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EiE Express October 2012

EiE Express October 2012

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USACE Europe District's monthly e-newsletter.
USACE Europe District's monthly e-newsletter.

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The Monthly eNewsleer for USACE Europe District’s
MagazineB U I L D I N G S T R O N G !U S A C E E U R O P E D I S T R I C T
 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. Wenished 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 extraordinaryeorts 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 eorts 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 geing 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 ResidentOce in September. She faithfully served the district as aProject Engineer Assistant for the past ve years. Her eortshelped make a dierence 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.
HEIDELBERG, Germany
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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
AROUND EUROPE
 
WORK WITH USACE
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Spotlight
on the Benelux Resident Ofce
Left to Right: Joanathan Carr, Dennis Mayer, Stephen Mahan, Michael Oliver  Not pictured: Jessica Reath, Jennifer Know Baker 
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Benelux is the area of Europe consisting of Belgium, Luxembourg, and theNetherlands. The Resident Oce is located at Supreme Headquarters Allied PowersEurope in Mons, Belgium. SHAPE serves as the military arm of NATO. The resident ocealso supports smaller project oces in Brunssum and Chievers Airbase.At SHAPE, the team is working on the DoDDS elementary, middle, and highschools and an international school. A new NATO Special Operation Headquarters building will also be complete this month. Mike Oliver, project engineer, covers the DoDDSwork while Steve Mahan, PE, focuses on the NATO headquarters. Mahan and the entireoce team work diligently to incorporate European standards, Belgium norms, NATOrequirements and U.S. requirements into the projects they execute. Jonathan Carr, the resident engineer, highlights the unique aspects of workingwith NATO at SHAPE.“The best part about working and living in the BENELUX is the amount ofinteraction you have with NATO countries. To coordinate projects, we talk to a BritishMajor for public works, a Turkish soldier for trac issues and an American Major forsecurity issues. While this creates challenges, it also creates great opportunities.”The oce supports a Child Development Center project in Brunssum, theNetherlands. When complete, it will provide child and youth services for the childrenof NATO Joint Forces Command personnel. Jessica Reath, project engineer, manages theconstruction and enjoys life in the Tri-Border area.“Brunssum is a picturesque town with well maintained streets, sidewalks and bike paths. The people are very friendly and there are lots of open elds that make greatplaces to let the dogs run free. Although small, Brunssum is just a quick train ride fromMaastricht or Aachen and ideally situated between Amsterdam, Brussels and manyGerman cities,” Reath said.In addition, JOC projects in Benelux are executed by Jennifer Baker and DennisMayer. Mayer enjoys the European educational environment his children are immersed in.Bob Sommer, regional program manager says Belgium can be a great place to liveand travel from.“Its world-renowned beer, French fries, mussels, and chocolate make it agastronomical delight,” Sommer said. “Two airports, Charlois and Brussels, make it easyto maintain a wanderlust lifestyle.”
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