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  • February

    Hopes of leaving a city of 'marble'

    “One of my favorite quotes is ‘Urbem latericium invenit, marmorea reliquit – I found a city of bricks and left a city of marble.’ – Caesar Augustus, recorded by Suetonius,” Structural Engineer Shane Boehmer said. “So for me, when I end my deployment in 2021, I want to leave Iraq knowing my efforts made the coalition bases and Iraqi bases safer and better, thus improving the quality of the lives for the soldiers on those bases.”
  • MVD to get new Bank Grading Unit

    “A lot of work is accomplished with the use of a barge mounted dragline and bulldozers,” Civil Engineer Jake Storz said. “Right now, the current machine used to do much of this work is over 70 years old and ready to retire. That’s why the Mississippi Valley Division is well on its way to getting a new Bank Grading Unit to replace the current one.”
  • St. Francis Lake project a success

    If anyone ever hoped for a success story involving scour repair, the St. Francis Lake Control Structure Scour Protection project is it. Not only was this Memphis District project completed ahead of schedule and under budget, but it also came complete without any safety incidents in all the 800.5 hours spent working.
  • Keeping the river open for business

    The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed another important Mississippi River project located just across the Mississippi River from New Madrid, Missouri. The stone dike construction project, named Kentucky Point, Kentucky, was designed to assist in maintaining a safe and reliable navigation channel for commercial towboats in the Mississippi River. It also directly supports the Mississippi River Channel Improvement navigation mission.
  • January

    DeSoto Co., USACE: Partners in flood risk management

    Desoto County is the fastest growing county in Mississippi. With a population of over 175,000 residents, it is also the third most populated county in Mississippi. Unfortunately, it experiences frequent floods that cause economic losses and threaten lives. Congress authorized a study in DeSoto County to determine the feasibility of providing flood risk management solutions to the area. The Project Delivery Team (PDT) responsible for conducting the feasibility study has been working for over a year now, with their most recent meeting taking place earlier this month.
  • Earning our customers’ trust

    When someone does a good job on something, like cutting your hair for example, you become their loyal customer because they’ve earned your trust. The Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t cut hair, but they can and do repair boats, among many other things, and the Memphis District’s Ensley Engineer Yard does it so well that these skilled tradesmen are becoming the team of choice for more and more when it comes to marine maintenance projects and repair work.
  • Breaking bridges, building a future

    “When it comes to building strong and innovative solutions, long-term and thorough preparation is always key, and that includes us investing in our young people,” Hamilton added. “The STEM program is just one example of how we, at the Corps, do that.”
  • Memphis District: 2019 dredged up with a bang

    The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several missions associated with the Mississippi River. One of the most important is to keep the river channel at a depth that allows the river barge industry to dependably transport goods up and down the river. To deliver on this charge, the Memphis District awarded a contract/task order in the amount of $7,987,200 to the Inland Dredging Company in April of 2019. On Dec. 23, 2019, Inland Dredging Co. completed all work with a total of 1,289,598 cubic yards of sediment dredged from all 10 Memphis District Harbors.
  • December

    Stroupe is November Employee of the Month

    Jairus Stroupe from Project Operations is the Memphis District Employee of the Month for November. District Commander Col. Zachary Miller presented Stroupe with a special certificate and an on-the-spot cash award Dec. 3, for his outstanding job performance.
  • November

    Coming together for those in need

    Members of the Memphis District stay busy with work, but that doesn’t keep them from finding time to help those around us in need. Two employees in particular, Regional Technical Specialist Jamie Evans and Contract Specialist Sequoria Wilson, managed to coordinate clothing drives recently to give to the homeless in our local area, each doing so on separate occasions.

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