The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District hosted Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, the 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for a visit to several project sites in Delaware and New Jersey on April 7, 2021.
Spellmon visited two military construction projects at Dover Air Force Base and toured environmental remediation efforts at the former DuPont Chambers Works site in Deepwater, NJ.
“It was great to host the Chief for his first visit to our District,” said Lt. Col. David Park, USACE Philadelphia District Commander. “We had the opportunity to discuss challenges, successes, and highlight the contributions of our workforce and partners.”
Spellmon, a native of Bloomindale, NJ, assumed his role as Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of USACE in September 2020. Previously, he served as the USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations.
During the visit, Spellmon met with Dover Air Force Base leadership and toured two construction projects on the installation – an aircraft maintenance hangar and a combined elementary and middle school.
“We’re facing tough challenges on these two projects, but we will ultimately overcome those challenges because we’re engineers and that’s what we do – we solve problems,” said Tom Lavender, a Project Manager for the USACE Philadelphia District.
“We’re honored to have Lt. Gen. Spellmon visit Team Dover and help ensure accountability for our ongoing construction projects,” said Col. Matthew Jones, 436th Airlift Wing commander. “We depend on our U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partners to deliver the timely, quality completion of the base school and hangar that Team Dover Airmen and families deserve. These projects are crucial to the continued readiness and mission success of the world’s premier airlift wing.”
Spellmon then visited the Chambers Works site in Deepwater, NJ where USACE is remediating radioactive material buried at the more than 100-year-old chemical manufacturing site. There, he met with team members from several USACE Districts, contractors, and subcontractors who are involved in environmental remediation efforts.
“We’re fortunate to have an incredible team here,” said George Bock, a Project Manager for the USACE Philadelphia District. “We’ve worked through numerous technical challenges and are very proud of the work that we’ve accomplished."