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Engineering in Europe e-Newsletter February 2013

Engineering in Europe e-Newsletter February 2013

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USACE Europe District's monthly e-magazine.
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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 
Fiscal stewardship
In these fiscally uncertain times, withpotential sequestration approaching, manypeople want to know what it all means andhow it will impact Europe District and ourpartners?Our bottom line is that we must be goodstewards of our nation’s resources.For those not familiar with U.S. scallaw, sequestration will trigger $500 billion in across-the-boarddefense spending cuts over the next decade, on top of $487 billionin already-planned cuts, unless Congress identies equivalentsavings by March 1. At the district level, this would substantiallyreduce sustainment, restoration and modernization funding forinstallations across Europe, and could cancel any MILCON projectnot already awarded.Nobody knows how sequestration will play out. If it isimplemented, the effects will be noticeable. If it is averted, ourworkload and workforce will remain stable, but we must stillrecognize we are in an era of increasing fiscal austerity.For now, in accordance with deputy secretary of Defense guidance,USACE is continuing normal operations, except where otherwiseadvised. We are hiring only for key and essential positions on a case- by-case basis as approved by USACE headquarters, and we havecanceled all non-mission essential travel. However, we will continueto provide value and not interrupt services or project delivery for ourcustomers.USACE has demonstrated financial stewardship, and willcontinue to do so. In fact, USACE is the only major activity in DODwith clean audit opinions over the past four years. These unqualifiedopinions are a testament of USACE’s sound financial practices andstewardship of taxpayer dollars.On a solemn note, we were saddened this month by the passingof Mr. John Curtis, former Europe District chief of Construction, athis home in Texas. John struggled with a rare and fast-moving formof Lou Gehrig’s disease that took his life at the age of only 54. Hededicated his professional life to the Corps of Engineers, with 31 yearsof service, including stints in Wiesbaden, Belgium and Galveston. John was a talented civil engineer and a highly respected member ofthe Europe District team. He deeply touched many lives, and I amgrateful for the opportunity to have served with him.Building Strong! People, Partners, ProjectsCOL Pete HelmlingerCongratulations to Europe District’s most recent Heroes of the Battle:Steve Mahan, Jason Dukes, Tommy Rose, Victoria Alimbuyao, LalitWadhwa, and Rachael Raposa. Well done!
District projects taking SHAPE in BelgiumAnsbach opens ‘greenest’ commissary
MONS, Belgium – The U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers is managing amajor push into upgrading decades-old buildings on the NATO base hereas part of an endeavor that will havea lasting impact on the culture andmission of Supreme HeadquartersAllied Powers Europe, military and education leaders say.The centerpiece is a multinational-funded, $146 millionconstruction project at SHAPE International School, the largestunder way within USACE Europe District. It’s expected to befully operational by the summer of 2018.
ANSBACH, Germany -
Representatives from DefenseCommissary Agency, U.S.Army Corps of EngineersEurope District, InstallationManagement Command-Europe and the U.S. ArmyGarrison Ansbach community aended the grand openingof a new commissary Feb. 5 in Urlas, Germany.
The 46,000-square-foot facility incorporates manysustainable design and energy-saving features.
WIESBADEN, Germany - Somesay the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers Europe District is likea family. Being in Europe, farfrom home brings employeestogether to experience and enjoylife overseas.But for 34 employees here, one of their colleagues actually isfamily -- their spouse. USACE Europe District is home to 17married couples.In honor of Valentine’s Day, ve brave husbands and wivesdiscuss what it’s like to call their spouse a co-worker.
Issue 39, February 2013
At USACE, some jobs are a labor of love
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Spotlight
on the K-Town Resident Ofce
From left: Bettina Reinhard, Martin Rothhaar, Dennis McEleney, Dan Wentzel, GabrielleLauer, Kevin Anderson, Catherine Nilsen, Siegfried Schaefer, Kaitlin Karnath, RenneeEdwards, David Nichols and Markus Kessler.
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The Kaiserslautern Resident Oce in Germany is part of the Central EuropeArea Oce. It’s responsible for executing projects in Baumholder, Landstuhl,Kaiserslautern, Sembach, Ramstein, Pirmasens, Gruenstadt and Germersheim.“This is one of the few eld oces remaining from the days of the old EuropeDivision,” said Kaiserslautern Resident Engineer David Nichols. “We are a teamof 10 construction-savvy folks.”Kaiserslautern projects under design or construction include a new RhineOrdnance Barracks, dining facility, connement complex and Child YouthServices Center. Martin Rothhaar, a project engineer, said solid cooperation withpartners LBB Kaiserslautern and Idar-Oberstein -- and a fair atmosphere for localcontractors -- has led to an exceptional track record in project delivery.“In this oce, there are no problems, only challenges to be accepted andsolved,” he added.Dan Wenel and Kevin Anderson, civil engineering and construction inspectiontechnicians, respectively, are covering a heavy load of Job Order Contracting tasksin Baumholder, while project engineer Markus Kessler will soon begin renovationof the Rheinlander Club with LBB Idar Oberstein.Siegfried Schaefer, another project engineer, handles the large renovation workat Landstuhl, where Rohaar heads up the new youth center and Rhine OrdinanceBarracks complex under construction.Other team members, including Dennis McEleney, Kaitlin Karnath and BeinaReinhard, are engaged in Sembach, preparing infrastructure inherited from theAir Force for new occupants after the closure of U.S. facilities in Mannheim andHeidelberg. This includes an overhaul of oces for Installation ManagementCommand-Europe and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, refurbishedArmy band facilities, AFN studios and the new connement facility.The Kaiserslautern Resident Oce is in a region renowned for its natural beauty and fertile landscape. City dwellers often come here for hiking, fresh air,recreation and the famous Elwetritsch hunting.Ramstein Air Base is a major economic inuence in the area.“The future is bright for the oce with more construction work expected,”Nichols said.
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