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  • Heat wave highlights importance of Bambi Bucket training

    Jul 3, 2012

    When the Soldiers of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, Ky., are called upon, they have three hours to get up in the air and be on their way to aid in extinguishing wildland fires.

  • To the rescue: Soldiers, civilians team up to save owl fledgling

    Jul 3, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It may have looked like a fluffy hood ornament, but Soldiers of the 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion recognized the stray owl fledgling lost in their motor pool. "It all happened during command maintenance," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gerardo Ledesma of the 2nd MI Battalion. "Members of Company B, 2nd MI, were doing Preventive Maintenance, Checks and Services when they found the owl on the back of a tactical vehicle and reported it to Sgt. 1st Class Gerson Espinoza who contacted the Environmental Branch and the Fire Department."

  • Cooperation key to red cockaded woodpecker growth

    Jul 2, 2012

    Kisatchie National Forest is a place of natural beauty filled with animals that walk, slither, crawl and fly through the woods in an indomitable attempt to survive the rigors of the wild. But for some creatures, the stakes are higher as they struggle against the dangers of becoming extinct. The red cockaded woodpecker is one of those animals. It has been on the list of endangered species since 1970. But its numbers are on the rise thanks to the efforts of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Kisatchie National Forest and Fort Polk.

  • Fort Carson engineers, firefighters help contain Waldo Canyon blaze

    Jul 2, 2012

    With the sun slipping behind the mountains, more than 100 Army engineers from the 4th and 52nd Engineer Battalions worked tirelessly to set up a base of operations and begin making firebreaks before dark.

  • Torii Station has fields aplenty

    Jun 28, 2012

    Mr. Shinei Higa, who farms land on Torii Station, stands next to one of his crops of sugarcane. Higa has been farming watermelon, carrots and sugarcane on Torii for 30 years. Other crops grown by farmers on Torii include cucumbers, purple sweet potatoes, hechima squash, cabbage, Chinese radish, eggplant and okra.

  • Local teachers dig into history at Lee

    Jun 28, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (June 28, 2012) -- Fifteen local school teachers have a whole new appreciation of dirt and the treasures it may hide after spending Monday afternoon at Fort Lee's historic training trenches. They not only unearthed interesting artifacts but also discovered innovative ways to motivate their students in the classroom.

  • Battle space partnerships, village stabilization goals of Agribusiness Conference

    Jun 28, 2012

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- "Our first line of defense is our ability to feed and cloth the people," Ret. Maj. Gen. Darren G. Owens, after giving a brief history of the U.S. Department of Agriculture created in 1862. "If people don't have enough food to feed their families they will sell their soul to the devil."

  • Army Reserve engineers reduce fire risks, help Native Americans in South Dakota

    Jun 28, 2012

    Soldiers from the 340th Engineer Company conducted fire management in the Black Hills of South Dakota for their two-week extended combat training that started June 9, 2012.

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

    Jun 26, 2012

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

  • Reserve CEO outlines Army's push for better energy use

    Jun 25, 2012

    Army Reserve Command Chief Executive Officer Addison Davis spoke June 25, 2012, before the Association of Climate Change Officers' annual Defense, National Security and Climate Change conference in Washington, D.C.

  • CASCOM energizes Army's focus on Operational Energy

    Jun 25, 2012

    The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command tasked U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command in July 2011 to serve as the agency responsible for leading and coordinating a multifunctional development team.

  • Utility profiles adjusted at USAG-HI

    Jun 25, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Utility billing at Island Palm Communities began nearly a year ago.

  • Officials remind hikers Sacred Falls State Park is closed

    Jun 25, 2012

    HONOLULU -- State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, or DLNR, officials are citing hikers attempting to gain unauthorized entry into Sacred Falls State Park -- which has been closed to the public since 1999.

  • Fort Bragg sustainment brigade tightens green boots

    Jun 22, 2012

    The 528th Sustainment Brigade implemented the Green Boot Program and to kick off the event, they organized a Green Boot presentation to which a majority of the brigade attended, well over 100 Soldiers. The Green Boot program is an effective tool to reach out to Fort Bragg populace to identify what people can do to conserve Fort Bragg's natural and fiscal resources.

  • OWIE discusses wildfire prevention

    Jun 22, 2012

    Oahu-based fire departments officials hosted a press conference at its headquarters, June 13, to ask for public cooperation and support in the prevention of wildfires.

  • Army civilian engineers team with Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Jun 21, 2012

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

  • National Training Center continues environmental leadership

    Jun 21, 2012

    The NTC is not only the best military training facility in the world, unequivocally, it is a world leader in protecting the environment and the endangered species that thrive within its boundaries. Fort Irwin is home not only to great Soldiers, Family Members, Department of the Army Civilians, and Contractors, it is also home to Gopherus Agassizii: the Desert Tortoise.

  • Close cooperation key to conservation of training areas in Germany

    Jun 20, 2012

    The German Ministry of Defense and the Federal Real Estate Institute co-hosted a Military Use and Nature Protection Symposium at the Federal Academy for Defense Management and Technology in Mannheim, Germany, June 11-14, 2012.

  • District brings 'green' power to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    Jun 20, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District's Nellis Resident Office recently completed a solar power project for the Bureau of Land Management at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

  • Environmental Clean-Up at Walker Lake, Nevada

    Jun 20, 2012

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

  • USAREUR celebrates transformation milestones in Wiesbaden

    Jun 18, 2012

    The Army's 237th Birthday marked the naming of two preeminent new and old landmarks at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany -- the General John Shalikashvili Mission Command Center and General Lucius D. Clay Kaserne -- and the opening of the new 326-unit Newman Village housing area.

  • Students practice stewardship during Earth Day

    Jun 14, 2012

    Fourth through sixth-graders from Hohenfels' Elementary School took to the trails through the Hohenfels training area to get an up-close and personal look at nature as part of the Earth Day celebrations here, recently.

  • Ceremony marks opening of new state-of-the-art Wiesbaden housing area

    Jun 14, 2012

    Thomas Platte, director, Hessian Construction Managment hands the symbolic first key to brand-new Army housing in Wiesbaden's Col. James R. Newman Village housing area to Col. D. Peter Helmlinger, commander of the Europe District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a ceremony in Wiesbaden, Germany, June 14. The key was then presented to the village's first occupants, Sgt. Robert Tickle of USAREUR's 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment and his family (at left) by Col. David Carstens, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden (third from right).

  • Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming National Guard battling wildfires

    Jun 13, 2012

    National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from five states are working alongside civilian first responders as they continue to battle wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico.

  • Army to deliver fuel-efficient generators to Afghanistan

    Jun 12, 2012

    The U.S. Army will soon field its next generation of operational energy to Afghanistan with a line of leaner, fuel-saving generators expected to transform the way power is delivered to the battlefield.

  • New York Army National Guard Engineers Working on the Old Erie Canal

    Jun 12, 2012

    COHOES, NY--A quarter mile of the old Erie Canal here in this old textile city north of Albany is being turned into a town park and walking path thanks to 30 members of the New York Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Battalion. The Soldiers --assigned to the 1156th Engineer Co. from Kingston, NY and the 152nd Engineer Co. from Buffalo-- are spending half of their two week annual training cutting down trees, trimming weeds, and leveling the ground between locks number 14 and 15 of the 19th century canal bed. They're staying at a local Hilton Hotel (instead of tents at Fort Drum), working from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., using chain saws, skid steer loaders, an armored "back hoe on steroids" called a High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE), and having a great time , said Staff Sgt. Howard Weed, the project Non-commissioned officer in charge.

  • 411th Engineers assume control of operations in Afghanistan

    Jun 12, 2012

    Soldiers of the 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, officially took command and control of military engineering units throughout Afghanistan, June 4, 2012, in a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • White House "Champion of Change's" work continues to reap benefits in OEF

    Jun 7, 2012

    Lt. Col. Alan C. Samuels was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House on Apr. 19 in recognition of his work while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom that is still saving money and resources.

  • Fort Carson achieves first platinum certification

    Jun 7, 2012

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

  • Volunteers renovate Fisher House

    Jun 6, 2012

    Volunteers from the Home Depot in Killeen, Texas, created a serenity garden in front of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's Fisher House here, June 1, 2012, as the final phase of an almost $15,000 home improvement project donated by Home Depot.

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

    Jun 6, 2012

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal along with a crowd of more than three thousand people honor World War II veterans at a recent "Twilight Tattoo", June 6, 2012, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. The theme of the ceremony was "Saluting World War II Veterans on the 68th Anniversary of D-Day". Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." For more information go to http://twilight.mdw.army.mil/

  • Westphal meets those charged with protecting, preserving Army history

    Jun 5, 2012

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

  • Army engineers spur development of tactical microgrids

    Jun 5, 2012

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

  • Natick becoming more green

    Jun 5, 2012

    This close to Boston, green is a popular color -- especially with the Celtics making an unexpectedly strong run in the NBA playoffs. When people talk "green" at the Natick Soldier Systems Center these days, however, they could just as easily be discussing the environment as basketball.

  • Eco-Dome signals changes for Djiboutian village

    Jun 3, 2012

    U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa joined with local villagers on the final stages of construction for a new structure here May 22-24, 2012.

  • Garrison Hawaii conserves resources while balancing mission preparedness

    Jun 1, 2012

    Oahu Natural Resources Team from U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii won both the FY2011 Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense team awards for Natural Resources Conservation.

  • Pennsylvania Guard preserves historic legacies

    Jun 1, 2012

    Pennsylvania Army National Guard wins Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management - Installation.

  • Army claims 5 Secretary of Defense environmental awards

    Jun 1, 2012

    The Army captured five of the nine Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for 2012. Fort Hood, Texas, won both the installation and team categories for Environmental Quality; Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Pennsylvania won the industrial installation Sustainability award; the Oahu Army Natural Resource Team from U.S. Army Garrison -- Hawaii won the team award for Natural Resources Conservation; and the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based in Warren, Mich., won the team award for Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition.

  • Stryker team shines at environmental stewardship

    May 31, 2012

    The Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems - Stryker Brigade Combat Team, won both the Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense team awards for Environmental Excellence in Weapons System Acquisition.

  • Recycling successes shine at Fort Hood

    May 31, 2012

    At Fort Hood, recycling is a requirement, not an option, and that attitude helped them win the team category for environmental quality in the FY 2011 Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Programs.

  • Strong partnership saves Kickapoo Creek

    May 31, 2012

    Illinois Army National Guard's Marseilles Training Area won the Secretary of the Army's FY 2011 award for natural resources conservation in the small installation category.

  • The logo says it all

    May 31, 2012

    Fort Hood will be recognized twice in June at the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards ceremony at the pentagon. They won the installation category for environmental quality in both the Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense competitions. In addition, they won the team award for environmental quality for both programs. Their logo describes their award winning strategy.

  • Teamwork expedites environmental restoration

    May 31, 2012

    The Secretary of the Army recently recognized FS/HAAF Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division's ability to leverage its diversely experienced personnel to successfully and efficiently assess and address complex environmental problems with the Environmental Award for Environmental Restoration - Installation.

  • Recycling center saves money, helps environment

    May 31, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 31) -- The Fort Belvoir Recycling center is making many changes to reduce the posts carbon footprint, save money and pay for its own operations within the next two years, according to recycling center officials. The center makes about $15,000 a month selling items such as aluminum cans and white paper and wants to increase that amount, said Fred David, DPW solid waste and qualified recycling program manager.

  • Spring blossoms new life at Fort Belvoir: Wildlife better off left alone

    May 31, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 31) -- Now that spring is here in full force, you will be seeing young birds and other infant animals make their appearances in and around Fort Belvoir. While outside, there may be a time when you come across what appears to be an abandoned infant from the animal kingdom. Your first thought may be that the poor creature is lost or abandoned by its mother.

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

    May 30, 2012

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

  • FMWR honors Earth Day with 20 new trees at Selfridge Golf Course

    May 30, 2012

    The U.S. Army Garrison -- Detroit Arsenal's Family & Morale, Welfare & Recreation honored Earth Day Anniversary at Selfridge Golf Course with the addition of 20 young trees, including Autumn Fest Sugar Maple trees and Skyline Locust trees.

  • USAEC, JBSA assist San Antonio Community Parks and Recreation clean-up effort

    May 30, 2012

    Volunteers from U.S. Army Environmental Command, Joint Base San Antonio and Parks and Recreation employees gathered recently at San Antonio's John James Park to cool down some trees as they combined forces with local volunteers to mulch trees and take on the tough mission of removing invasive plant species.

  • Troops working to eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan

    May 29, 2012

    Afghan National Army and 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Soldiers, teamed up earlier this month to locate and destroy several acres of opium poppy fields.

  • DPW receives SoA award for restoration efforts, improvement

    May 25, 2012

    For their dedication to the environment and continued support to the installation, the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Directorate of Public Works was recognized with the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award, May 17.

  • DPW releases water reports

    May 25, 2012

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- Every year since 1999 the Environmental Protection Agency has required public water suppliers to provide Consumer Confidence Reports, or CCRs, to their water users. These reports are designed to educate the public on the origin of drinking water and provide water quality information for the previous year.

  • Girl Scouts 'go green' on World Thinking Day

    May 24, 2012

    Members of the Hohenfels Girl Scouts, with some help from some male siblings and a handful of adults, rolled up their sleeves and dug into the dirt to construct two "insect hotels" in Hohenfels, recently.

  • Fort Drum cleanup event educates community on waste avoidance

    May 24, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- To help Fort Drum comply with Army regulations, post officials are finding new initiatives to better educate the community on recycling, reusing and salvaging waste.

  • Yongsan spring cleans in anticipation of monsoon

    May 24, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan community members participated in the annual Spring Clean-Up Exercise focusing on unit, activity, troop billet areas and Family Quarters, May 14-18.

  • Green Neighbor sharing of Yongsan environmental program

    May 24, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- "Yongsan is very transparent, especially in regards to the environment." That was the assessment from Maj. Lim Sin-taek, a Military officer with the Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND), after participating in U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's internal Environmental Management System (EMS) audit, May 22.

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

    May 23, 2012

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

  • Army commits to security through renewable energy

    May 22, 2012

    The assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, in a bloggers roundtable today, said one of the reasons the Army is committed to one gigawatt of renewable energy is security.

  • Scranton Army Ammunition Plant sees sustainability as good business

    May 21, 2012

    The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant won the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability by using technology and best practices to reduce and reuse water, improve air emissions in the production facility, reduce hazardous materials by evaluating the latest technology and engaging in multiple energy efficiency projects.

  • Earth Day Program a Hit!

    May 21, 2012

    About 500 students from three Harford County Elementary Schools and the APG youth centers at Aberdeen and Edgewood participated in the Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration at the APG Youth Services Center, April 13. ARL and North Harford High School (NHHS) conducted nine hands-on experiments for the students, including one on alternative energy (snap circuits), how to collect insect specimens in the environment, and how animals adapt to their surroundings.

  • Corps of Engineers connects kids with great outdoors

    May 18, 2012

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

  • Army S&T team develops power, energy solutions in Afghanistan

    May 18, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army's science and technology command center in Afghanistan is unburdening Soldiers by improving power and energy capabilities in theater. Michael Zalewski, a mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, deployed to Bagram Airfield from September 2011 to February 2012. He supported Operation Enduring Freedom by reducing the logistics burden of fuel on Soldiers. Zalewski served as the power and energy subject matter expert for the RDECOM Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center, or RFAST-C, which brings civilian engineers and technicians to a central location to provide scientific solutions directly in theater.

  • Active duty military receive free access to national parks

    May 16, 2012

    Beginning on Armed Forces Day on May 19, active duty service men and women - Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves - can obtain the new military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass.

  • Lewis-McChord turns trash into treasure

    May 16, 2012

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., sold at auction what is being called the largest pile of compost ever sold through the government's surplus liquidation site.

  • OANRP recognized for superior work

    May 15, 2012

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- The Army's Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health presented the Natural Resources Conservation Team Award for 2011 to the Oahu Army Natural Resources Program, or OANRP, and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, here, May 5.

  • Fort A.P. Hill streamlines return of land to beneficial use

    May 15, 2012

    Returning 100 acres to mission-related and recreational use in about half the time usually required for similar restoration projects was a milestone achievement for Fort A.P. Hill's Facility Lead Team.

  • Students tackle solar power problems

    May 11, 2012

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

  • Students confront disaster in STEMposium workshops

    May 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A group of 90 students from Department of Defense Dependents Schools throughout Europe met for six days in Oberwesel to take on a tough project. They were there to save the world.

  • Learn about wetlands -- It's American Wetlands Month

    May 11, 2012

    To celebrate American Wetlands Month, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Environmental Division presents a series of informative articles about wetlands -- important and fascinating ecosystems that dominate the southeast Georgia landscape. This is the first of four articles.

  • Workers save time, money during Bike to Work Day

    May 11, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 10) -- Fort Belvoir employees are invited to participate in Commuter Connections and Washington Area Bicyclist Association's Bike to Work Day, May 18. Bike to Work Day showcases benefits of bicycling to work, such as cost savings and pollution reduction.

  • The birds are back

    May 11, 2012

    Migrating birds are returning to the Interior of Alaska this time of year. Wonderful to see and watch for bird enthusiasts and laypersons alike; they may cause problems when deciding to build nests in and on military and residential structures.

  • Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions

    May 10, 2012

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

  • State-of-the-art commissary opens at Fort Carson

    May 10, 2012

    Doors opened to the new commissary Wednesday as hundreds of community members lined up to be the first to enter the new facility.

  • Net Zero Energy research presented at Project Day

    May 10, 2012

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment made a special trip to West Point May to hear what cadets have to say about the Army's Net Zero Energy initiative. The Honorable Katherine Hammack toured the campus during Projects Day at West Point, where hundreds of cadets brief, demonstrate and display a vast range of intellectual capital through a showcase of projects and presentations.

  • First Army Division East Soldiers help Habitat for Humanity with Clean-up Efforts

    May 10, 2012

    FORT MEADE, MD., --The Soldier's Creed states that every Soldier stands ready to deploy and destroy the enemies of the United States. Destroying can be considered a primary mission of infantry units. However, recently, Soldiers from First Army Division East's 205th Infantry Brigade, 1-335th Infantry Battalion, recently took on a different mission. It wasn't a mission to destroy, but rebuild. The Soldiers put their skills to use to clean and beautify the Habitat for Humanity's offices in Franklin, Ind.

  • Los Angeles River: location, location, location

    May 9, 2012

    "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a fully committed partner in Los Angeles River revitalization efforts, including the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan," said Col. Mark Toy, district commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles district.

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

    May 9, 2012

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

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

    May 9, 2012

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

  • Girl, Cub Scouts clean up around Baumholder housing area

    May 8, 2012

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - It was dirty work but Baumholder's Girl and Cub Scouts stepped up to the challenge and got the job done. As part of Earth Day activities, the scouts worked together with the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division to clean up the wetland area near the lower Wetzel gate and portions of lower Wetzel Housing.

  • Improved batteries, SWIPES to lighten Soldiers' load

    May 7, 2012

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

  • Fort Polk's goal: Reach net zero waste by 2020

    May 7, 2012

    Imagine an Army installation that values environmental sustainability not just for its financial benefits, but also because it enhances quality of life, mission capabilities, relationships with local communities and preservation of the Army's future; where items are not thrown away to occupy landfills, but instead are viewed as valuable resources to be used for multiple purposes. This is the vision of Fort Polk's future. The installation, along with 18 others Army-wide, was selected by the assistant secretary of the Army to become either a water, waste or energy pilot Net Zero installation in April 2011. Six installations were chosen in each category. As a net zero installation, the Army will consume only as much energy or water as it produces and eliminate solid waste to landfills by 2020.

  • Fort Polk honors Heritage Families after discovery of 32 unknown graves

    May 7, 2012

    Members of the Fort Polk Heritage Project, with the help of Soldiers from Warrior Transition Unit, honored the recently identified graves of 32 previously unknown local family members buried at Holly Springs Cemetery, April 28, 2012.

  • Public takes a look at Santa Ana River Marsh study

    May 4, 2012

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

  • It's a kakou thing: Soldiers, community restore Kaena Point

    May 4, 2012

    KAENA POINT, Hawaii -- More than 50 Soldiers and community volunteers came together for a joint Earth Day restoration project, here, April 28.

  • Transformation of Fort Meade golf course land enters next phase

    May 3, 2012

    While the removal of the golf course's sign along Mapes Road on Tuesday morning was the first indication that the course is now closed, more visible work is under way.

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

    May 3, 2012

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

  • Small test at Watervliet reveals huge potential savings for DOD

    May 2, 2012

    The Watervliet Arsenal has just completed a yearlong study to determine if military boiler plants could be made more efficient and environmentally friendly and this month, the results are in and they show a potential to save millions of dollars for the Department of Defense.

  • Fort A.P. Hill Earth Day Celebration draws hundreds of students

    May 2, 2012

    More than 700 students flocked to Fort A.P. Hill for its annual Earth Day Celebration April 19.

  • Presidio community hosts Earth Day event

    May 2, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Presidio community members learned ways to conserve and protect the Earth's natural resources during an informative and interactive booth-style fair here at the Berlin Wall Courtyard April 24.

  • Presidio preschoolers celebrate Earth Day

    May 2, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Preschoolers celebrated Earth Day with lessons on recycling and invasive weeds at the Monterey Road Child Development Center April 23.

  • USACE researchers inspire next generation of innovators at STEM expo in nation's capitol

    May 1, 2012

    More than 100,000 curious participants descended upon the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Expo and Book Fair April 27-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event featured highly interactive displays targeting youth K-12 and brought together top-notch universities, government agencies, private-sector companies, and non-profit organizations all for one purpose: to influence children to become the next generation of innovators by making science and engineering fun.

  • Final Archive Search Report gives insight to past herbicide tests conducted at Fort Detrick

    May 1, 2012

    The final Archive Search Report of the outdoor testing of herbicides at Fort Detrick during the 1940's through 1960's, with the important details presented to the Fort Detrick Restoration Advisory Board here, April 18.

  • Hawaii is tackling the trash

    May 1, 2012

    WAIPAHU, Hawaii -- Two bicycles, one shopping cart, a carburetor, a TV and the front seat of a car were just a few of the "finds" discovered by Army volunteers at an Earth Month Cleanup, here, April 21.

  • USAG-HI pursues Tree City USA

    May 1, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The first step toward receiving Tree City USA recognition for four Oahu Army installations was completed with the planting of Native Hawaiian trees on Fort Shafter, Aliamanu Military Reservation, Wheeler Army Air Field and Helemano Military Reservation, April 20.

  • Doing the dirty work

    May 1, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Gregory Sengsy, Hale Kula Elementary 5th-grade student, digs out composting worms during a student-led tour of Hale Kula Elementary's Saving Your Nation's Energy, or SYNERGY, Outdoor Classroom, here, April 18.

  • Hydrogen-powered bus to begin service on JBLM

    Apr 30, 2012

    As part of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Initiative, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., received a hydrogen bus last year to develop a route to take Airmen and Soldiers, civilian employees and family members around the installation.

  • CAAA Employee Honored for Energy Saving Efforts

    Apr 30, 2012

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee Angela Bray received a Building Energy Monitor Award April 26 at the Crane Energy Expo for her as an energy monitor that significantly contributed to the efficiency of the ammunition activity.

  • Belvoir volunteers beautify local area, surrounding roads

    Apr 27, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (APRIL 26) -- The roads surrounding Fort Belvoir are cleaner and safer now, due in large part to Belvoir volunteers spending Saturday morning participating in the annual Richmond Highway Cleanup.

  • Fallen centuries-old 'mother' oak lives on through saplings at Arlington

    Apr 27, 2012

    On a brilliant, windy spring day, the last of five post oak saplings was planted at Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate Arbor Day and honor the fallen 220-year-old giant oak from whose acorns the saplings descended.

  • CAAA Helping Base to Become a Tree City USA

    Apr 26, 2012

    A Crane Army Ammunition Activity representative helped plant a new tree on Naval Support Activity Crane as part of a joint effort by all the commands to make the base a Tree City USA Installation.

  • ESC enlists volunteers to remove trash in residential neighborhoods

    Apr 26, 2012

    About 60 volunteers who helped spruce up the housing areas throughout the installation during the Enlisted Spouses Club's fourth annual Clean Up Fort Meade held April 21. This year, volunteers picked up nearly 110 bags of trash and recyclables throughout the communities.

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