• July

    Pulling a Rescue Out of a Recovery

    It was a beautiful Texas summer day in June, with the sun shining brightly and waves crashing gently against the shore of Stillhouse Hollow Lake. A group of friends decided to beat the heat with a mid-day swim and entered one of the many parks closed due to excessive flood waters.
  • Life Jackets Worn, Nobody Mourns

    On a beautiful, warm Texan day at Lewisville Lake, Jennifer Lawson, a natural resources specialist from the Army Corps of Engineers, heard about two males traveling at a high rate of speed on a personal watercraft, who lost control and tumbled into the lake.
  • May

    A Handshake Agreement Worth its Weight in Gold

    As recreation season ramps up, so have the safety measures. The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, partnered with a local group, Friends of Lake O' the Pines, on a project to update the lake’s courtesy docks, April 22, 2024.
  • SWF Training Supervisors to be Better Leaders

    Understanding the critical role supervisors play in the careers of their staff and employees, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District held a Supervisor University training class for more than 100 district employees at the district headquarters, Feb. 27-28, 2024.
  • SWD’s Regional Planning and Environmental Center Celebrates its 10-year Anniversary

    In the mid-2000s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division experienced a significant decline in civil works planning missions throughout the region. The existing model of every district maintaining a fully capable Civil Planning and Environmental function became very challenging during this period.
  • A Distinguished Civilian: An Advocate of Trust

    In the 1970s, Fort Worth District leadership took action to preserve the legacy of the outstanding people who contributed above and beyond expectations towards mission success of the district. The first “class” of 10 inductees to the District’s Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees was in 1978.
  • The Cornerstones of the District

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District held their annual Administrative Professionals Day luncheon before a packed audience on April 30, at the City Club in Fort Worth. Administrative professionals are the backbone of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District, providing essential support and ensuring the smooth operation of daily tasks. From managing budgets and coordinating schedules to handling correspondence and organizing files, these professionals play a crucial role in keeping the district running efficiently.
  • The Sounds of Freedom

    Follow the white buses marked U.S. Air Force as they pick up new recruits from San Antonio International Airport and transport them to a tucked away location on Joint Base San Antonio. This hidden gem sits on almost four thousand acres of land designated for training the newest enlistees of the Air Force for the next eight and a half weeks. Over the course of their basic military training, you can hear groups of individuals become one voice as they chant the melodic sounds of freedom — “Everywhere I go-o, there’s an MTI* there, hut, two, three, four,” to signify unity and the wingman concept.
  • April

    Not Your Average Army Unit

    Imagine being an active-duty soldier, walking the halls and cubicles of your new Army assignment looking for someone in uniform to guide you in the right direction and not finding another soldier. There’s no motor pool, no weapons room, and no personnel office.
  • Army Holds First-of-its-Kind Career Fair in Arlington

    The traditional sights and sounds of Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, were replaced with something brand new on Saturday, April 13. Instead of fans wearing jerseys cheering on the hometown team, potential candidates from throughout the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex carrying resumes entered the upper concourse of the stadium. They were looking for possible careers with more than 40 Army organizations including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Southwestern Division. The division had representatives on hand from Fort Worth, Galveston, Little Rock, and Tulsa Districts.
  • Cornerstone of USAF Aquatic Training

    On a clear, blue-sky Texan day, personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Southwestern Division and Fort Worth District, joined with their customers from Joint Base San Antonio and the Air Force’s Special Warfare Training Wing, in dedicating the Maltz Special Warfare Aquatic Training Center, located on the Chapman Training Annex, April 2.
  • March

    Fort Worth District Park Rangers Are Refreshed and Recognized

    A small child’s life jacket is on the beach and she’s nowhere to be found. Two men are playing loud music while drinking at a campsite and one of them has a sidearm. A man sits on his tailgate with protected Native American artifacts and digging materials in plain view.
  • ERDC team helps preserve history for Colorado’s Burgess-Capps Cabin

    With the help of an interdisciplinary team at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), the U.S. Air Force Academy Cultural Resources Management Office has plans for future rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Burgess-Capps Cabin in Colorado, keeping it standing for years to come.
  • February

    Wilford Hall: Preserving a Legacy, Brick by Brick

    Wilford Hall Medical Center, located on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was once the flagship of military medicine, named after the medical pioneer, Brig. Gen. Wilford F. Hall. With early beginnings in 1942, as a 100-bed hospital, the medical center quickly grew to a 1,200-bed, Level 1 trauma center by 1957. The Level 1 designation expanded resources and capabilities for handling patients with complex and life-threatening injuries, a service that extended beyond the Air Force community, and into the surrounding civilian community as well.
  • San Antonio’s Westside Creeks: Reaching for Ecosystem Sustainability

    Mention Westside Creeks to most people in Texas and you will get that bewildered “what did you say?” sideways glance, wanting more information to know what is being referenced. But speak the same to those who live in the nation’s seventh most populated city of San Antonio, and hopefully, you’ll receive a much more positive and enthusiastic response.
  • Full Circle Moments: An Interview with Vanessa Pellegrino-Badell

    As a project engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vanessa Pellegrino-Badell has coordinated many construction projects, but none as close to her heart as the U.S. Air Force’s Airman Training Centers located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Growing up, Pellegrino-Badell always had a passion for service, and when faced with the opportunity to enlist in the Air Force, she felt it was a natural step toward this. Her military service opened her eyes to new levels of possibilities and gave her the tools to be prepared for any challenges that lie ahead. We sat down with Pellegrino-Badell to discuss joining the Air Force, and how her training and military service prepared her for a new chapter in her career of becoming a project engineer for USACE.
  • B-21 Raider program offers project opportunities for the Fort Worth District

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District is partnering with multiple Department of the Air Force organizations to facilitate the programming, design, and construction of 25 new or renovated facilities to support the B-21 Raider, the Air Force’s newest strategic bomber.
  • January

    A Special Kind of Hunt

    On a frigid Saturday morning in January, at a park in Navarro Mills, Texas, the unthinkable happened. Seven teenagers sat in silence as they scanned the area around them for movement. Instead of staring at a screen, they quietly watched their breaths turn into clouds of steam and rise out of the hunting blind.
  • December

    What Lies Beneath

    Hovering over the calm waters of the lake, a strange device silently surveys every nook and cranny of the unseen depths. With laser beams dancing across the bottom, it paints an intricate drawing of data points revealing the lake’s mysteries. From the deepest depths to the sunny beaches, LiDAR’s watchful eye holds the key to unlocking a world beyond what the naked eye can perceive. A thrilling adventure awaits those who dare to decipher the language of light.
  • USACE builds the foundation for future USAF warfighters

    For more than 275 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been known around the world for building the foundations of military capabilities in some of the most challenging environmental conditions.