Archive: November, 2012
  • 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.