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  • Junior engineer officer boosts missile defense project team

    Dec 4, 2014

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

  • Take charge of your online identity

    Dec 4, 2014

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

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

    Dec 4, 2014

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

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

    Dec 4, 2014

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

  • Water safety is a year-round concern

    Dec 3, 2014

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

  • Corps engineer will take another run at elected office

    Dec 3, 2014

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

  • USACE Galveston District spotlight on Diane Kovacevich

    Dec 1, 2014

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

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

    Nov 28, 2014

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

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

    Nov 26, 2014

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

  • Corps workers take Annual Ethics training

    Nov 26, 2014

  • Fort Campbell soldier embraces future with Nashville District

    Nov 25, 2014

    A Fort Campbell soldier and electronics technician who sustained multiple injuries during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan is making the most of an internship and job opportunity with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

  • Leadership development graduation

    Nov 25, 2014

    Twelve Little Rock District future leaders graduated from the Level Two Leadership Development Program Nov. 20 with more than 60 employees and family members in attendance. Col. Courtney W. Paul presented diplomas and plaques to each graduate to recognize their hard work and dedication to the program. During 2014, this class learned about leading change, conflict resolution, problem solving process, relationship building, constructive feedback, effective communication, as well as self-assessment tools such as Strengths Finders and Myers-Briggs. The program focused on providing participants with experiences designed to increase self-awareness and understanding of their personal strengths, challenges, and potential for leadership. (Back Left to right) Randy Crapps, Brooke Kervin, Gwendolyn Stokes, Bruce Caldwell, Rodney Parker, Jay Townsend (Front left to right) Bill Jackson, Amber Turnage, Michael Leddon, Tacy Jensen, Lisa Yoakum, Jeremy Thomason

  • Army Engineers pave future for Air Force

    Nov 25, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District and Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, are collaborating on a multiyear project to repair/replace one of the Air Force's busiest runways. Without major delays and runway shutdowns, the project is expected to be concrete in April 2017, with a price tag of $107.9 million.

  • Little Rock celebrates retirees

    Nov 25, 2014

    The Little Rock District hosted Retiree Day at the Dewey Short Visitor Center on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., Nov. 14, 2014. The annual event provides district leadership and retirees the opportunity to renew acquaintances, get district updates from the commander and preserve/share the institutional knowledge of our past.

  • Little Rock District lake plan revisions underway

    Nov 25, 2014

    Little Rock District has embarked on an aggressive schedule to revise the master plans for three of the most popular recreational lakes in the district. Many of the District's projects across Arkansas and southern Missouri have had no major revisions to their respective master plans since the 1970s. A master plan is the strategic land and water use guidance document that describes how the resources of the lake will be managed in the future and provides the vision for how the lake should look in the future.

  • Industry Day

    Nov 25, 2014

    During fiscal year 2014, the Little Rock District Contracting Division had a banner year executing more than 1,000 contracting actions totaling $416.6 million.

  • USACE Galveston District donates $16,855 to CFC

    Nov 25, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 25, 2014) -- This year was not any different than the last when it came to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District employees opening their wallets to support the annual Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Still waters run deep on Staten Island

    Nov 24, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District created an innovative permitting mechanism that is helping the City move the Staten Island Bluebelt Program forward. The permit will help reduce flooding, save taxpayer money and improve the environment and wildlife habitats.

  • Kaiser gets general overview of Nashville District construction projects

    Nov 24, 2014

    The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander visited two Nashville District projects for the first time today to interact with project managers and engineers, and to recognize Corps of Engineers employees for their professionalism and excellence.

  • SHAPE community celebrates opening of US schools

    Nov 21, 2014

    MONS, Belgium - Top military and civilian leaders from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, the Department of Defense Education Activity and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially dedicated the U.S. sections Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at SHAPE International School. The new Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe elementary and middle schools -- to be followed by an American high school this coming winter -- are the first to open as part of a multinational-funded venture to build a state-of-the-art campus on this NATO base by the fall of 2019.

  • Corps chaplain encourages Huntsvillle employees to take care of each other

    Nov 21, 2014

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chaplain (Col.) Phillip Wright and his chaplain assistant, Sgt. 1st Class Kamishia Stanfield visited Huntsville Center to provide ministry care and service to the workforce Nov. 20.

  • USACE Galveston begins dredge work at Freeport Harbor, to dredge Corpus Christi Ship Channel

    Nov 21, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District began urgent maintenance dredging today at the Freeport Harbor using the government-owned trailing suction hopper dredge WHEELER.

  • Huntsville Center employees learn about Native American Indian culture

    Nov 21, 2014

    Huntsville Center employees gathered to learn about the culture of Native Americans during the Huntsville Center Equal Employment Opportunity office sponsored 2014 Native American Indian Heritage Month program Nov. 18.

  • Engineers give geography lesson at middle school

    Nov 20, 2014

  • Long-term TDY rates change to save Army $9 million annually

    Nov 19, 2014

    Long-term temporary duty rules that became effective Nov. 1, 2014, across the Department of Defense, are expected to result in an annual savings of $22 million, of which nearly $9 million will be reaped for the Army each year, according to the service's chief for compensation and entitlements.

  • USACE Galveston District awards contract to dredge Port of Port Arthur docks

    Nov 19, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 19, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded the option to the Port Arthur Canal and Junction maintenance dredging contract in the amount of $508,200 to Manson Construction Co., for dredging of the docks at the Port of Port Arthur.

  • Seven Army generals talk leadership with ROTC cadets

    Nov 14, 2014

    Howard University recently hosted eight senior Army leaders and more than 300 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, as part of cadet mentoring and professional development.

  • USACE Galveston District makes navigation data available online

    Nov 14, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 14, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will soon finish uploading deep-draft navigation channel data on its hydrographic surveys webpage ( and will begin posting the same data for shallow-draft channels it maintains along the Texas coast early next year.

  • Army Corps, partners, release report that analyzes sediment flow impacts to Chesapeake Bay

    Nov 14, 2014

    New report released for public comment analyzes sediment and pollution flow impacts to Chesapeake Bay from Lower Susquehanna River Watershed and a series of hydroelectric dams -- names watershed-wide reduction strategies as key

  • Corps of Engineers embraces uncertainty of climate change

    Nov 14, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is adapting the way it operates to accommodate climate changes that could cause floods and droughts.

  • Warrior Games provide outlet for wounded veteran athletes

    Nov 13, 2014

    When you meet Isaac Francois for the first time, he draws you in with his big smile and firm hand shake, hiding any pain that he feels. A husband and proud father to a 2-year-old and 4-month-old, Francois serves as an assistant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District's Contracting Division Business Oversight Branch. In his spare time, he participates in the Warrior Games, which holds Olympic-style competitions for wounded, ill or injured service members from across the military, both combat and non-combat related injuries.

  • Companies meet to learn about Redstone Arsenal renewable energy opportunity

    Nov 13, 2014

    Biomass companies interested in competing for a renewable combined heat and power project on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, met Nov. 13 to learn more about the opportunity and the acquisition process.

  • New Fort Benning hospital set to open for business

    Nov 12, 2014

    Hundreds gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony held Nov. 7 in the atrium of the newly-constructed Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia.

  • Honolulu District Awards $315.1Million in FY14 Contracts in Hawaii, Pacific Region

    Nov 12, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District recently completed a very successful Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) during which 569 contract actions were awarded totaling $315,114,308.00.

  • As USFOR-A continues to drawdown, USACE consolidates to maintain support

    Nov 11, 2014

    Just a short couple of months ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boasted two resident offices to provide oversight of all the construction of Afghan National Security Forces facilities taking place within the Regional Command-East.

  • USACE security assistant turns heads at European figure competition

    Nov 7, 2014

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- In a sparkly pink bikini and Cinderella-like high heels, Carmen Diaz-Ortiz walked onstage, under bright lights, and presented her physique to a panel of figure competition judges. As a self-described shy woman, Diaz-Ortiz never planned to enter a fitness competition. But last month, she competed in, and won, the figure category at her first show, the Fitness Universe Europe Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Environmental science students work the wetlands

    Nov 7, 2014

    Asha Beachom, right, a senior at Hampton Uplift Preparatory charter school in Dallas, takes a water sample Thursday under the watchful eye of Dr. Dian Smith, a research scientist with the University of North Texas and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility. Some 55 seniors in the advanced placement environmental science class also helped plant native aquatic emergent species at the Fort Worth District's Lower Chain of Wetlands project in southeast Dallas. The wetland construction project is a Corps of Engineers partnership with the city of Dallas, which combines flood risk management and ecosystem restoration on the site of a former landfill and golf course in the Trinity River drainage.

  • Army general's frocking ceremony reflects strength of family, commitment

    Nov 7, 2014

    A frocking ceremony was held Oct. 30 in honor of then-Colonel Jeffrey L. Milhorn, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division at the USACE headquarters in Washington, D.C. marking his transition to Brigadier General.

  • District reassures islanders of its commitment to them

    Nov 6, 2014

    A cadre of Norfolk District leaders and staff, accompanied by Deborah Christie with Congressman Scott Rigell's office, journeyed by boat 14 miles in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay Monday to reaffirm their commitment to assisting in Tangier Island's subsistence and erosion issues.

  • Stabilizing a Streambank in Charleston, West Virginia

    Nov 6, 2014

    The Huntington District has completed a streambank stabilization project in West Virginia's capitol city. This project addresses streambank erosion along a stretch of U.S. Route 60 and the Kanawha River in Charleston, W.Va. and was authorized under Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946.

  • Corps veterans share their stories to acknowledge Veterans Day

    Nov 6, 2014

    While few would argue veterans deserve thanks and gratitude for their service, many don't take time to hear their stories. We'd like to share some.

  • Transatlantic Afghanistan District completes 21 projects In September

    Nov 5, 2014

    With the Resolute Support mission beginning Jan. 1, 2015, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Afghanistan District is completing projects at a rate of 15 to 20 per month with a goal to be down to 66 projects by Dec. 31.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $264,000 contract to SOL Engineering Service LLC

    Nov 4, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 4, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $264,711.33 to SOL Engineering Service LLC, a small business, for environmental services to include the collection and analyses of water and sediment samples from the federally maintained Houston Ship Channel Mid Bay Segment.

  • Cochiti Park Rangers to the Rescue!

    Nov 4, 2014

    The USACE park rangers at the Albuquerque District's Cochiti Lake had an unusual encounter of the canine kind Oct. 28, when they rescued two dogs, an elderly yellow lab and a younger mixed breed that looked similar to a Border Collie.

  • Where There's Water, There's a Way: Engineering with Nature in the Arid West

    Nov 4, 2014

    What if you could make something good happen, and do so cost-effectively, sustainably and on a grand scale? You'd leap at the chance, wouldn't you? Engineering with Nature (EWN) can make this happen.

  • Searching for the Elusive, Endangered Silvery Minnow

    Nov 4, 2014

    USACE Albuquerque District Commander Lt. Col. Patrick Dagon and Maj. Jason Melchior, deputy district commander, joined other District employees and SWCA Environmental Consultants in their search for silvery minnow. On Oct. 20, 2014, they visited the Rio Grande Nature Center, one of the restoration sites the District is monitoring along the Rio Grande.

  • CSM Daniel A. Dailey selected to be next Sergeant Major of the Army

    Nov 3, 2014

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey will become the 15th sergeant major of the Army January 30, 2015.

  • Galveston District Spotlight on Al Meyer

    Nov 3, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 3, 2014) -- Perhaps no other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District project has had the economic impact that the completion of the Houston Ship Channel has had on the nation; but if you were to ask a resident to name any of the designers or construction team workers responsible for maintaining this vital economic artery, you would most likely come up empty handed -- and that's fine by Project Engineer Alton "Al" Meyer.

  • Corps of Engineers Releases Robust Climate Change Adaptation and Strategic Sustainability Plans

    Oct 31, 2014

    "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been factoring climate change and its impacts in to all its missions and operations for decades. The Corps of Engineers is working with the Obama Administration to identify and address the existing and future risks and vulnerabilities of climate change and ensure that communities and ecosystems are protected and flourish." said Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Senior Sustainability Officer.

  • Youghiogheny Lake supports breast cancer awareness

    Oct 31, 2014

    With National Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming to an end, four members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District show the ultimate sign of support for a coworker going through cancer treatments.

  • New England District Completes Construction of Two Firing Ranges at Fort Devens

    Oct 31, 2014

    Members of the New England District team, in partnership with the Louisville District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, as well as the Security Construction and Range Control teams at Fort Devens recently completed two firing ranges at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

  • Huntsville Center's ESPC team garners Secretary of the Army award

    Oct 31, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville's Energy Savings Performance Contracting team received a 2014 Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award for Renewable/Alternatives Small Group in a ceremony Oct. 29 at the Pentagon.

  • Butterfly Garden Improvements Made at Black Rock Lake for Public Lands Day

    Oct 31, 2014

    Several Girl Scouts and Park Rangers gathered at Black Rock Lake on Sept. 14, to winterize and enhance the native butterfly garden and walking path at the Black Rock Lake in Thomaston, Connecticut.

  • Corps of Engineers mission in West Africa aimed at supporting Ebola containment

    Oct 30, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The main body of Europe District's Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced departed Oct. 21, 2014, for Monrovia, Liberia, to take part in Operation United Assistance.

  • Secretary of the Army recognizes excellence in Energy and Water Management

    Oct 30, 2014

    Eight Secretary of the Army awards recognizing outstanding achievements in Energy and Water Management were presented to installations and personnel during a Pentagon ceremony yesterday.

  • Corps Facilities Repair and Renewal team 'fireproof' hangars at Joint Base Andrews

    Oct 30, 2014

  • USACE hands over material testing certification to ABA

    Oct 29, 2014

    The Afghanistan Builders Association hit a benchmark with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the authority to certify material testing laboratories passed from USACE to the ABA in Kabul, Oct. 27, 2014.

  • Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day

    Oct 28, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve-component Service members, and their families at the more than 2,200 Corps of Engineers-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

  • Long-awaited Levee Project Breaks Ground

    Oct 27, 2014

    The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), joined employees from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District and other government agencies to break ground on the first two phases of the San Acacia Levee project, Oct. 22, 2014.

  • Army Issues Request for Proposals for Redstone Arsenal Project

    Oct 24, 2014

    A Redstone Arsenal Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project Request for Proposal was released today.

  • Denton Army Reserve Center: Louisville team receives Corps of Engineers Lean, Clean and Green Award

    Oct 24, 2014

    The Louisville District's Denton, Texas, Army Reserve Center (ARC) and Organizational Maintenance Shop was awarded Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters' Lean, Clean and Green Award for 2014. The project's green features are almost limitless, and the sustainable design and construction template has been emulated by other federal agencies.

  • Thousands of Hoosiers learn Army Corps of Engineers water safety tips at state's Outdoor Experience

    Oct 24, 2014

    Army Corps of Engineers teaches water safety with booth, life jacket demos and children's activities

  • Completion of major Everglades restoration construction contract celebrated at Picayune Strand

    Oct 24, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District celebrated the completion of a major construction effort for the Picayune Strand Restoration Project today alongside federal, state and local representatives and Everglades restoration supporters.

  • Vermont Projects Perform Fall Water Releases For Public Enjoyment

    Oct 24, 2014

    For Vermont canoeists, kayakers and rafters, there was one last water release along the West River at New England District's Ball Mountain and Townshend Dams to end a successful and enjoyable summer water season at the projects. Controlled releases were made on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 to provide desired waterflows for watercraft fun. Approximately 1,300 water sport enthusiasts visited Ball Mountain and Townsend where the fun began at 10 a.m. and continued until 3 p.m. Both projects released water at 1,500 cubic feet per second.

  • Celebrating National Public Lands Day

    Oct 24, 2014

    Citizen stewardship and volunteerism are two very important aspects in keeping New England District projects maintained and looking beautiful. Although this takes place many times throughout the year, it is most concentrated during National Public Lands Day. Every year a call goes out to local residents asking that they come help celebrate their local public lands by performing cleanup work and improvement projects. Every year the call is answered by hundreds of volunteers who aren't afraid to get a little dirty.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deploys team in support of Operation United Assistance

    Oct 23, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) deployed a team with engineering and engineering-related expertise to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance, which is part of the comprehensive U.S. Government Ebola effort in West Africa led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • Secretary of the Army 2014 Energy and Water Management Awards Announced

    Oct 23, 2014

    Recipients of the 2014 Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards have been announced.

  • Resource Efficiency Manager Program expands to Army Reserve

    Oct 23, 2014

    The Army's Resource Efficiency Manager Program grew 82 percent in fiscal year 2014 with the addition of 19 REMs, which includes 11 new REMs at Army Reserve locations.

  • Chief of engineers visits Afghanistan

    Oct 22, 2014

    During his recent visit to Afghanistan, chief of engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, not only received informative mission update briefings but, he also recognized several Soldiers and civilians for their efforts supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Developing an Army Energy Information Management plan from the ground up

    Oct 22, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Huntsville Center is leading an effort to develop the Army's energy information management standards and an Armywide implementation plan that identifies the optimal strategy to integrate, monitor and manage all the energy production and consumption activities on an installation.

  • Magazine expanding to cover Armywide environmental, sustainability efforts

    Oct 22, 2014

    Starting with the January issue, The Corps Environment is expanding to incorporate more articles about environmental and sustainability efforts to better tell the story across the entire Army, not just the Army Corps of Engineers. The magazine welcomes content from around the Army.

  • Fishermen, boaters happy with new courtesy dock at Highway 10 Landing

    Oct 21, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. -- When Bill Tippie saw the new courtesy dock being installed at the Highway 10 Landing Day Use Area on the Arkansas River he wanted to wait until it was finished before approaching the ramp and placing his boat on the trailer.

  • Water safety undead issue during Caney Zombie Walk

    Oct 21, 2014

    While the citizens of Caney, Kansas raised the dead to raise money for a new library building, the Kansas Area Office of the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raised water safety awareness, Oct. 18.

  • Small businesses essential to Huntsville Center success

    Oct 20, 2014

    "The truth is we couldn't deliver our programs without them -- when you get to the actual execution of projects, there's a business that's part of our team. We need them to get the work done," Col. Robert J. Ruch said during the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville's Small Business Forum Oct. 15. The commander spoke to approximately 250 business owners and representatives about Huntsville Center's mission and potential contracting opportunities.

  • Middle East District hosts Industry Day

    Oct 20, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District staff met with more than 300 contractor representatives during the Industry Day event held Oct. 16 at Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd School of Business in Winchester, Va.

  • Huntington District Conducts Disability Simulation

    Oct 17, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District conducted an exercise in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

  • Biden, congressional members tour Delaware River Deepening Project

    Oct 17, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 16, 2014) -- Vice President Joe Biden visited Penn's Landing to tour ongoing Delaware River Main Channel Deepening operations and discuss the importance of dredging and maritime commerce to the economy. Biden was joined by Sen. Bob Casey and Reps. Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah from Pennsylvania, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Michael Bliss, state and local officials and port and industry representatives.

  • Ansbach, Corps of Engineers hold grand opening for new barracks

    Oct 14, 2014

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held a grand opening for the new unaccompanied Soldier barracks at Bismarck Kaserne recently.

  • First Hispanic Female astronaut shares experiences as part of Hispanic Heritage Month

    Oct 14, 2014

    Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15 and celebrates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in recognition of the historical and cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans. The annual observance is a 31-day celebration that ends Oct. 15.

  • Hydropower model tests generate positive results for Center Hill rehab project

    Oct 13, 2014

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers experts witnessed a series of tests this week in York, Pa., that should help keep the Center Hill Hydropower Rehabilitation Project in Tennessee, schedule on track.

  • Austin area Timber and Onion Creeks receive $11.8 million new start with PPA signing

    Oct 9, 2014

    The Corps signed two Project Partnership Agreements for the Onion Creek Watershed project with local and county officials during a public ceremony Aug. 28 in Austin.

  • Corps, GPA officials to sign partnership agreement for Savannah Harbor deepening

    Oct 8, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) signed the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) today in Atlanta at 11 a.m. to officially launch construction on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

  • Corps engineers connect with students at Morgan State STEM expo

    Oct 7, 2014

    Hundreds of middle and high school students met Baltimore District engineers at the 2014 STEM Expo at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Oct. 4.

  • Former U.S. Army drill sergeant takes helm at nation's premier inland navigation planning center

    Oct 3, 2014

    PJ Donovan, the new chief of the nation's premier inland navigation planning center, now directs a team of economists, engineers, and operations research analysts committed to supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inland navigation planning needs at both the national and international levels. The Corps operates and maintains 227 lock chambers at 185 sites within the nation's vast inland waterway system; a system that contains 12,000 miles of waterways, enough to stretch halfway around the world with depths of at least 9 feet. The U.S. Inland Waterway system moves over 550 million tons of commodities annually and is an important alternative to rail and truck.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District team wins dam safety excellence award

    Oct 3, 2014

    The USACE Portland District Spillway Gate Reliability Team has been named the 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Dam Safety Team of Excellence. The national award recognizes the team members for their role in executing a $41 million (so far) spillway gate rehabilitation program to improve dam and public safety. It also honors their contribution to advancing dam safety within Northwestern Division and the Corps overall. Their expertise hasn't gone unnoticed -- Portland District has received requests from across the nation to support similar dam safety efforts, including Baltimore, Omaha, Sacramento and Los Angeles districts.

  • The secret to her success: Ops chief shares some key milestones on the road to career success

    Oct 3, 2014

    We all have that "tipping point" in life, that moment when circumstances converge to change our future direction forever. For graduating college senior Andrea Murdock in 1988, that point came as she was pursuing various options for post-college employment. On the one hand, she had already decided that she wanted to be a park ranger and had interviewed for a park ranger job with three different Army Corps of Engineers Districts-St. Louis, Huntington, and Mobile-at a job fair in El Paso. On the other, she had no real professional work history, and was considering joining the Peace Corps to get some solid experience on her resume prior to going for that federal government position.

  • A multigenerational workforce brings opportunities, challenges for the Corps

    Oct 3, 2014

    Famous author Rick Riorden once wrote, "People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed." While Riorden was writing about a Greek god in one of his fictional books, the sentiment can be applied to any workplace environment. The bottom line is this: For any organization to be successful, it is crucial to take care of the people that make it run.

  • Europe District engineer claims Sustainability Hero Award

    Oct 2, 2014

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Rich Gifaldi is focused on "greening" Army and Air Force facilities in Europe and the Middle East. Nearly five years ago, Gifaldi was selected as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District's first sustainable engineering program manager. Since then, he's ushered 39 green projects through the sustainable-design process. Two constructed in Germany earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, and 37 in Germany, Belgium, Romania and Turkey are on track to earn LEED certification in the near future.

  • Restoring Quality Habitat and Combating Invasive Plants at Times Beach

    Oct 2, 2014

    The Buffalo District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center are collaborating on a demonstration project to control the growth of four invasive plants at Times Beach Nature Preserve in Buffalo.

  • District launches online Addicks and Barker construction story map

    Oct 2, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 2, 2014) -- Residents will soon be able to track construction schedules, detours and upcoming events related to the Addicks and Barker dams' safety modification project thanks to story map technology located online at

  • In-house crews finish major Lock & Dam 14 maintenance ahead of schedule

    Oct 2, 2014

    Using in-house crews, Tulsa District replaced the pintle balls and bushings on the upstream miter gates at W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 14, over the period Aug. 31 - Sept. 12, and performed other needed repairs, completing the work three days ahead of schedule.

  • Active Army's longest serving enlisted female Soldier to retire

    Oct 2, 2014

    Command Sgt. Maj. Donna A. Brock is set to retire from the United States Army and transfer responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald C. Ecker in a ceremony at the United States Army Medical Command Headquarters (MEDCOM) in San Antonio on Oct. 24, 2014. Brock, who joined the Army in 1979, now holds the honor of being the Army's longest serving enlisted female Soldier still on active duty.

  • Santa Clara Pueblo and the Corps of Engineers: A Working Partnership between Two Nations

    Oct 2, 2014

    "The partnership between USACE and the Santa Clara Pueblo is a fine example of why the Albuquerque District has the strongest Tribal Program in South Pacific Division. Flood Risk Management in the Santa Clara tribal area is incredibly important for the future of the Pueblo." ~ Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, commander, South Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • USACE Galveston District Spotlight on Kenneth Wilson

    Oct 1, 2014

    GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 1 2014) -- It's been nearly a year since Kenneth Wilson accepted a position as a construction representative/ quality assurance evaluator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and though it hasn't been long enough to see a flood risk management project through to completion, it has afforded him enough time to develop lasting partnerships to help deliver quality flood risk management oversight to Houston residents.

  • The Corps Environment - October 2014

    Oct 1, 2014

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

  • Federal and state officials to sign Savannah Harbor deepening agreement Oct. 8

    Sep 30, 2014

    Deepening the Savannah harbor takes a giant leap forward when officials from the Corps of Engineers and the State of Georgia sign a Project Partnership Agreement Oct. 8. The signing of the PPA allows the Corps of Engineers to accept bids for the first contracts to be awarded under the $706 million Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

  • Huntington District artifacts transferred to the Veterans Curation Program

    Sep 29, 2014

    Thanks to the efforts of a team of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) archaeological experts, artifacts from nine West Virginia project sites have been transferred to the Veterans Curation Program (VCP) from storage at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, W.Va.

  • Elizabeth Mine Team takes top environmental award

    Sep 29, 2014

    The Elizabeth Mine Superfund Site Project Delivery Team (PDT) has recently received the prestigious Green Dream Team Award in the 2014 USACE Sustainability Award Program. The project was selected from a large number of projects throughout the Corps of Engineers and the award will be presented at the USACE Senior Leadership Conference in August.

  • Collaboration accomplishes storm damage repairs along New England coast

    Sep 29, 2014

    The New England District entered into an agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard, July 29 to replace navigation structures lost or damaged due to storm damage while they repair breakwaters in Rockport, Massachusetts and Block Island, Rhode Island. The agreement will also allow additional work for other planned, upcoming breakwater repairs.

  • Center workers step out to reduce stress, raise awareness

    Sep 26, 2014