The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a very rich history of support to our nation with more than 240 years of engineering experience. The Transatlantic Division (TAD), located in Winchester, Virginia, is the Army Corps of Engineers’ ninth major subordinate command. TAD stood-up for a second time on September 29, 2009. It was originally established in 1991 to support the increased reconstruction activities following the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
TAD provides USACE construction, engineering and project management support of the U.S. Central Command, a Unified Combatant Command within the Department of Defense. USCENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, including Afghanistan and Iraq.
Overseeing thousands of Army Corps of Engineers projects, TAD also supports the full spectrum of regional support, including the Afghan National Security Forces, United States and Coalition Forces, Counter Narcotics and Border Management, Strategic Reconstruction support to the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Commander’s Emergency Response Program.
TAD’s area of responsibility is now the second largest battle space and the number one priority for the United States. It has one subordinate contingency district in Afghanistan and one enduring district, the Middle East District, co-located with TAD in Winchester, Virginia.
In September 2011, the division stood-up a Transatlantic Division forward element in Kabul, Afghanistan. A key part of the realignment is a team who provides around-the-clock focus on the Division’s critical mission in Afghanistan. The realignment reflects the evolution of USACE’s priorities in the region, and it bolsters the Army Corps of Engineers’ mission to help the government of Afghanistan build its infrastructure, which has been devastated by three decades of war.
Today, the Division and its two districts continue to provide high-intensity engineer capabilities for all current USACE Overseas Contingency Operations.