• April

    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.
  • Federal employee retires to be reunited with wife and pecan trees

    The Fort Worth District is losing one of its more tenured employees in Robert Eisenberg, who retires at the end of the year with more than 55 years of combined federal service.
  • Not Your Average Walk along The Beach

    Guam, Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawaii, and Galveston all sound like great locations for your average beach goer to sit back and relax while enjoying the sun, sand, and water. But for members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District, each of these locations have been anything but a walk along the beach.
  • Hawaiʻi Wildfires Response Mission USACE Employee Spotlight – Deanna Pienaar

    Meet U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District Operations Technical Maintenance Lead Engineer Deanna Pienaar who is deployed to Maui helping with the Hawaiʻi Wildfires federal response. In her home district Pienaar performs routine inspections at dam projects in the Trinity region, completes works projects in her assigned area, and scopes and executes repair and construction projects at the dams.
  • November

    Milestone Achievement for Dallas Floodway Project: Providing Flood Risk Management to Communities

    In the heart of Dallas, Texas, stands a testament to flood risk management, public safety, partnership, and engineering excellence- the Dallas Floodway project. The Flood Risk Management project recently reached a milestone with the substantial completion of the West Levee 277k crest raise and side slope flattening features of work.
  • Following His Own Road

    It’s a long road from private to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, a road filled with highs and lows, twists and turns. For Lt. Col. Joshua Haynes, it’s also been a road traveled with the help of family, friends and mentorships.
  • Low lake levels impact USACE-managed lakes across Texas

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lakes provide a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and camping throughout the State of Texas. However, the constant need for water supply, coupled with the recent drought conditions have drastically impacted many of the lake operations throughout the state.
  • Sam Rayburn Lake drawdown allows for much needed dam repairs

    Many have been wondering why the U.S. Corps of Engineers is drawing down Sam Rayburn Lake in the midst of statewide drought conditions. Well, the fact of the matter is that although most of the state has experienced drought conditions, east Texas has not been hit as hard as other areas of Texas.
  • October

    Hydropower: Harnessing the Power of Water for a Sustainable Future

    As the gates leading from Sam Rayburn Lake open, the water rushes towards the Kaplan turbines some 100’ below. The river begins to rise and swell below the dam as the ground below your feet vibrates with the power of the water’s flow. Fifty megawatts of electricity enter the grid to power homes near and far.
  • The One That Got Away

    The line went taut as it was pulled into the boat, there was no telling what laid below the murky water, but they knew a fight was ahead. Suddenly the water erupted, and the beast burst forth, it’s mouth wide open looking for something to bite. After a short fight and several rolls the estimated 11-foot alligator snapped the line.
  • September

    Basketball lessons shape Maui emergency responder’s philosophy

    Destynee Hives-McCray, a mission specialist with the PPDRT on Maui supporting the federal response to the Aug. 8 Hawai’i wildfires, said playing Division I basketball taught her lessons to help her succeed in the challenging role.