By By Patrick BloodgoodJune 10, 2009
NORFOLK Va. Aca,!" Senior Iraqi engineers from the Ministries of Defense and Interior made the flight here Monday to visit with and learn from employees of the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Aca,!A"They are trying to get a feel for how we do business, gather lessons learned and take them back to Iraq,Aca,!A? said Navy Capt. John Rice with Navy Facilities Command Southeast, who accompanied the Iraqi engineers as they visited the different military and civil agencies in Hampton Roads.
While here at the Norfolk District, the engineers received an briefings about the mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and military construction and civil works processes.
Much of the information focused on the processes and how the Corps doesnAca,!a,,ct just Aca,!A"build and forget,Aca,!A? but instead factors in and plans operations and maintenance costs for after the project is completed.
Aca,!A"They were very intuitive, asked a lot of questions and took away good ideas on ways they can implement the processes in projects they are working on in Iraq,Aca,!A? said Lt. Col. Michael R. Darrow.
As part of their experience here, the Iraqi engineers boarded the districtAca,!a,,cs survey vessel Adams II to learn about the survey systems team uses and to tour the Norfolk Harbor and the Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area.
In addition to the Norfolk District, the visiting engineers will also tour Fort Eustis, Langley Air Force Base and the Navy Facilities Command Mid-Atlantic.