US Army Corps of Engineers
USACE website

Engineer Update Newsletter Banner
Results:
Archive: 2019
Clear
  • 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.
  • Familiar face steps into new role as emergency operations chief

    George Minges, a familiar face in the Louisville District, has been named the new chief of emergency
  • Center’s mission feeds $6 billion to small businesses over last decade

    In fiscal 2019, the Center executed more than $2 billion in contract actions, pushing the Army Corps of Engineers’ Huntsville-based specialized technical support organization past the $6 billion mark over the last 10 years.
  • Hazardous land used during Atomic Age has green future

    In 1945, following the United States’ detonation of two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, World War II ended and the Atomic Age began. Research on the uses of atomic power also started and the forming of the United States’ Atomic Energy Commission was created to foster this.
  • Fuels PDT named USACE ‘Team of the Year’ for contracting

    The professionals of the Fuels Recurring Maintenance and Minor Repair Project Delivery Team gathered Dec. 16, 2019, to receive the 2019 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Team of the Year” Excellence in Contracting Award.
  • Fiscal triad delivers for the Tyndall Rebuild

    The final months of FY19 were rewarding for Tyndall Air Force Base as they received the June 2019 Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act to increase their annual operations and maintenance budget by a massive 450 percent. Under the act, O&M funding assigned $56 million to sustain regular base operations with an additional $358.4 million allotted for Hurricane Michael recovery under the facility sustainment restoration modernization designation.
  • 10th annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Jan. 18

    Join Portland District park rangers for the 10th annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam visitor center on Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to view bald eagles roosting in their natural habitat along the Columbia River.
  • Corps constructs new hangar for Aerial Refueling Aircraft at Seymour Johnson AFB

    Work continues on a new $59.5 million state-of-the-art maintenance hangar at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The facility, under construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, will support the new KC-46A Pegasus, a mid-air refueling tanker set to arrive at the installation in the summer of 2020.
  • Invasive species mussel in on Gavins Point Dam

    When you’re talking about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ six mainstem dams on the Missouri River, the word small is a relative term. While the dams and their powerhouses vary in size, they are all imposing structures. For instance, Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, South Dakota, is the smallest of the six, yet it took 7 million cubic yards of earth to build and its three Kaplan generators are capable of generating electricity for 68,000 homes. This makes it that much more ironic that something as small as a zebra mussel could give it such big problems.
  • Thule Air Base, Arctic - Consistently on top of its game

    Not too long ago at Thule Air Base, Greenland located in the Arctic, a change of command ceremony was taking place. Outgoing 821st Air Base Group U.S. Air Force Commander - Col. Mafwa Kuvibidila- passed the flag to her successor Col. Timothy J. Bos. Thule Air Base is the United States U.S. Air Force's northernmost base, located in the northwestern corner of Greenland, in a coastal valley 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 950 miles south of the North Pole.
  • USACE-Albuquerque District, Dona Ana County sign Project Partnership Agreement for new dam

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District leadership and representatives from Dona Ana County celebrated the completion of the Feasibility Phase of the Hatch Section 205 Flood Risk Management Project during a milestone ceremony in Hatch, N.M., Dec. 10, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Help during missions, gain valuable experience working with Emergency Operations Center

    Over the course of 13 days in October 2017, a windswept firestorm tore through more than 195,000
  • USACE Marine Design Center managing procurement of dredge for Azerbaijan

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Marine Design Center is managing the procurement of a dredge for the nation of Azerbaijan, as part of a broader U.S. Department of Defense program to enhance Azerbaijan’s maritime security.  The dredge will enable the Coast Guard of the State Border Service to operate its fleet of vessels and maintain access to the harbor entrance and shipping channels of ports located in the Caspian Sea. 
  • Welcome home Dredge Hurley!

    The Memphis District’s Dredge Hurley returned to its home port of Ensley Engineer Yard in Memphis Harbor around 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Their arrival marks the end of the two most productive dredging seasons in the vessel’s history.