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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division

What is it?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region Division marks four years of executing reconstruction projects in Iraq today. Headquartered in Baghdad, the USACE team, comprising Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, Corps and other federal government civilians, contractors and Iraqi associates, provides engineering, program and project management, and logistical services in support of civil and military construction throughout Iraq.

What has the Corps done?
More than 4,300 total projects ($6.5B) have been completed and over 500 projects ($2.6B) are ongoing. These projects include:

- Completing 1,081 school renovation and new construction projects - impacting an estimated 324,000 students.

- Increasing Iraq's crude oil production capacity to three million barrels per day.

- Provided the capacity to serve approximately 3.9 million people with potable water - with a goal of 5.2 million people. Other projects include: 96 fire stations; 155 border posts; 49 prison and courthouse improvements; and 498 transportation and communication projects, including 212 village roads/expressways, 101 railroad stations, 33 postal facilities and 15 aviation projects.

- Providing increased power more equitably across Iraq. In Saddam's era, Baghdad had 20+ hours of power a day, while provinces had little. By improving key infrastructure, we've met the goal of providing an average of 12 hours a day across Iraq, with essential services (i.e., hospitals, fire stations, etc.) receiving 24 hours of power. Peak power generated routinely exceeds the pre-war daily level of 4,300 megawatts and is increasing as more generation is brought on-line. As a reference, one megawatt equals approximately 1,000 Iraqi residences.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? USACE will continue to complete the remaining 509 Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund projects to assist the Iraqi government in bringing essential services to the country. It will also help the Iraqi government through its Sustainment and Technical Capacity Program, which is designed to develop the capacity of Iraqis at plant and facility levels. The Corps will continue support to provincial reconstruction team and infrastructure security projects. USACE also stands at the ready to execute foreign military sales for Iraqi security purposes as needed and requested by the Iraqis.

Why is this important to the Army? Reconstruction efforts in Iraq are a vital component to Iraq's progress toward democracy. The USACE role has been to assist the government by jump starting reconstruction efforts and giving the Government of Iraq the assistance they need to ensure success. The Corps has supported the economic line of operations through employment and training of the Iraqi people. More than 90 percent of the USACE construction contracts have been awarded to Iraqi-owned businesses - offering employment opportunities across the country. By boosting the economy, providing jobs, and training, the Corps is helping promote stability and security where before there was none. Consequently, the mission is a central part of the U.S. exit strategy.

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