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  • December

    Deployments aren't permanent, but worthwhile

    Deploying is a choice for Civilians within the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and sometimes the tour could last anywhere from 6 months to a year, and even less.
  • May

    Munitions disposal mission wraps up in Afghanistan

    Huntsville Center’s Joint Munitions Disposal - Afghanistan (JMD-A) team has wrapped up its mission disposing of more than 5,629 tons of U.S. and coalition forces NATO Condition Code H unserviceable and “do-not-return” munitions, as well as captured enemy munitions and explosive remnants of war (ERW).
  • April

    My name is Roqia

    KABUL, Afghanistan – At the project site, a tiny woman wearing both a traditional hajib and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hardhat walks up, smiles and says, “Hello, my name is Roqia.” Born in 1987, Roqia can easily remember when women were denied a basic education and barred from working outside the home or even to be seen in public. But she did not give up her dreams. In truth, the oppression ignited a spark in her to beat the odds. Beat them she did. Roqia is a modest woman who stands barely five feet tall and speaks with a soft voice. But she is respected by both her American and Afghan male counterparts as the USACE Afghan electrical quality assurance engineer for the Afghan National Defense University (ANDU) in Kabul.
  • July

    District inactivates after four years of delivering critical infrastructure

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --Afghanistan Engineer District-South marked its inactivation after four years of delivering critical infrastructure projects in Afghanistan with a ceremony held on Kandahar Airfield July 11. Over the course of four years, the district's technical experts completed nearly 200 projects valued at $1.4 billion that improved the safety, security and well-being of Afghans, US and Coalition Forces.
  • June

    3 Afghan National Police headquarters facilities now complete in Western Afghanistan

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of three Afghan Uniform Police headquarters facilities in Western Afghanistan, well ahead of schedule. The facilities, built by Afghan-owned and operated construction firms with oversight by the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, will serve as bases of operations for 100 personnel at Qala I Naw, 120 personnel at Torghondi, and 60 personnel at Lash Jaween.
  • February

    Meet the Multanis: an American family Building Strong in Afghanistan

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Husband and wife team, Balwant and Bimla Multani, have traveled the globe building infrastructure and friendships for nearly 45 years. Their latest foray into construction and camaraderie has both Multanis serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Wherever I've lived, I've tried to connect with the people, learn the language, the culture, listen to the people's needs and concerns and be responsive," said Bimla, an information management specialist who is known affectionately as "Bimi."
  • January

    Building Afghanistan: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at work

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- How does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversee construction in Afghanistan? Who decides the scope, design, location or budget of the projects? The answers to those questions are not simple, neither are the steps involved in bringing projects to completion.
  • December

    Afghan electrical engineers, linemen receive training, new equipment

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Afghan engineers and linemen in Helmand province just got a major helping hand thanks to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program that taught Da Afghaninstan Breshna Sherkat (Afghanistan's electric utility company) employees how to safely operate the new electric utility trucks donated to them by the United States in early December.
  • November

    USACE builds road in Helmand province, cuts travel time in half

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a road in Helmand province, from Nawa to Lashkar Gah, that already has cut travel time in half.
  • October

    USACE gives Wounded Warriors on Kandahar Airfield a little slice of home

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees support recovering Wounded Warriors on Kandahar Airfield by donating items and voluteering to host Wounded Warriors on the Afghanistan Engineer District-South compound for movie night, game night, holiday celebrations and inpromptu get-togethers.
  • Afghanistan Engineer District-South builds strong in 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-- Building on the significant public infrastructure progress that was achieved in fiscal year 2011, the Afghanistan Engineer District-South closed fiscal year 2012 having awarded 102 contracts and achieved almost 96 percent of its construction placement goal for the year; an 8.5 percent increase compared to last year.
  • August

    565th Engineer Detachment (FEST-A) conducts route recon

    Two members of the 565th Engineer Detachment (Forward Engineer Support Team-Advance) conducted a route recon mission in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on July 26, 2012.
  • July

    Keeping people safe means vehicle rollover training

    About 30 employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South took part in MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected) vehicle safety and egress orientation training on Kandahar Airfield July 15, 2012.
  • 9th Commando building project nears completion, turnover to Afghan Army

    A large building project managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South will be crossing the finish line before the end of the summer, according to the two USACE employees overseeing the work.
  • Afghan Air Force accepts more operations, maintenance responsibility

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned over operations and maintenance responsibilities for 10 more buildings to Afghanistan's 205th Air Wing on Kandahar Airfield, July 7, 2012.
  • Corps of Engineers to improve electrical distribution in Helmand province

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts combined their resources to award a critically important project for providing reliable electric power from the Kajaki Dam power house on the Helmand River through the Helmand province in southwestern Afghanistan.
  • Pantano takes command of Afghanistan Engineer District-North

    Col. Alfred A. Pantano Jr. took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in northern Afghanistan in a ceremony steeped with military tradition at the unit’s headquarters at the Qalaa House compound July 8, 2012.
  • June

    Army civilian engineers team with Soldiers in Afghanistan

    U.S. Army civilian engineers are deploying to Afghanistan along with Soldiers to resolve issues that hinder mission success in theater.
  • Army divers support South District work at critical Afghan dams

    Six members of a unique Army unit - engineer divers from the 569th Engineer Dive Detachment - recently spent 30 days in southern Afghanistan, conducting underwater surveys to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South prepare for major repair projects at Kajaki and Dahla dams.
  • Corps of Engineers to improve access to water, power in southern Afghanistan

    The U.S. military and its coalition partners may be drawing down their combat missions in Afghanistan, but the next two years will continue to be busy for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South.
  • Afghan power company linemen receive training, new equipment during debut training session

    Twelve Afghan electric company technicians will be better able to maintain power lines throughout southern Afghanistan after learning to safely operate electric utility trucks donated by the United States during a training course on Kandahar Airfield.