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Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, commander of the Corps’ South Pacific Division, placed the Corps of Engineers flag into Gibb’s hands at the ceremony. 

In military tradition, passing the flag represents the transfer of command.

The change of command ceremony today was held at the Community Center, Fort MacArthur, in San Pedro, California.

Col. Kim Colloton relinquished command to Col. Kirk Gibbs during this traditional Army ceremony.

 Gibbs took command following an assignment as assistant deputy operations director within the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. He is the 61st commander of the District.
 
"To the employees of the District...," said Gibbs, " I will give you nothing less than my very best for the next three years, that is my commitment to you."
61st District commander takes command
Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, commander of the Corps’ South Pacific Division, placed the Corps of Engineers flag into Gibb’s hands at the ceremony. In military tradition, passing the flag represents the transfer of command. The change of command ceremony today was held at the Community Center, Fort MacArthur, in San Pedro, California. Col. Kim Colloton relinquished command to Col. Kirk Gibbs during this traditional Army ceremony. Gibbs took command following an assignment as assistant deputy operations director within the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. He is the 61st commander of the District. "To the employees of the District...," said Gibbs, " I will give you nothing less than my very best for the next three years, that is my commitment to you."
This is a view of the Sepulveda Dam from inside the basin where water collects during rain storms. The left side of the dam shows the spillways where the gates will be tested and the right side shows the outlet passages into the Los Angeles River.
Sepulveda Dam gates test
This is a view of the Sepulveda Dam from inside the basin where water collects during rain storms. The left side of the dam shows the spillways where the gates will be tested and the right side shows the outlet passages into the Los Angeles River.
The training at the compensatory mitigation workshop could benefits projects like this one next to Whelan Lake in Oceanside, that will provide seasonal flooding to reestablish a wetland environment. This section of one of the completed ribbon channels adjacent to the San Luis Rey River will allow water during rain events to flow around several islands that were left in place to provide habitat for endangered species.
Workshop improves mitigation process knowledge
The training at the compensatory mitigation workshop could benefits projects like this one next to Whelan Lake in Oceanside, that will provide seasonal flooding to reestablish a wetland environment. This section of one of the completed ribbon channels adjacent to the San Luis Rey River will allow water during rain events to flow around several islands that were left in place to provide habitat for endangered species.
Water flows through the concrete channel of the Los Angeles River on its journey towards the Pacific Ocean Aug. 12, 2013.
Los Angeles River
Corps announces significant milestone for LA River restoration at a Civil Works Review Board.

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61st LA District commander takes the reins at a Fort MacArthur ceremony

7/31/2015
Col. Kirk Gibbs assumed responsibilities as the 61th Commander and District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District during a formal change of command ceremony held July 31 at the Community Center at Fort Mac Arthur in San Pedro, Calif.

What do FUDS look like?

7/28/2015
Roughly 9-square miles of present day El Malpais National Monument are considered a Formerly Used Defense Site, because of the land's use as the Kirtland Demolition Bombing Range during WW II.

Corps of Engineers tests Sepulveda Dam crest gates Monday

7/24/2015
On Monday, July 27 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., USACE will perform operational testing on the Sepulveda Dam spillway crest gates. The crest gates block off the spillway to provide additional, temporary storage during an extreme storm event.

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