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  1. Staying Cool in the Summer Heat: A Guide to Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

    Kathryn Chronister and Ruby Fried, students from the University of Oklahoma, work under the shade of a canopy during an archaeological dig at Spiro Mounds site in Eastern Oklahoma. Having shaded work areas can help prevent heat related-illnesses for people who have to work outside during high heat conditions. Spiro Mounds is located on Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the W. D. Mayo Lock and Dam project. The University of Oklahoma is conducting research at the site under a permit from the Tulsa District and in coordination with the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco, & Tawakonie), Oklahoma.
    6/13/2024
  2. Staying Cool in the Summer Heat: A Guide to Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

    TULSA, Okla. — As summer temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses. These conditions can range from mild heat exhaustion to severe heat stroke.
    6/13/2024
  3. Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Army Corps of Engineers Birthday and Juneteenth Celebration

    TULSA, Okla – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of the USACE birthday, June 16, and Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19.
    6/13/2024
  4. Tick talk: essential tips for preventing tick-borne illnesses

    The lone star tick can transmit various pathogens, making them key diseases carriers. While not all tcks are infected, it is crucial to understand the risks associated with tick bites and methods for preventing tick-borne diseases.
    6/3/2024
  5. Tick talk: essential tips for preventing tick-borne illnesses

    TULSA, Okla. — Ticks transmit various pathogens, making them key disease carriers. With warmer weather approaching, it is crucial to learn how to protect against tick-borne illnesses.
    6/3/2024
  6. National Dam Safety Day – balancing safety and benefits in water infrastructure

    TULSA, Okla. — The catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on May 31, 1889, left a deep scar in American history.
    5/31/2024
  7. National Dam Safety Day – balancing safety and benefits in water infrastructure [Image 1 of 2]

    Keystone Lake dam and powerhouse play an important part in many Tulsa District missions. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1950. It was designed by the Tulsa District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and built under supervision of the Corps. Construction of the dam began in December 1956 and was completed for flood control operation in September 1964. Commercial operation of the Keystone power plant in the production of electrical energy began in the spring of 1968. A re-regulating dam about 7 miles downstream from the dam was completed in 1968.
    5/31/2024
  8. National Dam Safety Day – balancing safety and benefits in water infrastructure [Image 2 of 2]

    Dam inspections play a key role in the USACE dam safety program. USACE engineers and operations staff conduct annual inspections and more thorough evaluations every five years. These in-depth inspections often involve closely examining dam structures, such as gates, using ropes for access, such as this recent inspection at Fort Gibson Lake in eastern Oklahoma.
    5/31/2024
  9. Corpstruction - Wade Anderson on 35 years with USACE

    Wade Anderson completed his last day as Chief Engineer and Dam Safety Officer on the California Mega Projects Office, Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, May 28, 2024. Anderson sat down with the Corpstruction Podcast to discuss his near 35-year career, which began Dec. 26, 1989. He talked to Corpstruction about his assignments, the people who impacted him as an engineer and leader, and the changes he witnessed in USACE. Anderson is a graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. His major dam safety projects include the Prado Dam Safety Modification, Whittier Narrows DSM, Mosul Dam Rehabilitation, Pine Creek DSM, Canton DSM and Addicks & Barker DSM. Anderson served as the first Chief of the Dam Safety for the Dam Safety Production Center, SWD and oversaw the organization’s growth from 12 to more than 40 employees, and its transition from a branch in the Tulsa District to a Center in the Southwestern Division. Although Anderson officially worked for Southwestern Division when he retired, he was geographically located at the Tulsa District, and was fully integrated into the Tulsa District community.
    5/29/2024
  10. Corpstruction - Wade Anderson on 35 years with USACE

    Wade Anderson completed his last day as Chief Engineer and Dam Safety Officer on the California Mega Projects Office, Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, May 28, 2024. Anderson sat down with the Corpstruction Podcast to discuss his near 35-year career, which began Dec. 26, 1989. He talked to Corpstruction about his assignments, the people who impacted him as an engineer and leader, and the changes he witnessed in USACE. Anderson is a graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. His major dam safety projects include the Prado Dam Safety Modification, Whittier Narrows DSM, Mosul Dam Rehabilitation, Pine Creek DSM, Canton DSM and Addicks & Barker DSM. Anderson served as the first Chief of the Dam Safety for the Dam Safety Production Center, SWD and oversaw the organization’s growth from 12 to more than 40 employees, and its transition from a branch in the Tulsa District to a Center in the Southwestern Division. Although Anderson officially worked for Southwestern Division when he retired, he was geographically located at the Tulsa District, and was fully integrated into the Tulsa District community. Essayons, Wade!
    5/29/2024
  11. Tulsa District awards engineering design contract for Fort Sill instructional facility

    The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded an architectural and engineering design contract to Burns and McDonnell, Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., May 24.
    5/24/2024
  12. Boating safety with Ranger Ryan Butler

    Ryan Butler, lead ranger from Lake Texoma talks boating safety in advance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.
    5/22/2024
  13. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to practice water safety

    Patrolling the lake and reminding everyone of the importance of boat safety is an important part of the job for Randi Clifton, natural resource specialist Oologah Lake Office. Tragically, people lose their lives while visiting Tulsa District-managed lands and waters every year. Most of the tragedies are water related. The public’s help is needed to reduce the number of fatalities at the 38 lakes managed by Tulsa District visited by roughly 22 million people annually. Our Tulsa District personnel stress the importance of water safety year-round when talking with visitors, but especially during the summer season because that is when most public recreation fatalities occur.
    5/20/2024
  14. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to practice water safety

    TULSA, Okla. – As millions of Americans plan visits to our Tulsa District lakes and rivers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in, on, and around open water.
    5/20/2024
  15. Tulsa District observes ‘Wear a Life Jacket to Work Day’

    To raise water safety awareness, the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is participating in ‘Wear A Life Jacket To Work Day,’ May 17. Tulsa District employees who participate are wearing a life jacket or personal flotation device while on duty.
    5/17/2024
  16. Tulsa District observes 'Wear A Life Jacket To Work Day'

    Col. Tim Hudson (center), commander, Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and staff encourage employees and to 'Wear a Life Jacket to Work Day,' May 17, to raise water safety awareness. The District Water Safety Project Development Team made more than 286,000 direct contacts to promote water safety and life jacket wear in fiscal year 2023 in an effort to reduce drownings.
    5/17/2024
  17. Hugo Lake staff hosts 2nd annual 3-D archery event

    Hugo Lake staff recently hosted their 2nd annual 3D archery tournament at Kiamichi Park.
    5/17/2024
  18. Hugo Lake staff hosts 3-D archery event [Image 1 of 3]

    Dylan Foster braved the rain during a recent 3D archery event held at Kiamichi Park on Hugo Lake in southeastern Oklahoma. Despite the rain, there was a good turnout for the event. The event featured courses set up in the natural environment of the Kiamichi Park recreation area using realistic 3-D animal targets designed to test accuracy and skill for archers of all ages and skill levels.
    5/17/2024
  19. Hugo Lake staff hosts 3-D archery event [Image 2 of 3]

    Animal targets were set throughout the park during a recent 3D archery event held at Kiamichi Park on Hugo Lake in southeastern Oklahoma. These targets were designed to test accuracy and skill for archers of all ages and skill levels. Despite the rain, there was a good turnout for the event.
    5/17/2024
  20. Hugo Lake staff hosts 3-D archery event [Image 3 of 3]

    Animal targets were set throughout the park during a recent 3D archery event held at Kiamichi Park on Hugo Lake in southeastern Oklahoma. These targets were designed to test accuracy and skill for archers of all ages and skill levels. Despite the rain, there was a good turnout for the event.
    5/17/2024
  21. Infrastructure Week: Bridge Safety Program Training

    The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted hands-on training at the historic Pedestrian Bridge in Jenks, Oklahoma, May 3. Engineers must complete bridge inspection refresher training every five years for recertification. The historic Jenks Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Arkansas River, opened for vehicle traffic in 1948 and consists of 19 state-standard pony truss spans. The bridge was bypassed and converted for pedestrian use after the opening of the E 96th Street Bridge.
    5/16/2024
  22. Ranger Life with Destany Rochell

    Destany Rochell is a ranger at Waurika Lake in Oklahoma. Join her for a brief view of her daily duties in this short video.
    5/16/2024
  23. Can you hear it? Sounds like a bridge inspection

    Patrick Shoopman, chief of civil design, Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, uses a hammer to sound for delamination on the bridge pier during Bridge Inspection Refresher Training, May 3, 2024, at the Jenks Pedestrian Bridge in Jenks, Oklahoma. Engineers must complete refresher training every five years to perform bridge inspections. The historic Jenks Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Arkansas River, opened for vehicle traffic in 1948 and consists of 19 state-standard pony truss spans. The bridge was bypassed and converted for pedestrian use after the opening of the E 96th Street Bridge.
    5/16/2024
  24. 2024 Holocaust Days of Remembrance: The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa

    The 2024 Holocaust Days of Remembrance are May 5-12. Sofia Thornblad, chief curator, and Director of Collections and Holocaust Education at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art talks about the museum’s role in Holocaust education, the impact of the Holocaust on victims, and the museum's connection to families of liberators from Oklahoma. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art’s Sanditen-Kaiser Holocaust Center has more than 250 artifacts from soldiers who liberated concentration camps and survivors of the Holocaust.
    5/4/2024
  25. USACE, OSU electrical competence training promotes knowledge, safety and partnership

    The Tulsa District Safety Office, and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee hosted an annual electrical safety training class for lake office maintenance staff at the Okmulgee Campus of Oklahoma State University from April 22 to 25. The OSU-IT/USACE Electrical Competence Course consists of 32 hours of instruction and practical application so that students can troubleshoot and address electrical issues at parks and project offices, said David Ford, safety specialist, Tulsa District Safety Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    5/2/2024
  26. Spotlight: Travis Wilsey – Tulsa District Flood Plain Manager

    TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa District Corps of Engineers Flood Plain Manager, Travis Wilsey, attended Oklahoma State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.
    5/1/2024
  27. USACE Electrical Competence Course Promotes Knowledge, Safety and Partnerships

    The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safety Office in conjunction with Oklahoma State University's Okmulgee Campus hosted the USACE/OSU-IT Electrical Competence Training in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, April 22 to April 24. David Ford, safety specialist, Tulsa District Safety Office, talks about what USACE employees learn during the four day course, and how it contributes to safety for campers and lake office staff. Tulsa District Safety and OSU have partnered for the course for nearly a decade.
    4/29/2024
  28. Tulsa engineers show progress on VA hospital project during SAME tour

    Engineers from the Dam Safety Production Center, Southwestern Division based at the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showed progress the district has made on the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Administration Hospital hillside stabilization project in Muskogee, Okla., to the Tulsa Post of the Society of American Military Engineers during a tour, April 16. The Tulsa District is removing inconsistent debris from the hillside behind the facility and adding a retaining wall that will improve stability and allow for added parking at the facility.
    4/24/2024
  29. Corpstruction - Help in the heartland FEMA Region 7

    When the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engages for disaster response missions, they do so under a tasking from the Federal Emergency Management Agency outlined by the National Response Framework. Michael Cappannari, director, External Affairs for FEMA Region 7 in Kansas City, spoke with Corpstruction about the communication effort between FEMA, federal, state and tribal agencies during disaster responses. Region 7 covers Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Tulsa District, works with both FEMA Region 7, and FEMA Region 6, which covers Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to coordinate emergency response activities.
    4/17/2024
  30. Corpstruction - FEMA Region 7 Help in the Heartland

    When the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engages for disaster response missions, they do so under a tasking from the Federal Emergency Management Agency outlined by the National Response Framework. Michael Cappannari, director, External Affairs for FEMA Region 7 in Kansas City, spoke with Corpstruction about the communication effort between FEMA, federal, state and tribal agencies during disaster responses. Region 7 covers Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Tulsa District, works with both FEMA Region 7, and FEMA Region 6, which covers Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to coordinate emergency response activities.
    4/17/2024
  31. Trusted People in the Northern Area: Allen Hood, Project Engineer

    During a visit to Oologah Lake, Col. Tim Hudson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District Commander, toured the main dam with Allen Hood, Northern Area Engineer, and Eric Bonnell, Oologah Lake Project Manager. Hood and Bonnell explained the ongoing work to repair efforts at the dam, and the unique characteristics of Oologah Dam, and the coordination with the USACE Engineering Research Development Center and other district offices to implement repair work solutions. After the tour, Hudson interviewed Hood about the ideals that motivate him to put his best foot forward each day while overseeing the engineering responsibilities for 13 Northern Area projects. Hood was nominated as a ‘Hero of the Week’ by Operations Division within six months of joining the Tulsa District, and he talked about how his faith and the principles that guide him.
    4/15/2024
  32. Corpstruction - Engineers Week with Robert Felice

    Robert Felice is the Engineering Services Section Chief at the Tulsa District. He talked with Corpstruction about his work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, why he took a short break to become a teacher at Broken Arrow High School and how that experience affected his approach to leadership at the Tulsa District.
    2/22/2024
  33. Corpstruction - The Multiple Facets of USACE Military Programs with Dr. Christine Altendorf

    Dr. Christine Altendorf is the Director of Military Programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An Oklahoman who earned undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University, Altenforf is a recipient of the OSU engineering program’s prestigious Lohman Medal. Altendorf visited the Tulsa District, USACE resident offices on Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Nov. 27 to tour ongoing and recently completed projects. Whether it’s providing housing for military recruiters, remediating Formerly Used Defense Sites, or interagency engineering projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other agencies, the USACE Military Programs mission is robust and active in its support of federal and international activities around the world. During her visit, Altendorf sat down with the Corpstruction Podcast to talk about Military Programs, engaging the USACE workforce and attracting talent to the Corps of Engineers.
    12/1/2023
  34. Corpstruction - Working Magic with Metal in the Memphis District

    Joey Cabay is the metalworker leaderman at the Ensley Engineer Yard of the Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He spoke to the Corpstruction Podcast about his team performs and why dredging and infrastructure maintenance efforts help keep the navigation industry afloat. In 2019, more than 500 million tons of freight, worth $134.1 billion annually flowed through the marine highways of the United States, saving between $7 billion and $9 billion on transportation costs.
    11/30/2023
  35. Corpstruction - Terzaghi Day with Jarrod Breuer

    Geotechnical Engineers and civil engineers throughout the world celebrate “Terzaghi Day” each year, Oct. 2. Jarrod Breuer, a geotechnical engineer and subject matter expert at the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, joined Corpstruction to talk about the field and Terzaghi’s impact on civil engineering. Born October 2, 1883 in Prague, Terzaghi is considered the “Father of Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering.” His work in geology, soil mechanics and engineering led to the creation of the field. Many consider his greatest contributions to be the codification and experimentation to flesh out concepts.
    10/2/2023
  36. Corpstruction - The One Year Interview with Col Hudson and Tavaras Jones

    Colonel Tim Hudson, Tulsa District Commander, interviewed Tavaras Jones, a project manager at the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tavaras is approaching his first full year at the Tulsa District, and he's overseeing project delivery teams that are working on repairing the stilling basin at Webbers Falls Lock & Dam 16, and improving efficiency for the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District's irrigation system. The system is part of the Bureau of Reclamation's W C Austin Project which provides water for cotton crops. The project helps Oklahoma maintain its status as the nation's sixth leading producer of cotton.
    8/15/2023
  37. Corpstruction - Col. Tim Hudson The One Year Interview

    Col. Tim Hudson is the commander and district engineer of the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He joined the Corpstruction Podcast to talk about his observations and vision for the Tulsa District. Hudson is from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds masters degrees from George Mason University and the U.S. Army War College. His past assignments includes service as a mathematics instructor at West Point, a platoon leader, company commander, battalion and brigade operations officer, Professor of Military Science at North Carolina State University for the Wolfpack Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, and later as a battalion commander of the 20th Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to his assignment at the Tulsa District he was the Deputy J4 for Engineering and Logistics at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hudson has deployed to various locations in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hudson took command of the Tulsa District July 8, 2022.
    6/16/2023
  38. Corpstruction - Staying Safe On the Lake with Park Ranger Randi Clifton

    Park Ranger Randi Clifton joined Corpstruction to talk about staying safe on the water and the work of a park ranger in the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    6/13/2023
  39. Corpstruction - Remembering Andy Free and preventing deaths from carbon monoxide with Cassi Free

    Over the Memorial Day weekend, we sat down with Cassi Free to talk about her son Andy, who fell out of the family boat and drowned after a day of wakeboarding and boating on Lake Eufaula on June 9, 2020. When her two other sons were sent to the hospital that same day, the family discovered they were exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide while out on the water. Tests revealed that Andy, who was nine years old, had been exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide. Cassi was kind enough to sit down and share her experience and talk about the family’s efforts to raise awareness of carbon monoxide while boating. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is a byproduct of burning fuel. If a flame or combustion is present, carbon monoxide is being produced. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the blood depriving the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen. It can kill within minutes. Initial carbon monoxide toxicity symptoms often mirror fatigue typical of being out in the sun, and since it’s lighter than air, it can remain in an area for long periods, especially in highly trafficked areas. Be aware of the risks of exposure. Take frequent breaks away from the lake, and if you observe lethargy or confusion in others, seek medical attention.
    6/8/2023
  40. Corpstruction - Staying Safety Conscious at Corps parks with Abby Jones

    Abby Jones joined the Corpstruction Podcast to talk about safety as June is National Safety Month.
    6/2/2023
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