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  • What is ecosystem restoration?

    Jul 11, 2012

    What is ecosystem restoration? Q. What is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ecosystem Restoration Program? A. The USACE is comprised of approximately 30,000 civilian and military personnel, making it the world's largest public engineering, design and construction management agency. Although generally associated with flood risk management, the environmental mission is a main function of the organization. Ecosystem restoration is the process of assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged, or destroyed and focuses on establishing the ecological processes necessary to make terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems sustainable, resilient, and healthy under current and future conditions. The focus of the Corps ecosystem restoration program is on water-related ecosystem projects, including restoration of wetland, riparian and aquatic systems. Although the Corps sometimes does become involved in broader restoration projects, Corps policy is that there has to be a water nexus, as other federal agencies have missions and funding specifically for restoration of upland habitats -- like the U.S. Forest Service. As such, the Corps focus is on wetlands, submerged aquatic vegetation, oyster reefs, riparian forest and wet prairie. The USACE works to restore degraded ecosystems to a more natural condition through large-scale ecosystem restoration projects, such as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration, Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration, Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (restoration of marsh critical to the endangered Whooping Crane), and Houston Ship Channel Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (marsh restoration in Galveston Bay), and by employing system-wide watershed approaches to problem solving and management for smaller ecosystem restoration projects.

  • $13.7 million compound to be turned over to Afghan Army

    Jul 10, 2012

    A large building project managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South will be crossing the finish line before the end of the summer, according to the two USACE employees overseeing the work.

  • Corps of Engineers to improve electrical distribution in Helmand province

    Jul 9, 2012

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts combined their resources to award a critically important project for providing reliable electric power from the Kajaki Dam power house on the Helmand River through the Helmand province in southwestern Afghanistan.

  • Afghan Air Force accepts more operations, maintenance responsibility

    Jul 9, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned over operations and maintenance responsibilities for 10 more buildings to Afghanistan's 205th Air Wing on Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan, July 7, 2012.

  • USACE Galveston District employee earns "Hard Hat of the Year"

    Jul 6, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (July 6, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Southwestern Division announced USACE Galveston District Construction Control Representative Brent Granier as the recipient of the division's 2012 Hard Hat of the Year Award.

  • Corps of Engineers employee helps save 3 swimmers N.C.

    Jul 5, 2012

    Mark Preisser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center coastal and hydraulics lab engineering tech, helped save three people from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean near Duck, N.C.

  • New Information Processing Center to consolidate information assets in Europe

    Jul 2, 2012

    German and American officials broke ground for the next stage in transformation on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne in Germany, June 28, 2012.

  • USACE Galveston District boat operators hone their seamanship skills

    Jun 29, 2012

    Keeping waterways open for the safe navigation of vessels is no easy task -- even for seasoned U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' boat operators who brave the elements year round to collect essential hydrographic survey data that is used to help determine dredging cycles. To ensure operators incorporate safety while working to provide a safe environment for mariners, they must complete a refresher course designed to hone seamanship skills as part of the USACE Galveston District's renewed commitment to water safety.

  • Tulsa District employees ride to remember Chapman

    Jun 28, 2012

    LAWTON, Okla. -- Four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District employees took to the road during the Tour of the Wichitas/Tom Chapman Memorial Ride Saturday, June 23, to pay tribute to Tom Chapman, a former employee of the Tulsa District, Fort Sill Area Office.

  • DLNR, Army Corps of Engineers Break Ground for Kawainui Marsh Environmental Restoration Project

    Jun 28, 2012

    The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today broke ground for the construction of the Kawainui Marsh Environmental Restoration Project in Kailua, O'ahu.

  • R&D centers collaborate to enhance mission planning capabilities, engineers win award

    Jun 27, 2012

    Engineers from U.S. Army CERDEC and ERDC received the Outstanding Collaborative Research and Development Achievement Award for their work to automate route planning capabilities for the Command Post of the Future, or CPOF, system. The result of the teams' effort will provide lessons learned for production runs of the capability in the program of record.

  • Meter systems earn network certification

    Jun 27, 2012

    Centralized reporting of energy and water consumption is critical to executing energy-savings plans around the Army, and recent developments that authorize meter data transmission over the service's enterprise network hold promise for energy managers at facilities, installations and up to the Department level. The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Hunstville has four configurations of advanced power meters approved for use by the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command as of June 1.

  • Interests in Huntsville Center energy programs growing

    Jun 27, 2012

    Recent visits from the deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two senior executive service members provided U.S. Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville with opportunities to promote its ability to play major roles in the Army's Energy Campaign Plan.

  • Philadelphia District holds Change of Command Ceremony

    Jun 27, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District ushered in new leadership as Lt. Col. John C. Becking assumed command from Lt. Col. Philip M. Secrist III during a June 26 ceremony in the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. Becking became the 57th commander in the District's 148 year history.

  • Independence Day 2012

    Jun 27, 2012

    Since its very beginning, this wonderful nation we call home has relied on Soldiers to win and defend our cherished freedoms. By donning our country's uniform, you have broken that invisible barrier between citizen and patriot, just as the earliest Soldiers did back in 1775. America's birthday is made all the more poignant by your continued service -- thank you to you and your brothers and sisters in harm's way. May God bless and protect you all.

  • Honolulu District Supports Quake Catastrophe Response Exercise

    Jun 27, 2012

    Several Honolulu District employees spent last week training for emergency management deployments by participating in the Combined Response Mission Exercise Evergreen Quake 2012 in Tacoma, Wash.

  • USACE earns first LEED® certification for US facility in Germany

    Jun 26, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany (June 26, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District announced today that it has been awarded the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification of a U.S. facility in Germany. LEED, established by the U.S. Green Building Council, is an internationally recognized program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings

  • Corps of Engineers to improve access to water, power in southern Afghanistan

    Jun 25, 2012

    The U.S. military and its coalition partners may be drawing down their combat missions in Afghanistan, but the next two years will continue to be busy for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South.

  • USACE reservist gets help from A's in making daughter's 16th birthday sweet

    Jun 25, 2012

    Best birthday present ever! Army Specialist Scott Pearce surprised his daughter Allie by showing up at the A's-Giants' game at the Oakland Coliseum on June 22. Allie was celebrating her 16th birthday by throwing out the first pitch. Pearce, 40, is a reservist serving as a heavy equipment operator with the 721st Engineering Company based out of Grand Prairie, Texas, and also a seasonal engineering equipment operator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District.

  • Afghan power company linemen receive training, new equipment during debut training session

    Jun 21, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --Twelve Afghan electric company technicians will be better able to maintain power lines throughout southern Afghanistan after learning to safely operate electric utility trucks donated by the United States during a training course on Kandahar Airfield June 10-19.

  • Army civilian engineers team with Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Jun 21, 2012

    U.S. Army civilian engineers are deploying to Afghanistan along with Soldiers to resolve issues that hinder mission success in theater.

  • Bill Ryals, Beekeeper Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2012

    As a child, Bill Ryals had a great interest in bees. He had no fear of them and spent time playing around them. Today, his fascination with honeybees has led to a hobby that has him buzzing.

  • Army Corps of Engineers continues construction in Iraq

    Jun 21, 2012

    Though its construction program is a fraction of what it once was in Iraq, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to manage $350 million in projects there.

  • US Army Corps of Engineers remains an engaged partner in Iraq

    Jun 20, 2012

    The Iraq Area Office became the sole U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presence in Iraq, June 2, 2011, when a transfer of authority occurred between the deactivated Gulf Region District and the Iraq Area Office.

  • Environmental Clean-Up at Walker Lake, Nevada

    Jun 20, 2012

    Hawthorne Army Depot, the Sacramento District Army Corps of Engineers, the Army Environmental Command and contractors from Northwind Inc., TLI Solutions, NAEVA Geophysics and the Munitions Management Group have partnered together to perform a partial cleanup operation at the south end of Walker Lake in Mineral County, Nevada.

  • Corps of Engineers completes $5 million Afghan flood-control project

    Jun 19, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a $5 million flood-control project built to protect the Afghanistan National Army 201st Corps garrison at Gamberi, Afghanistan, from devastation.

  • U.S. Army Europe names USACE built Mission Command Center

    Jun 19, 2012

    The new Gen. John Shalikashvili Mission Command Center will be the new home for most of the staff of U.S Army Europe and is located at the newly named Gen. Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, U.S. Army Airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany.

  • Zombots bring robots to life at USACE Coyote Dam

    Jun 18, 2012

    A high school robotics team deployed a robot, capable of inspecting pipes in dams, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coyote Dam in Ukiah, Calif., in June.

  • USACE Galveston District's partnership with Trinity River Authority saves time, money

    Jun 18, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (June 18, 2012) -- With a rich history of water management, the Trinity River Authority is known for providing services to more than 60 cities in the Trinity River basin and for supplying approximately 70 percent of the water for the City of Houston. But what you might not be aware of is that the TRA partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District in 1977 to issue permits at the Lake Livingston Project, saving permit applicants a substantial amount of time and taxpayers thousands of dollars each year.

  • Corps of Engineers announces upcoming contracts

    Jun 16, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --The Afghanistan Engineer District-South announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has 52 construction and service contracts, worth a total of almost $712 million, to award in southern Afghanistan before the end of fiscal year 2012.

  • Corps of Engineers hosted Birthday 5k at Kandahar Airfield

    Jun 16, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South, celebrated the Corps of Engineers birthday by sponsoring a 5-kilometer run on Kandahar Airfield, June 16 to benefit the wounded Warrior Support Center on KAF.

  • USACE Galveston District's EEO Manager Earns 2012 Diversity Outreach Award

    Jun 15, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (June 15, 2012) -- Equal Employment Opportunity Manager Dr. Rose Caballero, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, was named the Department of the Army's 2012 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award recipient.

  • USACE Galveston District awards small business task order for routine testing of dredged material

    Jun 15, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (June 15, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a task order to Sol Engineering LLC, an 8(a) small business, in the amount of $239,380.19 for environmental services to include a study comprised of collection and chemical analyses of water and sediment samples from the federally-maintained Brazos Island Harbor, Entrance Channel and Brazos Island Harbor, Brownsville Channel.

  • Colorado regulatory office has new, energy-efficient home

    Jun 15, 2012

    More than 90 years later, that same building -- named the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building in 1972 -- is now on its way to being the first federal building under the U.S. General Services Administration to achieve a net zero energy rating. Net zero energy means the building will produce enough energy to balance its annual electrical demand to zero or better. Among the building's tenants is the Grand Junction Regulatory Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, who moved in to their new office space June 4.

  • Pittsburgh District prepares for Hurricane Season…What?

    Jun 14, 2012

    Although the district is primarily focused on inland navigation, flood damage reduction, environmental enhancements and regulatory functions, Pittsburgh is the lead district for mobilization and execution of all emergency power missions tasked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support U.S. states and territories after disasters.

  • 237th Army Birthday

    Jun 14, 2012

    The United States Army is the largest and oldest established branch of the military. The modern Army has its roots in the Continental Army which was formed on 14 June 1775, before the establishment of the United States, to meet the demands of the American Revolutionary War. The Army considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army and thus dates its inception from the origins of that force.

  • USACE transfers $15.5 million Border Police Station in Paktia Province

    Jun 13, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North teamed with the Afghanistan National Police and Technologies, Inc. to build a border police station along the Pakistan border in Gardez, Paktia Province.

  • 'Big bannana boat' Dredge Thompson takes final voyage on Mississippi River

    Jun 13, 2012

    After more than 65 years of service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredge William A. Thompson began it's final trip down the Mississippi River, headed from Fountain City, Wis., to its final destination in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

  • J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Dredge Contract Awarded By Vicksburg District

    Jun 13, 2012

    To address additional dredging needs on the Red River this year, the Corps recently awarded a dredging contract.

  • Get Outdoors Day makes a splash at Blue Marsh Lake

    Jun 12, 2012

    More than 1000 people celebrated the great outdoors at Blue Marsh Lake on June 9 with kayaking, hiking, fishing and various outdoor and water safety activities. 'Get Outdoors Day,' hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, included a visit from Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and featured exhibits and demonstrations from 43 organizations from the region.

  • The Vicksburg District Prepares for 2012 Hurricane Season

    Jun 8, 2012

    The Vicksburg District Prepares for 2012 Hurricane Season

  • Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Center Nearing Completion

    Jun 8, 2012

    The museum will educate and inform visitors about the lower Mississippi River and its relationship to Vicksburg and the lower Mississippi Delta region. The museum opening date is scheduled for 24 August 2012.

  • Life is a SAFE highway

    Jun 8, 2012

    June isn't just National Safety Month -- it's also the beginning of summer and the season of road trips and vacations, and we all have a responsibility to ensure those journeys don't end with a one-way ticket to tragedy.

  • DOD's Supercomputing Program Relocates to Mississippi

    Jun 8, 2012

    VICKSBURG, MS -- June 6, 2012. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has been named the lead organization for the Department of Defense (DOD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), following Congressional approval in December 2011. With that approval, the $280 million program becomes headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss., at the ERDC facility.

  • Prado Dam hosts potential future engineers

    Jun 8, 2012

    CORONA, Calif. -- The number and types of engineers America's education system is preparing for the nation's future is often an active and energetic discussion among the Department of Defense, educators and the scientific community. It was also an active discussion June 4 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District hosted nearly 30 students from Los Angeles Roosevelt High School for a day at Prado Dam, giving them a close-up look at the dam and how it operates, and at part of the process involved in implementing a project.

  • Corps of Engineers awards $200 million in contracts in northern Afghanistan

    Jun 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracting officials awarded more than $200 million in construction and service contracts across the 21-province Afghanistan Engineer District-North footprint in May, a total value of $381.89 million investment in security and infrastructure projects over the past three months.

  • Fort Carson achieves first platinum certification

    Jun 7, 2012

    A milestone in building construction was reached at Fort Carson, Colo., in April when a brigade and battalion headquarters building on Wilderness Road received the first U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification for the installation.

  • USACE Galveston District celebrates Corps' 237th birthday

    Jun 7, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (June 7, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District celebrated the Corps' 237th birthday with an awards ceremony, June 7, to recognize an Employee, Engineer and Supervisor of the Year, as well as to honor staff for their contributions to the community, state and nation.

  • New science center helps cadets reach for the stars

    Jun 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is constructing and renovating a new science center for the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The new center is maintaining the look of the historic 200-year old campus and taking the cadet's education well into the 21st Century.

  • Army Corps Promotes Recreation Water Safety

    Jun 6, 2012

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers and volunteers will be working this summer season to increase visitor's awareness of the importance of practicing safe and sensible recreation activities in and around Army Corps waters.

  • Westphal meets those charged with protecting, preserving Army history

    Jun 5, 2012

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal visited the U.S. Army Center of Military History's Museum Support Center Facility to gain situational awareness and view the impressive collection of over 16,000 pieces of American history housed in the state-of-the-art facility.

  • Army engineers spur development of tactical microgrids

    Jun 5, 2012

    U.S. Army engineers are leading research on tactical microgrids to deliver more efficient power to Soldiers across combat zones, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Army Geospatial Center provides eyes in sky for boots on ground

    Jun 4, 2012

    The Under Secretary of the Army visits U.S. Army Geospatial Center to gain situational awareness and ensure the Army is correctly prioritizing, balancing and integrating resources to support the contributions of this mission-critical organization.

  • Happy 237th Army Birthday

    Jun 4, 2012

  • USACE forward engineering team supports USAREUR-led exercises

    Jun 4, 2012

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forward Engineering Support Team-Advance traveled to Latvia, Estonia and Croatia May 8-19 to provide technical engineering expertise including route reconnaissance and structural assessments in support of U.S. Army Europe-led Saber Strike and Immediate Response exercises.

  • Corps engineer takes work with him on African vacation

    Jun 4, 2012

    Brian Poole, a Sacramento District assistant resident engineer, will be doing much more than taking a safari during his trip to Africa. Poole will spend two weeks helping a Kenyan university in finding new ways to store more water for their growing population.

  • Successfully Implementing the QMS/ISO Process

    Jun 1, 2012

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander Lt Col. Stephen H, Bales, along with three other Buffalo District employees, talk about their experiences with the QMS/ISO process and how it can be effectively implemented.

  • "Saluting World War II Veterans on the 68th Anniversary of D-Day"

    Jun 1, 2012

    "Saluting World War II Veterans on the 68th Anniversary of D-Day"

  • USACE District hosts wounded warriors on tour of the San Francisco Bay

    Jun 1, 2012

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District Commander Lt. Col. Torrey DiCiro hosted several wounded warriors for some recreational therapy aboard The Dillard, one of the San Francisco District's vessels, May 29.

  • What are the Colorado River Locks?

    Jun 1, 2012

    Q. What are the Colorado River Locks? A. USACE Galveston District locks provide navigation access through the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, assisting vessels crossing the intersection of the Colorado River.

  • Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North completes construction, transfers provincial

    May 31, 2012

    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North's recently completed and transferred its $7.4 million provincial police headquarters project to Afghanistan National Police in Pul-e 'Alam, Logar Province.

  • New barrier/trap intended to halt spread of sea lamprey

    May 31, 2012

    Representatives of the Detroit District, state and federal dignitaries dedicated a $1.88 million sea lamprey barrier/trap built at Trail Creek, Ind., as part of a regional sea lamprey control plan. The new infrastructure is intended to protect the Great Lakes from this parastitic creature, which scientists say would decimate the lake trout, salmon and whitefish populations if left unchecked.

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston's Mark Garza

    May 31, 2012

    Spending time outdoors and learning about nature has always been a hobby for Mark Garza, a biologist in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Environmental Section.

  • US, NATO camp design concepts

    May 30, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a four-day engineering course for more than 50 students from six NATO courtries. The course was designed to teach the basic development, planning, execution, and closure processes of a base camp downrange May 15 in Wiesbaden, Germany.

  • Army takes important step towards enabling a Global Energy Grid for the battlefield

    May 30, 2012

    U.S. Army CERDEC engineers hosted the DISA CTO to discuss the Global Energy Grid, a CERDEC concept to leverage civilian smart grid technoogies to more efficiently deliver energy to U.S. forces worldwide. The GEG would use DISA-owned data command and control links to coordinate and schedule the generation and usage of military power sources. This could maximize the delivery of power from available sources to where it is needed most, and efficiently manage these resources.

  • 84-year-old veteran enjoys biking Corps dam trails ergonomically

    May 29, 2012

    Meredith Miller, an 84-year-old veteran, enjoys the West Penn Trail at Conemaugh Dam during Memorial Day weekend...Miller, with his ergonomically designed bicycle, said he covered 14 miles from Saltsburg, Pa., to the dam and back when this picture was taken. The trail has several challenging hills--even for the avid cyclist. He said he relies on the specially equipped battery-operated peddle assist mounted over the back drive wheel to help to climb the steep grades along the trail. Miller said he tries to ride the trail two to three times a week and has taken his bike on 50-mile-long rides. He also takes his video camera (mounted on his hat) to document his journeys. Miller, when asked, said his favorite trail is the one at Youghiogheny River Lake.

  • Memorial Day: Remembrance and Celebration by America's Volunteers in Afghanistan

    May 28, 2012

    Since the end of the Civil War, America has honored her sons and daughters who gave their all to ensure liberty and freedom for future generations. First observed on May 30, 1868 as Decoration Day when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery and federalized as a national holiday in 1971, those stationed at Afghanistan Engineer District-North who serve in harm's way pause to reflect the contributions of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as they celebrated America's 144th Memorial Day, Sunday in Kabul.

  • Crystal, Minn., resident receives national Corps of Engineers award

    May 24, 2012

    The. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters recently selected St. Paul District employee and Crystal, Minn., resident Adéle Braun as the recipient of its inaugural 2012 Value Engineering "Rising Star" Award.

  • Bostick assumes command of Corps of Engineers

    May 24, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general and U.S. Army chief of engineers during an assumption of command ceremony at Baruch Auditorium at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., May 22, 2012.

  • Corps of Engineers completes Tolna Coulee construction on Devils Lake

    May 24, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, completed construction of the Tolna Coulee Control Structure in Tolna, N.D., May 22.

  • Afghanistan Engineer District-North Contracting Officials award $43.77 million in April

    May 23, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracting officials awarded eight contracts totaling more than $43.77 million across seven provinces in northern Afghanistan in April.

  • Multi-agency partnership helps preserve critical piece of land for Florida Panthers

    May 23, 2012

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determined that Florida Panthers wearing radio collars had crossed the Caloosahatchee River near a disposal easement owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a request was made for the Corps to relocate their easements, which would allow the property to be purchased and preserved as a panther crossing habitat. Through the collaborative efforts of numerous federal, state and private organizations, the 1,278-acre American Prime property in Glades County, a property described as a "keystone tract" in the single most important area in the state for ensuring the natural recovery of Florida Panthers, was purchased by The Nature Conservancy May 16.

  • District returns to Armed Forces Day in Torrance

    May 23, 2012

    The Los Angeles District returned to the City of Torrance to participate in its 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration May 19.

  • District welcomes next Corps commander

    May 22, 2012

    The Los Angeles District welcomed Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, currently the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, during his visit here May 18.

  • Biography: Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick

    May 22, 2012

    Biography: Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, chief of engineers, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general

  • Aloha Center receives HFF award

    May 22, 2012

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- At the height of World War II, with the war raging at its peak, something unusual was happening near Fort Shafter. Local workers were building an oasis in the heart of the industrial munitions-production installation known as the Hawaiian Ordnance Depot.

  • Army develops generator 1.5 tons lighter than current option

    May 22, 2012

    Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center engineers were recognized for their collaborative efforts with small business to develop a transportable 100 kW generator that is 3,150 pounds lighter than those currently in theater.

  • Building big for water at Vandenberg

    May 22, 2012

    Vandenberg Air Force Base is currently home to the second largest reinforced concrete dome in the world. By summer's end, they may have some bragging rights anyway; a twin is on the way.

  • Safety first for Memorial Day!

    May 21, 2012

    Memorial Day is among the most revered of holidays in our Army. We remember those who have fallen before us, and during this era of persistent conflict, honor the memory of those now absent from our formations. Thank you for your continued service, which ensures their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

  • Pittsburgh District Weld Shop, Structural Design partner for money saving lifting device

    May 21, 2012

    Pittsburgh Engineer Warehouse and Repair Shop (PEWARS) employees recently used a new lifting device to load a temporary dam into a barge for use during the upcoming lock chamber dewatering at Lock 4, Monongahela River.

  • Corps of Engineers connects kids with great outdoors

    May 18, 2012

    For the people who live near Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake, S.C., the value of America's great outdoors doesn't go unnoticed.

  • Corps of Engineers pays tribute to veterans, wounded warriors with day of fishing

    May 16, 2012

    More than 20 veterans and their family members, along with more than 30 volunteers, took part in the first "Take a Warrior Fishing" event at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Eastman Lake, Calif., May 12, 2012.

  • Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

    May 14, 2012

    The Asian Pacific American Heritage remembrance is held in May, because it coincides with two milestones in American history; May 10, 1869 marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad through contributions of Chinese workers, and May 7, 1843 when the first Japanese immigrants arrived.

  • USACE employee wins Emergency Preparedness and Employee Safety Award

    May 13, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Keeping people safe is Afghanistan Engineer District-South Commander, Air Force Col. Benjamin Wham's number one priority. So when new employee, Jeffrey Ice won the New York Federal Executive Board Emergency Preparedness and Employee Safety Award, May 11, it was cause for celebration.

  • 'Lest we forget' USACE volunteers help remember Holocaust victims

    May 11, 2012

    Members of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District, DCMA, 5th Signal Command and other units volunteer to participate in a unique German community program to maintain a number of "Stumbling Stones" commemorating Jewish lives in Wiesbaden extinguished by the Holocaust.

  • Students tackle solar power problems

    May 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden Middle School students dug deep into the nuts and bolts of solar power April 27. The members of teacher David Bruce's eighth-grade electronics class got an inside look at the various options for harnessing the sun's energy and worked through the math needed to determine actual requirements and output.

  • Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions

    May 10, 2012

    U.S. Army scientists are researching methods to harness the sun and wind to ease the burdens associated with transporting fossil fuels to dangerous areas.

  • Federal partners take STEM opportunities to inner-city students, students to Carlyle Lake

    May 10, 2012

    CARLYLE, IL -- Thirty-four students from Madison Accelerated High School in Madison, Ill., traveled to Carlyle Lake May 8 to try their hand at fishing, canoeing, boating, and geocaching as a culmination to this year's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Outreach Program hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River.

  • Maintenance dredging project will restore federal channels in lower Newport Harbor

    May 9, 2012

    A clamshell dredge begins a five-month project May 2 to remove up to 350,000 cubic yards of material from the federal channel in Newport Harbor, Calif. The Port of Long Beach will use about one-third of the dredged material for its middle harbor redevelopment project.

  • Donn Booker Selected for Senior Executive Service Position

    May 9, 2012

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' newest member for the Senior Executive Service Donn Booker, SES will serve as the Contingency Business Director for the Transatlantic Division (TAD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Also serves as the division representative to the National Management Board responsible for establishing world-wide policy and guidance.

  • A bird helping birds: Tulsa District uses helicopter to prepare habitat for endangered birds

    May 9, 2012

    For the first time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District used a helicopter to spray herbicide on four Interior Least Tern islands along the navigation system.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $2.7 million contract to dredge lower reach of GIWW's Channel to Vic

    May 9, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (May 9, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract to Orion Marine Construction Inc., in the amount of $2,687,000 for maintenance dredging of the lower reach of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway's (GIWW) Channel to Victoria in Calhoun County, Texas.

  • Improved batteries, SWIPES to lighten Soldiers' load

    May 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is lightening the Soldier's load by developing smaller and lighter batteries. Scientists and engineers are unburdening the Soldier, increasing maneuverability, reducing fatigue, and cutting time needed for battery re-charging.

  • Afghan-coalition cooperation brings more electricity to Kandahar City residents

    May 4, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's power utility, Da Breshna Sherkat, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Breshna Barq teamed up again; this time to bring more electricity to the Sabiqa area of Kandahar City May 2.

  • Public takes a look at Santa Ana River Marsh study

    May 4, 2012

    A proposed project to remove 50,000 cubic yards of material from a tidal marsh took an important step here April 30 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented and sought public input on the project's environmental assessment.

  • International Commission Takes a Look at the Tijuana River

    May 4, 2012

    IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- "It's not the fences that matter, it's the gates," Dave Gibson told attendees at the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission collaborative meeting held here April 19 at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

  • Earthquakes should have a season

    May 3, 2012

    What is going to happen to modern, tall buildings when an event like a 7.9 magnitude quake happens in Los Angeles? Dr. Swaminathan Krishman and his colleagues at the California Institute of Technology are trying to answer that critical question.

  • Risk Management Center provides level of expertise for dams, levees

    May 3, 2012

    "To understand what the Risk Management Center is, you have to understand risk," said Dave Carlson, senior program manager of the Eastern Division Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center (RMC).

  • Pittsburgh District remains leader in river monitoring technology

    May 3, 2012

    In 1976 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District placed the first two Data Collection Platforms (DCPs) on the Ohio River at Martins Ferry, W.V., and Shadyside, Ohio. These DCPs were, and remain, vital to river operations as they provide information on parameters such as river level and precipitation.

  • Ground breaking at U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

    May 3, 2012

    Ground breaking ceremonies for an expansion of Building 4905, headquarters of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, were conducted May 3, 2012.

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