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Former district commander visits old stomping grounds
Retired Col. Amos Mathews is one of 26 soldiers to have served as the Alaska District commander during the 68-year history of the organization. His image is displayed among a group of leaders that are now pillars of Corps engineering history in Alaska. An ecstatic Col. Christopher Lestochi, the current district commander, hosted Mathews during a visit to the headquarters building at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson June 9.
Corps promotes wetlands awareness to elementary students
Hands were thrown upward toward the classroom ceiling when sixth-grade students answered whether they have visited Potter Marsh, Connors Bog or took a trip on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. These public recreational sites are either adjacent to waters of the United States or are local wetlands within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District’s regulatory program.
Knack for negotiating leads Soldier to military contracting
If speeding tickets kindled his Army career, then an act of generosity provided the spark. For a 20-year-old young man from Suffolk, Va., this was the case when his father’s best friend paid the traffic citations barring him from serving his country.
Corps clean water project quenches thirst in Sri Lanka
Clean water to satisfy parched throats and more time for other activities are becoming a new standard for 371 families living below Sri Lanka’s poverty line. The new hookups are drawing water from existing main supply pipes owned and operated by the Puttalam Water District alongside neighborhood roads. The additional network is delivering water to resident’s front door steps through an outdoor spigot and water meter.
Corps brings youth to work, promotes love for hard sciences
A youthful spirit bounced through the halls of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District as children learned about the different responsibilities of the organization that employs their parents.
Passion for teaching leads Corps engineer to gifted youth
One U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District employee is influencing future careers in the hard sciences by mentoring Anchorage’s most talented high school students. For Mike Alley, coaching youth comes naturally and is an example of his selfless service to the nation.
Lifelong Alaskan gives Corps a familiar face
Calling him a late bloomer would be as inaccurate as saying Alaska is not cold in winter – conditions he is acquainted with when working at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District’s Northern Area Office in Fairbanks.
Corps promotes engineering skills at local schools
“It’s the future,” said Steve Grabowski, an Anchorage School District teacher, about the importance of exposing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to elementary students.
Corps partners with local brigade to expand training opportunities for Soldiers
With every nugget of engineering expertise his mentors share with him, Sgt. 1st Class Ron Albert’s confidence grows as he performs his temporary duties with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District.
Commentary: District awards contract for women’s dorm in Afghanistan
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan sought contracting assistance to build a women’s dormitory for Herat University, the Alaska District offered to help on a project that almost never happened. Many people thought it was too hard to achieve given the shifting priorities in a mission that is winding down, but they were wrong.