The organization has about 20 positions either pending announcement or currently advertised on the USA Jobs website, the official source of federal government employment listings. The project-funded agency’s workload is anticipated to increase with future military and civil works construction. However, the hiring actions reflect the organization’s mantra of striving to become faster, more affordable and better.
Despite Army reductions, Corps of Engineers hiring in Alaska
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District is seeking qualified candidates in a variety of technical areas despite Army force reduction in Alaska.
Col. Michael S. Brooks assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District on July 16, 2015, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.
Alaska District welcomes new commander
After three years as the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District, Col. Christopher Lestochi relinquished his duties to Col. Michael Brooks during a July 16 change of command ceremony. Brooks, a native of Alabama, became the 27th commander of the district during the event at the district’s headquarters. He is the former deputy chief and engineer planner for the Domestic Operations Division at U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1st Lt. Marcus Farris’ (first row, third from left), quality assurance representative in the USACE – Alaska District’s Construction Division, competed for the first time with the All-Army Triathlon team June 7 in the 2015 U.S. Armed Forces Championships hosted by the Leon’s World Fastest Triathlon at Hammond, Indiana. According to the race results, he finished 17th out of 40 male competitors from all four branches, including members from the Canadian military. Farris completed the Olympic standard triathlon distances of a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride and 10 km run just under two hours. He trailed the leader by nine minutes.
All-Army triathlete’s skills founded in preparation
Underneath his quiet and cool demeanor, 1st Lt. Marcus Farris is ready to be unleashed on race days. A disciplined athlete, he has trained for many hours to represent and compete as a member of the All-Army Triathlon team.
Jacob Kresel (right), senior park ranger and natural resource specialist, and Cole Van Beusekom (left), park ranger, are easy to recognize with their forest green uniforms, “Smokey bear” hats and Corps castle belt buckles. The opportunity to work at the Chena Project in North Pole is a fulfilling vocation for both.
Corps park rangers share passion for outdoors, flood mitigation
Much like the Chena River snaking through the heart of downtown Fairbanks, a passion for the outdoors flows through the veins of the park rangers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District’s Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project. The two are contributing members of a team overseeing 20,000 acres of multipurpose public land.

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