Mosul Dam Task Force team members earn awards
Maj. Pedro Martinez (left) is presented with an Army Commendation Medal by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mosul Dam Task Force Commander Col. Philip Secrist during a ceremony held in Mosul, Iraq on June 14, 2019. Martinez served as the Executive Officer, Operations Officer, and Project Closeout Office officer in charge. Martinez and his staff monitored 24/7 operations in a dynamic security environment and he personally contributed to the security of the task force by coordinating with each of the five different Security Forces units providing security at Mosul Dam. Mosul Dam is a well-designed and well-constructed dam that is unique in that it requires continuous maintenance grouting operations due to the geology under the dam. USACE arrived at Mosul Dam in September 2016 to serve as “the Engineer” providing construction management, quality assurance, engineering and technical oversight and project management services in connection with a contract between Iraq and an Italian company for maintenance grouting and rehabilitation of the bottom outlet of the Mosul Dam.