Army Times - A general officer advisory board will convene Aug. 3 to recommend candidates for advancement to lieutenant general and appointment as chief of engineers. A second board convening on that date will consider brigadier generals of the Army Medical Department for promotion to major general. The zone of eligibility for the advisory board will include all Regular Army Corps of Engineer officers in the rank of colonel and above who are on active duty Aug. 3. Officers with approved separation dates that fall within 90 days after the convening date will not be included in the zone of eligibility.
Washington Post - John McHugh, secretary of the U.S. Army, will step down by November, the Defense Department said Monday, adding to a growing list of senior military personnel who are departing the Pentagon during President Obama’s final period in office. McHugh, a former Republican congressman, has been the Army’s top civilian since 2009. He expressed a wish to leave his post several weeks ago, the Pentagon said in a statement, and has told the president that he would step down by Nov. 1. The Pentagon did not say why McHugh was leaving, and McHugh’s office declined to elaborate.
Times Free Press - Despite the urging of Tennessee's congressional delegation, the federal agency responsible for building a new lock at the Chickamauga Dam has yet to commit to using $6 million of surplus funds this year to help restart construction of the new lock, which has been stalled by a lack of money for more than three years. But with an extra $29 million available for the project next year in both the House and Senate appropriation plans moving through Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should resume construction of the new and bigger lock in Chattanooga by next spring, at the latest.
Hellenic Shipping News - Though the crisis on the West Coast has passed (to some degree), congestion at U.S. ports remains a pressing issue – one that is only going to get worse without a substantial improvement to port logistics and capacity. The Port of Virginia is an excellent case in point. Built to handle large volumes of cargo, the port was having trouble in late April processing a surge of containers from three large ships at dock, a report from The Wall Street Journal says. The overload resulted in a mile-long backup for truckers to enter the terminal and a 13-lane wide, 10-truck deep traffic jam once inside the terminal.
The Post and Courier - As the State Ports Authority reviews fresh buyout bids for its defunct Port Royal terminal near Beaufort — four previous attempts to sell the site have unraveled since 2006 — there might be another white elephant in the making, up the coast in Georgetown. The price tag for a dredging project at the Port of Georgetown has nearly doubled to $66 million, according to the latest Army Corps of Engineers estimate. Until now, most maritime officials and lawmakers had been working off an old estimate of $33.5 million.
The Sun Sentinel - The plan was to sink the concrete sculptures, fixed to the deck of a rusted 150-foot barge, in the Atlantic Ocean a half-mile east of the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier as an artificial reef that would attract marine life and divers. But the plan took a portside turn for the worse Sunday when the top-heavy barge flipped over and landed atop the statuary in 50 feet of water.
Houma Today - The new marsh is the unexpected result of an adjoining $2.3 million project, originally designed to build about 50 acres of marsh in a contained area. Since the project was completed in late 2010, the contained area has filled in with marsh grass, and acres of material have expanded beyond the contained system where it continues to grow. The new marsh will help buffer south Lafourche's hurricane-protection levees from Gulf of Mexico tides and waves.
Coastal News - With Humboldt Bay Harbor considered integral to reviving the economy of this coastal town north of San Francisco, keeping shipping lanes dredged and accessible to international cargo is a top priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ San Francisco District, which along with community leaders and business owners, sees the mission as key to the region’s recovery.
Daily Comet - About half of the construction money the state has set aside for coastal restoration work this year will be spent in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Of the $588 million for construction, $295 million is dedicated to projects in Terrebonne and Lafourche, said state Rep. Gordy Dove, R-Houma. Dove sponsored the resolution that put the Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority’s $884 million spending plan into place. It outlines projects and spending for the fiscal year that starts July 1.