New England News Releases

City of New Haven seeks USACE permit for proposed work in waters of New Haven Harbor
2/27/2024
 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the City of New Haven Engineering Department for proposed work...
USACE seeks comments on proposed work in Prospect Reservoir in Prospect, Connecticut
2/27/2024
 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the South-Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority for...
Town of Temple seeks permit for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook off Mitchell Brook Road in Maine
2/15/2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Town of Temple for proposed work in Henry Mitchell Brook...

Top Rotator

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

Welcome to the future: US Army Corps of Engineers leading the way in national engineering excellence
2/23/2024
WASHINGTON — I look forward to flipping my calendar to February each year because nestled among this month’s observances – Black History Month and Washington’s Birthday among them – is National...
Louisville District announces official closure of Lock and Dam 53
1/16/2024 UPDATED
After being in service for nearly 90 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District announced the official closure of the Lock and Dam 53 project, Jan. 16, 2024. This is a historic...
Missouri River navigation restoration efforts hit major milestone despite challenges
1/9/2024
2024 will mark five years since the historic flood of 2019 in Kansas City and the surrounding region. Water levels on the Missouri River reached heights not seen for decades and caused an estimated...

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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