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PACESETTER JULY 2009 2 IN S I DE TH I S I SSUE ...3 TH IN GS ARE HEAT IN G U P BG COX4 COR P S DEL IV ERS SA N DI EGO B ORDER SECUR I TY P RO J ECT6 SI ZZL IN G STRE N GTH COL. FU N KHOUSER7 HOUSTO N RESER V O I RS P RO V E WORTH IN AP R I L RA IN E V E N T8 RECRU I T IN G E FF ORTS HEL P B U I LD THE SWD TEAM9 ECSO P ART I C IP ATES IN MO N TA N A WORKSHO P10 DIVI S I O N WELCOMES N EW CH I E F O F OP ERAT I O N S11 GAL V ESTO N DI STR I CT PM GAR N ERS BI G AWARD12 HI STOR I CAL T I MES ARE HERE COL. JACKSO N14 USACE CH I E F VI S I TS LI TTLE ROCK DI STR I CT16 PI O N EER TRA I L ADDED TO TRA I LS SYSTEM17 PERR IN RECE IV ES HALL O F FAME HO N ORS AT UNIV ERS I TY O F TEXAS AT ARL IN GTO N18 FAREWELL TO FORT WORTH COL. MART IN19 CA N TO N DAM GETS N EW S PI LLWAY20 FU N, SU N, FI SH IN G AT OOLOGAH22 EDUCAT I O N KEY TO SA VIN G L IV ES 24 RES I DE N TS O F BROKE N BOW LEAR N THE HARD TRUTH25 WERE READY COL. WESTO N26 SU PP LEME N TAL TEAM WORKS HARD TO ORGA NI ZE S P E N D IN G30 EN G IN EER DAY, LI TTLE ROCK32 GREAT D I GG IN G RETUR N S TO GREAT SALT PLA IN S33 BOOTS O N THE GROU N D TARGET WATER SA F ETY P ROGRAM34 OI L A N D GAS EX P LORAT I O N LEADS TO CULTURAL RESOURCE P RESER V AT I O N35 NEWCOMERS LEAR N THE RO P ES IN TULSA37 WATER HEROES38 SEAWALL SU N DAY39 BACK O N TRACK40 TULSA WELCOMES N EW D IVI S I O N CH I E F41 MED I A HEL P S P READ SA F ETY MESSAGE 42 POSTCARD F ROM IRAQ, DA NN Y WYATT4 3 PACESETTER PO IN T S PacesetterServing 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 Mary Beth Hudson Editor Tulsa District Associate Editors Judy Marsicano Fort Worth District Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Isidro Reyna Galveston District Ross Adkins Sara Goodeyon Tulsa DistrictThe Pacesetter is tion published under AR 360-1 for members of the Southwestern Division and its retirees. Contents and editorial views expressed are not necessarily the 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 On the cover: Gated Community Before One set of four pairs of gates at the Colorado River Locks in Matagorda County, Texas. Every eight to ten years, the gates are removed, steel is replaced where needed, and the gates are sandblasted and painted. Throughout the past 10 years, the first pair of lock gates accumulated nearly 60 tons of marine growth, bringing the total weight to 150 tons. After a fourmonth rehabilitation by Galveston District, they were reinstalled weighing 90 tons. Congress appropriated nearly $9 million for the project which is scheduled for completion in March or April 2010. (See page 26 for after shot.)
PACESETTER JULY 2009 3 Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox Commander, Southwestern Division ings are heating upand I dont just mean the temperatures in Texas!!! As we approach the last 75 days of the ensure we can stay one step ahead of the growing requirements so we can deliver superior perfor mance at all times. This is only possible if we all work together with one common goal to git er dun!!! This year is by far the largest and perhaps most rewarding in the history of the Southwestern Division. By the end of the year we will have executed more than $6 billion in contracts and delivered some of the most important projects in all of USACE. This also sets the stage for contin ued growth in many of our traditional programs as well as many of the International and Interagency Services programs we now set the standard for all to emulate. Clearly none of this would be possible without the tremendous professionals we have across the region and the many teammates we work with every day. Success breeds success and the SWD Family is growing rapidly as many are now joining our team because they recognize what right looks like. For that, I thank all for setting the standard of your profession and the many, many contributions all have made for our nation and the world. As I look back over the past two years, I am in awe of all that the SWD Family has been able to accomplish. Despite continued stress from numer ous natural disasters (to include three hurricanes, program with growth at all of our major installa tions, supplemental programs to impact our failing infrastructure, continued requirements to volunteer and support the overseas contingency operations, and recently the additions across all programs as part of the Recovery Act, all of you continue to focus on ensuring we do all that we can to provide a much needed service for the citizens, the Soldiers and their families, and those in our government who have high expectations of our great organiza tion. I am proud and honored to say that as a team as a family you have generated results that have been truly amazing, and our nation is forever in your debt. When I took command of Southwestern Division almost two years ago, I was new to the Corps and all that you do every day. Having spent 28 years with the Army and Soldiers, I was unaware of Civilians and the many contractors who manage and execute the numerous programs and projects on a daily basis. Over the past two years I have had the chance to visit with many of you, see the extraordinary facilities you manage and operate, and despite limited budgets, unforeseen disasters, and shortage of personnel across the region, all of you have continued to excel and always with a lence. And now after two years, I am quick to admit and say these have been two of the most rewarding and exciting years of my blessed career, and it is simply because of all of you. Our organization is All About The People, and every success and accomplishment and supreme efforts of each member of the SWD Family. The ability for us to overcome the chal lenges or better said, opportunities presented to us each day are possible when we have worked together and ensured success across the Family. No one person can achieve nearly as much as the combined efforts of the Team, and all of you have come together to champion this belief. I ask that you continue to share ideas willingly and strive for excellence as you continue to deliver for our Nation and the citizens we serve. As my time with the SWD Family comes to a close, I leave you with three thoughts. This is something I normally use when I in-brief a new leader to one of my commands, but Ive found it is applicable for all.See Gen. Cox Column page 37We are measured on our professionalism.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 4 Corps delivers San Diego border security projectBy Jim Frisinger Engineering and Construction Support Office Fort Worth DistrictCompletion of a $59 million Engineering and project in southern San Diego County was marked July 6 by a ribbon-cutting ceremony high atop a massive earthen berm that didnt exist a year ago. The location was Smugglers Gulch, named during Prohibition because it was widely used by bootleggers. It remained a notorious route used by gangs to funnel people and illicit narcotics from Tijuana across the U.S. border. The men and women under my command conduct the critical border enforcement duties in and around the area where we are seated today, said Josh Gough, Border Patrol agent in charge, Imperial Beach Station. Beneatah our feet lie years of political capital, real capital, blood, the sweat and the combination of individual hard work and energy in pursuit of American border security. The ceremony marked the completion of a 3.5 mile border segment the latest installment in a planned 14 mile Border Infrastructure System authorized by congress in 1996 for the western most section of the U.S.-Mexico border. That plan called for multiple layers of fencing, lighting, road ways and other support structures that expanded upon earlier border-sealing efforts. An earlier program, completed in 1993, constructed 14 miles of primary fence, built from steel aviation landing mat left over from the Vietnam War. That fence had stopped vehicle drive-throughs but was less successful in stopping smuggling on foot. This urban corridor historically had endured more illegal smuggling activity than any other place in the country. On June 19, 2008, construction crews began building a 700 foot culvert that would soon be buried under 1.3 million cubic yards of earth to create the berm that spans Smugglers Gulch. It is now topped by a 15 foot secondary Sandia fence and lights. An all-weather patrol road runs on each side of the new fence replacing the perilous and timeconsuming route up and down switchbacks. Travel time for Border Patrol agents between key points has been reduced from minutes to seconds. Construction Co., said Smugglers Gulch was a major engineering challenge for his company. Army Col. Janice Dombi, Commander of the South Pacific Division, tells the crowd about the completion of a $59 mil lion ECSO border infrastructure project in southern San Diego County during a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 6. Former U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter and San Diego Border Patrol Sector Chief Mike Fisher cut the ribbon during a ceremony held July 6 at Smugglers Gulch, a portion of the Border Infrastructure System historically known for more illegal smuggling activity than any other place in the country.We did all of that work in less than 440 calen dar days. Many people doubted whether or not we could accomplish that in such a short amount of time, Lowe said. On any type of successful program, you have to have great partners. And on this project we had great partners in the Border Patrol and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Border Patrol honored the many that made it possible with letters of appreciation. Col. Janice accepted on behalf of the Corps of Engineers. Unless you can look around and see the terrain engineering sense, its hard to really appreciate
PACESETTER JULY 2009 5 the work that went into the project by a number of different organizations and the great teamwork that was required in planning this project, which began in the early s, said Dombi. She also thanked the contractors for complet ing a project of this scope all without a lost-day accident. That alone is a tremendous accomplish ment. to thank individually. From ECSO, Eric Verwers, Kevin DaVee and Jason Price; from the Los Angeles District, Eric Eldridge, John Keever, Harold Hartman and Greg Schulz; and from current and former members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Loren Flossman, Greg Gephart, Dilip Sheth, Oscar Pena, Mike Hance and Joe Granata. Brig. Gen. Kevin Ellsworth of the California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, thanked the Corps of Engineers for great work and great support. This is really a textbook case of applying military capabilities for domestic support, and it was a great example of interagency operations and cooperation that exists between the civilian sector, government agencies and the military,said Ellsworth. I think the bottom line is its a great example of good government. Former U.S. Rep. Duncan L. Hunter, a longtime supporter of the fence project, recalled the worst days of this area some time ago when there would be mass crossings of individuals and 300 drug trucks a month roaring across the sagebrush full of drugs. He said FBI statistics showed the San Diego County crime rate had fallen 54 percent And I will predict to you that it will continue to go down to some degree as a result of this great barrier going up, he said. During a competition held at Little Rock Districts Lake Dar danelle May 22-23 evacuation procedures for the injured from a boat were demonstrated using a Coast Guard heli copter. This was the 8th U.S. Coast Guard Districts Search and Rescue competition for its auxiliary divisions. Five teams from throughout the 13 state divisions competed. Arkansas Division 15 is made up of five flotillas throughout the state and supports the U.S. Coast Guard in its missions to protect the citizens, coastlines and tributaries of the United States.Assisting the injured SWL team takes third(From the left) Little Rock Districts Chief of En gineering and Construction Division Tony Batey, Deputy District Engineer for Project Management Dr. Randy Hathaway, Greg Yada of Programs and Project Management and District Engineer Col. Ed Jackson placed third in the Society of Ameri can Military Engineers Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held at the Hindman Municipal Golf Course in Little Rock April 27.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 6 Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser Commander, Tulsa District We are in the fourth quarter of FY09 and things are really heating up in Tulsa District. The weather in our area has been in excess of 100 degrees with inter mittent rains. But inside our headquarters and project sites, things are even hotter. Everyone is working hard to execute our largest program in recent memory. The good news is we are doing well and the district has seen a lot of new personnel arrive. Let me start by welcom ing our new teammates and thanking them for being part of this incredible organization. Tulsa's strength is our team's positive, "can do" attitude that has prevailed as weve faced the mass of this years workload. On Corps Day I was very pleased to recognize our team's efforts for the past year. We had so many great nominees, best. But after deliberation, the winners were recognized at our award ceremony. They included: The Safety Accomplishment Award for Operations Division went to Howard Davidson of the Webbers Falls Powerplant. The Safety Accomplishment Award for Engineering and Construction Division went to James Ritter from our Fort Sill The Project Delivery Team of the Year for Small Projects went to the Emergency Sector Gear Arm Replacement Team led by Patrick McQueen. The Project Delivery Team of the Year for Large Projects went to the Fort Sill Relocat able Building Team and was accepted by Brad Carter. The Customer Care Employ-ee of the Year was Sue Groover, Gibson Powerhouse. The Trades and Crafts Em-ployee of the Year Award went to Powerplant Senior Mechanic Clayton Cunningham of Webbers Falls Powerhouse. The Technical and Adminis -trative Employee of the Year at the GS-8 and Below Level (or Claims Section of our Construc tion Branch. The 2009 Technical and Administrative Employee of the Year at the GS-9 and Above went to Linda Robinson, pro gram analyst, also from Mods and Claims Section, Construc tion Branch. Winning the Tulsa District, the Southwestern Division, and competing for the national honor of 2009 Environmental Compliance Employee of the Year was Charles Schrodt of Also receiving district and SWD honors while competing at the national level is Cheri Dixon of Fort Gibson Lake, our Recreation Employee of the Year. Our Construction Manager of the Year Award went to John Tichenor, project engineer at the Central Oklahoma Area The exalted Employee of the Year Award went to Jeffrey Miller in recognition of his exemplary performance and noteworthy abilities. The prestigious Engineer of the Year Award for 2009 went to Russ Wyckoff. Finally, one of the most es -teemed awards in Tulsa Dis trict is the Lt. Col. Mark Fritz Leadership Award which went of Counsel. We also took the opportunity to recognize all those who have ever deployed from the Tulsa Engineer District to Iraq or Afghanistan. We had many retir ees return for this special recog nition. It was very humbling to award the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism to each of them. As the group gathered for a picture, the crowd gave them a standing ovation. We all truly appreci ate their service -and to those who are still deployed, we look forward to your safe return. Thanks again for each of your contributions, and I look forward trict wishes to thank Col. Chris Martin for his leadership in Fort Worth District these past three years and for being a great partner with all our fellow districts. Tulsa Teamwork!S S
PACESETTER JULY 2009 7 Houston reservoirs prove worth in April rain eventby Isidro Reyna Pacesetter StaffRecord rainfall in the west Houston area in April sent accumulated water levels at Addicks Reservoir to its second highest pool reading in the structures 60-year history. The rainfall caused the closure of State Highway 6 and county-run parks in both the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. Although the reservoirs are capable of collec tively holding up to 409,853 acre-feet the April rain showers only brought the reservoirs up to 92,199 acre-feet, less than half of what the reservoirs are designed to hold. The rainfall we received was larger than a 100-year rain event, said Richard Long, Addicks and Barker reservoirs manager. Were pleased the reservoirs acted as they were designed to, which is Completed in the 1940s by the Galveston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Addicks of Buffalo Bayou in the Houston metropolitan area. Under normal operating procedures the Addicks water down Buffalo Bayou. However, when there is a chance for severe weather that could cause We monitored the rain event, maintained communication with our community partners and Patterson Road, located in the heart of Addicks Reservoir, was flooded after record rainfall fell in the west Houston area. Water is released at a controlled rate from two culverts at the Addicks Reservoir in Houston after record rainfall sent pool read ings at the reservoir to the second highest reading in the structures 60-year history.kept the district informed, said Long. After the opened and water was released in a controlled manner. Houston and district headquarters in Galveston monitored facilities in and around the Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs including the physical structures and water levels. Its a team effort, said Col. David C. Weston, Galveston District commander. The Corps contrib utes to the safety, economic success and quality of life of local communities by reducing the risk for See Reservoirs page 21
PACESETTER JULY 2009 8 Recruiting eorts help build the SWD teamLinda Webster Regional Workforce Development SpecialistOur employees are the catalyst that can move the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from good to great. Within the Southwestern Division, efforts are under way to build our team to ensure we have competent and disciplined team members, now and into the future. Our recruitment efforts are in concert with the Corps Campaign Plan and SWDs 4d: Establish tools and systems that get the right people in the right jobs, then develop and train this highly skilled workforce. To that end, since last October team members from throughout the division have participated in Tammy Solomon, administrative officer, Tulsa District, mans the recruitment booth during the Fort Hood Continuum of Service Job Fair. Eric Pederson, park ranger, Fort Worth District, answers an attendees question while Linda Webster, SWDs regional workforce development specialist, describes Corps employment opportunities during the Continuum of Service Job Fair at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11-12. numerous recruitment events to raise awareness of the diverse and rewarding careers available within team members stress that the Corps is a worldwide organization with employment opportunities across our nation and beyond. SWDs recruitment team members are as diverse as our missions and represent various disciplines. During a recent Continuum of Service Job Fair at Fort Hood, Texas, more than 1,800 attended, with some 250 visiting the SWD booth. To date, the SWD team has attended three and 54 events at colleges and universities. These efforts will continue as we build the bench now and for the future.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 9 Fort Worth Districts Engineering and federal agencies in giving presentations at a smallbusiness workshop hosted by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in Great Falls. The June 13 forum was arose in the Montana business community over whether local companies would have equal access to work opportunities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The $787 billion in ARRA funding is designed to stimulate the national economy. ECSO is executing a major border post modern ization at 10 land ports of entry for U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the northern and southern border. One of those is the Whitetail Port of Entry in Montana. Eight Corps districts will be part of the ECSO team executing these projects. Partnering districts are Albuquerque, Fort Worth, New England, New York, Omaha, Rock Island, St. Paul and Seattle. On average, facilities slated for modernization were built more than 40 years ago in a different era of inspection. New post-Sept. 11 technology must now be installed. The CBP has been allocated $420 million from ARRA to begin a 10-year mission to modernize the 43 land ports of entry that it owns. About $320 ECSO participates in Montana workshopBy Jim Frisinger, ESCO Fort Worth Districtmillion of these funds are dedicated to full replace ment of 20 to 25 of these ports; others will share $25 million in repair and alteration funds. Bob Hardbarger, acting chief of the ECSO Special Programs Branch that will include the ARRA, made the presentation in Great Falls on behalf of the Corps. He was supported by Col. John Gessner, military deputy for CBP projects for the Southwestern Division. Other presenta tions were made by CBP, the General Services Administration, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Forest Service. More than 200 individuals representing busi nesses from Montana and surrounding states attended the forum. Questions and answers ranged from contracting with the federal government to small-business opportunities related to the ARRA program. Those in attendance appreciated the fact that the agencies represented were able to orga nize this forum in less than two weeks and took the effort to travel to Montana to address their concerns in person. The most important message that the agencies communicated was that they were sensitive to employing local and small businesses to accomplish the ARRA work. The workshop included one-on-one meetings between agencies, contractors and other ECSO is executing modernization projects in Antelope Wells, N.M.; Whitetail, Mont.; Pinnacle Road, Vt.; Pittsburg, N.H.; and Walhalla, Neche, Sherwood, Hansboro, Carbury and Westhope, N.D. Bob Hardbarger, far left, appeared on a small-business work shop panel moderated by Montana Sen. Jon Tester, far right. USACE photo Col. John Gessner Antelope Wells, N.M., Port of Entry Photo Ben Miranda, Albuquerque District
PACESETTER JULY 2009 10 tion of the Stonewall Jackson Dam, and subsequently worked at the Gulf Coast Area Jacksonville District and with Savannah District. She is a native of Weston, W.Va., and a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She is married and has two children. Angela Premo, PMP, joined the Southwestern Division as its chief of Operations, Programs Management Directorate. As such, she is responsible for the oversight of the Operations and Maintenance programs including navigation, regulatory, natural resources management, critical hydropower. Prior to joining SWD, she was Maintenance program manager for all of the programs within Operations Division of the South Atlantic Division. Premo recently served as the navigation program manager for the South Atlantic Division welcomes new chief of OperationsDivision with responsibility for oversight of the general inves tigations, construction general ing activities. Her responsibili ties included management of a $200 million navigation program encompassing all federal harbors and channels and 32 locks and dams in the southeast. Her experience with the Corps includes more than 30 years of management in all facets of operations, engineering, construc tion, and programs and project management for civil works and military programs. She began her career with the Huntington District during the construc Angela Premo Mission completeFrom left, Air Force Col. Chris Hair, 19th Maintenance Group commander; Army Col. Ed Jackson, Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District commander; Air Force Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott, 18th Air Force commander; Air Force Col. Greg Otey, 19th Air Wing commander; and Air Force Col. Jeff Hoffer, 19th Operations Group commander, cut the ribbon on one of three buildings the Little Rock District completed construction on at Little Rock Air Force Base. (Photo by Cheri Dragos-Pritchard) The Little Rock District Water Safety Team received this card from Felix Tobar, a 4th grade student, who attended the SWD VestFest 2009 event at Springhill Park in Fort Smith, Ark., The event was held to promote life jacket use and safe boating. Student gets message Good samaritansLittle Rock Districts Summer Park Rangers Winnona Davis and Preston Sirmon were recently commended in a letter to the editor of the DeQueen Bee Newspaper for being friendly folks, said stranded motorists Dee and Richard Starr of Georgetown, Texas. Davis and Sirmon stayed with the couple, who broke down on a narrow shoulder of the road in DeQueen, Ark., directing traffic and, just being helpful, the Starrs commented in the letter (Courtesy photo)
PACESETTER JULY 2009 11 Andria Davis, a project manager in the compliance section of the Regulatory Branch, Galveston District, has been chosen Southwestern Division Regulator of the Year. Davis was cited for her leadership through self less dedication and tireless effort in performing her duties during 2008. Additionally, her service during Hurricane Ike both supported Emergency Operations and allowed the district to meet regulatory National Performance Standards in enforce ment and compliance during a time when SWG faced immense challenges from the hurricane. Davis service during Hurricane Ike included working away from home, assisting others although her home was damaged and her family displaced, and working weekends and overtime. She created and piloted programs implemented to establish logistic arrangements for Corps employees during hurricane events and aided SWG in account ing for 100 percent of the district staff post Hurricane Ike, as well as located housing for key SWG staff post hurri cane. regulatory branch achievements include completing more than 150 jurisdictional determinations along the upper Texas coast and investigating and resolving 15 purported enforce ment actions according to Kenny Jaynes, compliance section chief. Although she had less than 10 months of regulatory experience when Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, she complet ed these jurisdictional determinations in an area covering hundreds of acres in 21 counties, he said. Additionally, she has enhanced the ance program by leading a workgroup that creat ed an SWG Regulatory Safety Assessment/ Safety Checklist which serves as a template for SWG and has been utilized by other districts. Davis, a gradate of with a degree in Marine Biology, was a Corps Cadet captain command ing 250 members of the Cadet Corps at Texas Davis began her Galveston District career in October 2007 in the compliance section. Davis previous experience includes such varied duties as working on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study vessel Gordan Gunter, directing the piloting of the vessel and conduct ing marine sampling inspector inspecting foreign and domestic vessels for national security purposes for the U.S. Coast Guard, and acting as Navy Defense Logistic Agency and Air Force ship operations ant and senior reserve Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit. Davis was also lauded for volunteering her personal time for outreach projects which provided career guidance in the environmen Her initiative, drive and determination have led to a multitude of accomplishments and help her serve as a role model for others in the said.Selfless dedication, leadership and tireless effort during hurricane relief op erations led to Andria Davis, a project manager with the compliance section of the Regulatory Branch Galveston District, being named the Southwest ern Division Regulator of the Year. Cited for initiative, drive and determination Galveston District PM garners big award
PACESETTER JULY 2009 12 Col. Donald E. Jackson Commander, Little Rock District Historical times are hereEach June we celebrate the proud history of the Army, the Corps of Engineers and Little Rock District. Since 1775 the Army has been successful in doms we hold so dear. Since 1802, the Army Corps of Engineers has served the nation proudly. The Corps began with the construction of coastal and the exploration of our inland waterways for commercial navigation. Over the years the mission has grown, and commensurate with that is the importance we bring to shaping the economic pros perity of our nation. Little Rock District was established in 1881. At that time there were no districts in the Corps of Engineers. The Corps organized civil works around projects under examination, construction or opera tion. In our case, this consisted of 20 projects that included snagging and dredging, examinations organizations history. The three periods include the construction of our key dams and reservoirs in the 1940-s, the construction of the McClellanKerr Arkansas River Navigation System in the 1960s and the period we are in today. Over the past 18 months we have seen our work load almost quadruple. This increase has come at a time when 40 percent of our people are eligible for retirement. There has never been a time more important to the future of our district than now, and you have the opportunity to be a part of it. This year we have received four separate congressional appropriations for civil works alone. came $42 million we are able to use to repair and modernize infrastructure. With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds we will be able to knock off seven of our top 25 critical backlog maintenance items, items assessed to have a greater than 50 percent chance neglected. Our military construction workload is one area of dramatic growth. From a military program that averages $50-60 million per year, this year we are now involved in more than $650 million in mili tary programs and Support for Others projects. Almost all of these are regional efforts in support of Fort Worth District, Veterans Administration, Department of Energy, and Department of Homeland Security. Over the next several months our military program will grow yet again. We are currently in negotiations with the Army and Air Force to take over the Medical Command operation and maintenance mission from Fort Worth District. This mission is huge and will sustain our district long into the future. How huge? The initial program amounts have been discussed at $500 million annu ally, and I have recently heard of potential shortterm growth at more than $1 billion annually. This may include responsibility for the execution of a program that extends beyond the borders of the United States. The VA is also interested in our district taking over an additional region based on what we have been able to accomplish thus far. Huntsville Engineering Center has asked us to build capabil ity into Building Information Modeling, allowing Design Branch to maintain marketability through out the region and the nation. Also, our involvement in regional and national dam and levee safety programs continues to expand. We currently lead Southwestern Division with our participation. Why is this work coming our way? It is because of the quality of product you deliver and your repu tation for getting the job done. See, you are better than you think you are. These are historic times, and you are the key to making it happen. Aside from the growth of our programs, many other events have shaped our year. Since last June we have had 23 members of our team deploy to support Overseas Contingency Operations in Iraq with 12 of our team still deployed today. The mission in Iraq has begun to ramp down but has not gone away, and the challenges in Afghanistan have only begun. I thank you for
PACESETTER JULY 2009 13 A board showing photos and programs from the original ceremony for the dedication of Table Rock Dam 50 years ago was displayed for those attending the 50th anniversary ceremony Sunday, June 13. The first ceremony was also held on a Sunday. In the inset photo, the ceremony participants gather to watch as all the gates at Table Rock Dam are ceremoniously opened commemorating its 50 years of operation. Fifty years latersupporting the chiefs number one priority. Furthermore, you have continued to support domestic crises spread over several presidential disaster declarations this year. More than 80 of our people have deployed in support of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, as well as the local ice storm and a tornado that destroyed our Thank you for your continued passion for helping get the job done. For all who remained behind and had to pick up the slack or tend to family members of those gone forward, I thank you too. As with all good things, the best way forward is to go as a team. Helping us keep our act together is our district Strategic Plan. This plan, developed over the past year, is fully synchronized and nested with the direction the Corps and SWD are taking now and in the years to come. The Strategic Plan addresses every aspect of our mission set to include delivering USACE support to combat, stability and disaster operations through forward deployed and reach back capabilities. Well deliver water resource solutions through collabo ration with partners and stakeholders. We will deliver innovative, resilient, sustainable engineer ing solutions to our Armed Forces and the nation. Finally, we will build a well-trained and competent workforce with the tools and processes necessary to deliver high quality products for our customers. Our Strategic Plan will help keep us focused, but it is up to you to ensure we deliver. The key to our successes this year is you. Never before have I been so blessed. I am constantly amazed at what you do, and the vigor with which you do it. Being successful in the coming years will require us to communicate more and engage with customers, stakeholders and partners in ways that might break with traditions of the past. We have to constantly ask ourselves, What can we do? and not focus on what we know we cant do. One of my focus areas this next year will be the District Human Capital Plan. I need your help in them here, and I will do all I can to train them, motivate them, make them feel appreciated and reward them for a job well done. In the Army we say our Soldiers are our creden tials. I believe the same can be said about Little Rock District. I am proud of each of you, for who you are and what you do. I am honored, and humbled to serve alongside of you. Essayons.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 14 USACE Chief visits Little Rock District Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, USACE commander, addresses the audience at the national Programs and Project Management Community of Practice Conference May 21 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. (All photos by David Virden)Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp days in May. The general spoke at the national Programs and Project Management Community of Practice confer ence, a district town hall meeting, conducted an interview with local media, cut a ribbon and cele brated partnerships, district heroes and outstand ing people. First, Van Antwerp visited with the people of shaking hands and talking. The next day he spoke at the PPM conference held in the Peabody Hotel. While there, the gener al herded ducks with the assistance of the Peabody Duck Master. During the conference and the town hall gath ering, he talked about new opportunities, new jobs and large quantities of work thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Were living in historic times, Van Antwerp said. There were only three other times in history when congress appropriated spending for our infra structure. This is the fourth time. On top of that, were bringing in an additional 3,300 people net to get the job done.The USACE commander talks to a local CBS affiliate about the benefits of a partnership between Little Rock District and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that created 10 dedicated campsites at Maumelle Park on the Arkansas River for patients undergoing extended medical treatments. The two partners agreed there was a need for patients who were not from the local area to have an option to use Corps campsites at Maumelle Park, without having the normal time limits for camping imposed. By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Pacesetter Staff
PACESETTER JULY 2009 15 Cutting the ribbon are (from left) Ranger Donnie Lindsey, Dr. Peter Emanuel of UAMS, Richard Pierson of UAMS, Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, cancer patient Beverly Preston and her husband Darryl Preston. The Prestons are staying in one of the 10 newly-constructed campsites. During a Town Hall meeting, the commanding general thanks Capt. Charles Lucas and Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Sharp who are both temporarily working in Little Rock District under the Wounded Warrior Program. Assisting the Duck Master, the general herds the celeb rity ducks at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks swim in the fountain by day and are returned to their roof roost at night. The general visited each office within the Little Rock District Headquarters, meeting and greeting many people. He also stopped to take group photos. Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp recognized several district heroes, including Chris Roark, Little Rock Districts executive assistant.The general talked about civil works and military construction as well as project funding. By the end of this year, if we add up both civil works and military programs, well have $40 billion under construction if you all deliver on the time schedules you have in P2. So Im counting on you, he said with a tinge of humorous challenge in his voice. There are a lot of things going on today that havent happened in the 37 years that Ive been in this uniform. Its a new era, and were in the center of it. The general pointed out to the audiences that this is the largest work load weve had in history. The commander also visited Maumelle Park on the Arkansas River and helped cut the ribbon on the recently completed extended-stay camping sites. These 10 sites were constructed under a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for patients receiv ing extended treatment. The general agreed that this is a win-win situation and a great example of how much the Corps cares about its customers. After the ceremony, Van Antwerp recognized several district employees for their outstanding contributions to the Corps at an informal southernstyle barbeque. Following the generals visit, Little Rock District Commander Col. Ed Jackson noted, General Van is a special leader for the Corps Family, and he brings a special touch of humility, wisdom and an extraordinary amount of grace to the position.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 16 Michael Lowry Council Grove Lake A map of all of the National Recreation Trails in the United States. The newly disgnated National Recreation Trail offers visitors an up close experience with the ecosystem of the Kansas Flint Hills.Pioneer Trail added to Trails systemVisitors experience Flint Hills ecosystem up close
PACESETTER JULY 2009 17 issue knows that he can be counted on to provide well-thought-out guidance that can be relied upon for its soundness and accuracy, said McClesky. That so many of Les' employees came to support him at his UTA award presentation is a testament to our great respect for and appreciation of him. Perrins educational credentials include: bach elor of science in civil engineering, University of Texas, 1974; master of science in civil engi neering, University of Texas at Arlington, 1981; Intensive Soil Mechanics, University of California at Berkeley, 1983; and Army Management Staff College, Fort Belvoir, Va., 2002. Perrin has been a member of the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Arlington since 2005 and has led or sponsored several research collaborations and co-authored several research publications with colleagues at UTA. Les Perrin, Fort Worth District, chief, Geotechnical Section, was inducted into the University of Texas at Arlington Department of Civil Engineerings Hall of Fame by the unanimous approval of the department on April 18, 2009. Induction into the Hall of Fame is reserved for individuals who have distinguished themselves in their professional accomplishments, service to the engineering community and the Civil Engineering Department. Perrin is a registered professional engineer in outside of academia to receive this honor at UTA. Several district employees turned out to watch Perrins induction ceremony and hear his keynote address. Les is a great supervisor and mentor, said Ken McCleskey, Geotechnical Section. He has always been very supportive and encouraged me to grow professionally and through my academics. He not only expects professional development from his employees, but leads by his own example. Perrin has also been cited as being responsible for successful recruitment and using those recruit ment skills to support the mission. He recruits the best and the brightest engineer ing college graduates, said McClesky. He pairs new engineers with senior professionals to enhance their skills and abilities and by doing that he creates a share and learn environment. In addition to fostering a learning environment and executing the district missions, Perrin is also seen as a master of his technical area. Everyone who comes to Les for consultation on a technical Perrin receives Hall of Fame honors at University of Texas at Arlington District team members, along with family and friends, attended the induction ceremony for Les Perrin at the University of Texas at Arlington. From left, Les Perrin, Al Branch, Anita Branch, Jose Hernandez, Ken McCleskey, and Sarwenaj Ashraf. To the moonLittle Rock Districts Shawn Snow (left) and Charia Halford (right) of the Technical Resource Center attended the opening reception for a Clinton Presidential Center exhibit in Little Rock, Ark. The exhibit, entitled Space: From the Moon to Mars, brought out not only Snow and Halford, but an astronaut, too. Shown here with Snow and Halford is the keynote speaker, Story Musgrave. According to lit erature picked up by Snow, Musgrave is a NASA astronaut and life-long student as well as a farm boy, doctor, pilot, artist, landscaper, mechanic, parachutist, scuba diver, and poet. He has earned six degrees: B.A., B.S., M.B.A., M.A., M.S. and M.D. He is the only astronaut to have flown mis sions on all five space shuttles. (Courtesy photo)
PACESETTER JULY 2009 18 Farewell to Fort WorthIt is time for me to say goodbye to the best district in USACE. I have enjoyed working with all of you for the last three years and have learned so much that I believe it is unfair that I have impart ed so little back in return. Throughout the last three years I have been constantly amazed at the professionalism of the great people in this district. You have all at our Army and Air Force military bases, civil works projects across this great state, at our 25 lakes, and in the district headquarters. We have as your commander. Examples include the Fort Bliss Expansion program, the San Antonio BRAC program, the Mission Reach project in San Antonio, the Dallas Floodway project, the Central City project in Fort Worth, developing our Center of Standardization program, and providing support to Hurricane Ike. I have always stated that we are the best district in USACE because we have the best people. The Fort Bliss program is the key component of the Army Campaign Plan. The Army is depending on us to continue to deliver the facilities on time to allow management of our rotation sched ules for units in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan and pre-positioning of forces from Germany back to the U.S. Our Medical Education and Training Campus program at Fort Sam Houston is criti cal to developing the campus needed to train all military health care professionals, and the Brook Army Medical Center expansion project allows us to provide even better facilities to those Soldiers, sailors, and airmen wounded on deployment. Our continuous work on the Dallas Floodway and Floodway Extension projects has already led to and we are blazing new territory with the way we are handling the Periodic Inspection Report of the Dallas levees. Meanwhile, the Central City project in Fort Worth continues to steam forward, while we are rapidly progressing into the next phase of work on the Mission Reach project in San Antonio. At our lakes we continue to lead the Corps in annual revenue and received more than $90 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds that will allow us to address a tremendous backlog of work that has built up over the years. We have led the Army in Centers of Standardization development. Our COS web site, designs, acquisition tools, and customer satisfac tion surveys are the USACE standard now. Our COS team is constantly asked to provide input on proposals to make the program even better. We closed out FY06 with around $800 million since then in FY07 we contracted out about $1.2 billion, then around $2.1 billion last year. This year, we have already contracted out $1.6 billion, and have about $1 billion more to do in the last three months of the FY. Last year we established the Hurricane Ike Recovery Field Hurricane Ike to assist our sister district in Galveston. Many of you deployed in support for the RFO and provided tremendous support to those in need in the Galveston, Houston, and Beaumont areas. Our debris team, looked upon as one of the best in USACE, deployed person and hurricanes. Our Forward Engineering Support Team-A stood up and deployed to Iraq on relatively short notice to assist with construction of several new jails. And many of you have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on individual assignments in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. My intent in relating all these things is to ensure you have a sense of awareness of all that we are doing in the district. I also hope you develop a sense of pride in all that we have accomplished, just as I am so proud to have been a member of this great team for the last three years. I also hope See Col. Martins Column next page. . the heartbeat of the district is the people who work here day in and day out . Col. Christopher W. Martin Commander, Fort Worth District
PACESETTER JULY 2009 19 Col. Martins Columncontinued from previous page that you understand that a districts boundardistrict is the people who work here day in and day out whether civilian, military, contractor, rehired annuitants, or interns. It is people who make the district, not a line on a map, not an organizational chart, not a program. And the people here make our district the best in USACE. Col. R.J. Muraski, your new commander, will rely heavily on your experience, expertise, and and opportunities. I know that you will all impart to him the same professional advice and counsel you have given me for these last few years. The In 2001, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, completed a Dam Safety Assurance Program Evaluation for Canton Lake that are now being correct the potential for a Probable Maximum Flood to overtop the dam. A fuse-gated auxiliary spillway and chan nel, designed to increase discharge capacity, is being constructed. The spillway will have fuse gates that tip like giant concrete buckets in a chosen sequence to slow spillway. When the project is completed, the Canton Lake Dam Auxiliary Spillway will be the largest fuse-gated spillway in the world. A model was built to facilitate the projects design effort. Before any material could be excavated to allow for the new spillway channel, a bentonite-cement slurry cut-off wall was constructed to prevent seepage of water from the lake into the exca vation area. Vegetation and soil are being removed prior to construction of the spillway channel walls. Soil removed from the channel area is being placed along the downstream toe of the dam. The resulting berm, in conjunction with a new drain system, will control founda tion seepage. Construction of a new bridge over the spill way, a concrete base for the fuse gates, and other engi neered features will follow. weak foundation under the existing spillway. In 2006 rock anchors were installed They were drilled into rock and tensioned to provide stability to the structure. All phases of construc tion are anticipated to be complete by 2015. The project Field Training Opportunities page of the Technical Excellence Network at https://ten.usace.army.mil/ TechExNet. A view of the cut off wall during constructionCanton Dam gets new spillwayTo be largest fuse-gated spillway in worlddistrict will be in great hands with Col. Muraski steering the ship. So with that, I will end this column. Again I thank you for all the things you have given to me. I also apologize that I returned so little to you. Please be safe in all you do, and please continue to provide our nation and our Corps with the same professionalism you have given for so many years. God-speed to you all .
PACESETTER JULY 2009 20 The 2009 Oologah Fun, Sun, and Fishing Day was a tremendous success. The collaborative effort of agen cies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Northwest Fire Department, Rogers County Sherriffs Fun, sun, shing at Oologah Fishing on the south side of the pond. were provided from the districts water safety trailer. Edwin Evers and Terry Butcher from the Bassmaster Elite Series were a main attraction. Both men were present for the entire event helping with They were kept busy -the more than 200 kids caught hotdogs. Prizes were donated from Bassmasters and vendors from the Oologah/Claremore area.Young angler who caught the longest fish in his age group. FEA team winnersThe Little Rock Public Affairs team, (from left) P.J. Spaul, public affairs officer, and Cheri Dragos-Pritchard, public af fairs assistant, accept the Federal Executive Associations Federal Employee of the Year, (team category) Award from FEA President Cameron Doss for their work during the 2008 floods. The team aggressively planned, implemented and revised communication strategies during this series of natural disasters that evolved sometimes at an hourly rate. The overriding purpose was to save lives and preclude fur ther damage whenever and wherever possible. Information dissemination was critical to minimize risk to the public and to tell the good news stories. Spaul was also recog nized nationally as the Michael C. Robinson Public Affairs Practitioner of the Year and will be honored at the USACE Summer Leader Conference in August. (Courtesy photo)
PACESETTER JULY 2009 21 Estimates show the Corps has saved the Houston metropolitan area more than $4.6 billion in damages since the construction of both reser voirs. Shortly after the rainfall the Galveston District repaired culverts for the water control structures at both dams. The work had been planned for the summer but was accelerated due to the high discharges of water that occurred from the reser voirs. While there was no danger to the public due to the culverts needing repair, we wanted to ensure that it remained that way, said Weston.continued from page 7Reservoirs The work involved injecting a urethane substance under portions of the culverts to provide them with additional support. The heavy rainfall helped demonstrate the Galveston Districts ability to act quickly and competently, said Long. The Corps will hold public information meetings in July in order to provide residents who live around the reservoirs information about the Addicks and Barker reser voirs operations. For information about the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, go to the Galveston District web site at www.swg.usace.army.mi l and click on the Recreation link.Telling the Corps Story -Galveston District Northern Area Engineer Don Carelock, in front of camera, explains Galveston Seawall repairs on the West End to Houstons Fox television affiliate station during a Seawall media event May 21 on Galveston Island. Galveston and Houston-area news media reported on the repair work on damages caused by Hurricane Ike as well as public safety precautions for the summer holidays.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 22 Education key to saving livesSWD VestFest 2009 big success for Corps, local childrenBy Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Pacesetter staff Life jackets in boats and seat belts in cars have two things in common. First, they can both help save lives and prevent serious injuries in the event of an accident. Second, neither works unless you wear it. That was the message at VestFest 2009, recent ly held in Fort Smith, Ark. Four other Corps dis tricts joined Little Rock District and other commu nity safety representatives to educate local school children and the community about the importance and proper use of life jackets. The goal of the event was to inspire life jacket use and educate the public about the Army Corps of Engineers mission in water safety. Im sure the kids were inspired to wear their life jackets, DeGray Lake Ranger Renea Guin of Vicksburg District said. The enthusiasm of the kids for the skits and programs we provided made this a very memorable day for me. I truly enjoyed providing several programs for the kids about the dangers of overloading a boat. personal attention to the youth of Fort Smith the second-largest city in Arkansas. Through a partner Corps districts conducted VestFest for 19 different schools with almost 1,200 students attending. The second day was open to the entire community. It was absolutely inspiring to watch Corps over Southwestern Division and Vicksburg Dis trict, Little Rocks Russellville Park Ranger Alli son Smedley stated. They gave 100 percent to the children and teachers. You would have thought our team worked together on a daily basis. However, many folks had met only one day before! Little Rocks Donald Henson of the Clearwater Lake Project Office demonstrates how to properly wear a life jacket to a student from Sutton Elementary. Little Rock Districts Lisa Owens of Nimrod-Blue Mountain Lake Project Office demonstrates the hazards of having too many people in the boat at one time to a group of 4th graders from Sutton Elementary School.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 23 Smedley went on to say it was awesome to be able to step back and watch the rangers teach children, to hear the laughter and see the smiles on their faces. That memory will never leave me, she said. There were many local agencies and busi nesses at the event along with the rangers and The teamwork and coordination efforts that took place to make this event come together were phenomenal, Galveston Districts Wallis ville Ranger Russell Malahy said. It made me even more proud to be a part of the Corps team. When I think of the some 1,200 students rotat ing through the separate education stations in one day, it is just down right incredible! The weather didnt cooperate the second day water safety team handed out more than 1,500 T-shirts promoting water safety and life jacket use. Students and teachers gave us a grade of 100, Little Rocks Outdoor Recreation Plan ner Chris Smith said. The event was deemed extremely successful. Station themes or topics at the event included: The dangers of alcohol and boating Think fast or sink fast you have to wear a life jacket for it to save your life Cold water dangers How to rescue a drowning person The dangers of overloading a boat The free community VestFest Safety Fair included the following: Fort Smith Fire Departments HazMat Unit Sebastian County S.O. SWAT Team (with a Barling Volunteer Fire Department (with a Products Research and Development Company driver safety, food science, litter control and soil Boy Scout Troop 316 and Local ESPN radio station 95.3 broadcasted live from the event. (From the left) Little Rock Districts Lisa Owens of Nimrod-Blue Mountain Lake Project Office, Sylvester Jackson of the Pine Bluff Project Office, Galveston Districts Russell Malahy of the Wallisville Project Office and Little Rocks Patrick Bass of the Pine Bluff office, were demonstrating the effects of alcohol with the fatal vision goggles to a participant during the public day event in Springhill Park. The man had to successfully walk through an obstacle course set up with orange traffic cones while wearing the fatal vision goggles. Little Rock Districts Lisa Owens of Nimrod-Blue Mountain Lake Project Office was the presenter for Think Fast or Sink Fast program, demonstrating the importance of wearing a life jacket, to some very young participants.continued from previous pageVest Fest
PACESETTER JULY 2009 24 Ross Adkins Pacesetter StaffDuring heavy rains in May of this year, second highest level in history. Some gauges recorded 16 to 20 inches of rainfall in the water shed that drains into Broken Bow Lake which is managed by Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Following the Funkhouser, Tulsa District commander, traveled to the affected area to participate in a Town Hall meeting at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Idabell, Okla. He met with residents and business owners who were concerned management opera tions at the lake. Also attending were Betty Ford, Ben Robinson and Joe Hill from Rep. Dan Massey from Sen. Jim Because Broken Bow reduction system, releases had been held to a minimum in an attempt to mitigate the ring downstream from uncontrolled run-off. from the recurring storms were predicted to top the tainter gates on Broken Bow Dam and create a potentially dangerous condition, releases had to be made to protect the integrity of the struc ture. Attempting to ing to a minimum, the least possible releases were made but they did some park structures immediately below the spillway. curtailed all activities in the area including those at Beavers Bend State Park during the Memorial Day holiday, one of the areas busiest tourist weekends. To make matters worse, it was the third straight year of early spring and Dave Smulyan, a member of the local chamber of commerce and manager of radio station KKBI, said he was very pleased to have the Corps spend the time and effort to explain the complex issues involved in operating the lake and other lakes as part of a system. He said the biggest revelation to him was the fact that there were so many factors involved. I began to realize the huge juggling act you have to perform to protect not only us, but other cities that could be wiped out if it isnt handled right. And, could you have handled it any other way? Could you speculate on where the rain might fall? Nope! Some operators of recreation-based businesses that depend on Broken Bow Lake expressed concern about the loss of business and tourism on which the area depends. In his remarks, Col. Funkhouser reminded the attendees that the primary reason Broken Bow and other lakes in the Little River basin were constructed was for operations. He said, A system like this is very complex and, at best, a compromise between varied interests. No one is a complete winner. But it is designed to give the people. Col. Funkhouser noted that recreation traditionally has been management, hydroelectric power generation and water supply. A number of participants said they believe times and economies have changed around the lake, and the rank ing should be changed. Robinson explained the process for that to happen. Following the town hall, participants toured located immediately below the spillway gates. It was led by Paul Balkenbush of the local Oklahoma Fish said, In many ways the is a great opportunity. Now we can make changes we wish we had made when we originally designed and built the area. In spite of the economic impact to the area, many attendees of the town hall praised the Corps of Engineers for keeping the damages to a minimum. Residents of Broken Bow learn the hard truthWhen it rains, it pours. Participants at the Broken Bow town hall are, left to right, Jim Miller manager of Beavers Bend State Park, Paul Balkenbush South East Fisheries Supervisor, Betty Ford of Congressman Dan Borans Office, Col Funkhouser Tulsa District Commander and John Massey also of Congressman Dan Borans office.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 25 Col. David C. Weston Commander, Galveston District Were ReadyWe are dead in the middle of hurricane season, executing a work load four times greater than normal, and we're ready. By now we have all updated our personal evacuation plans, rehearsed our personnel accountability procedures, prepared our emergency kits at home, so we are ready for whatever nature throws at us. We have also put in place a synchronized work plan to execute our mission to standard across all of our business lines. This all has been done with a lot of dedicated effort and tremendous team work on everyone's part across the district and the region. We highlighted some of your great efforts at our recent Engineer Day where we celebrated the birth day of USACE, and recognized more than a third of our district employees for their great service and performance over this past year. It takes all of us pulling together to accomplish what this district has done thus far this year, and I congratulate you and thank you for your superb performance. You have truly set a new standard for excellence. I would like to highlight our Engineer of the Year, Mr. Willie Jo Honza, and our Employee of the Year, Mr. Fred Anthamatten. Both these individuals embody the work ethic, technical competency and professionalism that make the Corps of Engineers one of the greatest institutions in our nation. We also recognized many of our folks for their 50! These veterans of government service, many serving all their years in Galveston District, repre sent the core competency and capability of USACE. Their skill sets are vital to our ability to execute our mission now and into the future. To insure the competency of USACE, we expe rienced folks must do our part to insure that our replacements are trained and ready to step into our shoes prior to our departure. We must build the bench now, and are doing just that. This year we have made great strides in growing our number of Student Career Experience Program employees, Student Temporary Employment Program employ ees, interns and new employees to both help us execute our tremendous work load and to begin training the next generation of talent. Take these new folks under your wings and train, mentor and guide them towards a career of service to our nation. They are already making a great contribu tion to our team. Lastly, please be safety conscious as you enjoy all the activities that summer brings. It only takes a moment of carelessness to create lasting tragedy. Do your part to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. See you at the beach!Engineer Day festivities, Galveston employees honoredSee Galveston Engi neer Day page 28More than 200 Galveston District employees and guests celebrated Engineer Day 2009 with June 12 at the districts headquarters building. Highlighting this years awards ceremony was the announcement of the district Employee of the Year, Fred Anthamatten, chief, Regulatory Branch, and district Engineer of the Year, Willie Joe Honza, architectural engineering contract coordinator with the Engineering and Construction Division. Anthamatten has worked for the Corps of Engineers for 32 years, all of which have been with the Galveston District. He led the districts regula tory program to a highly cant accomplishments, providing guidance in developing processes and training for the newly-implemented regulatory management database.Col. Weston and Fred Anathamatten
PACESETTER JULY 2009 26 By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Paceseer StaLittle Rock District received two supplemen tal appropriations to repair damage caused repairs appropriately, the district formed the Implementation Project Delivery Team. year 2008 to orchestrate the numerous activities required to meet the targeted obligation and execution goals of the supplemental funding, I-PDT Project Manager Shirley Boldon-Bruce said. In short, Congress set deadlines and guidelines when they appropriated the money. Many people throughout the district have worked hard to make the district successful in obligating the $44.3 million, however, its been through the efforts and dedication of this team that the district is not only meeting its goals, but is exceeding them, Boldon-Bruce said. I have the pleasure of working with some of the districts most committed people, Boldon-Bruce went on to say. Each one of them brings a unique skill set to the functional aspects of the team. District Commander Col. Ed Jackson tasked Team works hard to organize spendingSupplemental (From left) Project Manager Shirley Boldon-Bruce sits with fel low Little Rock District Implementation Project Delivery Team members Brenda Bishop, Donna Wilkerson and A. J. Brown. The inset photo is Billy Qualls. Not shown is Gail Jones. (Photo by Cheri Dragos-Pritchard)Programs and Project Management Division to form a working team that could make the endeavor a success for the entire district. The team members are: Shirley Boldon-Bruce and Brenda Bishop of Project Management Division; Billy Qualls, Donna Wilkerson and Gail Jones of Operations Division; and A. J. Brown of Contracting Division. The amazing thing about this team, BoldonBruce explained. Is that this isnt their sole or primary duty. This work is in addition to all of the other normal workload they have every day. This has been an awesome learning experi ence and a blessing, she said. To work with such a professional and self-initiating team, has been rewarding. I would welcome the opportunity to work with any member of this project team in the future. rains, tornadoes and two hurricanes, damaged plumbing, electrical devices, park structures and facilities within the majority of the districts parks. It also washed out roads, eroded lake and river banks, destroyed boat ramps and courtesy docks. All of the money must be obligated by Sept. 30, Little Rocks Chief of Operations Andrea Lewis said. Hopefully, all of the repairs will be completed by that time, too. However, due to ever-changing storm, some repairs may not be completed until Dec. 31. Gated Com munity After During rehabilitation, Galveston District removed nearly 60 tons of marine growth from this set of gates at the Colorado River Locks in Matagorda County, Texas. Every eight to ten years, the gates are removed, steel is replaced where needed, and the gates are sandblasted and painted. (See cover photo for before shot.)
PACESETTER JULY 2009 27 Shoulder to ShoulderFort Worth District completes second phase of Suicide Prevention TrainingThe reality of suicide and the impact it has on family and friends hit home with Fort Worth District employees as they moved in lock step through the second phase of the Suicide Prevention Training Program. The training is the Armys effort to shed light on a sensitive area that claimed more than 140 Soldiers last year by having top military leaders share personal stories about suicide and how it impacts families. There is a fundamental change by the Army in how they handle suicide training, said Eric Pedersen, emerging leader. We are very fortunate in the Southwestern Division to have leadership that understands the importance and the need for this training and is making it a priority. The second phase of the training curriculum is a practical application of what participants Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox spoke directly to team members across the Southwestern Division. Every single one of you matter, he said. Suicide is a leading cause of death, and it is time we do something about it. For those of you poten tially going through a tough time, I encourage you to ask for help. To initiate a more practical application of the training, participants were given scenarios to discuss how they felt about them and how they would approach them. This helps us really look at the warning signs and determine what to do next, said Pedersen. Many groups did not waste time getting to the tough questions. Dont just beat around the bush, said Pedersen. Sometimes the best approach is the direct approach because the bottom line is that suicide is preventable. While the scenarios focused on Soldiers, depres sion and suicide can be present in the Civilian workforce as well. There are a lot of things that can help if people are feeling depressed, said Pedersen. One of those is the Employee Assistance Program. If you or a co-worker need to talk with someone, all you have to do is call or go online. The Employee Assistance Program offers many services to employees free of charge and is anony mous. Suicide is preventable, said Brig. Gen. Cox. We need to make an effort to recognize the signs of depression and know what to do if or when we see them. A number of dignitaries visited Fort Sill in April to review the Base Realignment and Closure program execution. Joining Col. Funkhouser at Fort Sill on April 9 were Maj. Gen. Dorko, Corps deputy commander of Military and International Operations, and Brig. Gen. Cox, Southwestern Division commander. The Stinger Avenger and the C4I (Command, Control, Computing, Instruction Facilities were contracted to Harper Construction Company of San Diego, Calif., in the amount of $42,937,265. The facilities were expected to be turned over to the installation by May 1 this year, approximately one month ahead of the date. Rick West, area engineer at the Fort Sill Area is of paramount importance given that the Sill construction is the lynch pin for numerous global repositioning and transformation initiatives being undertaken by the Army at the macro level. B-R-A-C brings V-I-Ps :Dignataries get look at new C4I facilityFrom left, Maj. Gen. Dorko, Project Man ager Forward Walt Garner, and Project Engineer Bob Owens stand inside the In structors Office Area in the new C4I facility and look out at other BRAC work. Photo by Tom Chap man
PACESETTER JULY 2009 28 Galveston Engineer Daycontinued from page 25 Anthamatten also directed the initiation of an expanded cumulative impact assessment on Galveston Island and has developed a climate of responsiveness, completing on-time responses to both internal and external requests for public information. before the 2009 hurricane season. Due to his tremendous increase in workload, the districts architectural and engineering capacity was was able to borrow additional architectural and engineering capacity from other districts to assure the district met its required mission. Also nominated for the Employee of the Year Award were Karl Brown, operations project manager, Navigation Branch, Operations Division; Andria Davis, project manager, Regulatory Branch, Planning, Environmental and Regulatory Division; Mike deMasi, supervisory project engi Construction Division; Rick Medina, chief of planning, Planning and Environmental Branch, Planning, Environmental and Regulatory Division; Joy Smith, realty specialist, Real Estate Division; Gilbert Trevio, civil engineering tech nician, Engineering Branch, Engineering and Construction Division; Humberto Troche, civil Engineering and Construction Division; and Jill Wiggins, administrative assistant to branch chief, Regulatory Branch, Planning, Environmental and Regulatory Division. Also nominated for the Engineer of the Year Award was Nancy Young, civil engineer, Engineering Branch, Engineering and Construction Division. Two retirees were selected for inclusion in the districts Gallery of Distinguished Civilians. Owen Ralston, a former chief of the Design Branch, a position he held until his retirement in 1996 after 34 years of service to the district, was selected for embodying all of the characteristics of tech nical competency and exceptional leadership during his tenure with the Galveston District. Richard Harrison, a former chief of the Real Estate Division, was selected for his profound and long-lasting impact on the Real Estate Division. ways to reduce costs of doing business and assisted other districts real estate functions while in his position. Fern Kirkley, civil engineer technician in the Engineering and Construction Division, received an award for 50 years of service to the Galveston District. Arthur J. Janecka, deputy district engineer and chief of program and project management, received a 45-year service award for his dedicated years of public service, all of which have been with the Galveston District. Forty-year service awards were presented to John Hander, a civil engineering technician in the Engineering and Construction Division, and John This least tern chick was photographed by Everett Laney, Tulsa District biologist, using his cell phone. The chick was hiding from the survey crew tasked with keeping track of the endangered interior least terns and their habitat. Each year, several agencies joined with Tulsa District to protect the birds and preserve the water resource benefits of the districts civil works projects. Annually, interior least terns travel thousands of miles to breed and raise their young in this part of the country. They prefer sandy islands with no vegetation. District hydrologists and environmental special ists work with representatives of the Southwest Power Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Okla homa Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, and others to manipulate water releases to protect the birds and their habitat from wildlife and human predators. Joe HonzaHonza started his career in the Galveston District Construction Branch and has 20 years of federal service. He six architectural and engineer ing task orders for the Flood Control and Coastal Emergency contracts. Honzas efforts enabled the district to meet an aggressive schedule to award contracts
PACESETTER JULY 2009 29 some of the things Lippe has done to support the district missions. Lippe serves as a management service specialist and leads a team of administrative support specialists providing oversight, guidance and leadership. She plays a key role in the management of a $15 million budget and frequently utilizes her expertise with the cial systems that enable management to facilitate the execution of the budget in accordance with district missions and strategies, said Martin. Tonya has done an outstanding job and is a great representa tive of the type of people that make up the Fort Worth District, said Martin. Martin recited a passage from Lippes nomination form that he felt highlighted her contributions to the district. Ms. Lippe is often called upon for assistance throughout the district and Her knowledge, ability, integrity, character and professionalism make her an ideal role model for all employees. I say it all the time because I know its true. We are the best district in USACE because we have the best people, said Martin. Todays ceremony is just a small thanks for the great contribu tions all of you make every day.By Melanie Ellis Fort Worth District Employees from across the Fort Worth District gathered for a luncheon at the Petroleum Club in downtown Fort Worth to recognize and celebrate contributions of all Administrative Support Professionals on April 29. The District Awards Committee selected and recognized Tonya Lippe, the 2008 Administrative Support Professional of the Year. Its a great honor to be nominated as the Administrative Support Professional of the Year, as well as selected, said Lippe. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, more than 4.1 million secretaries and administra tive assistants work in the U.S. and 8.9 million people work in various supporting roles. The work administrative support cantly, said Col. Christopher W. Martin, commander, Fort Worth District. The things we ask of support professionals today is far greater than what was asked of their predecessors. After recognizing each of the indi vidual nominees, Martin highlighted Lippe named Administrative Support Professional of the Year Col. Christopher W. Martin, commander, Fort Worth District, presents Tonya Lippe, Three Rivers Regional Office, with the Administrative Support Professional of the Year award. Legend has it On June 9, the American Recreation Coalition presented its 2009 Legends Awards to Acting Operations Manager Miles Johnson of Little Rock Districts Russellville Project Office, shown holding the award. From left, Mike Ensch, USACE Regulatory and Readi ness Division chief of operations; Johnson; Thom Dammrich, American Recreation Coalition chairman; and Derrick Crandall, ARC president. The award was presented to Johnson for his outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportu nities for the American people. (Courtesy photo)
PACESETTER JULY 2009 30 Engineer DayJackson presents top awards during ceremony Gallery of Distinguished Civil ian Employees: Former em ployee Ken Carter was honored during the June 25 ceremony for his many contributions to the district. Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal: Jan Jones of Reservoir Control Branch received the medal for her exceptional con tributions to water manage ment. Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal: Glen Raible of Hydrol ogy and Hydraulics Branch was presented the medal for engineering and development of water resources. SWL 2009 Civilian of the Year: Craig Pierce of Programs and Project Management received the award for his contributions toward military construction projects throughout Arkansas. SWL Engineer of the Year: Kevin Sharp of the Design Branch received the award for continually demonstrating exceptional engineering and interpersonal skills. SWL Project Manager of the Year: Al Rein of Programs and Project Management received the award for successfully executing a very large life cycle workload. SWL PDT of the Year: AJ Brown, Dana Coburn, Dennis Carpenter and Mark Woods. Not shown: Ron Bridges, Mitch Eggburn, Jim Ellis, Raj Gandhi Trey Meyer and David Howell. SWD/SWL Project of the Year: Russellville Project Office, Joel Epperson, Scott Fryer, Jona thon Sawrie, Allison Smed ley, Barbara Stahl and Danny Stahl. SWD/SWL Stewardship Em ployee of the Year: Win Har gis of the Greers Ferry Project Office received the award for his endeavors in enviromental compliance. SWL Regulator of the Year: Tim Scott of Regulatory Division received the award for managing the Wetland Man agement Plan for the White Oak watershed. Federal Executive Association Federal Employee of the Year nomination: Nancy Keith of Engineering and Construction Division received an award for her SWL nomination. Federal Executive Association Federal Employee of the Year nomination: Greg Mattson of Engineering and Construction received an award for his district nomination.Award winners not shown: Mark Harris SWL Strategic Communicator of the Year; Larry Hurley SWL Natural Resources Recreation Employee of the Year; Mark Case Natural Resource Management Environmental Compliance Employee of the Year.SEE LITT L E ROCK CE L EB R ATE S NEXT PAGE
PACESETTER JULY 2009 31 continued from previous pageLittle Rock celebrates (Left) Little Rock District Com mander Col. Ed Jackson talks to the crowd during the districts Engineer Day picnic June 25. The event was held at Maumelle Park on the Arkansas River and included hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, face painting, sing ing, games and prizes, all cel ebrating the districts workers and family members. (Photos by Dana Coburn)
PACESETTER JULY 2009 32 Great digging returns to Great Salt PlainsAfter being closed for two years, the selenite National Wildlife Refuge reopened in April, and a grand re-opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Memorial Weekend. The popular northwestern Oklahoma site was closed in April 2007 after a Boy Scout unearthed a World War II-era chemical vial. Tulsa District, through the Formerly Used Defense Site program, cleaned up the site, removing and destroying 171 other chemical vials. The vials had been used to train soldiers to recognize chemical agents. The ribbon-cutting event was hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which manages the Above -Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jeri Askins cuts the ribbon to officially reopen the popular tourist attraction in northwestern Oklahoma. Above Left -Andrew and Megan Funkhouser, children of Tulsas district commander, dig for crystals at the grand reopening of the selenite crystal digging field.refuge. Speakers included Jon Brock of USFWS, Col. Anthony Funkhouser, and Oklahomas Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, State Senator Myers, and Executive Director of Tourism Hardy Watkins. Tulsa Districts Martell is FEB Employee of the YearTulsa Districts Jim Martell was named the Oklahoma Federal Executive Boards Technical, Professional and Administrative, GS-9 and Above, Employee of the Year at their annual banquet in early May Martell, Levee Safety Program manager, directs the daily execution and management of the program for more than 231 miles of levees and 59 manager, he inspected 231 miles of levees in the Corps Inspection of Completed Works Program inspections were accomplished in one year. He executed more than $6 million in levee repairs along with developing and publishing Tulsa which is presently serving as an excellent commu nication tool. It describes the Corps role in work ing with local communities to enhance their own safety from Martell, an excellent communicator, assists local communities and levee owners in the proper maintenance of local with various owners to identify critical mainte nance needs and has supported them with techni Martell in spected 231 miles of levess in his first full year on the job, the first time all annual inspec tions were accomplished in one year.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 33 By Melanie Ellis Fort Worth DistrictWhile most college students head to the lake for summer fun, three college interns with the Student Conservation Association are meeting lake visitors to talk about one thing water safety. Working on a directive to reduce drowning at three SCA interns for water safety outreach and to target the often hard-to-reach college age boaters and swimmers. Association of Partners for Public Lands annual conference and meetings with SCA partnership development coordinators, said Dorie Murphy, community resources coordinator, Trinity Regional Having dedicated team members that have water safety interests has been great, she said. Now we are able to reach visitors in Corps operat ed parks, at local events, and in our leased parks. Each of the interns has their own water safety experience and shares that when talking to visi tors about being safe in and around the water. The Andrea Murrell grew up around the water boat ing and skiing with her family and is using this internship as an opportunity to talk water safety and learn more about the Corps. Im an environmental science major and have considered looking at becoming a park ranger, she said. This is a good way for me to see a little of what they do day to day. Lauren Kaufman also grew up around the water but attributed her water safety knowledge to her grandfather. My grandfather was in the Navy and always followed the rules on the water, she said. He always made sure we wore life jackets on the boat and in the pool. Lauren is an English major and viewed the internship as an experience to learn more on how to communicate to different audiences. Im learning more about getting information out to people who are interested in it and people who arent, she said. If people arent interested, I want to learn how to get their attention and give them enough information to explore it on their own. Jennifer Floyd-Scroggins is a boater and scuba diver and attributed water safety education as one way to reduce water related fatalities. She is using this experience to promote safety in activities she enjoys as well as learn more about the Corps Boots on the ground target water safety programmissions. I graduated with a business degree in May and am getting a better understanding of the Corps missions and role in resource management, she said. Murrell, Kaufman, and Floyd-Scroggins have made a big difference in the few short weeks they have been with the Fort Worth District. They reached 10,000 visitors in May and June alone, said Murphy. They will be out every week end through Aug. 9, riding with rangers in patrol boats, walking beaches, assisting the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and working local events to reach as many people as possible. The Nashville District also utilizes SCA interns for water safety outreach, and the National Water Safety Team is looking at nationwide water safety training for the interns next year.Andrea Murrell, Student Conservation Association intern, teaches a Metroplex Water Safety Day participant how to throw a personal flotation device.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 34 Oil and gas explorationBy Ken Shingleton, Archeologist Environmental Analysis and Compliance Branch Planning and Environmental Division Tulsa District Leads to cultural resource preservationHeliportable: A helicopter drops a portable drill rig into the forest canopy at Wister Lake.See Oil and gas exploration next page
PACESETTER JULY 2009 35 Many of those archae ological sites have been as either Wister Phase or Fourche Maline Phase, which together date roughly between 3,500 1,000 years ago and are characterized by midden mounds of dark, organic soil contain ing large amounts of chipped stone debris Sometimes the mounds contain ceramic artifacts and often they contain human burials. Early in planning meetings with Seismic Exchange management, Tulsa District lar cultural resources preservation challenges. Normal seismic exploration activities consist of complete clearing of wide corridors through the forest, which drill ing rigs would use for travel to shot point locations. Additionally, each receiver line would require some level of forest clearing. The extensive clear ing proposed in order to support seismic exploration for more than 1,500 shot points and hundreds of miles of receiver lines was considered an adverse effect on the Lake Wister Archaeological District, primarily because thick vegetation is often the only obstacle facing loot ers. The proposed corri dors through the forest on the scale on which they were proposed would have served as an easy highway in to archaeological sites and would likely have hastened their damage and destruction by looters. So, starting in August 2008, Seismic Exchange used smaller, helicopterportable drill rigs at each shot point. The helicopters were guided by Global Positioning System units, while personnel on the ground vegetation to get to each shot point and lay all the receiver lines. The only vehicular access allowed was on existing dirt roads through the wild life management areas. In addition to the heliportable drill rigs, archaeological surveys were required for each shot point so that cultural resources could be avoided. If a shot point was proposed in an area where an archaeologi it was moved to a new location. During the investiga tions, about 120 new archaeological sites were to have considerable research potential and could greatly aid in our knowledge of the prehis toric inhabitants of the river valley. been completed, and archeologists are now report is due next year. The mineral exploration of Wister Lake has been successful for all involved. Seismic Exchange acquired the data they needed while Tulsa District facilitated oil and gas exploration, discovered many cant sites, and helped preserve unique cultural resources at Wister Lake for the future. A crew member records archaeological information from a test excavation unit at Wister Lake. Many of these archaeological sites ... date roughly be tween 3,500 1,000 years ago ...Oil and gas exploration continued from previous page
PACESETTER JULY 2009 36 9 By Sara Goodeyon Pacesetter staffThere are a lot of new faces visible around the Tulsa District, U.S. Army There have been so many new hires that management services specialists have come up with a new way to introduce them to the Corps. We saw a lot of new faces coming in, and we felt the need to introduce them to our district and how each organization functions, said management services specialist Tammy Solomon. introduced a Newcomer Orientation for Tulsa District. In the past, part of our in-processing was that we took each of the new employees around to the division chiefs to introduce them, said Solomon, More than 100 people have been hired in the district since the everybody in front of the division chiefs, so we came up with the idea to put the chiefs in front of them. Solomon and fellow management services specialists Nancy Crenshaw, Cheri Fowler, Becky Northern and Lori Hunninghake concluded that a quarterly orientation would be the best way to gather everyone in the same place at the same time. New employees would receive an organizational chart for the district and the chiefs from each organization would present a for the Corps. Assistant district counsel Stephanie Darr, who joined the said the orientation helped her to have a better understanding of the different Corps areas and how they function and work together. I think it offered a good understanding of what we do and how important it is, said the native Oklahoman who previously worked as a staff attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Some of the organizations even decided to retain copies of the organizational charts to use as a reference. After the June 25 orientation we had quite a few requests from Engineering and Construction for the chart because they felt that it would help them to navigate around in their daily assign ments, said Solomon. Since the orientation is new to the Tulsa District some veteran employees learn a thing or two that even they didnt know said Solomon, including her. I have learned something new at the orientations, said Solomon. A little bit of history about the Corps and some of what the Corps does.Newcomers learn the ropes in Tulsa Management services specialist Tammy Solomon briefs employees on Tulsa District rules and regulations during the Newcomers Orientation June 25. Newcomers compare notes during the orientation at Tulsa District.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 37 Water Heroes:Fort Worth District recognizes father & son for water rescue Col. Christopher W. Martin presents Forest Shope and his son Shafer with the Fort Worth District Lone Star Safety Award for rescuing three boaters at Belton Lake. by Melanie Ellis Pacesetter Staff Gen. Cox Columncontinued from page 3 in all aspects of our business. As the chief says Set the standard for our profession. are called Sir or Maam because of their posi tion. But the mark of a true leader is when they do so because they want to, for no one wants to see their leader fail. All of us may be called upon to give an order or task to a subordinate or teammate; we can only hope and pray they will do so because they want to, not have to. Get your priorities straight and all of lifes chal lenges and requirements will be easy to overcome. Never forget your God and family, and I guarantee work will be a breeze. Anna Marie and I thank all of you for welcom ing us into your family and allowing us to be a part of greatness these past two years. Even though I may be giving up command of the Southwestern Division in about 45 days, we will always consider you family and hope we have the chance to serve with and for each of you in the future. Thanks for everything and may God bless all of you. Pacesetters Building Strong!!!
PACESETTER JULY 2009 38 I dont pretend to know why I survived but will share some of the life lessons learned. First, it can happen to you. I never believed it before. Second, wear a helmet and avoid danger ous places. I knew the Seawall was a dangerous place to ride but rode there anyway. Third, save your sick leave -more than three months off and no missed paychecks, a wonder ful thing! Lastly, value and appreciate your friends and family, including the Corps Family. As incredibly busy as the Galveston District and Southwestern Division are after Hurricane Ike, everyone at the Corps, especially my friends and time to help, support and encourage me. When you are weak and hurt, strength and inspiration can come from others. So be careful out there! It can happen to you, and the more you believe that, the more likely it is that you can prevent a similar experience. It was a warm February day, sunny, light breeze, perfect for a ride on the Galveston Seawall. The Seawall is a 17-foot granite concrete and dirt structure that was built to protect the City of Galveston after the devastating 1900 hurricane that killed more than 6,000 people, the largest disaster in terms of loss of life in U.S. history. But on this Sunday, like most days, it was a place to recreate and enjoy the views of the Gulf of Mexico. As I rode my bike that day in February, some thing unknown happened. Whether I was hit by someone or something, pushed, pulled or simply hit a pothole, no one knows. But what is known is that I left the bicycle on the top of the Seawall and ramp. And no, I was not wearing a helmet, obvi ously a mistake. A young couple found me and helicopter. After a day or two at Memorial-Herman Hospital in Houston, one of the nations best brain and spinal cord trauma centers, I found out that I had lost six pints of blood, broken my neck in two places causing spinal cord damage, and had multiple skull fractures, a broken jaw, and 15 broken ribs -enough to make Evil Kenevil proud. After several operations to put me back together, I spent a few weeks in the hospital and then in the Texas Institute for Research and Rehabilitation, Memorial-Hermans highly-acclaimed rehabili tation center. My siblings and kids came to see me, including my son Quinn who is in the Navy stationed in Hawaii. My partner Jenny lived in the room by me throughout the three-plus month ordeal, including every day of therapy. With her help and great doctors and therapists, I went from not being able to walk or move my right hand to SEAWALL SU N DAY Galveston Seawall
PACESETTER JULY 2009 39 BACK O N TRACKWhen Deborah Davis, Fort Worth District, support services specialist, Sam Rayburn Power Plant, introduced her tracking dogs Yaqui and Forest, the boys, to the Southwestern Division family last year, they were earning tracking titles left and right. Tracking with the boys came to a screeching halt after Davis was involved in a serious 10-speed bicycle accident that left her badly injured and in the hospital for more than six weeks. I broke my right wrist, left upper arm, dislocated my left shoulder, and broke my left leg above and below the knee, she said. Leaving the hospital was a minor victory and the celebration was short lived as she went home to recover. I was bedbound and had outside nurses coming in to care for me, she said. It took months for Davis to recover as she went from bed to wheelchair to walker to cane and now a light knee brace. During those months of recovery, Davis used her time to author a tracking book for beginners. I couldnt do what I love, so I decided to write a book to help others get started in the sport, she said. Writing was my lifeline during a time when it was sion. In the book, Making Scents of training trials and errors. I didnt have anyone help me learn the basics, and the book lays out what I learned so others wont have to make the same mistakes I did, she said. With her book being published and on bookshelves soon, Davis is back on track and back to training her dogs for their next tracking trials. The accident was the motivator for the book but now that Im in one piece again, were for a bed-down mission; took Common Access Card training in order to serve as a backup for that vital function; and set the Armymandated suicide prevention training in motion, even serving as facilitator. Now that hes read the nomination several times, he sincerely says, Im honored. I really am. I thought it was pretty cool that somebody thought to do that! Who has a quip for all occasions? Tulsa Districts newest Customer Care Employee of the Quarter, Paul Bisdorf. Case in point, when asked for a quote about being named Customer Care Employee, Bisdorf said, I had to read the supporting narrative several times before I realized they were talking about me." Well, they were. Bisdorf, Emergency Management Unit, was nominated for going out of cult tasks, all while displaying great enthusiasm and positive outlooks. a short-suspense tasker from Southwestern Tulsa Districts Customer Care Employee named By Mary Beth Hudson Pacesetter StaffPaul Birdorf
PACESETTER JULY 2009 40 By Sara Goodeyon Paceseer sta chief of Real Estate Division for Tulsa District after serving as acting Chief since March. The native Arkansan and former Marine brings with him the experience and knowledge gained from more than 20 years of working in real estate. Im very excited about the opportunity, said Moore. First on the agenda is rebuilding the Real Estate a lot of retirements and there are a lot of new hires, said Moore. Well get them trained and work on building a team. After that well get a handle on the backlog of work and make a plan. Moore is new to Tulsa but is not new to real estate. Moore has been a division, branch, section chief, and realty specialist for the Corps of Engineers and had real estate assignments while participating in the Army Internship Program. Moore served in the Marine Corps from 1975 to 1981 and Desert Shield from September to December 1990. Most recently Moore was the realty specialist for Southwestern Division as the Western Regional Army Base Realignment and Closer real estate coordinator. I was the interface between the customer and the Corps on facilitating the disposal of real estate, said Moore. It gave me a broader range of the-box view on disposing of real estate. Moore said one of his goals in Tulsa will be to get more people estate. I want to make real estate a preference of employment here in Tulsa, said Moore. Career enhancement is available and there is a diverse and dynamic work level. There are a lot of als who are interested in pursu ing a career with the Corps in the Real Estate Division should contact him. I want to build a well-trained, highly motivated, and dedicated work force that is prepared serve our Armys and our ations real estate needs and to develop people for the next step in their careers. I want to make real estate a preference of employment here in Tulsa. Tulsa welcomes new division chiefNew Real Estate Chief Mark Moore brings more than 20 years of experience to the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.FORMER MARINE MOTIVATED ABOUT F UTURE O F REAL ESTATE O FF ICE IN TULSA LOOKING TO SHARE WEALTH O F EXPERIENCE
PACESETTER JULY 2009 41 Water safety was the main theme of the day for a press confer ence held right before Memorial Day at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City, OK. At Broken Arrow, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Lake Patrol, Safe Kids Tulsa, Broken Arrow Police, Broken Arrow Fire Department, American Red Cross, Tulsa Fire Department, and Life Flight participated. Media attending the press confer ence included KRMG radio and Tulsa television channels 2, 6, 8, and 23. Clips from the event ran throughout the holiday weekend. All agencies spoke to the press and were available for one-onone inter views. In addition to water safety in and around the water, topics included ing safety in high water, swimming lessons, and the Water Watcher Program. Thanks to the efforts of Oklahomas broadcasters, citizens were provided with the necessary information to help them safely enjoy summer activities. Representatives from Oklahoma City radio and television stations attended the press conference. Amanda Peters attended the Tulsa event while Louis Holstead represented the Corps at the Oklahoma City press conference. Media help spread safety message Great attendance by broadcasters at water safety eventSouthwestern Division HQ team enjoy Engineer Day activitiesSouthwestern Division team members, family and friends gath ered at Park Lane Ranch in Dallas on Friday, June 12, for fun, food, and friendly competitions. After a spirited 18-hole minigolf tournament, bingo, batting cage and other activities, participants enjoyed a barbecue lunch and awards ceremony. At left, Leland Daniel, Executive Office, aims for a hole-in-one while SWD Com mander Brig. Gen. Kendall P. Cox looks on. Below, Bruce Barrett, SWDs safety officer, and his wife, Eiko, try their luck at bingo.
PACESETTER JULY 2009 42 by Danny Wyatt, Safety Manager Gulf Region South District We can leave roads, we can leave buildings, but the best thing we can leave the Iraqi people is a modern safety program. Those words still ring after months ago while sitting in Army Corps of Engineers. From sandals to shoes, from sunglasses to safety glasses, from no hats to hard hats, little by little, Iraqi companies are learning to apply modern safety practices. This is thanks to the efforts of numerous USACE construction representatives, project engineers, and safety personnel, who for the past several years have been showing Iraqi contrac tors the fundamental aspects of construction safety new concepts to most Iraqi workers here. I am one of those USACE safety professionals helping Iraqi engineers and contractors improve their construction safety program on projects were overseeing in southern Iraq. As a Seabrook sailor, a former member of Lakewood Yacht Club and past commander of Galveston Bay Sail and Power Squadron, I temporarily suspended the boating life many of my fellow Galveston Bay residents enjoy in exchange for a deployment to Iraq where USACE is helping build new schools, hospitals, courthouses, clinics, highways, bridges, power stations, water stations, wastewater treatment facilities and other projects that improve the lives of the Iraqi people. As the safety manager for the Corps of Engineers Galveston District, I typically was not involved in this type of construction. For that job, you often Channel or on a Gulf Intracoastal Waterway navi gation project. One of the great aspects of deploy ing to Iraq is the opportunity of working with the Iraqi people. They are friendly, polite, and eager to improve their country. Once you get acquainted, they will do anything for you. I have an Iraqi depu ty who I jokingly say tries to teach me Arabic, and I try to teach him Southern. Apart from my deputy, our team consists of eight other Iraqi safety engineers who are respon sible for 120 different construction projects from the Kuwaiti border on the south. to Iran on the east, to Saudi Arabia on the west, to the edge of Baghdad Province on the north. These nine indi viduals are the reason were making a difference. They know the culture, the language, are able to explain to the local contractors the importance of proper safety procedures and how they can save them money, time, and lives. They point out that an injured worker cannot provide for their family. They demonstrate that improper electrical wiring can cause extensive damage to workers and prop erty. These are coura geous individuals who are totally dedicated to our mission. In a few months, I will be returning state side, and my life will be back to normal work ing on the Houston Ship Channel, enjoying lunch on the Kemah Boardwalk, sailing on Galveston Bay. But I know I will never forget this experience help ing Iraqis as they build a brighter, safer future for their children and grandchildren. Postcard from IraqIraqi contractors now building smarter, safer
PACESETTER JULY 2009 43 CongratulationsPaula Johnson-Muic was selected as chief, Real Estate Division, Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters, May 25. She has had an esteemed career in the real working in the Pittsburgh District and in SWD. Johnson-Muic holds a bachelors degree with a major in political science and a minor in liberal arts. She has also earned a juris doctorate degree. She brings a wealth of knowledge in acquisition, disposal and real property asset management. In addition she was the USACE Real Estate Professional of the Year for 2008. Dyron Jolly, human resources specialist, joined the SWD headquarters staff May 24. Dyron comes to the division from the Civilian Human Resources Agency where he provided support to Corps headquarters, Human Resources Directorate. Russell Holeman joined the SWD headquarters as its technical expert in construction July 5. He has served as a long-time team member of the Tulsa District, most recently Branch. Holeman has a broad range of experience that spans both civil works and military construction programs, in construction and engineering. Bob McCollum and Adam Crisp were recently promoted to senior military program managers, Military Programs Branch, Military Integration Division, Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters. Matthew Davis joined the Southwestern Division headquarters as an administrative assistant June 8. Matt comes to SWD from Wiesbaden, Germany, where he served the Corps as an automation technician. Little Rocks Real Estate Branch has selected Becky Shortt to serve as the new real estate specialist at Table Rock Lake. She joined the real estate team July 6. Ron Carman of Little Rocks a newly-established and yet-to-benamed branch within Programs and Project Management that will focus on the districts growing medical facilities mission. Mike Marlow of Little Rocks Design Branch will serve as the deputy branch chief. James McKinnie joined Little Rock District as a supervisory mechanical engineer in the Design Branch. He comes to the district from Little Rock Air Force Base where he served as the chief for Engineering and Programs Flight. Kevin McDaniels joined Little Rock District as the deputy chief of Operations Division. He comes to the district from Mobile District where he served as the acting operation manager at Lake Sidney Lanier. Little Rocks Mark Brightwell was selected as the new deputy chief of Construction Branch. He comes to the branch from Programs and Project Management. Little Rocks Glen Raible was selected to serve as the chief of Hydrology and Hydraulics Section in the Hydraulics and Technical Services Branch. Deborah P. Belobrajdic joined the Galveston District May 24 as a program analyst working as a scheduler for the Programs and Project Management Division. Richard L. Bowles joined the Galveston District May 26 as a project manager in the Project Management Branch. James H. (Jim) Brewer joined the Galveston District April 27 from the Korea District. Christopher Castillo joined the Galveston District March 30 as a civil engineer in the districts Staci N. Claunch joined the Galveston District July 6 as an administrative support assistant in the Planning, Environmental and Regulatory Division. Michael L. Dragoo joined the Galveston District May 24 as a program analyst in the Programs Management Branch. Delia M. (Dee) Dunn joined the Galveston District June 8 as an administrative support assistant to Christi, Texas. Continued on next pagePacesetter Points
PACESETTER JULY 2009 44 Carrie F. Gilmore joined the Galveston District April 26 as a budget analyst in the Engineering and Construction Division. Brian K. Harper joined the Galveston District June 8 as a regional economist in the Planning and Environmental Branch. Robert Hudson joined the Galveston District June 8 as a lock operator at the Colorado River Locks. William W. Bill Kiddy joined the Galveston District April 13 as the Engineer. Michelle L. Matte joined the Galveston District June 5 as an operations project manager for the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Northern Reach in the Operations Division, Navigation Branch. Carolyn R. Milton joined the Galveston District June 8 as an Doyle Thorn joined the Galveston District June 22 as a lock operator at the Colorado River Locks. James F. Worthington rejoined the Galveston District March 30 after working in private industry for more than a year. Several Tulsa District employees passed the Federal Communications Commission licensing exam recently and are new members of the amateur radio community. If you see Walt Kneib Geza Horvath or John Budlong from Resource congratulate them. And in the spirit of the Corps Family, Horvaths wife Jodi got her license and Sandi Egans husband Brian upgraded from Technician to General Class. Three Tulsa District employees passed the test and upgraded their amateur radio licenses from Technician to General Class -Randy Beauchamp, Lloyd Lewis and Laura Long. Terry Broomhalls friend Dennis Dancer also passed the test. They should all be proud of their achievements. They studied hard and passed a pool of trained radio operators for emergency communications. Tulsa Districts new Water Safety Web Page is up and running. Congratulations to Amanda Peters and Cheri Dixon and their team for creating this important site. It is available from Tulsas home page. Tulsa Districts Equal Employment during the annual Federal Womens Program. Ed Rossman was named Mentor of the Year; Diane Fortelka was chosen Woman of the Year; and Glenda Blakeslee won Administrative Employee of the Year honors.RetirementsKathy Ray of Little Rock District retired April 30 with 31 years of federal service. Kay Dice of Little Rock District retired July 3 with 31 years of federal service. Patrick Byrne of Little Rock District retired May 31 with 32 years of federal service. Jimmy Greenwood of Little Rock District retired June 30 with 31 years of federal service. Hoover Willard of Little Rock District retired July 3 with 34 years of federal service. Lee Lustfeldt of Little Rock District retired June 1 with 31 years of federal service.BirthsRichard Curphey, Galveston District, welcomed granddaughter Abigail Grace June 11. James and Dorie Murphy, Fort Worth District, Trinity Olivia Marie, April 14. Olivia weighed 9 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. Russell Meier Fort Worth District, Somerville Lake, and his wife Megan welcomed a baby boy, William Cole, on June 18, 2009. William weighed 10 pounds 9 ounces and was 21 inches long. Tulsa Districts Administrative Employee of the Year Glenda Blakeslee Continued on next page
PACESETTER JULY 2009 45 Sandy Fitch, Fort Worth District, Real Estate Division, welcomed granddaughter, Olivia Nicole, June 19. Olivia weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. GraduationsRoslyn Colston, daughter of Galveston Districts Fredalyn Colston graduated from Texas bachelor of arts degree in maritime studies and double minor in marine archeology and Spanish. Andrew W. Long, son of Galveston Districts supervisory natural resource manager Richard Long, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy May 27 with a bachelor of science degree in economics and computer science. Andrew was commissioned as a second lieutenant following the ceremony. His mother is Karen Long. Jared Hatcher, son of Jama Hatcher, administrative support assistant for Little graduated from Clarksville High School May 15 and was awarded a University Scholarship from Arkansas Tech University. Craig Amos, son of Little Rocks Rick Amos of the Construction Branch, graduated from Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., with a bachelor of science degree in business administration on an academic and athletic scholarship. He received a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Champion of Character Award his senior year in basketball and a four-year letterman on the basketball team. Rachel Thurman, daughter of Little Rocks James Beard of graduated May 9 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas of Education and Health Professions. Bethany Smith, step-daughter of Delene Smith Counsel, graduated in December from Saginaw High School and is attending TCCAwardsRegulatory Peer Awards were presented June 16 during Galveston Districts regulatory management database workshop. Nicholas A. Laskowski. Galveston District, was awarded the Teamwork Award for enriching the Regulatory Branch during 2008 by demonstrating cooperation with team members to accomplish a common goal and demonstrating the presentation of new ideas and methods. John E. Wong and Elizabeth A. Shelton of the Galveston District received the Customer Service Award for enriching the Regulatory Branch as a whole during 2008 by demonstrating response to customers in the timeliest manner possible and demonstrating professional courtesy.CondolencesRaye Nolen, mother-in-law of Terri Nolen, chief, Engineering and Construction Division, Regional Business Directorate, SWD headquarters, passed away May 7 in El Paso, Texas. Olen Burditt, passed away April 18, 2009. Olen is a natural resources specialist at Georgetown Lake. Walter Cummings, father of Ramona Collins passed away April 19, 2009. Ramona works in the Fort Worth District, Resource John Deason, husband of Ann Deason, passed away April 28, 2009. Ann works at the Fort Worth Continued on next pageNicholas A. Laskowski John E. Wong Elizabeth A. Shelton
PACESETTER JULY 2009 46John Charles Ball, 95, passed away April 16, 2009. He was a Fort Worth District retiree. Charles Emery Phillips, 86, passed away April 16, 2009. He is a Fort Worth District retiree. Ruby Lee Adams, 96, mother of Robert Adams, passed away peacefully in her. Robert is a natural resource management business line manager for the Capital Regional Oma Lee Carver, Tulsa District retiree, passed away May 7. Harvey Jordan, brother to Little Rocks Pat Jordan passed away June 12. John Wilson, father-in-law to Little Rocks Tony Batey passed away May 27. Walter Book, brother to Little Rocks Gary Book passed away April 20. Al Anglin, father to Little Rocks Pam Hardy passed away April 28. Edna Close, mother to Little Rocks Iris Miller, passed away April 22. Lawrence Wagener, father to Little Rocks Paul Wagener, passed away April 22. Condolences to Trish Brannan of the Galveston District. Her mother passed away May 21. Kenneth Chambers, a former Colorado River Locks mechanic with the Galveston District, passed away July 11, 2009. He worked for the district for more than 30 years and retired in June 2005. Roseanne Bonanno (Aguanno) Theobald, a retired programs analyst in the Galveston Districts Programs Management Branch, passed away July 14 after a courageous battle with cancer. Roseanne began her career with the federal government in 1974 and became a Galveston District employee in 1988, working there until her retirement in January 2008DeploymentsFrancisco Garcia deployed to the Gulf Region Division Iraq, April 26Eagle ScoutJake Holdman, son of Delene Smit of Counsel Fort Worth District, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He has been a member of Boy Scouts of America since he was He also graduated from Aledo High School and is now attending ATI Technical to receive mechanical accreditations. Roseanne Bonanno (Aguanno) Theobald Francisco Garcia