Honolulu District continues support to Army, Pacific Region in 2017

| December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Commander, U.S Army Pacific Gen. Robert B. Brown made his first official visit to the Mission Command Facility (MCF) project site at Fort Shafter in mid-May where project engineers and USARPAC engineers and staff presented a briefing and updated construction progress to Brown in the newly completed MCF arrival building. Also attending the presentation were former Pacific Ocean Division Commander Brig. Gen. Peter Andrysiak, Honolulu District Commander Lt. Col. James Hoyman, former Pacific Ocean Division Commander and former USARPAC assistant chief of staff of operations Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Milhorn, and MCF Project Manager Lise Ditzel-Ma. The MCF, which the Corps is building for USARPAC, will consolidate USARPAC Headquarters into one facility that will support Mission Command of Army or joint forces across the Asia-Pacific Area of Operations. (Photo by Dino W. Buchanan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

Story and photo by
Dino W. Buchanan
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Honolulu District Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — During 2017, highly motivated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District employees supported military construction at Hawaii Army posts and throughout the Pacific region, awarding more than $231.3 million in contracts.

Significant awards included the following:
•$63 million to replace Kwajalein fuel tanks, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll;
•$26 million for Bldg. 452 renovation, Quad D, Schofield Barracks;
•$26 million for construction of a combined support maintenance shop, Keaukaha Military Reservation, Hilo; and
•$103.6 million increment of a $284.4 million contract for construction of the U.S. Army-Pacific Mission Command Facility Phase 3 at Fort Shafter.

The District continued work on key Army projects including the USARPAC MCF Phase 2, the Combat Aviation Brigade’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects at Wheeler Army Airfield, plus finishing renovations of Bldg. 112 at Fort Shafter and Quad B at Schofield Barracks.

During its 112th years of service, District employees have participated in more than 20 outreach events for Formerly Used Defense Sites and regulatory programs, as well as numerous STEM events to inform stakeholder community members on the programs, processes and safety considerations. We also sponsored two wounded warrior interns during the year, enabling them to build job skills while they transitioned from the military to civilian workforce.

Two preservation construction projects undertaken by Honolulu District for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii were recognized at the Historic Hawaii Foundation’s 43rd annual Preservation Awards ceremony.
The rehabilitation of Schofield Barracks’ Bldg. 690 managed by Honolulu District engineers was recognized in the Preservation Award category, and the Wheeler interpretive display panels that were designed by the District’s Michael Miki were recognized in the Interpretive Media category.

In June, Honolulu District civil engineers and command staff participated in the 94th Coastal Engineering Research Board meetings held in Honolulu where this year’s theme of “Coastal Structures in a Sea of Change” was addressed in various subject matter expert discussions during the two-day event, with a concept to “identify priority research to address opportunities and challenges of designing, constructing and maintaining coastal infrastructure.”

Honolulu District Emergency Management (EM) teams and other District personnel deployed late in the year to Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and to national cadre coordination centers in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Fort Worth, Texas, in support of national FEMA recovery efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Maria. By the end of November, the District had deployed 26 civilian personnel, which is nearly 11 percent of the District’s workforce.

Throughout 2017, Honolulu District hosted numerous senior leader visits, including all of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation; congressional staff for U.S. representative for American Samoa Amua Amata Coleman Radewagen; two separate visits by Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite; USARPAC Commanding General Gen. Robert Brown; 25th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli; Maj. Gen. Richard L. Stevens, former USACE Deputy Chief of Engineers/Deputy Commanding General; Maj. Gen. Mark W. Yenter, former USACE Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations; Pacific Ocean Division Commander Col. (P) Thomas Tickner; USAG-HI Commander Col. Stephen Dawson, as well as numerous Congressional staff members and other local government officials.

The District’s Regulatory Office continued to make significant efforts in improving coordination and collaboration with interagency and interservice partners throughout the Pacific by creating and completing 17 jurisdictional determinations, and reissuing the 2017 Nationwide Permits (NWP) and Honolulu District Regional Conditions.

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