Archive: 2014
  • Southwestern Division’s Fiscal Year 2014 marked by accomplishments in civil works, military programs

    DALLAS--The Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, marked a year of accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2014, brought about in large part by solid partnerships and extraordinary efforts of the SWD workforce, according to SWD officials. In addition to executing $492 million in investigation, construction and operations and maintenance, SWD initiated the first news start studies and construction projects since Fiscal Year 2010. These included the Houston Ship Channel and Comprehensive Coastal Texas studies; the Lower Colorado River Basin Phase I, Onion Creek, Austin, Texas; the Project Partnership Agreement for the Onion Creek Study and the Half Moon Reef Nature Conservancy; and completion of the Dam Safety Modification Studies for Addicks and Barker Dams in Houston and Pine Creek Dam in Oklahoma.
  • The secret to her success: ops chief shares some key milestones on the road to career success

    DALLAS--We all have that “tipping point” in life, that moment when circumstances converge to change our future direction forever. For graduating college senior Andrea Murdock in 1988, that point came as she was pursuing various options for post-college employment. On the one hand, she had already decided that she wanted to be a park ranger and had interviewed for a park ranger job with three different Army Corps of Engineers Districts—St. Louis, Huntington, and Mobile—at a job fair in El Paso. On the other, she had no real professional work history, and was considering joining the Peace Corps to get some solid experience on her resume prior to going for that federal government position.
  • A multigenerational workforce brings opportunities, challenges for the Corps

    Famous author Rick Riorden once wrote, “People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.” While Mr. Riorden was writing about a Greek god in one of his fictional books, the sentiment can be applied to any workplace environment. The bottom line is this: for any organization to be successful, it is crucial to take care of the people that make it run.
  • Southwestern Division attorney earns Corps of Engineers legal award

    DALLAS—Ernest A. Burford, assistant Division Counsel for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has been honored with a Seltzer Award for his contributions to the Corps’ legal services mission.
  • A Patriot Day Bronze Star for Texas Rangers coach

    ARLINGTON, TEXAS--Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones receives the citation for the Bronze Star Medal, awarded for his service in Vietnam. Presenting the award was Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., deputy commander of the Southwestern Division, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Tamara R. Mahaffey named 2014 USACE Logistician of the Year

    DALLAS--Tamara R. Mahaffey, Logistics Manager for the Southwestern Division’s Fort Worth District, is the recipient of the USACE Meritorious Logistician Award for 2014. Mahaffey beat out more than 500 eligible logisticians from across the Corps to win the prestigious award. “I am blessed with a team of analytical, forthright, and dedicated professionals who willingly go ‘out of the box’ in order to achieve greatness,” said Mahaffey. “I accept this award on their behalf.”
  • SWD commander promoted to brigadier general

    FORT BELVOIR, VA--David C. Hill, the commander of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in a ceremony Aug. 8 at Fort Belvoir, Va. Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, promoted Hill.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers honors Rumanda Young with Morris Civilian of the Year Award

    FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given Dr. Rumanda K. Young of Fort Worth the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award, which recognizes the single civilian employee achieving the highest overall standards of excellence.
  • Southwestern Division collaboration ensures no community is left behind

    DALLAS - No community left behind seeks to close the gaps in communication by uniting all national organizations, private sector associations and government at all levels to develop a shared vision for flood risk management. Collaboration and leveraging are essential to integrating the goals, resources and capabilities of local, State and federal agencies to reduce flood risks using a “bottom-up” outreach approach that aims to leave no community behind.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division welcomes new commander, Col. David. C. Hill

    Col. David C. Hill took command of the Southwestern Division today in a ceremony officiated by Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.