Local

October 4, 2013

Army Corps of Engineers leadership tours Fort Irwin flood damage

ACOE_inspect_damage

Brig. Gen. David Turner, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, and Los Angeles District leadership toured flood-damaged areas of Fort Irwin, Sept. 19.

The Los Angeles District sent a team of more than 60 engineering and technical support professionals to the fort to assess damage and provide recovery operations after flooding from a monsoon-like storm covered the post with mud and debris, Aug. 25.

The storm’s strong winds and rainfall caused an estimated $50 million in damage, to include disintegrating roads and sidewalks and flooding in a school, barracks and offices, which displaced Soldiers.

“We got up to three inches of rain in about 80 minutes,” said Fort Irwin Garrison Commander Col. Jonathan Braga. “You can imagine with that amount of rain coming down, and the force of it, it just caused a lot of damage here. It was honestly too much for our team to handle and one phone call to the Corps of Engineers got their response team up here within a day. And it wasn’t just any day, it was right before Labor Day weekend.”

After the tour, Turner visited with post and garrison officials and personally thanked Corps responders and Fort Irwin Department of Public Works staff for their efforts.

The team assessed more than 166 buildings, training facilities and ranges for flood damage and life safety. Teams also inspected civil structures like bridges and roadways.

ACOE_inspect_damage_2

“Because of the Corps’ experience in disaster recovery, the teams were able to use the assessments to rapidly generate statements of work and independent government estimates that will ultimately result in contract awards for the clean-up and repair of facilities,” Turner said. “The Corps is prepared and ready to respond to natural and man-made disasters.”

Turner added that in times of disaster it isn’t just a local USACE district or office that responds.

“Personnel and other resources are mobilized across the country to carry out the Corps response missions,” the general said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

Showing support for non-violence in relationships

Gustavo Bahena Tokgnar and Tungsten Davis, both ages 5, walk in their Halloween costumes with dad, Maj. Randy Davis, and mom, Kaye. Dad serves with United States Medical Department Activity here. Soldiers, leadership and Fort I...
 
 

News Briefs November, 2014

Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremonies: 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Barstow; 11:11 a.m. luncheon at Big Bear Convention Center; 6-9:30 p.m. “Troops and Trains” tribute at Harvey House in Barstow, and; 3:30 p.m. parade, concert and fireworks at Palm Springs. Nov. 17 Sign-ups open for Start Smart and youth basketball. Parent Central building...
 
 
Gustavo Bahena

Having fun learning about fire safety

Gustavo Bahena Sgt. 1st Class Lonzo Shelley, a flight medic with 2916th Aviation Battalion here, took his children to an open house at Fire Station 1, Oct. 8. His daughter Alynnn, 2, won a contest to name a new puppet, “F...
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

Girl Scouts build houses for strays

Gustavo Bahena Girl Scouts, left to right: Mystery Karr, Cheyenne Karr, Hailey Kepple, Samantha Kepple and Alexis Brunney. In the back, Provost Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Danny Knell and, right, Director of Emergency Services, Lt...
 
 
Photo by Carlos Guerra, Marine Corps

Transferring 50 million pounds a month

Photo by Carlos Guerra, Marine Corps Logistic Base Spc. Jamar L. Butler and Spc. Adam J. Buford, movement specialists assigned to 171st Movement Control Company, 1916th Sustainment Brigade, 916th Sustainment Battalion, install ...
 
 
CSMEsmurria_SilviaMoreno

Initiating improvements to quality of life

Fort Irwin United States Army Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Esmurria addresses participants of an AFAP Conference breakout group facilitated by Silvia Moreno (center) of Army Community Service here, Oct. 8. More than 60 For...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin