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  • March

    Army Corps’ drift collection vessel assists with helicopter recovery

    On March 12, 2018, crews from the Army Corps' drift collection DRIFTMASTER participated in an operation to recover a downed helicopter that crashed into the East River on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The operation was conducted in support of the Army Corps' agency partners: New York City Police Department Harbor Unit, New York City Fire Department Marine Bureau, and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector, N.Y.
  • New York District sparks STEM interest at Intrepid Museum event

    It was a foggy and rainy day outside, but inside the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum things were buzzing for “Kids Week” a series of events conducted during the last week of February 2018. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a maritime history museum at Pier 86 at 46th Street on the West Side of Manhattan, New York City. The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Intrepid was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II. The ship was decommissioned in 1974 and in 1982 became the foundation of the museum.
  • Corps continues to tackle ‘difficult to access’ properties

    The Corps is edging closer to completing cleanup of debris on properties affected by the October 2017 wildfires that swept through Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties. The cleanup efforts are nearly nonstop; however, like leaving the toughest portions of a jigsaw puzzle for last, so goes the cleanup of what the Corps calls ‘difficult to access’ properties.
  • Collaborative relationships critical to levee safety

    Important to communities because of the benefits they provide, levee systems are part of our nation’s landscape. For example, more than ten million people live or work behind levees in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program. Located behind these levees nationwide are more than one trillion dollars of public and private property. In the Kansas City District, Geoffrey Henggeler serves as our levee safety program manager. “Levee safety is a shared responsibility. No single entity has all of the tools or resources to deal with levee and flood risk management issues. It takes a team effort between the levee owner, the Corps of Engineers and other stakeholders, including emergency management officials, local community leaders, and other local, state and federal agencies,” said Henggeler.
  • Engineers at Far East District make history on construction project

    A Battalion headquarters complex construction project at Camp Humphreys, Korea, designed and
  • February

    Local Environmental Group Recognizes District as Sustained River Star

    A local environmental group recognized the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for its environmental stewardship along the Elizabeth River watershed.
  • January

    Chief of engineers speaks at conference, advocates for change, innovation

    SAN PEDRO, California – During a recent trip to California, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, told stakeholders he envisions the Corps as “champions for change.”
  • Critical Public Facility mission evolves as Puerto Rico recovery efforts continue

    In the days following Hurricane Maria’s landfall on the island of Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency assigned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the mission to evaluate critical public facilities, but since then the mission has evolved from evaluation to construction.
  • Corps signs design agreement with city for LA River Ecosystem Restoration project

    LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District signed a design agreement to move forward with the LA River Ecosystem Restoration project at a recent meeting with city officials.
  • Katrina survivor grows-up to support Maria recovery efforts

    Out of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina many stories have been told of adversity and strength, but Jasmine Smith’s story has been 12-years in the making as she is now serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Puerto Rico as the Debris Mission manager.
  • USACE commanding general views emergency response to Santa Barbara mudslides

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general was in California Jan. 18 to visit the site of a deadly mudslide. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite toured areas of Santa Barbara hit hard by the disaster that left 18 people dead and three missing.
  • Alaska District employee remains dedicated to hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico

    Over the past four months, Jim DeGraff spent just two weeks at home in Alaska. The rest of the time, he was in disaster areas, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to help the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • USACE supports marine debris removal in Puerto Rico (video)

    In coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is executing a marine debris mission at the Puerto Del Rey marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. This is the second marine debris mission to take place in the aftermath of hurricane Maria, with the first taking place before Christmas to remove the wrecks which were a threat to both the environment and navigation.
  • Terrain, tropics and topography

    Terrain, tropics, and topography are among the challenges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are overcoming as part of the ongoing operation, Task Force Power Restoration, throughout the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, following the catastrophic hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.
  • Microgrid technology brings vital electricity to Puerto Rico’s hardest hit towns

    In a continuing mission to restore critical electrical power to the people of Puerto Rico, Task Force Power Restoration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is using microgrid technology to temporarily power areas that have been hardest hit by Hurricane Maria.
  • USACE works to clear hurricane debris on island of Vieques

    A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers debris management operation is now underway on Vieques, an island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Contract crews are working to clear debris left in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
  • USACE beginning repairs on critical facilities in Puerto Rico (video)

    The Critical Public Facilities mission, or CPF, is one of four efforts undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico. Recently, the mission has transitioned from assessing damage on critical facilities around the island to awarding contracts to conduct repairs on more than 80 buildings in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.
  • USACE Quality Assurance checks help keep temporary emergency generators running strong in Puerto Rico

    Shelby Deal leans over a generator hooked up to a water pump station on the side of a twisting mountain road in central Puerto Rico. He notes the generator’s barcode and transponder number, inspects its oil and fuel filters, checks the fuel gauge, and records the number of hours the generator has operated. Finally, he assesses the surrounding area to make sure the grounding wire is properly flagged, the generator is level and no wires present a tripping hazard.
  • USACE deputy visits Task Force Power in Puerto Rico

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations Maj. Gen. Donald E. "Ed" Jackson visited Task Force Power Restoration at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Jan. 4 to get an update on the mission and to meet team members.
  • Task Force Power’s husband, wife team deliver ‘inseparable’ disaster support

    Evan and Leah Morgan have been inseparable since 2010, their freshman year at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. The husband and wife team from Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, knew they wanted to support the recovery mission in Puerto Rico. The only consideration was timing: would the stars align so this couple could deploy together? The answer came on Nov. 14, when Leah, a district contract purchasing agent, deployed to Puerto Rico to support the Task Force Power Restoration mission. Evan, a civil engineer, wouldn’t join her until Dec. 22.
  • Brig. Gen. Holland New Year's update from Puerto Rico (video)

    Brig. Gen. Diana Holland, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, provides an update on USACE's recovery operations in Puerto Rico from the very historic site of Old San Juan.
  • USACE Blue Roof mission progresses across Puerto Rico as installation rate increases

    With the new year fast approaching, Quality Assurance specialist Andrew Lorenz was busy visiting Operation Blue Roof installation sites in neighborhoods across Mayagüez, a city of 80,000 people on Puerto Rico's west coast. Here and across Puerto Rico, the effort to provide residents with the temporary blue roofs has gained steam, with nearly 4,000 installations occurring island-wide each of the past two weeks.
  • December

    Task Force Power Restoration operations chief bids fond farewell

    Philip R. Tilly, a program manager with the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was making final plans in September for a promised road trip he and his wife, Jeanne, of 35 years, would take to Acadia National Park in Maine, and a week-long retreat to Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio.
  • USACE personnel come to the aid of injured Puerto Rican

    “Then I heard a faint call for help,” said Richard Cusimano, who spends his days here as a quality assurance inspector in at the Canovanas, Fajardo, Loiza, Rio Grande and Luquillo debris collection sites. “Then the calls got more assertive.”