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Published by: USACE Europe District on Dec 20, 2012
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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 
People and the Holidays
A year ago, I wrote about my toppriority: taking care of people. Duringthis holiday season, it seems appropriateto re-emphasize that commitment. Maj.Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE deputycommanding general and former NADcommander, visited the district thismonth and shared that the people in Europe District arespecial. We have stronger bonds and are more closely knitthan most stateside districts. Perhaps it’s the fact that most ofus are away from home and extended families, or perhaps it’s because we have a motivated, adventurous workforce willingto try new experiences. The result, however, is that we havea strong, competent and trusting team capable of producingextraordinary results. People are the heart of the district, andwe rely on each and every member to contribute throughproject delivery teams to meet our customer needs.To me, taking care of people means empowering ourworkforce to perform at its best. It includes ensuring weeectively communicate and individuals have the propertraining and resources to accomplish the job. It also means wework in a safe climate free of harassment and discrimination,and our families are secure and informed. I want our teammembers to be proud of their accomplishments, personallymake a dierence, grow to their full potential and take goodcare of one another.This is the season of giving, and it is apparent we takegood care of others as well. Our employees donated almost$35,000 to the Combined Federal Campaign and participatedin the ‘Thanks for Thanksgiving’ program to provide turkeydinners to local families through the USO. Also, we aresponsoring families in need, a homeless shelter and nursinghome during the holidays. These are a few of the wonderfuldeeds of our EUD family. I thank you for your generosity andfor taking care of people. For information on how to donate,please see one of our volunteers: Isabel Howard/SusanneKelly/Tawnya Coulter/Amanda Boucher/Mary Grace Abdon/Martha Manuel/Taneisha Brown/Yvee Teal/Xolani Santos/Andrea Faublas/Chanell Collins/Betsy Walls/Q Blankenhorn/Raymond Sullivan/Amanda McMaster.I would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season anda blessed New Year.Building Strong! People, Partners, ProjectsCOL Pete HelmlingerCongratulations to our most recent Europe District Heroes ofthe Bale: David Friedt and Alex Kotovski. Well done!
NATO Special Operations HQ unveiledFrom typewriters to tranquility
MONS, Belgium – U.S. andinternational military officialshave cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art facility constructed by the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers Europe District.Leaders from SHAPE, 26member nations and three non-NATO partners, andUSACE gathered here Dec. 12 for an opening ceremony,heralding the NATO Special Operations Headquartersas a significant achievement in engineering expertise,modernization and sustainable construction.
WIESBADEN, Germany -
AshBatavia just wrapped up a 37-year career with the U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers EuropeDistrict. His work with theArmy goes back to 1971, whenhe took a job as a procurementassistant on a post in Frankfurt. District leaders saidhis professionalism. stability and peaceful demeanortranscended the workplace. He was honored Nov. 30during Europe District’s town hall meeting.
WIESBADEN, Germany -
Think global, act local. Thephrase, popularized in the1970s on the back bumpers ofhippies’ Volkswagens and onthe front of their T-shirts, hasevolved through the yearsand taken on a wider meaning. The slogan is used by urban planners, environmentalists, governmentocials and business executives to describe a globalmindset with a local focus.
Issue 37, December 2012
USACE explores LEED options overseas
Click announcement or visitFBO.gov for more solicitations.
on the Ramstein Resident Ofce
Front (from left): Cyril Sawyer, Capt. Shai-Lin Ynacay, Shaun Frost and Edelin
Back (from left): Doug Bohnam, David Scott and Bernhard Ochsenreither.
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The Ramstein Resident Oce is part of the Central Area Oce in Kaiserslautern,Germany.Major projects at Ramstein include the $50 million commissary renovation, concretestaging area for C-130 aircra called Ramp One, Air Operations Center, 128-persondormitory facility and the Air Freight Terminal.Outside of Ramstein, the oce has been busy with the Germersheim Army Depot DLAdistribution center, Vogelweh Elementary School and Kaiserslautern High School.The oce supports the Air Force and Army in smaller operations and maintenanceprojects. The team executes many force-protection projects for the Air Force. On the Armyside, USACE completes O&M work on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.These projects are expertly managed by the Ramstein team, which includes BernhardOchsenreither, a local national who has worked on indirect projects in construction totalingapproximately $83 million. The oce would not get along as smoothly as it does withoutEdelin Magrata, the oce secretary. Since her arrival, the oce has run more smoothly. Shehandles document organization and contractor installation passes with a happy smile anda positive aitude that’s contagious.Each team member faces many challenges -- juggling multiple projects, balancingworkload, and understanding and trying to meet customer operational needs. To combatthese challenges, the oce engineers work together, stay exible and nd solutions tocustomer issues to meet deadlines and deliver projects successfully.Overall, this oce stands united and takes a cohesive approach to meet the mission,and customer satisfaction proves it. It starts with the solid leadership of both the residentengineer, Shaun Frost, and area engineer, John Steinbeck, the team members say. Thatmakes it easy to work at Ramstein.Steinbeck also is impressed by his sta. “These are well-qualied individuals who havegood work experience and are happy to be employed – that translates into a very dedicatedemployee,” he said.Capt. Shai-Lin Ynacay, a project engineer, agrees.“Here at the Ramstein Resident Oce, we are motivated by the people we work for,happy to work alongside each other and dedicated in providing customer satisfaction,”she said.
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