Seven December 1941 was the opening scene of World War II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was there. At 7:55 a.m., two waves of Japanese warplanes from a naval task force about 250 miles north of Hawaii appeared over Oahu. Some headed for American warships at Pearl Harbor and the planes on the ground at nearby Hickam Field; others hit Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Field, and Bellows Field. The Corps of Engineers in Hawaii consisted of Soldier-engineers in the Army’s Hawaiian Department, and the Corps’ Honolulu Engineer District, then part of the South Pacific Division.
Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and Absher Construction opened a new $35.3 million barracks with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 30. The new Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing on Montague Street on Schofield will house Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (25th ID) and the 2nd Brigade. [Read More]
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District recently completed a very successful Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) during which 513 contract actions were awarded totaling $196,347,764.00.
More than 35 volunteers collected trash and debris at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki Sept. 21 in honor of National Public Lands Day. The Corps of Engineers’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center (RVC) coordinated the event that was supported by Corps employees and Punahou Junior ROTC cadets. [Read More]
Editor’s Note: The Honolulu District hosted two U.S. Army cadets this summer as part of the Cadet District Engineer Program (CDEP). This program allows ROTC and U.S. Military Academy cadets the opportunity to gain first-hand construction and engineering experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Cadets are typically assigned for a month of training at USACE Districts to assist with work on civil, mechanical, electrical, or environmental engineering projects. The program provides them exposure to the USACE mission and educates them about future career opportunities. In their own words, here is what these cadets experienced: [Read More]
The "Red Zone": The red zone is the last 20 yards before the goal lines at both ends of an American football field. Since the field is 100 yards long, the red zone accounts for 40 percent of the football field. By the time a team reaches the red zone, the offense has almost made it to the goal line. The red zone is never marked on the field itself--nothing formally differentiates the red zone from any other part of the field--but becomes an extremely useful tool when planning strategy. Commentators will often speak of the red zone when gauging a team's overall effectiveness. Similarly, coaches often emphasize red zone plays as a means of successfully completing a drive (or stymieing the opponents'). – eHow.com [Read More]
Since 1955 Hawaii has been impacted by three major Hurricanes, Dot in 1959, Iwa in 1982 and Iniki in 1992. Numerous hurricanes have also tracked through the Central Pacific Ocean and close enough to the Hawaiian Islands in recent years to put a scare into everyone. [Read More]
Volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the Waikiki Improvement Association, the Hale Koa Hotel, and other concerned citizens to clean up Waikiki Beach as part of Earth Day 2013 on April 27. Approximately 20 volunteers from the Punahou Junior ROTC program (which includes cadets from other area high schools and some home-schooled students) joined Corps’ employees and their friends and families to clean up the beach and berm area at the Corps’ Pacific Regional Visitor Center (RVC) at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki. They also planted decorative plants donated by the Hale Koa Hotel in front of the Army Museum and the RVC. Altogether about 50 volunteers participated. [Read More]
Seventy-two people eagerly crammed into a Honolulu District conference room in early February to attend the Corps’ latest Safety and Health Training for Small Business Contractors. The free, four-hour training is geared primarily for small business contractors in Hawaii and teaches them how to write and execute effective Accident Prevention Plans (APP) for Corps construction contracts. Many District engineers, other Corps staff, and large business contractors also attended.
The Honolulu District has developed working relationships with two Wounded Warrior units: the Warrior Transition Battalion based at Schofield Barracks and the Marine Wounded Warrior Detachment based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe.
The mission of these organizations is to transition Warriors and families from injury, illness, or disease to duty or veteran status. When servicemembers become wounded, ill, or injured, they often face a major change in their career trajectory. While approximately 50% return to their military careers, many separate from service and begin a new career in the civilian workforce.