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  • From seaside cities to landlocked Afghanistan Giles assures quality and safety of new construction

    Nov 19, 2012

    It could be said that Jeff Giles was born of the sea. The 58-year-old former U.S. Navy Seabee who served in such exotic seaside cities as Kenitra, Morocco and Sigonella, Italy, has built a 35-year career closely connected to the water. Yet now, and for the next 10 months, Giles will be supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction mission in landlocked southern Afghanistan. Despite the lack of waterways, Giles, whose favorite place to be is on his boat fishing the Gulf Coast said, "It's a privilege to serve, and I'm honored that I was selected for deployment."

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers to generate power for Hurricane Sandy victims

    Nov 19, 2012

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has stated that his top priority is to restore power to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and luckily, the 249th Engineer Battalion, from Fort Bragg, N.C., is helping to do just that.

  • Planting a seed for STEM

    Nov 19, 2012

    Corps hosts science, technology, engineering and mathematics event for local high school.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $1.38 million contract for dredging placement area construction

    Nov 19, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 19, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $1,382,700 to New Orleans-based Bailey-CKY, a small disadvantaged veteran-owned small business, to perform construction of dewatering ditches at the San Jacinto Placement Area relating to the Galveston harbor and channel in Galveston County, Texas.

  • New engineer dive team keeping whirlwind pace in 2012

    Nov 16, 2012

    Four countries, three continents, eight cities and towns and two islands; this hectic schedule is that of the newly formed USACE Forward Response Dive and Survey Team during its 2012 inaugural season.

  • USACE Galveston District supports OEF deployments, promotes Warrior Care Month 2012

    Nov 16, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 16, 2012) -- For more than a decade, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has supported the war efforts during Operation Restore Iraqi Oil, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, contributing dedicated military and government personnel to war zones as part of the primary organization tasked with various infrastructure projects to increase the stability, security and economies of the host nations.

  • Middle School Youngsters Learn geographic technology

    Nov 16, 2012

    U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville provides workshop

  • Once a soldier, a soldier for life

    Nov 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army, which I have proudly served in for more than 30 years, has a saying: "Once a Soldier, a Soldier for Life." This concept is shared across all our military services. Those who have served, whether a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, will always be part of that great community of men and women who have put on a uniform and served this Nation.

  • Building green: Corps of Engineers explores overseas LEED alternative

    Nov 15, 2012

    Think global, act local. The phrase, popularized in the 1970s on the back bumpers of hippies' Volkswagens and on the front of their T-shirts, has evolved through the years and taken on a wider meaning. Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District is considering the adoption of local green building standards to meet the Army's worldwide environmental and energy performance goals.

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Lisa Finn

    Nov 15, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas - Lisa Finn's journey toward a healthy lifestyle began with a single moment while out to dinner with friends back in the spring of 2009. "I looked around the restaurant and it occurred to me that I was the heaviest person in the room," said Finn. "That thought stayed with me and bothered me tremendously. It was then that I became determined to lose weight."

  • USACE heads up Air Force infrastructure assessment

    Nov 13, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- The Air Force has launched a two-year evaluation of facilities and equipment on bases worldwide to gain a clearer picture of energy and space efficiencies within its inventory.

  • Corps aids Army Heritage Center opening

    Nov 13, 2012

    Approximately 150 people, some wearing Army memorabilia from World War II to the present, attended the Friday, Nov. 9, opening ceremony for the Visitor Education Center, the newest addition to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

  • Corps plans for next disaster while supporting Hurricane Sandy Recovery

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Ms... On November 1, 2012, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District (MVK)participated in a New Madrid earthquake planning exercise to develop contingency plans involving all the districts of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD).

  • Mat Sinking Unit Near Blackhawk, Louisiana

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Ms... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is currently working on the Mississippi River near Blackhawk, Louisiana, on river mile 328. Thus far this season the MSU has placed 229,405 squares or approximately 527 acres of articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River. The goal for this six-month revetment season is to place 442,786 squares covering approximately 1,018 acres. The next location for the MSU is mile 225 near Arlington, Louisiana.

  • Contracting Officer Representatives receive refresher training in Afghanistan

    Nov 12, 2012

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Administering U.S. government construction contracts is challenging. To ensure that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' administrative contracting officers, contracting officer representatives and construction representatives understand the nuances of administering contracts in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Engineer District-South office of counsel and contracting office are visiting construction offices throughout the district to reinforce the basics and discuss key contractual elements.

  • USACE set to begin electricity improvement project in Helmand province

    Nov 12, 2012

    Afghanistan's electric company will be able to deliver more reliable electricity with fewer interruptions at the end of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction project set to begin this week in Helmand province.

  • Paving the road to stable economic growth at Shur Andam Industrial Park

    Nov 11, 2012

    The entrepreneurs at the Shur Andam Industrial Park in Kandahar need a paved road, so civil engineers from the 565th Engineer Detachment Forward Engineer Support Team - Advance conducted a road survey November 7, 2012 to develop designs and specifications, a statement of work and cost estimate to facilitate future construction of a road at Shur Andam.

  • From refugee to USACE project manager of the year

    Nov 11, 2012

    How does a young Vietnamese refugee with no English, no money and no education go on to become a licensed professional engineer and in 2012, recognized as the best project manager in the entire U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? "A little bit of luck and whole lot of drive," says Viet Nguyen, PE, PMP.

  • Corps employees recognized for service 'above and beyond' in wildfire battle

    Nov 9, 2012

    When wildfires raged in Mannford, Okla. Aug. 3-7, 12 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees set aside their regular duties to assist hundreds of firefighters in battling the blazes. The 12 employees were recognized for their efforts with the Department of the Army's Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service.

  • Corps of Engineers liaisons connect with communities impacted by Sandy

    Nov 9, 2012

    Two weeks ago, 1st Lt. Andrea Gongaware and 1st Lt. Erin Hanley, both of the 554th Engineer Battalion, anxiously prepared for the U.S. Army's Career Captain Course they were to attend at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. At the same time, residents along the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Sandy.

  • Chief of Engineers thanks St. Louis District personnel for quick actions following Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 8, 2012

    U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick visited personnel deployed in response to Hurricane Sandy, Nov 3, 2012, at the North Atlantic Division Headquarters to express his appreciation for their dedication and quick actions following the storm that devastated the northeast.

  • Employees pay tribute to former district engineer, Vols coaching legend

    Nov 7, 2012

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 3, 2012) -- Several of the staunchest University of Tennessee Volunteers football fans from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District attended Military Appreciation Day at the game today and paid tribute to former district engineer and Vols coaching legend Brig. Gen. Robert R. Neyland.

  • Army engineers helping restore power to Hurricane Sandy victims

    Nov 7, 2012

    Soldiers of the 249th Engineer Battalion, from Fort Bragg, N.C., are assessing facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy and are coordinating generators to temporarily restore power.

  • Southwestern Division responds to Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 7, 2012

    Always ready to lend a helping hand when needed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division has deployed 36 volunteers from their Division Headquarters and four Districts to help with the recovery and response effort after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Afghan National Army Volunteer Centers undergo upgrades to security, feel, functionality

    Nov 5, 2012

    Joining the Afghan National Army is a big decision and recruitment centers are most often the very first place a potential recruit will access to determine if they have what it takes to become a soldier. Several centers recently received upgrades to improve the security, feel and functionality of these important centers.

  • USACE Galveston District begins beach renourishment at South Padre Island, Texas

    Nov 5, 2012

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (Nov. 5, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District partnered with the Texas General Land Office, Cameron County and the City of South Padre Island to renourish approximately one half mile of South Padre Island's beaches using beach-quality sand harvested from a local dredging project.

  • Army engineers provide emergency power in wake of Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 5, 2012

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are providing temporary emergency power in areas of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania affected by Hurricane Sandy. USACE teams have deployed to strategic locations to help at critical facilities like hospitals, nursing homes and shelters.

  • USACE Galveston District wins 2012 MarCom Award

    Nov 5, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 5, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Public Affairs Office was recognized with a Gold Award from the MarCom Awards competition for its USACE Galveston District employee newsletter -- Sand Castle.

  • Ammerman Awarded Bronze Star Medal

    Nov 4, 2012

    Tennessee National Guardsman earns Bronze Star Medal a for service as force protection platoon sergeant in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic District North.

  • Corps of Engineers helps pump NYC floodwaters

    Nov 2, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is helping pump water out flooded New York City and providing generators to temporarily restore electricity to areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in both New York and New Jersey.

  • Marina del Rey channel dredging provides multiple benefits

    Nov 1, 2012

    A navigational dredging projecgt enhances maritime safety and provides material for beach restoration.

  • Technology captures 'fingerprints' of unexploded ordnance

    Nov 1, 2012

    The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, is capturing and cataloging what may best be described as the fingerprints of munitions items such as bombs, mortars, artillery projectiles and fuzes in an effort to improve how work is done at Formerly Used Defense Sites.

  • Cochiti Dam Selected for Maintenance Management Review

    Nov 1, 2012

    Jacobs Engineering, an independent contractor, was hired in 2011 to complete an assessment of the Corps' Facility Equipment Maintenance (FEM) National Utilization Plan. According to best practices cited by Jacobs, an organization should be spending 4.8 percent of its budget on maintenance. Right now, the Corps spends about 0.2 percent. As a result of the assessment, Michael Ensch, chief of operations, Directorate of Civil Works, Headquarters, issued a national memorandum concerning the development of a maintenance management strategy. The memorandum detailed the creation of eight pilot studies, one for each of the Corps' eight divisions, to be completed by November 2012.

  • 'Operation Turtle Eviction' at Albuquerque District's Conchas Dam

    Nov 1, 2012

    The Corps' Conchas project will be busy with activity during the next few months, as maintenance work is performed on the stilling basin. It has been 40 years since the basin has been cleaned and inspected. However, before the de-watering takes place, rangers and maintenance personnel wanted to make a concerted effort to trap and relocate any amphibious residents living in the basin.

  • Albuquerque Team "Reaches Back" to Afghanistan

    Nov 1, 2012

    Besides continuing to send our employees to assist "in country," Albuquerque District is now supporting operations in Afghanistan at home by providing design support for four Afghanistan National Army construction projects.

  • Afghanistan Engineer District-South surpasses construction goal for October

    Oct 31, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has one mission in Afghanistan: to Build Strong! Each month, the Afghanistan Engineer District-South measures actual completed construction against a projected goal and in October the district exceeded its expectations.

  • From punch cards to iPads

    Oct 30, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- When Evelyn Bugla first went to work for the U.S. Army in 1970 as a data processor, large computers churned in massive server rooms that felt more like saunas because of the heat they generated. She also had to sort through trays of IBM punch cards containing data files to run through a machine -- and each had to be entered correctly or it would disrupt the whole batch. My, how technology and information flow have advanced.

  • Experiential learning program prepares Afghans for facilities operations, maintenance

    Oct 28, 2012

    NATO's primary objective in Afghanistan is to enable the Afghan authorities to provide effective security across the country, so delivering high-quality police headquarters is an important step toward achieving that goal. Afghan Uniformed Police in Daykundi province assumed responsibility for a newly-constructed headquarters Oct. 20. The facility was constructed with oversight by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Afghan Uniformed Police assume responsibility for new headquarters

    Oct 28, 2012

    NATO's primary objective in Afghanistan is to enable the Afghan authorities to provide effective security across the country, so delivering high-quality police headquarters is an important step toward achieving that goal. Afghan Uniformed Police in Daykundi province assumed responsibility for a newly-constructed headquarters Oct. 20. The facility was constructed with oversight by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • A retrospective on Stanley Spisiak: a man with a mission

    Oct 25, 2012

    2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act which significantly expanded the role of the federal government from that of the Federal Water Pollution Control Amendments of 1948. The Clean Water Act established the goals of eliminating releases of high amounts of toxic substances into water, eliminating additional water pollution by 1985, and ensuring that surface waters would meet standards necessary for sports and recreation by 1983.

  • DoDDS students explore STEM fields, USACE opportunities at career fair

    Oct 24, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- More than 150 prospective scientists, techies, engineers and mathematicians, who happen to be ninth-grade students, spoke with Major David Dake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District project engineer, during Wiesbaden High School's Career Day Oct. 17.

  • Levee Enhancement Temporarily Detours Highway 465

    Oct 24, 2012

    Vicksburg, Miss…….The construction of the Mississippi River, Magna Vista-Brunswick levee enlargement project requires the removal of the asphalt surface on Mississippi Hwy 465 which is located on the crest of the levee. Once the enlargement is completed, crush stone surfacing will replace the removed pavement.

  • Great Lakes Warriors

    Oct 22, 2012

    Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and the network of rivers and streams that connect to them comprise yet another area of responsibility and it is this area that our Great Lakes Warriors, the sailors of the Tug Cheraw and Derrickboat McCauley call their "office."

  • Huntsville Center reaches more than 6,200 students in two-days through outreach

    Oct 22, 2012

    In just one outreach event in Sept., the U.S. Army Engineering and Center, Huntsville Huntsville Center professionals reached more than 6,200 local students with the message that careers in science, technology, engineering and math are exciting.

  • ERDC STEM outreach program impacts students of all ages

    Oct 19, 2012

    In 2010, Dr. Peggy Wright was appointed by Dr. Jeffery Holland, director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), as the assistant director for Human Capital (HC), and was tasked with building and implementing an outstanding program for student outreach in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

  • Corps employees 'stand down' for suicide prevention training in San Francisco

    Oct 19, 2012

    More than 200 employees from the Corps' South Pacific Division and San Francisco District gathered Oct. 11 to listen to Bay Area health care professionals discuss suicide prevention.

  • Port's dredged materials management method keeps economy afloat

    Oct 19, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District and partnering agencies closed the Newark Bay Confined Disposal Facility after fifteen successful years of use. The CDF's success showed that they can be an affordable and environmentally safe method for the marine support industry to dispose of contaminated dredged materials.

  • From Soldier to civilian: He still means business

    Oct 19, 2012

    Former deputy commander Gene Snyman is no stranger to the Tulsa District. However, since his retirement in July 2012, Snyman has traded his "green" suit for a business suit. Snyman is the new deputy, small business programs, for the Tulsa District and is in the process of learning his new responsibilities.

  • Corps in the Classroom Program spark students' interest in STEM

    Oct 19, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas - Before entering the building, engineers Franchelle Craft and Eduardo Irigoyen turn their cell phone ringers off. They make their way to the front desk, sign in as visitors and wait to be escorted to a classroom where they will spend the next two hours interacting with middle school students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses as volunteers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's "Corps in the Classroom" program.

  • What is the Corps in the Classroom Program?

    Oct 19, 2012

    "We all realize the critical role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leaders of the global marketplace and enabling the Department of Defense and Army in the security of our nation. It is good to see that districts, divisions, labs and other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' organizations are committed to teaming with others to strengthen STEM-related programs that inspire current and future generations of young people to pursue careers in STEM fields." -- Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Fish kill results from 'perfect storm' at Corps lake

    Oct 18, 2012

    A fish kill was reported in Youghiogheny River Lake, Confluence, Pa., on Sept. 7, and continued to kill fish for about two weeks afterwards. Around the same time, unusual deposits of iron and a strong sulfur odor were reported in the Youghiogheny River, just downstream of the dam.

  • Corps employee: Arkansas National Guard's first female general officer

    Oct 17, 2012

    Patricia Anslow is the Chief of Planning and Environmental Division for the Army Corps of Engineer's Little Rock District. She also is 'Brigadier General Anslow' and Arkansas National Guard's first female general officer.

  • Corps of Engineers learning to do 'less with less'

    Oct 17, 2012

    When money is tight and times are trying, families, corporations and government organizations alike can be heard around the globe repeating the timeless mantra, "do more with less."

  • USACE Galveston District's Employee Spotlight on Capt. Derek Thornton

    Oct 16, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 16, 2012) - It's no secret that successful engineers often exhibit similar personality traits ranging from possessing strong problem solving skills to working well as a team, so it didn't come as a surprise to Capt. Derek Thornton's family when he decided to pursue a career as an engineer. What they didn't know was that he was determined to serve as an Army officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Transatlantic District-North and N.M. native engineer designs repairs for deadly Afghanistan tunnel

    Oct 16, 2012

    Transatlantic District, USACE engineer and Albuquerque resident Bruno Quirici spent months designing upgrades to one of the world's most treacherous passages -- the long, dark and deadly Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan.

  • Low River Levels Cause Longer Season for Mat Sinking Unit

    Oct 16, 2012

    Vicksburg, Ms... The Vicksburg District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is currently working on the Mississippi River near Mayersville, Mississippi on river mile 495. Thus far this season the MSU has placed 167,391 squares or approximately 384 acres of articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River.

  • USACE builds another facility for Afghan National Security Forces

    Oct 15, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Afghan National Civil Order Police took possession of a new Service Support Battalion compound near Kandahar Oct. 10. The facilities, completed with minimal delay and within budget, will enable Afghan police to live and train near the people they serve and protect.

  • Corps of Engineers Hosts Afghan Contractors

    Oct 15, 2012

    Inaugural meeting introducing Afghan Public Protection Force concept

  • Public Health Services Officer work recognized with Army Achievement Medal

    Oct 15, 2012

    Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Groh, a project manager with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Medical Repair and Renewal Program, was presented an Army Achievement Medal Sept. 10, by Col. Robert Ruch, Huntsville Center commander.

  • Tulsa District Corps of Engineers attorney, paralegal honored with prestigious awards

    Oct 15, 2012

    Two members of the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office of Counsel staff are winners of USACE Chief Counsel Honorary Awards for 2012.

  • Lt. Gen Bostick visits the Everglades

    Oct 12, 2012

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), visited the Everglades October 10, 2012 to see the restoration work being performed by the Jacksonville District and their partnering agencies. "USACE has one of the largest environmental restoration and sustainability roles in the federal government, and the Everglades restoration is our largest project of this kind," said Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "After viewing first-hand the enormous challenges facing Everglades restoration and meeting with our partners in this effort, I am absolutely convinced that working together, we can achieve restoration goals and improve this ecological treasure for future generations."

  • Building an energy sustainable Corps

    Oct 12, 2012

    In the 80s "Reuse, Renew, Recycle" was the way ahead for conquering the earth's energy and pollution problems. Today, energy and environmental sustainability has become so much more vast and complicated, that those three verbs don't cut it anymore.

  • Texas Coastal Study: Corps to partner with state, federal agencies to protect, restore coast

    Oct 12, 2012

    From the natural beaches of Sabine Pass near Port Arthur to the rich diversity of bird and marine wildlife along the Laguna Madre near Port Isabel, the sweep of the Texas coast contains varied and fragile ecosystems juxtaposed with highly industrialized areas that host a national economic powerhouse. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, through its Galveston District, is involved in virtually every mile of the 367-mile coastline, and plays an integral role in both the preservation of Nature's treasures that are a living part of the Texas coastal region as well as serving and preserving the industries that fuel commerce and power our nation.

  • Winemiller rises above disability, becomes respected senior leader

    Oct 12, 2012

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Randy Winemiller was paralyzed in a car accident in high school, but he doesn't allow it to define who he is or what he can achieve.

  • Through the storm: How SWD is reducing flood impact in fiscally challenging times

    Oct 12, 2012

    The Sabine Pass to Galveston is one of a number of Texas Coastal Studies that are focusing on flood risk reduction, hurricane and storm damage reduction, and aquatic ecosystem restoration. The focus of the study is wide in scope and is a feasibility study focusing on ways to reduce impacts from storm surge with measures that encompass the shore protection and ecosystem degradation problems along the upper southeast Texas coast.

  • Corps of Engineers delivers garrison installation for Afghan forces in Herat

    Oct 12, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Afghanistan Engineer District-South recently completed building the Afghanistan National Army's 9th Commando Kandak (battalion) in Herat province.

  • 53rd chief of Engineers makes first visit to Fort Worth district project sites

    Oct 11, 2012

    The Fort Worth district hosted the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at various projects within the district's oversight. Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers, spent two days meeting district team members, toured current and recently completed projects and briefed on the various relationships the district has cultivated with its customers.

  • Lower Mississippi River Museum is an Immediate Success

    Oct 11, 2012

    The Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Site (LMRM) at 910 Washington Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi was built and funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and includes a reception area, temporary and permanent exhibition halls, theater, classroom/activity room, office and work room. Nearly 3,000 visitors in the month of September made their way through the museum, October visits are projected to be even higher.

  • USACE Galveston District uses GIS technology to save money, improve efficiency

    Oct 11, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 11, 2012) - Combining visual communication with access to information and analysis is helping transform the way the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is managing its assets, serving the public and communicating with partner agencies -- thanks to Geographic Information Systems technology, better known as GIS.

  • USACE Galveston District invests in the Corps' Leadership Development Program

    Oct 10, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 10, 2012) - When it comes to leadership development, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District managers understand that growing leaders will produce a substantial return on investment and enable the agency to remain relevant during tough economic times.

  • What is the USACE Galveston District's Levee Safety Program?

    Oct 10, 2012

    Q. What is a levee? A. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines a levee as a "man-made structure, usually an earthen embankment, designed and constructed in accordance with sound engineering practices to contain, control, or divert the flow of water so as to provide protection from temporary flooding." The terms dike and levee are sometimes used interchangeably. Examples of levee systems in the Houston area are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-constructed Texas City and Vicinity Hurricane Protection System, Freeport and Vicinity Hurricane Protection System, the Port Arthur and Vicinity Hurricane Protection System and the locally constructed levee systems in Fort Bend County.

  • District one step closer to being accepted into OSHA program

    Oct 10, 2012

    The Voluntary Protection Program uses performance-based criteria and requires extensive documentation in order to be in compliance. The program uses different models and tools to try and identify problematic areas so agencies can attempt to minimize and eliminate as many accidents as possible.

  • Mission not impossible: responding to disaster

    Oct 10, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District is part of a broad Planning and Response Team, a special team of individuals who respond to disasters like flooding and hurricanes within days of the end of a disaster.

  • Natick engineer back from Afghanistan after 18 months

    Oct 9, 2012

    Steve Belmore, a mechanical engineer with the Systems Equipment and Engineering Team, Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, spent 18 months with the Corps' Afghanistan Engineer District-South.

  • Closing the books on Fiscal Year 2012

    Oct 9, 2012

    We have closed the books on Fiscal Year 2012 and it was another banner year for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Choosing a STEM career: Army Corps of Engineers offers one-stop job opportunities

    Oct 9, 2012

    The Norfolk District brought out their best when they were invited to a career conference last Friday. There was the doodler and reluctant biologist. The nature lover. The video-gamer. The guy who likes explosions. The fourth in a family of engineers. It was Norfolk District's dream STEM team: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Experts specifically chosen to draw young minds to STEM careers in the military.

  • USACE gives Wounded Warriors on Kandahar Airfield a little slice of home

    Oct 8, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees support recovering Wounded Warriors on Kandahar Airfield by donating items and voluteering to host Wounded Warriors on the Afghanistan Engineer District-South compound for movie night, game night, holiday celebrations and inpromptu get-togethers.

  • Afghanistan Engineer District-South builds strong in 2012

    Oct 6, 2012

    Nearly $715 million has been paid by the Afghanistan Engineer District-South for work contractors have completed on projects aimed at helping Afghans develop the stability and security of their nation. Projects ran the gamut from design and construction of university buildings, a hospital, and new facilities for Afghan National Security Forces, to repairs on roads and bridges that promote freedom of movement.

  • OHP Trooper recognized for outstanding service in the area of water safety

    Oct 5, 2012

    The outstanding accomplishments in the area of water safety education by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper were recognized with the Commander's Certificate of Appreciation by the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sept. 27.

  • Fort Lee archaeology facility to share history, artifacts with public

    Oct 4, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 4, 2012) -- Borrow an archaeologist's eyes, and you'll see a different Fort Lee.

  • Corps partners in free event to help kids appreciate outdoor activities

    Oct 4, 2012

    Hundreds of children and their families were treated to a weekend's worth of free outdoor activities at the Outdoor Kansas for Kids event Sept. 8 and 9 at Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' John Redmond Reservoir, near Burlington, Kansas. The annual event is intended to expose kids to outdoor activities they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $2.35 million contract to dredge entrance channels

    Oct 4, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 4, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $2,351,700 to Manson Construction Co. for maintenance dredging of the Corpus Christi and Houston/Galveston entrance channels.

  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force school hosts bilateral exchange with Army engineers

    Oct 3, 2012

    Japan Engineer District representatives at Camp Zama, Japan, continued a nearly 20-year tradition recently when the unit's deputy commander and Forward Engineer Support Team leader were hosted by Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Engineer School officials at Camp Katsuta in Ibaraki prefecture.

  • US honors Serbian friendship

    Oct 3, 2012

    The cheers of more than 520 World War II Allied airmen being evacuated from Pranjani is a 68-year-old memory for the residents of this rural, farming village. The town is home to the greatest rescue operation behind enemy lines during the Second World War. The people of Pranjani risked their lives to care for downed American aviators until their eventual evacuation in 1944.

  • What is the Corps' Beneficial Use Program?

    Oct 2, 2012

    "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District contributes to the well-being, economic success and quality of life of local communities by employing environmentally and economically responsible ways to use dredged materials to improve eroded coastlines through beach nourishment and beneficial use programs." --Navigation Branch Chief Christopher Frabotta, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District

  • USACE Galveston District awards $3.4 million contract to dredge Brownsville Harbor Entrance Channel

    Oct 2, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 1, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount $3,405,500 to Weeks Marine Inc. for maintenance dredging of the Brownsville Harbor Entrance Channel in Cameron County, Texas.

  • Corps' Contractor Receives Rich G. Levad Award

    Oct 2, 2012

    Duane Nelson, a Corps' contractor at John Martin Dam and Reservoir, received the Rich G. Levad Award Aug. 25 from members of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory near Barr Lake, Colo. The purpose of the award is to recognize the efforts of individuals who have provided distinguished service, made scholarly contributions, or have shown great enthusiasm regarding bird and habitat conservation throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

  • District Cleans Up Weapons Disposal Site at Kirtland

    Oct 2, 2012

    The Air Force identifies old or unneeded munitions, small arms and UXO that need disposed of at sites like the 165-acre Open Burn and Open Detonation site on Kirtland Air Force Base, created in the 1950s. In 2010, when the Air Force decided to close the site, initiating a mandatory cleanup required by regulation, they turned to the Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Senior leader from Land of the Rising Sun visits National Capital Region

    Oct 2, 2012

    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Gen. Eiji Kimizuka receives the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) from U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Sept. 27, 2012, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Gen. Kimizuka received the award for promoting family welfare through the development of a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force family support structure. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Nashville District employees reminisce about Tener's tenure

    Oct 1, 2012

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2012) -- The district engineer who led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District in the late 1970s returned to the headquarters today to meet with leaders, learn about current missions and projects, and reminisce with several employees who were here during his tenure.

  • Davis Received 50-Year Service Award With Vicksburg District

    Sep 28, 2012

    In August 2012 Davis was awarded his fifty year service pin for his dedicated service to Enid Lake, the Vicksburg District and for his loyal service to the surrounding communities.

  • Corps of Engineers project pulls out World War II fuel storage tanks

    Sep 28, 2012

    Under the Formerly Used Defense Site program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District is removing five of six welded steel underground storage tanks in Monaca, Pa., that could store 1.74 million gallons of fuel each.

  • USACE forward engineers train with Italians

    Sep 27, 2012

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forward Engineering Support Team-Advance (FEST-A) conducted training and remote engineering missions in partnership with Italian Army Reconnaissance Engineers in Aviano, Italy September 9-21, 2012.

  • Veterans tour SF Bay on board USACE vessel

    Sep 26, 2012

    A group of military veterans and their families were invited on board the command vessel "John A. B. Dillard, Jr.," Sept. 20 to meet crew members and take a tour of the San Francisco Bay.

  • Powering the future of IMCOM Europe

    Sep 21, 2012

    Installation Management Command Europe garrisons consume 5,263,221 kilowatt-hours of energy each day; roughly enough to power Yankee Stadium five times. Staggering statistics, have led top Department of Defense leaders to seek out secure, uninterrupted access to power, energy and water to improve military installation security and conserve natural resources.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $8.75 million contract to dredge Sabine-Neches Waterway

    Sep 19, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 19, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract to Manson Construction Co., in the amount of $8,758,350, for maintenance dredging of the Sabine-Neches Waterway, Port Arthur Canal, turning basin, junction area and Taylors Bayou in Jefferson and Orange counties, Texas, and Cameron Parish, La.

  • New satellite comm. system helps Corps of Engineers ship stay connected

    Sep 18, 2012

    When it comes to communications on a ship, the ideal situation for crew members is when their shipboard communications -- such as e-mail, the Internet, telephone and other applications -- work much the way they do in their offices on land.

  • US Army Corps of Engineers Educates about Suicide Prevention

    Sep 18, 2012

  • Corps Vicksburg District Water Control Section gets New Chief

    Sep 18, 2012

  • Corps' oldest employee to retire at 90 years of age

    Sep 18, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 18, 2012) -- If 80 is the new 65 when it comes to current retirement plans, then most U.S Army Corps of Engineers employees would still have a decade to go before catching up with Civil Engineer Jack Otis, whose departure in September will officially make him the oldest employee to retire from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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