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DOD releases FY2014 budget proposal

DOD Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal From: News Release             On April 10, 2013, President Barack Obama sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship […]

Naval Construction Group ONE establishes during historic ceremony

By Shane Montgomery — 31st SRG Public Affairs Officer Port Hueneme, Calif. – Naval Construction Group ONE (NCG 1) was established during a historic ceremony that integrated two Seabee commands, March 11, at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme’s main grinder. The 31st Seabee Readiness Group (31st SRG), responsible for training, equipping and maintaining […]

DOD extends additional benefits to same-sex couples

From Released February 11, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta gives statement on the Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Partners “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has […]

Civil Works Program Transformation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works program is undergoing a major makeover. The program, which includes emergency response from floods, has often been hit with criticisms of being inefficient in the past. A 2011 customer survey revealed complaints in the issue of ‘Corps Policies/Requirements’ and ‘Corps Bureaucracy.’ Some customers also stated that […]

Obama signs $633 Defense Bill

On Jan. 2, 2012, President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law. Obama Signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act by Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot […]

NJ Post awards TTI Environmental Inc.

On Dec. 6, 2012, SAME New Jersey Post presented the 2012 Sustaining Member Firm of the Year Award to TTI Environmental, Inc. during the Post’s Awards Meeting in Trenton, N.J. TTI Environmental, Inc. of Moorestown, N.J., is a CVE Verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). The Post presented the award in recognition of […]

DOD approves millions in grants for construction projects on military installations

From the Department of Defense (DOD) Press Office in the Pentagon: DOD Approves $129 Million in Grants for Transportation Improvements and to Replace Schools Located on Military Installations             On Dec. 11, 2012, the Department of Defense announced five grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), including a $18.3 million grant to the Maryland […]

Civil Engineer’s newest Chiefs released

On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, The United States Air Force (USAF) released the list of 454 Senior Master Sergeants selected for promotion to Chief Master Sergeant. According to the Air Force Personnel Center, those selected represent 22.9 percent of the 1,981 eligible for consideration. Of the 454, twenty-six were designated as The Civil Engineer’s Chiefs, who […]

NMCB 40 decommissioning ceremony pictures

On Sept. 12, 2012, the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Forty was honored with a decommissioning ceremony at the Naval Base Ventura County, Calif. Friends and families of the Seabees and past commanders of Battalion 40 gathered to honor the Battalion’s accomplishments. Former SAME President Rear Adm. Christopher Mossey, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering and a former […]

Navy decommissions Battalion 40

From Ventura County Star: Navy bids farewell to Battalion 40 The men and women of Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 40 stood together at attention for the last time on Wednesday. They gave a final cry — “Hooyah! Forty!” — and went their separate ways, joining other Seabee battalions lined up on both sides of the Forty. The Seabees […]

9/11 Remarks by the President

Sept. 11, 2012 – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama marked the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by holding a memorial service at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va. In his speech, the President honored those whose lives have been taken while also acknowledging the grief it caused to their families. The […]

NAVFAC celebrates 170-Year Navy Heritage

News Release from the NAVFAC Headquarters Public Affairs/Communications Office: On August 31, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) celebrates 170 years of naval history. The 13th Secretary of the Navy, Abel P. Upshur, officially established NAVFAC’s predecessor, the Bureau of Naval Yards and Docks in 1842, to execute the design, construction and maintenance of Navy […]

Obama on NASA’s Curiosity

National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Mars Science Laboratory caused a stir earlier this month when its rover named Curiosity landed successfully on Mars. Curiosity- a car-sized, six-wheeled robot equipped with a mass of scientific instruments, landed timely and more accurately than its predecessor robots on Aug. 6, 2012. A week after Curiosity’s landing, President […]

Col. Anthony Funkhouser assumes command of USACE Northwestern Division Office

From USACE Northwestern Division News Release: Portland, Ore.- At a change of command ceremony on July 27, 2012, Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser assumed command of the Northwestern Division office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He succeeds Col. Robert A. Tipton who served as commander since the retirement of Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon. […]

SAME sustaining members on innovative water treatment projects

SAME Sustaining Members to the Rescue SAME sustaining member companies CH2M Hill, MWH Constructors Inc., and Jacobs collaborate on an ongoing $720-million water treatment project using innovative design and technology to improve the quality of Pima County’s drinking water. Located in the south central region of Arizona, the county faced a water treatment issue that […]

DOD approves Route 1 expansion through Fort Belvoir, Virginia

From the U.S. Department of Defense News Release: DOD Approves $180 Million for the Federal Highway Administration to Begin U.S. Route 1 Expansion at Fort Belvoir The Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation announced July 16, 2012, the approval of $180 million from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) for the Federal Highway […]

Capt. Moore assumes 30th NCR Command

Capt. Rodney M. Moore assumes command of the 30thNaval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) on June 22 aboard Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif. As an SAME member since 2009, Capt. Moore has also contributed to the The Military Engineer (TME), the magazine publication of SAME. He co-authored “An Enduring Legacy in Iraq,” a […]

SAME XD congratulates LTG Talley

Congratulations to the 32nd Chief of Army Reserves, engineer LTG Jeffrey Talley, Ph.D., P.E. I had the pleasure of attending the promotion ceremony for LTG Jeffrey Talley at Ft Bragg, NC on Saturday, June 9 and observing his swearing in as the 32nd Chief of Army Reserve and CG, US Army Reserve Command.  The Reserve […]

DOD announces Value Engineering Achievement Award winners

On June 27, 2012, the Department of Defense announced the recipients of the fiscal 2011 Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Awards.  A ceremony was held to recognize the recipients’ outstanding achievements through the application of value engineering. Value engineering is a systematic process that uses techniques to identify and implement innovative ideas that provide […]

New NAVFAC Commander, Chief of Civil Engineers named

From the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific Public Affairs Office News Release: Pearl Harbor – NAVFAC Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Katherine “Kate” L. Gregory received her new assignment June 18 as the commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and Chief of Civil Engineer Corps in Washington, D.C. “I’m extremely honored and humbled,” said Gregory. […]

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