From the commander Archive

  • Last year, we introduced the Standing Order to Portland District. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Standing Order, it is a document that captures all the pertinent information about the District – organizational structure, mission, governing documents, an assessment of our operational environment and much more. You […]

    Commander’s Column: Know where you are, know where you’re going

    Last year, we introduced the Standing Order to Portland District. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Standing Order, it is a document that captures all the pertinent information about the District – organizational structure, mission, governing documents, an assessment of our operational environment and much more. You […]

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  • Portland District Teammates, Since my last column, we celebrated the Army’s Corps’ and Nation’s birthdays. I trust all of you celebrated our Corps’ birthday with a walk or run in order to spend time with fellow employees and build esprit de corps. In the last few issues I have discussed […]

    Commander’s Column: Planning for the Future

    Portland District Teammates, Since my last column, we celebrated the Army’s Corps’ and Nation’s birthdays. I trust all of you celebrated our Corps’ birthday with a walk or run in order to spend time with fellow employees and build esprit de corps. In the last few issues I have discussed […]

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  • I had the privilege to join our Leadership Development Program cohort when they visited Washington, D.C. in January. We had a tremendous week interacting with Congress, many Administration officials and federal partners, the media and industry partners. We were afforded a rare treat on our first day with an initial […]

    Commander’s Column: Competence follows Character

    I had the privilege to join our Leadership Development Program cohort when they visited Washington, D.C. in January. We had a tremendous week interacting with Congress, many Administration officials and federal partners, the media and industry partners. We were afforded a rare treat on our first day with an initial […]

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  • Portland District Teammates, I am writing to you upon the conclusion of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians conference, which took place in Spokane Sept. 14 through 17.  There were nearly 60 tribes represented and I engaged with many of our regions’ tribal partners and chairmen during my time […]

    Commander’s Column: Around the District

    Portland District Teammates, I am writing to you upon the conclusion of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians conference, which took place in Spokane Sept. 14 through 17.  There were nearly 60 tribes represented and I engaged with many of our regions’ tribal partners and chairmen during my time […]

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  •   Corps Teammates, I write today upon completion of our visit to Washington, D.C. where we conducted a briefing on July 30 to the Civil Works Review Board.   Collectively, with District and Northwestern Division staff and city of Portland representatives, we sought approval from the CWRB to release the Lower […]

    Life’s Constant: Change

      Corps Teammates, I write today upon completion of our visit to Washington, D.C. where we conducted a briefing on July 30 to the Civil Works Review Board.   Collectively, with District and Northwestern Division staff and city of Portland representatives, we sought approval from the CWRB to release the Lower […]

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  • Portland District, You often hear the stories of people who love their job and “GET TO” do some awesome things. I am that person. Here are some of my first year observations of the depth and breadth of our tremendous team: During a recent visit to the Rogue River Basin […]

    A year in command

    Portland District, You often hear the stories of people who love their job and “GET TO” do some awesome things. I am that person. Here are some of my first year observations of the depth and breadth of our tremendous team: During a recent visit to the Rogue River Basin […]

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  • Happy New Year! I trust you had a fine holiday season spending much-needed time with family and friends, recharging your batteries. It is nice to see everyone back. Major Shawn Patrick, his wife Michelle, and Suzanne and I had the pleasure of hosting a holiday reception for Portland District senior […]

    Commander’s Column: Value of engineering

    Happy New Year! I trust you had a fine holiday season spending much-needed time with family and friends, recharging your batteries. It is nice to see everyone back. Major Shawn Patrick, his wife Michelle, and Suzanne and I had the pleasure of hosting a holiday reception for Portland District senior […]

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  • By Col. Jose L. Aguilar, Portland District Commander Thank you for your tremendous contribution to the success of the District’s mission this past year. We met our obligation to the American people by providing engineering solutions to complex problems – all of you had a hand in making this happen. […]

    Commander’s Column – District Success

    By Col. Jose L. Aguilar, Portland District Commander Thank you for your tremendous contribution to the success of the District’s mission this past year. We met our obligation to the American people by providing engineering solutions to complex problems – all of you had a hand in making this happen. […]

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  • The last time we addressed our OPLAN activities happened in 2012 when former commander (and now retired) Col. John Eisenhauer wrote about it in his February Commander’s Column titled Planning for 2012 and Beyond. Two years later, we are in the midst of updating our District OPLAN to reflect minor […]

    Commander’s Column: Doing what we say, saying what we do

    The last time we addressed our OPLAN activities happened in 2012 when former commander (and now retired) Col. John Eisenhauer wrote about it in his February Commander’s Column titled Planning for 2012 and Beyond. Two years later, we are in the midst of updating our District OPLAN to reflect minor […]

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  • Last time, I wrote about my travels around the District and my goal to gain situational awareness of our operational environment in order to quickly integrate into our District team. Though I’m not there yet, thank you all for a superb education. Everywhere I go I learn more about elements […]

    Commander’s Column: Benefitting tomorrow’s children

    Last time, I wrote about my travels around the District and my goal to gain situational awareness of our operational environment in order to quickly integrate into our District team. Though I’m not there yet, thank you all for a superb education. Everywhere I go I learn more about elements […]

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