The Monthly eNewsleer for USACE Europe District’s
Message from the Commander
Happy Fiscal New Year
Fiscal Year 2013 promises to be anexciting year for Europe District as wecontinue to provide premier engineeringsupport to the enduring U.S. Army andAir Force installations in Europe. Weare enhancing programs to meet ourPartners’ needs, including energy securityand sustainability, foreign military sales,humanitarian assistance, DoDDS, Missile Defense Agencysupport, and the Kaiserslautern Military Community MedicalCenter. FY12 was a benchmark year for the district. Weexecuted the 13th largest program of USACE’s 41 districts by completing $740 million of design and construction. Wenished on a very high note and processed 1,777 contractactions for a total obligated amount in new work over $1 billion spread over multiple years. More than 31 percent ofthese actions were executed in the month of September alone. Iwould like to thank our team members for their extraordinaryeorts meeting the needs of our Partners. Last month Ireferred to the end of scal year as our Superbowl. It was adecisive win – win for all. Our workload in future years is notlikely to be as high, but it will remain strategically importantto our Nation and allies.The Chief of Engineers, Lt. General Thomas Bostick,elegantly summed up FY12 accomplishments for the entireU.S. Army Corps of Engineers:“Even more important than the numbers are the people– our hard-working professionals who ensure delivery andmanagement of USACE programs and the people aroundthe world who depend upon our projects for safety, security,economic prosperity and quality-of-life. I want to thank ourentire team for the herculean eorts associated with year-endexecution and close-out. You worked diligently throughoutthe year and into the late hours of the night over the last fewweeks, wrapping up FY12 and geing FY13 o to a good start.I’m very proud of you – well done!”On a somber note, we lost a dear team member with thepassing Ms. Doris Stanush from the Kaiserslautern ResidentOce in September. She faithfully served the district as aProject Engineer Assistant for the past ve years. Her eortshelped make a dierence improving the facilities and quality-of-life for Soldiers and Airmen within the community. Herdeath, as a result of natural causes, at the far too young age of61 has diminished us all, and she will be sorely missed.
Building Strong! People, Partners, ProjectsCOL Pete HelmlingerCongratulations Europe District Heroes of the Battle: Stan Young, Sallie
Donahue, Mike Carney, Amanda McMaster, Dan Wentzel!
AVIANO, Italy- A U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers ForwardEngineering Support Team-Advance (FEST-A) conductedtraining and remote engineeringmissions in partnership withItalian Army ReconnaissanceEngineers here September 9-21, 2012.“It is no understatement to say that this event is the ‘SuperBowl’ of FEST-A training,” said Master Sergeant Steve Frank,FEST exercise planner.
PRANJANI, Serbia- The cheersof more than 520 World War IIAllied airmen being evacuatedfrom Pranjani is a 68-year-oldmemory for the residents of thisrural, farming village. The townis home to the greatest rescueoperation behind enemy lines during the Second WorldWar. The people of Pranjani risked their lives to care fordowned American aviators until their eventual evacuationin 1944.
Installation ManagementCommand Europe garrisonsconsume 5,263,221 kilowa-hours of energy each day;roughly enough to powerYankee Stadium ve times.Staggering statistics, have led top Department of Defenseleaders to seek out secure, uninterrupted access topower, energy and water to improve military installationsecurity and conserve natural resources.
Issue 35, October 2012