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  • April

    Valentine for the OMB

    Matt Valentine, an architect with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, learned about career opportunities in the Corps during an architecture job fair at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Nine years later, Valentine represented the district at the 2018 edition of the same job fair.
  • January

    Heart of a volunteer

    Deb Lewis, an environmental manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, recently returned from helping people whose homes were destroyed by October 2017 wildfires in northern California’s Wine Country. Just days before the wildfires, Lewis was in Houston as part of the Corps’ Hurricane Harvey recovery team.
  • November

    Mommy works in the castle

    Anyone who gets email in the Sacramento District should recognize the name Bonny Croco. Anytime there is a problem with the Corps’ financial management system, CEFMS, Croco is the first to sound an email alert. She’s also the go-to resource for folks trying to learn the ins and outs of CEFMS.
  • October

    Land surveying or reality modeling?

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District land surveying specialists are using modern technology fused together through some very creative “MacGyver-ing” to cut labor costs, improve data quality for numerous engineering disciplines, access otherwise impossible spots and keep surveyors safe from entering potentially dangerous locations.
  • August

    The “Can-Do Team” of Bryte Yard

    When staff in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District need quick, professional assistance with a task that seems way outside the box, who do they call? Bryte Yard!
  • June

    Simko named Sacramento District Regulator of the Year

    Heidi Simko, a regulatory assistant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, has been named the 2016 District Regulator of the Year and awarded the Randy Snyder Regulatory Excellence Award. She earned the award for her “outstanding reliability, can-do spirit and unwavering commitment to the team and the regulatory mission throughout the year,” said Mike Jewell, chief of Regulatory Division.
  • April

    Communication, perseverance are keys to project manager’s success in her dream job

    Elvan Childs, a senior civil works project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, says clear and open communication is the key ingredient for successful project management. She cheerfully states that project management is her “dream job”... though it took 24 years and 11 job changes to achieve that dream and come to California.
  • January

    Sacramento District regulator heading to D.C.

    Mary Pakenham-Walsh, a senior project manager and member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District regulatory team, has garnered a front-row seat to observe Corps processes in action in Washington, D.C. from February through June 2017.
  • A Designing Mom

    April Ratcliff lives a triple life as a mom, college student and Sacramento District interior design technician, but that doesn’t stop her from achieving her goals. Read her story about “always growing and moving forward.”
  • September

    Racing Solo together

    Take a fast ride with Sacramento District’s Josh Garcia and his father Ron at a sports car event in Stockton, California. The younger Garcia is chief of the environmental analysis section of planning for the district. His weekend office is the driver’s seat of the Datsun 510 racecar he and his father built and race together.

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