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  • December

    Welcome home Dredge Hurley!

    The Memphis District’s Dredge Hurley returned to its home port of Ensley Engineer Yard in Memphis Harbor around 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Their arrival marks the end of the two most productive dredging seasons in the vessel’s history.
  • 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.
  • MVM top performer in small business

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recognized the Memphis District as a top performer in two categories at the 2019 Society of American Military Engineers Federal Small Business Conference for the A/E/C Industry currently taking place in Dallas, Texas.
  • 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.
  • Memphis District Dive Team looks for mussels on Florida river

    Five members of the Memphis District Dive Team, led by Biologist Mike Thron, spent a week in October searching for two species of threatened and endangered mussels species on the Apalachicola River north of Panama City, Florida.
  • Key USACE structure to get “facelift”

    An indispensable structure at Ensley Engineer Yard known as the stringout is getting a much needed “facelift” over the course of the next few years, and is slated for completion in the spring of 2022.
  • Chrisco takes Director Safety Award

    Physical Support Branch Marine Facilities Specialist Chad Chrisco was recently awarded the Director of Army Safety Risk Management Safety Award for his efforts during Ensley Engineer Yard string-out barge replacement operations.
  • Romona Oring is October Employee of the Month

    Wynne Area Office Administrative Support Assistant Romona Oring is the Memphis District Employee of
  • September

    District has powerful new survey tool

    Have you ever watched one of those documentary television programs where researchers have a cool laser gizmo that spins on a tripod and maps the inside of a prehistoric cave or the outside of an ancient building like the Coliseum of Rome to the tiniest detail? Well, now the Memphis District has one of those gizmos too. But, our engineers and technicians are putting it to different uses. Called the SX-10 Scanning Total Station, the device uses LiDAR to create a “point cloud” of a scanned object. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. That’s a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances and locations. The Memphis District is already using LiDAR for mapping and imaging on our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The SX-10, however, uses terrestrial LiDAR.
  • Biologists check for endangered mussels

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees perform a lot of interesting jobs related to the rivers we work on. But one of the most unusual jobs involves looking for an endangered species of fresh water mussels.
  • Corps of Engineers completes Poinsett County Ditch 10 cleanout ahead of schedule, under budget

    On U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors have completed maintenance work to cleanout Ditch 10 in Poinsett County, west of Trumann, Arkansas, 70 days ahead of schedule and $44,546 under budget.
  • District Commander participates in launch of new shipboard water quality monitoring system

    Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller joined officials from the U.S. Geological Survey and a group of Mississippi River city mayors at a press conference Monday (Sept. 16) to announce the launch of a new shipboard water quality monitoring system. The steam ship American Queen, where the press conference took place, is the first commercial vessel to mount the system.
  • Team Recognition

    IN THE PHOTO: Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller (fourth from left) poses with members of the District Team after presenting each with a Certificate of Appreciation and On-the-Spot Award for improving the District’s program and project delivery processes. During the presentation, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management Donny Davidson (far left) recognized the group as “super troopers” and discussed how each person’s hard work and dedication supports and advances the District’s mission. Great job team!
  • District Commander on the road (Part 4)

    This is the fourth installment of Col. Zachary Miller’s recent road trip around the district. Another culvert project was the impetus for this stop. Bobby Carlyle from our Caruthersville Area Office was also the USACE point man on this job. The Mound City to Cairo Levee is located along the Ohio River in the southern tip of Illinois and protects Mound City and Pulaski County, Ill. This project will replace an existing 30-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe with a 48-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe. The culvert will also feature a flap gate to prevent backflow when water is high, and a sluice gate to prevent reverse flow.
  • District Commander on the road (Part 3)

    This is the third installment of Col. Zachary Miller’s recent road trip around the district. This time he viewed work to replace a number of culverts under a levee and perform other work near New Madrid, Mo. The 15-mile long Farrenburg levee reduces the risk of backwater flooding along St. John’s Bayou. The project now underway will renovate and replace 18 culverts that cross under the levee. The purpose of the culverts are to keep flood waters out of the protected area, then allow any interior captured water to drain when water levels drop.
  • Keating, Taylor selected for MVD Emerging Leader Program

    Memphis District employees Danny Keating and Matthew Taylor received word earlier this month that they were selected to participate in the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) Emerging Leader Program. A letter from Division Commander Maj. Gen. R. Mark Toy stated, “Your selection was based upon your demonstrated ability and potential in the areas of leadership, development, and management.”
  • Welcome to the District team

    Welcome to the District team Shanon Fortolis and Jeremy Ruffell
  • District Commander on the road (Part 2)

    This is the second installment of Col. Zachary Miller’s recent road trip around the district. At this stop he had opportunity to see and learn about Eastern Arkansas’ Marked Tree Siphons (or syphons) – a flood control facility the Memphis District built 80 years ago that is still in operation today!
  • District Commander on the road (Part I)

    Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller recently spent the better part of a week traveling through the district to view work in progress and meet with our many partners and stakeholders. We’ll follow along in this series of brief articles and photos.