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On the Road with LTG Semonite

LTG Todd SemoniteLt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE Commanding General and 54th US Army Chief of Engineers, provides insight into the people and projects throughout the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in this new video series. 

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Image Not FoundJoin the USACE Team, Deploy for the NationLt. Gen. Todd Semonite, USACE Commanding General and 54th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, discusses overseas opportunities with the Transatlantic Division.
Image Not FoundTAA Commander’s Chat - Bruno QuiriciUSACE Transatlantic Afghanistan District Commander Jon Chytka sits down and talks with Bruno Quirici from the Albuquerque District about his work as an architect/designer in Afghanistan.
Image Not FoundUNM STEM 2017 Olympiad/ABQ District-USACEALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Six teams comprised of two students each representing area middle and high schools competed in the Wright Stuff event during the 2017 Central New Mexico Science Olympiad at the University of New Mexico, Jan. 28, 2017, supported by the ABQ District-USACE. The Wright Stuff was one of several events from many different disciplines such as genetics, earth science, chemistry, physics, and mechanical engineering.
Image Not FoundDefense POW/MIA Accounting Agency-Archaeologist- ABQ District-USACEThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a long history of supporting Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and the DPAA’s mission to recover missing servicemen remains.
Image Not FoundUSACE Archaeological Field School Re-Dig at Abiquiu NMFrom May 22 to June 25, 2016, eight undergraduate students from the University of Oklahoma got their hands dirty re-excavating the Native American Palisade Ruin, northwest of Espanola NM. The site is located on US Army Corps of Engineers (ABQ District)-managed land. They were participating in a five-week archaeological field school designed to teach them how to do actual archaeological field work. Field schools like this one on Corps-managed land are unusual across the Corps.
Image Not FoundChange of Command Ceremony 2016-ABQ District-USACEALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Lt. Col. James Booth assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District, May 12, 2016, during a formal change of command ceremony at the District headquarters. The purpose of a change of command ceremony is to emphasize the continuity of leadership and unit identity, despite the change in individual authority. The District’s area of responsibility includes the entire state of New Mexico, as well as portions of southern Colorado and far west Texas. The District performs design, construction and operations and maintenance services for three Air Force bases; conducts a robust civil works program; and operates and maintains nine dams.
Image Not Found2016 STEM ABQ District-USACE-Central New Mexico Science Olympiad An ABQ District-USACE-STEM team supported the 2016 Central New Mexico Science Olympiad at the University of New Mexico, Jan. 30. At the event, sixteen high school level teams from central NM area schools, participated in the STEM-Wright Stuff event. They demonstrated how their planes can fly; the longer they stayed in the air, the better the team did in the competition. The Science Olympiad, a yearly event held in each state across the nation, brings together middle and high school students interested in pursuing opportunities or careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Image Not FoundABQ District USACE Santa Clara Pueblo ProjectThe 2011 Las Conchas Wildfire in northern New Mexico, one of New Mexico’s worst fires ever, left behind years of recovery work, especially for the Santa Clara Pueblo NM. To counter this, the Albuquerque District Corps of Engineers is involved in efforts helping to protect the pueblo from future flooding and debris runoff. This project is just one of several ways the District works with many Native American Tribes, to address water resource challenges and other emergency management issues. Because of Corps’ experiences in the Albuquerque District, its team has recently been recognized by USACE as a center of expertise working in Indian Country.
Image Not FoundUS Army Corps of Engineers Retires former Park Ranger's badge"In recognition of bravery and exceptional courage under fire, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District officially retired Abiquiu Park Ranger Alfred Chavez’s badge June 3, 2015, in a ceremony at the district office.
Image Not Found2015 Central NM STEM Olympiad-UNM-ABQ DistrictThe 2015 Central New Mexico Regional STEM Olympiad took place at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque campus recently. The New Mexico Science Olympiad began in 1987. Albuquerque District Army Corps of Engineers employees have participated in the Science Olympiad as judges and volunteers since 2013, and this year was no exception. This academic interscholastic competition consists of 32 individual and team events. More than 3,000 students from across New Mexico are involved in the NM STEM Olympiad.
Image Not FoundSan Acacia NM Levee Project - ABQ District USACEThe Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), joined employees from the Albuquerque District and other government agencies to break ground on the first two phases of the $287 million San Acacia Levee project. The Albuquerque District, the Interstate Stream Commission, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, the Bureau of Reclamation, the city of Socorro, Congressional representatives, and other dignitaries all gathered to mark the official start of construction. This new work will move approximately 5,000 people out of the Socorro NM flood plain.
Image Not FoundThe Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition-ABQ District USACE SupportThe Albuquerque District, U.S. Corps of Engineers, is helping an expedition team (writer, photographer, porters) as they tell the story of the mighty Rio Grande—from the headwaters of Stony Pass, Colorado to Boca Chica Beach outside of Brownsville, Texas. The expedition team is portaging much of the Rio Grande in northern and middle New Mexico. They are boating over one of the Corps’ New Mexico lakes, going south down the river, passing by four Native America reservations.
Image Not FoundSilvery Minnow Project UpdateRecently a USACE Albuquerque District team, and other members of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (MRGESCP) went “down the river” on the Rio Grande, in search of Rio Grande Silvery Minnow - an endangered species. The team was looking of young Silvery Minnows to verify a spring river water release of minnow eggs. The research project started 6 years ago.
Image Not FoundAbiquiu Dam: Recreational FacilitiesPart 6 of 6 in a series of short videos highlighting Albuquerque District's Abiquiu Dam. Meet a park attendant who likes to see campers and visitors enjoy their time at the dam. Also, a maintenance worker talks about his work to create traditional and unique group shelters at the site.
Image Not FoundAbiquiu Dam: Recreation Trends, Partnerships & Volunteers Part 5 of 6 in a series of short videos highlighting Albuquerque District's Abiquiu Dam. Watch and listen as a park ranger talks about sustainable trails and nature tourism opportunities at Abiquiu Dam.
Image Not FoundAbiquiu Dam: Natural Resource ManagementPart 4 of 6 in a series of short videos highlighting Albuquerque District's Abiquiu Dam. A park ranger talks about invasive species, fish and other wildlife in the lake, and what makes for a good day's work.
Image Not FoundAbiquiu Dam: Interpretive Services & OutreachPart 3 of 6 in a series of short videos highlighting Albuquerque District's Abiquiu Dam. Many of the interesting things to do at Abiquiu Dam involve water. The staff at Abiquiu encourages life jacket use and has many programs that promote water safety, including a loaner life jacket program.
Image Not FoundAbiquiu Dam: Functions & OperationsPart 2 of 6 short videos highlighting the Albuquerque District's Abiquiu Dam. Watch and listen as a park ranger explains more about the dam's purpose, functions and the water that's stored behind it.
Image Not FoundAbiquiu Lake and Dam: A Resource for AllAn introduction to Albuquerque Distict's Abiquiu Dam. Part 1 of 6 in a series of short videos highlighting different aspects of Abiquiu Dam.
Image Not FoundInternational Water Managers Visit at Cochiti Lake NM - ABQ District In July 2013, the Cochiti Lake Project team hosted Water Managers from various countries in the Middle East. They are from the International Visitor Leadership Program, set up by the U.S. Department of State. This international and multicultural event allowed both visitors and hosts to exchange information and ideas about the management of water resources.
Image Not FoundLand swap and ceremony -- Albuquerque District Corps of Enginers and the Pueblo de Cochiti (NM)COCHITI PUEBLO, N.M.--At a recent partnership meeting and ceremony between the Albuquerque District Army Corps of Engineers and the Pueblo de Cochiti (NM), the Corps relinquished land acquired during the construction of Cochiti Dam more than fifty years ago.
Image Not FoundAlbuquerque’s 10th Annual Women of Influence Awards - LTC Antoinette Gant HonoredAlbuquerque Business First’s 10th annual Women of Influence Award event brought together some of the most powerful and innovative women in New Mexico. Judges selected LTC Antoinette R. Gant, Commander of Albuquerque District Army Corps of Engineers, as one of the 30 honorees in this year’s event. More than 450 women were nominated, across six industry categories, as mentors, innovators, leaders and role models in the Albuquerque community.
Image Not FoundNM Black History Month-1st Annual STEM Festival-ABQ District-USACE District Commander Lt. Col. Gant and several members of the Albuquerque District S.T.E.M team participated in the 1st Annual S.T.E.M. Festival. This was held in conjunction with Work-It-Out Day in celebration of New Mexico’s Black History Month. The entire day was interactive, with hands-on science activities, panels and exhibits. Several hundred students talked with scientists from the Albuquerque District team, Lockheed Martin, Sandia Labs, Intel Corporation, and UNM Sciences Center.
Image Not Found2014 Central New Mexico Regional Science Olympiad-ABQ District-- Several Albuquerque District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees volunteered part of their weekend to serve as judges and facilitators at the 2014 Central New Mexico Regional Science Olympiad, held on University of New Mexico campus.
Image Not FoundProject with ABQ District STEM Team and the Links Inc. Exploring STEM-related career fields was the theme for 30 Albuquerque NM students and 13 adults who visited the Albuquerque District’s main office Jan. 3, 2014. To encourage students to consider careers in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the District partners with several schools, universities and other groups. The recent event was initiated by The Links, Incorporated, which works with the University of New Mexico’s Pre-College Math and Science Program for non-traditional, underserved students. The students represented 17 area middle and high schools.
Image Not FoundMiddle Rio Grande Urban Waters Meeting The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several other government agencies, kicked off the Urban Waters Middle Rio Grande conservation initiative in Albuquerque, N.M. The purpose of the initiative is to address both environmental justice and water quality issues in the Middle Rio Grande. Other agencies partnering in this initiative include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the County of Bernalillo, New Mexico.
Image Not FoundCochiti Lake NM Damages 2013-ABQ DistrictThe Albuquerque District Assessment Team toured Cochiti Lake and Dam recently, to determine the extent of damage from high flood levels at various sites at Cochiti New Mexico.
Image Not FoundDistrict Hosts Bi-Annual Rio Grande Basin MeetingThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, hosted the Rio Grande Basin Meeting at district office, September 17-18. Approximately 90 Rio Grande Basin stakeholders attended the meeting. They discuss the impact of the devastating wildfires and floods over the past two years in the upper river basin. Conference members from various agencies collaborate on pressing issues.
Image Not FoundSmall Business Day - ABQ District - Aug 13More than 150 small business representatives gathered at the Albuquerque District Army Corps of Engineers’ annual Small Business Industry Day recently, to learn more about what the Corps can offer them. At the conference, they networked with District personnel and other business executives. To fulfill its mission, the District continually seeks out businesses as they grow and expand.
Image Not FoundNative America Camp – ABQ District USACE - Cochiti Lake The Albuquerque District Cochiti Lake team recently supported the South Korea International Youth Fellowship that hosted and sponsored of the 2013 Native American Youth Camp, for 228 Native American students from Santo Domingo, Cochiti, San Ildefonso, San Felipe, and Laguna pueblos.
Image Not FoundCorps Helps the Return of Navajo Nation Stolen Artifacts On July 9, the Corps of Engineers repatriated a large cache of sacred artifacts to the Navajo Nation. This is the first time in the history of the Omaha District, with some assistance from the Albuquerque District, that the return of artifacts to a tribal nation has occurred under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). A total of 710 artifacts were recovered, out of these, 425 were determined to be the property of the Navajo Nation, and were returned.
Image Not FoundNew Division Commander of USACE, South Pacific DivisionLt. Gen. Tom Bostick, Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, presided over the South Pacific Division Change of Command ceremony Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Bay Model in Sausalito, Calif. Col. Turner became the 55th Commander of the South Pacific Division after assuming command from Col. Andrew Nelson, who is resuming duties as the Division Deputy Commander.
Image Not FoundNew Clint,Texas Border Patrol Station The Albuquerque District Corps of Engineers supports other Federal agencies with construction services. One result is a new energy-efficient Border Patrol Station, which recently opened in Clint, Texas.
Image Not FoundAbiquiu Dam & Lake, NM - 50th Anniversry CelebrationOn June 13, 2013, many US Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District teammates, state and federal officials, and nearby residents, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the building of the Abiquiu Dam in northern New Mexico. Abiquiu Lake is one of New Mexico’s best recreation destinations. Every year there are several hundred thousand visits to the recreational facilities at Abiquiu Lake.
Image Not FoundBurrowing Owl Nests-ABQ DistrictIn the middle of the busy city of Albuquerque NM, there is a specifically designed area for burrowing owls, who are nesting in an urban setting. To save the burrowing owl’s nests from new construction, the Corps of Engineers in Albuquerque in a partnership with a local agency Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and the developer, have been building new artificial nests for the burrowing owls.
Image Not FoundZia Pueblo School, NM--STEM FairWith some ususual engineering tools, like dry spaghetti and marshmallows, plus a dollop of science enthusiasm, an Albuquerque District is spreading the STEM word for an elementary school on the Zia Pueblo in New Mexico.
Image Not FoundRio Grande Silvery Minnow SurveyWater in the Rio Grande impacts all life in New Mexico. The Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program works on improving habitat for endangered species along the river. The Rio Grande Silvery Minnow reproduces in flooded forest during spring runoff
Image Not FoundAlbuquerque District Change of Command Ceremony .Lieutenant Colonel Antoinette Gant assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque District July 12, during a formal change of command ceremony at the district headquarters. The district's area of responsibility includes the entire state of New Mexico, as well as portions of southern Colorado and far west Texas
Image Not FoundUSACE-UNM-MOUAlbuquerque District Corps of Engineers entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of New Mexico, to enhance opportunities in STEM education and student career paths. Col. Nelson Deputy Commander, South Pacific Division, recently signed the joint MOU with the University of New Mexico committing both organizations to creating learning opportunities to inspire the next generation.
Image Not FoundSTEM ABQ District/UNM OlympiadSTEM Science Olympiad/ABQ District/UNM
Image Not FoundUSACE Albuq. District Contractor Wins AwardDuane Nelson, a Corps' contractor at John Martin Dam and Reservoir, received the Rich G. Levad Award Aug. 25 from members of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) near Barr Lake, Colo. The purpose of the award is to recognize the efforts of individuals who have provided distinguished service, made scholarly contributions, or have shown great enthusiasm regarding bird and habitat conservation throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.
Image Not FoundUSACE-Albuquerque District-KAFB Project Cleaning up Unexploded Ordnance The Albuquerque District Corps of Engineers is overseeing a $2 million project cleaning-up unexploded ordnance (bombs, small rockets, arms, and other munitions) at a 165 acre site on the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque New Mexico. The Open Burn and Open Detonation site, created in the 1950s, was closed in 2010. The team of experts from the ABQ Corps and CH2M-Hill Corporation blows up anything on the surface, and down to 4ft underground, that could be construe as unexploded munitions.
Image Not FoundRT 66 Revitalization ProjectProject Manager Alicia Austin Johnson explains work performed by the Corps as part of the RT 66 Revitalization Project, which aims to restore the Middle Rio Grande Bosque and connect people with the river.
Image Not FoundABQ District employed an Army dive team at John Martin DamThe District employed an Army dive team to help us with operations and maintenance work on the bulkheads at the Corp's John Martin Dam in southeastern Colorado.
Image Not FoundWeir ModelThe Albuquerque District is using a large, indoor model of a small dam to determine how to update a decade old structure on a river in northern New Mexico. The model saves construction time and taxpayer money.
Image Not FoundSanta Fe NM Army Aviation Support FacilityRecently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, was thanked during a ribbon cutting ceremony, as the project manager for the construction of the new Santa Fe, New Mexico Army Aviation Support Facility.
Image Not FoundCrane SchoolRecently District crane and hoist operators took a two day education safety course at Cochiti Dam to improve ther skills and safety as crane and hoist operators.
Image Not FoundCochiti Recreation AreaLearn more about District's Cochiti Lake Recreation Area from park rangers who work there.
Image Not FoundBald Eagle PreservationThe Corps assists in Bald Eagle preservation. Jan. 7, 2012, Abiquiu Lake held its annual Midwinter Eagle Watch, part of a national tradition since 1984 where each state counts eagles along standard routes to provide data trends on the bird. This year a record 61 volunteers came out to Abiquiu and the eagle count was nine mature birds and eight immature eagles.
Image Not FoundSafety Vest ProgramBob Mumford, park ranger at the Albuquerque District's Santa Rosa Dam, specializes in teaching water safety at Santa Rosa Elementary School. Bob, who is affectionately known in community as "Ranger Bob" , recently wrote and received a grant to purchase lifejackets and "Whistles for Life" for the elementary school kids.