New England News Releases

USACE hosts open house August 1 in Oxford, Mass., for Hodges Village Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house August 1, 2024, in Oxford, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1976 Hodges Village Dam Master Plan for the Hodges...
USACE hosts open house July 31 in Monson, Mass., for Conant Brook Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 31, 2024, in Monson, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1998 Conant Brook Dam Master Plan for the Conant...
USACE hosts open house July 30 in Uxbridge, Mass., for West Hill Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 30, 2024, in Uxbridge, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 2011 West Hill Dam Master Plan for the West Hill...

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Local bird watchers descended upon West Hill Dam armed with pen, paper and a few binoculars to participate in West Hill Dam’s annual Backyard Bird Count.
Construction of the System Management Engineering Facility (SMEF), the 40,000 square foot, 2-story addition, is well underway and progressing rapidly.
For vessels wanting to enter Plymouth waters, dredging to remove shoals from the Plymouth Harbor federal navigation project in Massachusetts is currently underway and on schedule.

News From Around the Corps

Huntsville Center hosts justice department training
6/27/2024
Throughout the training, old case studies were used to show the participants real examples and demonstrate the importance of reporting to the proper authorities...
USACE's Michael Bartles Honored with 2024 HH&C CoP Professional of the Year Award
7/8/2024 UPDATED
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 8, 2024) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) proudly announces that Michael Bartles has been awarded the 2024 Hydrology, Hydraulics, and...
$132 Million Contract Kicks Off Army Corps Flood-Risk-Reduction Project on Staten Island
7/11/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, in conjunction with the New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and State of New York (NYSDEC), announces a $132 million contract...

Feature Stories

Employee Spotlight: Helen Newcomb, Operations Division

Published Feb. 27, 2015
Helen Newcomb, Construction Division, was selected for the Employee Spotlight in the Yankee Engineer in February 2015.

Helen Newcomb, Construction Division, was selected for the Employee Spotlight in the Yankee Engineer in February 2015.

Helen Newcomb is the secretary for Operations Division in Building 1 in the District’s Concord Park Office. She has been with the New England District for 27 years. As Secretary of Operations Division she supports the Chief and Deputy Chief of Operations, as well as the Technical Support Branch at the Concord Park District Office, and often works with the five Basin Assistants and the Cape Cod Canal Office Assistant. Her varied duties range from creating Personnel Actions in DCPDS; Travel Orders and Travel Vouchers, Training Forms, In-House PR&C’s to reimburse the Safety Office for FOH Medical Costs for Operations employees for Audio Testing, Physical Exams and Drug Testing, as well as MIPRS to transfer funds to other Corps Divisions as needed…all in CEFMS.

She also edits and finalizes congressional correspondence, and reviews Operations final pay estimates from the field for processing. After they receive Contracting Officer Approval, she notifies Millington of same via email. Another duty she performs is doing the paperwork for special awards for some employees as they retire. She maintains an “Operations Division Directory of Field Offices” bi-annually. Many District folks in other Divisions find this directory very helpful especially since GPS coordinates have been added over the past two years.

Some of the favorite parts of her job are the people she works with, both at the District and in the field as well as the District’s mission to protect and improve the quality of life for others in New England. She is a former member of the New England District’s Work Environment Committee.

Newcomb is a graduate of Milton High School in Milton, Massachusetts and the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Massachusetts.
In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters, as well as summer reunions with her three sisters. She took on the challenging and rewarding role of caregiver for a developmentally- challenged woman in the Massachusetts State Shared-Living program for six years while working full-time for the District. She is the past Treasurer for her church. She also worked for the Director of Operations at the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, Massachusetts where she coordinated fundraising breakfasts with companies on the South Shore to earn money to send under-privileged children to YMCA summer camps and programs.


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