News Stories

Author: John Budnik
  • June

    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.
  • April

    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.
  • February

    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.
  • January

    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.
  • December

    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.
  • October

    Corps reaches new heights with pilot engineers

    Slicing through the air, the rotor blades spin faster than the eye can see while attached to the body of the aircraft. The smell of exhaust permeates the air above the tarmac and a loud rhythm of dual engines penetrates the ear. Systems – check; avionics – check; crew, passengers and mission equipment – check.
  • Corps, local Soldiers build shed for good cause

    With the sound of hammers and the smell of sawdust in the crisp fall air, 23 Soldiers, civilians and family members volunteered three Saturdays in September for a cause reminiscent of a modern day barn rising.