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  1. Bray's Last Day: The final shift after 40 years

    Johnny Bray, the powerplant maintenance manager at Eufaula Dam, completed his last shift, December 29. He worked for the Tulsa District for 40 years and served at powerhouses at Webbers Falls Lock and Dam 16 and Denison Dam before returning home to Eufaula, Oklahoma to work at the powerhouse at Eufaula Dam.
    12/30/2022
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    Johnny Bray received his retirement certificate from Col. Timothy Hudson, Tulsa District Commander, during a ceremony at the Eufaula Dam Powerhouse, Dec. 13. Bray completed more than 40 years of service to the Tulsa District after finishing his final shift, December 29, 2022.
    12/30/2022
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    Johnny Bray and his family during his retirement ceremony at the Eufaula Dam powerhouse, December 13, 2022. Bray completed his last shift at Eufaula Dam, Dec. 29.
    12/30/2022
  4. Corpstruction - Johnny Bray on 40 Years in USACE Hydropower & Powerhouse Maintenance

    Johnny Bray is the powerhouse manager at Eufaula Dam. He oversees the maintenance of the structure and hydropower facilities to ensure the powerhouse can reliably produce its 90 Megawatts of Electricity when needed. He recently received the De Fleury Medal, the highest honor a USACE civilian can receive, in honor of 40 years of service to the nation. Bray began his career at the Webbers Falls Powerhouse in December 1982 and served at Denison Dam on Lake Texoma and eventually returned to the Lake Eufaula powerhouse only a few miles from where he grew up. At the end of calendar year Bray will leave the powerhouse for the last time as a USACE employee. We spoke with him about his career and upcoming retirement.
    12/23/2022
  5. USACE Natural Resources Management Innovations Team's partnership with Southwestern Oklahoma State University continues to be of mutual benefit

    WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Students from Southwestern Oklahoma State University presented projects to members of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s innovations team, showcasing the work they have accomplished during the fall semester.
    12/20/2022
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    Southwestern Oklahoma State University students presented their projects to their class and USACE Tulsa innovations members for their fall classwork. Students in the program receive real world work experience for their resumes, while USACE benefits from their knowledge in helping bring the projects to life.
    12/20/2022
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    Southwestern Oklahoma State University students presented their projects to their class and USACE Tulsa innovations members for their fall classwork. Students in the program receive real world work experience for their resumes, while USACE benefits from their knowledge in helping bring the projects to life.
    12/20/2022
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    Southwestern Oklahoma State University students presented their projects to their class and USACE Tulsa innovations members for their fall classwork. Students in the program receive real world work experience for their resumes, while USACE benefits from their knowledge in helping bring the projects to life.
    12/20/2022
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    Southwestern Oklahoma State University students presented their projects to their class and USACE Tulsa innovations members for their fall classwork. Students in the program receive real world work experience for their resumes, while USACE benefits from their knowledge in helping bring the projects to life.
    12/20/2022
  10. Corpstruction - Why Does the Corps Regulate the River - Michael Ware Tulsa District Regulatory

    Corpstruction host, Brannen Parrish interviews Michael Ware of the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Regulatory Program. Ware discusses the USACE's regulatory authority under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Ware is a supervisory regulatory specialist at the Tulsa District. The Langston University graduate began his career with the Tulsa District as a Park Ranger in the 1990s. He became a regulatory specialist in 1995. Ware also discusses the Regulatory Program's role in minimizing human impacts to natural habitats and ecosystems, as well as its other Congressionally-mandated authorities and responsibilities.
    12/16/2022
  11. Corpstruction - Tulsa's Top Civilian Talks 35 Years of Service & the Next Chapter

    After graduating from University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University), Lee Conley embarked on a 10 year career of active duty service with the U.S. Army. He then went on to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at various locations while advancing to positions of progressively greater responsibility within the Southwestern Division. He started out with the Fort Worth District and worked at the Southwestern Division in Dallas, Texas, then the Little Rock District and eventually arrived at the Tulsa District where he served as the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Management. We spoke to Lee Conley about his 35 year career, what he helped the District accomplish, and his future plans.
    12/16/2022
  12. Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day

    WASHINGTON – 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 Veterans Day, November 11. The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities (group picnic shelters) and events.
    10/31/2022
  13. District provides hands-on equipment training with focus on safety

    DENNISON, Texas — More than 160,00 thousand acres of land and water resources are managed by the Tulsa District at the 33 multipurpose projects it oversees across Oklahoma and parts of Kansas and Texas. The district is responsible to maintain the lands and infrastructure at these projects and this falls to the lake staff.
    10/13/2022
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    Tulsa District USACE Red River Area staff receive training on heavy equipment as part of the district Safety and Occupational health program.
    10/13/2022
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    Tulsa District USACE Red River Area staff receive training on heavy equipment as part of the district Safety and Occupational health program.
    10/13/2022
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    Tulsa District USACE Red River Area staff receive training on heavy equipment as part of the district Safety and Occupational health program.
    10/13/2022
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    Tulsa District USACE Red River Area staff receive training on heavy equipment as part of the district Safety and Occupational health program.
    10/13/2022
  18. Tulsa Marine Maintenance Unit receives Army Safety Award

    The Marine Maintenance Unit of the Tulsa District is part of the Navigation Office. The MMU received the Fiscal Year 2021 Army Industrial Operations Safety Award, an Army-level award for working a combined 54,656 hours without lost time due to injuries, recordable property damage accidents, or workers' compensation claims. Some of the MMU’s daily high-hazard industrial activities include dredging, towboat operations, rigging, welding, fabrication, crane operations, and river and harbor maintenance. More than 200 installations and units applied for the prestigious safety award but few were selected.
    10/6/2022
  19. Optima Disposition Study Public Meeting Set for Oct. 5

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District established a 30-day public comment period related to the disposition of Optima Lake, Texas County, Oklahoma beginning Oct. 3 and will host a public meeting to assess the economic, social, and environmental impacts of disposing of the federally authorized project.
    9/30/2022
  20. Broken Bow Lake Master Plan Update: Moratorium on new development

    Effective 23 August 2022, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a moratorium on all new development at Broken Bow Lake due to the ongoing update of the Broken Bow Lake Master Plan.
    9/27/2022
  21. Tulsa and Kansas City Districts come together to share water safety message

    Hutchinson, Ka. – Corps of Engineers staff from Tulsa and Kansas City Districts came together 9-18 September in Hutchinson Kansas for the Kansas State Fair. The fair afforded them a great opportunity to educate the public on the importance of water safety and wearing life jackets when on or near the water.
    9/22/2022
  22. Got goats? A different approach on invasive species management.

    Invasive species are increasingly taking over our natural landscapes. These invasive plants can disrupt the delicate balance of the existing ecosystem by outcompeting our native bunch type grasses for space and resources and choking out existing vegetation on our grasslands. Over the years, Sericea Lespedeza, encroached into open grassy habitat, fences, drainage draws, and lake/river shorelines on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands. These invasive species have been removed in the past, with limited success
    9/14/2022
  23. Tulsa District ranger fills in gaps between stakeholders and USACE

    Broken Bow, Okla. – Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1958 and built and designed under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Broken Bow Lake in Southeastern Oklahoma is not your traditional USACE project.
    8/31/2022
  24. Corpstruction - The Corps' recreational and environmental initiatives in Kansas

    Eugene Goff is the Operations Project Manager for the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas Area. The area includes eight reservoirs that provide vital flood risk mitigation, recreation and water supply for the Kansas communities. Eugene talked with Corpstruction about the many initiatives and activities taking place in Kansas and how he works with state and federal officials in the area to ensure the Corps effectively meets its mission requirements and takes advantage of opportunities to improve services.
    6/13/2022
  25. Corpstruction - Marion Reservoir lake manager Brock DeLong discusses post HAB recreation reopening

    Marion Lake Manager, Brock DeLong, talks about the impacts of a harmful algal bloom on recreation at Marion Lake and the reopening of campgrounds and boat ramps after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment lowered the risk rating level from "Hazard" to "Warning". Marion Reservoir is located in Marion, Kansas and is one of eight Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs in the "Sunflower State."
    6/11/2022
  26. Corpstruction - Harmful Algae Blooms & their impact on lakes with Dr. Tony Clyde

    Dr. Tony Clyde, a project manager at the Tulsa District, spent the majority of his career as a limnologist studying lakes. Clyde, talks about the impacts of blue green algae, harmful algal blooms, and what's being done to address it at the federal and state level.
    6/8/2022
  27. Corpstruction - Army Corps Employee Runs for Marine Corps Gold Star Family

    Chris Abner came to work for the Army Corps of Engineers in 2020, but prior to that he served on four deployments to the Middle East with the Marine Corps. On October 8, 2007, then Staff Sgt. Abner, was a vehicle commander in Al Qaim, Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded killing his driver, Lance Cpl. Jeremy Burris of Liberty, Texas. Abner was severely injured and ultimately medically retired from the Marine Corps. On May 22, 2022 Abner completed the Tulsa IronMan competition in honor of Burris. Abner ran the 26.2 mile marathon portion while carrying an American flag with a streamer bearing Lance. Cpl. Burris' name. When he reached the finish line he presented the flag to Burris' parents who drove more than seven hours from their home in Texas to see Abner cross the finish line in honor of their son.
    5/28/2022
  28. Corpstruction - Park Ranger nearly died in the water

    Park Ranger Joshua Springer of the Lake Eufaula Project Office of the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, nearly drowned when he was four years old. If it weren’t for the quick thinking of his older sisters, Springer might have died in his family’s swimming pool at their home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Nearly two decades removed from the near-drowning experience, Springer remaines committed to educating youth about water safety. He believes in the importance of water safety education and to encourages parents to make sure children have properly fitted, US Coast Guard-approved flotation device.
    5/27/2022
  29. Tulsa District Emergency Management Office holds disaster response tabletop exercise

    The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted a tabletop exercise April 19, related to the Tulsa West Tulsa Levee, Cimarron and Arkansas Rivers at the Central Center in Centennial Park. Hosted by the Tulsa District Emergency Management Office, the TTX provides an avenue to educate local government agencies and organizations about the Tulsa District’s missions while communicating the shared risks and responsibilities between municipal, state and federal agencies.
    4/20/2022
  30. Tulsa Boat Show

    Steve Holden & Randi Clifton, Park Rangers from the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show off their water safety booth at the Tulsa Boat Show at Tulsa Expo Center, Feb. 3. The event allowed rangers to make contact with thousands of individuals over the course of the event.
    4/4/2022
  31. Corpstruction - Kalli Egan on Engineering from Texas to Tulsa and Back

    By the time the first shovels break ground on a new civil works or military construction venture, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already invested thousands of hours into studying, planning, designing and contracting the project. Kalli Egan, the regional acquisition program manager at Southwestern Division, focuses on strategies and technical integration. She works with districts to improve engineering and construction activities. Kalli is a true success story and model USACE leader. She grew up in Amarillo, Texas but spent a lot of time in Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University from which she holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Engineering Technology. Kalli’s career with the USACE began in 2001. She started as a student intern at the Tulsa District and by 2015 had become the Deputy Chief of the Engineering and Construction Division at the Tulsa District. In 2015, Kalli left Tulsa to return to Texas. She spent two years working in the private sector supporting local, state and federal projects.
    3/24/2022
  32. Corpstruction - Motherhood Mentoring and Engineering with Brittany Cranor Dam Safety Production Center Southwestern Division

    Brittany Cranor is a structural engineer at the Dam Safety Production Center, Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The DSPC is co-located with the Tulsa District. Cranor talked to Corpstruction about why she chose to work for the Corps of Engineers after a couple of years in the private sector and how mentoring has benefited her career decisions.
    3/16/2022
  33. USACE Command Sergeant Major Visits Tulsa District

    Sgt. Maj. Patrickson Toussaint, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Command Sergeant Major, visited Tulsa District, Dec. 7-9. Toussaint talked about the four major priorities of the USACE Commander and Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon - people, readiness, partnerships and revolutionize. Toussaint visited various Tulsa District Military Construction and Civil Works field offices. He met with and recognized employees for their contributions to the USACE mission.
    12/10/2021
  34. 85th Anniversary Message to the Port of Brownsville Texas from SWD Commander

    85th Birthday Message to the Port of Brownsville, Texas from Brig. Gen. Christopher Beck, SWD Commander, USACE.
    12/2/2021
  35. Eufaula bridge repair reaches milestone, makes history

    Within a matter of hours, the road over Eufaula Dam became the site of the highest concentration of Ultra-High-Performance Concrete in Oklahoma, Aug. 19. With panels over approximately 20 percent of the bridge deck placed, contractors began pouring the UHPC to bond the prefabricated panels.
    8/25/2021
  36. Ranger Spotlight

    Each year World Ranger Day is observed on July 31 marking the founding of the International Ranger Foundation. We are spotlighting some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the range of work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters.
    7/28/2021
  37. As severe weather season continues Tulsa District hosts disaster response exercise

    THE TULSA DISTRICT’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE RECENTLY HOSTED A DISASTER RESPONSE EXERCISE WITH TULSA FIRST RESPONDERS AND HELPING AGENCIES. THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INITIATIVE BROUGHT TOGETHER REPRESENTATIVES FROM TULSA RESPONSE AGENCIES TO IMPROVE INTEROPERABILITY.
    7/27/2021
  38. Ranger Spotlight

    Each year World Ranger Day is observed on July 31 marking the founding of the International Ranger Foundation. We are spotlighting some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the range of work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters.
    7/27/2021
  39. Ranger Spotlight

    Each year World Ranger Day is observed on July 31 marking the founding of the International Ranger Foundation. We are spotlighting some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the range of work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters.
    7/27/2021
  40. Ranger Spotlight

    We spotlight some of our rangers who represent our ranger corps and the various aspects of the work they do as protectors of USACE-managed lands and waters. Meet Supervisory Regulatory Project Manager, and former park ranger, Michael Ware.
    7/26/2021
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