By Ms. Moira L Kelley (ASA (CW))June 9, 2016
In the spring of 2004, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat, The Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands, agreed to participate in a joint effort that promotes mutual cooperation and information exchange to improve water resources management in both countries. They signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise that will benefit the civil works capabilities of both organizations. This partnership aims to promote and facilitate collaborative efforts that benefit the integrated water resources management policies of both countries. The partners will cooperate in research, development, testing, evaluation and information exchange.
This week Assistant Secretary Darcy and the Corps of Engineers hosted the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat at their annual joint steering committee meeting and a seminar titled, Community Resilience and the Role of Cooperation and Collaboration. This seminar addressed common challenges and exchanged best practices concerning intergovernmental preparation and cooperation, evacuation, and communication to more fully develop community resilience to natural and man-made disasters.
The members of the Rijkswaterstaat and Ambassador Schuwer of the Dutch Embassy were also invited and joined Secretary Darcy at the June 8th, Twilight Tattoo; an hour-long, live-action military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own.