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  • Meet Brazos River Floodgates Lockmaster Robert Page

    Mar 8, 2013

    BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas - Ensuring operational readiness and compliance of the Brazos River Floodgates for nearly 2,500 commercial and recreational vessels each month is no easy task, but it's one that a handful of talented U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a dedicated lockmaster make look easy.

  • Marine veteran brings "can-do" attitude from one Corps to another Corps

    Mar 8, 2013

    Cody Hammer graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2005, but it would be seven years before the Geography major would find his way to the Fort Worth District as a Geospatial Information Systems Specialist with the Piney Woods Regional Project.

  • Scientists measure sea spray at Mount Desert Rock

    Mar 8, 2013

    Scientists from ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and NorthWest Research Associates (NWRA) recently braved the wind and cold of the Gulf of Maine to collect data for an Office of Naval Research project on sea spray. The project, "Sea Spray Icing in the Emerging Open Waters of the Arctic Ocean," is an effort to better characterize sea spray formation in high winds and cold temperatures.

  • Demolition projects increase post recyclable resources

    Mar 7, 2013

    Construction crews are currently demolishing facilities no longer needed on post and will recycle and reuse the leftover materials for future projects, according to the Directorate of Public Works. A contracting company began razing the old buildings Feb. 1 and the projects should be complete by the end of March.

  • Douglas fir helps JBLM repair storm damage

    Mar 7, 2013

    JBLM plants the last of 249 trees to replace those damaged by January 2012 storm.

  • Commentary: How the Army Needs to Lead Transformation in the Operational Energy Campaign

    Mar 6, 2013

    As the military has become more reliant on energy resources, the Army faces an an urgent need to formulate an effective and viable path for its tactical fuel and energy future. Because our national energy requirement is increasing, developing a strategy that incorporates alternative energy sources has become a priority for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Army.

  • Improving Fuel Distribution Effectiveness in Afghanistan

    Mar 6, 2013

    Balancing fuel consumption, capacity, and distribution velocity was essential to meeting the fuel needs of units in Regional Command Capital in Afghanistan.

  • Fort Benning holds case study for Legacy Project

    Mar 6, 2013

    When you think of historic structures on Fort Benning, more than one comes to mind: Doughboy Stadium, Ridgway Hall, the jump towers, Riverside, the cuartels. And there are many others. Fort Benning includes approximately 600 historic properties, said Susanne Perry, architectural historian with Cultural Resource Management on post. In fact, across DOD, there are more than 350,000 historic properties, she said.

  • Vicenza wins Army Environmental Quality award

    Mar 5, 2013

    The Vicenza Military Community is serious about caring for the environment: U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza was selected as the Fiscal Year 2012 Army Environmental Awards Winner in the Environmental Quality--Overseas category. Environmental programs here have been named the best overseas in the U.S. Army and are now in competition for Department of Defense honors.

  • Net Zero progress report due by end of 2013

    Mar 3, 2013

    During an overview of where the Army is headed in the evolution of its three "Net Zero" programs, the service's assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment said the department will make available by the end of the year a progress report on all three programs.

  • Archeologists study ancient villages on WSMR

    Mar 1, 2013

    Archeologists are unearthing the past and clearing the way for military testing and training on White Sand Missile Range.

  • Corps of Engineers saves Army money through solar power

    Feb 28, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing mission effectiveness through energy efficiency. To assist the Army in meeting its sustainability goals, the Corps has assisted the largest military installation in the United States, White Sands Missile Range, in southern New Mexico, with the installation of the U.S. Army's largest solar photovoltaic power plant.

  • APG Army Net Zero program on track

    Feb 28, 2013

    Aberdeen Proving Ground is participating in a pilot program that will determine how installations Army-wide manage one of our most precious natural resources--water.

  • Preventing tick bites prevents serious diseases

    Feb 28, 2013

    Ticks are better at finding you than you are at finding them. Ticks must have a blood meal (you) to live. They are aware of you, so, in order to prevent tick bites, you must learn to be aware of them!

  • Charge up to a Net Zero installation

    Feb 28, 2013

  • USACE Galveston District awards three task order contracts for geotechnical services

    Feb 28, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 28, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded the following three task order contracts in the combined amount of $300,666.78 to Quaternary Resource Investigations LLC to investigate soil conditions for future levee construction at dredged material placement sites along the Texas coast.

  • New HSAAP Structure Receives LEED Certification

    Feb 27, 2013

    Environmental excellence earns Holston Army Ammunition Plant LEED certification.

  • Hohenfels leadership takes charge of energy reduction

    Feb 26, 2013

    Significant funds to help maintain vital Army programs like family services may be hiding out in your office.

  • Army Reserve, Fort Bragg DPW team up to reduce wasted light energy

    Feb 26, 2013

    In an ongoing effort to save taxpayer dollars, the post's Directorate of Public Works reached out to Army Reserve aviation for help. Garrison energy officials figured the best way to look for wasted energy was to go up - literally.

  • Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army

    Feb 26, 2013

    Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, talks to an ABC Radio reporter about the new Energy Lab, in Detroit, Mich., where Army ground combat vehicles will be tested. Also available in high definition. ***NOTE: There is no audio for the interviewer, only the interviewee.

  • MOTCO, California benefit from DOD environmental program

    Feb 25, 2013

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Military Ocean Terminal, Concord, or MOTCO, Calif., is currently taking advantage of a U.S. Army-sponsored environmental program designed to locate unexploded ordnance and other metallic debris left over from decades of munitions-related military activities.

  • RAB tours APG South sites, eyes progress

    Feb 25, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Members of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) visited several sites on APG South during its annual tour Feb. 16.

  • Kentucky training center wins Army-wide award

    Feb 25, 2013

    The Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, one of more than 60 facilities in the Kentucky National Guard, has gained national recognition in light of its environmental and fiscal restrictions to the Department of Defense.

  • Planting green space at Del Din

    Feb 22, 2013

    As Del Din prepares to open in the second half of this year, outfitting of the facilities is in full swing and goes well beyond the singular structures. Providing Soldiers an attractive, well-organized landscape design plays an important role in the sustainability strategies of an installation that aims at being a model for the stewardship of natural resources.

  • Willow poles along Sacramento River help fish, won't harm levees

    Feb 21, 2013

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District project to plant willow poles along 30,000 feet of levees in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems is under way, designed to preserve habitat for threatened fish. The work follows extensive environmental and engineering analysis to ensure that the small, native trees will provide maximum habitat benefit without harming the levees. Planting began Jan. 23, 2013 and is expected to conclude for the year by the end of February. The habitat project is the final step in completing emergency levee repairs the district began in 2007.

  • Oklahoma firefighters burn to learn on Fort Sill

    Feb 21, 2013

    Hundreds of firefighters from across Oklahoma gathered Feb. 15-17 for the third annual Destry Horton Wildland and EMS School. The purpose of the school is to teach firefighters how to safely and effectively put out a wildland fire.

  • Corps Cares: Recycled computers enhance school technology, save money

    Feb 20, 2013

    GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 20, 2013) -- Students from Pearland Independent School District are getting a much-needed technology boost thanks to a donation of 64 computers by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District.

  • Greenhouse

    Feb 20, 2013

    Army Capt. Garrett McAdams helps open Farah Province's first locally built greenhouse.

  • Army Corps of Engineers, other federal agencies release Asian carp environmental DNA study findings

    Feb 20, 2013

    The Corps and other members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee are studying ways to improve the understanding and interpretation of Asian carp environmental DNA results in order to refine this relatively young monitoring tool to make it the most effective at detecting a live invasive silver or bighead carp.

  • Post provides temporary pastures for longhorns

    Feb 15, 2013

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- After three major back-to-back wildfires and drought conditions destroyed about 70 percent of its grazing areas, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge needed to find a place where its longhorns could graze. So its biologists turned to their neighbor Fort Sill.

  • Iowa Army Ammunition Plant embraces renewable energy resources

    Feb 14, 2013

    Iowa Army Ammunition Plant is undertaking a two-phase installation of geothermal and photovoltaic systems at its administration building to help meet the Army Energy Security's mission to "make energy a consideration for all Army activities to reduce demand, increase efficiency, seek alternative sources, and create a culture of energy accountability while sustaining or enhancing operational capabilities."

  • Fort Drum officials launch battery recycling program

    Feb 14, 2013

    A unique Alkaline Battery Recycling Program on Fort Drum, N.Y., may be the first of its kind Army wide.

  • Compost business booming despite budget challenges

    Feb 14, 2013

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord finds innovative ways to advance its environmental programs despite federal spending cuts.

  • More than eye candy, Watervliet's painters add value

    Feb 13, 2013

    In one of the oldest buildings on the Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., which has been an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing center since the War of 1812, resides one of the most important but unsung heroes of Arsenal manufacturing -- the Arsenal's paint operation.

  • Navigating new waters: Army samples ocean floor for underwater munitions project

    Feb 13, 2013

    U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center scientists conducted a sample analysis on board a research vessel for the Hawaii Underwater Military Munitions Assessment project.

  • Army provides public more time to submit comments on programmatic environmental assessment

    Feb 13, 2013

    The public review and comment period for the Programmatic Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur through 2020, originally scheduled to end Feb. 19, 2013, has been extended until, March 21, 2013.

  • Energy audit: IMCOM works with garrison to find ways to conserve

    Feb 12, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Just as individuals play a role in saving energy, organizations also have ways of better using available resources. That's one of the reasons why the Army's Installation Management Command regularly audits installations to see how energy use is monitored, to eliminate inefficiencies and to seek ways to reduce costs.

  • Hidden Treasures at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum

    Feb 12, 2013

    A day at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum is an opportunity to unveil hidden treasures from American history. The RIA Museum is the second oldest U.S. Army Museum according to its website The current RIA museum was the second museum established on Arsenal Island. The current museum opened in 1919, replacing the original museum. It closed during World War II and reopened in its current location in 1948.

  • Army Corps repairs canal bulkhead with innovative project

    Feb 12, 2013

    POINT PLEASANT, NJ -- When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to repair a dam outlet, marine bulkhead or any other infrastructure submerged in the water, it presents an engineering challenge. The added variable can make repairs more difficult, costly and time-consuming. Ongoing repair work along the Point Pleasant Canal has been just that -- a challenge -- but through resourcefulness and innovation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District and its contractor are nearing completion of work.

  • Mississippi Guard Soldiers teach Afghan farmers water, soil management

    Feb 8, 2013

    Twenty-nine Afghans representing the Farmers Cooperative program traveled to Qalat, Feb. 4-5, 2013, for a two-day workshop on water and soil conservation management held by the Zabul Agribusiness Development Team.

  • Measuring Up: CCAD Adopts Advanced Commissioning Technology System

    Feb 8, 2013

    In the wake of a mandate by the government to reduce energy consumption 30% by 2015, CCAD implemented the Advanced Commissioning Technology system. This software is the first of its kind in the DoD environment. Although still in its infancy stage of implementation, the potential of this software is big.

  • Fort Hood conducts 2nd annual Net Zero Waste workshop

    Feb 8, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers, Airmen, civilians and contractors participated in Fort Hood's second annual Net Zero Waste workshop at Club Hood here, Feb. 4, to discuss the installation's progress and new ideas to meet its Net Zero Waste goal: eliminating landfill waste by 2020.

  • Fort Belvoir contributes to Virginia's earning top ranked U.S. Green Building Council ranking

    Feb 8, 2013

    The U.S. Green Building Council released their annual rankings of top states in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings on Jan. 23 and the state of Virginia is 2012's top state. Virginia improved from third to first in 2012 with 170 projects and 29,709,574 square feet of LEED certified space.

  • MotoMan takes an in-depth view of the Army's FED

    Feb 7, 2013

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2013) -- Moto-Man George Notaras, described as an ordinary car guy with extraordinary adventures, and known for his in depth reviews of vehicles reviewed the Fuel Efficient Demonstrator and interviewed the team that designed it here, Tuesday.

  • Several German cities join list of restricted emissions zones

    Feb 7, 2013

    Drivers without emission stickers risk paying hefty penalties

  • Corps of Engineers improving nation's inland waterways

    Feb 7, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to transform its Civil Works Program, improve performance and responsiveness, increase customer satisfaction, and "improve the reliability of the nation's water infrastructure," said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

  • Headwaters reservoirs: Streams, dreams and navigation

    Feb 6, 2013

    The late 1800s were challenging times for people living in the Midwest. Flour millers in the Minneapolis area, as well as boat captains on the Upper Mississippi River, often had difficulties working on the river in the late summer months because the river ran dry.

  • Army partners with industry for vehicle efficiencies

    Feb 6, 2013

    The Army is partnering with the automotive industry and others in an effort to jump-start the development of more energy-saving and high-performance vehicles.

  • Army announces fiscal year 2012 environmental award winners

    Feb 6, 2013

    This year's Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recognize the efforts of Army installations, teams and individuals to sustain and restore the natural and cultural resources found on Army lands throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

  • Jay Leno test drives Army vehicle

    Feb 5, 2013

    Jay Leno's garage is known for some of the most impressive vehicles in the world, and parked inside was the Army Materiel Command's Fuel Efficient Demonstrator, Feb. 4, 2013, in Burbank Calif.

  • New wastewater treatment plant promotes good public health at FOB Shindand

    Feb 4, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction Jan. 31 of a wastewater treatment plant on Forward Operating Base Shindand in Herat province, western Afghanistan.

  • Corps seeks comments on documents

    Feb 1, 2013

    The Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District is seeking public comments through March 3 on a proposed plan and environmental assessment related to a flood risk reduction project on Jordan Creek in Springfield, Mo.

  • How the Corps and company combat carp

    Feb 1, 2013

    In this video, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Jim Schreiner discusses the broad inter-agency partnership and strategy aimed at combating aquatic nuisance species, such as Asian carp, to include operating the electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and conducting the Great lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study that examines controls that could be applied to prevent ANS transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic pathways.

  • Corps Debris, Dive Teams Remove Sunken Ship, Keep Noyo Harbor Open

    Feb 1, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, Calif. -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scuba divers and debris deck hands from the San Francisco District worked in tandem Jan. 25 to remove a 50-foot, 15 ton sunken ship stranded across half of the Noyo River impeding travel in the federal channel for fishing vessels, recreational boaters and U.S. Coast Guard ships navigating into the harbor.

  • Del Din goes for LEED Gold Certification

    Jan 31, 2013

    Achieving Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification doesn't seem to be good enough for the new Del Din base slated to be fully operational in June. The $308 million, design-build MILCON project awarded in March 2008 has a contractual requirement to achieve Silver LEED certification as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). However, because of the team's efforts and a firm commitment to aim higher, a Gold LEED rating now appears within reach without costing the Army another dime.

  • Kandahar University to be national 'model' in renewable energy

    Jan 29, 2013

    Kandahar University, located in western Kandahar City, received 36 pallets of solar panels from a private U.S. company Jan. 8, marking an important day for energy independence in the Kandahar region. The panels, worth nearly $1 million, were donated by First Solar of Arizona and will provide enough electricity to fully support the campus.

  • New water pumps at Yongsan, South Korea save money

    Jan 24, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea, took a big step forward to save tax payers' dollars by replacing deteriorated in-line pumps at the well water intake station to brand new efficient pump. The garrison expects to save over $1.3 million by not purchasing City Water.

  • Testing for radon recommended for healthy living

    Jan 23, 2013

    Learn how to protect your family from high radon levels during National Radon Action Month.

  • The Army Moves Toward Renewable Energy Goal for 2025

    Jan 23, 2013

    The Army's goal to deploy 1 gigawatt of renewable energy projects by 2025 will help ensure that Army installations achieve high levels of energy security in the event of conventional grid outages.

  • Corps of Engineers completes Army's largest solar array installation

    Jan 22, 2013

    The largest solar power system in the U.S. Army is coming online at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and officials gathered, Jan. 16, 2013, to mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Cleanup, remediation contract management shifts to MICC

    Jan 22, 2013

    Officials here are undertaking administration and oversight responsibilities for one of the largest contracts in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command following award Jan. 10 of the first task order for environmental remediation.

  • Top Army environment official visits Fort Huachuca, tours net-zero school

    Jan 18, 2013

    Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Jan. 15, 2013, to gather information regarding the SunZia power lines that will span across Fort Huachuca, Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Army releases programmatic environmental assessment - Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment

    Jan 18, 2013

    The Department of the Army has completed a final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020. Public comment period is open until Feb. 19.

  • New director to head base environmental management

    Jan 18, 2013

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall welcomed a new lead environmental specialist Dec. 3 when Richard P. LaFreniere took over as director of the Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM).

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

    Jan 18, 2013

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (Jan. 18, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, completed a beach renourishment project on South Padre Island using beach-quality sand harvested from a local dredging project.

  • White Sands home to Army's largest solar power system

    Jan 17, 2013

    The U.S. Army dedicated its largest solar photovoltaic system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Jan. 16, 2013, in a ceremony led by Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, White Sands commander, joined by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

  • Top recyclers receive glitzy gold award

    Jan 17, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 17, 2013) -- The winners of a 2012 post-wide recycling contest were recognized Monday during a brief ceremony attended by U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee Commander Col. Rodney D. Edge, Command Sgt. Maj. Sheila R. Nelson, garrison CSM, and other important guests.

  • Fort Rucker helps make recycling easy, accessible

    Jan 17, 2013

    With the arrival of the new year, some people think about making new, healthy habits, and Fort Rucker is helping people make one good change by continuing to make on-post recycling accessible and easy.

  • 1,200 Christmas trees find new home in Thurmond Lake

    Jan 17, 2013

    Clarks Hill, S.C. -- As part of the annual Christmas tree recycling program, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collected 1,200 trees this year from communities surrounding J. Strom Thurmond Lake.

  • Turning trash into treasure is pleasure for latest Net Zero Hero

    Jan 16, 2013

    What happens when a savvy crafter sees a beautiful item she doesn't want to live without? She runs with the idea, of course, and in the process earns herself the title of Fort Polk Net Zero Hero.

  • Savannah Corps launches new and improved platform for water management information

    Jan 15, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District recently launched a new and improved online platform for discussing water management, drought and other topics affecting the Savannah River Basin.

  • Federal, state partners celebrate completion of key component in Everglades restoration

    Jan 11, 2013

    Federal and state partners celebrated the completion of a key component in improving freshwater deliveries to the southern end of the Everglades ecosystem Jan. 11, 2013, in Homestead, Fla., at the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project Dedication Ceremony.

  • West Point enters 2013 RecycleMania tourney

    Jan 10, 2013

    For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Military Academy has joined the RecycleMania tournament and is ready to out-recycle more than 600 other colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.

  • Fort Jackson to recognize 'Sustainable Soldiers'

    Jan 10, 2013

    Fort Jackson is committed to sustaining the environment for current and future generations. In order to recognize those Soldiers and civilians who make an effort to be "green" and exemplify the installation's sustainability policy, Fort Jackson's Sustainability Management System is launching its "Sustainable Soldier" campaign.

  • Fort Lee facility earns environmental design award

    Jan 10, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 10, 2013) -- Another Fort Lee facility has earned a coveted gold rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

  • GHS to bring changes to labeling, classification of hazardous chemicals

    Jan 9, 2013

    Soldiers and civilians who handle hazardous chemicals as part of their job will soon begin training for changes coming to the labeling and classification of chemicals in the workplace.

  • Picatinny recycles artillery shells to create cheaper, safer, more realistic training rounds

    Jan 8, 2013

    Picatinny Arsenal munitions experts have developed a process to recycle a family of old artillery shells to create less expensive, more realistic and safer training rounds for Soldiers, giving new meaning to the slogan "renew, reuse, recycle."

  • Holston Army Ammunition Plant Continues Environmental Excellence

    Jan 7, 2013

    Between mountains and munitions, Holston Army Ammunition Plant endeavors to coexist in a diverse natural environment.

  • Ancient aqueducts receive cleaning

    Jan 5, 2013

    Subterranean aqueducts, or karez in Persian, have provided rural Afghan villages with water for centuries in a land perpetually challenged with poor resources. In many places throughout the war torn country, however, karez have fallen into disrepair. The Mississippi National Guard Agricultural Development Team is working in Zabul province, Afghanistan to help villagers repair the problems caused by years of neglect.

  • 'Lights Out' for energy savings at Natick

    Jan 3, 2013

    Something as simple as turning off office lights, office equipment, and hallway and bathroom lights not in use could save lots of energy and money.

  • U.S. to improve electric grid in Kandahar Province

    Dec 29, 2012

    Electricity is a scarce resource in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, but should become less so for Kandahar government district centers and businesses when four separate projects, designed to improve electricity distribution in key areas of the city, are completed by winter 2013.

  • Chicago District "weathers" recent storm events

    Dec 26, 2012

    A look at Hurricane Sandy and drought impacts to district navigation infrastructure.

  • Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    Dec 25, 2012

    A 22-year-old village contractor, Shafiqullah, plans to expand an innovative hydroelectric power plant system that has created electricity in the remote village of Kawri, Uruzgan, for several years.

  • Corps to recycle Christmas trees for fish cover

    Dec 21, 2012

    Christmas trees don't have to go to the trash after Christmas. In fact, all those trees on display in homes and businesses across the area can be put to good use. After the holidays, complete your gift giving by donating your tree to the fish in Greers Ferry Lake.

  • Army on target to meet energy-saving goals

    Dec 20, 2012

    On Dec. 2, 2011, President Barack Obama directed all federal agencies to make at least $2 billion worth of energy-efficiency upgrades over the next two years -- at no up-front cost to the taxpayer. The Army has taken on the president's challenge and already invested $208.8 million of its $384-million goal in energy-saving initiatives since December 2011.

  • Army labs join forces for healthier smokes

    Dec 20, 2012

    Soldiers know the value of smoke grenades in various scenarios, yet the grenades contained potentially harmful chemicals. Now, the Army is working to produce pyrotechnic smoke grenades that are not only safer but also as effective as earlier grenades.

  • Corps of Engineers to remove rock from Mississippi River channel

    Dec 18, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced, Dec. 14, 2012, the schedule for removing rock formations in the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., that pose a threat to navigation as water levels on the river drop.

  • Corps' officials meet with Illinois leaders to discuss low water operations

    Dec 18, 2012

  • First electric car arrives on Pine Bluff Arsenal

    Dec 17, 2012

    Pine Bluff Arsenal's (Ark.) Directorate of Logistics recently received a 2013 Chevrolet Volt into its inventory of motor pool vehicles.

  • Corps of Engineers releases additional water from lake to aid Mississippi River traffic

    Dec 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District began increasing releases from Carlyle Lake, Ill., Dec. 15, 2012, in support of safe navigation on the Mississippi River.

  • Taking time off work? Turn down heating during holidays

    Dec 14, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Of the $4 million the garrison spends on energy bills each year, over half of this usage is derived from natural gas consumption.

  • Army leaders probe 'deep future'

    Dec 14, 2012

    Trying to anticipate what the world might be like in 2030 would seem to be in the realm of science fiction writers. But the Army is interested too, and thinks it is important for planning purposes to know where it will be in 2030 and beyond -- dates it terms the "deep future."

  • Ecosystem vision fulfilled by Army Corps

    Dec 14, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is completing an ecosystem restoration project in Soundview Park, Bronx, New York. Residents are pleased that the project is improving the park's ecosystem for wildlife and providing a pleasing and safe place for residents to visit.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground organizations establish STEM agreement with Harford schools

    Dec 14, 2012

    Eight major Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., tenant organizations agreed to a partnership, Dec. 14, 2012, with Harford County Public Schools to expand educational outreach efforts in science, technology, engineering and math, commonly known as STEM.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $8.87 million contract to dredge Matagorda Ship Channel

    Dec 14, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 14, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract to Orion Marine Construction Inc. in the amount of $8,876,000 for maintenance dredging of the Matagorda Ship Channel to include a critically shoaled area of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near the entrance channel in Matagorda County, Texas.

  • 'BigBelly' devours waste at Natick

    Dec 13, 2012

    When it comes to devouring waste, the Natick Soldier Systems Center has found a hungry helper in the BigBelly Solar Intelligent Waste and Recycling Collection System.

  • USACE Galveston District proposes adjusting operations at Brazos River Floodgates

    Dec 13, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 14, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is proposing to adjust operations at the Brazos River Floodgates and Colorado River Locks following a reduction in the Corps' nationwide inland navigation budget for fiscal year 2013 and is seeking public comment.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers Rescue Endangered Green Sea Turtle

    Dec 13, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Monday's scheduled physical training session was already memorable for members of the 643rd Company, 84th Engineering Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade. For exercise, they were kayaking on the North Shore, from Haleiwa along Anahulu River.

  • Bavaria Military Community innovates energy consumption

    Dec 12, 2012

    Smart meters provide real-time data on buildings' energy usage and allow garrison officials to increase efficiency.

  • U.S., Romanian Soldier team up to rescue Afghan honey bees

    Dec 12, 2012

    When the Mescal Detachment of Agricultural Development Team 4 from Mississippi arrived in Afghanistan, they didn't know they were inheriting beehives from the outgoing Agricultural Development Team, but they found out pretty quickly and they were just in time.