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Pacesetter Southwestern Division Regional News ServiceServing the men and women of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox Commander, Southwestern Division Rhonda James Chief, Public Affairs Southwestern Division Melanie Ellis Editor Fort Worth District Associate Editors Mary Beth Hudson Tulsa District Tammy Moody Little Rock District Martie Cenkci Galveston District On the cover: Little Rock District Commander Col. Ed Jackson discusses ” ood “ ghting with Mountain Home Operations Manager Tracy Fancher (black jacket) and Dam Operator Steve Hernandez as they stand in front of open ” ood gates at Norfork Dam. Photo courtesy of P.J. Spaul 2Pacesetter Were just over halfway through FY08 and weve accomplished a years worth of work already! Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox3 In this issue: 8Johnson-Muic and Bryant receive W. Howard Armstrong Partnership Award13Safety must be foremost in what we do Col. Christopher W. Martin 14-16Volunteers17You can always count on Tulsa Teamwork! Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser19-21Flood Coverage 200826Americas symbol ” ying strong in Little Rock 9Galveston District holds Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small Business Seminar30Contracting specialist sees “ rsthand the fog and friction of war28Safety: Our children, our responsibility10 Milestones Milestones Milestones! Col. David C. Weston7Fort Sill ... sizzling growth The PACESETTER is an unof“ cial publication published under AR 360-1 for members of the Southwestern Division and its retirees. Contents and editorial views expressed are not necessarily the official views of or endorsed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army or the U.S. Government. Articles or photographic submissions are welcome. For more information about the PACESETTER, or to make a submission, call your local Public Affairs Of“ ce. 6Pine Bluff Marine Terminals get er done crew5Fort Bliss team plays in the Red Zone33Pacesetter Points


3April 2008 Spring is here and boy did she arrive packing a punch! March came in like a lamb but it sure went out like a lion! Rain is once again the dreaded word across the region and if not for the continued superb efforts of our Operations Divisions and the dedicated teammates supporting the local communities, we could have already suffered catastrophic losses. So let me start this message with a special thanks to all those who have been giving 110 percent this past month to ensure health and welfare of the American people remain at the forefront in all that we do. Ive had the pleasure of visiting three of the Districts during the past two months and I am honored to say I was among the “ nest in the Corps. It is so enlightening and energizing when I get the chance to go out to some of our project sites and meet the true people out front for the Corps, serving America sel” essly every day. The challenges each of you face, from dilapidated and damaged facilities in dire need of repair, to recent flood damages and facilities under water, while also experiencing woefully underfunded budgets, would normally stop an organization in its tracks. But not the SWD Family … all of you continue to find innovative ways to git er dun,Ž ensuring the best possible solution delivered with a smile!!! Were just over halfway through FY08 and we have accomplished a years worth of work already. Our execution rates are higher than previous years, our construction rates off the chart, and our efforts to partner with teammatesŽ to accomplish numerous critical missions in the water resource management arenas is truly amazing and is de“ nitely setting the pace for other MSCs to emulate. I applaud all of you for this superb effort, but ask that we continue to stay the course if we hope to achieve the lofty goals we have set for ourselves this FY, as well as in FY09. At the end of April we will be conducting our annual Command Strategic Review with HQUSACE. At the completion of this visit, we will soon publish the SWD Strategic Operations Plan that will outline our focus for the next 3-5 years. It focuses again on our ability to execute our missions in the Military and Civil Works programs, continuing efforts to ensure our work force remains the most professional and competent engineering organization in the world, while also improving our efforts to care for our employees and their families, and ensuring we tell the Corps StoryŽ whenever and as transparently as we can. The Plan will also lay out how we will support the efforts of the Corps as the entire organization goes from Good to Great,Ž relying on disciplined people with disciplined thought and actions. We have just those people in SWD and I am truly blessed to be on the same bus with all of you. Thanks to all for what you do every day to make life better for the American people. What we do is all part of something a lot bigger than ourselves and it makes me proud to say I am a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and I hope you can say the same too. Lets hope the rest of Spring brings a lot more sunshine and May ” owers,Ž and if you happen to be down in Matagorda any time soon be sure to stop in and visit Spoonbills … its a mouth-watering treat youll never forget. And if golf is on your calendar, then heres hoping you Hit em straight and hit em far!ŽThanks to all for what you do every day to make life better for the American people. What we do is all part of something a lot bigger than ourselves and it makes me proud to say I am a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and I hope you can say the same too. Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox Commander, Southwestern DivisionWe’re just over halfway through FY08 and we’ve accomplished a year’s worth of work already! Pacesetters … Army Strong … Engineer Ready!


4Pacesetter Secretary of the Army cites Slockbower for Exceptional Civilian Service Robert E. Slockbower, director of Regional Business, Southwestern Division, received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service from the Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, in a ceremony April 15 in the Pentagon. This has truly been your year and it is all indicative of your tremendous accomplishments and dedicated sel” ess service to our Nation, Army and Corps. We are all blessed to have you as part of the SWD Family,Ž said Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox, Division commander. On behalf of all of the SWD Family, you are truly most deserving of this award for a job way beyond well done!Ž Slockbower was granted the award by the Secretary, in part, for his unwavering dedication to duty, resolute commitment to the Army, and loyal, sel” ess service to the Nation that have had a direct impact on operational capability and quality of life for Soldiers and citizens throughout the Southwestern Division and beyond. He also aligned Corps programs to meet Army Transformation requirements and outcomes de“ ned in the Presidents Management Agenda and directed reconstruction efforts for the Iraqi Reconstruction Management Of“ ce. The award citation also states that he provides the drive and management skills leading two of the Corps most challenging multi-billion dollar missions: Military Construction Transformation, and support for Department of Homeland Security projects. Mr. Slockbower is a world class leader who is shaping USACE technical competencies as the lead Engineering and Scientist Career Program manager.Ž In September 2007, Slockbower received the 2007 Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive. He has served as the Divisions Director of Regional Business since October 2004. Photo courtesy of Southwestern Division Col. David C. Weston (left), Galveston District Corps of Engineers commander, accepts a Certi“ cate of Recognition from Danny Weber, Sr., District 5 Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem, in honor of the Districts 128th aniversary. The District was established in Galveston on Feb. 25, 1880, and the City of Galvesons certi“ cate notes the Corps efforts that built the Galveston jetties, helped construct the seawall, and numerous other projects that have contributed to the increased commerce, quality of life, and the success of Galveston. Photo courtesy of Travers Powell 128 years youngGalveston District recgonized for years of service


5April 2008 Edward Rivera Pacesetter Staff If the producers of NFL Films ever made it to Fort Bliss, Texas, their production might sound something like this: In a far west Texas town, a battle rages. Man and machine taking on the one opponent that can never truly be stoppedƒTime. A base that topped out at about 9,000 Soldiers and family members now is looking at tripling in size. East of Fort Bliss is where the action takes place, on an old Army air “ eld appropriately named Biggs. The team with the scarlet banner and the castle emblem has the daunting task of marching down the “ eld and building four Brigade Combat Team areas. Fort Worth District has assembled a juggernaut team of contractors and government workers to take on the evercrafty Time.Ž Maybe that is a little over the top, but building four BCT areas at Fort Bliss is a task that dwarfs the challenge of winning a no-loss Super Bowl season. And this is a whole new ball game for Fort Worth District. Before the Fort Bliss Expansion Program, when the Corps got to the Bene“ cial Occupancy Date, it handed off the keys to the owners of the building and it was up to them to take on the “ nal inspections, commissioning, furniture purchase, and other key tasks before troop occupancy. But beginning in February, the Corps would turn over one complete and readyto-use building per week for the next “ ve years, which forced the teams program manager to gather his troops and hit the dry erase board to develop a new game plan. Because of the magnitude and uniqueness of this program, we had to develop a dedicated and coordinated approach to bring all the aspects together,Ž said Steven Wright, Fort Bliss Expansion Program Manager. We had to ensure that each party involved was informed and scheduled. We couldnt leave anything to chance.Ž According to Wright, the new approach to the Red ZoneŽ is allotted about 60 days, but he expects the timeframe for the process to get down to about four weeks. The extra time was built into the schedule to allow time to learn the ins and outs of all team members involved in the troop ready process,Ž said Wright. But, rewriting the playbook was just half the battle. It would take a team recruited from the Corps, Garrison, and some contractors to take the ball across the goal line. Executing the plays for this special team was handed to Catherine Zultner, Troop Ready Program Manager. According to Zultner, the team consists of a strategic scheduler, members from contract administration, technical review, real estate, and project engineers from the “ eld of“ ce. In addition, members from the Base Transformation Of“ ce, Directorate of Information Management, Fire Department, Directorate of Public Works, Directorate of Environment, and various quality assurance specialists rounded out the team. The value in the program is that we are working as a team to seamlessly deliver these buildings, fully usable, to the installation,Ž Zultner said. This includes furniture, phones, vending machines, mail kiosks, signage, etc. The big difference in our approach is that these items will be in place before the building occupancy, alleviating work for both the Directorate of Public works and the units occupying the new facilities.Ž Facilities will be occupied a battalion set at a time, not a building at a time as is typical. The plan is to “ t out and lock down the buildings as they are completed, leaving the timeframe for occupying the buildings at the discretion of the installation. The “ rst battalion set is scheduled to move into its new facilities June 30. From the beginning, the key to the success of the program has been communication between all areas of the construction process. According to Col. Timothy White, Fort Bliss Deputy Garrison Commander, everyone involved in Base Transformation realized from the beginning that they had to get into the details and communicate on a weekly basis to develop operating procedures and schedules to make the facilities troop ready. Although were still learning, this well organized team will deliver no less than functional, operational, safe and secure, turn-key buildings in a manner that will be transparent to the Soldiers who will occupy them,Ž White said. So, as these buildings, these monuments of hard work and out of the boxŽ thinking, are completed and the working team of contractors and federal workers depart the “ eld, they can rest assured that the Soldier team moving in will have the best facilities ready and waiting for them. Fort Bliss team plays in the  Red Zone  The value in the program is that we are working as a team to seamlessly deliver these buildings, fully usable, to the installation.Ž Catherine Zultner Troop Ready Program Manager


6Pacesetter Photo courtesy of Little Rock District Pine Blu Marine Terminals get er doneŽ crew Pine Bluffs Rex Davis clears a site for a new restroom at Beaver Lake. Tammy L. Moody Pacesetter Staff Little Rocks Pine Bluff Marine Terminal crews stay quite busy, maintaining seven locks and dams and 125 miles of navigation channel, but on any given day, you could “ nd crew members working anywhere in the District or even other districts. Most of the work they do saves the Corps money and time, both of which are valuable commodities in times of tight operations and maintenance budgets. We have had crews scattered all over the District, and beyond, teaming with others,Ž said Mike Hendricks, the operations manager of Pine Bluff Project Of“ ce. The Marine Terminal is used as a regional resource in support of other projects in the District, from making emergency repairs with infrastructure and equipment to helping build new things for their parks and project of“ ces. The terminal crews live the Regional TeamŽ concept.Ž Their work has included such things as rehabilitating campsites and building a parking lot at Beaver Project Of“ ce, building a boat ramp at Table Rock, “ xing gearboxes at Millwood Lake and helping other districts with river bank stabilizations and lock dewaterings. Beaver Lakes Chief Ranger Michael Richards described some of the crews work and one of the bene“ ts of it. They came to Beaver with several tasks to complete. First on the list was rehabbing and enlarging the Prairie Creek Park boat ramp parking lot, which was constantly over capacity. Pine Bluffs Rex Davis improved the conceptual plans using his extensive knowledge of roads and parking.Ž The Pine Bluff Crew then demolished the existing parking area, transplanted existing trees, relocated playground equipment, and prepared the site for asphalt. The end result was a parking lot doubled in size. They then rehabilitated nine campsites at Prairie Creek Park, relocated picnic sites, prepared a pad for the Prairie Creek Grand Picnic Shelter, and cleaned up a spoils area at Hickory Creek Park. These areas at Beaver Lake are now more user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing, thanks to Pine Bluffs hard work and expertise,Ž Richards said. The public greatly appreciates their contributions, which will bene“ t visitors to Beaver Lake for many years to come.Ž Table Rock Project Of“ ce in Missouri also bene“ ted from the crew that hails from south Arkansas. Our Cow Creek boat ramp project was accomplished with mostly Corps labor,Ž said chief of Operations and Maintenance Fred Esser. We had a crew come in from Truscott Lake in the Tulsa District that started construction of the parking lot and access road, and then the Pine Bluff crew placed the “ ll for the boat ramp and poured it for us. About the only thing accomplished by contract was the materials and supplies, equipment rentals and the paving. The original government estimate back in 2005 was $926,501. Our total cost for the project beginning in 2006 was $608,500. We saved $318,000 by using Corps labor.Ž Richards, Esser, and Hendricks all agree the biggest bene“ t the Pine Bluff crew brings to a job besides cost savings is the ability for the project to be modi“ ed or adapted in the “ eld on the ” y. One of the nice things about being able to do heavy maintenance or construction activities in-house is, if we have to make a change in the “ eld, we get the experts together to talk about it, and they can say do it or dont do it,Ž Hendricks said. If you do it by contract, you have to revise plans, specs, and negotiate mods to the contract, and have additional costs associated with that. A lot of the cost savings comes from the fact that you do not have to go through all the legal aspects of contracting when you make changes.Ž Pine Bluff Diesel Engineer Rex Davis said that, although they have to schedule in the other projects work around their own work, they help defray costs even more by trying to be more involved in another project of“ ces upcoming maintenance work from the very beginning. We are trying to be involved from the estimate on, all the way through the process,Ž Davis said. That way we have input, and we all know what is expected.Ž District Commander Col. Ed Jackson knows Pine Bluff Marine Terminal can get the job done. Shortly after assuming command, he toured project of“ ces where he heard a recurring theme about Pine Bluff and how they helped the of“ ces he visited. Everywhere I went, I heard great things about these guys. Operations managers at Table Rock, Mountain Home and Greers Ferry all raved about them and the work they have done for them.Ž They told him that the marine terminal crew were get er doneŽ types of folks.


7April 2008 Ross Adkins Pacesetter Staff fort sill ... sizzling growthPhoto courtesy of Tulsa District camp Wichita, better known today as Fort Sill, Okla., was never a sleepy frontier outpost. In the 1800s, Fort Sill was home to six cavalry regiments accompanied by frontier scouts such as Buffalo BillŽ Cody, Wild BillŽ Hickok, Ben Clark and Jack Stilwell. Today, there is even more hustle and bustle as it gets ready to accept the return of Soldiers from overseas posts or reassignment from other Army installations as part of the ongoing Base Realignment and Closure program, the global repositioning of troops, and the growth of todays Army. The move of the Air Defense Artillery School and the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss in Texas to Fort Sill is causing much of that new construction. It requires building new instructional buildings, barracks, dining facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities, and administrative buildings. Many existing buildings are being renovated and upgraded. It also means a huge in” ux of families into the area. In addition, on base infrastructure will have to be built or improved to support the additional troops. The Tulsa District, along with four other districts, Fort Worth, Little Rock, Savannah, and Norfolk, have combined efforts to have everything ready for the troops. Some of the troops have already reported to Fort Sill and most of the troops will be there by 2010, one year before the required BRAC completion in September of 2011. Total cost for the two large BRAC projects is approximately $338 million. Ramona Wagner, Tulsa Districts chief of Military Construction Program and Project Management Of“ ce, said, With the combined skills and dedication to getting the job done by these partnering districts, we should have everything up and running by the target dates.Ž Another project soon to be advertised will be a nearly $40 million, 1,200-person Armed Forces Reserve Center to be built on Fort Sill. Fort Sill remains the only active Army installation of all the forts built on the south plains during the early days of our country. Although it has not increased the size of its boundaries, it certainly has increased its size and stature within todays modern Army. Photo courtesy of Tulsa DistrictAir Defense Artillery School Instructional building being constructed at Fort Sill. New Air Defense Artillery School dining facility under construction at Fort Sill.


8Pacesetter Johnson-Muic and Bryant receive W. Howard Armstrong Partnership Award Photo courtesy of Fort Worth District Paula Johnson-Muic, chief, Acquisition Branch, Real Estate Of“ ce, Southwestern Division, and Blake Bryant, Project Management, Fort Worth District, received the W. Howard Armstrong Partnership Award from Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the Real Estate Symposium, March 17-21, in Nashville, Tenn. Paula and Blake are responsible for executing the programmatic Real Estate actions of the multi-billion dollar Department of Homeland Security program to secure the border. They have taken several actions to ensure that the Real Estate portion of the border project, one of the Corps largest and most complex property acquisition efforts, is completed successfully. As stated in their nomination packet, Paula and Blake have displayed personal leadership and innovations in an extremely political environment to place the team in the best possible position to execute this challenging mission while minimizing the use of eminent domain. Their leadership, teamwork, and adaptability are directly related to and responsible for the Real Estate program being on schedule.Ž The W. Howard Armstrong Partnership Award recognizes those who have achieved outstanding results in their work and who are committed to making a difference through partnering, developing programs and initiatives that expand the knowledge base of the profession and dedicated to the success of all partnerships involved. Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, presented Paula Johnson-Muic and Blake Bryant, both from the Southwestern Division, the W. Howard Armstrong Partnership Award at the Real Estate Symposium held March 17-21, in Nashville, Tenn. Dvoracek promoted to Colonel Melanie Ellis Pacesetter Staff Lt. Col. John C. Dvoracek was promoted to colonel in a ceremony April 1 in Fort Worth, Texas. Col. Christopher W. Martin, commander, Fort Worth District, spoke before giving Dvoracek the Senior Of“ cers Oath. You get promoted in the Army based on potential,Ž Martin said. John has great potential, outstanding leadership and organizational skills, and a strong desire to do what is right for our Soldiers. The Army is de“ nitely going to bene“ t from his leadership.Ž After receiving the rank of colonel, Dvoracek addressed his family. First, I want to say thank you to my family,Ž he said. Thank you for supporting me in everything I do and for being interested in what Im doing.Ž He went on to thank the members of the Fort Worth District. The Army does promote Soldiers based on potential,Ž he said. I believe potential is only as good as the folks you get to work with, so thank you.Ž Col. Dvoracek assumed the duties of Deputy Commander of the District on July 15, 2005. Col. Christopher W. Martin, commander, Fort Worth District, gives newly promoted Col. John C. Dvoracek, deputy commander, Fort Worth District, the Senior Of“ cers Oath during his promotion ceremony April 1 in the District Of“ ce.


April 2008 9 Galveston District holds Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business seminarPhoto courtesy of Galveston District Kimberley Benavides Pacesetter Staff The Galveston District Corps of Engineers held a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business seminar in Houston March 4, in conjunction with the University of Houstons Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Approximately 50 small businesses attended the seminar to hear presentations and ask questions of the Corps of“ cials, as well as representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration. Col. David C. Weston, Galveston District commander, opened the Corps portion of the seminar with an overview of the District. He also highlighted the Districts commitment to the SDVOSB program. To give you an idea of the Galveston Districts commitment to the Small Business program, in Fiscal Year 2007, the Corps awarded more than $200 million in contracts for a variety of services,Ž he said. Out of that $200 million, we awarded $9 million to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses.Ž The $9 million amounted to 5.4 percent of the Districts contract awards and exceeded the Army Corps of Engineers SDVOSB goal. Also representing the Galveston District were Ken Adams, Deputy for Small Business; Joe Hrametz, Chief of Navigation Branch; Tom Benero, Chief of Contracting; Linda Fredendall, Contracting Of“ cer; Curtis Cole, Contracting Of“ cer; Jason Foltyn, Project Manager for Fort Bliss Military Construction; and Enrique Villagomez, Project Manager for the PF225 Border Fence Initiative. The morning sessions of the seminar were conducted by speakers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration. For more information on Galveston District small business opportunities, go to smallbusiness.asp .Margo Jeffcoat, left, program manager with Skyline UTLD, a service-disabled veteranowned small buisness from Round Rock, Texas, discusses opportunites with Ken Adams, Galveston Districts deputy for Small Business. Alan and Linda Updegraff, Park Host Ambassadors at High View Park, Bardwell Lake, Fort Worth District, reacted quickly when they saw recreational vehicle on “ re. They grabbed water hoses and began wetting down nerby grass and used their personal “ re extinguishers to douse grass already on “ re. Their actions allowed “ re“ ghters to concentrate on the burning RV and to prevent explosion of propane and diesel tanks in the area. Smokin hot ...Volunteers help battle blaze in park area Alan and Linda began hosting in August 2007 and have donated over 500 hours to cleaning the park, assisting with general maintenance and acting as ambassadors to our visitors providing park information, rules and information on the local community. To read more on great volunteer efforts from around the region, see pages 14 16. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth District This pile of rubble used to be a recreational vehicle. It caught “ re and part hosts Alan and Linda Updegraff helped prevent the “ re from spreading to other areas in the park.


10Pacesetter Col. David C. Weston Commander, Galveston District MILESTONES MILESTONES MILESTONES! Summer is rapidly approaching along the coast of Texas, and with it comes a very busy project execution season for the Galveston District. Everyone in the District is engaged in, and contributes significantly to, our ability to deliver a variety of projects, many with national level signi“ cance. From our projects to secure the Nations borders to navigation projects that fuel the Nations economic engine to ” ood risk management projects that add to the safety and quality of life in our region to military construction projects that improve the strategic posture of our Armed Forces, each of you plays a vital role in our ability to deliver quality engineering goods and services as we have been tasked to do, and as we have committed to do. I applaud your great efforts and am proud every day to see the level of individual commitment from each of you to accomplishing our mission. The District leadership team (section chiefs through division chiefs) is expending signi“ cant energy to improve our project management performance. We have restructured our Project Review Board and implemented a Resource Managers Meeting to focus squarely on project schedules, and the milestones that we use to ensure we are on the proper glide path to successful project completion. Key to that is not just looking at milestones due in the next week or two, but looking out 90-120 days to identify issues, conflicts and resource shortfalls far enough in advance that we can find a solution in time to minimize, or best case eliminate any impacts to a projects “ nal completion date. Our goal is to be 90 percent or better in executing our three programs: Investigations, Construction, and Operations and Maintenance. We cannot do that if we are not consistently hitting 90 percent or better of our project milestone completion dates. Project milestones completion dates should drive every decision made in the District with respect to planning, resourcing and executing workload. They tell us when completion of a feature of work is required to keep the overall project delivery schedule on track. Where do we “ nd these milestones? In P2 of course! Your supervisor (regardless of section) should be accessing all the project schedules and associated milestones through P2 itself, or the PMBP Portals P2 reports section. Every task you receive from your supervisor to perform should have the completion date tied to a project milestone delivery date clearly labeled on it. Obviously the ones with an earlier date should be worked on “ rst. If youre not getting that date from your supervisor, you need to ask them for it (pester the heck out of them until you get it!). We all must know not only what we are supposed to work on, but also when it must be “ nished if the District is going to consistently deliver quality products on time. Knowing when project milestones are due is critical to our success, but must also be accompanied by an intense drive within each of us to never fail to meet a completion date. Part of never failing is quickly asking for help when we see that we are not going to be able to meet a suspense date, regardless of the reason. So if you need help, ask for it early. There are very few issues that the District as a team, working with Southwestern Division headquarters and our sister districts, cant resolve if we all diligently identify challenges early enough to find and implement those solutions. Shame on us if we know we are going to fail and do not say anything about it until its too late. Were making large strides in improving our performance; we have more to do to meet that 90 percent or better execution goal. Together with the commitment of our leadership team and all of our valued employees, we will make it. Thanks for all you do. MILESTONES MILESTONES MILESTONES!Were making large strides in improving our performance; we have more to do to meet that 90 percent or better execution goal. Together with the commitment of our leadership team and all of our valued employees, we will make it. Do you have an interesting story or picture? Share it with your fellow Corps team members. Simply submit your story idea, writt en article, or photo with caption to your local Public Affairs Of“ ce by the “ rst day of each month.Got an idea for the Pacesetter?


11April 2008 Justin Smither, son of Rick Smither, park ranger, Eufaula Lake, Tulsa District, gets a new life jacket. Inset: Justin as a high school senior, still works with the Corps as a volunteer and a student aid.Photos courtesy of Tulsa District The cute kid in one of Tulsa Districts oft-used water safety pictures is all grown up now and playing basketball. Justin Smither played in the inaugural Tulsa 66ers Native American All-Star Classic at Tulsas Expo Square Pavilion in March. He is the son of Rick Smither, park ranger at Eufaula Lake. Justin is a 6-foot 4-inch senior with a 4.0 Grade Point Average at Stigler High School. In recent summers, he has logged almost 1,000 hours as a volunteer with the Corps of Engineers at the Eufaula of“ ce and power plant. Last summer, he was employed there as a student aid. Hes all grown up ...Poster child for water safety is now a high school senior Lt. Col. Richard Hansen, Galveston District deputy commander, discusses Corps of Engineers career opportunities with a Texas A&M University-Galveston student during a TAMUG career fair Feb. 29. Also participating were Alicia Rea from Operations Division and Michael Sterling from Engineering and Construction. This event was part of an outreach effort to strengthen ties with local colleges and universities.Gig em Aggies Photo courtesy of Galveston District


Pacesetter 12 Commanders Field Conference allows District leadership to discuss the way ahead Melanie Ellis Pacesetter Staff Col. Christopher W. Martin, commander, Fort Worth District, presents Greg Pope, Operations Project Manager, Capital Regional Of“ ce, Fort Worth District, with the Bronze de Fleury Medal at the annual Commanders Field Conference.Photo courtesy of Fort Worth District The annual Commanders Field Conference was held Feb. 25-29 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Dallas. The conference gave District leadership the opportunity to evaluate progress and plan for the road ahead. This is good for us to come together and go over some of our issues,Ž said Col. Christopher W. Martin, commander, Fort Worth District. We are busy and the work isnt going to slow down.Ž We are eighth out of 41 districts in the amount of dollars of work that we have contracted for. We are third in contract actions,Ž he said. We are anticipating two billion dollars in contract action by the end of the year, we have 60 projects on the books for civil works, and we are transitioning into the National Security Personnel System. We have a lot going on.Ž Understanding the workload is heavy for Team Fort Worth, Martin challenged and encouraged the leadership to continue to work hard and work to ensure that customer service is a high priority, internally and externally. We all know the District is going through a lot of changes right now, but we need to do our jobs as supervisors and District leaders to reassure our work force that its going to be okay,Ž he said. Customer service, not just externally but internally as well because we are all customers, has to be high on everyones priority list. We need to keep doing what were doing which is doing what we say well do. Think in actions not words, or better yet under promise and over deliver.Ž Following Martins remarks, the group went through their “ rst team exercise to learn the importance and the art of communication. Dr. Vincent Covello, founder and Director of the Center for Risk Communications and spokesperson for the World Health Organization, engaged the group in a risk communications exercise where they focused on understanding the stakeholders point of view and learned how to communicate. You have to know beforehand what is important to the stakeholder and understand why,Ž Covello said. During the conference, breakout sessions on District hot topics were held and offered open discussion and listening sessions, and Martin encouraged everyone to take an active role to learn more about the changes the District is going through. Weve accomplished everything that has been asked of us,Ž Martin said. I cant say this enough--thank you. Youre doing great things and youre doing a great job. I appreciate all that you do for our District and our nation.Ž Patti Alworden, support services specialist at Robert S. Kerr Powerhouse, is Tulsa Districts Customer Care Employee for the “ rst quarter. According to the nomination, she diligently performs a job that encompasses duties performed by four employees a few years ago. She deals with vendors on a daily basis and keeps up with administrative duties supporting 30 employees working at four geographically distant projects. The nomination said she is a problem solver with a great attitude, and that vendors, customers, and employees bene“ t from her jovial and funloving spirit. Caring for Customers Photo courtesy of Tulsa District


13April 2008 Col. Christopher W. Martin Commander, Fort Worth District Safety must be foremost in what we do The success of the Fort Worth District completely rests on the shoulders of the people that make up this great team. It is the sum of its parts; military, civilian, contractors, customers and stakeholders. Without the people in this equation, nothing we are tasked to do can be done. Our nation depends on us to support its citizens and its defenders. And, as we move forward on our projects, whether civil or military, it is incumbent on us to keep our safety and the safety of those around us foremost in our minds. On March 7, a contractor employee working on the Fort Bliss Expansion Program was killed in an unfortunate accident. It is currently under investigation. I have always said there is nothing we do that is more important than safety and ensuring that risks are minimized. Danger is inherent in much of what we do, yet, we must continue to “ nd ways to remain vigilant and keep ourselves and others out of harms way. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one in “ ve workplace fatalities is on a construction site. T o reduce or prevent accidents or injuries, we must “ rst remove any unsafe conditions that may exist and limit unsafe acts. We must continue to mitigate hazards and eliminate accidents as much as possible. We must take immediate action when a hazardous situation arises and ensure that it does not happen again. It is incumbent on all of us to maintain current in required safety training and seek out and attend safety training opportunities. Above all, we must always take a few moments to ask ourselves some important questions: Is this the safest way? Have I thought of an alternative way? How can I make it safer? What could be my next accident? As a combined entity, we accomplish amazing things for our country, together and individually, we must continue to apply our work ethic to the area of safety, to make onsite accidents, injuries or worse completely unacceptable. In closing, its you, the people, who make this District one of the best in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Take care of yourselves and each other, not for the mission but for your families and those whose lives you are a part of. Each year OSHA publishes a list of its most frequent violations. The following are 2007s top 10 violations for safety hazards and how to protect against them: 1. Scaffolding: Workers sometimes climb end frames (not designed as ladders) to access a work surface. Dont take shortcuts. Construct and use scaffolds in accordance with manufacturers recommendations. 2. Hazard Communication: Read all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and any other instructions before using materials, equipment and tools that involve chemicals. If you cant “ nd information, ask your supervisor. 3. Fall Protection: Check and recheck fall protection. Always make sure that youre protected from falls when youre at levels of six feet and higher by properly using guardrails, safety nets, safety harnesses with lifelines and other safeguarding methods. 4. Respiratory Protection: Always wear respiratory protection when working in areas that are oxygen-de“ cient or contain harmful airborne hazards. Before donning any respirator, make sure that your doctor gives you the OK, that youre “ t tested and that its the correct type of respirator and “ lter for the hazard. 5. Lockout/Tagout: Lockout and/or tagout all equipment before servicing or cleaning it to avoid injury or loss of life. 6. Powered Industrial Trucks: Industrial trucks can tip easily. Follow instructions, drive at slow speeds and dont ride or overload forklifts. 7. Electrical Wiring: Make sure electrical wiring is up to code and inspected regularly for wear and tear. 8. Ladders: Observe basic ladder safety. Always select the proper ladder for the job and use it correctly. 9. Machine Guarding: Always replace machine guarding after maintaining or repairing equipment. Never remove the protection when operating the machine„its there for a reason. 10. Electrical General: Sometimes working indirectly with electricity can put you at greater risk. Be aware and be safe. Remember, no matter where you work or what you do, make safety your No. 1 priority on the job.As a combined entity, we accomplish amazing things for our country, together and individually, we must continue to apply our work ethic to the area of safety, to make onsite accidents, injuries or worse completely unacceptable.


14Pacesetter Photo courtesy of Little Rock DistrictVolunteers Volunteer Stephen Butcher adds brochures to the racks at Beaver Lake and adds value to the volunteer receptionist position he shares with Kathryn Garner. The Beaver Lake staff greatly appreciates their time and efforts.(With assistance by Michael Hurley, Don Henson, Joseph Harper and Jeff Farquhar.)Little Rock greatly bene“ ts from volunteersApril is Volunteer Month Tammy L. Moody Pacesetter Staff Using volunteers is an ef“ cient and rewarding way to supplement existing project of“ ce staff at low or no cost with great bene“ ts. Under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Program, Little Rock District project of“ ces offer many volunteer opportunities in recreation and natural resources management. Project of“ ces with volunteer opportunities can post those opportunities at the Corps Volunteer Clearinghouse at, or call 1 (800) 865-8337. The clearinghouse is a national information center that matches people interested in volunteering with Corps projects and lakes that need them. We use the Volunteer Clearinghouse when needed, and we keep our own list of potential volunteers compiled from telephone calls and walk-in visitors,Ž said Russellville Project Of“ ce Park Manager Scott Fryer. Our team solicited volunteers who contributed more than $600,000 in services in Fiscal Year 2007 and more than $580,000 in Fiscal Year 2006.Ž Volunteers can staff visitor centers, serve as park and campground hosts, conduct programs, clean shorelines, restore “ sh and wildlife habitat, maintain park trails and facilities and more. We have volunteers of all types and skills, and some of our agreements are for groups such as the Boy Scouts or Master Gardeners of the Ozarks. Other agreements are for individuals with a certain skill type such as carpentry or computer training,Ž said Table Rock Lake Park Ranger Jeff Farquhar. He added that Table Rock Lake volunteers logged more than 2,000 hours of service to the government in 2007. This amounted to more than $40,000 saved in contract costs and 21 separate volunteer agreements. It is truly remarkable how people are willing to devote their time to help a government agency. I have heard volunteers say it is their chance to give back,Ž said Beaver Lake Park Ranger Michael Hurley. For many of our volunteers, its just like having another ranger around.Ž Hurley said Beaver Lake has many success stories from volunteer work agreements. In fact, two class A campgrounds and three day-use areas were operated by volunteers in Fiscal Year 2007, with a savings of more than $30,000 in contracting costs. Overall last year, nearly 30,000 hours of volunteer work were chalked up at Beaver Lake.Ž One signi“ cant success at the Beaver Lake Project Of“ ce is the receptionist position. Volunteers staff the front desk on a daily basis from November through March. Stephen Butcher and Kathryn Garner provide a valuable service by staf“ ng this desk, greeting the public, responding to telephone calls, relaying messages to Corps staff, providing basic administrative support and assisting with projects as requested,Ž Hurley said. Recently, Kathryn completed all the necessary paperwork issuing annual passes and user permits for contracted park attendants during the 2008 recreation season. This effort created a great opportunity for a park ranger to make signi“ cant progress on a separate and very important task.Ž While the Corps seems to bene“ t the most from volunteer help, most volunteers are quick to point out that they receive the greatest bene“ ts from the volunteer agreements. Bene“ ts such as a free campsite while they work. This opportunity allows my husband and me to stay in the Northwest Arkansas area in between recreation seasons,Ž said volunteer Garner. By doing this, you see, we do not have to move our camper to South Arkansas every six months, which is, to say the least, burdensome. I also enjoy very much the company and family atmosphere that the Beaver Lake Project Of“ ce staff provides.Ž The staff greatly appreciates Garner and Butcher, too. It takes a special kind of person to work three or four days per week serving as a receptionist, managing an entire campground, cleaning restrooms, and maintaining a professional demeanor when dealing with the general public,Ž Hurley said. It takes an even greater person to do all of this with no compensation, except for a pat on the back. Volunteers are one of the federal governments most valued and appreciated resources.Ž


15April 2008 Volunteers at Waco Lake make their way through a park area to pick up trash.Photo courtesy of Fort Worth District Volunteers Despite the presence of 500 more volunteers than expected, shortage of sponsor supplies, and a reduction in Twin Bridges work projects, Waco staff in partnership with Keep Waco Beautiful were able to put all volunteers to work on April 5 cleaning around the lake and to ensure everyone had a good time. Groups cleared entrance xeriscapes, painted sign posts, and removed trash and ” ood debris at Twin Bridges, Speegleville, Midway, Airport Beach, and Reynolds Creek Parks, and three Wildlife Management Areas. Over 60 tires were removed from areas and brought to HOT Fairgrounds for McLennan Countys Tire Amnesty Day.Waco Lake hosts volunteer shore clean up new Galveston District Ecotourism Management Plan was recently launched at the Wallisville Project, with a tree-planting event in January jump-starting the plan. Wallisville Project staff joined 10 volunteers to plant 300 trees in “ ve locations on the Project. Tree planting is really a catalyst for building community involvement,Ž said Ruth Millsaps, a park ranger at Wallisville and project of“ cer for the tree planting. This type of project will help to build a better community, one that is healthier and safer.Ž Despite the cold, chilly January weather, volunteers gathered to learn the basics of urban forestry. They were also taught how easy it is to become a Citizen Forester and lead planting and tree care projects throughout the Gulf Coast region. Millsaps said that the volunteers were given an overview of tree planting and care, including how to choose the right tree for the right place. To learn about upcoming 2008 Wallisville Ecotourism projects, please contact Millsaps at (409) 389-2285 or visit the Galveston District Wallisville Project web site at http://www.swg.usace. Volunteers braved a chilly January day to help the staff at Wallisville Lake Project plant 300 trees. The tree planting was part of a new Ecotourism Management Plan. Photo courtesy of Galveston District


16Pacesetter Little Rock thanks volunteers for their work (With assistance by Michael Hurley, Don Henson, Joseph Harper and Jeff Farquhar.) Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Pacesetter Staff April is National Volunteer Month, and Little Rock District would like to extend a thank you to the many volunteers who donate their time by helping the park rangers at parks throughout the District. Although this list is not all-inclusive, the following are examples of the many people who volunteer in our parks in one way or another. By doing this sel” ess task, they help save the Corps and government thousands of dollars and provide thousands of hours toward keeping the parks open, clean and safe. Beaver Lake : Stephen Butcher and Kathryn Garner volunteer to serve as receptionists at the project of“ ce. Garner works the desk Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Butcher occupies the same position Tuesday and Thursday. He is also responsible for collecting camping fees and cleaning the restroom at Prairie Creek Park. Together, they have volunteered more than 650 hours of their time. Stephen and Kathryn have become a huge part of the success of the day-to-day operations at Beaver Lake,Ž Park Ranger Michael Hurley said. Clearwater Lake : Charles and Lynn Earnest serve as volunteers from October through March, helping visitors with questions, performing park and trail maintenance and providing routine surveillance to help offset vandalism within the developed areas of the Clearwater Lake Project. Their earnest willingness to participate as volunteers serves as a huge bene“ t to both the public as well as the Corps,Ž said Clearwater Lake Park Ranger Don Henson. Greers Ferry Lake : Bob Breedlove has been volunteering at Greers Ferry for two years. His skills with a paint brush and other handy work earned him a year-round maintenance volunteer position at the lake. He has painted many items around the lake and done other projects such as replacing hazardous timbers around the hosts impact and ” ower bed areas. Mr. Breedlove has modestly accounted for more than 574 volunteer hours, saving Greers Ferry Lake $10,775 with his sel” ess service,Ž Greers Ferry Park Ranger Joe Harper said. With his restless can do attitude, he will continue to be a true bene“ t.Ž Greers Ferry Lake : Volunteer Jade Goldman “ rst started by helping a friend during the annual Mobility Impaired Hunt. When his friend did not draw a permit the next year, he still volunteered to help in whatever way he could. He helped prepare and seed wildlife food plots and set up the hunting blinds. On his own, he contacted local vendors to acquire door prizes for the hunters, including embroidered orange safety hats. He expanded his door prize efforts in 2007 so each hunter was able to take home some sort of new hunting gear donated by local vendors. He didnt stop there, as he also found local restaurants to donate food for a home cooked breakfast for each of the hunters. Mr. Goldmans volunteer efforts have established new standards at the Greers Ferry Lake Mobility Impaired Deer Hunt,Ž said Harper. His enthusiasm to the hunts success is well accepted and greatly appreciated by everyone involved.Ž Table Rock Lake : A group called the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks earned thanks from Table Rock Lakes staff by taking charge of the Dewey Short Visitor Center and project of“ ce grounds and landscape gardens. In 2007, the group was recognized with several articles in the local papers and even in larger publications such as the Spring“ eld Daily News. Plans are now being made by the group to hold a showcase event and viewing at the project of“ ce in 2008, and future plans may include the Table Rock Lake Project Of“ ce area as the training site for future master gardeners. I could not believe all the positive comments that I and the visitor center staff logged about the beauty of the ” ower beds here at the of“ ce,Ž said Table Rock Lake Park Ranger Jeff Farquhar. This group and the Corps of Engineers represent the perfect partnership.Ž Russellville Project Of“ ce : (At their request for privacy, their last name was omitted.) David and Annie S. have been part of the Russellville Project Of“ ces volunteer staff since August 2006 after answering an on-line volunteer announcement. A broad range of projects and activities drew us to Russellville,Ž said Annie. One of our major undertakings has been sign installation as we have installed directional, informational and safety signs in numerous parks.Ž This tag team has accomplished many rehabilitation projects including Toad Suck Parks privacy fence, Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary and Piney Bay Parks amphitheatre. They added $21,585 of volunteer labor to the Russellville Project in Fiscal Year 2007. Dave and Annie have become a vital part of our Russellville Project Of“ ce Team,Ž said Park Ranger Greig Moe. They are willing and able to tackle any project we propose to them and have done projects from Maumelle Park, Little Rock to Springhill Park, Ft. Smith and everywhere in between. They are a great example of our Volunteer Program.ŽPhoto courtesy of Little Rock DistrictCharles and Lynn Earnest take a break from their volunteer work at Clearwater Lake.


17April 2008 Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser Commander, Tulsa District You can always count on Tulsa Teamwork! Spring is upon us, and the activity level is steadily increasing as the weather improves. I can see our FY08 momentum in the District shift to high gear as we enjoy the longer days and Spring ” owers. As activities increase and visitors come to our sites, please keep your focus on the safety of our teammates and all the folks who come to share in the use of our parks and lakes. Our goal is always zeroŽ accidents, and we will all need to help achieve this goal. As I travel to our projects, I look forward to seeing our safety measures that have been implemented throughout the District. Safety must be paramount in all we do. People are our most important asset; keep them safe! Our military programs have really blossomed at all our installations, but particularly at Fort Sill. As you drive around the post, it is readily observed that construction is prevalent everywhere. New single and multi-story facilities are mushrooming from their foundations. It is amazing to see all the ongoing work. The $200 million of Base Realignment and Closure construction funds awarded at the end of last “ scal year are responsible for 11 major facility renovation and new construction projects. These projects are in compliance with the congressional BRAC Law to relocate the Armys Air Defense Artillery training school from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Fort Sill, Okla. In addition to the school, the BRAC Law also requires the 31st ADA Brigade to move from Fort Bliss to Fort Sill. In order for Fort Sill to accommodate the 31st ADA Brigade, Tulsa District will have to award and manage another $100 million to $150 million of BRAC construction projects for new facilities for Fort Sill. The military mission does not stop with BRAC support. The President has approved the Armys plan to grow the force.Ž To support this rapid accession in military basic trainees, Tulsa District awarded (in January 2008) $50 million dollars to a general contractor to provide and install relocatable modular barracks and administrative buildings. These modular structures will provide temporary facilities to support the new inductees as they arrive at the Reception Center, Basic Training, and the Advanced Individual Training. The ready-to-useŽ date for these facilities is May 29, 2008. What an effort from the Tulsa Project Delivery Team! In our civil works program, I had the privilege to meet with our congressional leaders from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. We discussed our FY09 capabilities and also our FY08 execution. Everyone commented on our successes last year and liked how we have published priorities to address critical maintenance of our aging infrastructure. It gave them an understanding of our challenges and where we are exerting our efforts. The brie“ ngs also gave them an appreciation of all we have done, with limited funding, to recover our recreation areas damaged by the ” oods and ice storms. They were appreciative of your relationships with the communities and the public support and volunteers you have been able to leverage to clean the parks and make limited repairs before the Spring openings. I cannot say enough to thank our park rangers and maintenance workers who make things happen each and every day! We are also working hard to complete the Water Resources Development Act implementation guidance input to Headquarters. WRDA 07 was milestone legislation that has kept our staff busy from the date it was authorized. It has many great opportunities for our District in the future. Our staff is also very busy with a number of ongoing studies. They include technical support to the development of the Oklahoma Comprehensive State Water Plan and implementation of water strategies in the Texas and Kansas State Water Plans. This quarter, we were proud to participate with Congressman Tiahrt and local community leaders in the Cowskin Creek and Sand Creek groundbreakings. These are Continuing Authorities Program projects to assist Kansas communities. Through our teams perseverance, we have brought them to fruition. Great effort from our team and all partners involved. Behind the scenes, we are keeping the gears turning with an eye toward the FY10 budget. We have put many experienced folks together to ensure we are addressing our fundamental operating budget, critical maintenance requirements, recreational damages, potential studies, and dam safety construction. As I mentioned last issue, recruiting is one of our focus areas, and our PDT has been successful getting lots of resumes from all the schools they visit. Missouri University of Science and Technology submitted 20 resumes for permanent and summer hires. It was a great start to our recruiting effort! As always, let me conclude with welcoming back our redeployed personnel -Robin Parks, James McCoy, and John Weatherly -and wishing a safe deployment to James Bavido, Steve Chapman, Russell Holeman, Chuck Miles, and LeViene Hearne-Fleming. Thanks for all you do; we look forward to your safe return! Keep those pictures and notes coming. You can always count on Tulsa Teamwork!As I travel to our projects, I look forward to seeing our safety measures that have been implemented throughout the District. Safety must be paramount in all we do. People are our most important asset; keep them safe!


18Pacesetter Photo courtesy of Galveston District Division commander visits Tulsa District Mary Beth Hudson Pacesetter Staff Brig. Gen. Cox, Earl Groves (hidden), and Kathy Carlson listen as Dan Brueggenjohann discusses the slurry wall at Canton Dam where the auxiliary spillway will be located. In March, Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox visited Tulsa District for the second time with a clear message for the work force: Every day you make a difference … every single day … and thats what I want you to understand.Ž Cox held a Town Hall meeting in the district of“ ce and visited Canton, Skiatook, and Keystone. He said aging infrastructure is the biggest challenge facing the Corps. He stressed the need to educate people on what the Corps does and to recruit young talent for the work force. Cox is new to the Corps of Engineers and is excited about the work the Corps does and its importance to the nation. He believes Talent mixed with passion is unstoppable.Ž When asked about districts in the Southwestern Division, he replied, in part, One thing I will tell you that is far more prevalent than it has been in the past, we are not four separate and distinct districts. We are regionalized. What you do in Tulsa affects what happens in Fort Worth, Little Rock, and Galveston . Were all part of the same team.Ž When asked about ACE-IT, the general said, I have an expectation that the level of service I get in my headquarters will not change. I will not accept for one of my ACE-IT employees to tell me, Thats Photo courtesy of Tulsa District not our job anymore. Thats the wrong answer. It is their responsibility to “ gure out how to git er done.Ž The video of his Town Hall meeting is posted in the Tulsa District Scrapbook on the Team Page. Harlem Renaissance Galveston District Black History Month participants went back in time in February. The focus this year for Black History Month was to recognize and highlight American Culture through the Harlem Renaissance Era.Ž The Jadwin Building auditorium was transformed into a Harlem locale. Art, literature readings, and music celebrated the historic Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the decades of the 1920s and 1930s. That time period, known as the Harlem Renaissance, saw the ” owering of African American cultural and intellectual life. The movement in” uenced urban areas across the country, in both the cultural spectrum and social thought.Galveston District celebrates Black History Month


19April 2008 See Flood on page 20Flood coverage 2008 Little Rock helps communities through ” oods From Left Levee Inspector Elmo Webb and Park Rangers Benny Rorie, Joe Harper, and Mark Case discuss what levees are in trouble and need Corps ” ood-“ ghting equipment. Little Rock District Civil Engineer Scott Hodge (in yellow shirt in center) shows Randolph County Road Department workers how to put together HESCO Bastion ” ood-“ ghting containers in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Arkansas River Maintenance team members prepare Ormond Lock on the Arkansas River for overtopping. Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Pacesetter Staff Little Rock Districts people continue to duke it out, and have been for a month, with what seems to be a never-ending ” ood “ ght. Torrential rains continue to exacerbate already ” ooded rivers and streams, close more parks and “ ll lakes to record-breaking levels. Thus far, some of the dams have exceeded their capacity, while others are perched dangerously close. As the rainy season typically extends into June, relief does not seem to be in the forecast. The 10 team members of the Districts Reservoir Control Section manage the four lakes in the Little River Basin, the two lakes in the Arkansas River Basin and the six lakes in the White River Basin, as well as 13 locks and dams in Arkansas on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Were working 24-hours-a-day, managing the ” ood waters within the dams along more than 400 miles of the White River between Beaver Lake and Georgetown, Ark.,Ž White River System Engineer John Kielczewski said. This is realtime water management at its best. With the dams spilling and more rain on the way, we have to be here to make controlled releases whenever needed.Ž Managing the releases is getting more complicated as the rain continues to swell rivers downstream and “ ll the lakes. The lakes and dams have been working, reducing ” ood damage downstream. Many of our lakes reached capacity, and it got to the point that what came in had to go out,Ž chief of Reservoir Control Jan Jones said. We worked hard to avoid that, but the rain kept coming. And, we are very early in the rainy season with already record rainfall.Ž That “ rst rain in mid-March created a number of problems with several levees along the Black and White Rivers. Uncontrolled runoff caused those rivers to swell out of their banks and put pressure on levees that have not seen maintenance in years. This lack of maintenance caused some levees along the way to breach. Levees along the White, Black and Little Red Rivers experienced ” ood heights that havent been seen since 1982,Ž District Levee Inspector Elmo Webb said. The levees that were properly maintained by the local levee districts are performing well, while those that were not are experiencing more problems. The ” ood heights at Pocahontas, Ark., where one levee was breached in three places, were record-setting.Ž To date, people from the District of“ ce, Greers Ferry, Pine Bluff, Mountain Home and Russellville Project Of“ ces were dispatched to various communities along the Black and White Rivers to assist with levee problems. They took three pumps, which are still in use pumping water back Photo courtesy of Mike Bagley Photo courtesy of Little Rock District Photo courtesy of Little Rock District


20Pacesetter Flood Continued from previous page Park Ranger Scott Fryer, Emergency Operations Chief Charlie Tobin, Public Affairs Of“ cer P.J. Spaul and Reservoir Control Chief Jan Jones answer ” ood-related questions at a media roundtable. Engineering Technician Ricky Amos and Outdoor Recreation Planner Jack Johnson look for the location of a ” ooded town while working in the Emergency Operations Center. White River System Engineer John Kielczewski uses noise-reduction headphones to help him concentrate on computing releases at White River Dams.Flood coverage 2008over the levees, 200,000 sandbags, 500 feet of portable dams, another 3,000 feet of HESCO bastion walls and tons of knowledge and good will. As the rain continues, District levee and emergency management personnel are monitoring levees to preposition the assistance that might be needed again. We have staged or employed 3,300 feet of HESCO Bastion containers, 400,000 sandbags and seven pumps with more in reserve, if needed,Ž said Charlie Tobin, chief of Emergency Management, during a planning meeting. All of this equipment and more, as well as personnel, are ready to go where we need them to go.Ž The Emergency Operations Center has been activated a number of times since the ” ooding began. When it was activated, Little Rock District experts managed the situation 24-hours-a-day, communicating with area emergency management personnel, coordinating “ eld activities, and assisting communities with urgent questions and situations of all types. This is an excellent coordinated effort,Ž Deputy Chief of Operations Andrea Lewis said. We established great rapport with the community leaders and emergency workers at the very beginning. By doing this, we are able to get them the people and equipment they need, when they need it.Ž The commander mirrored Lewis remarks and thanks everyone for their hard work. I met with Governor Beebe, Senator Pryor, FEMA Director David Paulison, and other state leaders in a private meeting at the state capitol,Ž District Commander Col. Ed Jackson said in an e-mail to District employees. All praised the work you have done and continue to do to support the state, local levee districts and municipalities in their collective efforts to “ ght and contain rising waters. The work is not yet done. The forecast calls for more rain and the waters remain high. There is no doubt, where issues arise, an SWL team member will be on hand to assist. Thanks for all you are doing throughout this effort. Great job! Your hard work has been noticed and is appreciated by leaders across the state and our nation.ŽPhotos courtesy of David Virden


21April 2008 Flood coverage 2008 Little Rock District Commander Col. Ed Jackson discusses ” ood “ ghting with Mountain Home Operations Manager Tracy Fancher (black jacket) and Dam Operator Steve Hernandez as they stand in front of open ” ood gates at Norfork Dam. Its raining, its pouring ... more ” ood photos from Little Rock Little Rock District Levee Inspector Elmo Webb grabs a sandbag from a Jacksonport, Ark., resident as Corps personnel and residents try to cut off a boil forming at a levee protecting the town. Sights like this ” ooded picnic area at Dierks Lake and water pouring through the spillway gates at Bull Shoals spread throughout the District as record rainfall “ lled most of the Districts lakes to capacity.Photo courtesy of David VirdenPhoto courtesy of P.J. SpaulPhoto courtesy of P.J. SpaulPhoto courtesy of Dierks Lake Project Of“ ce, Little Rock District


22Pacesetter Mary Beth Hudson Pacesetter Staff Photo courtesy of Tulsa DistrictBreaking ground for the Cowskin Creek project are, left to right, Director of Public Works Chris Carrier, Col. Anthony Funkhouser, Councilwoman Lavonta Williams, Councilman Jim Skelton, Mayor Carl Brewer, County Commission Chair Tom Winters, Congressman Todd Tiahrt, Sandy Martz, and Councilman Jeff Longwell. Cowskin Creek Local Flood Protection Project A groundbreaking ceremony was held Feb. 5 for the Cowskin Creek Local Flood Protection Project. Dignitaries included Mel Thompson from Senator Roberts of“ ce and Congressman Todd Tiahart. The Cowskin Creek Basin drains an area approximately 122 square miles and, over the years, this basin has sustained signi“ cant recurring ” ooding, directly impacting residential areas. The November 1998 ” ood resulted in signi“ cant damage to about 200 homes and many businesses, some of which were damaged more than half their value. The project consists of creating a 1,200foot over” ow channel about 300-feet-wide on the eastern overbank area of Cowskin Creek, between Kellogg Drive and Maple Street. In September 2007, the construction contract was awarded to a local contractor, Pearson Excavating from Wichita. Construction should be complete this time next year. Hail of a storm ...North Texas residents scramble for cover as hail, tornadoes blow into the areaAngie and Chris Vaughan, both of the Fort Worth District, captured this cloud rotation in Sanger, Texas, April 17. In addition to taking cover from the storm, their cat delivered kittens. Texas weather is legendary for its unpredictable nature and, despite numerous warnings from the National Weather Service and local news stations, many north Texans found themselves with a front row seat as they crammed into houses, restaurants, parking garages and other covered structures as the impressive storm moved into town. A cold front moved through the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, April 17, producing a severe hailstorm and a lot of cloud rotation. Hail -sometimes as large as baseballs -fell throughout the area, shattering windshields and damaging roofs and tornadoes were reported in the Aledo and Denton areas. There were some Fort Worth District folks who braved the storm to capture photographs and video footage of the cloud rotation and hailstorm as it moved from west to east, weakening as it went. Photo courtesy of Angie and Chris Vaughan Top: A severe storm moves through the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex April 17 making its way from Aledo. Bottom: The severe storm produced large amounts of hail. While these three pieces are only about one inch, some areas reported hail as large as baseballs.


23April 2008 Sand Creek Ecosystem Restoration ProjectMary Beth Hudson Pacesetter Staff A groundbreaking ceremony was held March 25 for Tulsa Districts Sand Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project. The Sand Creek corridor in Newton, Kan., was originally constructed by the Corps of Engineers in the 1960s to alleviate ” ooding problems through the center of town. The proposed project focuses on riparian corridor habitat restoration that would extend approximately 1.7 miles along the Sand Creek channel. Along with bank restoration, the project will include the creation of a 35-acre wetland west of the wastewater treatment plant and two hardwood tree planting areas. More than 450 trees and almost 800 shrubs will be planted throughout the project, with native grasses along the creek. On Jan. 30 of this year, the construction contract was awarded to a local contractor, Utility Contractors, from Wichita. Construction should be completed within 18 months, by Sept. 2009. Photo courtesy of Tulsa District Corps of Engineers, Boy Scouts of America teach special guests that Fishing is FunŽ Every Spring, both children and adults participate in a Fishing is FunŽ event hosted by the Galveston District Corps of Engineers at the Addicks Project Of“ ce in Houston. The event is sponsored by the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts under the Special Needs Scouting Division. Special Needs Scouting provides various programs, projects, and events to special education youth and adults. Scout leaders, teachers, parents, and volunteers are utilized to organize, plan, supervise, and monitor event activities. The 2008 Fishing is Fun event was held March 13 around the small lake located within Barker Reservoir. Approximately 150 children and adults participated in “ shing and outdoor activities. Children arrived from Aldine ISD, Galena Park ISD, Houston ISD, Klein ISD, Magnolia ISD, North Forest ISD, Pasadena ISD, Spring ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Tomball ISD. Both teachers and students participated, as well as adults from the Bridgewood Farm, St. Giles Living Center, Garden Oaks Adult Activity, and the Center. The festivities, which started at 10 a.m., were blessed with good weather: partly sunny, breezy, and comfortable. Anxious lines formed while cane “ shing poles and worms were distributed. Teams set up along the lake to “ sh and spent lunchtime sitting on the ground and eating brown bag delights. The entire event lasted for three hours, with everyone baiting, casting, catching and releasing “ sh, snacking, and playing around the lake. At the end of the event, each participant was handed a Bobber goodie bag before loading up the buses. The bags contained Corps water safety information and materials such as coloring books, crayons, stickers, and pins. The Corps of Engineers, partnering with the Boy Scouts of America, helped to provide an outdoor, hands-on experience for special education children and adults to remember for a lifetime. The Fishing is FunŽ event encourages everyone to have fun, enjoy, appreciate, and respect the environment by participating in the great activity of “ shing. From its beginning in 2000, more than 500 children, adults, and volunteers have participated in this “ shing event.Volunteers at the Addicks Fishing is FunŽ event introduce both children and adults with special needs to the joys and challenges of “ shing. Kristine N. Brown Natural Resource Specialist/Park Ranger Galveston District Photo courtesy of Galveston District From left, Mike Nance, Steven Rous, Dan Johnson, Kevin Archer, and Congressman Todd Tiahrt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sand Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project, Newton, Kan.


24Pacesetter Melanie Ellis Pacesetter Staff Photo courtesy of Fort Worth DistrictCol. Christopher W. Martin presents Bob and Kathy Whitehead, owners of Backhoe Bobs Excavation, the Annual Subcontractor Award at the Annual Safety Banquet held in Dallas, Feb. 28. Brett Cowan Tulsa District he Fort Worth District held its annual Safety Awards Banquet Feb. 28 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Dallas. This year, the banquet, typically used to recognize District employees and contractors good safety records, featured guest speaker Elaine Lundberg. Lundberg, who travels the country speaking on health and safety, taught the audience how to Laugh for the health of it. Stress is a choice,Ž she said. You can either lighten up or tighten up.Ž She emphasized the importance of managing stress so that it does not impact a decision that could compromise safety. You must be able to recognize when you or the people around you are in distress and you need to know how to address it,Ž she said. You need to be able to step back and get in the right frame of mind.Ž Col. Christopher W. Martin, commander, Fort Worth District, agreed with Lundberg about recognizing situations that could compromise safety. Its a team effort out there and everyone has to stop and make sure work environments are safe--its everyones responsibility,Ž Martin said. Nothing is so important that we lose a life on one of our job sites.Ž … Martin then presented the annual safety awards to individuals and contractors who demonstrated safety on the job sites and prevented safety accidents, and thanked them for their continued efforts in making safety a number one priority. Safety is and should be our number one priority. Thank you for all your hard work and for all that you do to make this the best District in all of the United States Army Corps of Engineers,Ž he said. Military Execution and Protocol When the Regional Leadership Development Program Level 2 class traveled to the Central Oklahoma Resident Of“ ce for a MILCON ExecutionŽ course, they were exposed to military design and construction processes and protocol. The course was taught by Richard Alexander, chief, Contract Administration and Technical Engineering. Currently, the CORO covers the northern part of Texas, the southern portion of Kansas, and all of Oklahoma. Located at Tinker Air Force Base, the of“ ce is extremely busy with a diverse workload. CORO has more than 100 active contracts, and $133 million in placement is projected in FY08. The CORO is actively recruiting personnel internally and externally to execute the workload. In addition to the usual military activities, the resident of“ ce is also working civil projects around the region, the largest being the Canton Auxiliary Spillway construction which is set to take off this year. The spillway project is expected to total more than $70 million dollars in construction when “ nished in FY14. From Tinker, the LDP class went to Fort Sill to learn more about MILCON execution and take Army 101Ž taught by Maj. Steve Carroll and Maj. Lora Carroll. The students were given the opportunity to openly discuss military protocol, expectations of civilian and military personnel, and a basic overview of the military organization. The class took a tour of the Army Transformation construction at Fort Sill. The construction was just getting out of the ground, and the magnitude of the work was impressive. This training at the two military facilities helped the RLDP Level 2 Class members develop their knowledge of military involvement in the Corps of Engineers.


25April 2008 Photos courtesy of Tulsa District Mary Beth Hudson Pacesetter Staff ulsa Districts Fort Sill Project Delivery Team broke all previous records and awarded the largest Operations and Maintenance (Sustainment Repair Modernization) funded program of record. The team successfully awarded 43 project actions at a value of $26.3 million. The team was chosen as the fourth quarters Team Excellence award winner. Fourth quarterŽ is particularly relevant as this team raced the “ scal year calendar to victory. The PDT met challenges that included many, many funding issues; time constraints; shifting priorities; changing scopes; communication delays; a ” ood; a new mission that brought additional projects; pressure to award design complete projects on three historical buildings that had to be approved by the State Historic Structures Of“ cer; and an urgent, last-minute, end-of“ scal-year request to provide a Forward Operating Base facility. According to the nomination, The PDT performed magic.Ž The Project Manager coaxed the team to excel by reminding them that their extraordinary efforts to build these new facilities and repair others could save American Soldiers lives by providing realistic training facilities for them as they prepared to “ ght the Global War on Terror. Team members were Walt Garner, Rick West, Dennis McCants, Brad Carter, Charles Foster, Kim Shirley, David Tighe, Barry Pyles, Jeremy Mulvaney, Larry Stringer, Rick Hedrick, Daniel Foyil, Susan Killgore, Jeremie Evans, Susie Mall, Adam Smith, Debbie Gibbs, Mary Blackburn, Leviene Hearn, Jane Noble, Laura Redemann, Patrick Beard, and Christopher Kennedy. The nomination also credits each person in the Tulsa District who touched these projects. It says, Without the tireless and dedicated efforts of the program analysts, resource managers, our P2 experts, and our contracting crew, we could not have successfully awarded 43 projects at a construction value of $26.3 million under these very challenging circumstances.Ž From left, David Tighe, Mona Wagner, Dennis McCants, Charles Foster, and Rick West. From left, Susan Killgore, Susie Mall, Adam Smith, Walt Garner, Patrick Beard, Leviene Hearne, Barry Pyles, Laura Redemann, Jeremy Mulvaney, and Chris Kennedy. Southwestern Division holds water safety meetingMelanie Ellis Pacesetter Staff Safety Of“ cers from across the region gathered in Arlington, Texas, to discuss Water Safety strategies for the approaching recreation season March 24 and 25. Division Deputy Commander Col. Billy G. Tollison welcomed the group and encouraged them to openly share ideas about safety education and prevention. We are all safety of“ cers. Every member of our team is a safety of“ cer,Ž he said. Think ahead and think outside of the box about what we need to do to improve awareness, and educate our own team members and the public about water safety.Ž The districts each gave a brie“ ng about their water safety outreach efforts before the ” ood event of 2007 cancelled most of the recreation season. They also spoke about the outreach efforts they have planned for 2008. Tollison shared some of his personal experiences with water safety and stressed how fortunate he was to have someone around looking out for him, because there werent many water safety education tools in place at that time. He also stressed the importance of each district doing everything within their means to educate others about water safety. Theres nothing happy about a death. Theres nothing happy about a serious accident,Ž he said. After an accident, everyone asks what could have been done differently. Being a safety of“ cer is truly a thankless job but it is one that we should all take very seriously.Ž


Beaver Project Of“ce Park Rangers George Ann Tabor, Thad Cheaney, Rick Hightower, Jared Trammell and Alan Bland Clearwater Project Of“ce … Park Rangers Doug Stilts and Chris Alley Greers Ferry Project Of“ce … Park Rangers Joe Harper, Jason Presley, Brent Watkins and Gary Ivy Millwood/Tri-Lakes Project Of“ce … Park Rangers Derick Walker, Brooke Kervin, Kristin Williams and Dustin Thomason Tri-Lakes area Lakes De Queen, Gillham and Dierks … Park Rangers Scott Corbitt, Victor Kuykendall, Tiffany Smith and Trey Shelton Mountain Home Project Of“ce … Park Rangers Mark Case, Jamie Camp, Jeremy Jennings and Mike Cannon along with Wildlife Specialist Bruce Caldwell and Real Estate Specialist Keith Loos Nimrod-Blue Mountain Project Of“ce … Park Rangers Kent White, Willie Davie and Tommy Green“eld Pine Bluff Project Of“ce … Park Rangers Webb Palmer and Wes Sparks Russellville Project Of“ce … Park Rangers Allison Smedley, Jeremy Wells, Jeff McCarty, Joel Epperson, Rick Bradford, Danny McKinney, Eric Small and Gary Mitchell and Environmental Specialist Robert AhlertLittle Rock District would like to thank the following for participating in the 2008 Bald Eagle Survey: 26Pacesetter Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Pacesetter Staff Americas symbol flying strong in Little Rock Every winter, bald eagles migrate South, with some stopping at the lakes and rivers within Little Rock District to “ nd open or unfrozen water to feed on “ sh. This year, during the 30th annual Eagle Survey, rangers counted 341 birds within SWL boundaries. Hundreds of observers, most from government agencies such as the Corps and private citizens, joined together to participate in the survey to count eagles along established routes in most of the lower 48 states. Bald eagles sometimes arrive as early as September and stay until the “ rst part of March. This is when instinct tells them it is time to return to the southern part of Canada and the Great Lakes states for nesting. However, some breeding pairs and immature eagles do stay year-round. Weve only counted seven bald eagles here this year, but the survey has been a key event in the recovery of bald eagle populations,Ž said James Beard, operations manager for Clearwater Project Of“ ce. The Corps plays a signi“ cant role in the recovery efforts of the bald eagle by supporting eagle conservation. The conservation includes conducting surveys during the breeding season and mid-winter, management of habitat, public education and outreach,Ž Beard added. Corps lakes are vital to the bald eagle population.Ž On average, 200 birds are counted at Beaver Lake each year. This year, Park Rangers George Ann Tabor, Thad Cheaney, Rick Hightower, Jared Trammell and Alan Bland tallied 179. Tabor was involved in the “ rst count at Beaver Lake in 1980 when only 20 birds were counted. Bland said they do their count over a two-day period in January. If the eagles are out hunting, well see fewer than if theyre spending the day roosting in the trees along the shore. Were proud to say, starting this year the Corps is keeping track of all the data from around the nation,Ž added Bland. The U.S. Geological Survey formerly coordinated the count, but now were in charge of the of“ cial eagle count for the United States.Ž At the Tri-Lakes area (Lakes De Queen, Gillham and Dierks), 23 eagles were counted while 10 bald eagles were sighted at Millwood Lake. Nimrod reported “ ve eagles, and Blue Mountain reported four, while Pine Bluff observed three eagles in their area. During two unseasonably warm, stormy days in January, the Russellville Project Of“ ce counted 44 bald eagles along 162 miles of the Arkansas River. Rangers spotted 15 at Greers Ferry Lake, while Mountain Home Project Of“ ce rangers and wildlife and real estate specialists counted 26 eagles at Bull Shoals and 25 at Norfork. Mountain Home Chief Ranger Mark Case helped with the count. The number of eagles counted this year is down from previous years, but this is probably because theyre “ nding open water further north and stop there instead. We make our count using a boat,Ž Case stated. We drive the entire length of the shorelines on both lakes with the operator and the observer looking for mature and immature bald eagles.Ž The bald eagle was removed from the Endangered Species list in 1995. It was placed on the Threatened Species list until June 28, 2007. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the Threatened Species list after it was determined there were nearly 10,000 nesting pairs within the lower 48 states. This national symbol is still protected by law,Ž Beard said. We encourage visitors to enjoy our project lands, lakes, rivers and streams and to help protect the bald eagle and take pleasure in all the wildlife associated with it.Ž


27April 2008 The “ rst of Tulsa Districts 2008 annual awards were presented at the Womens History program on March 26. Tonya Holt, an engineering technician in the Hydropower Department of Operations Division, was named Woman of the Year. Administrative Employee of the Year was presented to Latreta Stout of Waurika Lake Of“ ce, and Steven Mills, powerhouse superintendent at R. S. Kerr Power Plant, was named Mentor of the Year. Additional nominees were Patricia Alworden, Dixene Howerton, Helen Jackson, Mary Samuel, and Melonie Zincke. The programs theme was Womens Art … Womens Vision,Ž and the guest speaker was Ruthe Blalock Jones, director and associate professor of art at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. Collections of her art are included in the Philbrook Art Center, Gilcrease Museum, and the John H. Williams Center for Performing Arts in Tulsa; the Museum of the American Indian in New York City; the Department of the Interior; and the BlueEagle Collection in The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Mary Beth Hudson Pacesetter Staff Women “ rst ... Tulsa hosts Womens History Program Latreta Stout, left, and Tonya Holt hold their plaques during the Tulsa District Womens History program and awards ceremony. Stout was named Administrative Employee of the Year, and Holt was chosen as Woman of the Year. Photo courtesy of Tulsa District The program was well attended, and door prizes … including pieces of original art signed by Jones … were presented. A reception for the nominees, winners, and guests followed. The program was a presentation of the Federal Womens Program Committee. Members are Dan Bentley, Rita Green, Lori Hunninghake, Laura Redemann, Steve Sanders, Lucy Spaulding, and Sally VanWinkle. Little Rock hosts project management trainingTammy L. Moody Pacesetter Staff Photo courtesy of Little Rock District Course instructor Mike Marco, a managing partner from eConsulting Group, Inc., discusses different aspects of the Project Management Body of Knowledge during recent training in Little Rock. In February, Little Rock hosted a weeklong training course in project management that could help the Corps better compete in the global market. Throughout the week, 24 Little Rock team members of various career “ elds were taught methodologies from the Project Management Institutes A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge,Ž an American National Standards Institute standard in project management that has been accepted worldwide. Taking this training and working toward the Project Management Professional certi“ cation is working toward an industry standard. This is a process that goes beyond the United States. It is an international process of how professional industry is managing projects,Ž said Shirley BoldonBruce, a project manager in Little Rocks Programs and Project Management Division, who set up and participated in the training. Boldon-Bruce explained that the Project Management Institute is an international group of project management professionals who produced the book she calls the BibleŽ of the project management process, the Project Management Body of Knowledge,Ž or PMBOK. The PMBOK breaks project management into nine knowledge areas and “ ve process groups. Those project management knowledge areas are integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, See Training on page 28


28PacesetterMichael Hurley Little Rock Water Safety Team Leader Safety: Our children, our responsibilityTeach the children in your life water safetyPark Ranger Trey Shelton shows Bobber the Water Safety DogŽ cartoons to children to teach them water safety as they participate in Little Rock Zoos Kid Safety Day 2008. Photo courtesy of Little Rock District As a park ranger for the Corps of Engineers, I have been exposed to the good and bad aspects of the many lakes in this region. We can all enjoy them, if we keep water safety in mind. Therefore, teaching your family, especially the children, that water safety could be a matter of life or death. I have been involved with more than 10 search and rescue missions that all ended badly. I was the “ rst on the scene when a high school graduate was swimming with his buddies across a cove, but did not make it all the way across. Two years ago, a 7-year-old boy was recovered from the lake bottom after he went under in a Beaver Lake swimming area. Ive also witnessed parents in panic, struggling to “ nd their 12-year-old who became separated from a raft. They “ nally found him, with the assistance of a drag-hook and diver. Many of these tragic incidents could have been prevented. I know as a father of two young girls, I take it personally and accept responsibility for teaching my girls the value of water safety. By doing this, I may help save their lives some day. We never know when tragedy can strike. Nevertheless, I do know my children are two of the most important people in my life. So, teaching them water safety is one way I can possibly help protect them. Even if you dont have children, teaching water safety to someone you care about could be a gift that saves his or her life. Take the time to instill a life-long passion about water safety in the children and other people in your lives. Sign your children or loved ones up for swimming lessons today, and teach them the bene“ ts of wearing a life jacket. My children started swimming lessons at the age of 18 months. Granted, they were not swimming laps or doing back-” ips off the diving board, but they were exposed. Con“ dence in the water is critical to developing the ability to remain calm in any situation. If my children fall into the deep end of the pool or fall off the side of the boat, they are con“ dent the swimming skills they have learned will get them to safety. This is why you should get children involved in swimming lessons as soon as possible. As important as swimming lessons is the fact that sometimes the skills acquired from lessons are not always enough. You just never know when a cramp might set in or your feet might become tangled in some moss. To play it safe, teach children to always put on a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket, without hesitation, before going into the water. Equally important is teaching them how to properly “ t and buckle a life jacket each time they put it on. Teach them that a life jacket is what keeps them ” oating and that, without one, they may be in grave danger. A good and safe plan for us as parents or adults is to set the example by wearing a life jacket ourselves. My challenge to you as parents and responsible adults is to teach those children you care about how to be safe while swimming, boating or simply playing around the water. If you would like information related to water safety, including life jackets, please visit the National Water Safety Teams website at Continued from page 27 communications, risk and procurement, while the processes that could happen within each area are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling and closing. Any project, purchase, procurement or task can be dissected into these knowledge areas and processes,Ž Boldon-Bruce said. Its all very logical as it makes you look at the big picture of your project and break it down into all of its work levels, so you do not miss anything.Ž Course instructor Mike Marco, a managing partner from eConsulting Group, Inc., talked about the bene“ ts of the PMBOK. Learning that body of knowledge and earning the Project Management Professional credentials show that your project managers have the ability to apply those tools and techniques. The PMBOK brings terminology and methodologies that allow the Corps to use a common language and processes throughout the project management of“ ce, the Corps and the global community.Ž However,Ž Marco added, the fact that Little Rock is already managing its projects successfully, and that the District already has some processes in place that are working means it should be cautious. You do not break something that works ƒ. but you do look for ways to improve. I think you can always do better, and these tools and techniques will help my students overall. They will See Training on page 29


29April 2008 Award set in concretebe able to adopt these new processes over time and evolve into a better way of managing their projects.Ž Greg Yada, a study manager from Little Rocks Planning Of“ ce, took the course to prepare for the PMP exam, which he took and passed shortly after the class. I believe this class and the PMBOK methodologies are both theoretical and practical. What percentage of each is up for individual interpretation,Ž he said. Some of the methodologies coincided with the way we are already doing business. There were some other practical ideas that we could implement to get in line with the PMI methods, but management, project managers and team members would all have to buy in to the changes.Ž That buy-in is already happening, says Assistant Chief of PPMD Kris Mullins. Currently, the three division chiefs all have their PMPs. Dr. Randy Hathaway was one of the “ rst in the state to obtain the credential and has served as president of the local PMI chapter,Ž she said. In addition, several mid-level managers hold a PMP, including myself and Trish Anslow. The leadership in this District fully supports the PMI concepts and theories, and that is demonstrated by its willingness to bring this class to SWL, send employees to the training and reimburse those who take and pass the exam.ŽTraining Continued from page 28 Concrete pavements on the aprons and taxiway for the recently completed U.S. Customs Hangar project at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City, Okla., were selected by the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association as a Gold Winner in the Commercial and Military Airports Category. The ACPA is the concrete paving industrys national organization. The award was presented in late March at the chapters annual conference in Oklahoma City. As a state winner, the project will be considered for a national award. Photos courtesy of Tulsa District The ACPA sent an evaluation team shortly after the pavement construction was complete, resulting in the award. This is a signi“ cant recognition for the quality of work performed by the contractor and the Corps for the customer, the Department of Homeland Security. DHS had a need for expanded ramp space, a new hangar, and operations facility for their complex at Will Rogers Airport. The new hangar, taxiway, and ramp are for the National Air Training Center, and the expanded ramp is part of the existing U.S. Marshalls facility. The design-build project was awarded to the Korte Company and included approximately 21,000 square yards of 12-inch and 14-inch air“ eld concrete pavement constructed by TTK Construction of Edmond, Okla.


30PacesetterContracting specialist sees “ rsthand the fog and friction of war Martha Cenkci Pacesetter Staff When Celia Cockburn, Contracting Specialist for the Galveston District, attended the cultural brie“ ng given to deploying personnel at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Programs Center in Winchester, Va., she learned a lot of what to expect in Iraq. The detailed explanation covered such topics as food, water, the culture, native customs, and all the other types of information that deploying personnel might need. As comprehensive as the brie“ ng was, it couldnt prepare her for one thing: a personal experience with the fog and friction of war. My “ rst night there was not the best of experiences,Ž she said. After arriving at Baghdad International Airport and waiting for transportation at a way station with my new supervisor, I found myself in the middle of a battle with heavy cross“ re, heavy “ ghting and security personnel running around. I remember standing there and thinking it looked exactly like a sci-“ movie,Ž she recalled. I saw what I think was a Blackhawk„I just heard the noise, I didnt see any light„and I said to my supervisor, Captain, is this what war is all about?Ž Her “ rst week in country further trained her in the ways of war. With heavy mortar “ re coming in all week, and the announcements of Incoming! Incoming! Lock Down! Lock Down!Ž Cockburn wasnt sure what was going on at “ rst, but soon learned the drill. When they said Incoming what we had to do was try to get into the bunkers, which they told us about when we “ rst arrived.Ž Despite such a jarring introduction to Iraq, Cockburn never questioned her decision to go and never lost her gift of compassion. I went because I wanted to,Ž she said. I volunteered because I wanted to help, “ rst help the Soldiers, and after I was there, the Iraqi people also.Ž The Soldiers were the heroes to her. When the contracting staff saw convoys going out, they sprang into action. I had never seen so many armored vehicles,Ž she said. We would wave them down and pray for them, asking God to protect them and bring them all back. They would inspire me and I would think,  our battle“ eld is in this of“ ce, we need to get this contract going so that can support them.Ž Whenever the opportunity arose she would go with her boss to the military hospital. We would visit the injured Soldiers and pray for them, and my chief would present them with one of the Generals coins,Ž she recalled. I can close my eyes and still see those Soldiers.Ž One in particular she remembers still, with a piece of metal still stuck in his jawbone. He explained to her that his group went into an area and the enemy suddenly came out of nowhere and cornered them, so they ran into a building. They knew what was going to happen but there was no way out. The enemy threw a grenade into the building, and one of the Soldiers threw himself on it and was killed. The Soldier in the hospital Celia Cockburn, contracting specialist with the Galveston District Corps of Engineers, discusses contracting opportunties with an attendee at the contracting conference in Baghdad. Celia Cockburn, contracting specialist with the Galveston District Corps of Engineers, pauses in a quieter moment in Baghdad.kept saying that he needed to get out of the hospital and get back out there because they needed him. In spite of the harsh environment, Cockburn continued to do her job, which focused on life support contracts. She even attended a job fairŽ in a downtown Baghdad hotel that focused on small Iraqi businesses that wanted to do business with the American military. We guided them and let them know how to do business with the Corps of Engineers, what to expect on a contract,Ž she said. They were very appreciative. I gave them cards and had an email set up so I could send them additional information.Ž She was also involved in other duties, like getting passes for contractors to come into the country. It was very busy,Ž she said. I was happy there, and it was such a great learning experience for me. I made friendships and memories that I will cherish all my life.Ž Photo courtesy of Galveston District Photo courtesy of Galveston District


31April 2008 Tammy L. Moody Pacesetter Staff Little Rock Air Force Base opens new Child Development Center The small, round-tipped scissors wielded Feb. 20 by Little Rock District Commander Col. Ed Jackson were a clue. He and seven other dignitaries used childrens scissors to cut the purple and orange ribbon on Little Rock Air Force Bases newest Child Development Center. At the ribbon with Jackson were 314th Airlift Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Wayne Schatz, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Rep. Vic Snyder, General Contractor Carson Harris and other air base leaders. We know these are the kinds of things that are critically important to our military families,Ž Lincoln said. We know in times of deployments how critically important it is to have these types of facilities, these types of amenities, these types of commitments that we make to our military families when they join the service, putting their lives and their families lives on hold and on the line. These are the kinds of things we can do and should do. We have jobs to do, and we want to do those jobs and give 150 percent to our jobs, but we also know we cannot do that unless we know our most treasured blessings in the world are being cared for,Ž she added. That is what has been built here, a facility that will embrace our families, our whole families, with people who will nurture our children and take care of them.Ž Schatz echoed the senators sentiments. Facilities like this wonderful new Child Development Center go a long way toward giving our airmen and their families the tools they can use to ensure their families are supported, so the airmen can worry about the mission at hand, supporting our nation and our people,Ž he said. I want to give special thanks to Col. Jackson and the Corps of Engineers. Your folks played a huge role in managing this project and bringing it to fruition.Ž Little Rock started construction on the $4.2 million, 14,000 square-foot facility in June 2006. The base took occupancy in December 2007. The center has eight rooms and can accommodate 88 infants and toddlers. Jim Pfeifer, Little Rock Districts CDC project manager, said the design and site planning is arranged for future growth. The full kitchen has room to support additions. The center includes the latest in child safety features such as rounded edges of all interior surfaces to prevent injuries. The playgrounds also have rubberized safety surfaces and state-of-the-art play and climbing equipment,Ž Pfeifer said. In addition, there are four covered play areas that permit the children to play outdoors during mild wet weather.Ž The CDC is one of a number of Little Rocks military construction projects on the base. The District is about to complete an addition to a C-130J Flight Simulation Center and a new Airman Dining Facility, with a number of other projects scheduled to start this year. There are more than $70 million in military construction projects under way or in planning stages at the base. The District also provides engineering, construction and real estate support for Pine Bluff Arsenal, Fort Chafee, the Army Reserve and recruiting of“ ces from all branches. And the District has teamed up with other Corps districts to provide similar support to Americas armed forces regionally, nationally and globally. Photos courtesy of Little Rock DistrictRep. Vic Snyder, Child Development Center Manager Lisa Stone and SWL District Commander Col. Ed Jackson prepare to cut the ribbon on the CDC. The completed Child Development Center at Little Rock Air Force Base in February.


32Pacesetter Little Rock District welcomed Arkansas Senator Mary Anne Salmon as she spoke at a Womens History event in March. Equal Employment Opportunity Managers sent out trivia questions to district employees to test their knowledge about Womens History. A picture is worth a thousand words ... Little Rock District welcomes Senator Salmon for Womens History Program Photos courtesy of Galveston District Photos courtesy of Little Rock DistrictGalveston District Park Ranger Ruth Millsaps, Wallisville Project Of“ ce, will have these two photos she took featured in a calendar. The snowy egret (above) and a landscape scene (right) will be included in the Watchable WildlifeŽ calendar for 2009.


33April 2008Pacesetter Points See Points on page 34 Condolences David Ardeneaux Tulsa District, lost his father in March. Don Hesters mother passed away March 21. Don works for the Galveston District Real Estate Of“ ce. William Cline Hightower, the father of Rick Hightower of Little Rock Districts Beaver Lake Project Of“ ce, passed away Feb. 8. Leigh Ann Kahla-Adams father passed away March 26. Leigh Ann works for the Galveston District. Patrick Love, the father of Michael Love at Little Rock Districts Mountain Home Project Of“ ce, passed away March 10. JC PatŽ Patterson retired park ranger at Oologah Lake, Tulsa District, passed away in March. Pat was the “ rst park ranger at that project -converted to such after working construction on Oologah Dam. He worked for Dave Kendall, Jim Harris, and Jay Jones, and was an early in” uence on many current Tulsa District Operations Division employees. Irene Patterson, mother of Sam Patterson Tulsa District, passed away in February. A retired member of Little Rock District, Anthony Ragar former chief of Management Section, Real Estate Division, passed away unexpectedly March 18. He served the district for 37 years and retired from Real Estate Division in April 2004. Kenneth R. Sanders, the father of Bill Sanders of Little Rock Districts Hydraulics and Technical Services Branch, passed away Feb. 12. Glenn Scearces mother-in-law, Mary Lou Harvey, passed away Feb. 14. Eileen D. Cook, sister of Maureen Weller Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting Dallas, passed away peacefully March 28 in Bel Air, Md. George Worshams father, Fred Chance, passed away in March.Congratulations Little Rock Districts Jayson Alexander an engineering technician with the Survey and Data of“ ce in the Engineering and Construction Branch and his wife, Tori, welcomed their daughter, Taylor Rayne, March 5. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 22 inches long. Colleen Alford resource analyst, joined the Resources Division, Regional Business Directorate, SWD headquarters, March 17. Colleen comes to the Division from Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany, where she worked for four and one-half years as a budget analyst. Aldo Brazzale Southwestern Division retired annuitant, rejoined the Military Programs Integration Division, Programs Directorate, April 14 to assist in executing the Divisions Military Program. Little Rock Districts Chief of Design Branch Tom Clement volunteers his time to coach the Catholic High School boys track team. One of his team members, Alex Tully, won the (“ rst ever) indoor individual 3,200 meter race at the state championships held at Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 28. Justin Crow power plant trainee at Webbers Falls, Tulsa District, is the proud father of Sadie Marie, 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long, born Feb. 18 at 6:42 a.m. Little Rock Districts Randy Devenport was selected to work a temporary assignment as business line manager for ” ood risk management. He is coming from the Clearwater Project Of“ ce in Missouri. Jorge Gutierrez Operations Community of Practice team leader, joined the Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters, March 16. Jorge comes to the Division from Little Rock District. Little Rock Districts Jerry Hankins, a facility maintenance inspector of the Russellville Project Of“ ce, welcomed his grandson, Liam Thomas Hankins, to the family Feb. 5. Liam weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. William Allen Harris, son of Little Rock Districts Bob Harris, the chief of navigation with the Pine Bluff Project Of“ ce, was promoted to the rank of major. Maj. Harris is an infantry Soldier stationed in Germany as an observer/controller, training infantry units. Bob Harris other son, Christopher Bradley Harris, recently relocated from Tasmania, Australia to Boston, Mass., to join the Learning Edge International North America of“ ce, a software provider for the educational market. Brad is a software developer working with the North Carolina Community College System. Little Rock Districts Helen Herr, a paralegal specialist in the Of“ ce of Counsel, and her husband, Brad Jordan, a retired Corps member, walked in Little Rocks Half Marathon March 2 and completed the 13.1 miles in 3 hours, 27 minutes. Welcome to the world, Zachary Shane Hudson, grandson of Mary Beth Hudson Tulsa Districts Public Affairs Of“ ce. Zachary Shane Hudson arrived Feb. 5. He is the child of Perry and Ellisa Hudson of Oklahoma City. Pamela Ingram program analyst, Regional Business Management Division, Regional Business Directorate, joined the Division April 1. Pamela comes to SWD from Fort Monroe, Va. Little Rock Districts Aaron McGee was selected to be the Assistant Operations Manager for the Russellville Project Of“ ce. He began working in the new position March 17. Jim Martells son Michael is graduating high school this spring. He was awarded a National Merit Scholarship as well as a Presidential Scholarship at the University of Tulsa. Additionally, he was named Mr. Edison at Edison High School. Jim works for the Tulsa District. Canton Lake Of“ ce is proud to announce the arrival of Bailey Jean May“ eld on March 26. She is the daughter of George and Sabrina May“ eld George is a SCEP ranger at Canton Lake, Tulsa District. Karen Milburn administrative support assistant, Operations Branch, joined the Galveston District March 19. Karen comes to Galveston from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Teri Nolen joined the SWD headquarters as acting chief of Business Technical Division, Regional Business Directorate, March 31. Teri, chief of Engineering and Services Branch, Engineering and Construction Division, Fort Worth District. Pete Perez chief, Engineering and Construction Division joined the Galveston District on March 30. Pete comes to Galveston from the Alaska District where he served as Construction Operations Division Chief. Glen Prof“ tt was selected as the new chief of Little Rocks Navigation and Maintenance Branch, Operations Division. He began working his new position March 17.


34Pacesetter Points Continued from page 33 Little Rock Districts Michael Richards, the chief ranger at the Beaver Project Of“ ce, served as an appraiser for the Missouri Regional Destination Imagination Program held March 1. Destination Imagination is a community-based, school-friendly program that builds participants creativity, problem solving, and teamwork in enjoyable and meaningful ways. Audrey Richards, Richards daughter, competed in the Reeds Spring High School Winter Guard Competition. Her team took “ rst place in their division at the Ozark Winter Guard Competition event that included schools from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Chris Roark was selected as Little Rock Districts new executive assistant. He started working in his new position March 31. Patty Smith Tulsa District, has a new grandson! Porter Bradley Smith was born March 10 to her son Joey and his wife Brooke Smith. Porter has a proud big brother, Finn, 2 1/2. Linda Webster work force development of“ cer, joined the Regional Business Management Division, Regional Business Directorate, March 10. Linda has served in various Army commands in the human resources, education, and training and development “ elds. Bound To Be a Star! At 10:24 a.m., Feb. 29, Taylor Nicole White joined us. She is the daughter of Allen and Debra White of PPMD in Tulsa District. This greatly anticipated Leap Year baby made the KOTV Channel 6 news her very “ rst day. Connie White Tulsa District, Emergency Management Unit, is a grandma! Her son Isaac and his “ anc, Ashley, are proud parents of a healthy baby boy, Zaiden Lee White. Craig Wright Budget Branch, RMO, Tulsa District,celebrated his “ rst wedding anniversary March 31. Retirements Bill Bowen program manager, Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters, retired March 1, after 37 years of service. Ronn Brock navigation business line manager, Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters, retired March 13, after more than 16 years of service. Jerry Fritzsching Galveston District, retired Feb. 29 after 31 years of service. He served as assistant lockmaster at the Colorado River Locks. Tom Hammons civil engineer, Construction Branch, E&C, retired from Tulsa District. Jack Shelton cost engineer, Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters, retired March 3, with 37 years of service. Ed Watford retired from the Little Rock District March 4 after 31 years with the Corps in numerous of“ ces around the world. Pacesetters … Army Strong … Engineer Ready!