Heroes of the Month

Tulsa contracting officer, Morales saves life and budget 

By Khristina Sandoval

SWD Contracting Office


Tulsa District Contracting Officer Rudy Morales was the Southwestern Division’s “Hero of the Month.” He was selected due to the excellent acquisition and team support he provides the Architectural, Engineering & Construction Branch. Morales’ support of critical architect-engineer and complex construction projects has been highly depended upon to deliver Tulsa’s mission.

Morales continually seeks ways to advance his team and better support the entire project delivery team. His leadership and acquisition support of all Tinker Air Force Base mission and Civil Works Non-routine Maintenance and Flood Supplemental Program requirements is heavily relied upon to ensure scheduled milestones are met and actions are awarded on time.

He is a dependable acquisition professional whose collaboration and willingness to partner early in the planning phases of each project with all members of the PDT continually leads to successful project execution. Morales, a thoughtful communicator, takes time to meet with area offices and the entire construction administration team throughout the life of a project to better understand supported projects.

When faced with challenges, such as recent inflation impacts to the construction supply chain, Morales took time to listen to industry and sought creative solutions by working tirelessly with his PDT to develop plans to adapt, overcome, and excel to meet stakeholder needs. 

Morales, a U.S. Air Force Veteran is a true acquisition professional and leader, who maintains his mental and physical fitness daily, can often be found in the gym boxing or training for stair-climbing races.

Recently he put his lifesaving training to work when he responded to a colleague suffering from complications brought on by an allergic reaction. Morales put his skills into action until medical professionals arrived.

In these ways and many more, Morales distinguishes himself and upholds USACE values daily by taking care of people! Congratulations on being the Southwestern Division and Tulsa District Hero.


Welcome to the Southwestern Division’s Regional Contracting Team! We are at your service.

The Southwestern Division is comprised of five execution contracting offices and one regional support office.  The mission execution teams include the Fort Worth, Tulsa, Galveston and Little Rock Districts, as well as a regional Interagency and International Services (IIS) contracting team. The overall contracting mission is the responsibility of the Regional Chief of Contracting (RCC) team, who also serves as business advisors to the Division Commander. Although the RCC team does not award contracts directly, each member of the team is wholly committed to supporting the Mission and delivering VALUE to our nation.  Please feel free to click on each contracting site for more details and let us know if we can provide more information.

For upcoming contracting opportunities, we encourage you to visit SAM.gov, the Federal Government’s centralized site for contracting opportunities.

Contracting Around the Division

Elected officials tour Ozark Powerhouse

Col. Eric Noe, commander, Little Rock District along with district Leaders hosted a tour and capabilities briefing on the Ozark Powerhouse to Arkansas Sen. John Boozman, Rep. Bruce Westerman, Franklin County Judge Rickey Bowman, Ozark Mayor Roxie Hall, and staffers from each of Arkansas’ elected members offices June 28. Powerplant workers talked about the plants daily operations and its value to the community and region. Located on the Arkansas River in Ozark, Ark., the powerhouse was constructed between 1972-74. The five 20 MW slant-axis turbines are nearing the end of a major rehabilitation. Currently all five units are capable of providing power to the electric grid.


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