• August

    USACE seeks contractors to build counternarcotics projects in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

    Recently, representatives from the Middle East District went to two countries in the Central Asian States looking for a few good contractors.
  • On top of the world: Middle East District employee climbs Kilimanjaro

    Jay Wallace, an assistant district counsel, reached that destination earlier this year, climbing 19,341 feet above sea level and fulfilling his dream of summiting the highest mountain in Africa.
  • July

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will improve electrical distribution in Helmand Province

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts combined their resources to award a critically important project for providing reliable electric power from the Kajaki Dam power house on the Helmand River through the Helmand province in southwestern Afghanistan.
  • June

    US Army Corps of Engineers continues to build projects contributing to Iraq Sovereignty

    In seven years starting in 2004, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed more than 5,000 projects with a value of $8.8 billion in Iraq. The construction program was crucial in the efforts to secure a new and reliable government for Iraq.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers remains an engaged partner in Iraq

    No area office in the Middle East District's charge has experienced more change in the past year than has the Iraq Area Office.
  • Family Readiness: Caring for families and employees, deployed or not

    Family Readiness Groups help families meet the challenges of military life and serve an important role for any military organization, including the Middle East District.
  • Bill Ryals, Beekeeper extraordinaire

    Ryals, chief of Programs and Project Management Division's Support for Others Branch, has worked for USACE for 34 years and came to the Middle East District nine years ago. During his time with the district, Ryals discovered a class taught by the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah Valley at Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of Virginia. However, with his constant travel to Iraq, he was unable to attend but never gave up his interest. Three years ago, he was able to attend the six-week course and learned the basics of apiculture, or beekeeping.
  • April

    Deputy Commander and Brewmaster General

    When Lt. Col. Rusty Sears came to the Middle East District as deputy commander in August 2010, he brought with him four years of experience in engineer positions and as chief of Construction for U.S. Army Central, with tours in Kuwait and Iraq and frequent trips to Afghanistan. He is a walking encyclopedia on the district's military projects throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations, often providing project background or context that few others in the district have. He is passionate about each member of the district team contributing directly to our mission to support our nation.
  • USACE Takes Corrective Action to Get a Project Back on Track

    When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commits to delivering a project or service for a customer, it strives to complete the work on time, within budget, and at a quality standard that the customer expects.
  • Partnering Equals Teamwork

    Anytime the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commits to delivering a construction project, it relies on a bevy of partners. At the forefront of that group is the construction contractor.
  • District’s Traditional Foreign Military Sales Role Returning

    These programs are examples of the Middle East District's support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers international mission through the foreign military sales program. FMS had traditionally been the larger portion of the district's workload before the tragic events of 9/11 changed the world. The next decade brought a military construction focus to the district's work in the Middle East and Central Asia regions.
  • March

    USACE Participates in KazBuild Spring 2012 and Prime Contractor Meeting

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives participated in the KazBuild Spring 2012 Expo, a construction exhibition held March 14-16 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. USACE representatives included the Transatlantic Division's Senior Procurement Analyst Leigh Bandy and the Middle East District's Small Business Specialist Mike Weaver and Project Management Support for Others Branch Chief Bill Ryals.
  • District Breaks Glass Ceiling During Observance of National Women’s History Month

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District celebrated Women's History Month on Mar. 15 during a luncheon featuring a special guest speaker from the local academic community.
  • Projectwise: Bridging the Gap Quickly and Easily

    Technology is continually evolving and helping Middle East District employees do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Having a workforce located on separate continents that plans and manages projects simultaneously presents some difficult, sometimes unique, challenges.
  • Personnel Spotlight Joey Behr: Engineer and Inventor

    Since the age of 14, Joey Behr has had an interest in hunting. Now, at 24, he holds a patent for a product that enhances a bow hunter's odds of hitting his target and has another patent pending.
  • Annual Award Winners Honored

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District held its Annual Awards Ceremony for fiscal year 2011 on Feb. 16. Commander Col. Jon Christensen presided over the event and presented the awards.
  • Mitchell and McDowell honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Conference

    Lt. Col. Anthony P. Mitchell and Tamika W. McDowell possess characteristics of excellence and leadership that will attract young people to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
  • February

    Team Member Represents Professional Women on Panel at North Carolina State University

    Middle East District Mechanical Engineer Wilhelmina Pierce returned to North Carolina State University, her alma mater, in Raleigh, N.C., for their 7th Annual Professional Women in the Workplace Symposium, Feb. 9. The goal of the symposium was to share professional experiences and impart advice to undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors.
  • USACE Supports Local Mathletes

    Mathletes from area middle schools gathered Feb. 4 to compete in a local MATHCOUNTS event.
  • District Reaches Two Million Man Hours of Safe Work in Bahrain

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District has recognized a contractor for working more than two million man hours without a lost-time accident.