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  • January

    Semonite, Houston visit TAD headquarters

    WINCHESTER, Va. -- Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, the 54th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and USACE Command Sergeant Major Bradley Houston, drove 70 miles through the winter mix that enveloped Northern Virginia to visit with the men and women of the Transatlantic Division here Jan. 7, 2020.
  • Buffalo District fights invasive hydrilla on the Great Lakes

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District is on a mission to fight hydrilla, an aggressive plant species that has wreaked havoc from Asia to every continent except Antarctica. “Hydrilla completely chokes out our waterways and impacts all the things we enjoy,” said Michael Greer, USACE Buffalo District project manager. “It affects water quality, the economy, businesses, hydropower and flood reduction - ultimately our health and our wallets.” “A single aquatic plant could put all of that at risk,” warned New York Senator Charles Schumer in 2017.
  • Military families can receive free chiropractic care via Patriot Project

    By law, all veterans with service-related disabilities are required to have access to chiropractic care. Stated in Public Law 107-135 legislation, signed by President George W. Bush, chiropractic care became a permanent benefit for recipients of veteran’s health care service.
  • NATO temporarily suspends training mission in Iraq

    Although NATO is committed to the training mission in Iraq, the alliance has suspended training operations in the country, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels Jan. 7.
  • Special Projects Branch hits 10-year milestone

    In many organizations, there are some tasks and projects that just don’t seem to fit into an easily defined category. This was also the case for the Corps of Engineers Omaha District in 2009. The District had projects that needed to be completed, but didn’t quite fit the mold of the programs they were assigned to. The solution to that issue to the stand up the Special Projects Branch. It was a new concept when the first eight-person team was assembled to take on these outliers, which totaled more than $140 million that first year. Since then, the branch has grown to 52 people and nearly $600 million worth of work annually.
  • Puerto Rico National Guard helps respond to earthquakes

    The Puerto Rico National Guard was activated Tuesday to help respond to earthquakes that caused
  • Building relationships and infrastructure facilities with Kuwait

    USACE’s Middle East District recently began a design review with the Kuwaiti Air Force on $140 million worth of construction on a Kuwait FMS case to support Kuwait’s newly purchased F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The design program is the continuance of a survey of existing facilities at Al Jaber air base that identified new hangars, parking aprons, maintenance facilities and other needed infrastructure to operate and maintenance the arriving F-18 fighter jets.
  • Duds are preferred in FUDS

    If it goes BOOM, that's bad. If you think it might go boom, then your property might qualify for the FUDS Program. In the southeastern United States, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) Program is overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Savannah District.
  • Memphis District: 2019 dredged up with a bang

    The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several missions associated with the Mississippi River. One of the most important is to keep the river channel at a depth that allows the river barge industry to dependably transport goods up and down the river. To deliver on this charge, the Memphis District awarded a contract/task order in the amount of $7,987,200 to the Inland Dredging Company in April of 2019. On Dec. 23, 2019, Inland Dredging Co. completed all work with a total of 1,289,598 cubic yards of sediment dredged from all 10 Memphis District Harbors.
  • USACE to host careers open house for students, grads and professionals

    Hampton Roads-area college students, recent graduates and career professionals are invited to the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Federal Careers Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 8, in the district’s headquarters building at 803 Front St. here.
  • High-dollar contracts announced, DCMA will administer

    The agency manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion, and authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments each business day.
  • FED leans forward in military spouse employment opportunities

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Far East District (FED),
  • Defense bill to fund pay raise for military, civilian personnel

    The $738 billion defense spending bill signed into law by President Donald J. Trump funds the largest pay increases in a decade.
  • Winter doesn't put freeze on flood repairs

    When the unprecedented and historical flooding started in the Missouri and Platte River basins in March 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District responded immediately. Within hours, the District, led by the Readiness Branch, was developing plans and sending materials out to fight the flood and provide assistance to communities within harm’s way.
  • December

    DoD Releases 2020 Military Pay and Compensation Rates

    The Department of Defense has released the 2020 Rates for Basic Allowance for Housing, Basic Allowance for Subsistence, and Basic Pay. These rates will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 2.8%, Basic Allowance for Subsistence rates will increase 0.9%, and Basic Pay will increase 3.1% over the entire force.
  • Building the King High School in Sesabo

    SESABO, Japan -- In the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), there are two occasions that are
  • Veterans with Veteran Health ID Card can shop at Military Exchange starting Jan. 1

    The Defense Department has announced expanded commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and established a standard for physical access to military installations.
  • Dredging to start in Norfolk Harbor inner channels

    NORFOLK, Va. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Cottrell Contracting are set to begin dredging the Norfolk Harbor Inner Channel and channel to Newport News on Saturday.
  • Powering the Fleet

    SASEBO, Japan -- Two weeks ago the USS America (LHA 6) arrived at Commander, Fleet Activities (CFA)
  • TAD’s senior civilian earns Presidential Rank Award

    When President Donald Trump recognized 141 members of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service by presenting them with the annual Presidential Rank Award on Dec. 17, 2019, Alvin “Al” Lee, the Transatlantic Division’s Director of Programs and Business, was among the list of 30 recipients earning the “Distinguished Executives” award – one of only four Department of the Army members receiving the recognition. The Presidential Rank Award is the top award a civilian Federal employee can receive.
  • Corps, Orange County partner to complete flood channel before storm season

    The reconstruction of the channel qualified for repair under the Corps’ Public Law 84-99 Rehabilitation Program, which gives the Corps the authority to repair flood control structures that are damaged due to flood and other natural events.
  • Army Corps Connects with Small Business at National Conference

    The New York District participated in the 2019 Federal Small Business Conference in Dallas in November, joining 46 Army Corps of Engineers’ Districts across the United States and Army Corps Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite.
  • Innovative thinking at Mount Morris Dam saves taxpayers’ time and money

    The Mount Morris Dam, situated deep in the Genesee River gorge near the northern end of Letchworth State Park in Livingston County, NY, has been very effective at reducing the risk of flooding for downstream communities since it was built in 1952. In fact, to date, the dam has prevented over $3 billion worth of flood damages. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District is responsible for maintaining the dam so that it continues to perform this valuable flood risk reduction mission.
  • USACE updates dry-season approach for Lake Okeechobee

    The water management team at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now focused on the year ahead and the challenges that we face. Unlike last year, our focus this year will be on retaining water during the dry season.
  • Optimized Remediation of Groundwater Contamination at the Former Nebraska Ordnance Plant

    The Former Nebraska Ordnance Plant, located in rural Nebraska near the town of Mead, was a 17,250-acre load, assemble and pack facility that produced bombs, boosters and shells in support of World War II and the Korean Conflict. The facility included munition load lines and an Atlas Missile Area, added in 1959.  There are currently four groundwater plumes, each up to four miles long. The primary contaminants within the groundwater are trichloroethene (TCE), a common solvent, and hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), an explosive. Despite the existing contamination, the former NOP property is used today for residential, agricultural, and research purposes by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Army Reserve and Nebraska Air National Guard also own portions of the property.