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USACE Galveston District receives supplemental funding to dredge Channel to Port Mansfield, Texas

GALVESTON, Texas (Sep. 12, 2018) –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has received funding to conduct maintenance dredging at the Channel to Port Mansfield navigation project.

The Channel to Port Mansfield navigation project consists of a 15-ft deep (Low Water Datum) by 125-ft wide by 12.9 mile long shallow-draft channel, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico; through a jetted inlet to a turning basin at Port Mansfield. The Channel to Port Mansfield was not included within the President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019, however congress has provided supplemental funding to be used for maintenance dredging in Fiscal Year 2019. Since 2000, the channel has been dredged through 5 separate contracts, typically utilizing supplemental funding set aside in response to coastal storm impacts.

This supplemental funding will be used, through multiple contracts, to dredge the Channel to Port Mansfield to its authorized depth. The first contract will provide an 8 foot channel from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) Intersection to the Port Mansfield main basin to relieve critical shoaling and is anticipated to begin as early as fall of 2018.

“The additional contracts will include dredging the entrance and main channels of Channel to Port Mansfield to authorized dimensions in conjunction with environmental windows.” Said Ashton Burgin, operations manager at USACE Galveston District “This work will likely commence in fall of 2019 and conclude by March 2020, or sooner.”

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

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SWD welcomes new deputy commander

Col. Kevin S. Brown, Deputy Commander,  Southwestern Division

DALLAS—Col. Kevin S. Brown  became the Deputy Commander of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on Aug. 13, 2018.   Prior to this assignment, he was the Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

“I consider it a real privilege to serve in an organization that works so closely with both our local communities and our warfighters,” said Brown, who is a native of the Dallas area.

“The effect of Army Corps of Engineers projects is clearly seen throughout our region. It’s also great to be back home,”   he added.

Brown has served in a variety of command and staff positions in both the United States and overseas. Among them have been Director of Training and Leader Development at the U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Senior Engineer and Maneuver Support Observer Controller Trainer at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. He also served as Commander of Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Deputy District Commander for the St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St Paul, Minnesota. Other assignments include 82nd Airborne Division Engineer, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat, Airborne) Operations Officer, XVIII Airborne Corps G35 Future Operations Planner, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Exchange Officer and Battalion Operations Officer, 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment (Royal Australian Engineers), Lavarack Barracks, Queensland, Australia.

His overseas deployments include Operation Safe Haven/Passage in Panama 1996, Operation Desert Thunder Kuwait 1998, Operation Joint Forge Bosnia-Herzegovina 2000-2001, Operation Iraqi Freedom Iraq 2009-2010 and Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan 2008, 2012, and 2017.

“Col. Brown is an outstanding addition to our leadership team,” said Brig. Gen. Paul E.  Owen, Southwestern Division commander.  “He brings proven command and leadership experience, combined with engineering and professional expertise.  These talents contribute greatly to helping us achieve outstanding results in delivering our program for the American people.

Brown was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Engineer Regiment from the United States Military Academy in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.

His awards and decorations include the following: Legion of Merit; Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with  six Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with  three Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal with Service Star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Service Star; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars; Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars; Humanitarian Service Medal with Service Star; and NATO Medal with two Campaign Stars. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He also is a proud lifetime member of both the Society of American Military Engineers and the Army Engineer Association, and a recipient of the Silver Order of the de Fleury.

The official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division publication