Kansas City District News Stories

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  • October

    Future KC-46 home prepares for winter with arrival of de-icing tanks

    With the upcoming potential for freezing temperatures, McConnell Air Force Base welcomed the arrival of two de-icing tanks capable of supporting the KC-46 Pegausus, Sept. 12.The 68-foot-long tanks were hauled from Los Angeles and will be put in the ground below the flightline to store de-icing fluid as well as the recycled run-off.
  • Ribbon cut on new Irwin Army Community Hospital

    Ribbon cutting held for new state-of-the-art Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley Oct. 12.
  • Labor Day weekend earthquake doesn’t rattle district; Dam surveillance plans activated following seismic activity

    Labor Day weekend is a time for family and friends to gather and travel to popular recreation locations. For most, the holiday is seen as a relaxing three-day vacation from the normal moving and shaking. However, several in the area couldn’t miss the shaking felt at 7 a.m. Saturday morning Sept. 3.
  • Smithville Lake aims to boost dwindling butterfly and bee population

    Pollinators such as butterflies and bees have been on the decline in recent years, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District is actively working to increase their numbers. Monarch butterfly populations have decreased by 90 percent due to loss of habitat and nectar sources. Milkweed, the sole food source for monarch butterfly larvae, has diminished drastically in the United States due to mowing and herbicide use, especially along roadways and agricultural land.