Frequently Asked Questions

From the early 1950s to the mid-1970s, USACE elements were located with customers and projects in allied nations. In 1976, USACE created a stateside unit near Winchester, Virginia, to provide rear echelon design and contracting support for the forward-based Middle East Division and its districts in Saudi Arabia. The relocation brought significant cost savings, and since then, USACE has maintained a U.S. based organization supporting operations in the Middle East.
USACE has had a presence in the area since the early 1950s, starting with work in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions. The mission has remained constant through a direct line of successive organizations: to provide engineering design and construction management services to support U.S. policy initiatives abroad. On behalf of USACE, the Middle East District provides its services to customers in the Middle East and Central Asia (often referred to as the U.S. Central Command area of operations). The district designs and constructs facilities for U.S. forces, supervises a wide array of service contracts for various military customers, assists other U.S. government and foreign agencies, and supports USACE operations in Afghanistan.

The Middle East District has several missions that fall under USACE’s international and interagency program. The district supports U.S. and foreign government agencies through the Defense Department’s security assistance program, aimed at promoting regional stability, including Foreign Military Sales. The District also supports U.S. Defense Department-funded projects providing humanitarian assistance and counternarcotics projects.

Foreign Military Sales is a component of security assistance that transfers defense equipment, services and training to allied nations, including engineering services. Examples of FMS programs include: USACE has worked with Egyptian defense forces for more than 30 years to upgrade facilities to support military aircraft, naval vessels, and related systems purchased from the United States; the work includes renovation and construction of facilities at air, land and navy bases. The district also has awarded contracts for the Iraq Ministry of Defense for administrative offices, barracks, utilities, and Iraq Air Force facilities. In FMS programs for the Jordanian Ministry of Defense, the district constructed the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. The district is working with other Middle East customers for FMS projects.

No. USACE projects within the boundaries of Virginia are handled by either the Baltimore District or Norfolk District, depending on whether the project is military construction or civil works. See map at to determine the responsible USACE organization.
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