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  • USACE Transatlantic District-North Provides Different Kind of Relief

    Dec 11, 2012

    KABUL--Members of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic District-North (TAN), based here to help rebuild the country, provided a more direct form of relief to three families affected by the Nov. 21 suicide bombing that occurred in the Green Zone.

  • Chinese delegation tours Washington Aqueduct as part of Corps' program

    Dec 11, 2012

    A 20-member delegation of scientists and water professionals from the Peoples Republic of China received a presentation and tour on area water production methods during a Dec. 7 tour at Washington Aqueduct in northwest Washington, D.C.

  • 'Building Strong' in Afghanistan also means building safe

    Dec 10, 2012

    Throughout the Afghanistan Engineer District-South area of operations, where dozens of Afghan National Security Forces installations are under construction, safety and occupational health specialists visit job sites daily to make sure laborers are protected from unnecessary risks.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $2.9 million contract to dredge Bayport Ship Channel

    Dec 7, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 7, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract to Orion Marine Construction Inc. in the amount of $2,988,900 for maintenance dredging of the Bayport Ship Channel in Chambers and Harris counties, Texas.

  • Emanuel and Gevedon close the deal at the 2012 USACE Excellence in Contracting Awards

    Dec 7, 2012

    Nicholas Emanuel and Timothy Gevedon, contract specialists with the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, are among the elite eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Excellence in Contracting Awards Program winners for Fiscal Year 2012. Each year, hundreds of USACE contracting professionals from across the globe are nominated for one of the eight awards. Winners of the competition are high-performing employees who go the extra mile and effectively and efficiently deliver remarkable results. This year's winners were announced Nov. 29 in Dallas, but Emanuel and Gevedon could not personally accept their awards because both are currently deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  • Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers head east to help with hurricane aftermath

    Dec 6, 2012

    When Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeastern United States in late October, Soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood answered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers call for help.

  • Dredging commences for the number one area of contamination in the Great Lakes after 40 years

    Dec 6, 2012

    The Indiana Harbor and Canal has not been dredged since 1972, but thanks to a truly collaborative effort, the Corps has started to safely remove and contain sediment to not only restore deep draft commercial navigation but improve water quality in southern Lake Michigan. Over a period of eight to 10 years, the Indiana Harbor and Canal Confined Disposal Facility Project will produce an estimated 1.8 million cubic yards of dredged materials.

  • Corps Meets With Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

    Dec 6, 2012

    Vicksburg, Ms... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District (Corps) senior leaders and archaeologists met yesterday with the Tribal historic preservation officers from the Alabama Coushatta Tribe Of Texas, Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Muscogee (Creek) Nation to discuss the identification and protection of archaeological sites on Corps lands.

  • Corps Command Sergeant Major Visits Mat Sinking Unit

    Dec 6, 2012

    Vicksburg, Ms... U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Command Sergeant Major Karl J. Groninger recently visited the Vicksburg District's Mat Sinking Unit (MSU). CSM Groninger is the senior enlisted advisor to the USACE commanding officers and staff, headquartered in Washington, DC. His goal is to ensure safety, training, and adequate living conditions of the entire crew, especially the dozens of newly hired wage grade employees on the MSU.

  • Corps of Engineers demolishes house in Washington, D.C.

    Dec 5, 2012

    The Army Corps of Engineers has been actively investigating and cleaning up the Spring Valley FUDS for almost 20 years. This work includes the identification and removal of arsenic‐contaminated soil, a groundwater investigation, and the search for additional munitions, both in burial pits and isolated items on residential properties including 4825 Glenbrook Road. The Army Corps of Engineers demolished the house last week to begin the clean-up process of the site.

  • Eye on safety: from Buffalo to Afghanistan

    Dec 5, 2012

    At one point or another, in almost any job, the saying, "Safety is everyone's responsibility" has been used to convey the importance of employees taking an active role in their safety program. Some may consider them just words, but not Jean Brockner, a Buffalo District Contract Specialist.

  • Army Corps clears boardwalk debris at Rockaway Beach

    Dec 5, 2012

    Spanning 91 blocks between Shore Front Parkway and the Atlantic Ocean, Rockaway Beach Boardwalk took a huge pounding last month during Hurricane Sandy. Now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to dispose of the wood planks and busted-up concrete that were left behind.

  • USACE's military construction program in southern Afghanistan winds down

    Dec 5, 2012

    Since its beginning in 2009, the Afghanistan Engineer District-South has awarded 46 contracts for military construction and has completed 35 of them. Those 35 projects in south and west Afghanistan are valued at about $540 million. The South District has 11 more military construction projects which will be done by the spring of 2013, one slated for completion in the fall of 2013 and one slated for award in late December 2012.

  • New Well at Corps' Albuquerque District Recreation Area to Provide Much-Needed Water

    Dec 4, 2012

    On Sept. 27 the Cochiti Project's pump for its water well went out. During the process to replace the 20 horsepower pump, the original well, drilled in 1964, collapsed. A whole new well had to be drilled to restore the water supply, said Cochiti Lake Project Manager Mark Rosacker. If everything goes according to plan, the new well is expected to be online shortly after Thanksgiving.

  • Army Engineers complete assessments of critical public facilities in NJ

    Dec 4, 2012

    Through several mission assignments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was able to work with state and local governments to provide preliminary technical assessments and technical assistance to critical public facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $3 million small business contract for geotechnical services

    Dec 4, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 4, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a small business contract to Baton Rouge, La.-based Quaternary Resource Investigations LLC in the estimated amount of $3 million for geotechnical services including soils investigations (core borings, soils sampling) and lab testing.

  • Big national response to Sandy: Army Corps

    Dec 4, 2012

    Hundreds of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel deployed from around the nation to the New York-New Jersey metro area to take part in Hurricane Sandy recovery missions assigned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Army Corps has teamed with federal, state, city and regional agencies to unwater flooded areas, provide temporary power and remove debris, as well as other FEMA missions.

  • Corps tour helps Midshipmen move from classroom to construction

    Dec 4, 2012

    Engineering and construction science became reality for 15 Naval Academy midshipmen during a Nov. 29 tour of the 80 percent complete U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) facility on Fort Detrick, Md.

  • Taking the Wounded Warrior recovery process a step further

    Dec 4, 2012

    Once a service member is wounded, in battle or the line of duty, they are taken to a military hospital to recover. Those hospitals are built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of its military construction program. Now, in the USACE Southwestern Division, there are plans for that recovery process to evolve from the hospital to a special cottage at a corps lake to allow invisible wounds to heal.

  • Building Strong from the Rocky Mountains to the Peaks of Afghanistan

    Dec 3, 2012

    From his duty station at Libby Dam and beautiful Lake Koocanusa in Montana, Regh works as an electrical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District. For more than a decade, his predictable schedule and the rural location of his post has allowed Regh to explore the Rocky Mountain wilderness and volunteer as a search and rescue technician crewleader at a non-profit organization in his hometown. For the next several months, however, the only wilderness surrounding Regh will be the sharp peaks and isolated valleys of southern Afghanistan.

  • Give someone a fish, you feed them for a day. Teach them to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.

    Dec 3, 2012

    On Sept. 30, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Table Rock Project Office partnered with several local businesses and civic organizations from Branson, Mo., to bring Catch a Special Thrill for 21 children who don't normally have the opportunity or ability to go fishing.

  • Little Rock district rangers' put disabled hunters on the deer

    Dec 3, 2012

    Hunting the elusive whitetail deer is a challenge that many Arkansans prepare for year round. Sneaking in and out of the woods without being seen, heard or smelled is very difficult, even for the seasoned hunter. Imagine how hard it would be to take down the "big one" if you had a physical disability and were unable to move about without the use of mechanized aid.

  • From typewriters to tranquility: Longtime USACE employee retires from Europe District

    Dec 3, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Ash Batavia just wrapped up a 37-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District. His work with the Army goes back to 1971, when he took a job as a procurement assistant on a post in Frankfurt. But district leaders say his professionalism. stability and peaceful demeanor transcended the workplace.

  • Regulator Works on Cultural Resource Solution

    Dec 3, 2012

    As part of evaluating projects under the Clean Water Act, regulatory employees are charged with enforcing permit conditions related to requirements stipulated in the National Historic Preservation Act and other applicable federal laws pertaining to the protection of natural and cultural resources. Such was the case when a District regulator responded to a permit application in 2005 from Ute Lake Ranch, Inc.

  • First for USACE South Pacific Division at Cochiti Dam

    Dec 3, 2012

    The first Operation Condition Assessment (OCA) in the South Pacific Division (SPD) took place the week of Oct. 8 at the Corps' Cochiti Dam project, located about 50 miles north of Albuquerque.

  • Karen Anderson awarded Steel de Fleury Medal for contribution to engineer regiment in Afghanistan

    Dec 2, 2012

    KANDAHAR Airfield, Afghanistan -- Backing away from a challenge is not in her character, neither is doing something half way. Karen Anderson, the tenacious executive officer, was recognized Nov. 21 with a Steel de Fleury Medal for those character traits and the many behind-the-scenes contributions she made to the Afghanistan Engineer District-South and Army Engineer Regiment during her nearly four-year deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Next phase of debris removal in NYC begins for Army Corps

    Dec 2, 2012

    After three weeks of around-the-clock curbside debris pickup, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved an estimated 237,000 cubic yards of debris out of New York City neighborhoods to permanent landfills upstate. Now the next phase of recovery begins -- private property debris removal or PPDR.

  • Location change for next Table Rock Master lan Revision Workshop

    Nov 30, 2012

    Branson, Mo. - The Army Corps of Engineers is moving the Table Rock Lake Master Plan Revision Workshop scheduled for Dec. 1 from the Dewey Short Visitor Center to Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center to accommodate larger crowds.

  • Corps joins dignitaries from DLA at headquarters groundbreaking

    Nov 28, 2012

    Col. Kent Savre, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, joined other dignitaries for the Nov. 28 groundbreaking ceremony for the new $95 million Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) headquarters here.

  • DOD praises Army's Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and urges authorization bill passage

    Nov 28, 2012

    The Defense Department continues its assistance with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said.

  • Army Corps helps Coney Island residents dig out of the sand

    Nov 27, 2012

    When Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Coney Island last month, it brought with it a powerful 15-foot storm surge that flooded thousands of homes, tossed aside countless parked cars and left streets clogged with sand. Residents are now getting some relief, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contracted crews work street by street to clear up the mess.

  • From drill sergeant hat to USACE hard hat, Apuya demands high standards

    Nov 26, 2012

    His drill sergeant hat may have been traded in for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hard hat, but retired Army drill sergeant Benny Apuya still demands high standards be met by everyone he oversees. Only this time, it's on a construction site instead of at basic combat training. "Every time I'm out at the construction site, I am mindful of exactly what we're doing and who we are doing it for. It's got to be done right, and I'm going to uphold the rigorous standards," Apuya said of the mission to build high-quality military installations for Afghan National Security Forces.

  • Corps Joins ABMC, Punchbowl to Dedicate Vietnam Pavilions at the Honolulu Memorial

    Nov 26, 2012

    The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), along with the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) and the Honolulu District dedicated two new pavilions at the Honolulu Memorial on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

  • Army Corps employs barges to move storm-damage debris out of NYC

    Nov 25, 2012

    Since its barging operations began Nov. 10, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved an estimated 26,000 tons of debris out of New York City coastal neighborhoods devastated by last month's Hurricane Sandy and up the Hudson River.

  • Army Corps helps clear damaged trees in Queens following Sandy

    Nov 22, 2012

    At 6:30 a.m., on Thanksgiving Day, dozens of local and out-of-state tree-clearing crews began to trickle in with their bucket trucks and wood chippers to a parking lot near Alley Pond Park. The work is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' overall emergency debris removal mission.

  • Assuring quality construction for the benefit of Afghans' security

    Nov 21, 2012

    NATO's primary objective in Afghanistan is to enable the Afghan authorities to provide effective security across the country so it can never again be a refuge for terrorists. Along with conducting security operations and mentoring Afghan National Security Forces, building adequate facilities where troops may live, work and train is vital to promoting a strong security force.

  • Acting Baltimore District Commander visits school for Veterans Day

    Nov 20, 2012

    Students at the St. Louis School in Clarksville, Md. celebrated a Veterans Day they won't soon forget when Acting Baltimore District Commander Lt. Col. Brad Endres and Detachment Commander for the Asymmetric Warfare Group Lt. Col. Frank Walton visited with the students to share their military experiences.

  • Tulsa District uses wind turbines to produce power at project office

    Nov 20, 2012

    Tulsa District projects are starting to go green and the Kansas area is leading the way. For the first time in the district, a wind turbine is being used to produce power at Council Grove Lake, Kan.

  • USACE Galveston District prepares for oyster reef construction project in Matagorda, Texas

    Nov 20, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 20, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, partnered with The Nature Conservancy in Texas to undertake an ecosystem restoration project that will create up to 12 acres of sub-tidal reef and habitat located within the northernmost extent of the Half Moon Reef in Matagorda Bay, Texas.

  • USACE builds road in Helmand province, cuts travel time in half

    Nov 19, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a road in Helmand province, from Nawa to Lashkar Gah, in Southern Afghanistan, that already has cut travel time in half.

  • Corps employees team up to teach a lesson in networking

    Nov 19, 2012

    Special emphasis programs are sometimes celebrated with food tastings, exhibits and presentations. This year, however, Laura Ortiz, Hispanic Program Manager for Buffalo District, and Judy Phillips, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, decided to try something different and do something off of the reservation to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.

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

    Nov 19, 2012

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

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers to generate power for Hurricane Sandy victims

    Nov 19, 2012

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

  • Planting a seed for STEM

    Nov 19, 2012

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

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

    Nov 19, 2012

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

  • New engineer dive team keeping whirlwind pace in 2012

    Nov 16, 2012

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

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

    Nov 16, 2012

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

  • Middle School Youngsters Learn geographic technology

    Nov 16, 2012

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

  • Once a soldier, a soldier for life

    Nov 16, 2012

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

  • Building green: Corps of Engineers explores overseas LEED alternative

    Nov 15, 2012

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

  • Spotlight on USACE Galveston District's Lisa Finn

    Nov 15, 2012

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

  • USACE heads up Air Force infrastructure assessment

    Nov 13, 2012

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

  • Corps aids Army Heritage Center opening

    Nov 13, 2012

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

  • Corps plans for next disaster while supporting Hurricane Sandy Recovery

    Nov 13, 2012

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

  • Mat Sinking Unit Near Blackhawk, Louisiana

    Nov 13, 2012

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

  • Contracting Officer Representatives receive refresher training in Afghanistan

    Nov 12, 2012

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

  • USACE set to begin electricity improvement project in Helmand province

    Nov 12, 2012

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

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

    Nov 11, 2012

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

  • From refugee to USACE project manager of the year

    Nov 11, 2012

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

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

    Nov 9, 2012

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

  • Corps of Engineers liaisons connect with communities impacted by Sandy

    Nov 9, 2012

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

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

    Nov 8, 2012

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

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

    Nov 7, 2012

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

  • Army engineers helping restore power to Hurricane Sandy victims

    Nov 7, 2012

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

  • Southwestern Division responds to Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 7, 2012

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

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

    Nov 5, 2012

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

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

    Nov 5, 2012

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

  • Army engineers provide emergency power in wake of Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 5, 2012

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

  • USACE Galveston District wins 2012 MarCom Award

    Nov 5, 2012

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

  • Ammerman Awarded Bronze Star Medal

    Nov 4, 2012

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

  • Corps of Engineers helps pump NYC floodwaters

    Nov 2, 2012

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

  • Marina del Rey channel dredging provides multiple benefits

    Nov 1, 2012

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

  • Technology captures 'fingerprints' of unexploded ordnance

    Nov 1, 2012

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

  • Cochiti Dam Selected for Maintenance Management Review

    Nov 1, 2012

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

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

    Nov 1, 2012

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

  • Albuquerque Team "Reaches Back" to Afghanistan

    Nov 1, 2012

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

  • Afghanistan Engineer District-South surpasses construction goal for October

    Oct 31, 2012

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

  • From punch cards to iPads

    Oct 30, 2012

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

  • Experiential learning program prepares Afghans for facilities operations, maintenance

    Oct 28, 2012

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

  • Afghan Uniformed Police assume responsibility for new headquarters

    Oct 28, 2012

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

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

    Oct 25, 2012

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

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

    Oct 24, 2012

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

  • Levee Enhancement Temporarily Detours Highway 465

    Oct 24, 2012

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

  • Great Lakes Warriors

    Oct 22, 2012

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

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

    Oct 22, 2012

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

  • ERDC STEM outreach program impacts students of all ages

    Oct 19, 2012

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

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

    Oct 19, 2012

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

  • Port's dredged materials management method keeps economy afloat

    Oct 19, 2012

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

  • From Soldier to civilian: He still means business

    Oct 19, 2012

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

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

    Oct 19, 2012

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

  • What is the Corps in the Classroom Program?

    Oct 19, 2012

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

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

    Oct 18, 2012

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

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

    Oct 17, 2012

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

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

    Oct 17, 2012

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

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

    Oct 16, 2012

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

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

    Oct 16, 2012

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

  • Low River Levels Cause Longer Season for Mat Sinking Unit

    Oct 16, 2012

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

  • USACE builds another facility for Afghan National Security Forces

    Oct 15, 2012

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

  • Corps of Engineers Hosts Afghan Contractors

    Oct 15, 2012

    Inaugural meeting introducing Afghan Public Protection Force concept

  • Public Health Services Officer work recognized with Army Achievement Medal

    Oct 15, 2012

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

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