US Army Corps of Engineers
Middle East District

  • September

    USACE Dive Safety Experts Support Overseas Construction Projects

    That ability to reach out and utilize expertise from another district is known as reach back and it’s a resource USACE’s Transatlantic Middle East District (TAM) used when it was in need of dive safety support. While many USACE districts maintain dams, levees and other water related infrastructure with a need for dive safety expertise, TAM’s primary mission is supporting USCENTCOM and allied partners in the Middle East. Recently however, the district found itself working a pier refurbishment project for the U.S. Navy in Bahrain that included the need for safety dive plans and observation support for several dives by the contractor.
  • Perfect timing benefits both District and Intern

    A series of perfectly timed actions and moments landed University of Maryland junior Robert Ayoub a summer internship and a potential career after college with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District.
  • August

    Service to the nation and USACE is a family affair

    Through two generations of the Hickel family, there’s a continuous, strong tradition of service to our nation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with a combined total of more than 100 years. With a third generation added this summer, that number continues to grow. For a brief time this summer, the Middle East District has reaped the benefits of three members and two generations of Hickels through Robert (Bob) Hickel, in Logistics Management; his wife Caryl Hickel, in the Project Management Division, and their son David Hickel, a Project Management intern.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District Change of Command

    Col. Philip M. Secrist III assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, in a ceremony at the Old Court House, Winchester, Va., on Thursday, Aug. 22.
  • USACE Employee Awarded Top Honors for Three Separate Assignments

    Tambour Eller, currently serving as the project executive on the Mosul Dam Task Force during its final close out, was recently named the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian of the Year. Eller received the award for her combined work in three jobs over the course of the awards period.
  • Wrong Checkmark Leads to the Middle East

    Cadet Liam Wallis, a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame had originally intended to sign up for an ROTC summer program that would take him to Europe. When he ended up as an Engineer Intern with the Middle East District he gained a whole new perspective on an Army career and a newfound appreciation for the engineer branch.
  • July

    District Architect Receives Important Certification

    Transatlantic Middle East District (TAM) architect and value engineering program manager, Amanda Bianchini, recently achieved a major career milestone when she was recognized as a certified value specialist. The professional credential, granted by the Society of American Value Engineers or SAVE International, is the highest level of certification available in value methodology. The process is extensive and includes classes, testing and demonstrating expert knowledge and career experience. The process can take months to years to complete.
  • District Provides Utilities Expertise for Contingency Planning

    The Transatlantic Middle East District (TAM) is known for providing engineering, construction and support services throughout the CENTCOM area of responsibility. For most of its nearly 70 year history, the district has focused on large scale foreign military sales and U.S. military construction projects in the Middle East. Over the past several years however, TAM has developed several specialized capabilities designed to provide more flexibility and better respond to contingency construction environments. One of the most recent developments was TAM’s standing up its own Army Facilities Component Systems (AFCS) branch.
  • June

    Personal stories demonstrate passion for STEM

    Transatlantic Middle East District Civil Engineer Ted Upson met with 25 students from Sacred Heart Academy at STARBASE Academy Winchester.
  • USACE Fire Protection Expertise used worldwide

    The Transatlantic Middle East District has been home to the Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection Technical Center of Expertise (TCX) since 1989 when the District was known as the Middle East/Africa Project Office, after a USACE inquiry for assistance troubleshooting a fire protection system in a hangar in Shemya Island, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands was successful.
  • High School Intern program at Middle East District

    The Middle East District’s high school intern program is dedicated to sparking an interest in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers positions for future generations.
  • District mentors future STEM leaders

    Two local high school students wrapped up internships with the Transatlantic Middle East District with presentations on their semester long efforts for their district mentors, TAM’s commander and other district personnel.
  • May

    TAM Interior Designer Expands Project Management Skills

    Most of the people who work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are specialists. Beyond engineering, USACE employs a variety of experts in their field: lawyers, contracting specialists, safety managers and even divers in some cases. Project managers however, require generalization rather than specialization. Keeping projects that run into the hundreds of millions on schedule, within budget and meeting customer expectations means having oversight of budgets, schedules and hundreds of other moving parts. Deanna Hardy, an interior designer with the Transatlantic Middle East District, was recently given the opportunity to experience both sides of that dynamic when she was offered the opportunity to be the lead project manager on a building renovation in the district’s headquarters.
  • April

    Life-long respect for nature leads to natural habitat in the middle of city

    More than 10 years ago, Dave Worthington’s corner of the world was about to be turned upside down when a developer had plans for the land that bordered the home he’d lived in with his wife Julie Staggers since 2003.
  • March

    District Office of Counsel develops unique expertise in contract law

    The amount and complexity of the Transatlantic Middle East District’s legal work gives its attorneys a unique opportunity to represent the Government on a number of intricate issues, an experience that they likely would not get in other USACE districts, or in the private sector, and one that allows them to become true subject matter experts on the issues they litigate.
  • Celebrating Women's History: Pursued STEM Career to address major challenges facing our nation

    Kathy A. Meyers has been a civil engineer with the Transatlantic Middle East District for the last 11 years of her (so far) 28 year USACE career. She provides reach back support on pricing and issuing contract modifications, Requests for Equitable Adjustments (REA) and claims on Military Construction (MILCON) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) projects.
  • Celebrating Women's History: Experiencing, accepting differences is a step toward peace

    Mandy Bianchini is an architect and the Value Engineering Program Manager for Transatlantic Middle East District and the Transatlantic Division. She manages the Value program for both organizations, and ensures that projects are both compliant with the regulations and that there is real improvement from the Value process by supporting a culture of innovation.
  • Celebrating Women's History: Adding value, assuming more responsibility pays off

    Becky Moser is currently a project assistant working for Transatlantic Middle East District’s Project Management Division. She described her duties as “… the right (and sometimes the left) hand of six project managers for the Saudi/Bahrain Group. I recently moved out of an administrative position and am now doing more technical PM work. It is a bit like drinking from a fire hose at times, but I really enjoy it.”
  • Celebrating Women's History: Doing her part for peace and stability in the Middle East

    Kirsten Smyth is the chief of the 28-person USACE Contingency Deployment Center at Transatlantic Middle East District in Winchester, Va. The UCDC recruits, hires and supports deployees going into the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility for contingency deployments and for other areas when asked.
  • Celebrating Women’s History Month: Striving to make the world a happier, more equal place

    “Everyone has challenges to go through and as women we are unfortunately sometimes still fighting