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Professionals from the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, conduct a site assessment in Jacksonville, Alabama, April 8, 2020. Huntsville Center and Mobile District had joined forces to evaluate potential sites for alternate care facilities in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and in coordination with other federal, state, and local partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A PART OF THE SOLUTION Huntsville Center’s response effort to save lives

BY DAVID SAN MIGUEL , U.S. Army Engineering and Suppor t Center, Huntsville

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orking hand in hand with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) geographic districts and divisions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, is focusing its skill and expertise on supporting the nation’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Established in 1967 as the Huntsville Division, the organization was redesignated in 1995 to its present configuration because of an expanding mission to provide innovative engineering solutions to the Corps of Engineers’ and the nation’s toughest challenges.

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Huntsville Center today boasts a 1,100-plus workforce of professional, highly skilled technical experts to execute and manage 40-plus programs and 4,500 to 5,000 ongoing projects globally. Its programs and projects touch the lives of almost every American, and in fiscal year 2019, the Huntsville Center awarded more than 4,800 contract actions, totaling more than $2.2 billion in obligations for its stakeholders. More than 43% of the $2 billion obligations were small business awards. That number pushed the Center over the $6 billion mark in obligations awarded to U.S. small businesses over the last decade. According to Albert “Chip” Marin III, Huntsville Center’s programs director, these programs and projects incorporate a broad spectrum of the

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