On Feb. 15, 2019, the President declared a national emergency on the U.S. southern border enabling U.S. Army Corps of Engineers'emergency-related construction authorities. In response, the Corps directed the South Pacific Division to establish a border infrastructure organization that became Task Force Barrier, an expeditionary unit comprised of Soldiers and Civilians volunteering from across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Due to increased demand on manpower and resources across multiple priority missions, the Chief of Engineers directed South Pacific Division to establish a provisional district to execute the South Pacific Division's missions on the southwest border.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Border District was established Dec. 6, 2019 to provide leadership, management, oversight, and support of infrastructure construction operations along the U.S. southern border.
Through cooperation and collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, the South Pacific Border District provides technical expertise in contractual and design construction services, project management and construction management.
The border barrier construction effort is a massive engineering project planned to provide hundreds of miles of border infrastructure across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas – combining the engineering expertise of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the construction capabilities of America’s large and small construction companies.
The spirit, drive and expeditionary mindset of this team of teams, born from volunteers from across the enterprise and beyond, will continue to deliver the mission, proving that the nation's engineers can respond quickly, provide world-class expertise, and overcome diverse challenges to get the job done!