Author: Jessica Haas, Public Affairs Specialist
  • March

    Another Rock Island District project complete

    Ensley Engineer Yard Skilled Tradesmen recently completed a second survey vessel project for the Mississippi Valley Division’s Rock Island District. The Survey Boat “Dubuque” had repairs done to include items such as replacing the deck hatches with watertight hatches, servicing outboard engines and generator, replacing of the lower unit on both engines, replacing all interior and exterior screws on the vessel, and installing those screws using Loctite to prevent loosening.
  • Grand Prairie Tainter gates ‘OK’ to proceed

    Members of the Memphis District’s Construction, Mechanical and Structural Branches, Area and Resident Offices, and Southern Contractors, Inc., all recently gathered to witness the successful testing of four Tainter gates as part of the Grand Prairie Widened Canal Project near DeValls Bluff, Arkansas.
  • Memphis District to get new dry dock

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District's Ensley Engineer Yard is well on its way to acquiring a new dry dock to take the place of the current Dry Dock 1015 within the next few years.
  • Value added, delivered, certified

    The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proud to announce that one of its very own is the only employee in the Mississippi Valley Division certified to facilitate Value Engineering Studies totaling more than 10 million dollars. Neal Newman, technical manager, senior cost manager, and MVM district value officer, now holds an additional title as Certified Value Specialist.
  • St. Francis Basin projects ready to advertise

    The Memphis District Design Teams are celebrating the recent completion of designs for four supplemental projects now ready to be advertised. The packages have been sent to the contracting team for award this fiscal year.
  • Corps surveys the Keystone Dam

    The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to perform survey support for districts outside of the Mississippi Valley Division. Recently, Surveyors Josh Beam and Phil Pettit from the Memphis Survey Section completed a survey of the Keystone Dam, which is located west of Tulsa, Oklahoma on Keystone Lake near the community of Sand Springs.
  • Noteworthy realty service

    Some would say there’s nothing better than getting a thank you note after you’ve done a good job, especially when the job can be a sensitive time for those involved. Meet Joshua A. Neisen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Realty Specialist for the Memphis District. He recently received a thank you note from both landowners and the District Commander for a job well done.
  • February

    Top five strengths

    Performance Management and Data Analytics Chief of Military Programs at USACE Headquarters, Sam Zakhem, led a two-day class on a variety of important topics ranging from knowing yourself as a leader, making a first impression, and listening with intent.
  • Several Mississippi scour repairs complete

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District, Wynne Area Office, River Engineering and various construction partners recently delivered on yet another construction contract ahead of schedule, within budget and with zero safety incidents.
  • Hopes of leaving a city of 'marble'

    “One of my favorite quotes is ‘Urbem latericium invenit, marmorea reliquit – I found a city of bricks and left a city of marble.’ – Caesar Augustus, recorded by Suetonius,” Structural Engineer Shane Boehmer said. “So for me, when I end my deployment in 2021, I want to leave Iraq knowing my efforts made the coalition bases and Iraqi bases safer and better, thus improving the quality of the lives for the soldiers on those bases.”
  • MVD to get new Bank Grading Unit

    “A lot of work is accomplished with the use of a barge mounted dragline and bulldozers,” Civil Engineer Jake Storz said. “Right now, the current machine used to do much of this work is over 70 years old and ready to retire. That’s why the Mississippi Valley Division is well on its way to getting a new Bank Grading Unit to replace the current one.”
  • St. Francis Lake project a success

    If anyone ever hoped for a success story involving scour repair, the St. Francis Lake Control Structure Scour Protection project is it. Not only was this Memphis District project completed ahead of schedule and under budget, but it also came complete without any safety incidents in all the 800.5 hours spent working.
  • Keeping the river open for business

    The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed another important Mississippi River project located just across the Mississippi River from New Madrid, Missouri. The stone dike construction project, named Kentucky Point, Kentucky, was designed to assist in maintaining a safe and reliable navigation channel for commercial towboats in the Mississippi River. It also directly supports the Mississippi River Channel Improvement navigation mission.
  • January

    DeSoto Co., USACE: Partners in flood risk management

    Desoto County is the fastest growing county in Mississippi. With a population of over 175,000 residents, it is also the third most populated county in Mississippi. Unfortunately, it experiences frequent floods that cause economic losses and threaten lives. Congress authorized a study in DeSoto County to determine the feasibility of providing flood risk management solutions to the area. The Project Delivery Team (PDT) responsible for conducting the feasibility study has been working for over a year now, with their most recent meeting taking place earlier this month.
  • Earning our customers’ trust

    When someone does a good job on something, like cutting your hair for example, you become their loyal customer because they’ve earned your trust. The Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t cut hair, but they can and do repair boats, among many other things, and the Memphis District’s Ensley Engineer Yard does it so well that these skilled tradesmen are becoming the team of choice for more and more when it comes to marine maintenance projects and repair work.
  • Breaking bridges, building a future

    “When it comes to building strong and innovative solutions, long-term and thorough preparation is always key, and that includes us investing in our young people,” Hamilton added. “The STEM program is just one example of how we, at the Corps, do that.”
  • Memphis District: 2019 dredged up with a bang

    The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several missions associated with the Mississippi River. One of the most important is to keep the river channel at a depth that allows the river barge industry to dependably transport goods up and down the river. To deliver on this charge, the Memphis District awarded a contract/task order in the amount of $7,987,200 to the Inland Dredging Company in April of 2019. On Dec. 23, 2019, Inland Dredging Co. completed all work with a total of 1,289,598 cubic yards of sediment dredged from all 10 Memphis District Harbors.
  • December

    Stroupe is November Employee of the Month

    Jairus Stroupe from Project Operations is the Memphis District Employee of the Month for November. District Commander Col. Zachary Miller presented Stroupe with a special certificate and an on-the-spot cash award Dec. 3, for his outstanding job performance.
  • November

    Coming together for those in need

    Members of the Memphis District stay busy with work, but that doesn’t keep them from finding time to help those around us in need. Two employees in particular, Regional Technical Specialist Jamie Evans and Contract Specialist Sequoria Wilson, managed to coordinate clothing drives recently to give to the homeless in our local area, each doing so on separate occasions.
  • Emergency flood ops knowledge: Sharing is caring

    Members of the Japanese Association for Pump System Engineering recently toured the Memphis District for a chance to share in some knowledge and gain additional field experience in the area of emergency flood operations pump station engineering.