WIESBADEN, Germany - Building Strong Aca,!" was the message the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general brought during his visit to Europe District Sept. 10-15.

While here, Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp surveyed construction sites, met with customers, hosted an employee meet-and-greet and delivered his message of thanks and appreciation to district leadership for effort that Europe District employees continue to make in helping the Corps provide a unique and valuable service.

Aca,!A"If we maintain superior performance, both professionally and personally, set the standard, contribute to this nation, and build it to last, the Corps will always be a great organization,Aca,!A? said Van Antwerp.

During his meeting with district supervisors and the districtAca,!a,,cs Leadership Development Program participants, Van Antwerp challenged the group to define what Aca,!A"greatAca,!A? looks like for their departments, charging them to set standards high and then strive to accomplish them.

Aca,!A"Invest in your people and get them vested in the vision,Aca,!A? said Van Antwerp.

According to the Van Antwerp, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a great place to work and grow, and will continue to be as long as leaders create a positive organizational aura or climate through acceptance, understanding, recognition and appreciation.

Aca,!A"First-line leaders should know their peopleAca,!a,,cs goals, understand their limitations and capabilities, recognize their contributions, and appreciate all their hard work and sacrifices,Aca,!A? he said.

Lisis Batista, a district project manager and LDP participant, said Van Antwerp wanted the group to understand the importance of first-line supervisors to the success or failure of the organization.

Aca,!A"I really enjoyed hearing his vision for the CorpsAca,!a,,c future and his thoughts on successful leadership,Aca,!A? said Batista. Aca,!A"Not only does he care about the projects, he also cares about the people overseeing them.Aca,!A?

Additionally, Van AntwerpAca,!a,,cs message was two-fold Aca,!" take care of your people and take care of your projects.

Aca,!A"IAca,!a,,cm here to say thanks. IAca,!a,,cm also here to check the quality. I love to hear those words Aca,!" weAca,!a,,cre delivering it below cost and on time. IAca,!a,,cve heard those words a lot here and I couldnAca,!a,,ct be more proud of our folks,Aca,!A? he said.

Van Antwerp also visited the districtAca,!a,,cs Israel Area Office in Tel Aviv where he met with representatives from IsraelAca,!a,,cs Ministry of Defense and military construction chiefs to discuss future projects and endeavors.

While visiting Stuttgart, he met with Gen. William "Kip" Ward, U.S. Africa CommandAca,!a,,cs commanding general, to discuss ways USACE can expand support for AFRICOM.

Aca,!A"We want to make sure that the solutions we develop are right for the customerAca,!a,,cs culture, environment and lifestyle,Aca,!A? said Van Antwerp. Aca,!A"We have to build it to last.Aca,!A?