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  • December

    District’s Wounded Warrior program a ‘win-win’

    The Los Angeles District is supporting the U.S. Army’s Wounded Warrior Transition Program and it’s paying off in big ways—both for the District and the warriors themselves.
  • In WWII LA, no task was too tough for District

    Many people understand the engineer’s role in society. Among the definitions of engineer, the Oxford Dictionary lists one as “(verb) to skillfully or artfully arrange for an event or situation to occur.” This is certainly the definition most befitting of the myriad of challenging missions the Los Angeles District undertook in the days after Japanese forces bombed the Pearl Harbor Naval Air Base on Dec. 7, 1941.
  • November

    Local students wish deployed USACE employees ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ with handmade cards

    More than 1,400 cards were delivered to the Los Angeles District headquarters by the goodwill program’s sponsoring agency, the Veterans Advocacy Group of America, on Nov. 1. The cards will be forwarded to employees and others serving in temporary assignments in Afghanistan.
  • October

    Wildfire preparedness talk helps ready Corps employees

    Bill Peters, a fire prevention specialist from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CalFire, spoke with District employees on the dangers of wildfires in Southern California during a lunch and learn session at the District's headquarters in Los Angeles Oct. 16.
  • Did You Know? LA District has a long history with Fort Irwin

    LOS ANGELES--The National Training Center was officially activated on Oct. 16, 1980, making the current incarnation of the sprawling Fort Irwin 33 years old. But did you know that the Los Angeles District worked under the direction of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. to procure the land to build an early and more vast version of NTC—then known as the Desert Training Center-California-Arizona Maneuver Area—in 1942?
  • The LA River and the Corps: A brief history

    The Los Angeles River is regarded as an icon of LA’s sprawling hyperurbanization. To some, it’s nothing more than a part of the landscape that splits the concrete jungle in two. To others, it’s an eyesore; a resplendent piece of nature stunted in a tomb of steel and cement. But the 51-mile-long river wasn’t always a flood control channel.
  • September

    CHP uses district asset to train with new patrol car

    More than 20 patrolmen, trainers, and volunteers participated in the training, which saw them test the brand new Ford Police Interceptor Utility model, which is being phased in to replace the force’s aging fleet of iconic white-and-black Crown Victorias.
  • August

    Tool streamlines Corps’ power mission response during disasters

    The Emergency Power Facility Assessment Tool, or EPFAT, is designed to store important information regarding the emergency power needs of critical facilities, including hospitals and emergency response organizations. The Los Angeles District is encouraging the thousands of organizations eligible for emergency temporary power support to enroll in EPFAT, which greatly minimizes emergency response time in the event of a disaster.
  • Cadets complete district internship

    Two future Army officers took advantage of a rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the inner-workings of the Corps of Engineers as part of a summer internship program, which they each successfully completed Aug. 8.
  • June

    District facilitates expansion of key Orange County recruiting center

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated in the grand opening of the U.S. Army’s newest career center in Mission Viejo, Calif., during a ceremony in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 238th birthday, June 14.
  • District commander honored by local SAME chapter

    The commander of the Los Angeles District, Col. Mark Toy, was honored by the Society of American Military Engineers during a luncheon June 11 for the leadership he has brought as the post’s president during the past three years.
  • May

    National Guard works with district to film new commercial

    The Army National Guard teamed up with the Los Angeles District to film their new recruiting commericials. The shoot ttook place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, part of the Whittier Narrows Flood COntrol Basin in March.
  • Cortez Elementary second graders tour Prado Dam

    A group of second graders from Cortez Elementary, a math and science magnet school in Pomona, Calif., toured Prado Dam as part of a larger effort to spark the interest of students in science, technology, engineering, and math May 16.
  • Annual dredging project no small task for district

    As far as dredging projects go, the one conducted from mid to late April at Oceanside Harbor seems pretty simple. “The project entails dredging sand out of the federal navigation channel at Oceanside Harbor and placing it on a downcoast beach,” said Scott John, the project manager. “Sand accretes naturally in the harbor entrance and it needs to be dredged out on an annual basis.”
  • Documentarian remystifies yoga

    To many Americans, the thought of yoga invokes images of a group of people performing stretches in unison in the cardio room of a gym. This is exactly the idea Gita Desai set to dispel when she produced the documentary “Yoga Unveiled.”
  • April

    STEM discussion presents opportunities for collaboration

    The Los Angeles District and the Army's Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion met to discuss pooling resources in order to help the nation meet its growing need for scientists and engineers in the coming years.
  • Corps, Calif. DWR solicit comment on landmark report

    Representatives of the Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Water Resources went on the road to solicit remarks from local flood management agencies for inclusion in a landmark statewide report entitled "California's Flood Future."
  • February

    District helps improve LA-area recruiting efforts with new joint recruiting center

    The Los Angeles District helped open the doors to the newest joint recruiting center in LA county in a ceremony in El Monte Feb. 26. "This facility is an example of how the Corps of Engineers is ‘Building Strong and Taking Care of People,’ starting with our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines, and our new recruits, who will play such a critical role in helping to maintain the strength of our Nation," said Lt. Col. Alex Deraney, deputy commander of the Los Angeles District, during the ceremony.