• September

    SWG celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with panel on STEM

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a panel discussion on Hispanic participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers, September 21.
  • August

    Kelsey Ciarrocca named USACE ‘Innovator of the Year’

    Kelsey Ciarrocca really believes in working smarter, not harder. You could argue that her philosophy put the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District on the map.
  • July

    Kemp’s ridley sea turtle lays eggs on replenished beach

    Galveston’s beaches are no strangers to visitors, especially during the summer. Each year, more that 7 million people come to vacation here. This year, however, a very special visitor made Galveston it’s preferred summer getaway destination. A Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle—the world’s rarest and most endangered sea turtle species—nested on a new beach near the corner of Seawall and 86th Street.
  • Col. Rhett Blackmon takes command of Galveston District

    Col. Rhett A. Blackmon assumed command from Col. Tim R. Vail as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District commander during a change of command ceremony, held July 15 at the District’s headquarters in front of a crowd of family, District employees and distinguished visitors.
  • June

    New SWD Commander holds townhall

    Galveston District employees heard directly from the Southwest Division Commander, Col. Kenneth Reed, during a townhall meeting at the Jadwin Building June 23.
  • FY22 3rd Qtr awards ceremony recognizes District’s best

    District Commander Col. Tim R. Vail and DPM Byron Williams recognized more than 40 SWG employees during the Fiscal Year 2022 Third Quarter Awards Ceremony, held June 23, 2022, at the Jadwin Building and virtually via WebEx.
  • Section in the Spotlight: SWG Hydrographic Survey Section

    It’s World Hydrography Day! What better way to celebrate than by highlighting the professionals of the Galveston District’s Hydrographic Survey Section?
  • SWG celebrates Houston Ship Channel expansion kickoff

    The Galveston District, Port Houston and the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company jointly officially kicked off the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) Expansion—or Project 11—with a ceremony at the District’s Headquarters June 1.
  • May

    Local author recalls writing definitive SWG history

    A concerned brow forms on Lynn Alperin’s face. Her petite stature holds court in the Galveston District Headquarters executive office where she scans the room and everything in it. Her tour guide, the office administrator, and even the deputy district engineer all give way as Alperin quietly examines the rows of bookshelves lining the room. They listen attentively as she relays a story about the last time she set foot in a district building. She doesn’t find what she’s looking for.
  • April

    Chris Lannutti named Logistic Activity’s 2021 ‘Employee of the Year’

    Chris Lannutti is a nice, easygoing guy. He comes to work every day, tries his best, communicates as clearly as possible, and asks the right questions. That’s not just a typical workday for him; it’s his philosophy.
  • March

    Crab trap roundup keeps fish and boaters safe

    A heavily bundled up man looks out over the murky waters of the Trinity River. A thick overcast is muting the sunrise sky to a washed out gray. His bright orange jacket stands out like highlighter marks on dull white paper. He waits for the thumbs up from his comrades on the airboat below. Within seconds, the mechanical lock gates create a stir in the still water. Salt and fresh water collide, waking up wildlife along the Wallisville Lake Project. Egrets and pelicans—the proverbial early birds—are getting their fill.
  • Galveston hosts Winter 2022 Stakeholder Partnering Forum

    The Galveston District hosted the winter edition of our biannual Stakeholder Partnering Forum (SPF) at the Texas A&M University Galveston Campus Feb. 23-24, 2022. The theme of the SPF was: “Environmental and Social Justice: Integral to Comprehensive Coastal Resiliency.”
  • BHM panel discussions create meaningful conversations

    The Galveston District celebrated Black History Month with a series of weekly panel discussions throughout the month of February 2022.
  • January

    District Observes MLK Jr. Day with Virtual Presentation

    The Galveston District officially observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a virtual presentation hosted by the district’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office on Jan. 11, 2022.
  • November

    SWG Observes National American Indian Heritage Month

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District officially observed National American Indian Heritage Month (NAIHM) with a virtual presentation hosted by the district’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office, November 18.
  • October

    SWG Observes Hispanic Heritage Month

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District officially observed Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) with a virtual presentation hosted by the district’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office today.
  • SWG Employees reflect on Hispanic Heritage Month

    Every year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) from September 15 through October 15. During this time, we celebrate and learn about the contributions of the 60.5 million Americans who trace their ancestry to Spain and Latin America.
  • SWG Hosts Gator Hunt for Wounded Veterans

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District hosted the 7th Annual Lone Star Warriors Outdoors Gator Hunt at its Wallisville Lake Project location from September 28 through October 1. More than a dozen combat injured veterans took part in the event USACE co-hosts in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Anahuac Emergency Medical Services, and Lone Star Warriors Outdoors (LSWO)—a Texas-based nonprofit 501c3 organization.
  • August

    Cartographer's Innovation Puts SWG on the Map

    There are people who like their jobs. There are even people who love their jobs. Then there are people who got out of their way—and out of their own pockets—to learn a new skill and make their jobs easier for their colleagues.
  • District working to combat COVID spike

    Galveston District Commander Col. Tim Vail held a town hall August 2 with the entire workforce, to discuss new COVID-19 mitigations in light of the newest COVID-19 strain -- the Delta variant. Vail recommended the District workforce continue following all current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Defense (DoD) installation requirements on COVID-19 prevention.