News for July 2012

Waldo Canyon Fire

Waters Takes Center Stage in Battle Against Colorado Springs Fire

Bret Waters, who currently teaches Public Administration and Homeland Security in the CHS/School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security program, found himself at the center of national media coverage of the epic Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, the most destructive fire in Colorado history.  As the city's Emergency Management Director, Waters was critical in marshaling unprecedented federal, state and local assets to battle what Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown called "a firWando Canyon Fireestorm of epic proportions."  As of July 5th, the fire was 90 percent contained with 18,247 acres and 347 homes destroyed.  Waters' focus on the aftermath of the blaze will continue for months.  His newest concern is flooding that could occur following the fire as the area enters the monsoon season.  Waters is now part of a task force that includes the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies to examine the flood danger and develop mitigation plans.  Waters has been the Colorado Springs Emergency Management Director since 2005.  In that capacity, he oversees homeland security planning for the city and directs multi-jurisdictional response for citywide emergencies.




CHS Honors Military Tradition

CHS Director Kurt Johnson, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, and CHS Manager of Operations, Commissioning CeremonyTraining, & Educational Programs Steve Peck, a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, were privileged to participate in the military's time-honored tradition of commissioning new officers at a July 4th ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Shaded beneath the massive fuselage of a B-52 Stratofortress long-range heavy bomber, Johnson delivered the oath of office to his daughter, Jessica, a registered nurse and recent graduate of the Texas Christian University Air Force ROTC program. 2d Lt Johnson's first duty station will be Nellis Air Force Base in North Las Vegas where she will work at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center.