Archive: 2023
  • June

    Volunteer campers provide extra helping hands to lake staff

    The staff at Patoka Lake in Dubois, Indiana, recently welcomed two members of the “family” back, just in time for the busy summer months ahead at the lake. Tim and Margie Carter aren’t paid staff members, instead, they are volunteer campers who help with various tasks to help maintain the property in exchange for being able to park and connect their 38-foot camper there.
  • USACE Louisville District, USDA and University of Kentucky break ground on new research facility

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District celebrated the groundbreaking of a $65.9 million Forage Animal Production Research Unit with the United States Department of Agriculture and University of Kentucky, May 23, 2023, in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • May

    Army officer’s heritage influences past, present and future

    Capt. Vinh Dao has been on a long journey both distance- and experience-wise since his family immigrated to the United States in the 1990s. It’s a journey that he continues to navigate using lessons from his family and as an Army officer.
  • Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to practice water safety

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As millions of Americans plan visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in, on, and around open water.
  • Regulatory Division permits crucial in construction of Kentucky's largest development project

    Construction of the $5.8 billion Ford Blue Oval SK Battery Park in Glendale, Kentucky, is one of the largest economic developments in the history of the Commonwealth. What many don’t know, however, is that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District’s Regulatory Division played a significant role in getting the project off the ground by ensuring the developer met necessary environmental and cultural resource requirements.
  • April

    District foresters see the value in trees

    Trees are not the first topic one thinks of when describing the Louisville District mission. In the Real Estate Division Forestry Team reside Barry Tucker, Certified Forester, and Martin Wilson, who are dedicated professional foresters with a “Can Do” attitude. As part of the mission of the Real Estate Division, foresters administer the management and disposal of real property for both civil works and military projects. In this case, real property is trees and the disposal is in the form of timber sales. The USACE Forestry Team ensures the execution of the Army’s forest and land management goals through various disposal and real estate actions.
  • Salvage operations continue following barge accident

    Salvage Operations continue following a barge accident, which occurred March 28 at McAlpine Locks
  • Engineering students visit LOUVAMC construction site

    Louisville, Ky. – Engineering students from the University of Louisville had the opportunity to visit the site of the new Louisville VA Medical Center where they were given an overview of the project as well as a site tour April 13.
  • Cecil M. Harden Lake hosts Open Houses for Shoreline Management Plan Update

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District in the process of updating the Shoreline
  • Louisville District Deputy Commander gets promoted to lieutenant colonel

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Deputy Commander Col. Jason
  • USACE completes maintenance complex for Army Field Support Battalion at Fort Campbell

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a 117,034 square-foot maintenance complex to the Army Field Support Battalion during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, March 15, 2023. The project, with a programmed amount of $44.7 million, consisted of the construction of four general purpose maintenance facilities that includes an allied shop building, engine auto shop, production control building and a paint booth building. The project also included 42,110 square feet of concrete parking.
  • March

    Former co-op student now leads District’s current largest project

    Louisville, Ky. – With hard work and perseverance, anything is possible, just ask Tara O’Leary. Little did she know that when she started working for the Louisville District in 1996 that she would one day be leading the team on one of its mega-projects. O’Leary, who is now the Deputy Chief of the Veterans Affairs Division and Louisville VAMC project manager, started her journey with the district as a co-op student while attending the University of Louisville to study engineering.
  • Stormwater management key to successful construction

    Thousands of things must be considered and planned for in the construction of a complex facility like a new hospital and the multiple support facilities they require. Of course, many of the decisions involved are essential to guaranteeing the new facility can provide the best quality care for patients – ensuring their health for years to come. One consideration that may not come to mind to the average person for such a facility is how to preserve the environment underneath and around the new construction. This includes the construction of a rainwater drainage system so as not to disrupt the way water moves after large amounts of rainwater accumulate from storms.
  • USACE completes, turns over new maintenance hangar at Grissom Air Reserve Base

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District successfully managed the completion of a new
  • USACE receives federal funding to advance Louisville Metro Flood Protection System Reconstruction Project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District has received $1 million in federal funding to
  • February

    New Scott AFB Area Engineer takes the reigns

    David Helfrich is a name familiar to personnel at the Scott Air Force Base resident office. He was in that role for five years since he began his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, January 2018. Helfrich takes the helm as Scott AFB Area Engineer from Jay Fowler, who retired December 2022.
  • Levee Safety and Emergency Management collaborate to provide flood fight training to City of Frankfort

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District Emergency Management personnel provided flood fight training to members of the City of Frankfort Street Division, Feb. 9, 2023, in Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • Re-used materials add value to construction project

    Since the beginning of construction of the Louisville VA Medical Center in December 2021, the site has seen a lot of change and one of the most noticeable early changes was it going from a 35-acre grassy field to much of the earth materials being collected and sorted in large piles on the south side of the property. What some may think of as waste materials - the expected leftovers from earthwork, isn’t going to waste. In fact, more than 70,000 cubic yards of material have been reused in multiple ways in construction on the site.
  • Co-op student following in father’s footsteps working at USACE

    Being a member of a team can often feel like being part of a family, and sometimes team members actually are family. That’s the case for Will Jasper and his father, Kevin Jasper.
  • January

    National Roofing Program inspects Army Reserve facilities following Hurricane Ian

    When Hurricane Ian hit south Florida last fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked in