The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is made up of approximately 34,600 civilian and 650 military men and women. Our military and civilian engineers, scientists and other specialists work hand-in-hand as leaders in engineering and environmental matters. Our diverse workforce of biologists, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, natural resource managers, and other professionals meets the demands of changing times and requirements as a vital part of America's Army.
The Corps' mission is to provide quality, responsive engineering services to the nation including:
- Planning, designing, building and operating water resources and other civil works projects (Navigation, Flood Control, Environmental Protection, Disaster Response, etc.)
- Designing and managing the construction of military facilities for the Army and Air Force. (Military Construction)
- Providing design and construction management support for other Defense and federal agencies. (Interagency and International Services)
The Pacific Ocean Division, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of nine U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regional divisions and executes military, civil works, regulatory, emergency response, and international missions through its four districts:
Its military mission is as the Department of Defense's (DoD) design and construction agent for the Army and Air Force in Hawaii and Alaska and for all the military services in Japan, Korea, and Kwajalein. Included in this large geographic area are 89 Army, 13 Air Force, five Navy, five Marine Corps, and two DoD Installations.
Its civil works mission includes the responsibility for Federal Water Resources Development projects and regulating activities in navigable waterways and wetlands and in Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. Territories of Guam and America Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Water Resources Development projects include those for flood control, deep-water ports, small boat harbors, and shoreline protection. The regulatory function includes regulating activities by others in dredging and filling in navigable waters and wetlands.
Its emergency response mission involves cooperation with other military elements and Federal agencies in support of State and local efforts and includes supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in carrying out the Federal Response Plan in the Unites States, which calls on 26 Federal departments and agencies to provide coordinated disaster relief and recovery operations. Under this plan, the Army has the lead responsibility for public works and engineering missions.
Its international mission includes performing requested engineering assistance for the Pacific Island Nations of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and any other countries as requested by the State Department such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia.