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  • Melting Arctic ice will present new challenges

    Oct 25, 2012

    With ice melting in the Arctic Ocean, which is bordered by countries including Canada, Russia and the United States, more sea-faring traffic will appear there and more nations with economic interest in the region will arrive to exploit the resources there, said a panel of security experts during a forum, Oct. 24, 2012.

  • Conservation of resources protects wildlife, ability to train

    Oct 25, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- There are several species of animals including the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly, Mazama pocket gopher and the streaked horned lark that could soon be put on the endangered species list. What they all have in common is that they call Joint Base Lewis-McChord home. With proper resource management, habitat protection and restoration, being put on the list doesn't have to be the case. Through the efforts of several programs, JBLM manages its natural resources and protects training grounds for current and future use.

  • Coyotes share APG with humans

    Oct 24, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - If you've caught a glimpse of an animal that made you think, "that's the biggest fox I've ever seen!", you've probably noticed one of the newer members of APG's wildlife population, the eastern coyote.

  • It's that time of year, watch out for deer on APG

    Oct 24, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground has a huge deer population for its area. Because of this we average approximately 28 automobile/deer collisions a year. Most people do not pay much attention to the deer crossing warning signs on the side of the road, but statistics say they should. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto deer collisions are responsible for around 150 deaths each year. Not only that, they also cause over $1 billion in property damage. With adult deer averaging 250 pounds, the potential for disaster to drivers should come as no surprise. In 2011, there were 14,690 deer-vehicle collisions in Maryland, with 379 in Harford County. And with more than 30 million deer currently in the United States - 280,000 in Maryland -- those numbers are sure to rise. Despite efforts to minimize accidents, an ever increasing deer population means drivers and animals will remain at risk for the foreseeable future. With so many new personnel on the installation and more to come it's time to talk about the deer population once again.

  • APG hunters fill the woods in 2012

    Oct 24, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - For many at APG the transition from the summer to fall season is marked by brisk morning air, tree leaves that mimic brilliant sunsets, and the afternoon chatter of children making their way home from school.

  • SMA: Soldiers must help with energy conservation

    Oct 24, 2012

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III said he believes the Army has drifted away from educating Soldiers about energy conservation.

  • Environmental science: Students focus on ways to save energy, resources

    Oct 23, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - With the world's resources dwindling at an ever faster rate and energy costs consistently rising, future planners are realizing that long-term sustainability demands creative solutions. That means including all aspects of energy use, waste disposal and alternative energy construction considerations when first approaching projects. But encouraging everyone to play a role in long-term sustainability also means changing the way many people live their daily lives.

  • Licensed to dumpster dive: Recycling changes coming to Wiesbaden

    Oct 23, 2012

    Big recycling changes are coming to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden in Germany, and if the preliminary results of a Dumpster diving expedition are any indication, garrison residents are well on their way to being ready.

  • UAHuntsville and community engage local girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

    Oct 23, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- "HOOAH!" the girls exclaimed as Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion concluded her remarks kicking off the fourth annual Girls' Science & Engineering Day held at UAHuntsville Oct. 20.

  • Recycling separates the good from the bad

    Oct 22, 2012

    Sure, you recycle. But are you doing it correctly? Local experts provide answers for distinguishing between recyclables and restmuell.

  • Army launches smart Operational Energy use campaign, identifies 10 initiatives

    Oct 22, 2012

    The Army launched "The Power is In Your Hands" campaign Oct. 23, 2012, to encourage Soldiers to use energy smarter on the battlefield.

  • Army team destroys old chemical munitions

    Oct 22, 2012

    DOVER, Del. -- On the outskirts of a busy runway at Dover Air Force Base, a quiet, nondescript mobile operating center is nestled into an open field, not at all disturbed by the whirring engines overhead. The only indicator of life inside the fenced-in camp is a row of cars parked outside the gates and concrete barricades. Then there it is -- a flash of brightness.

  • Port's dredged materials management method keeps economy afloat

    Oct 19, 2012

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

  • 8th TSC preserves equipment with corrosion prevention

    Oct 19, 2012

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii-- Hawaii is considered a level-four corrosive zone, which is the worst on Earth. For this reason, corrosion prevention training is a high priority for the Army and its units here in Oahu.

  • S.C. history is hiding in Fort Jackson's shadier areas

    Oct 18, 2012

    Bits of broken glass and ceramics lay among the leaves and underbrush. This is a part of Fort Jackson few ever see, thickly wooded and secluded from the many training areas scattered about the post.

  • Program helps increase population of endangered birds

    Oct 18, 2012

    Autumn means many things to many people -- football season, changing leaf color, the state fair and cooler temperatures. But to biologists in the Directorate of Public Works Wildlife Branch, autumn has a special meaning -- red-cockaded woodpecker translocation time has arrived.

  • Energy Action Month promotes strategies for environmental well-being

    Oct 18, 2012

    Fort Meade's Directorate of Public Works is using October's designation as Energy Action Month as an opportunity to educate the installation community about ways to conserve energy.

  • Expo educates children, adults

    Oct 18, 2012

    The future of energy use and fuel consumption is ever changing, and Fort Rucker aims to be at the forefront when it comes to implementing and educating people on the installation on going green.

  • Army engineers develop chargers for phones, laptops in combat

    Oct 18, 2012

    A team of U.S. Army engineers are developing new battery chargers for smartphones, tablet computers and laptops for deployed Soldiers without access to a traditional electrical grid. They have engineered and built prototypes for 8-port, 4-port, and 2-port USB chargers, as well as an AC/USB adaptor -- all of which use a military standard battery such as the BB-2590 as the main power source.

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

    Oct 18, 2012

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

  • Projects boost energy efforts, save money

    Oct 18, 2012

    Energy conservation is being tackled one bulb at a time through lighting initiatives promoted by the Directorate of Public Works and the installation's operations and maintenance contractor, Fort Carson Support Services.

  • New ARL thermoelectric technology, approaches to reclaim wasted energy

    Oct 17, 2012

    U.S. Army Laboratory researchers are scavenging heat that pours from major weapon system engines or tailpipes and turning it into electrical power, and if their experiments prove applicable across multiple military platforms, ground and air vehicles could get built smaller, weigh less and potentially save billions in fuel costs.

  • Building an energy sustainable Corps

    Oct 12, 2012

    In the 80s "Reuse, Renew, Recycle" was the way ahead for conquering the earth's energy and pollution problems. Today, energy and environmental sustainability has become so much more vast and complicated, that those three verbs don't cut it anymore.

  • Texas Coastal Study: Corps to partner with state, federal agencies to protect, restore coast

    Oct 12, 2012

    From the natural beaches of Sabine Pass near Port Arthur to the rich diversity of bird and marine wildlife along the Laguna Madre near Port Isabel, the sweep of the Texas coast contains varied and fragile ecosystems juxtaposed with highly industrialized areas that host a national economic powerhouse. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, through its Galveston District, is involved in virtually every mile of the 367-mile coastline, and plays an integral role in both the preservation of Nature's treasures that are a living part of the Texas coastal region as well as serving and preserving the industries that fuel commerce and power our nation.

  • Radiation threat training prepares chemical unit to support 32 countries

    Oct 11, 2012

    Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. -- When the locals started complaining of nausea, vomiting and skin rashes, members of the 371st Chemical Company from Greenwood, S.C., immediately responded to what sounded like a possible radiation threat in the village. Radiation poisoning is extremely serious, so it was lucky for the villagers that the threat was only part of the 371st's mobilization training scenario.

  • Energy Expo seeks to help save people, post money

    Oct 9, 2012

    This year's Energy Expo at Fort Rucker, Ala., returns for a second time to educate people on ways to be more energy efficient, not only on post, but in their daily lives.

  • Secretary of Defense tours RDECOM contributions to energy security

    Oct 9, 2012

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta learned about the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's contributions to national energy security during a tour of exhibits at the Pentagon, Oct. 4, 2012.

  • Signing event renews USAEC Adopt-A-School partnership

    Oct 9, 2012

    In an event presided over by FSHES Principal Tonya Hyde, Dr. Gail Siller, Superintendent of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District joined USAEC Commander, Col. Mark A. Lee in signing a special poster-sized agreement featuring photos of past Adopt-a-School activities. With the signing, USAEC volunteers agreed to continue sharing knowledge of the environmental sciences, professional career paths and a genuine love of lifelong discovery with FSHES students and faculty.

  • Afghanistan Engineer District-South builds strong in 2012

    Oct 6, 2012

    Nearly $715 million has been paid by the Afghanistan Engineer District-South for work contractors have completed on projects aimed at helping Afghans develop the stability and security of their nation. Projects ran the gamut from design and construction of university buildings, a hospital, and new facilities for Afghan National Security Forces, to repairs on roads and bridges that promote freedom of movement.

  • Fort Lee archaeology facility to share history, artifacts with public

    Oct 4, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 4, 2012) -- Borrow an archaeologist's eyes, and you'll see a different Fort Lee.

  • Combat effectiveness focus of Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 4, 2012

    Improved energy efficiency ties directly to mission success, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment.

  • Operational energy forum increases awareness, promotes flexibility and resilience

    Oct 4, 2012

    Commanders and command sergeants major from throughout U.S. Army Forces Command heard about operational energy from an expert on the subject during the U.S. Army Forces Command Commander's Forum held at Marshall Hall Tuesday.

  • Army successfully demonstrates tactical operations smart grid

    Oct 3, 2012

    The U.S. Army demonstrated a proof of concept for a smart grid that could support tactical operations, this summer at its integrated capabilities testbed at Fort Dix, N.J.

  • October is Army Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 3, 2012

    October is Energy Awareness Month!

  • Gimlet Soldiers give back to the Big Island and veterans

    Oct 3, 2012

    POEHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii--Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 21st Infantry (Gimlets) continued the work of their predecessors when they spent Saturday morning Sept. 29 planting Native Hawaiian trees and shrubs at the West Hawaii Veteran's Cemetery on Hawaii Island.

  • Army's Assistant Secretary for Energy matters visits Puerto Rico

    Oct 2, 2012

    Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico- The Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, toured Army energy saving projects in Puerto Rico, Sept. 28.

  • Corps' Contractor Receives Rich G. Levad Award

    Oct 2, 2012

    Duane Nelson, a Corps' contractor at John Martin Dam and Reservoir, received the Rich G. Levad Award Aug. 25 from members of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory near Barr Lake, Colo. The purpose of the award is to recognize the efforts of individuals who have provided distinguished service, made scholarly contributions, or have shown great enthusiasm regarding bird and habitat conservation throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

  • District Cleans Up Weapons Disposal Site at Kirtland

    Oct 2, 2012

    The Air Force identifies old or unneeded munitions, small arms and UXO that need disposed of at sites like the 165-acre Open Burn and Open Detonation site on Kirtland Air Force Base, created in the 1950s. In 2010, when the Air Force decided to close the site, initiating a mandatory cleanup required by regulation, they turned to the Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Curbing base camps' appetites for fuel, water

    Oct 1, 2012

    A 450-person Force Provider base camp was established at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to demonstrate energy- and water-saving technologies.

  • Hunting: The adventure, and the risk

    Oct 1, 2012

    Hunters who bag a buck, a bird or nothing at all still agree it's great just to be outdoors.

  • Knox extends long energy arm

    Oct 1, 2012

    Practices from the award-winning energy conservation program at Fort Knox have been duplicated in Afghanistan and are expected to save millions of dollars in energy costs.

  • Residents reminded of Mountain Lion presence

    Sep 28, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Recent mountain lion sightings serve as a reminder to local residents to remain vigilant in keeping an eye on pets. Why are there mountain lions in the area?

  • Pollution prevention week at Fort Bragg emphasizes safe chemical use

    Sep 28, 2012

    National Pollution Prevention Week is Sept. 17 through 23. This year, the observance emphasizes "Safer Chemicals for a Safer World." Why are chemicals a cause for concern? Within 26 seconds of a person's exposure to chemicals, traces of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body. Consequences of prolonged exposure to and bioaccumulation of chemicals range from skin irritation to cancer and from allergic reactions to neurological disorders.

  • Corps of Engineers project pulls out World War II fuel storage tanks

    Sep 28, 2012

    Under the Formerly Used Defense Site program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District is removing five of six welded steel underground storage tanks in Monaca, Pa., that could store 1.74 million gallons of fuel each.

  • Fort Steward receives 2012 GreenGov Presidential Award

    Sep 27, 2012

    Members of the Fort Stewart, GA Environmental Division were presented with the GreenGov 2012 "Building the Future Award," one of seven GreenGov Presidential awards.

  • 'Net Zero' water experts meet to discuss pilot program

    Sep 24, 2012

    Army installations are working on ways to conserve water, from pipe-leak-detection systems, to the use of drought-resistant grasses on post golf courses.

  • Powering the future of IMCOM Europe

    Sep 21, 2012

    Installation Management Command Europe garrisons consume 5,263,221 kilowatt-hours of energy each day; roughly enough to power Yankee Stadium five times. Staggering statistics, have led top Department of Defense leaders to seek out secure, uninterrupted access to power, energy and water to improve military installation security and conserve natural resources.

  • Engineers volunteer to keep it clean at Kaena Point

    Sep 20, 2012

    For Soldiers of the 84th Engineer Battalion, a recent morning at Kaena Point State Park along North Shore, Hawaii, was more than a day at the beach.

  • Corps of Engineers waives day-use fees Sept. 29

    Sep 18, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day-use fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, 2012.

  • Fort Bragg's Marshall Hall earns energy efficiency, LEED Gold, certification

    Sep 18, 2012

    Marshall Hall, the 631,000 sq. ft. headquarters for U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., becomes a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "Gold" certified facility.

  • Army committed to national academic excellence

    Sep 18, 2012

    The dedication of the new Seitz Elementary School took place Sept. 14, 2012, at Fort Riley, Kan., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the new building as a tribute to retired Lt. Gen Richard Seitz, from Junction City.

  • Don't forget the house when preparing for winter

    Sep 17, 2012

    Cold weather is on the horizon, and as members of the Army Family begin their preparations for winter, officials want them to pay special attention to one area in particular - their homes.

  • USACE volunteers reveal something beautiful during annual California Coastal Cleanup

    Sep 17, 2012

    More than 60 San Francisco District employees, family and friends were part of the solution to marine pollution September 15 during California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup effort. The Raccoon, one of the district's debris collection vessels, ferried volunteers to Angel Island where volunteers collected all manner of trash and recyclable material.

  • Tobyhanna installs leak detection system, receives federal award

    Sep 13, 2012

    Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa., has employed a high-tech solution to an age old problem -- leaky pipes -- which exceeded expectations and earned the installation the 2012 Federal Energy and Water Management Award (Project Category).

  • Corps of Engineers waives day-use fees on National Public Lands Day

    Sep 13, 2012

    The Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees at more than 2,400 Corps-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, 2012.

  • Hammack observes Ansbach's lean, green conservation machine

    Sep 13, 2012

    Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited Ansbach, Germany, Sept. 12-13, 2012, to see energy-saving measures at work. Ansbach is the command headquarters for the Army garrisons Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt, informally known as the Franconian Military Community.

  • Army garrison launches renewable energy project

    Sep 13, 2012

    Energy from new photovoltaic panels atop warehouses at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, Germany, will soon provide enough energy for 500 homes and save roughly $50,000 annually.

  • Hammack sees energy initiatives in Italy

    Sep 13, 2012

    Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack visited Vicenza, Italy, Sept. 14, 2012, as her final stop on a 10-day tour of U.S. Army installations in Germany and Italy.

  • Explosive waste incinerator at Picatinny reduces need for open burning

    Sep 12, 2012

    By virtue of its mission, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., generates energetic waste during the course of the research and development of military munitions. Over the decades, arsenal employees have adapted to evolving technologies and environmental regulations to provide the most efficient and safest methods for demilitarizing energetic material.

  • New York Army National Guard Engineers Restore Historic Hudson Highlands Fire Tower

    Sep 12, 2012

    BEACON, NY-- Trekking up the 1600 feet of rugged, unforgiving terrain of Mount Beacon, "citizen Soldiers" assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 1156th Engineer Company spent two weeks sharpening their skills as well as learning new ones refurbishing the fire observation tower located at its summit. "The project request started out as a complete overhaul for the tower to include painting, adjusting handrail heights, adding fencing, and rebuilding the cabin atop the tower," said Cpt. Daniel L. Colomb, commander of the 1156th Engineer Company. "We are basically trying to make it safer," said Spc. Osse Jean-Pierre, a carpenter assigned to the 1156th who also performs part-time general maintenance in his civilian job. "We replaced some rails, changed all the top panels, and painted it so it won't rust."

  • Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards - Call for Nominations

    Sep 12, 2012

    The 2012 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award program guidance and "call for nominations," has been published.

  • Energy experts gather in Heidelberg

    Sep 11, 2012

    The Installation Management Command Europe hosted an energy symposium for garrison leaders, energy managers and German civilian energy experts at Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany, Sept. 11, 2012.

  • USACE Galveston suspends lock operations at Wallisville Saltwater Barrier due to continued drought

    Sep 11, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District's Wallisville Lake Project suspended lock operations today at the Saltwater Barrier Navigation Lock.

  • Scheduled tree work may impact traffic

    Sep 9, 2012

    The Directorate of Public Works and Melwood will be removing structurally unsound trees and limbs this week to improve Fort Meade. The work, which is scheduled on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., may cause temporary lane closures and delays.

  • Wash racks recycle thousands of gallons of water

    Sep 7, 2012

    401st Army Field Support Brigade personnel using five self-contained wash racks at AFSBn-Kandahar have been washing vehicles nearly around the clock since March 30 and are saving thousands of gallons of water daily.

  • Garrison hosts Army environment leader

    Sep 7, 2012

    STUTTGART, Germany -- The Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited Stuttgart Sept. 7 as part of a Europe-wide trip to learn about energy and cost-saving initiatives across the theater.

  • Grafenwoehr's Net Zero program eliminates landfill, creates clean energy

    Sep 7, 2012

    Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany, Sept. 7, 2012, to assess the garrison's progress with energy initiatives and Net Zero.

  • Assistant Secretary visits U.S. Army installations in Europe

    Sep 7, 2012

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, the Honorable Katherine Hammack, is touring U.S. Army installations in Germany and Italy.

  • Saving energy, money by consolidating, divesting and investing

    Sep 6, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Transformation in U.S. Army Europe has provided planners with the unique opportunity to accomplish three goals while helping protect the environment and providing for a sustainable future. That has meant consolidating, divesting and investing, according to Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander.

  • Assistant secretary visits first U.S. LEED Silver facility in Germany

    Sep 6, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- The assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment visited the Gen. Shalikashvili Mission Command Center Sept. 6 to kick off a nine-day tour of U.S. Army facilities in Germany and Italy.

  • USACE Galveston District assists in the Texas Gulf Coast restoration initiative

    Sep 5, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 5, 2012) -- The Texas Gulf Coast is a national treasure from both an economic and environmental standpoint. Attracting millions of tourists to the coastline annually, the Texas Gulf Coast also serves as an important hub for fishing, provides habitat for millions of migratory birds and is home to four of the top 10 ports in the nation, which generates 19 percent of the nation's waterborne commerce, creates millions of jobs and pumps billions of dollars each year into the nation's economy.

  • DLNR and Corps of Engineers sign agreement to kick-off West Maui "Ridge To Reef" initiative

    Sep 4, 2012

    The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District (Corps) signed a $3 million cost-share agreement today to develop a watershed plan to support the West Maui "Ridge to Reef" Initiative. The Initiative is one of the first efforts in the state to implement a comprehensive management strategy to address impacts to coral reefs across multiple watersheds. The watershed plan will be funded 75-percent by the Corps and 25-percent by DLNR.

  • US Army shows Korean ally how it preserves land

    Sep 3, 2012

    A group of South Korean troops were guests of the U.S. Army in Area I recently for an on-post tour that showed them how the Army helps preserve Korea's environment. It included a look at how Area I "grows" dirt on a land farm.

  • Military experts focus on environment, warfighter

    Aug 31, 2012

  • Corps of Engineers St. Paul District uses technology to learn about

    Aug 30, 2012

    As Asian carp continue to dominate news headlines across the Upper Mississippi River, St. Paul District scientists recently received some new technology to assist them in researching fish on the river.

  • Solar projects save money, conserve energy

    Aug 30, 2012

    The Fort Meade Directorate of Public Works' energy group has applied for funding to install high-efficiency, solid-state lighting on the outside walls of garrison buildings.

  • Environmental Assessment for new BGE substation

    Aug 30, 2012

    The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment in cooperation with Fort Meade for an easement for the construction of a new electrical substation, overhead to underground transition station and associated transmission line duct-bank connections.

  • Natick lets sun shine in warehouse with solar light pipe system

    Aug 28, 2012

    Consider it the difference between night and day. At least that's the way environmental engineer Rich Valcourt looks at the new solar light pipe system that was installed recently in a warehouse at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass.

  • Seeds of hope: JBLM inmates grow a new start with horticulture program

    Aug 28, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Hidden away in a wood line of evergreens, behind a maze of 12-foot-high security fences with razor wire tops, where few might expect to find any good, lies a garden chocked full of life and color. The men who tend to it -- Soldier prisoners under incarceration for violating military law -- take deep pride in raising quality fruits and vegetables from its soil.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $2.6 million contract to dredge Matagorda and Freeport Channel

    Aug 27, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 27, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract to Weeks Marine Inc., in the amount of $2,635,000 for maintenance dredging of the Matagorda Ship Channel Entrance Channel and Freeport Harbor Entrance Channel.

  • DoD officials monitor West Nile virus increase in mosquitoes

    Aug 24, 2012

    Mosquitos mean West Nile virus

  • Energy IQ tested with IPC contest

    Aug 24, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Generating awareness about energy conservation is one way Island Palm Communities, or IPC, can help U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii reduce energy consumption among families living on post.

  • New solar array does heavy lifting at Presidio fitness center

    Aug 24, 2012

    Solar power has come to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., with the completion of a 370 kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof of Price Fitness Center this past spring.

  • Tujunga Wash now open to public

    Aug 23, 2012

    Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and Los Angeles County cut the ribbon opening the Tujunga Wash Ecosystem Restoration Project in Valley Glen, Calif., to the public Aug. 15.

  • Public Health Command examines air in Southwest Asia

    Aug 23, 2012

    Air, and the potential health effects from breathing it, may be the environmental health question of most interest to emerge from the last 10 years of operations in U.S. Central Command. With partners in the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, other government agencies and academic institutions, U.S. Army Public Health Command has been involved since the first Gulf War in characterizing the air in Southwest Asia.

  • Reuse Center celebrates customers

    Aug 22, 2012

    Did you know the materials donated to the Fort Jackson Reuse Center not only reduce waste and improve the environment, but also save customers tens of thousands of dollars every year?

  • UXOs: A potential hidden hazard

    Aug 21, 2012

    FORT A.P. Hill, Va. -- Late winter and spring rains have returned a healthy green to parts of Fort A.P. Hill that were charred by last year's wildfires. This new growth, knee high in spots up, can obscure unexploded ordnance on the ground or partially buried on Fort A.P. Hill range lands. This makes it all the more imperative to steer clear of this potential hazard.

  • Corps' Dredge Goetz keeps Upper Mississippi River open for navigation

    Aug 21, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Dredge Goetz is working hard this summer keeping the river open to navigation. The dredge crew recently finished removing dredged material from a temporary storage site near Reads Landing, Minn.

  • Ribbon cut on Platinum LEED Certified Housing on Dugway

    Aug 18, 2012

    Ribbon cut on Platinum LEED Certified Housing on Dugway

  • Army leaders break ground on $9.6 million solar power project

    Aug 18, 2012

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, toured Tooele Army Depot, Utah, broke ground on the $9.6 million solar power renewable energy project, and talked with media Aug. 17, 2012.

  • West Point cadets waste no time studying waste-to-energy project

    Aug 17, 2012

    No one wants to waste a summer, particularly U.S. Military Academy cadets, who know all about making the most of their time. Ironically, a pair of West Pointers recently came to the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to take part in a project that will study how to turn waste into energy on base camps.

  • Corps signs cooperative agreement with non-profit group for Thurmond Lake campground operations

    Aug 17, 2012

    SAVANNAH, Ga.-- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District has signed a cooperative agreement with Outdoor Recreation and Outreach Inc. (OR&O) for the daily operations of five campgrounds at J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake in Clarks Hill, S.C.

  • Work crews reach million-hour safety milestone at Wolf Creek Dam

    Aug 17, 2012

    JAMESTOWN, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2012) -- Construction crews at the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project reached a lofty safety milestone today when the men and women installing a concrete barrier wall deep into the dam's embankment reached 550 days and one million work-hours on the job without a lost-time accident.

  • Corps of Engineers geology, geotech experts explore subsurface technology

    Aug 17, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District hosted 82 engineers, geologists, drillers, and other professionals from locations across USACE for the Joint Conference of the Geology and Geotechnical Communities of Practice, Aug. 14 - 16, 2012.

  • IPC announces new utilities customer service site

    Aug 17, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Starting Aug. 20, Island Palm Communities residents can access daily energy consumption data for the resident utilities program at a new website:

  • Corps' biologists use technology in fight against invasive species

    Aug 17, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues to work with other federal, state and local government agencies in an attempt to better understand invasive species such as Asian carp. St. Paul District fish biologists recently began using technology to monitor fish around locks and dams and they hope to gain a better understanding of how fish behave around these structures.

  • Senior Army officials break ground for Tooele Stirling solar power project

    Aug 17, 2012

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Tooele Army Depot today to help break ground on the $9.6 million solar power renewable energy project that will help the Utah depot produce its own power.

  • New eco-friendly campus to provide world-class care to wounded warriors

    Aug 16, 2012

    Construction is underway on a new Warrior in Transition Campus at Fort Eustis, Va., which will greatly improve the recuperative process for wounded warriors assigned to the post's Warrior Transition Unit.

  • $31.5 million RCI privatized housing project provides tornado safe rooms, more space for families

    Aug 16, 2012

    Fort Leonard Wood officials anticipate a November ribbon cutting for delivery of up to 20 homes to replace those destroyed in the EF-3 tornado that struck the installation New Year's Eve day 2010. This will represent the first phase of a multiphased project which is expected to be completed by May 2013. At the end of the project, a total of 160 new duplex homes are scheduled to be constructed. One of the significant features of the new homes is that each unit will have a tornado safe room.

  • Parking changes protect live oaks

    Aug 16, 2012

    In an effort to protect the trees lining one of Fort Jackson's main roads, some motorists will have to change their parking habits.