Author: Kristen Bergeson, Public Affairs
  • March

    Huntsville Center’s EMCX celebrates 30-plus years of environmental expertise

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental and Munitions Center of Expertise (EM CX) has undergone multiple name changes and restructurings over the last three decades, but its mission to provide environmental remediation expertise for military installations worldwide has remained the same. The EM CX, part of the USACE Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, recently completed a rigorous recertification process, earning the USACE “expert” designation for another five years.
  • Employees reflect on 'Black Resilience' for Black History Month event

    The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office hosted its annual Black History Month presentation Feb. 28. More than 100 employees attended the virtual event featuring four panelists who paid tribute to Black Americans who have overcome educational, political and economic barriers to make significant contributions to our nation’s history and identity.
  • February

    Huntsville Center celebrates Engineers Week

    The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville joined other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agencies Feb. 19 to 25 to celebrate 2023 National Engineers Week.
  • January

    Huntsville Center answers charge to electrify Army’s vehicle fleet

    Electric vehicle charging stations have begun popping up at Army installations across the Nation, less than a year after the Army announced plans to reduce its climate impacts by decreasing fossil fuel use. The Army’s climate strategy, released in February 2022, outlines a plan to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent, in part by transitioning to a fully electric vehicle fleet by 2050. For its non-tactical, light-duty fleet, the service plans to be all-electric by 2027.
  • ‘The Way of the Future’

    Employees participating in a recent construction safety course at the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville toured a construction site, identified safety hazards and experienced the dangerous outcomes of safety violations – all without leaving their classroom. This real-world experience was made possible by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Safety Trainer 360, a virtual reality construction site game created by the Huntsville Center Safety Office and the Army Game Studio.
  • Huntsville Center hosts Safety Investigation Board training

    Dozens of safety officials from across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) enterprise recently convened at the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville to learn how to properly investigate, document and report safety incidents.
  • November

    Huntsville Center heroes teach students to “Recognize, Retreat, Report”

    Representatives from the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville taught munitions safety to students during Columbia Elementary School’s “Community Heroes Day” on Friday, November 18.
  • Huntsville Center closes out FY22 with $2.57 billion in contract actions

    In fiscal year 2022, the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville awarded more than 4,300 contract actions totaling more than $2.57 billion in obligations for global stakeholders.
  • October

    Planning and Programming team wins national awards

    The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville’s Planning and Programming Support team received national recognition at the American Planning Association’s National Federal Planning Division Conference for the second year in a row.
  • September

    Huntsville Center hosts USACE business directors for annual conference

    For the first time ever, business directors from across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers convened at the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville this week for the annual Business Management Chiefs Face-to-Face Meeting.
  • Getting to Know Bret Styers, Huntsville Center's 'Snowshoes on the Ground' in Alaska

    Bret Styers is the senior program manager for the Ballistic Missile Defense Center of Expertise at the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. Styers was born in Valencia, California, but moved to Alaska when he was a toddler. He now lives with his wife and four children in Anchorage and serves as the Center’s lead on missile-defense projects across the state.
  • From 'Folly' to Fortune

    What was once considered the foolish, costly act of a land-hungry politician is now considered to be one of the most profitable and strategic moves in U.S. history. The U.S. purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, a transaction negotiated by then Secretary of State William Seward, was initially ridiculed in the press as “Seward’s folly” because the arctic region was thought by many to be unusable and unhabitable. Fast forward more than 150 years to the present, and Alaska is not only one of the richest states in the nation but also a key part of America’s missile defense program.
  • August

    'See something, say something'

    The Department of the Army designated August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month in 2010 to serve as a reminder of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and lead into National Preparedness Month, held annually in September.
  • October

    ISPM director honored with DOD Disability Award

    Arthur Martin, director of the Center’s Installation Support and Project Management directorate, was one of only 21 servicemembers and civilians with disabilities to be recognized for their contributions to the DOD mission. The awards honor those whose attributes best epitomize the qualities and core values of their respective military department or DOD component, said Clarence Johnson, director of the DOD Diversity Management Operations Center.
  • September

    Huntsville Center architect earns top USACE honors

    The award recognizes Douglas Kohns, senior architect at the Medical Facilities Mandatory of Expertise and Standardization, for his architectural leadership and support of numerous Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs medical programs, but the award specifically highlights his more recent contributions to the COVID-19 relief efforts. Kohns developed the national architectural design standard for the alternate care sites and community vaccination centers that were quickly designed and constructed across the nation in a matter of months.
  • VE program stays course despite COVID shutdown

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Huntsville Center does business, but it has not changed the business we do. For the Center’s Value Engineering (VE) Program, that means implementing innovative solutions to continue helping the Center’s programs provide high-quality work in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Through collaborative workshops to evaluate methods and processes, the program increases value and stretches taxpayer resources by proactively searching for and resolving issues. The Corps of Engineers requires all Huntsville Center programs to conduct a VE study once every five years.
  • July

    Joly assumes command of Huntsville Center

    A new commander took over the leadership and direction of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville during a change of command ceremony Friday, July 23, at the Bob Jones Auditorium on Redstone Arsenal.
  • June

    Huntsville Veteran: ‘Army heritage is all about family’

    When Jose Santoscruz left his home in Puerto Rico at only 20 years old, he didn’t know he would find family spread out all over the United States, Europe and even the Middle East. But that’s exactly what happened, he said, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1978 and formed lifelong bonds with the men and women serving alongside him.
  • March

    Lanier named Modern-Day Technology Leader

    Mike Lanier, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project director and team lead for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Medical Facilities Center of Expertise and Standardization, was named a Modern-Day Technology Leader at the 2021 Black Engineer of the Year Awards.