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  • June

    Branch chief’s father honored at Normandy

    Like many of his World War II comrades, Gene Noble got the celebrity treatment upon returning to France earlier this month for the 70th anniversary of D-Day along the Normandy coast.
  • USACE tackles demolition work for Europe transformation

    WIESBADEN, Germany – Turns out, building and renovation aren’t the only things going on at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District. The military agency responsible for design and construction of major facilities for U.S. forces across Europe and Africa also is engaged in an active controlled-demolition program.
  • Commander set to depart Europe District

    WIESBADEN, Germany – Col. Peter Helmlinger promises a smooth transition while he prepares to exit later this week as commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District. He only wishes he could be around to see a few major projects become reality.
  • May

    Wiesbaden students get peek at engineer life

    WIESBADEN, Germany – A group of Wiesbaden Middle School students got a glimpse of engineer life recently while engaging in some hands-on demonstrations during “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at the Amelia Earhart Center. Fifty children participated in the visit, including roughly 20 with a parent employed by the district.
  • April

    Engineer provides lift to youth baseball in Germany

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Lawrence Carabajal is among a growing contingent of Americans volunteering their time to give baseball a push in Germany. At the end of last summer, the longtime structural engineer for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District helped lead a German youth team to its third straight Hessen state championship. He's returning for a third season in 2014.
  • School construction among key themes at US-German Partnering Conference

    REGENSBURG, Germany – Lessons learned during the planning and design phases of several school projects around the state of Rhineland-Palatinate will pave the way to greater efficiencies in what remains an active recapitalization program by the Department of Defense Education Activity in Europe, U.S. and German construction officials said recently at their annual Partnering Conference.
  • March

    District architect hits her marks in weightlifting

    WIESBADEN, Germany – At 5-foot-2 and a shade over 115 pounds, Martha Manuel hardly looks like an imposing figure. But appearances, as they say, do deceive on occasion. This little lady is a real beast in the weight room.
  • Work begins on Spangdahlem commissary

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District and its partners have embarked on the next phase of an “Evolution” at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Leaders from the 52nd Fighter Wing, USACE and local community took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 21 for the installation’s new $25 million commissary.
  • Forward Engineer Support Team returns from Jordan

    WIESBADEN, Germany – The eight remaining members of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District’s Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced are back on German soil after a highly successful deployment to Jordan. The team of Soldiers, Army civilian volunteers and augmentees returned Feb. 26 following a six-month mission that included infrastructure, environmental, and airfield assessments and expansion planning to build the ally nation’s capabilities.
  • February

    Transformation, construction oversight among themes at annual USACE forum

    WIESBADEN, Germany – Prioritizing needs and planning ahead will be crucial for stakeholders and project-delivery teams in Europe and Africa to maximize efficiencies under the new fiscal reality of tighter budgets and funding, officials said at the 2014 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Customer Workshop.
  • Army corrections facility in Europe set for move to Sembach

    SEMBACH, Germany – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District is playing a key role in transferring the last Cold War vestige in Mannheim to the revamped Army garrison here. Officials have targeted late July for completion of U.S. Army Regional Correctional Facility-Europe, which is among numerous functions being shifted to Sembach Kaserne as part of the Coleman Barracks closure.
  • Europe District trio tackles Ironman event in Israel

    Three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District employees showed some game last month as the only American entry at the 2014 Israman in Eilat, Israel. Capt. Joe Sawruk, Brian Finn and Jason Eckstein covered the swim, bike and run segments in a combined 6 hours, 21 minutes to place ninth in the Half-Ironman Distance Triathlon relay division for men under a combined age of 119.
  • January

    USACE, DODDS take aim at aging schools in Europe

    WIESBADEN, Germany – Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District are engaged in a robust military construction program designed to revitalize dilapidated schoolhouses, some of which were built in the post-World War II era.
  • December

    USACE teaches ‘common understanding’ in Risk Communication Course

    WIESBADEN, Germany – More than 20 project and program managers from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District learned about public involvement and strategies for overcoming such challenges during a four-day Risk Communication Course. It’s designed to strengthen stakeholder relationships, bonds and rapport while striving toward transparency, awareness and partnership.
  • November

    US, Romania begin work on missile defense complex

    DEVESELU AIR BASE, Romania – Top U.S., Romanian and NATO officials broke ground Oct. 28 on a new ballistic missile defense facility being built to boost regional stability and strengthen the alliance’s collective security stance. The high-profile ceremony signaled the start of construction for the Aegis Ashore complex, the second of three stages in the European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defense.
  • October

    USACE delivers new Outdoor Recreation Complex in Grafenwoehr

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Sunshine, blue skies and a splendid fall afternoon set up an idyllic backdrop for the grand opening of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation Complex at Grafenwoehr Training Area.
  • Europe District Forward Engineer Support Team deploys to Jordan

    WIESBADEN, Germany – After a swift training stint and buildup this summer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District’s Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced is on the move again. The 16-member unit recently left for a six-month deployment to Amman, Jordan.
  • August

    Officials eye 2014 opening of U.S. schools in Belgium

    MONS, Belgium – Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe is inching closer to unveiling brand new elementary, middle and high schools here. Progress continues on the three American facilities at this NATO base, which is home to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
  • Deputy commander bids farewell to Europe District

    WIESBADEN, Germany – For two years, Lt. Col. Michelle Garcia made a top command priority her personal mission. During a farewell last month, district leaders and officials praised her ability to transcend the role of deputy commander and effectively bridge divides between personnel, support functions and resources.
  • July

    District employee shares ‘passion’ for fishing

    With summer’s arrival and a pair of major European competitions on the horizon, Brad Smudzinski wants to get more people hooked on fishing, even while chasing his own dreams in the sport.