USACE Galveston District’s Employee Spotlight on Sarah Futrell

Futrell photoStory by Breeana Moore
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District

GALVESTON, Texas (Jan. 5, 2017) – Born and raised in the state of Kentucky, where attending the Derby every year is a ritual, Sarah Futrell decided to make her first out-of-state move when she was offered the position as a safety and occupational health specialist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District. It was a significant change from growing up in the countryside to residing along the Texas Coast, but Futrell was ready to leave her comfort zone for a more challenging opportunity.

“I had been at the Louisville District for over seven years and fondly known around the office as Safety Sarah,” said Futrell. “Louisville District is where I launched my career and where I got my start with the Corps of Engineers. When I was offered the position at the Galveston District I felt ready for a change and excited about the prospect of personal and professional growth.”

Although Futrell held the same title as a safety and occupational health specialist at the Louisville District, her role at the Galveston District is vastly different. In Louisville her main focus was on military construction safety at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Here at the Galveston district, she provides safety support for civil construction projects. She reviews accident prevention plans, load handling equipment plans, diving plans for upcoming projects and performs field visits to ensure contractors are working safely.

“What I really like about my current position is learning about the dredging and coastal safety and how important USACE is to maintaining commerce in the United States,” said Futrell. “I am currently working to promote safety awareness in the form of a newsletter, as well as through other USACE platforms such as videos for Instagram and Facebook. My goal is to make safety a top priority for everyone in Galveston District, especially because we are working on projects that bring so much value to the nation.”

Futrell is most proud of her temporary assignment at USACE Headquarters Safety Office where she completed the final review of the Engineer Manual 385-1-1 and arranged the official printing of the manual. She was also the USACE point of contact for creating the mobile app for the manual for Android ( and Apple (

“As a safety professional, it is my job to ensure my coworkers have the proper knowledge and tools to perform their jobs as safely as possible,” said Futrell. “What I like most about my job is encouraging coworkers to take ownership in safety and integrate a safety culture into the organization.”

Futrell earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University, Kentucky, a Certified Safety Professional Accreditation in 2015, Department of Army Safety and Occupational Health Career Field ANSI Accredited CP-12 Professional Certificate in 2015, and the Certification of Safety Trained Supervisor in Construction from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Among her many accomplishments she was awarded the Louisville Safety Specialist of the Year in 2011. When she isn’t promoting safety, you can find her exercising at her CrossFit gym, working on do-it-yourself projects or traveling.

USACE Galveston District to host Matagorda Ship Channel Feasibility Study Public Scoping Meeting

GALVESTON, Texas (Jan. 5, 2017) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and the Calhoun Port Authority will host a public scoping meeting Jan. 24, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bauer Civic Center, 2300 Highway 35 North, Port Lavaca, Texas, 77979.

“The purpose of this meeting is to invite interested persons, organizations and representatives from the general public, federal, state and local governments, agencies, Indian tribes, academia, business and industry to participate in identifying significant issues related to the proposed modifications of the Matagorda Ship Channel,” said Sheri Willey, project manager for the USACE Galveston District.

According to Willey, a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR-EIS) will be prepared to assess the social, economic and environmental effects of widening and deepening the Matagorda Ship Channel in Calhoun and Matagorda counties, Texas. The DIFR-EIS will also evaluate the impacts and potential benefits of a dredged material management plan that may include new upland, confined placement areas, beneficial use of dredged material sites and Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites.

“Public input is invaluable as we work through these proposed modifications,” said Willey. “We hope to see a large turnout for this meeting.”

For those unable to attend the meeting, comments or questions can be emailed to or mailed (post-marked no later Feb. 13, 2017) to:

P.O. BOX 1229, GALVESTON, TEXAS 77553-1229

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