Lt. General Todd T. Semonite and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradely J. Houston of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were the hosts for the July31 Twilight Tattoo.

Final Twilight Tattoo celebrates 244 years of America's Army

This year’s final Twilight Tattoo was held at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall July 31.

The Tattoo was hosted by 54th Chief of Engineers and commanding general of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite.

Army engineers are currently conducting research and development, identifying ways to employ robotics on the battlefield and how to leverage the power of data and geospatial information.  Investments in technology allow Army engineers to deliver projects swiftly, for less money, and with increased quality.     

This year they worked alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as they helped save lives and protect property after the devastating Central U.S. floods throughout Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

USACE’s goal is to continue to accomplish America’s most complex projects on schedule and within budget.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s Twilight Tattoo traces history to the years before World War II. The 3rd Cavalry Regiment held military shows during the winter months on the grounds of Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. The MDW revived the traditional show in 1961 to showcase the talents of its ceremonial units. As time went on, the Army adapted the show, its location and the time of year it was performed to fit the growing needs of the American people.

USACE hosted the July 31 Tattoo to honor men and women engineers who built the nation.

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