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  • Craft awarded SAME RVP Medal

    Jan 16, 2014

    HOUSTON -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Civil Engineer Franchelle Craft was recognized with the Society of American Military Engineers' Regional Vice President's Medal yesterday during the Houston-Galveston Post's Public Agency of the Year Banquet for her outstanding service to the society.

  • Resource efficiency manager helps identify big energy savings

    Jan 16, 2014

    A Resource Efficiency Manager working under contract with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, was part of the design and energy planning team that helped identify seven major conservation measures that will decrease energy use by 33.2 percent at a replacement hospital at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.

  • Volunteers Help Corps of Engineers Staff at Abiquiu Lake Survey Bald Eagles

    Jan 15, 2014

    Corps of Enigneers, Albuquerque District staff at Abiquiu Lake has partnered with volunteers for more than a decade to participate in the national midwinter bald eagle survey. This year's results: 14 eagles counted Jan. 4, 2014.

  • Lifelong Alaskan gives Corps a familiar face

    Jan 14, 2014

    Calling him a late bloomer would be as inaccurate as saying Alaska is not cold in winter -- conditions he is acquainted with when working at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Alaska District's Northern Area Office in Fairbanks.

  • Retiring Army Guard director: Preserve this national treasure

    Jan 14, 2014

    Retiring after 43 years serving the nation, the director of the Army National Guard challenged his successors to maintain the standard of a force at a 377-year peak.

  • Corps discusses restoration progress and Lake Okeechobee management at annual Everglades conference

    Jan 13, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Collaboration, innovation and long-term solutions were key discussion points at the 29th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference, where federal and state officials, environmental organizations and members of the public and academia came together to celebrate what's been accomplished so far, and discuss what needs to be done to continue making progress in Everglades restoration. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Commander Col. Alan Dodd were among the 300 people in attendance at the conference held Jan. 9-11 in Naples, Fla.

  • Corps of Engineers provides 'life support' for VA hospital during electrical upgrade

    Jan 10, 2014

    This fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) completed a electrical distribution system upgrade at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in New York City. The work had little impact on patients and provided significant cost savings.

  • New Middle/High School opens on Camp Humphreys

    Jan 9, 2014

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- There was a lot of "new" for students of Humphreys Middle/High School as they attended the first day of classes on their newly constructed campus, here, Jan. 8. To start this first day, 344 students, along with faculty and community members, gathered in a courtyard, where members of the school's Junior Reserves Officers' Training Corps raised both the American and South Korean flags and members of the school band played both national anthems. Following the flag raising ceremony, everyone headed to the auditorium as students entered their new school for the first time.

  • USACE's Albuquerque District joins with others to create new habitats for burrowing owls

    Jan 8, 2014

    What do you get when you invite a group of young Girl Scouts to help create burrowing owl habitats in an arroyo? You get an excited and energetic group of girls ready and willing to assist and learn.

  • USAG Ansbach opens new School Age Center, Child Development Center at Katterbach

    Jan 7, 2014

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach celebrated the grand opening of the new Child Development Center and School Age Center complex at Katterbach Kaserne Dec. 16, 2013. The new center combines the two previously distinct developmental care centers into one facility.

  • New Year, Fresh Perspective

    Jan 7, 2014

    With the new year comes an opportunity for fresh perspective. It gives us a chance to reflect and start anew with a clean slate, with plenty of hope for a better year than the last. This opportunity also offers leaders at all levels a chance to reinvigorate their safety programs, especially as Soldiers are more likely to be refreshed and refocused after coming off extended leave.

  • Corps of Engineers submits report to Congress on ways to prevent spread of Asian carp, other species

    Jan 6, 2014

    The Corps of Engineers submitted to Congress the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report Jan. 6, 2014. The report contains eight alternatives, each with concept-level design and cost information, and evaluates the potential of these alternatives to prevent the spread of 13 aquatic nuisance species, to include Asian carp, between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. The options concentrate on the Chicago Area Waterway System and include a wide spectrum of alternatives ranging from continuing current activities to complete separation of the watersheds with physical barriers.

  • Huntsville Center community outreach becomes personal

    Jan 6, 2014

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Tina Ybarra

    Jan 6, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Jan. 6, 2014) -- For nearly three decades Visual Information Specialist Tina Ybarra has reported to work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District to provide audio visual support, photography, videography and records archiving services to staff.

  • Pittsburgh all in for emergency management accreditation

    Jan 2, 2014

    Pittsburgh District upped its emergency management ante as it underwent an Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) assessment at the district office Dec. 9 - 13.

  • DoD adopts Army Corps of Engineers BUILDER SMS standard for all facility condition assessments

    Dec 30, 2013

    A decision in September 2013 by the Department of Defense to mandate use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-developed facility condition assessment software opens up new asset management opportunities across the Corps. USACE-developed BUILDER Sustainment Management System has become a key part in keeping the Army Corps of Engineers relevant in the future by helping all services and other federal agencies make critical decisions on how best to invest their limited maintenance and repair funding.

  • Europe District engineers drive STEM initiative in 2013 and beyond

    Dec 26, 2013

    Last year, more than 20 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District volunteers spent time with local students -- helping them understand the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math; set education and career goals; and relate and communicate better with adults. As the nation celebrates Mentoring Month, it is fitting to recap the district's efforts in 2013 and encourage continued volunteer engagement in the future.

  • Urban Waters Middle Rio Grande Initiative Promotes Partnerships

    Dec 20, 2013

    On Dec. 11, 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, along with several other government agencies, kicked off the Urban Waters Middle Rio Grande conservation initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to address both environmental justice and water quality issues in the Middle Rio Grande.

  • Corps hosts meeting with the Delaware Nation

    Dec 19, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District hosted its first ever face-to-face meeting with a federally recognized Native American tribe on Dec. 4 at the district's headquarters in Baltimore.

  • Corps conducts test of post and panel system; Nears completion of PL 84-99 rehabilitation work

    Dec 19, 2013

    Following Tropical Storm Lee, fourteen flood risk management projects within the Baltimore District were identified to have eligible damages in need of repairs. Repair work was authorized under Public Law 84-99 which gives the Corps the legal authority to conduct emergency response and provide repair work when a levee system is damaged during a flood event.

  • USACE civilians introduced to Army life

    Dec 19, 2013

    The United States Army Corps of Engineers conducted their annual Leadership Development Program training Dec. 4 through 5, using various ranges and training areas throughout Fort Leonard Wood. This program was developed by USACE to give their civilian employees an introduction to Army culture as well as leadership training, but it actually goes further than that, it also gives them a better understanding of the importance of their jobs and just where they fit into the big picture.

  • USACE teaches 'common understanding' in Risk Communication Course

    Dec 18, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - More than 20 project and program managers from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District learn about public involvement and strategies for overcoming challenges during a four-day Risk Communication Course.

  • Honolulu District Continues Support to Army, Pacific Region in FY13

    Dec 18, 2013

    Highly motivated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District staff supported military construction, transformation and initiatives on Hawaii Army posts that included opening a new barracks and continue construction of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient barracks at Helemano Military Reservation, the new Warrior in Transition barracks and complex, ongoing-South Range Projects and Quad D renovations at Schofield Barracks, and the continuation and completion of Air Force projects, the Combat Aviation Brigade Phase 1 at Wheeler Army Airfield, and the Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter.

  • Corps promotes engineering skills at local schools

    Dec 17, 2013

    "It's the future," said Steve Grabowski, an Anchorage School District teacher, about the importance of exposing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to elementary students.

  • Corps workers spread holiday cheer, reduce stress

    Dec 16, 2013

  • Albuquerque District Employees Receive Steel, Bronze de Fleury Medals

    Dec 16, 2013

    In December, four Albuquerque District employees received one of the highest honors awarded in the Corps of Engineers - the de Fleury Medal.

  • Albuquerque District Employees' Excellence Recognized

    Dec 16, 2013

    In December, several Albuquerque District employees received recognition for their outstanding work and performance in fiscal year 2013, including Supervisor and Employee of the Year, Ranger of the Year and others.

  • Albuquerque District's Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees Grows

    Dec 16, 2013

    Frederic "Fritz" Blake was officially inducted into the Albuquerque District's Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees, Dec. 6, 2013.

  • North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study transitions to Phase 2

    Dec 12, 2013

    The congressional response to recover from Hurricane Sandy included legislation for a comprehensive study to identify regional, systemic vulnerability of populations at risk along the north Atlantic coast; that study is now entering the second of three phases.

  • Kentucky Lock gets new tow haulage unit

    Dec 11, 2013

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District employees completed the Tow Haulage Unit Replacement Project at Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky., Dec. 5, 2013. They finished the work on time and the navigation lock has resumed 24-hour operations.

  • Army Corps, Nan Inc. Hold Site Blessing for Quad B Renovation Project

    Dec 11, 2013

    Honolulu District and contractor Nan Inc. held a traditional Hawaiian site blessing and groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 4 in Quad B at Schofield Barracks to signify the start of construction and renovation for three of the quad's four buildings -- 156, 157 and 158.

  • Barkley Unit 1 generator back in operation after major repairs

    Dec 9, 2013

    KUTTAWA, Ky., (Dec. 6, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District's Barkley Hydropower Plant Unit 1 here is back in operation after a phase-to-ground fault caused a fire that damaged the 32.5 Megawatt generator stator windings in Dec. 19, 2010.

  • Corps of Engineers promotes long-term dam safety by identifying problems, engineering solutions

    Dec 9, 2013

    One of the most important missions the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carries out is reducing the risk of flooding. The Summersville Dam in West Virginia, the second largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi River, is designed to do just. During the most recent comprehensive inspection, which occurs once every 10 years, engineers discovered a problem; last month they engineered a solution.

  • Loose lips still sink ships, loose tweets sink fleets

    Dec 6, 2013

    In the social media era, OPSEC is more important, and more difficult, than ever. We must be concerned with both whom we talk to and what we put on the internet. The flow of information from one side of the world to another is now as easy as a few keystrokes and only takes seconds.

  • Huntsville Center conducts Annual Ethics Training

    Dec 6, 2013

  • This week in history…Army Engineers fought and lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor

    Dec 6, 2013

    Seven December 1941 was the opening scene of World War II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was there. At 7:55 a.m., two waves of Japanese warplanes from a naval task force about 250 miles north of Hawaii appeared over Oahu. Some headed for American warships at Pearl Harbor and the planes on the ground at nearby Hickam Field; others hit Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Field, and Bellows Field. The Corps of Engineers in Hawaii consisted of Soldier-engineers in the Army's Hawaiian Department, and the Corps' Honolulu Engineer District, then part of the South Pacific Division.

  • Employees bring Christmas magic to area children for 20 years

    Dec 6, 2013

    For the past 20 years, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District employees have brought a little Christmas spirit and made dreams come true for almost 3,000 children in the greater Baltimore area.

  • Coming full circle, Dallas remembers JFK

    Dec 6, 2013

    A half century came full circle on Nov. 22 when the city of Dallas held a ceremony at Dealey Plaza marking the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

  • Notice to mariners - Bayport Flare and Houston Ship Channel

    Dec 6, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 6, 2013) -- Mariners are advised to be aware of an increase in waterborne hazards in the Bayport Flare and Houston Ship Channel, as a result of maintenance dredging work scheduled to begin this month and continue through October 2014.

  • CID Offers Holiday Safety Tips

    Dec 5, 2013

    Across the nation, shoppers will be out in force searching for big bargains in the stores and on the World Wide Web, but criminals will be out too.

  • Lincoln-era history comes back to life

    Dec 5, 2013

    History lives again. How would you like stand in the very courtroom where the conspirators who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln were tried and convicted…and where some say a ghost abounds? Or how about a visit Fort Myer's historic Old Post Chapel where hundreds of key life-changing ceremonies happen every year and which also represents the last Army post that defended Washington, D.C., during the Civil War?

  • A Q-and-A with Little Rock District Architect of the Year Bill Jackson

    Dec 5, 2013

    Bio: Name: Bill Jackson Official Position: Architect, Design Branch, SWL Years with SWL: 29 years Years of federal service: 29 years Hometown: Little Rock (born and raised here) Education: Hall High School (Little Rock), University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Bachelor of Architecture Degree)

  • Dam history dictates lesson plans

    Dec 5, 2013

    How do you get students interested in the 50th anniversary of the Greers Ferry Dam dedication? Include information about the area and the dam in their daily school curriculum.

  • How the Leadership Development Program helped me - Mike Richards

    Dec 5, 2013

    How has the program assisted you with career progression? Both the SWL LDP II and the SWD LDP III were beneficial for my career progression. Both programs opened several doors and avenues for me to grow as an individual both personally and professionally. This ultimately helped me become a much better team member and leader. Being a part of the SWD LDP III program allowed me to interact and work with highly motivated individuals from around SWD who shared a common desire to be better leaders within the Corps. Working with these individuals within a team environment helped me grow my confidence and abilities to become a successful leader of a dynamic team within the Little Rock District. I began the program when I was a park ranger and am now a Deputy OPM.

  • Gray's navigate trip of a lifetime with father on 'Honor Flight'

    Dec 5, 2013

    For Bill Gray, of the Little Rock District's Navigation and Maintenance Section, keeping navigation moving on the Arkansas River is his job, but on Oct. 5 he was navigating uncharted waters.

  • McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System Long-Term Maintenance Strategy

    Dec 5, 2013

    The Little Rock and Tulsa districts, along with the Southwestern Division, are developing a strategy to focus greater long-range planning and funds on critical maintenance needed in the next five years to ensure that the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System remains a reliable, resilient, and relevant system for future generations.

  • STEM: Little Rock District teams up with University of Pine Bluff

    Dec 5, 2013

    The Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District recently signed a partnership agreement with the oldest historically black institution of higher education in Arkansas.

  • Far East District commander given honorary Korean name

    Dec 4, 2013

    The Republic of Korea -U.S. Alliance Friendship Association presented Col. Bryan S. Green, commander and district engineer, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, with a Korean name at a ceremony at the Korea Ministry of National Defense club Dec. 3. Green was conferred the name Pak Geon-taek, a name with very symbolic meaning and significance, according to Suh Jin-sup, association chairman.

  • District volunteers help make kimchi for those in need

    Dec 4, 2013

    Volunteers from the Far East District joined members of the Seoul Jung-gu Saemaul Women's Club to make kimchi for the area's needy and elderly families Nov. 27.

  • New MOU allows Tulsa Corps STEM outreach to Langston University

    Dec 4, 2013

    Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District recently spoke to students of Langston University in Langston, Okla. about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) internship and career opportunities at the Corps.

  • Tulsa District attorneys selected for USACE Chief Counsel Honorary Awards

    Dec 4, 2013

    Every year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief Counsel recognizes outstanding members of the Corps' Legal Services community of practice. This year, two of these honorary awards went to two attorneys in the Tulsa District Office of Counsel.

  • District awards $5 million contract to dredge GIWW

    Dec 4, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 4, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $5,180,000 to RLB Contracting Inc., to perform maintenance dredging within the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, specifically from Corpus Christi Bay to Port Isabel, Texas.

  • District partners with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to complete $30 million complex in Corpus

    Dec 3, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 3, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District partnered with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to complete the $30,063,931 design-build U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, and will celebrate this milestone with the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector and Office of Field Operations during an open house ceremony Dec. 5.

  • District awards $8 million contract to dredge Corpus Christi Ship Channel

    Dec 3, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 3, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $8,054,750 to Orion Marine Inc., to perform maintenance dredging within the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, specifically from the inner basin (lower bay) to Beacon 82 (upper bay) and the La Quinta Junction and channel, in Nueces County, Texas.

  • Whole Neighborhood Revitalization project 'right sizes' and upgrades 84 Wiesbaden apartments

    Dec 3, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When the $12 million Whole Neighborhood Revitalization project in Wiesbaden's Aukamm Housing wraps up early next year, 84 "right-sized" apartment units will be available to incoming families. Quality-of-life enhancements include new kitchens, flooring, appliances, various other features and expansion to meet the Army standard for space allocation to military families.

  • Troopers cited for support during Hurricane Sandy

    Dec 2, 2013

    Troopers Vasquez and Herrera were recognized for the superlative support they directly provided to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division during recovery/response operations following Super Storm (Hurricane) Sandy.

  • Corps partners with local brigade to expand training opportunities for Soldiers

    Dec 2, 2013

    With every nugget of engineering expertise his mentors share with him, Sgt. 1st Class Ron Albert's confidence grows as he performs his temporary duties with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Alaska District.

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Christopher Frabotta

    Dec 1, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 1, 2013) -- Making a living managing the removal and placement of dirt wasn't a job offered during any career fair Christopher Frabotta, chief of Navigation at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, attended while earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Florida, but it's one he actively sought out when he learned he could make a lasting positive impact on the nation.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $21.2 million contract to dredge Houston Ship Channel

    Nov 27, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $21,253,000 to Weeks Marine, Inc. for maintenance dredging of the Bayport Flare and Houston Ship Channel.

  • Engineering the future, in 500 words or less

    Nov 26, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District challenged Wiesbaden Middle School students to explain, in 500 words or less, why they are interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math careers. The winners -- Pete Greig, Chuck Oliver and Isabella Lee -- representing the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, respectively, were selected from a pool of 80 contest entrants by Department of Defense Dependents Schools officials. The essays detailed Pete's interest in robotics engineering, Chuck's love of cars and mechanical engineering, and Isabella's fascination with roller-coaster engineering. To recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their interest in STEM, Europe District leaders and subject matter experts hosted the trio here Nov. 19.

  • Inspecting Mississippi River shoreline opened door to support DLA site visits nationwide

    Nov 26, 2013

    Donna Hardy, a 25-year U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staffer, cut her teeth on real estate with inspections along hundreds of miles of Mississippi River shoreline. A temporary duty volunteer job this year supporting the Defense Logistics Agency's real property inventory needs sent her coast to coast and across the Pacific.

  • Exercising Safety:Tri-Lakes dams catch floodwaters while reducing flood risks

    Nov 26, 2013

    A stalled front brings record rainfall to the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The runoff brings a surge of water through canyons and foothills and into major population centers of central Colorado.

  • Savannah Corps men put down their razors for cancer awareness

    Nov 26, 2013

    This winter, while some people may say "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow," many men at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District are saying "Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow."

  • Charrette helps Harpeth River Feasibility Study flow ahead 'SMART'

    Nov 25, 2013

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 25, 2013) -- The team responsible for conducting the Harpeth River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study held a planning charrette Nov. 20-22 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Headquarters to help the process flow forward as SMART as possible.

  • Far East District engineers share their experiences with JROTC cadets

    Nov 22, 2013

    A team of military and civilian engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District set upon Seoul American High School Nov. 21 and 22 to tell Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) cadets all about what life is like as an engineer.

  • Middle East District constructs Naval Support Activity Bahrain Flyover Bridge

    Nov 22, 2013

    Imagine driving a 20-minute detour just to reach the other side of a road. Personnel at the Naval Support Activity located in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain face this on a daily basis when traveling between Naval Support Activity 1 and Naval Support Activity 2. The two areas are divided by a busy roadway.

  • USACE Galveston District donates $23,805.06 to CFC

    Nov 22, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- For decades the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District employees have been opening their hearts and wallets to support the annual Combined Federal Campaign, raising $23,805.06 this year to support those less fortunate.

  • USACE partners with Galveston Park Board to launch Sand Management Cost Shared Study

    Nov 21, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District partnered with the Galveston Park Board of Trustees to launch the implementation of the Sand Management Cost Shared Study. The district and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees pursued a sand management cost-shared study following the establishment of a partnership last year to develop a science-based sand management strategy that could potentially prevent erosion of the island's shoreline and reduce the long-term cost of beach maintenance.

  • Workshop advises service members in transition

    Nov 21, 2013

  • Soldiers ruck to fill shelves and hearts

    Nov 20, 2013

    Old Guard Soldiers transported 1300 lbs of food by foot to the Father McKenna Center in Washington, D.C. ensuring that those seeking a warm meal would be able to get one.

  • U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville programs support Air Force medical mission

    Nov 20, 2013

    A team of a seven people from the Air Force Medical Support Agency visited U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Nov. 13-14 to meet with representatives from the Center's Installation and Support and Programs Management Directorate.

  • Huntsville Center's Electronic Security System team helping Fort McCoy upgrade security measures

    Nov 19, 2013

    What started as a small project a few years ago quickly turned to more projects as Fort McCoy gained confidence that the Huntsville Center's ESS team could deliver for them.

  • From jubilation to sorrow - President Kennedy's celebration at Greers Ferry Dam followed by tragedy

    Nov 19, 2013

    Gasoline cost 30 cents, a loaf of bread was 20 cents, and the price of a gallon of milk was a little more than a dollar. It was 1963, and the residents of a small Arkansas town nestled at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains were eagerly awaiting the arrival of one of the most important persons on earth. President John F. Kennedy was set to address the people of Heber Springs, Ark., and thousands of others who would converge on the small town to hear him speak at the dedication of Greers Ferry Dam October 3.

  • Army engineer named as winner in 2013 GreenGov Presidential Awards

    Nov 15, 2013

    A local engineer was recognized Nov. 5 when the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced the fourth annual winners of the GreenGov Presidential Awards, which honor federal civilian and military personnel as well as agency teams, facilities, and programs that have taken innovative steps to reduce energy use and carbon pollution, curb waste, and save taxpayer money in Federal agency operations.

  • JFK assassination remembered by 57-year Fort Worth District team member Jimmy Baggett

    Nov 15, 2013

    There have been moments throughout history that generations can point to and say "I remember exactly what I was doing at that moment." Our generation has the tragic events of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The "Greatest Generation" the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941. And for many in between those events there is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963.

  • November 1963: a time of Building Strong for America

    Nov 15, 2013

    Nov. 22, 1963, was likely a typical fall day in North Texas for employees of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was headquartered in Dallas. Just as it does this year, Nov. 22 fell on a Friday in 1963, so a weekend was in the works. From their offices in downtown Dallas, SWD employees would have been taking care of their responsibilities as engineers, biologists, economists, hydrologists, foresters-the vast array of disciplines that make up the Corps.

  • Army Corps of Engineers: Keepers of the Flame

    Nov 15, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can lay claim to a vast array of famous projects since the Continental Congress authorized a "Chief Engineer for the Army" on June 16, 1775: Bunker Hill fortifications, the Panama Canal, the Manhattan Project, not to mention an abundance of locks, dams, and levees that help form the infrastructure of our nation.

  • JFK 50th anniversary: Choosing to remember the dark side of history or the inspired leadership

    Nov 15, 2013

    Like afterimages seared into our mind's eye long after the camera has stopped flashing, the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago this month is replete with iconic images that marked my generation. These images, normally safely buried away, can quickly be summoned by hundreds of memories that swirl in and out of the streets and back roads of Dallas to this day.

  • $5.35 billion sufficient for Hurricane Sandy relief, USACE chief tells Congress

    Nov 14, 2013

    The $5.35 billion authorized for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects to mitigate damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is enough to reduce future risk, the Army's chief of Engineers told Congress.

  • Paying it Forward: USACE Engineers Serve as Mentors, Guest Lecturers

    Nov 13, 2013

    Promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is more than a passing trend for Derek Maxey and Don Whitmore, two registered professional engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District. Both quietly volunteer as guest lecturers at local universities, bringing their real-world experience and stories from the field to undergraduate students. Maxey, a mechanical engineer and Whitmore, a civil engineer, are committed to inspiring and mentoring tomorrow's engineers, they said.

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

    Nov 13, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded a contract to Sol Engineering LLC, an 8(a) small business, in the amount of $49,220.82 for environmental services to include chemical and grain size analyses of water and sediment samples from the federally-maintained Houston Ship Channel.

  • Army Corps, U.S. Navy retrieve piece of Civil War ironclad from Savannah River

    Nov 13, 2013

    Archeologists working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, aided by divers and salvage operations teams from the U.S. Navy, retrieved a 64-square-foot section of a Civil War ironclad warship from the bottom of the Savannah River near Savannah, Ga., Nov. 12, 2013.

  • Commentary: Alaska District awards contract for women's dorm in Afghanistan

    Nov 13, 2013

    When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan sought contracting assistance to build a women's dormitory for Herat University, the Alaska District offered to help on a project that almost never happened. Many people thought it was too hard to achieve given the shifting priorities in a mission that is winding down, but they were wrong. "Essayons" paid off. The $5.27 million project broke ground during a ceremony with Afghan and U.S. State Department officials Oct. 3.

  • Businesses come together at Industry Day

    Nov 12, 2013

    More than 600 people filled the room eager to learn about the billions of dollars worth of work expected in the North Atlantic region in the upcoming years. Large and small businesses from across the country joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District Nov. 5 for an Industry Day.

  • Corps teaches third-graders 'Regulatory 101'

    Nov 12, 2013

    Inside a colorful, decorated classroom at Marshpoint Elementary School, Brian Moore, a regulatory specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, poured a gallon of water over a row of sponges.

  • Nashville District reaches women-owned small business milestone

    Nov 12, 2013

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District exceeded its goal of two percent of all contractible actions for women-owned small businesses in fiscal year 2013.

  • Huntsville Center Small Business Forum well-attended

    Nov 8, 2013

  • Craft recognized as BEYA STEM Science Spectrum Trailblazer

    Nov 7, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 7, 2013) -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Civil Engineer Franchelle Craft was selected as a Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award recipient by the 28th Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference, an honor bestowed upon minority men and women who actively create new paths for others in science, research, technology and development.

  • USACE people: District attorneys claim chief counsel awards

    Nov 5, 2013

    Jay Aldridge and Nansje van Noortwijk, Europe District attorneys, are the recipients of 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief Counsel's Honorary Awards. The annual recognitions were announced in September at the USACE Worldwide Legal Services Conference in Chicago by Earl Stockdale, USACE chief counsel.

  • Huntsville Center awards security upgrade contract

    Nov 5, 2013

  • Army Corps, Garrison Open New Barracks for Schofield's HHBN, 2nd Brigade Soldiers

    Nov 5, 2013

    Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and Absher Construction opened a new $35.3 million barracks with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 30. The new six-story Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing on Montague Street on Schofield will house Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (25th ID) and the 2nd Brigade.

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Mike Nelson

    Nov 1, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 1, 2013) -- Michael Nelson, civil engineering technician in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's General Engineering Section, never could have predicted that an injury would be the primary catalyst that led him to pursue a field he has enjoyed for the last 30 years.

  • US, Romania begin work on Aegis Ashore missile defense complex

    Oct 31, 2013

    DEVESELU AIR BASE, Romania - Top U.S., Romanian and NATO officials broke ground Monday on a new ballistic missile defense facility being built to boost regional stability and strengthen the alliance's collective security stance. The high-profile ceremony signaled the start of construction for the Aegis Ashore complex, the second stage of the three-part European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defense.

  • USACE Galveston District awards contract for geotechnical services at dredging placement area

    Oct 31, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $178,798.11 to Quaternary Resource Investigations LLC for routine soil sampling and laboratory testing at the Alexander Island Dredge Material Placement Area adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel.

  • Huntsville Center employees recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 30, 2013

    The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center recognized National Disability Employment Awareness Month Oct. 30 with an Individuals with Disabilities program sponsoring free hearing tests and information about the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • Victim advocates share message at Huntsville Center

    Oct 29, 2013

    The Army launched its official recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct. 1 with the theme, "End Domestic Violence: Recognize it, Report it, Prevent it," meant to convey how the service hopes to raise awareness of domestic violence, inform victims that help is available and emphasize the negative impact it has on family readiness.

  • Sandy: Repairing and restoring beaches in NY designed for coastal storm risk reduction

    Oct 29, 2013

    When Hurricane Sandy struck the northeastern United States, a lot of its impacts were immediately obvious. From destroyed structures to massive power outages to flooding of communities and infrastructure like many had never seen before, the storm left its mark throughout the region. One of Sandy's less obvious impacts at first was the damage it caused to engineered beaches throughout the region, including in New York City and Long Island.

  • Helping heroes through hunting

    Oct 29, 2013

    As part of an ongoing partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District hosted two deer hunts for PVA members and their families at Richard B. Russell Lake, Oct. 23 and 24.

  • Corps park ranger builds future leaders through Boy Scouts

    Oct 29, 2013

    In the last three years, David Quebedeaux-commonly known as "Ranger Dave"-has added another occupation to supplement his career at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers J. Strom Thurmond Lake in Clarks Hill, S.C. He runs the largest Boy Scout troop in the Georgia/Carolina region, and this, he said, takes his park ranger experience to another level.

  • McHugh relights JFK Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery

    Oct 29, 2013

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh relit the eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Oct. 29, 2013, which marks the final resting places of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

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