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  • February

    Military members pay tribute to Marvel comic book legend, Army veteran during Hollywood ceremony

    As a child, Maj. Scotty Autin loved reading Marvel comic books. One of his favorite characters was Gambit, a fictional quick-handed, card-playing thief from New Orleans. “Considering I’m from Louisiana, I was always drawn to Gambit,” said Autin, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District. “I read all the comics that featured him and watched the X-Men animated series just to see him. I remember as a 10-year-old, I would practice throwing playing cards just to be like him.” So when Autin was invited to participate in “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” Jan. 30 at The Creative Life, or TCL, Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
  • Corps, counties meet to collaborate on flood-risk management, share best practices

    Directors from flood-risk management agencies representing seven Southern California counties met for the Seven County Flood Control Directors meeting Jan. 31 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District headquarters in downtown LA. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the Corps’ partners with the latest information about flood-risk management programs and operations, including emergency assistance procedures, regulatory programs and permitting, as well as address matters of concern and interest from each respective county.
  • January

    Senior Corps’ official tours civil works projects in the Golden State

    A senior U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official got a firsthand glimpse of flood risk management and other civil works projects in Southern California during a recent trip to the Golden State.
  • Corps' South Pacific Division inducts newest senior executive

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inducted South Pacific Division Regional Business Director John Moreno into the Senior Executive Service at a Jan. 10 ceremony at the Corps' Los Angeles District headquarters.
  • November

    Corps meets with Arizona flood control directors

    The Flood Control District of Maricopa County hosted the annual Arizona Flood Control District Directors meeting Nov. 14.
  • Corps, VA breaks ground for new Long Beach facilities

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commanders helped break ground on new medical facilities on Veterans Day at the Tibor Rubin Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach.
  • Corps partners with Orange County on study to reduce flood risk, receive public input

    Close to a half million people within the Westminster watershed could be affected by flood risk. That is the number one reason the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago and Los Angeles districts, in partnership with Orange County Public Works, are collaborating on the Westminster/East Garden Grove Flood Risk Management Study – a proposed project they hope will reduce that risk.
  • Corps hosts open house for potential business partners, contractors

    About 125 business representatives from across the state and beyond attended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Business Opportunities Open House Nov. 13 in downtown LA. The semi-annual event allows companies to introduce their capabilities to more than two dozen Corps’ staffers and to learn about potential work along the Corps' business lines.
  • Corps engages college students at STEM conference

    With work in 110 countries around the world, there are vast opportunities for employees to go anywhere in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, to college students and recent graduates attending the USACE seminar at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation conference Oct. 19 in Pasadena.
  • Semonite talks talent management, delivering program with employees during HENAAC

    The commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spoke to about 50 employees and military members Oct. 18 during the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference, or HENAAC, in Pasadena.
  • October

    Corps’ Los Angeles District celebrates end of fiscal year with more than $556M in contract awards

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District awarded about 750 contracts worth more than $556 million in fiscal year 2018. Employees were honored for those achievements during an End-of-the-Year celebration Oct. 3 at the District’s headquarters office in downtown Los Angeles. The District’s area offices in California and Arizona joined the event via video teleconference.
  • September

    USACE Los Angeles District celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    Every year the United States commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District celebrated Hispanic Americans Sept. 20 with a luncheon and presentation by guest speaker Arturo Pacheco-Vega, Ph.D, Professor for Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, California State University, Los Angeles.
  • Corps hosts cleanup event at Santa Ana River Marsh

    With a navy pink- and- blue-flowered baseball cap pulled over her forehead, purple boots and a plastic grabbing tool in hand, 4-year-old Amelia Jones set off down the marsh’s dirt road. Her parents, Erin and Chris, both biologists, and her uncle, Andrew Hardison, were not far behind. As Amelia scoured the ground for trash, Erin, who works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, pointed to a plastic water bottle hidden in the brush. Amelia seemed pleased with her find, as she picked up the bottle with her grabber and dropped it into her lime-green bucket.
  • Commander reflects on time as member of 9/11 search-and-rescue team

    The inside of the building was dark, smoky, damp and hot. It was still smoldering from the fires that raged within it just hours before, when Col. Aaron Barta, then a captain and commander of the Military District of Washington Engineer Company, and his team stepped into the battered Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.
  • LA District commander tours San Diego, Riverside project sites

    As the new commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, Col. Aaron Barta understands the importance of visiting project sites firsthand. “Seeing project sites myself and talking to our team members makes it much easier for me to clearly advocate for the Los Angeles District,” he said.
  • South Pacific Division Commander visits District projects, people

    Col. Kim Colloton, South Pacific Division commander, went on a whirlwind tour of several Los Angeles District projects during a visit to the area Sept. 4-7.
  • August

    Autin assumes command of Task Force Recovery

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Recovery, held a change of command Aug. 29 where Maj. Scotty Autin assumed command of the Task Force from Lt. Col. John D. Cunningham.
  • Corps hosts open house on former range

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District hosted an open house Aug. 20 to discuss an upcoming remedial investigation and feasibility study of a former ground-to-ground gunnery range.
  • Planning Associates group learns about California watersheds

    Seven members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning Associates program traveled to Los Angeles July 23 to 27 to learn about water resource planning. The program develops emerging leaders in the planning community of practice. In its second year at the South Pacific Division, the Integrated Water Resources Management-Watershed course is an advanced training opportunity in water resources planning. The goal of the program is to broaden planners’ competencies in solving complex water resource challenges and to strengthen their leadership talents.
  • July

    New LA District commander brings broad range of experience to position

    As Col. Aaron Barta begins to settle into his new position as the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, he considers himself lucky. “Coming to the Los Angeles District is a dream come true, both professionally and personally,” he said. “I am proud to pass on that every leader I've encountered (has told me) I am walking into a world-class organization filled with the Corps’ best.”