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Message from the Commander
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 identies 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 aended 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