Archive: 2013
  • Gray's navigate trip of a lifetime with father on 'Honor Flight'

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - For Bill Gray, of the Little Rock District's Navigation and Maintenance Section, keeping navigation moving on the Arkansas River is his job, but on Oct. 5 he was navigating uncharted waters.
  • McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System Long-Term Maintenance Strategy

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Little Rock and Tulsa districts, along with the Southwestern Division, are developing a strategy to focus greater long-range planning and funds on critical maintenance needed in the next five years to ensure that the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System remains a reliable, resilient, and relevant system for future generations. This strategy is the result of Little Rock and Tulsa districts implementing and evaluating the Corps’ “Levels of Service” policy on the MKARNS, which correlates lock availability with commercial lock usage in an effort to increase maintenance.
  • New MOU allows Tulsa Corps STEM outreach to Langston University

    TULSA, Okla. — Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District recently spoke to students of Langston University in Langston, Okla. about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) internship and career opportunities at the Corps. As part of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing STEM collaboration between the university and Tulsa District, Tulsa’s Chief of Natural Resources, Kent Dunlap, Engineering and Construction Division’s Administrative Officer, Nancy Crenshaw, and Tinker Air Force Base Resident Office Mechanical Engineer and former intern, Kendrick Adams participated in a brown bag luncheon seminar Nov. 20.
  • Coming full circle, Dallas remembers JFK

    DALLAS—A half century came full circle on Nov. 22, when the City of Dallas held a ceremony at Dealey Plaza marking the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The crowd of 5000 invited guests, almost 1000 news media, and members of the public withstood bitterly cold and damp weather to watch an abbreviated ceremony that included the unveiling of a new monument at the “Grassy Knoll.” The monument included words from President Kennedy’s undelivered address at the Dallas Trade Mart, his destination on Nov. 22 when he was shot and killed by an assassin while he rode in a motorcade on Elm Street in downtown Dallas.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Keepers of the Eternal Flame

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can lay claim to a vast array of famous projects since the Continental Congress authorized a “Chief Engineer for the Army” on June 16, 1775: Bunker Hill fortifications, the Panama Canal, the Manhattan Project, not to mention an abundance of locks, dams, and levees that help form the infrastructure of our nation.
  • JFK assassination remembered by 57-year Fort Worth District team member Jimmy Baggett

    FORT WORTH, Texas - There have been moments throughout history that generations can point to and say “I remember exactly what I was doing at that moment.” Our generation has the tragic events of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The “Greatest Generation” the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941. And for many in between those events there is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963.
  • From jubilation to sorrow - President Kennedy’s historic celebration at Greers Ferry Dam followed by tragedy in Dallas

    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. - Gasoline cost 30 cents, a loaf of bread was 20 cents, and the price of a gallon of milk was a little more than a dollar. It was 1963, and the residents of a small Arkansas town nestled at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains were eagerly awaiting the arrival of one of the most important persons on earth.
  • November 1963: A time of Building Strong for America

    Nov. 22, 1963, was likely a typical fall day in North Texas for employees of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was headquartered in Dallas. Just as it does this year, Nov. 22 fell on a Friday in 1963, so a weekend was in the works. From their offices in downtown Dallas, SWD employees would have been taking care of their responsibilities as engineers, biologists, economists, hydrologists, foresters—the vast array of disciplines that make up the Corps.
  • JFK 50th anniversary: It's our choice to remember the dark side of history or the inspired leadership that continues to light the world

    DALLAS - Like afterimages seared into our mind’s eye long after the camera has stopped flashing, the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago this month is replete with iconic images that marked my generation. These images, normally safely buried away, can quickly be summoned by hundreds of memories that swirl in and out of the streets and back roads of Dallas to this day.
  • Ron Richards named USACE Logistician of the Year

    DALLAS-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division’s Regional Logistics Manager, Ron Richards, has been named USACE 2012 Meritorious Logistician of the Year.