Dr. Rex Mols, Host Nation Chief for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Japan Engineer District's Okinawa Area Office (USACE JED OAO), briefs USACE Commander, Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon, about ongoing construction projects from a hovering helicopter, on Okinawa, Japan.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander, Lieutenant Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, overlooks the balcony of the Foster towers, where he was able to view construction on Killin Elementary School.
Brig. Gen. Kirk Gibbs, Commanding General of Pacific Ocean Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is in our Okinawa Area Office's area of operations. He, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Galick, Command Sergeant Major of POD, as well as Mr. Jose Sanchez, POD's Director of Regional Business are getting a first-hand look at all of the work Japan Engineer District is up to on the island.
JEDers and their families from Japan Engineer District Headquarters and their local Kanagawa Office got together for an outdoor get together filled with food, fun, sports, and that wonderful Engineer camaraderie that you just can't get anywhere else.
Representatives from Japan Engineer District attended the groundbreaking for Kinnick High School at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. The ceremony featured many honored guests including Rear Adm. Carl Lahti, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Dr. Jackie Ferguson, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, and our very own Steve Karwan, JED Engineering Chief.
Construction being performed on a bypass by the Okinawa Area Office (OAO) Engineers and Japanese contractors.
Yokose Fuel Wharf continues its construction at Naval Air Facility Sasebo, Japan.
Yokota Air Base standards of living are currently on the rise thanks to Japan Engineer District's hard work on their Post Acquisition Improvement Program (PAIP). This is all about transforming family housing, allowing our Servicemembers and their loved ones to live their best life.
U.S. Army Capt. Will Mengon explains the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers mission to Yokota Middle School students during a Career Fair at Yokota Middle School.

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Engineering Science in Okinawa

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Published: 3/6/2023

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