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  • USACE Galveston District awards $1.1 million contract for placement area DAMP

    Sep 11, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $1,131,067 to RLB Contracting Inc., for dewatering and incremental levee raising at dredging placement areas 1 and 2 located north of the Harbor Causeway or Highway 181, on the east side of the Inner Harbor, Corpus Christi, Texas.

  • Army awards third technology, wind, under $7 billion renewable energy MATOC

    Sep 10, 2013

    Contractors qualified through this process will be able to compete for future wind renewable energy task orders issued under the MATOC by the Army or Department of Defense

  • Corps park ranger rescues drowning teenager in Martins Fork Lake

    Sep 10, 2013

    SMITH, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2013) -- A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District park ranger rescued a drowning teenager in Martins Fork Lake over the Labor Day weekend.

  • Afghan Safety Professionals Apply New Knowledge Beyond Work

    Sep 8, 2013

    Afghan safety professionals are taking what they learn from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers into their homes and communities. In addition to capacity building in Afghanistan, USACE may also be responsible for a safety renaissance.

  • US upgrades Senegalese army training center

    Sep 6, 2013

    Representatives from the Senegalese army, U.S. Embassy Senegal and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District visited the Dodji PKO project site Aug. 20 to inspect construction work by contractor, CNaf-SET. The existing PKO training camp is being upgraded to include eight new barracks, a dining facility, shower and latrine facilities for men and women, septic tanks, a water treatment plant and a well. The turnkey facilities will accommodate and supply 1,000 soldiers upon completion in mid-September. The project, funded by U.S. Department of State Global Peace Operations Initiative, supports the development of Senegalese military capabilities to train a battalion at a time for deployment. At Dodji, troops train for peacekeeping missions in Darfur, assisting the UN-African Union hybrid operations there.

  • Perez appointed to Senior Executive Service, selected for key Corps Southwestern Division position

    Sep 6, 2013

    Pete G. Perez has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service by the secretary of the Army and selected for the position of director of Regional Business for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division.

  • Faces from the Front: Meet Daniel Foltz

    Sep 5, 2013

    The men and women of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are capable of extraordinary achievements for the benefit of the communities they serve at home and abroad. USACE Transatlantic Afghanistan District civilian, Daniel Foltz, uses his science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge, skills, and abilities to deliver critical infrastructure for stakeholders in Afghanistan. From water, power and transportation projects to Afghan National Security facilities, he is helping to increase safety, security, and stability.

  • USACE Galveston District's civilian deputy district engineer promoted to SES

    Sep 5, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 5, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Pete Perez was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and selected to assume the role of regional business director at the Southwestern Division in Dallas.

  • Vehicular and pedestrian traffic changes due to Muddy River project begin Sept. 28

    Sep 5, 2013

    CONCORD, Mass. -- At the request of the City of Boston Transportation Department, the Corps of Engineers is delaying the traffic pattern change to Brookline Avenue until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $1.57 million contract for Addicks and Barker maintenance

    Sep 5, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 5, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $1, 575,599 to Easky Construction for maintenance repair work at the Addicks and Barker reservoirs and dams, located in southeast Texas in the San Jacinto River basin approximately 17 miles west of downtown Houston.

  • Army Under Secretary touts economic, military readines benefits of harbor improvments

    Sep 5, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal visited Savannah, Ga., Sept. 4, 2013, to meet with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Ports Authority, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, and the mayors of Savannah and Hinesville.

  • USACE real estate team pivotal in rebranding Air Force Recruiting facility

    Sep 4, 2013

    The Air Force Recruiting Service hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in a first-of-its-kind, nationwide recruiting hub office Aug. 1 in Austin, Texas, as part of a national rebranding initiative.

  • Co-workers unite to help friend through illness

    Sep 4, 2013

    Lots of people get sick. Some of them handle their own recovery or rely on churches or family. However, not many of them get voluntary support from their work force.

  • Fort Worth District's Carroll Harris recognized for 2012 innovation of the Year

    Sep 4, 2013

    In the movie "The Wizard of Oz," the all-powerful Oz turned out to be a man behind a curtain operating a machine that might have even been considered a computer back in 1939 when the movie was released. In 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has their own wizard and the man behind that curtain is Carrol Harris, whose Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization Wizard was selected as the Fort Worth District's 2012 Innovation of the Year.

  • Fort Worth District's civil engineer, Rebecca Ward, earns HENAAC Luminary award

    Sep 4, 2013

    Fort Worth District Civil Engineer Rebecca Ward will receive a Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award Cooperation's Luminary award at the organization's 25th Anniversary Great Minds in STEM Conference, Oct. 3-5, in New Orleans.

  • District team earns national value engineering honors

    Sep 3, 2013

    The district earned another national-level award for engineering earlier this summer at a summit in Arlington, Va. The value engineering team received the national award from the Society of American Value Engineers, or SAVE, International organization during the SAVE Value Summit June 26.

  • District staff, tribes gather to remember Big Sandy Lake tragedy

    Sep 3, 2013

    Around 200 people gathered at the district's Big Sandy Lake Recreation Area, near McGregor, Minn., July 31 to honor and remember a tragedy that occurred 163 years ago.

  • Visitors get hands-on opportunity during Lock and Dam 1 open house

    Sep 3, 2013

    The St. Paul District hosted its annual open house at Lock and Dam 1 in Minneapolis in conjunction with the annual Highland Fest, celebrated by the St. Paul, Minn., Highland neighborhood, July 19.

  • Koprowski takes the helm

    Sep 3, 2013

    About 350 people gathered at the district's headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., June 19 to say farewell to the outgoing commander while welcoming the new one into the district's family.

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Gary Chow

    Sep 3, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- As a geotechnical engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Geotechnical and Structures Section, Gary Chow is routinely tasked with providing engineering design support, permit application technical reviews and engineering recommendations for the operations and constructions of structures in dams, levees and navigation systems located within the district -- a tremendous responsibility, but one he finds extremely rewarding.

  • A Community Perspective on the Albuquerque District's Acequia Rehabilitation Program

    Sep 3, 2013

    In recent years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District has used its authority under the Acequia Rehabilitation Program of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to work with the communities, the State of New Mexico and other federal agencies to upgrade many acequias, including downstream of Santa Rosa, N.M., on the Pecos River.

  • Corps sends team to Fort Irwin to assess monsoon damage

    Sep 3, 2013

    FORT IRWIN, Calif.--The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles district sent a five-person team of engineering professionals to Fort Irwin to assess damages after a monsoon storm hit the post Aug 25.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $13.2 million contract to dredge Galveston, Houston ship channels

    Sep 2, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $13,287,950 to Seattle, Wash.-based Manson Construction Company to perform maintenance dredging within the Galveston inner and outer bar, entrance channel and a portion of the Houston Ship Channel.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $12.7 million contract to dredge Neches River Channel

    Sep 2, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $12,747,180 to Dyersburg, Tenn.-based Inland Dredging Company, LLC, for dredging of the Neches River Channel in Jefferson and Orange counties, Texas.

  • Faces from the Front: Meet Tracey Shaw

    Sep 1, 2013

    KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan --The U.S. Army is one of the largest organizations in the world and needs the defense industry to provide top-notch goods, supplies, and services to facilitate its operations and sustain troops. Dedicated, ethical, and competent contracting professionals, like Tracey Shaw, are part or a team of highly-qualified personnel who have the passion, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to provide contracting support worldwide. For 12 years, Tracey Shaw has exercised shrewd business judgment, smart strategies, and full compliance with the law to acquire equipment and services the U.S. Army needs to accomplish missions in the homeland and overseas. Ordinarily an employee of the Space and Missile Defense Command, Shaw is currently deployed in Afghanistan with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Afghanistan District. He shares his perspective here.

  • Draft report for Central Everglades Planning Project available online

    Aug 29, 2013

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Draft Integrated Project Implementation Report (PIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) is now available online for public review at: http://bit.ly/CEPP_DPIR. Public comments on the draft report will be accepted through Oct. 14, 2013.

  • USACE Galveston District stresses water safety during this Labor Day weekend

    Aug 29, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 29, 2013) -- The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District joins its partners: Safe Kids Greater Houston, Telemundo, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and Bass Pro Shops, in encouraging safe water recreation activities over the Labor Day weekend.

  • What inspired me to become an engineer

    Aug 29, 2013

    Growing up, I didn't really have a family member or role model that influenced me to pursue an engineering degree. I was blessed with wonderful parents that stressed education and I inherited their math genes. I was most inspired by my eighth-grade math teacher, Ms. JoAnne Perpich, who saw I had a talent and encouraged me to make the most of it.

  • Army awards 2nd technology under $7 billion renewable energy MATOC

    Aug 28, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts to a group of 22 qualified solar technology contractors, Aug. 27, 2013.

  • Fifth graders learn economic value of Savannah harbor deepening

    Aug 28, 2013

    To a room full of fifth graders, a one dollar bill gets attention. But the idea of turning that $1 into $5.50 thrills them!

  • Building in Afghanistan: From Open Field to Functional Facility

    Aug 27, 2013

    Building in Afghanistan is not like building in suburban America. It is not simply a matter of choosing counter tops and carpet over coffee with the general contractor. Transatlantic Afghanistan District is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers primary agent to accomplish the building mission here.

  • Local materials, workforce key to Ghanaian school project

    Aug 26, 2013

    The junior high school building, an addition to the existing Grumesa school campus, is a U.S. humanitarian-assistance project funded by Africa Command and managed by the Army Corps of Engineers Europe District in partnership with the embassy. Dover Vantage was the construction contractor responsible for executing the $208,700 project, completed last month.

  • Corps to host dove hunts at Richard B. Russell Lake

    Aug 23, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District will conduct several dove hunts at Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake on Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.

  • Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

    Aug 23, 2013

    The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored Sportfisher and the shore. "I think he thinks you're drowning," the husband said to his wife. They were splashing each other and she had screamed, but now they were just standing on the sand bar in neck-deep water. "We're fine, what is he doing?" she asked, a little annoyed. "We're fine!" the husband yelled, waving him off, but the captain kept swimming hard. "Move!" the captain barked as he hurried past the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not 10 feet away, their 9-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, "Daddy!"

  • USACE Galveston District signs Cooperation Agreement with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

    Aug 23, 2013

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District signed a Cooperation Agreement with Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi today, a Hispanic-serving institution, to commit the two organizations to work together to enhance opportunities for minority students throughout the Corps.

  • Volunteers needed for Russell Lake National Public Lands Day Clean-Up Campaign

    Aug 23, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Richard B. Russell Lake will celebrate National Public Lands Day this year with a cleanup campaign beginning Aug. 31 and concluding on Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day.

  • Corps of Engineers, National Audubon Society sign In-Lieu Fee agreement for aquatic resource impacts

    Aug 23, 2013

    CONCORD, Mass. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District and the National Audubon Society -- Connecticut Chapter (NAS-CT) signed an In-Lieu Fee agreement on Aug. 21, 2013, which provides an alternative form of compensatory mitigation to those applicants seeking permits from the Army Corps of Engineers for work in Connecticut.

  • Getting kids exited about Engineering

    Aug 23, 2013

    MILTON, Mass. - Last spring, Col. Charles Samaris, New England District commander, traveled to the Pierce Middle School in Milton, Mass., to get students there excited about the engineering field.

  • USACE Galveston District finishes maintenance on Brazos River Floodgates

    Aug 22, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 22, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is scheduled to reinstall the East Brazos River Floodgates Aug. 28-29 following a yearlong refurbishing process in which each of the 80-ton sector gates along with an additional 40 tons of organic material were removed for repair and cleaning to restore and enhance their structural integrity and operation.

  • Corps seeks volunteers for 33rd Annual Hartwell Lake Clean-Up Campaign

    Aug 22, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hartwell Lake Office, in partnership with the Lake Hartwell Association, announces the 33rd Annual Hartwell Lake Clean-Up Campaign, going on now through Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day.

  • Corps employee shaped by small town in Alaska, Russian-folk dancing

    Aug 22, 2013

    While serving as a steward of the environment, it has been Sitka, Alaska, that has shaped the Linda Speerstra of today through its fisheries, wetlands and Russian-folk dances.

  • Corps takes on recovery role after Yukon River flood disaster

    Aug 22, 2013

    While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assisting with the short-term needs of communities affected by spring flooding along the Yukon River, it is also taking steps to mitigate future risk.

  • Officials eye 2014 opening of U.S. schools in Belgium

    Aug 21, 2013

    MONS, Belgium - Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe is inching closer to unveiling brand new elementary, middle and high schools here. Progress continues on the three American facilities at this NATO base, which is home to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

  • Army Corps of Engineers hosts clean-up campaign in honor of National Public Lands Day

    Aug 20, 2013

    Looking for a way to give back to the community with meaningful volunteer work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' J. Strom Thurmond Lake invites the public to volunteer during its annual National Public Lands Day Clean-up Campaign.

  • USACE Galveston District partners to support GLO's TxSed Geodatabase Project

    Aug 20, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 20, 2013) -- The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District staff partnered with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and scientists at Texas research universities to populate a centralized repository of information along the Texas coast called the Texas Coastal Sediment Geodatabase (TxSed).

  • USACE volunteer professionals provide TAA surge

    Aug 19, 2013

    There are few organizations with the means and resources to supply highly trained, skilled and enthusiastic professionals to a remote location on a short notice when a need is identified. Fortunately for Transatlantic Afghanistan District, USACE is an organization with a deep pool of talent from which to draw while working to deliver critical infrastructure for the Afghan people.

  • Army Corps begins Post-Sandy restoration work on Rockaway Beach

    Aug 16, 2013

    Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District and New York City announced the beginning of sand replenishment efforts at Rockaway Beach. Crews are busy placing millions of cubic yards of sand as part of the Corps efforts to repair and restore the Rockaway coastline which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. This work is being funded through Public Law 113-2 (Sandy Bill) and is being executed via two separate contracts. It will involve the placement of more than 3.5 million cubic yards of sand stretching from Beach 19th Street to Beach 149th Street.

  • USACE Galveston District launches STEM Inspiration Campaign

    Aug 15, 2013

    Commentary by Col. Richard P. Pannell GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 15, 2013) -- Growing up in Athens, Ga., in the 70s and 80s, I was extremely fortunate to be exposed to the opportunities that a solid education can provide. Home to the University of Georgia where my father worked as a professor, Athens was a showcase for personal exploration.

  • LDP III Q+A with Sean Harper

    Aug 14, 2013

    What is your official job title? Beaver Lake Operations Project Manager

  • Employee Spotlight: Greg Yada

    Aug 14, 2013

    Employee Spotlight: Greg Yada, Project Manager, Medical Support Branch, Program and Project Management Division.

  • STEM grads critical to U.S. military mission

    Aug 14, 2013

    The Army and America both need more scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technology specialists, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now doing something about that, said its commander.

  • Army Vice Chief: 'Bottom line, you are in the best Army in the world'

    Aug 13, 2013

    Gen. John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the Army, addressed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Strategic Leaders' Conference, Aug. 6, 2013, at Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Fort Jackson range passes 50 percent complete inspection

    Aug 13, 2013

    A modified record fire range under construction at Fort Jackson, S.C., reached its 50 percent complete milestone, which includes a construction compliance inspection performed by the Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. The successful inspection gives the range project the OK to proceed.

  • Corps employee builds strong teams on job

    Aug 13, 2013

    Nicholas Stolte works as an environmental engineer in Huntsville Center's Environmental Munitions Center of Expertise, Military Munitions Division.

  • $25K in upgrades coming to Bussey Point Recreation Area

    Aug 12, 2013

    Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District and several community groups surrounding J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake, the Bussey Point recreation area will soon receive $25,000 worth of improvements.

  • Construction of Afghanistan National Police Compounds in Kandahar Underway

    Aug 11, 2013

    Construction is underway on an Afghan National Police provincial headquarters and Provincial Response Company compound here. Once complete, the headquarters will accommodate 200 police specialists and the company compound will accommodate 135 personnel. "Infrastructure like the kind currently under construction in Kandahar will enable Afghans to provide increased security and stability in the province because these facilities provide adequate places for Afghan National Security Forces to live, work, train," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Connor, officer in charge of the Transatlantic Afghanistan District South Area Office.

  • Engineers bridge the gap between training and real life

    Aug 8, 2013

    FORT CHAFFEE, Ark -- When describing the terrain and sights of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the words dry, desert, snow, mountain, tank and Humvee may come to mind immediately.

  • Corps team in Afghanistan destroying unserviceable, excess munitions

    Aug 8, 2013

    Since April 2012, JMD-A has destroyed more than 1,600 tons of unserviceable munitions and the process will continue until our services are no longer needed, Hamley said.

  • Albuquerque District's Small Business Industry Day Draws Large Crowd

    Aug 7, 2013

    Representatives of small businesses from all over New Mexico and as far away as California and Florida participated in Albuquerque District's annual 2013 Small Business Industry Day at its main office, Aug. 1, 2013.

  • Deputy commander bids farewell to USACE Europe District

    Aug 6, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - In her role as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District deputy commander, Lt. Col. Michelle Garcia guided the organization's general and administrative branch chiefs and also was responsible for program and activity management throughout this area of operations. During a farewell last month, district leaders and officials praised her ability to transcend the job description and effectively bridge divides between personnel, support functions and resources.

  • Hurricane Sandy Coastal Management Division opens

    Aug 2, 2013

    FORT HAMILTON, NY - Staff members from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Management Division joined Vincent Grewatz, regional business director, Joe Forcina, chief of Hurricane Sandy CMD, and Brig. Gen. Kent Savre, commanding general of the North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers July 30 to cut a ribbon signifying the opening of the Hurricane Sandy CMD's headquarters in Building 130 here.

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Kenneth Finley

    Aug 2, 2013

    WALLISVILLE, Texas -- Meeting people from different parts of the world is just one fascinating aspect of working at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Wallisville Lake Project according to Department of the Army Intern and Park Ranger Kenneth Finley.

  • TAA Exceeds July Goal for Projects Concluded

    Aug 1, 2013

    In June as the Afghanistan engineer team anticipated the activation of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Afghanistan District, they also set a modest goal for July--to conclude 20 projects toward the ultimate objective to execute quality and timely construction and engineering operations throughout Afghanistan.

  • Mooring points small projects yield big rewards in rural Alaska

    Aug 1, 2013

    Pipes and chains sticking out of the ground are hardly a flashy engineering feat, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Alaska District is frugally designing and quickly delivering mooring points to some of Alaska's most rural communities located on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Since its inception, the project offers strong potential for major transportation, environmental and economic benefits.

  • USACE Chicago District protects, restores natural treasures through GLRI and GLFER

    Jul 31, 2013

    Resources like the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration program and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding allow the Corps of Engineers to protect and restore our natural treasures, from the smallest wetlands to our Great Lakes. The Chicago District manages an extensive ecosystem restoration program that restores and protects over 2,600 acres of streams, lakes and wetlands and opens up over 58 miles of free-flowing river.

  • CID warns of social networking, dating site scams

    Jul 30, 2013

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, continues to warn the greater Army community and the American public, to be vigilant of internet scams and impersonation fraud, especially within popular social networking and dating websites.

  • Theater renovation project showcases best of 1930s design with modern productions

    Jul 30, 2013

    Fort Worth Team is awarded top district project award for 2012.

  • Corps' Southwestern Division hosts hurricane exercise

    Jul 30, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, joined by Corps Headquarters personnel, State of Texas officials, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies, held a hurricane "table top" exercise today to help prepare for response in the event of a hurricane making landfall along the Texas Coast.

  • UMCS, Metering programs help military, federal agencies control utility use

    Jul 29, 2013

    As government agencies are striving to reduce energy costs and consumption and increase use of renewable energy, many turn to the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.

  • 553rd FEST-A provides expert recommendations for how to expand, shrink, consolidate, close

    Jul 27, 2013

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- As responsibility for the safety, security and stability of Afghanistan is being assumed by Afghan authorities, the U.S. footprint here is getting smaller. As a result, United States Forces-- Afghanistan, which is responsible for most of the base transitions and closures in the nation, looks to technical experts to assist with shutting down bases. One group of specialists helping to facilitate transitions and closures is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 553rd Engineer Detachment, Forward Engineer Support Team -- Advance, based out of New York.

  • Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates for Federal Careers

    Jul 26, 2013

    I have a passion to make a difference, and recent events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing confirm the unexpected, that catastrophe can strike at any moment. As a result, my spirit to make a difference has evolved into something tangible, focused and career oriented; to communicate how we as a nation provide opportunity and assistance to those who desire it, and, for me, to be part of an organization that engages honestly in open and fair processes to find solutions.

  • O'Fallon Marine exhibits courage, unselfishness by saving family after car crash

    Jul 26, 2013

    Sergeant Richard Skates, an amphibious assault vehicle crewman serving with Charlie Company, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, had no way of knowing that his character and first aid knowledge would save the lives of four after a car crash July 9.

  • USACE, Army Reserve partner for project improvement, cost saving, training opportunities

    Jul 26, 2013

    An ongoing Army Corps and Army Reserve partnership could result in significant savings on a Loyalhanna Lake road repair project and more realistic training for combat engineers.

  • Retired teacher volunteers to educate children about water safety

    Jul 26, 2013

    With the spirit of a lifelong educator, retired schoolteacher Pam VanderWeele has shown the reach and impact that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteers can have on communities and people.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $4.6 million contract to dredge Freeport Harbor channels

    Jul 25, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $4,610,600 to Manson Construction Company for maintenance dredging of the Freeport Harbor Entrance and Jetty channels in Brazoria County, Texas.

  • Corps talks STEM at Boy Scouts Summerfest

    Jul 22, 2013

    A group of 275 scouts representing seven states explored potential career paths in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - during the annual Coastal Empire Council Boy Scouts of America Summerfest, July 22.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $3.1 million contract to dredge Brownsville Ship Channel

    Jul 22, 2013

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $3,116,000 to Goodloe Marine Inc., a woman-owned small business, for maintenance dredging of the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas.

  • Debris Management Planning Underway in Bangladesh

    Jul 19, 2013

    On the horizon, smoke billows across the view-shed. The air is filled with dust, choking out the scene. Street arteries that once teemed with rickshaws and blaring horns have fallen silent. Moving closer, widespread fires have been extinguished. However, in some instances, flames still dance from the carcasses of collapsed buildings.

  • Albuquerque District offers first STEM internship

    Jul 19, 2013

    This summer the Albuquerque District, USACE, collaborated with the University of New Mexico to launch the District's first eight-week STEM internship. Civil engineering student Corey Bowen started the internship May 28, 2013, and spent her time helping on several on-going design projects.

  • Middle East Meets West: The Ebb and Flow of International Water Management

    Jul 19, 2013

    The Cochiti project office, Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, had the honor of hosting water managers from various countries in the Middle East, July 3, 2013. The visiting managers represented the countries of Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen.

  • USACE Savannah District welcomes new commander

    Jul 19, 2013

    During a ceremony overlooking the Savannah River on historic downtown River Street, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District welcomed a new commander, Col. Thomas J. Tickner, and said farewell to outgoing commander Col. Jeff M. Hall.

  • Corps of Engineers signs first cooperation agreement with Nicholls State University

    Jul 18, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, signed its first Memorandum of Agreement with Nicholls State University, July 17, 2013.

  • Corps helps prepare future engineering students at Tennessee State University

    Jul 17, 2013

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 11, 2013) --The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District collaborated with the Tennessee State University Engineering Department to mentor science, technology, engineering and math students during a four-week National Summer Transportation Institute program June 9 through July 7, 2013.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $303,000 small business contract for Mid Bay DAMP

    Jul 17, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (July 17, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $303,000 to 4H Construction Corporation, a HUBZone small business, for dewatering of the Mid Bay placement area relating to the Houston Ship Channel in Chambers County, Texas.

  • Citizens rescue struggling swimmer

    Jul 17, 2013

    Close call a lesson in water safety Drowning kills 10 people every day in the United States and half of all drownings occur in natural water settings such as lakes or rivers. But, what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics don't reveal is the numerous "near misses."

  • Tomorrow's engineers tackle internships in Europe

    Jul 16, 2013

    With four right hands raised in the air, the 17th class of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District interns took the civilian service oath of office. The district welcomed Michael Gray-Lewis, Yillian Rivera, Donatello Barrett and Tiffany Williams -- this year's Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering students -- to Europe in early June. AMIE is a nonprofit program designed to attract, educate, graduate and place minority students in engineering careers. The district's 2013 interns, rising seniors pursuing engineering degrees from historically black colleges and universities throughout the country, sat down with Engineering in Europe this month to discuss their field, the AMIE program in Germany and a bit about themselves.

  • Corps Helps the Return of Stolen Navajo Nation Artifacts

    Jul 16, 2013

    The Corps of Engineers repatriated a large cache of 425 sacred artifacts to the Navajo Nation July 9 in Gallup, N.M.

  • First female Soldiers graduate Artillery Mechanic course

    Jul 16, 2013

    History was made July 16 as the first women to attend the U.S. Army Ordnance School's Artillery Mechanic (91P), course graduated during a ceremony here. The 15-week military occupational specialty has, until the beginning of this class, been restricted to male students.

  • Water Wise

    Jul 15, 2013

    One beautiful morning, my family joined some friends for a boat ride on Lake Nacimiento on the central coast of California. The water was cold, so we had no plans to go swimming. We just wanted to spend some time on the beautiful lake.

  • District inactivates after four years of delivering critical infrastructure

    Jul 13, 2013

    Afghanistan Engineer District-South marked its inactivation after four years of delivering critical infrastructure projects in Afghanistan with a ceremony held on Kandahar Airfield July 11. Over the course of four years, the district's technical experts completed nearly 200 projects valued at $1.4 billion that improved the safety, security and well-being of Afghans, US and Coalition Forces.

  • USACE employee shares 'passion' for fishing

    Jul 11, 2013

    With summer's arrival and a pair of major European competitions on the horizon, Brad Smudzinski wants to get more people hooked on fishing, even while chasing his own dreams in the sport. The administrative officer for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District's Bavaria Area Office in southeast Germany has carved out a name for himself in the angling world.

  • Corps of Engineers to improve patient care at West Point hospital

    Jul 10, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is building a new addition to the Keller Army Community Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., that will provide outpatient medical services for its Cadets.

  • Copperas Cove native wins the Corps' Hard Hat of the Year Award

    Jul 10, 2013

    Awards are often given to recognize achievement in a particular field. This is certainly true in the world of entertainment and sports. For instance, in college football, the Heisman Trophy is given for the sport's Most Valuable Player.

  • Corps' Fort Worth District recognizes outstanding Administrative Professional

    Jul 10, 2013

    When it was finally time to announce the Administrative Professional of the Year cameras were ready and the room was silenced. Adding a twist to the Admin of the Year luncheon, Col. Charles H. Klinge, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District read the award citation giving everyone in the room an opportunity to guess who would be chosen as the 2012 Administrative Professional of the Year.

  • USACE Galveston District welcomes new colonel

    Jul 9, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (July 9, 2013) -- Col. Christopher W. Sallese passed the command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District to Col. Richard P. Pannell during a change of command ceremony today at the USACE Galveston District's Jadwin Building in Galveston, Texas.

  • USACE Galveston District commander retires

    Jul 9, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (July 9, 2013) -- Col. Christopher W. Sallese relinquished command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District to Col. Richard P. Pannell during a change of command ceremony today at the USACE Galveston District's Jadwin Building in Galveston, Texas.

  • Col. Christopher Sallese honored with de Fleury Medal

    Jul 9, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (July 9, 2013) -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula presented Col. Christopher W. Sallese with the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal during his retirement ceremony today at the USACE Galveston District's Jadwin Building.

  • Continuing rains lead to increased water releases from Savannah River reservoirs

    Jul 9, 2013

    Following extensive rain in the upper Savannah River basin and more forecasted, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District began releasing stored floodwaters from Hartwell, Richard B. Russell and J. Strom Thurmond lakes Monday. Inflows from the recent rainfall pushed elevations into the flood control storage pool at all three reservoirs. Water managers directed the release of water through the spillway gates at Hartwell Dam Tuesday morning to lower the reservoir to below 665 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl), the top of the spillway gates.

  • Science and arts symposium keeps students focused

    Jul 8, 2013

    Students from local summer camp and home school programs took a field trip Thursday to the historic Cooper House in downtown Huntsville to attend the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society's first Science and Arts Symposium. They got to meet scientists, engineers, mathematicians and even an artist or two.

  • Engineering profession showcased for youngsters

    Jul 8, 2013

    "Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference," a traveling exhibition for libraries, is in Huntsville for the summer.

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