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Date: June 5, 2013
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Writes the Updated History of the Fort Worth District Army Corps of Engineers

History Associates, the leading U.S. historical services firm, is pleased to announce the publication of Changes, Challenges, Champions: A History of the Fort Worth District Army Corps of Engineers, 2000 “ 2011.   This book builds on prior histories written about the District that covered events from inception through 1999.

hist-fw-usace-cover“This book highlights an extraordinary period not only within the Fort Worth District boundaries but also inside and outside of our nation’s borders,” said U.S. Army Colonel Richard J. Muraski, Jr., former Commander of the Fort Worth District and current Deputy Commander of the Southwestern Division. “It goes without saying that we could not have achieved our mission goals, nor met our many challenges and accomplishments, without being set up for success by those who came before us.”

This book covers a decade of intense, transformative challenges met by the District “ from its response to the Canyon Lake Flood of July 2002; through the reorganization efforts required as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission; to the recovery and relief response to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

The nine-month project was led by Senior Historian James P. Rife. To develop the story, Mr. Rife and History Associates researchers thoroughly investigated the archival records of the District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and then supplemented their research with secondary sources such as books, newspapers, and trade publications. Mr. Rife also conducted more than a dozen oral history interviews with key figures from the District’s history.   The well-documented book includes historic photographs, appendices, endnotes, and a complete bibliography.

Mr. Rife is a public historian with wide experience in military, naval, and Native American history. His published works include The Sound of Freedom: U.S. Naval Weapons Technology at Dahlgren, Virginia, 1918-2005, published in 2007, as well as Caring & Curing: A History of the Indian Health Service and Bridges to Baghdad: The U.S. Navy Seabees in the Iraq War, both of which were published in 2009.

Changes, Challenges, Champions can be downloaded online from Fort Worth District’s website at

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For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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