

  • 18 Eagles Spotted at Annual Abiquiu Eagle Watch

    Jan 7, 2015

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District's Abiquiu Lake hosted its annual Midwinter Eagle Watch Jan. 3, 2015. The event was a success despite the cold weather.

  • Huntsville Center planners have full-spectrum worldwide focus

    Jan 5, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville's newest planner brings an additional set of capabilities and a fresh perspective to the Planning and Programming team.

  • The Corps Environment - January 2015

    Dec 31, 2014

    The Corps Environment is an online quarterly publication produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to highlight USACE and Armywide environmental initiatives, issues, policies and technologies.

  • New England District holds Hispanic Heritage Month Observance

    Dec 30, 2014

    In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, Ruth Ann Brien, Hispanic Heritage Program Manager and Jacqueline DiDomenico, EEO Officer, invited Haxel Estavillo to serve as keynote speaker for this year's District event. Estavillo is a technical expert in Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Analysis and Life Cycle Sustainment for Raytheon Company's Integrated Defense Systems. He joined Col. Christopher Barron, New England District Commander, and dozens of District team members in the theater for his presentation entitled, "Closing the Gap."

  • New England District team observes Native American Heritage

    Dec 30, 2014

    Shelly Lowe, Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program, visited the New England District to serve as keynote speaker at the Equal Employment Opportunity's Native American Heritage Month event. Lowe's presentation, held in the Concord Park theater, was titled, "Native Americans in Higher Education." The keynote speaker began by talking about values that are found in the Native American culture. "Identity and location matter," she said. "Difference is not a problem. Education is important. Our history and future are equally important."

  • Center approves release of RACER cost estimating software update

    Dec 30, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental and Munitions Center of Expertise has approved the release of a new version of the Remedial Action Cost Engineering and Requirements (RACER) software.

  • Boy Scout Completes River Trail Parking Lot Upgrades

    Dec 30, 2014

    Sturbridge Boy Scout Chris Sutter has taken a major step towards earning the rank of Eagle Scout by completing his required service project -- making upgrades and repairs to the Quinebaug River water trail and Lake Siog Pass hiking trail head parking lot located at 20 Pond Bridge Road in Holland, Massachusetts.

  • District Team Attends Local STEM Event to Listen and Learn

    Dec 30, 2014

    Getting young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers is a high priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Engineers and scientists make great efforts to expose future employees to STEM by speaking at schools, judging events and mentoring. But what about the here and now? What about the current employees who are in STEM careers? How do we inspire them -- particularly women -- to stay in these worthwhile positions?

  • Watertown FUDS Property, Remediated, Returned to Residents

    Dec 30, 2014

    The successful remediation of the General Services Administration (GSA) Watertown Formerly Used Defense Site, marks the completion of the last remaining site associated with the Watertown Arsenal, Massachusetts cleanup. The site was restored from a hazardous waste site to a lush, green recreation space allowing the federal government to return the property back to the people of Massachusetts after 94 years. The New England District was the lead agency for the cleanup and worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and GSA to ensure the site was suitable for its future use as park land.

  • Southwestern Division's Fiscal Year 2014 marked by accomplishments in civil works, military programs

    Dec 28, 2014

    The Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, marked a year of accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2014, brought about in large part by solid partnerships and extraordinary efforts of the SWD workforce, according to SWD officials.

  • Engineer earns praise for work on International Levee Handbook

    Dec 24, 2014

    Rosemary Schmidt, Chief, Geology and Chemistry Section for Engineering/Planning, received a plaque from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Levee Safety Program during the Nov. 6 Command and Staff Meeting held in the Concord Park theater in Concord, Massachusetts. Schmidt, who is a supervisory geologist and has been with the New England District since May 1992, received the award for her outstanding contributions to the International Levee Handbook.

  • Soldiers celebrating holidays while keeping global vigil

    Dec 23, 2014

    Soldiers in America and those serving in far-flung places around the world -- many in harm's way -- are celebrating the holidays in various ways.

  • Sexual Harassment, Assault: See It! Report It! Stop It!

    Dec 23, 2014

    Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to Army's policy on sexual harassment, it violates acceptable standards of integrity and conduct required of all Army personnel - military and civilian.

  • Restoring American Bald Eagle to upper Cumberland region a tall tale

    Dec 23, 2014

    Nurturing baby American Bald Eagles in a man-made crib atop a 23-foot tower seems like a tall tale, but that is exactly how biologists carried out a conservation plan in the late 1980s to restore the nation's symbol to the upper Cumberland region.

  • Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA clearance

    Dec 22, 2014

    The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment is a mobile phone-based application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, which may help clinicians diagnose a patient in as little as five minutes.

  • Army geospatial engineers support Ebola relief effort

    Dec 22, 2014

    Soldiers at the Army Geospatial Center in Alexandria, Virginia, are using their training as geospatial engineers to analyze data from satellite imagery, aerial photography and field reconnaissance to support relief efforts at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

  • The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and the Savannah River - A Wrap-Up

    Dec 22, 2014

    Editor's note: Beginning in July 2013 the Savannah District Army Corps of Engineer's blog, Balancing the Basin, has posted a series of stories on the environmental monitoring of the Savannah River as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The monitoring program continues and some will be expanded and continued into the future. This article encapsulates the information presented in this blog over the past 18 months.

  • Sector Gates Raised After 35 Years

    Dec 22, 2014

    For the first time in 35 years, the 255,000-pound sector gates at the Thomas J. (T.J.) O'Brien Lock and Dam are being raised and repaired as part of a critical maintenance project designed to rehabilitate the 54-year-old facility. T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam is a unit of the Illinois Waterway Navigation System and is located at the entrance to Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Corps of Engineers strengthens SHARP stance in Europe

    Dec 18, 2014

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District has placed renewed emphasis on its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program in an effort to promote awareness and simplify reporting procedures for personnel at its headquarters, area and resident offices across the Continent.

  • District Observes Disabilities Awareness Month event

    Dec 18, 2014

    Sheila Radziewicz, published author and award winning advocate, speaker and educator served as keynote speaker during the New England District's Disabilities Awareness Month event, Oct. 6 in the Concord Park Theater. Radziewicz has Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius (TAR) Syndrome, a rare disorder the affects fewer than one in 100,000 newborns. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, TAR Syndrome is characterized by the absence of a bone called the radius in each forearm. Among many possible abnormalities, TAR Syndrome is also associated with short stature and additional skeletal abnormalities, including the under development of bones in the arms or legs.

  • Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Harris County Flood Control District mark milestone

    Dec 17, 2014

    The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) marked an important milestone today, joining its federal partner -- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District -- in signing key agreements for major flood damage reduction projects in the White Oak and Hunting Bayou watersheds.

  • Clock winds down as the Savannah District's elite engineering team readies for deployment

    Dec 16, 2014

    As 2014 departs, so will 12 members of the 542nd Forward Engineering Support Team - Advanced (FEST-A), who deploy to Kuwait in January for more than six months to provide specialized technical engineering support for the Central Command area of responsibility.

  • Honoring 'Those Who Served' during Concord flag retirement ceremony

    Dec 16, 2014

    Col. Christopher Barron, New England District Commander, joined Concord, Massachusetts town officials, state representatives and residents in the annual Veterans Day Flag Retirement Ceremony held, Nov. 11. The official procession began at the Prichard Gate of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Col. Barron and parade marshal, Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) Robert Norton of the Massachusetts National Guard, lead Veterans and military representatives, bagpipers, the 4-H Fife and Drum Corps, the Concord Minutemen and Concord Independent Battery, clergy, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups as well as selectmen and government officials through the cemetery to the cemetery flagpole for the official presentation.

  • Social network safety: How to protect your identity online

    Dec 15, 2014

    As a result of recent world events and a continual effort to protect the force, special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Computer Crime Investigative Unit, are strongly recommending that anyone affiliated with the U.S. military, review their social media accounts to make sure they are using the best security settings to protect their online profiles.

  • District Engineer signs STEM agreement with Worcester State University

    Dec 15, 2014

    The New England District has entered into a STEM Partnership in Education Agreement with Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Col. Christopher Barron, New England District Commander, and New England District's STEM coordinator, Mark Anderson, traveled to the university to meet with President Barry Maloney on Oct. 27, to sign the agreement.

  • Elizabeth Mine team receives top environmental award

    Dec 15, 2014

    The Elizabeth Mine Superfund Site Project Delivery Team (PDT) received the prestigious Green Dream Team Award in the 2014 USACE Sustainability Award Program during a virtual awards ceremony held via video teleconference (VTC) in the Vermont Conference Room on Oct. 7. The Green Dream Team Award recognizes exceptional leadership by an interagency green team to effectively place a federal sustainability idea into action.

  • West Point on track to achieve Net Zero goals with Army Corps of Engineers' help

    Dec 15, 2014

    The U.S. Army Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Energy Division, in Alabama, met with Director of Public Works Matt Talaber at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in October, to chart a way ahead for helping the institution achieve its Net Zero goal.

  • Honolulu District Continues Support to Army, Pacific Region in 2014

    Dec 15, 2014

    During 2014 highly motivated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District staff supported military construction at Hawaii Army posts with the District completing 16 projects including three unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing units -- one each at Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation, and Tripler Army Medical Center - and the Warriors in Transition Barracks and Complex at Schofield.

  • Army, NGA leaders discuss geospatial systems integration and development of the AGE

    Dec 12, 2014

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12, 2014-- Members of the U.S. Army Geospatial-Enterprise Governance Board convened Monday at the Pentagon for their initial meeting of fiscal year 2015 to review the latest efforts being undertaken to tackle geospatial interoperability and the development of a network enabled geospatial enterprise despite growing fiscal challenges and reductions in the force structure.

  • USACE Galveston District awards contract options for Matagorda Ship Channel dredging

    Dec 11, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded three contract options in the amount of $4.3 million to Orion Marine Construction Inc. for dredging of additional reaches of the Matagorda Ship Channel in Matagorda and Calhoun counties, Texas.

  • Army Reserve engineer command chief encourages JROTC cadets to shoot for the top

    Dec 9, 2014

    This was the fourth time this year a senior leader from the 416th TEC visited a Chicago high school to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Previous visits included two general officers and a full-bird colonel. Each of them talked about how the Army Reserve shaped their career and provided them with unique opportunities.

  • Lock staff's quick response save canoeist, dog

    Dec 9, 2014

    A typical day at Lock and Dam 5, near Minnesota City, Minn., turned into a quick reaction rescue for two of the St. Paul District's lock operators recently.

  • USACE Galveston District hosts Levee Safety Workshop

    Dec 8, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 8, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District hosted more than 150 professionals during the Levee Safety Community of Practice Workshop Dec. 1-4 to discuss the program's progress and how the risk framework has developed; review changes to policy and guidance documents; provide updates to partners and to facilitate an open forum to discuss program successes and challenges.

  • Veterans Curation Program marks five years of preserving history

    Dec 5, 2014

    An innovative program that helps veterans of all services gain a variety of new skills while helping the nation curate its archaeological artifacts celebrated its fifth year, Dec. 3, 2014.

  • U.S. Army announces 'Notice of Intent' to award another solar project on Redstone Arsenal

    Dec 5, 2014

    U.S. Army announces intent to award another solar project on Redstone Arsenal

  • Morgantown lock dewatering reveals severe damage

    Dec 5, 2014

    The extent of deterioration at one of Pittsburgh District's aging navigation locks surprised repair crews and increased the maintenance schedule and budget during a recent dewatering.

  • Junior engineer officer boosts missile defense project team

    Dec 4, 2014

    Serving as an assistant project engineer on a $134 million presidentially mandated ballistic missile defense facility isn't a typical company-grade officer assignment, but after being accepted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Technical Engineer Competency Development Program in July, 1st Lt. Aaron Weatherly joined Europe District's project team in Deveselu, Romania.

  • Take charge of your online identity

    Dec 4, 2014

    I encourage you to review your own social media accounts and ask that your family members do the same. Personal security and operational security go hand in hand; they are vital to our workforce and nation's security and it is everyone's responsibility to practice OPSEC.

  • Baltimore Corps of Engineers helps "Angels" in the community

    Dec 4, 2014

    For the 21st year in a row, employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, contributed toys and other gifts to more than 150 children as part of The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.

  • Army issues notice of intent to award for Redstone Arsenal solar project

    Dec 4, 2014

    The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the U.S. Army Garrison - Redstone Arsenal, issued a notice of intent to award to Sunpower Corporation today for a solar facility on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, capable of producing up to 18,000 megawatt-hours/year of on-site renewable energy.

  • Water safety is a year-round concern

    Dec 3, 2014

    Public safety is the number-one priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Corps of Engineers urges anyone planning to be on or around water to practice boating and water safety.

  • Corps engineer will take another run at elected office

    Dec 3, 2014

    Michael Hitchings, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District project manager, ran for a seat on the Harford County, Md., Board of Education. On Nov. 4, he came close to winning.

  • USACE Galveston District spotlight on Diane Kovacevich

    Dec 1, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas -- For the last five months, Diane Kovacevich has filled the role of a management analysis officer, processing personnel actions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Resource Management Office, maintaining integrated manning documents and submitting reports -- all new tasks that she readily accepted in her 40th year of service to help fill a gap in her office, proving that it's never too late to learn something new regardless which stage people are at in their careers.

  • US Army Corps of Engineers build Afghan National Army base in the shadow of Alexander the Great

    Nov 28, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is completing the construction of a $24.5 million military base facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in support of the Afghanistan National Army 2-209th Corps. This will be the first major military base built in the Kunduz province since 328 BC when the Greeks built a similar garrison nearby in what is known today as Ai Khanum.

  • CID warns of new carjacking scam, provides holiday safety tips

    Nov 26, 2014

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is warning the greater Army community about a new carjacking scam targeting unsuspecting holiday shoppers.

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