HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Army Corps of Engineers Huntsville Center play a unique role in the agency's mission. The Huntsville Center sits on University Square, right off Wynn Drive. Established in 1967, the Center's original mission was to support ballistic missile defense.
Lt. Col. William Burruss is the Deputy Commander of the Huntsville Center. "Over time, that's morphed and changed and our mission has changed as programs have come and gone and we've adapted," he said.
Today, the Center's mission has expanded to include different programs. "You have installation support, you think of energy, medical, we have missions related to chemical demilitarization, we've built all the chem demil plants that have destroyed the Army's stock pile of chemical munitions," Lt. Col. Burruss said.
While most districts and divisions in the Corps operate based on geography, work at the Huntsville Center is based on programs, not locations. "We operate underneath a charter, which means that we are not constrained to any part of the world," Lt. Col. Burruss explained. "We operate globally, whenever a district or division needs additional support or a centralized function."
The agency's mission can be separated into two categories, civil works and military construction. "The civil works, think of things like irrigation, flood damage reduction, recreation, hydropower, environmental protection," said Lt. Col. Burruss. "For the military construction side, we do all the major construction for the Air Force and Army on their facilities."
With Redstone Arsenal right in our backyard, it's easy to see some of the Center's contributions. Just take a look at the arsenal gates. "The equipment that's installed in them, the protocols, the electronic security systems, the traffic barriers, all those, the criteria or the design of those is developed right here," explained Boyce Ross, the Engineering Director at the Huntsville Center.
The Huntsville Center has no boundaries, and therefore, no limits to future success.