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Archive: 2013
  • December

    USACE civilians introduced to Army life

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- The United States Army Corps of Engineers conducted their annual Leadership Development Program training recently, using various ranges and training areas throughout Fort Leonard Wood. This program was developed by USACE to give their civilian employees an introduction to Army culture as well as leadership training, but it actually goes further than that, it also gives them a better understanding of the importance of their jobs and just where they fit into the big picture.
  • Corps hosts meeting with the Delaware Nation

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District hosted its first ever face-to-face meeting with a federally recognized Native American tribe on Dec. 4 at the district's headquarters in Baltimore. USACE met with the Delaware Nation, one of the country's longest standing Native American Tribes, to discuss a Corps project that could potentially impact what were historically tribal lands.
  • Corps promotes engineering skills at local schools

    "It's the future," said Steve Grabowski, an Anchorage School District teacher, about the importance of exposing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to elementary students. Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Alaska District visited three of Grabowski's fifth and sixth grade classes between Nov.18 and 22 at Mount Spurr, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor elementary schools on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
  • Lincoln-era history comes back to life

    The upgrades to Grant Hall, also known as Building 20, were as normal as a renovation to a 10,000 square foot facility can go, according to the Eli Hirsch, the Corps' project manager. But the documented stories about strange occurrences in the building are anything but normal.
  • Corps of Engineers promotes long-term dam safety by identifying problems, engineering solutions

    SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va.-- One of the most important missions the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carries out is reducing the risk of flooding. The Summersville Dam here, the second largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi River, is designed to do just that by holding back water during heavy rain events.
  • Far East District commander given honorary Korean name

    The Republic of Korea -U.S. Alliance Friendship Association presented Col. Bryan S. Green, commander and district engineer, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, with a Korean name at a ceremony at the Korea Ministry of National Defense club Dec. 3. Green was conferred the name Pak Geon-taek, a name with very symbolic meaning and significance, according to Suh Jin-sup, association chairman.
  • Whole Neighborhood Revitalization project 'right sizes' and upgrades 84 Wiesbaden apartments

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When the $12 million Whole Neighborhood Revitalization project in Wiesbaden's Aukamm Housing wraps up early next year, 84 "right-sized" apartment units will be available to incoming families. Quality-of-life enhancements include new kitchens, flooring, appliances, various other features and expansion to meet the Army standard for space allocation to military families.
  • New MOU allows Tulsa Corps STEM outreach to Langston University

    TULSA, Okla. - Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District recently spoke to students of Langston University in Langston, Okla. about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) internship and career opportunities at the Corps.
  • Army Engineers fought and lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Seven December 1941 was the opening scene of World War II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was there. At 7:55 a.m., two waves of Japanese warplanes from a naval task force about 250 miles north of Hawaii appeared over Oahu. Some headed for American warships at Pearl Harbor and the planes on the ground at nearby Hickam Field; others hit Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Field, and Bellows Field.
  • Corps partners with local brigade to expand training opportunities for Soldiers

    With every nugget of engineering expertise his mentors share with him, Sgt. 1st Class Ron Albert's confidence grows as he performs his temporary duties with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- Alaska District. Through a partnership between the district and 2nd Engineer Brigade, both located on Joint Base Elmendorf -- Richardson, the Engineer Corps is preparing a stronger Soldier and Army through the Arctic Trailblazer Internship Program.
  • Engineering the future, in 500 words or less

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District challenged Wiesbaden Middle School students to explain, in 500 words or less, why they are interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math careers. The winners -- Pete Greig, Chuck Oliver and Isabella Lee -- representing the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, respectively, were selected from a pool of 80 contest entrants by Department of Defense Dependents Schools officials.
  • USACE participates in the Society of American Military Engineers Small Business Conference

    Dor the 4th year in a row, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers exceeded its small business goal. The tremendous success in contracting with small businesses is significantly attributable to transparent communication and training offered to small businesses across the Nation. USACE maintains an open door for meetings/counseling/training small business firms throughout the year.
  • November

    Huntsville Center's Electronic Security System team helping Fort McCoy upgrade security measures

    Fort McCoy, Wis., is an Installation Management Command installation, funded through the U.S. Army Reserve Command, which supports training and mobilization of Reserve and active component military personnel from all branches of America's Armed Forces. For the past three years, Fort McCoy's Directorate of Emergency Services has been working with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville's Electronic Security Systems Program to upgrade its police station, access control points, ammunition supply point, the airfield and other facilities on the installation.
  • U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville programs support Air Force medical mission

    A team of a seven people from the Air Force Medical Support Agency visited U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Nov. 13-14 to meet with representatives from the Center's Installation and Support and Programs Management Directorate. Over the two days, the AFMSA's personnel met with representatives from ISPM's Operation and Maintenance Engineering Enhancement and Medical Repair and Renewal programs.
  • Far East District engineers share their experiences with JROTC cadets

    A team of military and civilian engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District set upon Seoul American High School Nov. 21 and 22 to tell Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets all about what life is like as an engineer.
  • Middle East District constructs Naval Support Activity Bahrain Flyover Bridge

    WINCHESTER, Va.- Imagine driving a 20-minute detour just to reach the other side of a road. Personnel at the Naval Support Activity located in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain face this on a daily basis when traveling between Naval Support Activity 1 and Naval Support Activity 2. The two areas are divided by a busy roadway.
  • From jubilation to sorrow - President Kennedy’s historic celebration at Greers Ferry Dam followed by tragedy in Dallas

    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. - Gasoline cost 30 cents, a loaf of bread was 20 cents, and the price of a gallon of milk was a little more than a dollar. It was 1963, and the residents of a small Arkansas town nestled at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains were eagerly awaiting the arrival of one of the most important persons on earth.
  • November 1963: a time of Building Strong for America

    DALLAS--Nov. 22, 1963, was likely a typical fall day in North Texas for employees of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was headquartered in Dallas. Just as it does this year, Nov. 22 fell on a Friday in 1963, so a weekend was in the works. From their offices in downtown Dallas, SWD employees would have been taking care of their responsibilities as engineers, biologists, economists, hydrologists, foresters—the vast array of disciplines that make up the Corps.
  • JFK 50th anniversary: It's our choice to remember the dark side of history or the inspired leadership that continues to light the world

    DALLAS - Like afterimages seared into our mind’s eye long after the camera has stopped flashing, the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago this month is replete with iconic images that marked my generation. These images, normally safely buried away, can quickly be summoned by hundreds of memories that swirl in and out of the streets and back roads of Dallas to this day.
  • JFK assassination remembered by 57-year Fort Worth District team member Jimmy Baggett

    FORT WORTH, Texas - There have been moments throughout history that generations can point to and say “I remember exactly what I was doing at that moment.” Our generation has the tragic events of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The “Greatest Generation” the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941. And for many in between those events there is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963.
  • Army Corps of Engineers: Keepers of the Flame

    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can lay claim to a vast array of famous projects since the Continental Congress authorized a “Chief Engineer for the Army” on June 16, 1775: Bunker Hill fortifications, the Panama Canal, the Manhattan Project, not to mention an abundance of locks, dams, and levees that help form the infrastructure of our nation.
  • Paying it Forward: USACE Engineers Serve as Mentors, Guest Lecturers

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is more than a passing trend for Derek Maxey and Don Whitmore, two registered professional engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District. Both quietly volunteer as guest lecturers at local universities, bringing their real-world experience and stories from the field to undergraduate students. Maxey, a mechanical engineer and Whitmore, a civil engineer, are committed to inspiring and mentoring tomorrow's engineers, they said.
  • Nashville District reaches women-owned small business milestone

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District exceeded its goal of two percent of all contractible actions for women-owned small businesses in fiscal year 2013. Roy Rossignol, Nashville District Small Business Office chief, said the achievement is significant because the district had upwards of $200 million in total contracts -- and awards went to more than 50 women-owned small businesses that accounted for about $21 million of that total.
  • Corps teaches third-graders 'Regulatory 101'

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - Inside a colorful, decorated classroom at Marshpoint Elementary School, Brian Moore, a regulatory specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, poured a gallon of water over a row of sponges. "We use sponges to represent wetlands because they absorb and filter water," Moore explained to a group of third-graders. "Wetlands filter water so that it's clean for us to drink."
  • Craft recognized as BEYA STEM Science Spectrum Trailblazer

    GALVESTON, Texas -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Civil Engineer Franchelle Craft was selected as a Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award recipient by the 28th Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference, an honor bestowed upon minority men and women who actively create new paths for others in science, research, technology and development.