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Heartland Engineers: A Century of Superior Service 1907-2007

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1907 the Corps of Engineers established an office in Kansas City to explore the feasibility of improving navigation on the Missouri River. That office eventually became a District Headquarters. From this humble beginning, the Kansas City District is now considered a full-service District with environmental services, military construction, civil works construction, and operations responsibilities across portions of five states in the Midwest. It is one of only 18 Districts of the Corps 45 to perform a military construction mission. The District has constructed hundreds of miles of levees and oversees those and many more constructed by others along the Missouri River and her tributaries. The District uniquely supports the Environmental Protection Agency in two separate geographic regions of the country, Region VII in the Heartland and Region II in the Northeast. For over 100 years the Kansas City District stepped up to every challenge and served the Heartland and Nation with great distinction. It has done so during times of armed conflict, even sending its own overseas to aid war fighters and host nations during hostilities. It has done so during severe economic depression and times of great prosperity. It has done so in times of drought and disaster as witnessed during the 1935, 1951 and 1993 great floods. And, it has done so during periods of intense political, cultural, natural resource and environmental awareness. Throughout these times, the District stood ready, answered every call to duty and made a difference in the lives of people. To commemorate the District s first 100 years of service and the myriad of outstanding accomplishments, I m honored to present to you Heartland Engineers A Century of Superior Service. While not all encompassing, this book is representative of the major accomplishments of the District since it was established in 1907, and it pays tribute to the men and women, past and present, who achieved such greatness.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Civil Engineering
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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