Archive: 2012
  • Powerful Partnerships

    by Melanie Ellis SWD Outreach Coordinator DALLAS--For the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers the word sustainability is often used to describe infrastructure and its life span, but now it is used to describe successful partnerships – specifically the invaluable partnership between the Corps and the Southwestern Power Administration.
  • Our Wounded Warriors: Once a Soldier, a Soldier for Life

    by Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula Commander Southwestern Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DALLAS--The U.S. Army, which I have proudly served in for more than 30 years, has a saying: “Once a Soldier, a Soldier for Life.” This concept is shared across all our military services. Those who have served, whether a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, will always be part of that great community of men and women who have put on a uniform and served this Nation. On a broader scale, our soldiers are also part of the noble American tradition of citizen soldiers who embody the will of the people directly because they are the people. Americans who serve in our military come from our local communities and return to their families in these local communities when their service has ended. Sadly, because of the nature of war, some return injured. We call these our Wounded Warriors, and to these all Americans owe a special debt of gratitude—though, when you meet a Wounded Warrior, you will see that gratitude is not what they seek. They seek new beginnings and opportunities to transition to a productive and fulfilling civilian life.
  • Taking water safety to the troops

    By Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Public Affairs WICHITA, Kan. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division water safety team held its division-wide water safety event as part of the Wings over McConnell 2012 Open House and Air Show Sept. 29 and 30 at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. More than two dozen team members from the division and its four districts (Tulsa, Little Rock, Galveston and Fort Worth), as well as the the Kansas City District and the National Water Safety Team staffed a 150-foot-by-100-foot area during the two-day event visited by more than 100,000 military members and their dependents who attended the Open House and Air Show.
  • The Southwestern Division responds to Hurricane Sandy

    by LaDonna Davis SWD Public Affairs DALLAS-- Always ready to lend a helping hand when needed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division has deployed 36 volunteers from their Division Headquarters and four Districts to help with the recovery and response effort after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. As part of the federal government’s national response framework, the Corps of Engineers is the responsible agency for public works and engineering during times of national disaster and emergencies.
  • Women of Color conference provides opportunity for SWD to promote STEM

    By LaDonna Davis SWD Public Affairs DALLAS-- More than a hundred college, high school and middle school students hoping to gain better insight into their career possibilities met with employees from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division at the Women of Color career fair, part of the Women of Color annual conference Oct. 11-13, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas The Women of Color career fair is held every year with a goal of engaging and educating students, particularly minorities, about career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math fields and providing outreach opportunities for government and non-government organizations and private companies .This year’s theme was “Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity.”
  • Texas Coastal Study: Corps to partner with state, federal agencies to protect regional resources, restore losses from storms

    by Southwestern Division Public Affairs DALLAS--From the natural beaches of Sabine Pass near Port Arthur to the rich diversity of bird and marine wildlife along the Laguna Madre near Port Isabel, the sweep of the Texas coast contains varied and fragile ecosystems juxtaposed with highly industrialized areas that host a national economic powerhouse. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, through its Galveston District, is involved in virtually every mile of the 367-mile coastline, and plays an integral role in both the preservation of Nature’s treasures that are a living part of the Texas coastal region as well as serving and preserving the industries that fuel commerce and power our nation.
  • SWD logistics: Saving the command and government thousands of dollars

    by Ronald E Richards, SWD Regional Logistics Manager and David Cameron Miller, SWD Logistics Specialist DALLAS -- Southwestern Division logistics offices save the government big money by palletizing and recycling unused or excess equipment and donating surplus computers to local schools (SWD photos) In May 2011, the Southwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen.Thomas Kula, tasked the Division Logistics Office with improving property accountability and reducing the environmental impact of Corps-related activities throughout SWD. To accomplish this task, Kula highlighted the need to achieve property accountability throughout the Division; reduce operating costs and environmental impacts associated with the current vehicle fleet; and improve the efficiency of Corps-owned facilities.
  • Montgomery Point Lock and Dam ensures system available during low-water conditions

    by Little Rock District Public Affairs Montgomery Point Lock and Dam Ensures System Available During Low-Water Conditions LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- During this year’s unseasonably dry summer the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System functioned as designed ensuring a 9-foot channel for barge traffic moving through the system. Because water levels on the Mississippi River dropped so low the crest gates at Montgomery Point Lock were used this summer for the first time since 2008.
  • A first for MKARNS lock:Chouteau Lock gets new pintal ball

    by Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Public Affairs TULSA, Okla. -- Work involving the repair of a major component of a lock along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System was recently completed ahead of schedule by the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The work involved the removal and replacement of a pintal ball at Lock 17 at Chouteau, Okla., This was the first time such a repair has been performed to a lock on the MKARNS. The entire lock was emptied of water, an operation referred to as "dewatering," so that the dam gate could be lifted for the removal of the pintal.
  • Corps Roundtable promotes STEM career opportunities, workforce diversity

    Leaders and staff from the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, participated in a STEM Roundtable at Dallas’ Townview School of Science and Engineering on Sept. 28, discussing one-on-one with students and faculty the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The event, which was entitled “Serving our Nation through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math”, was held at the Dallas magnet school recently recognized with the Intel’s School of Distinction Award for the best high school math program in the country.