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    Mega projects continue at McConnell Air Force Base

    You’ve probably heard chatter about the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft. One of the Kansas City District’s largest projects is to provide support to the warfighter and the latest incoming equipment at McConnell Air Force Base. The KC-46A is an aerial refueling and strategic transport aircraft for the military. A new fleet of aircraft is scheduled to replace nearly 100 of the oldest KC-135E Stratotankers across the U.S., which have been in production since 1957.
  • Corps power team claims 1st place at Lineman Rodeo

    Corps power team claims 1st place at Lineman Rodeo. Unlike a traditional rodeo, here Soldiers compete against power teams to install electrical equipment under difficult circumstances.
  • FLW roundabout opens to traffic

    Detour signs came down Friday, Oct. 14, marking the opening of Fort Leonard Wood’s first roundabout in the vicinity of Alabama, Iowa and Nebraska avenues. Completion of the nearly eight-month project is expected to help lessen traffic snares associated with
  • Protecting the Environment

    Editor's note: Our own Jeffry Tripe, quoted in this article, recently returned from a six month deployment to Camp Arifjan where he served as the Army Central Command Environmental Program Manager-Forward. Tripe's roles also included serving as the Combined Join Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Environmental Lead and serving as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq Environmental Manager. Read here to learn about the environmental mission in Kuwait Tripe's deployment supported. CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Environmental issues are an increasingly important concern for U.S. forces at home and abroad. If left unaddressed, these issues may cause negative impacts to the environment potentially creating life, health and safety risks.
  • Rehab of deteriorated Jersey Creek sheet pile wall complete

    The Kansas City District recently completed the Fairfax Jersey Creek sheet pile wall project located near Kaw Point along the Missouri River near Kansas City.
  • Employee Spotlight: Katrina Marx

    Katrina Marx is a structural engineer in the Design Branch. Marx came to Kansas City District in 2007 from private industry where she worked for a couple of bridge design firms. That unique experience led to her recent selection as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Load Rating Engineer.
  • 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.