September 11, 2001 : Attack on America
United States Army Corps of Engineers Trade Center/Pentagon Bombings Recovery Efforts 10:00 AM; September 19, 2001

World Trade Center/Pentagon Bombings Recovery Efforts
Current Operations (Updated as of 1000, 19 September 2001)

USACE has currently deployed 122 personnel to New York City from around the nation to support recovery efforts. Nine more are deployed to the Pentagon, and 32, to include 20 Army Reservists, are supporting the Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. An additional seven USACE personnel are on the Emergency Support Team at FEMA headquarters in Washington.

Sixteen structural experts and four surveyors from across the nation are on site in New York City to assist the city in evaluating some of the more complicated building assessments and safety of areas to attempt search and rescue. A debris management cell of six USACE and six contract personnel are also on site to provide technical assistance to the city.

The Corps ability to initially deploy personnel to support this operation was greatly enhanced by the cooperation of other federal agencies in providing transportation while commercial air travel was unavailable.

The 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) deployed 31 personnel to New York City, 16 from Ft. Belvoir, VA, and 15 from Ft. Bragg, N.C. These soldiers have completed their technical assistance mission to ConEd for the installation of city-supplied 1500 kilowatt generators to support emergency electrical power requirements. All but two of these soldiers have now returned to their home stations. Two soldiers from the 249th remain at the Pentagon out of an initial deployment of nine. Before they left, the 249th soldiers set up emergency generators at the New York Stock Exchange and at the Pentagon.

The Corps has deployed two Deployable Tactical Operations Centers to New York City for command and control. One has been provided to FEMA for their use.

USACE has deployed two Rapid Response Vehicles to New York City to enhance command and control of disaster recovery operations.

FEMA and the Corps are utilizing the two Deployable Tactical Operations Centers and two Rapid Response Vehicles deployed to New York City to form a linked communications network around the area of destruction.

To date, FEMA has assigned USACE missions for emergency power, technical assistance, debris-removal assessment and structural safety assessment in New York City, and technical assistance for debris removal at the Pentagon.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers will not discuss specific security measures being taken at our facilities for force protection. The Corps is responding with appropriate security measures to meet the threat condition declared by DoD following the terrorist attacks.

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