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Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanding general, center, receives an update about the Corps’ Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System project from the Corps’ contractor, Walsh Construction, during a July 9 visit to the medical center in Long Beach, California. The Corps is constructing a five-phase, $317-million-project at the Long Beach VA Healthcare System Medical Center, which includes a mental health in-patient/out-patient facility, community living center, parking structure, combined heat-and-power generation plant and demolition of the existing mental health and community living center buildings.
Los Angeles District Biologist Christopher Solek, left, examines the Particle Imaging Camera System, which measures size and settling velocity of fine sediment, at a tour stop during kickoff week for the Engineer Research and Development Center’s outreach program, ERDC University. Research Civil Engineer Jarrell Smith, right, briefed the participants at his Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, one of four ERDC labs located on the 700-acre campus in Vicksburg, Miss.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Commander Col. Aaron Barta, right, and Deputy District Engineer David Van Dorpe, left, induct retired employee Kelli Johnson into the District's Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees in a ceremony May 8 at the District headquarters in Los Angeles. The induction was in conjunction with the District's annual Retiree Recognition Day. Nearly three dozen retirees participated in the day's activities, which included a breakfast social, commander's update and catered lunch.
About a dozen University of California, Los Angeles, students pose for a picture with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District employees April 25, following a tour of Sepulveda Dam Spillway in Los Angeles. The students learned about the dam’s operations, hydrology and design, as well as information about careers with the Corps.


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Corps archeologist Danielle Storey (center) facilitates discussion among representatives from flood control and water conservation districts, public works and utilities agencies, parks departments and the cities of Corona and Eastvale to ensure their concerns are considered in the update.
Corps biologist Hayley Lovan (standing at left) explains some of the environmental concerns that affect proposed projects within the basin.
Input from workshop attendees helped identify current infrastructure and recreational assets in the basin and proposed projects whose impacts are important to consider in developing the updated Master Plan.
Wendy Loeffler, a project manager with RECON Environmental, provides an overview of the Master Plan’s objectives and a description of the types of input study managers are seeking.
Cobble lies along the road adjacent to the beach south of the placement of sand dredged from the Oceanside Harbor navigation dredging project. Manson Construction Company placed more than 400,000 cubic yards of material along the city's shoreline, expanding recreational opportunities for residents and visitors and increasing protection for business, residences and infrastructure from the effects of winter storms.
Cobble lies on the beach just south of the end of the placement of material dredged from the Oceanside Harbor entrance channel. The Corps and the City of Oceanside, the project's sponsor, dredged more than 400,000 cubic yards of sand from the channel and placed it along the city's shoreline from the mouth of the San Luis Rey River to south of the Oceanside Pier.
Manson Construction Company places material dredged from the Oceanside Harbor entrance channel along the beach just south of the Oceanside Pier. The contractor expects to complete the dredging of up to 425,000 cubic of sand from the channel by the night of Monday, June 12, if not before.
Bulldozers move material dredged from the Oceanside Harbor channel maintenance project along the city's shoreline immediately south of the Oceanside Pier.
Manson Construction Company places material from the Oceanside Harbor channel dredging project immediately north of the Oceanside Pier. The project is an annual effort to maintain safe navigation for vessels that use the harbor.
Manson Construction Company pumps material from the Oceanside Harbor entrance channel onto the beach just south of the San Luis Rey River. As the beach widens and provides the route for additional pumping, construction workers will add more sections to the pipe to eventually reach the Oceanside Pier.
Col. Peter Helmlinger, commander of the South Pacific Division, discusses shoreline protection measures with Leslie Meyerhoff (center), from Summit Environmental Group, and Susie Ming (right), the Corps’ manager for the project, during a March 15 visit to Encinitas.
Fortification constructed at the base of bluffs helps reduce the effects of wave action that can cause erosion by undermining the bluff, which can result in episodic bluff collapse that produces property damage, large debris falling onto the beach and, unfortunately, even the loss of life. The Encinitas-Solana Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project can reduce that potential for damage by widening beaches, which mitigates the force of the waves on the bluffs.
Jim Fields, (2nd from left), the Corps' project manager for the Oceanside Harbor annual maintenance dredging project, describes the project to Col. Peter Helmlinger, the Corps' South Pacific Division commander, during a March 15 boat trip to the project site, as (from left) Paul Lawrence, Oceanside Harbor manager, Deanna Lorson, assistant city manager, and David Van Dorpe, the Los Angeles District's deputy district engineer for programs and project management, look on.
Following the March 1 Malibu Creek Ecosystem Restoration public meeting held at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District office in Calabasas, representatives from the Corps and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Angeles District, discuss specifics of the alternative plans with meeting attendees.
Jim Hutchison, the lead planner for the study, presents information on alternative plans under consideration for ecosystem restoration in the Malibu Creek watershed study area during a March 1 Malibu Creek Ecosystem Restoration public meeting held at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District office in Calabasas,
Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District participate in STEM activities Feb. 23 at John Muir High School in Pasadena. Students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learned about the work the Corps accomplishes and the recommended educational paths to pursue that goal.
Col. Kirk Gibbs, District commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District presents Hon. Margery Melvin, keynote speaker, a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her Black History Month presentation. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Black Employment Special Emphasis Program committee held its Black History Month observance closing ceremony at the District's headquarters Feb. 23.
At Pasadena's John Muir High School, about 250 students, from freshmen to seniors, took part in STEM activities Feb. 23 to help them discover the opportunities for a future in the engineering profession. A variety of public agencies and private companies assisted in the program that helps students develop resumes, study reverse engineering, conduct mock interviews and defend science projects from concept to reality.
Joshua Ramirez, a student at the STEM Academy of Hollywood, had presented his project to Maj. Scotty Autin during Senior Defense on Feb. 23. “I had to find artifacts from all four years of my attendance and based on four major principles show what we learned.”
Joe Hunt, 412th Civil Engineering Group; Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, Airman 1st Class Jermayne Smith, Kevin Jones, 412th Civil Engineering Group;   Maj. Scotty Autin, deputy district commander USACE Los Angeles District, James Judkins, 412th Civil Engineering Group director,  Chief Master Sgt. Todd Simmons, 412th TW command chief and Richard Cox, Au'Authum Ki, Inc.
Officials from Edwards Air Force Base, USACE and contractor cut the ribbon Feb. 8 ceremonially opening newly renovated dormitory 2424 that introduces modern apartment style living for Airmen assigned to the second largest base in the Air Force.
Damien Lariviere, the Los Angeles District project manager for the Santa Ana River Mainstem project, briefs Col. Peter Helmlinger (2nd from right at bottom) about issues and upcoming phases of construction during the colonel's visit to the Prado Dam Visitor Center on January 20.
Officials cut the ribbon Feb. 8 ceremonially opening the newly renovated dormitory 2424 that introduces modern apartment style living for Airmen assigned to the second largest base in the Air Force. The dorm features updated amenities  that includes 61 bedrooms arranged into 20 suites. The living area in each suite is furnished with a sofa, table and television stand with connections for a television and the internet. The kitchenettes include Corian counters with a breakfast bar, cooktop, over-the-range microwave/convection oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and sink with a garbage disposal.
Louis Munoz, dam tender supervisor for the Corps' Los Angeles District, describes the operation of Prado Dam's upgraded regulating outlet gates during a January 20 visit to the dam's control tower.
Crews from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor, All Star Asphalt, Corona, California, are smoothing the surface with a Texas Screed while placing more than 250 cubic yards of concrete in the main parking lot of the new Weed Army Hospital construction project at Fort Irwin, California Nov. 30.  The construction phase is scheduled to be completed by May 2017 with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for July 2017.
Construction of the new Fort Irwin Weed Army Community Hospital at Fort Irwin, California, is more than 80 precent completed.  A 7.6 acre  photovoltaic (PV) array and a solar thermal array, will generate 2.4 megawatts of power and the solar thermal array will provide a majority of the hot water the hospital requires. 
The new hospital project consists of a 216,000 square foot hospital facility which will provide Soldier and family patient care, emergency medicine, and a wide variety of clinical support. Additionally, the project includes a 9,000-square-foot renovation of the Mary E. Walker Center and construction of a helipad, ambulance shelter, and central utilities plant. The facility stands to become the first LEED Platinum,  net-zero, carbon-neutral hospital that will generate all of its energy needs from solar power and renewable energy systems.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District employees Daryll Fust (right), safety chief and Kim Gavigan (left), chief of the water resources planning section, tour the Cedar Creek, Arizona, project site Aug. 16. Jim Moye, senior construction representative, led the two on a survey of damage caused in an Aug. 11 storm event. The White Mountain Apache Tribe requested additional assistance from the Corps to augment their existing flood risk minimization measures. The Corps is authorized under Public Law 84-99 to undertake emergency operations and provide flood fight assistance.
Steve Dwyer, chief, Navigation and Coastal Projects Branch, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District speaks to job seekers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Job Fair February 2012.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kirk Gibbs (left) briefs a delegation from Saudi Arabia during a tour of flood risk management projects in Las Vegas July 28. Of particular interest to the group was the District's longtime partnership with the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District host a delegation from Saudi Arabia in Las Vegas July 28. During a tour of joint project sites Rick Leifield (right), chief of the District’s Engineering Division, speaks with members of the delegation.
Mike Langley, a senior project manager in the District's Regulatory Division, discusses two project alternatives described in the draft EIS that would require authorization under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the discharge of dredged or fill materials within waters of the U.S. The project is located within the boundary of the existing Safford Mine Facility, approximately 8 miles north of Safford.
Ed Demesa, chief of the planning division, speaks with community members during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s public meeting in Winslow, Ariz., June 9. Two meetings were held for the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement on the Little Colorado River in Navajo County, Arizona. The DIFR evaluates several alternatives that reduce the risk of damages and reduce life, safety, and health risks caused by flooding of the LCR to the City of Winslow, surrounding community, and public and private infrastructure.
Dusty Williams (right), general manager and chief engineer of the Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District, describes potential recreational aspects associated with the Murrieta Creek project to Col. Kirk Gibbs, during a Sept. 23 visit. Observing from left are David Van Dorpe (the district's deputy for programs and project management), Rick Leifield (the district's chief of engineering) and Jose Rocha (the Corps' lead engineer on the project.
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.
Members of the Los Angeles District participate in the 56th Annual Torrance Armed Forces Day parade May 17.
A jagged crack near the base of a bluff at Encinitas, Calif., is an early indication that the bluff will fail. A Corps study for Encinitas and nearby Solana Beach proposes restoration efforts to protect the shoreline, making circumstances such as this less likely.
Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, Commanding General of the USACE South Pacific Division and Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor, presented a scroll to Ron Weiss, a former USACE employees who worked on the marina since its beginning in the 1950s. USACE workers were recognized at Marina del Rey's 50th Birthday Bash for the design and work efforts in taking and keeping Marina del Rey from the duck hunting marsh it was into the Marina it is today.
One of the younger attendees at the Prado Dam mural meeting adds his thoughts on a poster about what the mural means to him.
USACE Los Angeles District hosted nearly 90 students from Birmingham, Van Nuys, and John Burroughs High Schools, Burbank, for a tour of the Sepulveda Dam near Van Nuys, California, by partnering with the U.S. Army Recruiting Company in Los Angeles.
David Castanon, (left) chief of the Los Angeles District’s Regulatory Division, and Therese Bradford, chief of the District's South Coast Regulatory Branch, speak to representatives at the Feb. 6 groundbreaking for the San Luis Rey wetland mitigation bank near Bonsall.
The LA River flows rapidly after passing under the 7th Street bridge at 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 2014. Other areas of the river are narrower and a lot deeper.
A spotter for Connolly Pacific helps the crane operator place a 10-ton rock along the Port of Long Beach Middle Breakwater. The work is being accomplished under a Corps of Engineers contract to repair damage the breakwater suffered in late August during heavy seas from Hurricane Marie.