In 1881 Capt. Thomas Handbury assumed officer-in-charge responsibilities for a collection of Corps of Engineers waterway improvement projects in a wide geographical area. The boundaries for his waterway improvement mission stretched from Wichita, Kansas to Memphis, Tennessee, and from the Ozark Mountains to south of the Louisiana border. Upon his arrival, 136 years ago this February, Handbury opened the Army Corps of Engineers office in Little Rock.
The Little Rock District’s presence in the region has definitely helped shape the success of the communities around your infrastructure projects. Northwest Arkansas’ rapidly growing economy and the tourism industry along the White River in southern Missouri and Arkansas are a true testament to that success.
Your civil works and military missions impact millions of people at home and around the globe. The district’s $6.5 billion in public infrastructure provides reliable navigation, renewable electricity, flood risk reduction, clean drinking water and some of the best recreation opportunities in the nation. Managing and maintaining 12 reservoirs, 13 navigation locks and dams, 7 hydroelectric power plants, 138 public parks, and 308 miles of navigation channel is no small feat and I applaud your contributions to the nation.
Because of your forward thinking and strong stakeholder relationships, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is reliable, resilient, relevant, and promotes growth for future generations.
Both Beaver and Millwood Dams marked their 50th anniversaries last year and Nimrod Dam is knocking on the door of a 75th anniversary in 2017. I know these and all your other projects will be there for generations to come thanks to the dedication of our Corps teammates in the Natural and Show-Me states!
Thank you for all you do to ensure success in the Little Rock District. Without your extraordinary contributions, our Division would not be what it is today.
Happy Birthday to each of you!
David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
By Preston L. Chasteen
Public Affairs, Tulsa District, USACE
TULSA, Okla. – Employees from the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteered their time to take part in the city of Tulsa’s 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Parade, Jan. 16, 2017.
According to Michael Ware, Tulsa District Supervisory Regulatory Project Manager and African American Program Manager, the Tulsa District has been participating in the event for over 20 years.
“Carmen Pettie and all the folks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society did an absolute fantastic job on organizing this year’s parade,” said Ware. “It’s truly an honor for us to be able to participate in this event honoring Rev. King.”
District personnel walked alongside a boat from the Oologah Lake office that had been decorated with signs and balloons while handing out water safety reminders to children in the form of coloring books and frisbees.
“It was good to see so many people from the District office come out and support this event, in addition to all the support we received in preparing for today,” said Rhonda Leal, Tulsa District Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist.
The parade began at 11 a.m., at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and John Hope Franklin Boulevard and wound around the Oklahoma State University campus, through the historic Greenwood District, finishing at Archer Street and Elgin Avenue.
Martin Luther King Jr., day is a federal holiday that was first observed January 20, 1986, and is celebrated the third Monday in January.
This year’s theme for the celebration was “Love Conquers Hate.”
“This event is a great opportunity for us to get out and support the community and to recognize the influence that Reverend King had on our country,” said Col Christopher Hussin, Tulsa District Commander. “Events like this one today also present us with the opportunity to pass out water safety educational materials to the children and to remind everyone to always stay safe and wear their life jacket.”