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USACE Galveston District’s Employee Spotlight on Toniette Addison

GALVESTON, Texas (June 6, 2018) – Toniette (Toni) Addison hadn’t considered a career in engineering until her first year of college when her calculus professor noticed that she had a knack for numbers. He pulled her aside after a test to talk about the possibility of pursing a degree in Engineering.

“I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do and it wasn’t engineering” said Addison “I had been working with the public housing authority for several years, was being mentored by an executive director, and was passionate about helping the community. My degree plan at the time was specifically catered to my career goal which was to serve as the executive director for a housing authority”

That following summer, Addison met a man who was an executive director for a housing authority who just happen to hold a degree in civil engineering.

“It made me realize that I could get an engineering degree and still work in the housing authority if that’s what I still wanted to do. In a way I felt like my career chose me” said Addison “So I decided to change my major to engineering”

Her career began in 2007 as a SCEP-student career employment program with the United States Department of Agriculture- Forest Service. Her government service has brought her to places like Florida, Washington, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Georgia, and Illinois.  While serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), she deployed in South Korean and Louisiana.

She currently holds the Resident Engineer position at USACE Galveston. There, she’s responsible for civil works construction projects.

“In my position I am currently working on learning, evaluating and trying to improve the effectiveness of the resident office through construction contracts, operating producers, plans and specifications” said Addison “Many of the projects in GRO  are dredging and placement improvement along the GIWW and Galveston Harbor. It has been a great experience learning dredging contracts, meeting local sponsors, and the importance of the work USACE does for the local economy”

Addison has earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2009 at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and was recently accepted in the Auburn Construction Management program, a year-long program with USACE. In the years she has served as a civil engineer she has earned a Commander’s award for Civilian Service in 2017, Achievement medal for Civilian Service in 2017, and a Diversity and Inclusive award in 2012. In her free time she enjoys reading, singing, and spending with her Fiancé.

USACE Galveston District to host Industry Day for small business contractors

GALVESTON, Texas (May 22, 2018) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, will host an Industry Day for small business government contractors June 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the district’s headquarters building located at 2000 Fort Point Road, Galveston, Texas 77550.

The purpose of the event is to present upcoming work for fiscal year 2019, help small businesses navigate through the contracting process, provide an opportunity for companies to network and meet potential vendors and subcontractors as well as to maximize interest in the district’s contracting requirements.

“We consider small business to be the heart of the U.S. economy and a vital part of the Corps’ procurement process,” said Shamekia Chapman, USACE Galveston District Deputy for Small Business Programs. “Industry Day will allow attendees to network and share lessons learned, success stories and contracting best practices and provide a venue to learn about potential future partnership opportunities.”

The one-day event will include morning sessions and an open forum in the afternoon for participants to meet with district staff from the Operations and Maintenance Division, Engineering and Construction Division and architecture subject matter experts.

According to Chapman, the USACE Galveston District has a diverse mission that encompasses primarily civil works projects; the bulk of projects are dredging or dredging-related requirements such as levee repair, hydrographic surveying, dredged materials placement area repair, soils and water testing. The district also provides support to the Department of Homeland Security within its district boundaries in the areas of vertical construction and architecture and engineering services. Work also includes facility maintenance and repairs on the Jadwin Building that houses the district’s main offices, as well as other district offices located in Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Port Arthur, Texas.

To register for the event, please go to, no later than June 13, 2018. All attendees are required to have a form of identification and a driver license before they can enter the facility.

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