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  • February

    First meeting of task force set to address issues in the Kansas River Basin

    This month, a dedicated group of professionals took an important step for the health of Kansas water resources. On Jan. 18, 2024, the Kansas Reservoir Sedimentation Task Force, made up of representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City and Tulsa districts, the Kansas governor’s office and the Kansas Water Office met for the first time as a formal working group in Topeka, Kansas. The group was assembled to collaborate on a solution for a major challenge facing the Kansas River Basin — sedimentation in reservoirs across the basin.
  • December

    District Officer Introductory Course offers unique learning experience for junior officers

    One common misconception about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is that most people who work for the agency are in the military. In fact, of the roughly 37,000 people who work for USACE, only about 800 are active-duty military, with the vast majority being civilians. Because there are so few uniformed USACE employees across the enterprise, an annual course was developed to bring them together to learn about the organization from a military perspective. The District Officer Introductory Course is an annual course that is designed to bring junior officers from all over USACE together to learn, collaborate and network. This year’s course was hosted by the St. Louis District in St. Louis, from December 4 to 8. The Kansas City District and the Louisville District both supported the course.
  • September

    Sustainable rivers program (SRP)

    The Sustainable Rivers Program improves the health and life of rivers by changing dam operations to restore and protect ecosystems, while maintaining or enhancing other project benefits. The SRP was first considered in 1998 when the Nature Conservancy approached the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about improved operations of the Green River Dam in Kentucky. SRP began in fiscal year 2002 with funding of $50,000 for environmental flows on the Green River.
  • December

    Father-daughter combo: USACE Kansas City District benefits

    Parents and families often offer those first glimpses of career visions that come to our sons and daughters. For Aubrie Saulsberry, she has known all of her life that her father, Arthur Saulsberry, has worked for the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for many years as the Chief of Small Business Programs. She heard from him that he loves working as a civilian for USACE and after an early start in the St. Louis District, has thoroughly enjoyed serving the small business community in Kansas City.
  • October

    From Florida, Puerto Rico to Kansas: 249th Engineer Battalion practice industry skills at 38th International Lineman’s Rodeo and beyond

    Soldiers from the 249th Engineer Battalion, Prime Power, put their lineman skills to the test when they competed in the 38th International Lineman’s Rodeo at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas, on Oct. 15, 2022. Teams and apprentices from four of the five companies within the battalion competed: three active companies, Alpha Company, Charlie Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and the battalion’s reservists, Delta Company.
  • Kansas City District 2023 LDP Kick-off: understanding to support

    A group of 12 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District employees embarked on a four-day training exercise that served as the Kansas City District 2023 Leadership Development Program, or LDP, kick-off event at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri on Oct. 3, 2022. LDP is a program for Department of the Army civilians run by all USACE districts, and each district conducts their program differently. The Kansas City District conducts a year-long program that offers DA civilians the chance to grow.
  • September

    Learning alongside each other: Kansas City District ERDC-U graduates

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District employees recently graduated from a six-month program called ERDC University on Sept. 15, 2022, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, through the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Jesseca Alexander, Kansas City District civil engineer, and Brandon Meinert, Kansas City District building information modeling program manager, were two of six graduates from the program.
  • Never forget my roots: Alfredo Rodriguez, civil engineer

    At the age of 24, Alfredo Rodriguez moved from Bogotá, Colombia, to the U.S. to start a whirlwind adventure that would take him around the country and lead him full circle to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, as a civil engineer working in water management.
  • March

    Building a better you: Lolita Law, Kansas City District Administrative Assistant

    Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Administrative Assistant Lolita Law has been through her fair share of challenges. She believes those challenges shaped her into the mother, wife, professional and woman she is today. “I’ve had a lot of things happen to me that probably could have stopped me from getting where I am today, but I surrounded myself with people who could show me that there is another way,” Law said. As part of Women’s History Month 2022, the Kansas City District is telling unique stories about female team members who have made a name for themselves and continue to make a difference in the world.
  • October

    “Puerto Rican and Proud” - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

    At just 16 years old, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, River Engineer Gladys Figueroa Toro graduated from high school and entered the most challenging and formative period of her life—college. As the Kansas City District celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, we sat down with Figueroa Toro and heard her story, starting from when she attended the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez in her home country.