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Happy Birthday to the Fort Worth District Team!

FW BirthdayAs the Fort Worth District celebrates its 67th anniversary on April 16, I know that you can look back on a year of great accomplishments! You have continued your great tradition of outstanding service to our Nation, excelling as a team of professionals and in numerous projects and programs.

In the past year, Fort Worth District reopened many of its parks and recreation areas damaged by earlier flood events, as you also worked to restore structures and embankments. The $8 million slide repair at Lewisville Dam is only one example of the $18 million in contracts for slide and erosion repairs awarded or completed—great success on work that is so vital to the safety and welfare of our local communities.

Also in the “big” category was completing the Fort Polk Land Acquisition, the largest land acquisition since World War II and a tremendous accomplishment for both the Fort Worth District and the U.S. Army. You defined the term “delivering on commitments” with the completion of the Fort Hood Hospital, the Lackland Ambulatory Care Center, and the Maneuver Systems Sustainment Center (MSSC) at Red River Army Depot. You did and continue to do great work for the Customers and Border Protection, Veterans Affairs, FEMA, and all our other strategic partners.

None of these projects happen without people, and Fort Worth District team members certainly were among the many award winners we saw within the Division. There are too many to list by name, but from individual USACE award winners to the GreenGov Presidential Award for Green Innovation, your District has surely set a standard for others to look to.

So, for your hard-earned achievements and great people—in the past year and the past 67 years— we wish you a Happy Birthday, Fort Worth District!

v/r

David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
“Building Strong…Army Strong!”

Fort Worth District’s San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Medical Facility Addition Project in the Home Stretch for Completion

Hyperbaric Medicine provides treatment for wound care, decompression sickness, arterial gas embolisms, carbon monoxide poisoning and provides the only active duty hyperbaric fellowship program.
By Rhonda Paige

The Fort Worth District has one of the widest ‘footprints’ when it comes to Military and Civilian projects. They are all important, but for those projects that will directly impact and support our Military members and their Families, there is often an added personal reward for all team members involved in them.

One such project is the new San Antonio Military Medical Center’s Hyperbaric Medical Facility Addition Project. The contract for the project was awarded in July 2014, after which the design for the new facility was completed and the project construction began in July 2015.

Work continues on the new San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Medical Facility Addition Project, which is targeted for a mid-year 2017 completion.
Work continues on the new San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Medical Facility Addition Project, which is targeted for a mid-year 2017 completion.

The project represents one of the final construction projects at Joint Base San Antonio that began with a realignment of services via the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of 2005.

The new Hyperbaric addition will be located just outside SAMMC’s main entrance and will provide care for some the most seriously injured service members. With the consolidation of military inpatient medical services, the Air Force needed to also move the hyperbaric chamber care to SAMMC.

“The design and location of the new addition is such that when you look at the number of patients and scope of their injuries, this will effectively bring the medical treatment exactly where it is most needed,” said Chris Sharp, PMP, Account Manager, Joint Base San Antonio.

To really grasp the major impact of the new addition requires understanding the critical level of care it will house.

Hyperbaric Medicine provides treatment for wound care, decompression sickness, arterial gas embolisms, carbon monoxide poisoning and provides the only active duty hyperbaric fellowship program.

While many hyperbaric facilities have ‘one-patient’ chambers, the new addition will have a chamber that can serve multiple patients.
“When you are caring for some of our most severely injured and vulnerable patients, the goal is to get those patients back on their feet. Having both mono-place and multi-place chambers in the same facility provides flexibility in care and further enhances the rehabilitation and overall recovery,” said Sharp.

Additionally, there is a seamless relationship and mutual respect that the SWF project team and the medical community SAMMC have for one another. Both recognize that the work they are doing is for achieving a very important goal; completion of a state of the art medical facility that will provide the best possible care for our Nation’s heroes.

Completion of the Hyperbaric Chamber addition is targeted for mid-year 2017.