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  • August

    Corps employee shaped by small town in Alaska, Russian-folk dancing

    While serving as a steward of the environment, it has been Sitka, Alaska, that has shaped the Linda Speerstra of today through its fisheries, wetlands and Russian-folk dances.
  • Mooring points, small projects yield big rewards in rural Alaska

    Pipes and chains sticking out of the ground are hardly a flashy engineering feat, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District is frugally designing and quickly delivering mooring points to some of Alaska’s most rural communities located on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Since its inception, the project offers strong potential for major transportation, environmental and economic benefits.
  • July

    Corps deepens vital navigational channel

    Fuel shortages and empty store shelves are a potential reality Alaskans will not have to face thanks to the work of 45 crewmembers aboard the Essayons, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-owned and operated hopper dredge.
  • Alaska District welcomes home engineer detachment

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District welcomed the 62nd Engineer Detachment home June 26 during a ceremony at the district headquarters building. The team was deployed September 2012 through June 2013 at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • May

    Employee Spotlight: Reflecting on Hawaiian heritage, Corps employee shares her pride

    Though born on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, Hawaii is home to this self-proclaimed “army brat.” For Renee Sedlak, growing up and attending school during her father’s three separate tours in the Aloha State enlightened her about her heritage.
  • April

    Skiing Shrinks Employee's Impression In Snow

    Overdressed and sweating in the frosty Alaskan weather, she falls over into the snow. Her elongated feet come unglued from the grooves they were sliding back-and-forth in. Standing up on two legs becomes an unexpected challenge when learning to cross-country ski. After solving the puzzle of entangled skis and poles, she presses on.
  • March

    District Surveys Upgrade to Future

    An innovative solution using computer modeling is helping to define and manage digital and geospatial data for ports, harbors and navigation channels in Alaska.
  • Engineers Encourage Study of Hard Sciences

    While promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to Alaska’s youth, employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District are getting inspired, too.
  • February

    Living Dream Leads to Tribal Liaison Work

    She serves as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ link to 40 percent of the nation’s federally recognized tribes. If a proposed Corps project has the potential to impact tribal rights or resources, Amanda Shearer will coordinate with one or more of the 229 tribes in Alaska.