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  • 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.”
  • Generator repair mission helps power Puerto Rico's critical water, sewage infrastructure

    Inside a small concrete pump station by the side of a freeway, a Quality Assurance team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a crew of government contractors labor over a large orange generator. The station is part of a complex flood control system that helps keep San Juan and neighboring towns dry. It is just one of hundreds of sites Corps teams are visiting as part of a unique mission to repair local generators and keep critical infrastructure functioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
  • Work continues through the holidays to restore power to Cidra residents

    Residents and businesses of Cidra are poised to get their electricity back online, thanks to the continued mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration team through the holidays.
  • Corps on track to deliver Puerto Rican citizens life-sustaining power

    In an effort to help Puerto Rican citizens recover from devastation in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration continues its mission to restore the island’s electrical power grid Dec. 24.
  • Bayamon mayor steps up for the whole island

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration team members met with Bayamon city leaders to discuss the potential use of city land space at the Bayamon sports complex in the greater San Juan metropolitan area Dec. 22.
  • Prime Power Soldiers recognized for service in Puerto Rico

    Soldiers of the Delta 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) are recognized in an award ceremony for their crucial work during power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico.
  • USACE Blue Roof mission in Puerto Rico is a family affair

    Omar Esquilin-Mangual, from Caguas, Puerto Rico, was born, raised and educated on the island before working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2010 after receiving his master’s degree in civil engineering degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Yamiretsy Pagan-Albelo, from Ciales, Puerto Rico, was born, raised and educated on the island and working for the USACE in 2011 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.
  • USACE Blue Roof mission in Puerto Rico is a family affair

    Omar Esquilin-Mangual, from Caguas, Puerto Rico, was born, raised and educated on the island before working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2010 after receiving his master's degree in civil engineering degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
  • Maintaining inventory of Corps dams takes year-round effort

    The Corps of Engineers District Operations and Dam Safety Sections are working year-round to ensure the 17 dams they oversee stay safe.
  • Landmark agreement to move watershed study forward

    Under the Tribal Partnership Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with tribes and other federal agencies, can complete watershed assessments or determine the feasibility of projects that will substantially benefit Indian tribes.
  • South Pacific Division responds to hurricanes, wildfires

    South Pacific Division's area of operations covers 10 states from California to Texas to the Rockies. When disaster strikes, SPD personnel stand ready to deploy when needed.
  • Mobile District starts first phase of $349 million coastal island restoration project

    The Mobile District has begun the first phase of an approximately $349 million project that will reduce erosion and build stronger hurricane barrier off the coast of Mississippi.
  • USACE's Operation Blue Roof hitting its stride

    Shortly after hurricane Maria left a trail of devastation across the island in late September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began its work under the direction of FEMA to assist in a variety of missions in support of the residents of Puerto Rico.
  • USACE Installs Micro Grid to Bring Power to Homes Near Patillas (video)

    Power is coming to the residents of Patillas, Puerto Rico. Through the innovation of a micro grid, residences and businesses will have power 24 hours a day for the first time since hurricane Maria devastated the power grid here.
  • Army Corps engages students and promotes STEM Careers

    For most New York City high school students, General Election Day is a day off and a time to take part in other activities. One group of 60 students from various schools in Manhattan used their time wisely on November 7th to learn more about careers in engineering and the sciences and attended the ‘Sixth Annual STEM Matters NYC Career Day’ offered at the New York District.
  • USACE members experience a different type of homecoming, Part 5

    José Sánchez currently serves as the director of PR Grid Restoration Program. He is the director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi and recently had a temporary assignment as the USACE Director of Contingency Operations and Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.
  • USACE members experience a different type of homecoming, Part 4

    Sharon Garay Rodríguez is the deputy director for the Puerto Rico Power Grid Restoration Program. Her office is a work station in a USACE emergency command and control vehicle parked at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority headquarters building in San Juan.
  • Guajataca Dam update on repairs (video)

    More than two-and-a-half months ago, damage to the Guajataca Dam near Isabella, Puerto Rico, threatened the life, property and water supply for thousands of residents downstream Rio Guajataca. Due to heavy rainfall during hurricane Maria, Guajataca Lake surged full and overwhelmed the spillway, requiring a joint effort to conduct emergency repairs.
  • USACE members experience a different type of homecoming, Part 3

    Greg Aponte is a civil engineer and planner from New York District, where he works on coastal engineering, beach nourishment and riverine watershed studies. He leads a cadre of 25 inspectors who visit hurricane-damaged homes to determine their eligibility for temporary roofing.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers completes 1,131 school assessments in Puerto Rico

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Infrastructure Assessment team inspected the last school Nov. 27. Their mission was to assist in evaluating the damage Hurricane Maria did to schools across the island.
  • USACE undergoes a first by installing micro grid in Culebra (video)

    On the island of Culebra, due east of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ temporary emergency power team is tapping into a new way to bring electricity to the people.
  • November

    USACE members experience a different type of homecoming, Part 2

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Homecoming is an American fall tradition, full of festivities, excitement and reunions. For several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees originally from Puerto Rico, homecoming has been a different experience this year.
  • USACE members experience a different type of homecoming, Part 1

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Homecoming is an American fall tradition, full of festivities, excitement and reunions. For several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees originally from Puerto Rico, homecoming has been a different experience this year.
  • Milestone reached - 700 generators installed by the RFO's temporary power team (video)

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working out of the Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico reached an unmatched milestone during the holiday weekend when it installed its seven-hundredth temporary generator on the island in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.