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  • Efforts underway to conserve more energy

    Oct 15, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Fort Leavenworth is spending about $10 million in the next four years to comply with Department of Defense energy efficiency policies, but still needs its community members to conserve energy to meet federal requirements.

  • Families view new homes

    Oct 15, 2010

    Despite their name, the two homes are not designed to be entirely self sufficient. Instead, they are built to be net-zero - they are designed to use 54 percent less energy than a regular duplex on Fort Campbell and they produce as much energy as they use.

  • Fort Bragg intent on building a better, 'greener' Army

    Oct 15, 2010

    October is National Energy Awareness Month and the Army theme this year is "Empowering Defense through Energy Security." There are activities on Fort Bragg as well as across the nation to highlight the energy we use and spread awareness about the importance of conservation, new technology and security.

  • Fort Bragg gears up for the Green Living Tour

    Oct 15, 2010

    On Saturday, two, 15-passenger vans will start a new tour every hour, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the North Post PX. The event is open to the general public and is free of charge. "We probably have the majority of the LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) projects in the region," said Melinda Harrington, sustainable materials planner for Fort Bragg's Environmental Division. "Most of our construction is also to showcase that green building is really just about 'smart building' with the systems in place," she added.

  • Saving energy saves lives says new Army exec

    Oct 13, 2010

    In Afghanistan, fewer fuel convoys in theater can mean saving the lives of Soldiers, said Katherine Hammack, the new assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

  • Military earns White House, Energy Department awards

    Oct 13, 2010

    Defense Department efforts to save energy and help the environment at installations around the world are receiving notice from the White House and the Energy Department.

  • Radford AAP celebrates new nitric-sulfuric acid facility

    Oct 12, 2010

  • Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 12, 2010

  • Natick observes Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 12, 2010

    The Secretary of the Army has designated October 2010 as Energy Awareness Month. Public law mandates that the Army reduce its energy usage by 3 percent each year from 2007 to 2015. The Army needs to reduce energy consumption due to increasing demand, dwindling energy reserves and rising costs Aca,!" all of which have been further compounded by the Global War on Terrorism and natural disasters. For the Army to meet this goal, all of its employees need to contribute.

  • Fort Riley recycling program saves money, resources

    Oct 8, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Plastics, glass, cans and paper are just some of the things that can be recycled at the Fort Riley Recycling Center, located in Building 1980 at Camp Funston. "Recycling is essential to save valuable landfill space," said Scott Allen, operations supervisor of the recycle program. "If we refused to recycle, these products would end up in our landfills and reduce the life expectancy of those landfills."

  • Fort Bragg observes Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 8, 2010

    Did you know that the Month of October is Energy Awareness Month' Each year the Department Of Energy and Federal Energy Management Program encourage federal facilities to celebrate by hosting awareness campaigns for Energy Awareness Month and this year's theme is "Powering America We're on Target!" The theme depicts how federal agencies continue to zero in on energy targets to stimulate the economy, lower operating expenses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve long-term energy and economic security. Fort Bragg will host events at Family housing and retail centers and contests in the schools and for any personnel working or living here.

  • Fish from Fort McCoy waters to support lake restocking efforts in neighboring community

    Oct 7, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Relocating fish from Fort McCoy waters will support re-stocking efforts for Lake Tomah (Wis.) while also improving the number of larger fish available for Fort McCoy anglers, said John Noble. Noble, Fort McCoy Fisheries biologist, said the fish currently are being held in a holding pond at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. Largemouth bass were removed from the North Flowage and bluegills were collected from Stillwell Pond in a coordinated effort between Fort McCoy, contracted Colorado State University employees, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). "The fish will be tested by FWS to certify their health before the WDNR moves them to Lake Tomah," Noble said. "Testing for fish viruses like VHS (viral hemorrhagic septicemia) takes up to 45 days so we expect to hear if the fish are disease free and okay to stock in November."

  • Recycling simplified at Natick

    Oct 7, 2010

    Imagine how easy recycling could be if all materials were placed in the same container. Imagination became reality Oct. 4 for the occupants of two buildings at Natick Soldier Systems Center, the first at NSSC to convert to "single-stream recycling" during a 90-day trial run.

  • History, beauty abundant on post trail

    Oct 7, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Looking for a new way to get out and get that heart pumping' Wander over to the Fort Jackson Passage of the Palmetto Trail and lace up those shoes.

  • Volunteers help protect Oahu's native forest with DPW

    Oct 4, 2010

    KAHUKU, Hawaii - Volunteers needed four-wheel drive to navigate a deeply rutted dirt road at the training area, here, Monday, in celebration of the nation's largest volunteer effort, National Public Lands Day.

  • Let it burn

    Oct 4, 2010

    U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii wildland firefighters look on as 11 acres of dry brush is intentionally set ablaze in a controlled burn at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on North Oahu, Sept. 13.

  • USACE aims for Army's first LEED Silver-certified building in Germany with command, battle cent

    Oct 4, 2010

    Not only will the U.S. Army Europe's future headquarters house the latest technology when it opens its doors in 2012, the Command and Battle Center will also boast the Army's first LEED Silver certification in Germany.

  • Contain to sustain: Energy security program moving forward

    Oct 1, 2010

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Techs might call it a super-computer. Engineers might call it a super-network. Either way, it's impressive and is taking command of the energy here on Fort Campbell, one kilowatt at a time

  • Europe installations contain unique layers of history

    Oct 1, 2010

    BAMBERG, Germany - A bottle sits on a desk in the main office of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg's Environment Division. Although unremarkable looking, the filmy green glass, faded over time but totally intact, bears the insignia of the 5th Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment of the German Imperial Army.

  • Fishing course nets new instructors certified to conduct fishing courses throughout Germany

    Sep 28, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Garrisons across Germany have a new team of certified fishing instructors to add to existing Family Morale Welfare and Recreation outdoor program opportunities. Ten individuals from various Army Europe garrisons completed the week-long instructor course took place in mid-September at the Bavarian State Institute for Fisheries in Starnberg, Germany, and are now certified as instructors.

  • Green building home to multiple Mountain Medics

    Sep 27, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Fort Carson's newest environmentally-high-performance structure now contains five medical units. Here, they can better train, equip and support the "Mountain Medics." The grand opening of building 704 at Specker Avenue and Carey Street was celebrated by ribbon cutting, speeches, cake, band and tours of the facility Sept. 10. The event signaled a new era in these units' abilities to support the Overseas Contingency Operations.

  • Saving energy begins at local level

    Sep 27, 2010

    Every year the month of October is globally recognized as Energy Awareness Month. This year's Energy Awareness Month theme, "Powering America; We're on Target," identifies the need to continue aiming at energy targets to lower operating expenses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and develop cost-effective and sustainable energy resources, while maintaining our high mission readiness.

  • Hay baling program saves money, benefits community

    Sep 23, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Swathers and balers have become a common site around the Fort Riley area the past few months. Those behind these machines are farmers who have leased various areas of land around the installation under the Agricultural Outlease Program to bale hay - a program that is saving Fort Riley money and resources while benefiting the local community. More than 30,000 acres of land is available for hay leases spread around the installation, primarily along the edges of post.

  • Six APG trees are Harford County Champions

    Sep 23, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Aberdeen Proving Ground, home to many species of plants and wildlife, is also home to six Harford County Champion trees that are part of the Maryland Big Tree Program.

  • Fort Jackson deer hunters take aim: Sportsmen head on post for year's hunting season

    Sep 22, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fall colors, cooler weather and shorter days signify hunting season is here, and enthusiasts are heading out into the woods around Fort Jackson for some relaxation and a little action.

  • PCBs removed at Natick Soldier Systems Center

    Sep 22, 2010

    When a towering crane pulled a dredging barge out of Pegan Cove, swung it through an opening in the tree line and deposited it onto the adjacent parking lot at Natick Soldier Systems Center on the morning of Sept. 9, the most visible part of a $2.8 million PCB cleanup was complete.

  • U.S. Army Environmental Command welcomes first command sergeant major

    Sep 20, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The U.S. Army Environmental Command officially welcomed its first command sergeant major with an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony at Fort Sam Houston's main flagpole Sept. 17.

  • Fighting fires together

    Sep 20, 2010

    FORTAca,!E+SHAFTER, Hawaii - Federal firefighters from Fort Shafter prepare to battle a wildfire when it came close to crossing onto the installation here, Sept 8. Honolulu's Fire Department contained the brushfire in the Fort Shafter/Kalihi area.

  • US ambassador recognizes USACE, EUCOM for Sava River flood mapping efforts

    Sep 20, 2010

    ZAGREB, Croatia - To honor the cooperation and recognize the achievements of the Sava River Basin Hydraulic Model project, the U.S. Ambassador to Croatia presented a plaque to the Sava River Commission chairman during a dedication ceremony.

  • Waste water to cool Fort Sill water tower

    Sep 16, 2010

    Fort Sill will soon begin a program testing the use of recycled waste water to cool a water tower in the 434th Field Artillery Brigade area.

  • USACE, commission promote international cooperation through flood mapping workshop

    Sep 16, 2010

    Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Sava River Basin Commission hosted a three-day workshop here Sept. 6, aimed at presenting attendees information collected for the Sava River Hydraulic Model project and garnering feedback from participating countries.

  • Army announces results of DU risk assessment

    Sep 13, 2010

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Results of the Army's recent depleted uranium Basic Human Health Risk Assessment for the Pohakuloa Training Area impact area indicate no likely adverse impacts to current and potential future persons working on or living near PTA, due to DU present at PTA.

  • Graf goes green with new fuel cell backup power

    Sep 13, 2010

    Engineers and Soldiers alike have long fluttered with excitement over new technology to provide a more efficient, reliable and environmentally sound energy source to support infrastructure within the Grafenwoehr Training Area. Three years and $23 million later, Europe, Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) and engineers, procured, installed and upgraded the capacity and reliability of voice and data infrastructure on the installations.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Army requests input on proposed combat aviation brigade stationing

    Sep 10, 2010

    All interested members of the public, including native communities and federally recognized Native American Tribes, federal, state, and local agencies, are invited to submit written comments to identify environmental issues and concerns to be analyzed in the programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS). Written comments will be accepted until Oct. 10. Comments can be sent to Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Environmental Command, 5179 Hoadley Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010, e-mailed to APGR-USAECNEPA@conus.army.mil, or faxed to (410) 436-1693.

  • Army green, Army strong-- Fort Rucker turns in gas guzzlers for 'green' machines

    Sep 9, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker is on its way to becoming "Army Green" and "Army Strong" as Directorate of Logistics officials anticipate introducing 17 light, slow electric vehicles to Fort Rucker by December.

  • Stewart-Hunter forester spends lifetime in the woods

    Sep 9, 2010

    "I call him 'Mr. Forestry,'" said Tony Rubine, fire management supervisor with the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works, of Charlie Moore, a heavy equipment operator who's worked for the Department of Defense for nearly 50 years. "Charlie's been doing this forever, and he's still the most dependable worker I know. It's not uncommon for him to come in at 1 o'clock in the morning on a weekend to help put out a range fire. He's somebody everybody can depend on."

  • Talkin' Trash

    Sep 4, 2010

    The combined efforts of U.S. Soldiers and two local national contractors at Contingency Operating Base Adder led to the early completion of the scrap metal separation and segregation mission at COB Adder.

  • Massive Construction, Renovation Project Preserves History, Tradition - From Roof Lines to Floor Til

    Sep 3, 2010

    To maintain the traditional look of the historic Main Post area of Fort Bragg, N.C., and to preserve the original appearance and original materials of historic buildings under renovation; new construction and remodeling being done to facilitate the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure-directed relocation of the headquarters of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command to Fort Bragg has been closely coordinated with the N.C. State Historical Preservation Office. From new roof lines to historic windows and floor tile, supporting contract firms and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are taking appropriate measures to maintain the historic symbolism, aesthetics and atmosphere that have always been an important part of living and working on the Fort Bragg cantonment.

  • Prescribed burning critical to control threats at Fort Carson

    Sep 3, 2010

    At Fort Carson and PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site fire is regarded as an effective and necessary tool against the very danger it represents, as well as aid to land managers protecting and enhancing natural resources. A policy of strict fire suppression has not proven to be cost-effective and ignores the benefits of wildland fires from natural causes. Naturally occurring fires serve to control insects, diseases and weeds, while improving habitat by maintaining and improving the quality of forage for wildlife. Fires caused by military training, however, can occur too often and at the wrong time, disrupting the natural cycle. This causes damage to critical resources, and often poses safety concerns.

  • Black bear cozies up in Fort Carson's Cheyenne Village tree

    Sep 3, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Fort Carson wildlife conservation and Provost Marshal police officers were dispatched to Cheyenne Village housing area Aug. 25 to respond to a 200-pound black bear nestled in a tree enjoying some apples. Officials kept the bear in the tree to ensure the safety of the Mountain Post community until Colorado Division of Wildlife officers arrived on scene. Fort Carson conservation officers tranquilized the bear and, after post veterinarians examined the sleeping giant, transported the bear to PiAfA+-on Canyon per request of Colorado Division of Wildlife officials. The bear was released back into the wild.

  • Promoting sustainable building in Africa

    Sep 3, 2010

    Civil Affairs soldiers and a mix of American servicemembers began building an Eco-Dome prototype Aug. 24, 2010, as a model for possible future construction endeavors in Djibouti and the Horn of Africa.

  • Fort Carson launches 'Give a Buddy a Ride'

    Sep 2, 2010

    "Sergeant Bob," a USO volunteer and former servicemember, has shared rides with Soldiers needing a lift and now the program is be instituted around the post with stops for Give a Buddy a Ride.

  • Largest Army BRAC property transfer to date takes place at USACE headquarters

    Sep 2, 2010

    More than 14,000 acres transferred for civilian reuse of the former Texas Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant

  • Forestry technicians' work has real ups and downs

    Sep 2, 2010

    The job of forestry technicians with Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works has its ups and downs - literally. According to Caroline Fore, lead fire tower operator, a forestry tech may be manning one of Stewart's five, 100-foot fire towers one week then the next week, he or she may be on the ground marking trees in some remote wooded area of the installation.

  • Army Corps, N.J. National Guard solar project empowers nation

    Sep 1, 2010

    The New York District is working with the NJ National Guard on solar power projects to save the Guard and area taxpayers considerable money.

  • Looking through the window at federal stimulus dollars

    Sep 1, 2010

    In a building that has become the icon for the Watervliet Arsenal, the "Big Gun Shop," federal stimulus dollars have given the old lady of the arsenal a much needed facelift - and a visible example of how well local stimulus dollars have worked. For the arsenal, the $1.44 million federal stimulus project meant something other than job creation.

  • Hovey home to 15th century Korean cultural resource

    Sep 1, 2010

    RED CLOUD GARRISON, South Korea - U.S. Army installations throughout South Korea are home to some special natural and cultural resources that are protected and managed by the respective garrison's Directorate of Public Works' Environment Division and Camp Hovey is no different.

  • Army eyes industry for energy efficiency alliances

    Aug 31, 2010

    To meet energy initiatives, to cut costs, and to help better protect Soldiers, the Army is looking to industry for solutions and partnerships.

  • Putting energy front and center

    Aug 30, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. - In the past, energy has been a side conversation for the Army.

  • Commentary: Make recycling your mission, too

    Aug 27, 2010

    We live in a throw-away world. The average American family seems to produce a house-sized pile of trash every year. When we can all see the limitations of our resources, it defies logic and simple common sense to continue our wasteful ways. A big part of the solution is here and it's easy - recycling.

  • JBLM CDC students learn about 'three R's'

    Aug 27, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - There's an Earth-friendly movement afoot at Child Development Centers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A team of sustainability experts is partnering with the CDCs to deliver a simple message: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

  • ARRA: Wetlands built by Corps of Engineers provide habitat, runoff filtration

    Aug 27, 2010

    Thanks to a partnership between the Norfolk District and the City of Chesapeake, and ARRA funding, nearly an acre of land has returned to its natural state.

  • Timber industry big for Georgia, Stewart-Hunter

    Aug 26, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- The total economic activity making up the forest industry in Georgia amounts to nearly $30 billion a year. This figure includes not only the actual sale of timber statewide but also the wages of more than 128,000 forest industry employees plus federal payments to landowners. Part of that figure also includes timber sales at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

  • Detroit Arsenal Receives Neighborhood Environmental Partner Award

    Aug 24, 2010

    USAG DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- The U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal and its community partners recently received the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Award for their outstanding commitment to environmental community outreach.

  • On the Job at Tobyhanna

    Aug 23, 2010

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, PA. - Environmental experts are helping to keep Tobyhanna Army Depot one of the greenest industrial facilities in the Defense Department. Tobyhanna has earned numerous awards for its environmental, natural resource conservation and hazardous material reduction program. Its green roof initiative has reduced heating and cooling costs while extending the life of the roofs on which vegetative roofs have been installed. Employees in the Industrial Risk Management Directorate's Environmental Management Division assess the depot's impact to the environment and continuously seek process improvements to protect the environment. They manage all facets of environmental programs such as Clean Air, Clean Drinking Water, Pest Management, Solid Waste, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know, Energy Conservation, and Hazardous Materials. Staff members here also ensure Tobyhanna stays in compliance with federal, state, local, and Army regulations by performing inspections, writing procedures, and reviewing construction projects and equipment purchases. Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) maintenance and logistics support facility in the Department of Defense. Employees repair, overhaul and fabricate electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces. The depot is the Army Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) for Communications-Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control Systems and the Air Force Technology Repair Center (TRC) for ground communications and electronics. About 5,700 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control, computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

  • DPW employees trade cars for bikes for daily business on Grafenwoehr

    Aug 20, 2010

    The feeling of self-propelled freedom you get from riding a bike is unlike anything else, but for U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Department of Public Works employees, it's more than the thrill of the ride; it's a necessary form of transportation.

  • From TMP to gas free

    Aug 20, 2010

    The feeling of self-propelled freedom you get from riding a bike is unlike anything else, but for U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Department of Public Works employees, it's more than the thrill of the ride; it's a necessary form of transportation.

  • Fort Wainwright kicks off recycling program

    Aug 19, 2010

    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - On Aug. 16, Capt Timothy Hall, HHC USAG commander and Fort Wainwright recycling coordinator, watched as two men from K & K Recycling Inc. positioned a large yellow recycling bin on a wide open space of ground, just past the far end of the Commissary parking lot, behind the furniture store.

  • Stewart-Hunter Forestry Branch builds roads, too

    Aug 19, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - Some may think that managing nearly 300,000 acres of forest resources is enough work on its own, without having to be responsible for building and maintaining roads. But for Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works, it's just part of the job.

  • Utility billing changes ahead for Fort Campbell residents

    Aug 13, 2010

    Mock utility bills will be sent to all Fort Campbell residents for the months of August and September. Then, live billing will resume for about 4,200 Fort Campbell homes in October. These statements will be mailed in November.

  • STEM program strengthens Fort McCoy, community ties

    Aug 13, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Fort McCoy allowed environmental and natural resources staff members to share their knowledge and on-the-job experience with teachers from nine area school districts at a July 20-21 workshop here. Mark McCarty, chief of the Fort McCoy Natural Resources Branch, said the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program workshop provides innovative instructional programs, supports students who typically are underrepresented in STEM areas of studies and increases the academic achievement of students in these subjects. The program grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and was administered through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. By strengthening ties between the school districts involved and Fort McCoy, the program supports the principles of the Army Community Covenant, McCarty said.

  • Carson facilities earn USACE awards

    Aug 12, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Two 4th Infantry Division facilities garnered top spots in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2010 Chief of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards Program announced in early June.

  • Fort Stewart DPW branch manages forest resources

    Aug 12, 2010

    FORT STEWART, Ga. - Fort Stewart is the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River, covering nearly 300,000 acres. Anyone driving the "Green Tunnel" on GA-144 from Richmond Hill to the back gate can see that most of the installation is covered in forests. Managing Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield's forest resources is the job of the Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works.

  • Garrison officials strive to be good stewards

    Aug 12, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - It can be a complicated, unpredictable and, at times, a thankless job, but even with all of the challenges it poses, it's one members of the U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg's Environmental Division say they happily tackle each and every day.

  • Three states draw down Guard's oil spill response

    Aug 12, 2010

    Now that the leak has been plugged and the oil has been stopped, three of the four states on duty are decreasing the number of National Guard members they have responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • 402nd AFSB civilian helps bring sustainability to Iraq

    Aug 12, 2010

    402nd Army Field Support Brigade (Joint Base Balad, Iraq) DA civilian employee is co-founder and CEO of international foundation fostering sustainability in Iraq.

  • Fort Hood asks, "Have you recycled lately'"

    Aug 11, 2010

    The Fort Hood Recycling Program was first started in 1992 and has developed and improved so much that it is now the largest recycling facility in the U.S. Army. In recent years, the program has outgrown its original 17,500 square foot processing facility and added an abundance of high tech recycling equipment, which has in turn saved the installation thousands of dollars and gained Fort Hood positive national attention.

  • ARRA: Corps of Engineers completes Jacksonville Harbor project early

    Aug 10, 2010

    The Corps' Jacksonville District finished the deepening project two months ahead of schedule, adding 2 feet for a channel depth of 40 feet.

  • Why is recycling important'

    Aug 9, 2010

    FORT GREELY, Alaska -- For decades we have been creating waste; some of it toxic, and dumping into our environment.

  • Makua Military Reservation fire burns 486 acres

    Aug 6, 2010

    "When you get the call, it's like the bottom drops out from underneath you." That was Michelle Mansker's initial reaction when she received word of an unexpected wildfire at Makua Military Reservation. The fire, which Federal Fire Department investigators determined was incendiary, or intentionally set, started just after 2 p.m., July 24.

  • Green acres: The Fort Bragg challenge to live sustainably

    Aug 6, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The Army's latest mission involves the comfort of your own home.

  • Hunter Army Airfield joins Tree City USA

    Aug 5, 2010

    <b>HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. </b>- Hunter Army Airfield recently became a member of a program called, "Tree City USA" and on July 29 an official sign was unveiled on Wilson Boulevard to show it.

  • Army deploys innovative battery-recharging kit

    Aug 2, 2010

    The Army has begun deploying battery-recharging kits that run on renewable energy to Afghanistan. The Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System, or REPPS, combines solar panels, connectors and adaptors for increased charging options.

  • Post civilian preserves Carson, PCMS history

    Jul 30, 2010

    The past is carefully surveyed, cataloged and preserved at Fort Carson and PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site to ensure that history remains intact for future generations while simultaneously sustaining the training mission. Pamela Miller, Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Cultural Resources program manager, is committed to stewardship of the diverse cultural resources on Fort Carson lands, which have historical context spanning the full range of human occupation of North America - from 12,000 years ago to the 20th century acquisition of the training site in Las Animas County.

  • Agreement protects land from development

    Jul 30, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - A big blue, clear sky overlooked the more than 6,700 acres of rolling hills covered by native tallgrass prairie July 22 at Moyer Ranch, located about five miles south of Fort Riley, Kan. State, local and Fort Riley leaders, along with legal aides, joined ranchers for a conservation easement signing, which will preserve the land owned by Rod Moyer of Junction City, Kan.

  • Sacramento District staff join in American River clean-up

    Jul 29, 2010

    Corps volunteers helped clean up a 14-mile stretch of California's American River during an event hosted by the El Dorado County River Recreation July 22.

  • 'Rumbling Rubbish' captivates Heidelberg community

    Jul 28, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Although the stench wafting from trash cans may overwhelm some individuals, sorting through garbage has strengthened the smell of sweet success for the Rumbling Rubbish recycling program in Heidelberg.

  • Heidelberg parents go green with modern cloth diapers

    Jul 26, 2010

    Several mothers from the Heidelberg community joined together to educate the community about cloth diapers -- an alternative to disposables that saves money and is better for babies and the environment.

  • Camp Bullis - An Emerald City in the rough

    Jul 22, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- From a distance, Camp Bullis almost looks serene as it sits surrounded by acres of lush green forest, nestled at the base of the San Antonio foothills. It looks like a place of tranquility, but take a closer look, you'll find Camp Bullis has a lot more going on behind that wall of green forest than meets the eye.

  • Training at PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site while sustaining the land

    Jul 16, 2010

    PIAf'ON CANYON MANEUVER SITE, Colo.-A part of Soldiers' "equipment" is the land they use to train upon. Equipment requires maintenance to perform up to standard and so does land used for training. Fort Carson has long understood the need to sustain the land while ensuring its training-ready condition here and at the PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado. With a combined acreage of approximately 373,000 acres, the installations provide a dynamic habitat for a wealth of animal and plant species, as well as multiple training opportunities.

  • Knox energy bill will top $1 million

    Jul 15, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Increased energy usage coupled with higher surcharges on power used during peak hours will result in the record-breaking electrical bills from Louisville Gas and Electricity.

  • Corps of Engineers kicks off Mount Umunhum rejuvenation

    Jul 13, 2010

    The Sacramento District is set to begin removing buildings and contamination from a former Air Force radar station near Los Gatos, Calif.

  • Missile Range building going green

    Jul 12, 2010

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., July 1, 2010 - White Sands Missile Range has taken an active role in building energy efficient buildings on post as part of their Energy Savings Program, without breaking the bank at the Directorate of Public Works.

  • Louisiana Guardsmen reinforce oil-protection structures

    Jul 12, 2010

    Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard are reinforcing oil protection structures along the coasts of Grand Isle and Port Fourchon, La.

  • Corps of Engineers ramps up Tamiami Trail Bridge, Everglades restoration

    Jul 12, 2010

    The Jacksonville District is rebuilding a two-mile length of the Tamiami Trail, to allow more natural hydrologic conditions within Everglades National Park.

  • Grafenwoehr community tree planting celebrates 100 years

    Jul 8, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - On July 2, a final tree was placed along Grafenwoehr's 100-year Allee in Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA), about 5 kilometers from Rose Barracks, and near Range 201. The stand of trees was placed to symbolize the success and close cooperation between the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Garrison and the Federal Forestry Office (FFO) at Grafenwoehr, a relationship spanning little more than half of the training area's 100-year history.

  • Fort Irwin saving billions of drops of water through recycling program

    Jul 6, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif.- Each day that Fort Irwin and the National Training Center's recycled water, or tertiary treated water, program is in use more than 1.8 billion drops of water or 200,000 to 300,000 gallons of water are saved, which is a significant effort in any climate, but especially in the Mojave Desert, where Fort Irwin is located.

  • LOGCAP incinerator clears the air

    Jul 6, 2010

    Located at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, this incinerator can safely dispose of 20 tons of trash per day. The incinerator is projected to run 24 hours a day under supervision of Logistics Civil Augmentation Program personnel. The machine will only burn ordinary "municipal" waste. Currently, approximately 23-25 loads of trash are burned every 12 hours, roughly 69-75 cubic meters of trash.

  • Team searches for energy alternatives off post

    Jul 6, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr has been searching high and low for ways to conserve energy and make the transition to using more renewable sources of energy in accordance with the Installation Management Command Campaign Plan.

  • Grafenwoehr's fitness center gets an energy boost

    Jul 6, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- After months of gray skies and less than desirable weather, residents have recently been blessed with long summer days filled with sunshine.

  • Museum celebrates 100th Anniversary of Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Jul 6, 2010

    "Grafenwoehr and the training area only make up 17 percent of the town's history, but for the generation that lives here, it amounts to 100 percent," said Olaf Meiler, historian and curator of the Grafenwoehr Cultural and Military Museum as he spoke to more than 75 attendees at the opening of the 100th Anniversary of the Grafenwoehr Training Area exhibit at the museum, June 27.

  • USACE proactive measures may be the best hope for protecting Florida's beaches

    Jul 2, 2010

    On Earth Day, the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced hit the Gulf Coast

  • BRAC construction hitting targets as completed facilities begin receiving tenants

    Jul 1, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Grass, sidewalks and landscaping have replaced dirt and construction equipment at several Base Realignment and Closure Act 2005 facilities and other military construction sites, as the number of completed projects on Fort Sam Houston continues to increase.

  • Students sift through pre-history

    Jul 1, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A culture that lived on Fort Leavenworth nearly 1,600 to 1,800 years ago left behind remnants for students from the Kansas Archaeological Field School to find.

  • Environmental team manages successful combination of military training and conservation

    Jul 1, 2010

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Tank trails and roads cut across the 40,000 acres of the Hohenfels training area, dusty brown ribbons that vehicles use to carry Soldiers, munitions and equipment through a simulated war zone for multinational military training.

  • Local residents tour former Fort Ord

    Jun 29, 2010

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - More than 100 central California residents joined the Fort Ord Base Realignment and Closure staff on free bus tours and an open house at Ord Military Community June 26.

  • Grafenwoehr gets back to nature with new environmental trail

    Jun 29, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - As Grafenwoehr begins a new era, post 100-year birthday, plans take shape for a new recreation center. The new Grafenwoehr nature trail at Dickhaeuter Lake officially opened, June 28, during a morning ribbon-cutting ceremony. Col. Chris Sorenson addressed a crowd of about 25 onlookers from the local German and American communities.

  • National Guard completes Grand Isle barrier wall

    Jun 28, 2010

    The Louisiana National Guard completed construction of an 8.2 mile long Tiger Dam shoreline protection system along the beach in Grand Isle, La.

  • Army goes green with eco-friendly mattress

    Jun 25, 2010

    Soldiers across the Army could someday have a new place to lay their heads. Installation Management Command-Southeast has launched a pilot program for a new mattress that could save the Army millions of dollars, minimize waste and reduce harmful effects on the environment, officials said. If successful, it may spill over to other regions and possibly go Armywide. A total of 240 new beds will be delivered June 28 to Soldiers with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, on Sand Hill as replacements for the unit's old mattresses, said SGM Cornelius Barlow of the Directorate of Public Works. It's part of a two-year study in which DPW will collect data from basic training Soldiers, drill sergeants and cadre with the company. Developed by SKYDEX Technologies Inc., the Eco-Enhanced Mattress Unit, or EEMU, is made of recyclable and washable material that's longer lasting than the foam mattress now used in the Army, said CSM(R) Jose Silva, the company's military business coordinator. He said the pilot program's main objective is to make sure it's "Soldier-proof."

  • Sediment Cleanup on Lake Cochituate

    Jun 24, 2010

    Cleanup activities are under way and are expected to continue into the summer for approximately 8 weeks, up to 6 days per week during daylight hours. Activities will include site preparation, mobilization, silt curtain installation, dredging, dewatering, water treatment, backfilling, monitoring, and site restoration. During the cleanup, boating access to and fishing within Pegan Cove will be restricted.

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