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Archive: 2014
  • June

    Presidio upgrades critical to defense language training mission

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District manages construction on several major projects at the Presidio of Monterey in Monterey, Calif. The program incorporates the latest energy and water conservation technologies in order to operate more efficiently and in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner. Most recently, the Corps broke ground on a new dining facility March 17, 2014, that is designed to feed up to 1300 personnel over a 90 minute period. The Corps is also constructing a new general instruction building for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and is renovating the school’s cultural center. Both projects will be completed August 2014.
  • May

    Army Corps of Engineers complete University of Kandahar Law Library

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently handed over the keys to a new law library at the University of Kandahar in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The project, which began in late 2012, will offer students and scholars a first rate facility in which to study Afghanistan’s legal codes. The Kandahar Law Library is another example of USACE and U.S. Force - Afghanistan partnering efforts to build capacity in all fields through support of the Kandahar University and its various departments.
  • Students tests engineering skills in earthquake challenge

    Shake, rattle and roll. No, it’s not the Elvis Presley song, it’s the way Far East District engineers graded students during an earthquake tower challenge at Seoul American Middle School. “We are trying to introduce the students to engineering principles,” said Doug Bliss, chief of the geotechnical and environmental engineering branch. “In this case they’re doing dynamic loading of towers. They’re learning engineering at a rudimentary level.”
  • Huntsville Center employee InSPIRESS students to explore space

    The Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM Students is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math outreach program based at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. InSPIRESS is a project under UAH’s engineering program. Participants in InSPIRESS are offered one hour of credit in the College of Engineering at UAH.
  • Dam Building 101

    District staff from several project offices participated in the Third Annual Trinidad Water Festival, where approximately 1,700 Las Animas County students and teachers turned out to learn about water’s importance and local and regional water issues.
  • District participates in LA River clean-up

    LOS ANGELES—Volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District joined forces with hundreds of community volunteers along the Los Angeles River adjacent to Balboa Park in the Sepulveda Basin for the Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 25th La Gran Limpieza: The Great Los Angeles River Clean Up April 26.
  • Environmental Lab’s Conservation Management Plan sets precedent

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - As a remarkable first for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the recent official release by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) of its non-jeopardy biological opinion benefits three listed endangered species without excessive expenditures. This is thanks to the Conservation Management Plan, developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory (EL) team and its collaborators for the Mississippi Valley Division.
  • Five things Army engineers do to protect the environment

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages one of the largest environmental missions in the nation. At the North Atlantic Division in Brooklyn, N.Y., engineers focus on five main environmental areas: Restoring degraded ecosystems, constructing sustainable facilities, managing natural resources and waterways and cleaning up contaminated sites from formerly used defense sites.
  • USACE celebrates Monterey groundwater cleanup project finish

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has completed an $18 million groundwater cleanup and environmental restoration project at the former Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Monterey, about 15 years and $4.5 million ahead of schedule.
  • April

    Boston Marathon hero awarded Soldier's Medal

    BOSTON-- Many Americans have seen the shaky photos and videos taken when the bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Among the many people who went to the aid of the injured, there are glimpses of runners who stripped off their shirts to tie tourniquets around the shattered limbs of bomb victims.
  • Comment Period: Interpretive rule for the 404(f)(1)(A) exemption under the Clean Water Act

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army Civil Works announce a Notice of Availability for a 45-day public comment period in the Federal Register for an interpretive rule for the 404(f)(1)(A) exemption under the Clean Water Act. The public comment period begins on April 21, 2014 and ends on June 05, 2014.
  • Comment Period: Proposed rule for the definition of Waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce the publication of a joint proposed rule for the definition of Waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act in the Federal Register for a 90-day public comment period. The public comment period begins on April 21, 2014 and ends on July 21, 2014.
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex to embark on cross country journey

    OMAHA, Neb. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District’s Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex will soon travel from Montana, where it has resided for the past 66 million years, to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
  • Dinosaur loans and crowd-sourcing archaeology: How Army archaeology supports historic preservation and modern education

    ST. LOUIS - In an unassuming office in St. Louis, Dr. Michael "Sonny" Trimble and his team are working to get a 66-million-year-old, seven-ton tyrannosaurus safely packed and moved cross-country. This effort is just one part of a greater undertaking to preserve and share America's cultural and natural history.
  • Delicate dance with a dinosaur

    BOZEMAN, Montana - It plays like a dance...Open the crate, photograph the contents of the crate, inspect the fossil, document it's condition... 1,2,3,4… 1,2,3,4
  • 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.
  • USACE employees go green in April

    From tree planting and spring cleanups to a “Green Campus Initiative,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel are making a difference as Earth Day approaches on April 22. Although Army Corps of Engineers employees take time to do something good for the environment on a daily basis, each April there is an increased emphasis on getting outdoors and working with community groups to do just a little bit more.
  • March

    EPA and Army Corps of Engineers clarify protection for nation’s streams and wetlands

    On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. In addition, EPA and the Department of the Army for Civil Works announced an interpretive rule for the 404(f)(1)(A) exemption under the Clean Water Act. The interpretive rule clarifies what specific Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation practices qualify as "upland soil and water conservation practices" under the Clean Water Act. For more information, please visit
  • Christian P.M. Klinefelter: Army Corps of Engineers Servant Leader

    Christian P.M. Klinefelter received the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal on Feb. 5 in a ceremony at the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. Klinefelter received the award for his leadership as the Chief of the Ministerial Engagement Team of the ISAF Joint Command Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • February

    Army Corps promotes STEM careers for National Engineers Week

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - Why should American students care about pursuing engineering careers?Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are communicating the answer to students throughout the year-and especially during National Engineers Week, which runs this year from Feb. 16 through Feb. 22.
  • Baltimore District team deploys to support an overseas contingency operation

    A nine-person team of specialists deployed Feb. 8 to support a U.S. Army -- Central Command mission. Known as the 71st Engineer Detachment now under the command of Maj. Timika Wilson, the FEST-A (Forward Engineer Support Team -- Advanced) team flew to Kuwait enroute to Amman, Jordan, to replace a similar team from Europe District.
  • Westphal recognizes enduring & unique contributions of the Corps

    WASHINGTON -- Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal visited the Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on February 4, 2014, to receive various updates from USACE leadership regarding current initiatives and the mission of the Transatlantic Division.
  • USACE completes construction at Portugues Dam

    "Entonces, felicidades en sus logros," (Congratulations on your accomplishments). That was the key message from Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), to those who attended a dedication ceremony Feb. 5 celebrating completion of Portugues Dam, a $386 million structure designed to reduce flooding impacts in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • District welcomes middle school’s First Lego® League

    Jacksonville District continues to make strides in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, as employees hosted students from JEB Stuart Middle School’s First Lego® League (FLL) at the district’s headquarters office. The event provided a view of the STEM disciplines as they are used in Corps career fields.
  • Corps signs agreement with locals, promotes volunteer and educational programs

    TIOGA, Pa. — Community leaders, volunteers, visitors and members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gathered Feb. 11 at the Ives Run Visitor Center for a ceremonial signing of the Friends of Tioga-Hammond & Cowanesque Lakes cooperative agreement. This agreement establishes a formal relationship between the Corps and community to provide volunteers, services, educational programs and family events to the local community.