1 Galveston District dives into history see page 5 for story JANUARY 2010 VOL. 4, NO. 3
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 2 PacesetterServing the men and women of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division Col. Anthony Funkhouser Commander, Southwestern Division Rhonda James Chief, Public Affairs Southwestern Division Sara Goodeyon Editor Tulsa District Associate Editors Edward Rivera Fort Worth District Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Isidro Reyna Galveston District Mary Beth Hudson 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 INS I DE TH I S I SSUE ... 3 COMMANDERS COLUMN MA I NTA I N THE MOMENTU M4 LACKLAND BREAKS GROUND ON F I RST AI RMAN TRA I N I NG COM P LE X5 DIVI NG DEE P GAL V EESTON DI STR I CT P ULLS PI ECE OF H I STORY FROM TEXAS CI TY CHANNEL6 S WL DAM SAFETY P ROGRAM GETS SCORECARD7 CAM PI NG FAC I L I T I ES REFURB I SHE D8 GAL V ESTON DI STR I CT P ROGRAM AND P RO J ECT MANAGEMENT CH I EF RECE IV ES HONOR9 S WF COMMANDERS COLUMN10 RECO V ERY ACT FUNDS DI STR I CT W ARR I OR I N TRANS I T I ON COM P LEXES11 FAM I LY READ I NESS UP DAT E12 LEARN I NG THROUGH I MMERS I ON 13 S WL COMMANDERS COLUMN14 S WL LEADERSH IP CLASS OF 201 0 15 CH I EF OF ENG I NEERS VI E W S TRANSFORMAT I ON TAK I NG P LACE I N SAN ANTON I O UNDER MILCON AND CIVI L WORKS P ROGRAM S17 S WT DE P UTY COMMANDE RS COLUMN18 STUDENTS GET A HOOT OUT OF OW L PRO W L19 COR P S EM P LOYEES, V OLUNTEERS HEL P D I SABLED HUNTER S20 MAR I ON HOSTS MUZZLELOADER HUNT21 GAL V ESTON DI STR I CT BUDGET ANALYST ACCE P TED I NTO SYRACUSE UN IV ERS I TY MASTERS P ROGRAM22 IN J URED P EL I CAN GETS NE W HOME23 AT CANTON: PRESER VI NG AN H I STOR I C TR I BAL CEMETER Y24 WI NTER MONTHS, V OLUNTEERS HEL P P ARK RANGERS MA I NTA I N LAKE P RO J ECT S25 S W G COMMANDERS COLUMN27 TACT I CAL I NFRASTRUCTURE FORCES SMUGGLERS TO USE P ACK AN I MALS I N REMOTE AREA S28 QUAL I TY V OLUNTEERS SET BELTON LAKE A P ART FROM OTHER TEXAS P ARK S30 RAC I NG FU N SP EC I AL CH I LDREN HA V E AN OLYM PI C DAY 31 ARKANSAS, MI SSOUR I AGENC I ES MEET TO D I SCUSS P ROGRAM S32 MY T I ME I N AFGHAN I STA N33 PARTNER I NG P ROGRAM HEL P S KEE P COR P S DOLLARS AT AREA LAKES33 TULSA DI STR I CT RANGERS EARN A W ARD FOR OUTSTAND I NG CUSTOMER CAR E34 CH I LDHOOD HOBBY REK I NDLED BY DAUGHTERS P RO J ECT LEADS TO NE W BUS I NESS35 ST. NI CK ENL I STS FORT WORTH DI STR I CT36 GAL V ESTON DI STR I CT P LANN I NG AND EN VI RONMENTAL CH I EF RET I RES38 THE GREATEST G I FT OF ALL: G IVI NG On the cover: Diving Deep: Galveston District pulls piece of history from Texas City Channel For the complete story about recovering civil war-era artifacts, see page 5 of this issue.
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 3 Col. Anthony Funkhouser Commander, Southwestern DivisionMaintain the momentum Happy 2010, Pacesetters! Let me start by welcoming everyone back from a well deserved holiday break. I hope it was good for you and your families. I know many of you worked during the holiday season to meet our American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and program commitments. For that, let me personally thank you all. Last September, we successfully executed our program, but we were challenged to meet the demands of the ARRA schedules. Since then, the Southwestern Division has really stepped up to the plate and I am proud to report that we were actually slightly ahead of our milestones and Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp recognized us for the eort at our last Guidons call. I am told that Southwestern Division has executed more than $530 million so far in our total program eort. We need to maintain our momentum now through March and ensure we meet our commitments. Recognizing each award is an individual challenge. I just ask you to do your best, keep your schedules and P2 updated, and in the end well get er done! We have been very fortunate so far this year with regard to weather in our area, but most of you are aware of the disaster that struck Haiti. The Corps has responded and we will do whatever we can to assist. Lets continue to ensure our teams are prepared and responsive for when we get the next call for support. I recently had the opportunity to recognize some outstanding Pacesetter professionals at a ceremony for those that exemplify our Armys values. This was a solemn event that captured the importance of the Army values and gave us an opportunity to reect on our employees that epitomize the spirit of loyalty, duty, respect, seless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Congratulations to the winners: Linda Webster, Ted Kerr, Chris Trego, Jackie Jernigan, Gary Dye, Karli Wise, and Leland Daniel. Well deserved! We just completed a very successful year in overall safety, so I challenge you all to continue the eort and strive for zero as our goal every year. You are all safety deputies so watch for where you can prevent an accident! Finally, let me say thanks to all our deployed Pacesetters and wish them a successful tour. We know you are all contributing and making a dierence. We look forward to your safe return! Pacesetters! We need to maintain our momentum now through March, and ensure we meet our commitments. Proudly serving the nationPete Perez, chief of the Galveston Districts Engi neering and Construction Division, who has been deployed to Afghanistan since November 2009, takes a moment to pose for a picture with Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, the U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp visited Corps employees in that region to get a first-hand look at the the work being done in that country. (USACE photo)
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 4 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Air Force joint military construction programs Nov. 17 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Marked by a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, 2nd Air Force commander, Corps representatives, contractors and other dignitaries, the symbolic the start of construction on the Complexes and four associated dining-classroom facilities for basic military training. At a cost of about $900 million the new complexes will replace the existing Recruit Housing and Training facilities built in the late 1960s and early 1970s to house and train 1,000 trainees. Each ATC is projected to cost $75 million and accommodate 1,200 basic trainees. The dining-classroom facilities are estimated to cost $32 million each. Each ATC will have its own running track, drill pad, a war skills area and utility infrastructure. The adjacent dining-classroom facility will serve two ATCs; work is slated to start in February 2010 and should be completed at the same time as in November with a projected October-November 2011 completion date. The construction of the complexes will be staggered allowing for a new ATC building to begin every 12 months said, Lynn Ray, Fort Worth District Air Force program manager. Ray estimates by the 18-month mark, 500 to 700 construction workers will be working on the training complexes.Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, 2nd Air Force commander, addresses dignitaries, contractors and military training instructors during the recent groundbreaking ceremony signaling start of construction on the first of eight Airmen Training Complexes and four associated dining-classroom facilities for basic military training. Story and photo by Edward Rivera Fort Worth District (Illustration left) Each ATC is projected to cost $75 million and accommodate 1,200 basic trainees with diningclassroom facilities estimated to cost $32 million each. The new complexes will replace the existing Recruit Housing and Training facilities built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Each ATC will have its own running track, drill pad, a war skills area and utility infrastructure.Lackland breaks ground on rst Airman Training ComplexCourtesy photo
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 5 A crew lifts a Civil War-era Dahlgren canon out of the waters of the Texas City Ship Channel Nov. 22. The effort is part of a larger project to deepen nearly seven miles of the channel.Photo by PBS&JBy Courtney Brodbeck Pacesetter Staff Beneath the murky surface of the waters in the Texas City Channel, where sunlight can no longer The Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, orchestrated an archaeological recovery of the artifacts from the Civil War-era shipwreck, which included the removal of a Dahlgren cannon Nov. 22. This recovery is part of a larger effort to deepen the Texas City Ship Channel. The $71 million project will deepen nearly seven miles of the channel from 40 feet to 45 feet. By adding 5 feet, it will allow larger vessels to navigate the channel to provide products to the various indus tries, Sharon Tirpak, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer project manager for the Texas City Channel, said. The deepening will help the industries be into gasoline and other petrochemical products, she said. were rediscovered in 2005 by archaeologists from PBS&J, a company with expertise in engineering, environmental science, architecture, planning, and construction, who is working for the Army Corps of Engineers. The process of recovering the rusted remains began on Nov. 18, according to Janelle Stokes, District regional environmental specialist. inshore gunboat, was built in 1861 in New York City as a civilian ferryboat. The boat was purchased by the Navy in November 1861 and placed in commission in January 1862. Sent to active part in the April campaign to open the lower Mississippi River and capture New Orleans. During the following three months, the gunboat supported river toward Vicksburg. Sent to join the blockading force off Texas in the capture of Galveston in early October. The aground and was threatened by a Confederate attack. To prevent capture, the ships captain, William Renshaw, ordered the powerfully armed ship destroyed. Renshaw poured turpentine over the deck and laid a fuse trail from the powder magazine, but when he lit the fuse, he and 13 of his crew were killed by a premature explosion. It would not be until 146 years later that the hidden trea sures of the past would be discovered. All of the artifacts from the site are the prop erty of the Navy, which retains permanent owner ship of all sunken naval ships and aircraft. The Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Naval History and Heritage Command and the Texas Historical Commission to ensure that the recovery efforts meet all relevant archaeological regulations and standards. The Army Corps of Engineers funded heavy lifting required for the project through an inter agency agreement with the Navy Supervisor of Salvage. A civilian Navy subcontractor, Donjon Marine, provided the equipment and personnel All artifacts were transported to the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, for stabilization, assessment and conservation. The primary goals of the conservation project are to preserve the artifacts to the greatest degree possible. Concretions will be removed through elec trolysis and manual cleaning. Metal and organic artifacts will go through a variety of chemical and electrolytic processes to stabilize and preserve the artifacts. Conservation is expected to take 2-3 years. After conservation is complete these pieces of history will be shared with the public and be placed in museums under long-term loan agreements with the Navy. Diving Deep:Galveston District pulls piece of history from Texas City Channel
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 6 By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Lile Rock DistrictLittle Rock Districts dam safety program was recognized by Headquarters USACE as a Best Practice after the district earned the highest score in the Corps with a 93 average for its 25 dams. USACE developed, and all districts now use, a management measure called the Scorecard for Routine Dam Safety Activities to track progress of routine dam safety inspections, emergency action plans and interim risk reduction measure plans. SWL currently has the highest dam safety program scorecard rating of any district in the Corps of Engineers, said Bob Oberle, Little Rocks Dam Safety Program manager. Tony Batey insists that we keep it that way, but some other districts are catching up. The District hasnt allowed its focus to shift from the dam safety program to other areas, Tony Batey, Engineering and Construction chief, said. The district reorganized to stand up an inspect dams, bridges and levees.Dam safety program gets scorecardSWL earns A with highest district score in USACE Levee Safety Program Manager Elmo Webb on the left and Civil Engineering Technician Chris Howard, both of Little Rock District, inspect the Batesville levee and floodwall in September 2009. The levee inspection system is a part of the districts Infrastruc ture Safety Office. (Courtesy photo)Larry Winters is chief of the section, Oberle is the program manager and Elmo Webb is the levee safety program manager. The staff has done a great job and deserves all the credit, Batey said. This score is a direct very good at what they do. The dam safety program has people who specialize in structural, geotechnical, mechanical, electri cal and hydraulic disciplines, as well as operational and technical support people of various disciplines, Oberle said. There isnt a direct tie between a dams clas based on the performance of routine inspections and maintenance. Each area of the scorecard system has a points value. It essentially takes the governing regulations and puts them into a score card format. This (system) almost allows us to use the cate gories as a template or checklist, Batey said. As long as we accomplish the required inspections and maintenance in the timeframe allotted, we should continue to score high.
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 7 By Mary Beth Hudson Pacesetter staffReturning visitors to Hugo Lake are in for some pleasant surprises thanks to supplemental funding Kiamichi Park is home to several completely refurbished campsites and a new handicap-ac cessible shower and toilet facility. The attractive camping areas have concrete pads, approaches, and picnic areas with new tables and utility shelves. Most importantly, theres water at each site and 50-amp electrical capacity, to better serve todays recreational vehicles. About 42 campsites were upgraded, 21 each in Juniper Loop and Virgil Park. Several of the new units have already been under water. Thats a fate that the restroom facility wont suffer. Its been placed up the road not far from the camp sites but The concrete, pre-fabricated shower and toilet facility arrived on two trucks. Precise plumbing hook-ups were in place before arrival and the entire attach the two halves. The work at Kiamichi Park is being done through Engineering and Construction Division under the districts Major Task Order Contract. Tom Hammons, a rehired annuitant, is the project manager. Daryl Coble of E&C and Dennis Johnson, another rehired annuitant, are quality assurance representatives. The prime contractor is DAB. Chris Lynch, Hugo project manager, is very pleased with the upgrades and has plans for one or two more of the restroom facilities at Hugo and one each for Pine Creek and Pat Mayse Lakes in this years budget. Bad weather caused the need for the repairs and it has played a major role in the repair schedule. The weather has certainly delayed the progress of the project; workers and equipment were unable to enter the area because of the high water in the work site for several weeks. The prime contrac tor, DAB, has done an excellent job and worked Hammons, and Lead QA Dennis Johnson very well, said Lynch. The project personnel are very happy with the product we are getting with this contract at Pat Mayse, Hugo, and Pine Creek and the consideration being given to our local interests by both the E&C team and the contractor, Lynch said. Camping facilities refurbished Camping facilities at Hugo Lake are being repaired thanks to supplemental funding. At left, a before picture shows the flood damage at one of the campsites at the Belle Starr Public Use Area at Eufaula Lake in the Tulsa District. Pictured right is one of the new campsites. Supplemental flood damage funds made the work possible. Other work at Eufaula includes courtesy dock replacement and shoreline protectiion that is being completed with the same type of funding. Photos by Rick Smither
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 8 By Courtney Brodbeck Paceseer StaArthur J. Janecka, the Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Program and Project Management for the Galveston District Army Corps of Engineers, was recognized by his alma mater Lamar University on Dec. 3 with a Chapter Honor Membership in the Chi Epsilon national civil engineering honor society. The honor award was for his outstanding professional engineering. Chapter Honor Membership may be granted to anyone who, by virtue of professional accom engineering, has attained a degree of eminence in the profes sion, and who exhibited experi ence and ability worthy of emula tion by young civil engineers, said Chi Epsilon President Mariantonieta Gutierrez. Mr. Janecka is an inspiration to all of us at Lamar University. He has helped the community since day one and should be recognized for his efforts. Chi Epsilon recognized Janecka for upholding the four pillars that are the foundation for the honor society: scholar ship, character, practicality, and sociability. He is an example for future generations as an incentive to greater achievements in the civil engineering profession, Gutierrez added. Janecka, who began his career as an intern in the Galveston District in 1964 following gradu ation from Lamar University, offered advice to all rising through the ranks: Always strive to learn more, the more education the better. The times are constantly changing so you understanding of human needs. Be a person of your word, he added, and know that when you make a commitment, you must live with that decision. Through the years Janecka has been dedicated to many Corps projects. Some of his proudest efforts involved Freeport Harbor, Brazos Island Harbor, the Houston-Galveston Ship Channel, and the relation ship created with local sponsors. He is one of the most expe rienced people that Ive had the pleasure to serve with in my military career, said Lt. Col. Edward P. Feigenbaum, Galveston District deputy commander. Due to the number of years of his service he is a wealth of information and an outstanding friend and mentor to all those who serve around him. Arthur JaneckaGalveston District Program and Project Management Chief receives honor Lisa Johnson, a project assistant in the Galveston Districts Engineering and Construction Division, holds a t-shirt autographed by Ty Pennington and Michael Moloney of the ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Johnson was one of many volunteers who helped build an 8 bedroom, 6,300 square foot home for the Beach family in Kemah, Texas, Jan. 14. The Beach family home was flooded by Hurricane Ikes storm surge in Sept. 2008. I was on the landscaping and playground crew, said Johnson. Unless cut, I will be on the show, which airs March 14. I am standing with Jessica Alba and Ty Pennington. The Beach family has four biological children and nine adopted special needs children. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 9 Let me begin this column by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and welcoming you back from the holiday season. I am sure you all had a great time as you celebrated the holiday season with family and friends. Fiscal Year 2009 was a phenomenal year for the Fort Worth District and U.S. Army Corps of many of you made while contributing to these successes in the way of postponed leave, over time and time spent away from family. Your not go unnoticed. It is always nice to be recognized by the District leadership but your accomplishments are also noticed by the Division, USACE, the engineering community and the American public. Many of these accomplishments were noted by Southwestern Division during our Quarterly Awards Ceremony on Jan. 6. Highlighted among these accomplishments were the Fort Bliss Expansion Program, the PF 225 and VF 300 Border Fence Projects, and Bill Workmans selection as Program Manager of the Year. I also want to commend the District as a whole for our selection as Owner of the Year by Texas Construction Magazine. As we progress through the new year the pace will not let up for the District. We have our work cut out for us as we tackle major challenges to set ourselves up for even a greater year than FY09. Overall, the District program is budgeted for approximately $3.3 billion. Here is just a sample of the District highlights for the year. In military construction, we anticipate placing over $1billion in construction this FY for the Fort Bliss Expansion Program. This includes completion of the following major projects: four child development/youth services centers, a Aviation Brigade complex, town center infrastructure, Fires Brigade Phase I, a dental clinic, a consolidated troop/family health clinic and multiple range complexes. If that is not enough, the team will also face the challenge of initiating the planneeded to build a $1.5 billion medical center. On the civil works side of the house, we continue to work to maintain area infrastructure. The key to success for this year will be to maintain the pace for regularly scheduled projects while implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contracts. Our performance with ARRA should show that when fully funded, we deliver on time with quality results. The San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure and Military Construction program is passing through the period of its peak construction activity. As many as 3,000 construction employees are spread across the various project sites. The rapid workload execution of the past two years has put the program on track to complete several major facilities in 2010, including key components of the Medical Education and Training Campus on Fort Sam Houston. More than 20 BRAC-related facilities will have been completed and turned over for use at installations in San Antonio by the end of September. Also this year, 26 BRAC and other military construction contracts worth more than $380 million are scheduled to be awarded. In all, the San Antonio BRAC and MILCON program will construct or renovate 177 facilities with a gross area of approximately 10.7 million square feet. When executing the many tasks before us, we must also be smart about hiring new personnel to handle increasing work loads. Throughout the Corps, we are losing a lot of experienced personnel. USACE hired over 8,000 last year, but we lost approximately 4,000 employees with a wealth of knowledge. I challenge each of our seasoned leaders to pass on their knowledge and experiences to our emerging leaders. Turn over is a constant; therefore, we must take every opportunity to grow the bench and develop our emerging leaders so they can be postured to take over the helm of our various programs. We have a diverse, challenging and incredible program and if we SEE MURA S KI NEXT PAGE Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr. Commander, Fort Worth District 2010 begins with recognition, renewed dedication for the Fort Worth District Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., holds the Owner of the Year plaque awarded to the Fort Worth District by Texas Construction Magazine.
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 10 A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Fort Bliss, Texas recently to commemorate the start of a construction project to support some of the Posts Soldiers. The $56 million complex is not meant to help Soldiers in combat, but to provide support in their battle to recover from their wounds. The new Warrior Transition Battalion Complex, funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will ensure military members get the medical treatment and rehabilitation they deserve for their duty. Fort Worth District and the Armys military construction program, said Valerie Shippers, Fort Worth District chief, Military Branch. The Fort Worth District is not only a proud member of the Fort Bliss team helping wounded Soldiers; the district plays an integral part within other installation teams building facilities for warriors in transition. From 2008 to the present we have awarded contracts for complexes on two additional Army posts in Texas and one in Louisiana, said Shippers. Warrior transition facilities awarded include a $4.9 million Soldier Family Assistance Center on Fort Polk, a $78 million Warrior in Transition Complex on Fort Sam Houston, a $40 million Warrior in Transition Barracks Recovery Act funds District warrior in transition complexesComplex and a $9.1 million Unit Operations Facility on Fort Hood. Warrior Transition Units are for Soldiers whose injuries or illnesses require complex medical care. These units provide leadership and hands-on care management to Soldiers. At WTUs Soldiers are assigned a primary care provider, squad leader and case manger who work in concert with the chain of command to provide needed counseling and support, aiding Soldiers in meeting their recovery goals. From the Corps of Engineers point of view, these complexes are in keeping with the advances in medical treatment for our soldiers. In many cases these facilities allow a Soldier to recover and rehabilitate to the point where they can decide to remain in the service or transition out of the armed forces and continue to service as a civilian, said Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., commander, Fort Worth District. These projects will transition the WTU Soldiers from temporary buildings to permanent, state of the art facilities. Some of the barracks facilities can accommodate from 200 up to 320 Soldiers. Complexes include provisions for Soldier and Family Assistance and Activity Centers. Amenities include central air, elevators, wider halls and doors and other handicap accessibilities. I am unbelievably proud of the Armys commitment to taking care of our Wounded Warriors, said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers. As the father of a Wounded Warrior, and a friend to many more, I know its critical that we always remember, support and encourage these brave men and women, and honor Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr. (far left), Col. Edward Manning (second from left) and Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg (center), and other dignitaries break ground to prepare for construction on the Warrior Transition Battalion Complex. This is a $56 million project, funded by American Recovery and the Reinvestment Act of 2009. Story and photo by Edward Rivera Fort Worth Districtuse these opportunities as laboratories to expose and teach the workforce, we will be successful with building and maintaining competencies across all our disciplines. These are opportunities that can set the stage for a successful and enduring career. What a tremendous way to retain our talented work force. You should be proud of what the Fort Worth District does for the Southwestern Division, USACE and the American public. When you look at our program, it is amazing, but what is really amazing to me, is you, the members of the Fort Worth family. Each and every member of the Fort Worth team continually rises to meet the challenges on a daily basis and consistently turn these challenges into opportunities to excel and take us from Good to Great. But as we continue this marathon race lets not forget to keep some balance in our lives that is mental, physical, and spiritual balance. Thanks for what you continue to do on a daily basis. I look forward to another amazing year for Fort Worth. continued from previous pageMuraski
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 11 The Southwestern Divisions Family Readiness Program had a busy year in 2009, and 2010 will be even busier as a formal Family Readiness Program is implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sherrill Munn and Karla Langland now serve as Family Readiness Specialists at Corps headquarters. Within SWD, the Family Readiness Coordinator is Julie Bentley and the SWD Regional Community Support Coordinator is Nila Gillespie. They are responsible for provid ing a Family Readiness Program that supports employees and their families, before, during, and after deployments, and on a daily basis. Family Readiness points of contact for SWD districts are: Fort Worth Richard Kaiser; Galveston, Ed Mason; Little Rock, Charlie Tobin; and, Tulsa, Bill Smiley. They can answer questions you may have about the program. Additional information can be found on the vFRG website at www.armyfrg.org The FRG is important as the Overseas Contingency Operations support require ments continue. SWD currently has 46 employees deployed in support of the OCO mission. These employees are volunteers and serve on tours ranging from 6 to12 months. Although they are deployed, they are valued members of the SWD family and this program is designed to improve communication and support for deployed employees and their families. The following is a list of some of the programs available: The HooahMail service The HooahMail service is now available to deployed individuals and their families and friends, providing a way to send fast photos and correspondence discreetly and securely via the internet. The messages are then printed and hand-delivered to the deployed individual by within 24 hours. Army Family Action Plan The Army Family Action Plan is a process to identify and resolve quality of life, work environment and family support issues that affect SWD civilians, soldiers, retirees and family members. Submit any issues that need to be addressed to your Family Readiness POC. More information will be avail able over the next several weeks providing both successes with the AFAP program, and current events involving AFAP. Deployment Stories Wanted There have been many indi viduals from SWD who have deployed (stateside and over seas). If you have deployed, share your stories and photos with SWD. These stories will be compiled and used to document how SWD supports regional and overseas contingencies. Contact Julie Bentley for more informa tion. Family Readiness Projects An SWD regional project delivery team has been established to create standardized Deployment, Re-deployment, Family Readiness, Casualty Assistance and Supervisors Deployment Information guides for employees and a separate edition for their families. The team is also working on identify ing Best Practices throughout the division, updating the vFRG website and conducting regional needs assessments. Volunteers to work on the PDT are always welcome. Contact Julie Bentley at (469) 487-7024 for more information. Family Readiness Update Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser, South western Division commander, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Deborah Payne during a Welcome Home ceremony honoring her husband, Erik Nelson, program manager, Programs Directorate. The ceremonies are a thank you to employees who deploy and the family members who support them.
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 12 Course introduces students to the world of Native American CultureBy Terry Lyons Kansas Area Environmental SpecialistSleep in a tepee? You are kidding, right? Nope! Thats just what 18 Corps employees from all over the United States did during a training course Oct. 13-16 with the Osage Nation, held on the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The Native American Cultural [and] Environmental Proponent Sponsored Engineer Corps Training immersion course is structured to go and excitement of a pow-wow, and bring students into the world of Native Americans. Among the students were Tulsa District employees Steve Nolen, Robin Mills, Travis Miller, Amanda Peters, Shawneen ONeill, Kyle Manwaring, Abby Gaydusek, Ed Parisotto, Dale Davidson, Jim Harris, Shane Charlson, and Jamie Hyslop. Understanding the history and perspective of native peoples is vital to your ability to empathize with them on interactions with the federal government. We must never forget that native governments are sovereign, and our processes and timelines should not be forced upon them, said Mills, Oologah Lake park ranger The students built and slept in their own tepees, ate traditional Osage food, learned how to make moccasins and clothing, played Native American games, and watched a dancing and drumming demonstration. Students met with, and listened to tribal leaders, including John Red Eagle, assistant principal chief, several congressio nal representatives from the Osage tribal government, and other tribal elders. Van Big Horse, cultural direc tor for the Osage Nation, provided a history of the Osage Nation along with stories hand ed down from the elders. The class was unique. The Osage community and government were very involved in giving the class insight to their culture, said ONeill, planning branch study manager. The training concluded with a discussion of the main issues the students had learned and wouldgo on to share with family, friends, and co-workers. At the end, hugs and handshakes were exchanged, tepees disassembled, and students packed for the road home with a greater comprehension of the nuance and truth of the phrase walking in anoth ers moccasins. Courtesy photoCorps of Engineers employees listen to a presentation from a member of the Osage Nation during a training session at the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Oklahoma Oct. 13 16. The students were participating in the Native American Cultural [and] Environmental Proponent Sponsored Engineers Corps Training course to gain a better understanding of native people and native governments. Learning through immersion
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 13 Col. Donald E. Jackson Commander, Little Rock District We learned in kindergarten Everything we need to know...Last week I had the opportunity to hold a town hall meeting with the Little Rock District. Now I havent done many of these during my time in command, in fact, met with individual staffs and presided over Engineer Day events, etc., where I have been able to address the entire team. It was hard to decide what to say. I thought long and hard about it, conferring with various members of the senior leadership team and my wife, Lynne. During this time, I had been cleaning out my garage in preparation for our upcoming move and came upon a book I had read many years ago. The book is entitled, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum. What could I learn from skimming through this book, I asked myself? I remember reading it many years ago, sharing a few laughs with my wife over the wit and wise maxims contained therein. The overall theme of the book is simplethe basic behaviors we are taught to get along with others as young children still apply today. Lost in thought and alone in my garage, I decided it contained a few good points of reference I should share with the District during the upcoming town hall meeting. It certainly reinforced many of the things we have discussed over the past few yearsbut from the perspective of a child. Let me share with you my personal favorite. hold hands, and stick together. This observation implies we must build lasting relaof our collective teams in order to succeed. When the going gets tough we have to communicate, rely on each other and support the team. All too often we strive to git er done completely focused on short to medium range objectives with no care as to how they are achieved. Our society is great about building metrics we can use to measure success, slaying one dragon then moving on to the next as fast as possible. In fact, we are often rewarded for the number of dragons slain. But what is the cost? Now I am not saying we should set aside mission execution to stand around if we take the time to build the relationship, the work In our district, our overall million to about $700 million so far in FY10. In fact, our new medical support mission to the Air Force is building a multi-award task order contract capacity of about $1.5 million this year. We are on the national stage in dam and levee safety, responding to disasters at home and abroad, watching a record number of construction projects come out of the ground. I could go on and on. To succeed in this monumental effort we need full synchronization and coordination with members of our own district, our regional partners and vertical teammates. To keep this coalition together it is essential we communicate the right way and often. Nothing of lasting value is accomplished alone. Not even the Olympic ing cast. It took a dedicated parent to sit for hours in a cold ice rink, a talented staff of coaches and trainers to ready them and other skaters to challenge them to rise to glory. The same can be said for the work we accomplish. For example, we have partnered with our sister districts successfully on the Ozark Powerhouse Major Rehabilitation. We have also partnered with contractors, Yates Construction, at Little Rock Air Force Base on the education center. In these partnerships it is important to recognize the value of the team and do all we can to foster the relationships necessary to achieve great things for our customers. solutions to the sometimes most arduous challenges. The Bible offers additional wisdom in Ecclesiastes 4:12, though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. I submit to you there are many things we could learn if we sat around a sandbox to play as children. Despite the complexity of life, the basic fundamentals and importance of human relationships have not changed. Take the opportunity to communicate with your team will last. In these busy times, with ever-increasing demands placed on each of us, never has there been a time where we needed each other more. Keep up the great work in 2010, and dont forget the lessons you learned in kindergarten still apply today.
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 14 By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Lile Rock DistrictLittle Rock District selected 10 participants for the 2010 Leadership Development Course, and DRI Consulting Firm will help lead the program, which is a one-year course geared toward self-im provement, teamwork and leadership. We believe they (DRI Consulting) are the best in the business, Program Champion Randy Hathaway, Little Rocks deputy district engineer said. They will help lead this program. Kyle Clark of Regulatory Division and Karen Adams of Programs and Project Management are the districts co-program managers for the course. The participants are Laura Cameron of Planning and Environmental Division, Elliott Carman of Regulatory Division, Bobby Van Cleave of Engineering and Construction Divisions Design Jesse Palmer of Nimrod-Blue Mountain Project Management Division, Stacey Snead of Greers Karyn Adams and I gathered the applications, course and 10 were selected by the senior leaders of the district. So far weve received good feedback from the participants.SWL Leadership class of 2010 Laura Cameron of Little Rocks Planning and Environmental Office waits as Toni Hill of Emergency Management Office crosses to other class members during an orientation and retreat team-building exercise. (Courtesy photo)Clark said as co-program managers, he and Adams facilitate between the district and the contractors. The 10 members can expect to participate in one meeting a month, team projects and personal ity tests, as well as to read and report on selected books and take an online leadership course, Clark said. The personality tests help them to identify their strengths and weakness, so they make selfimprovements and hone their skills. The course helps the participants build on the principles and ideas of leadership throughout the year, Clark explained. Upon successful completion, they will be eligi ble to apply for the USACE Emerging Leaders Program. On Oct. 31, Karla Brogen (center), a teach ers assistant at the England Elementary School at England, Ark., received a Little Rock District Safety Award from District Deputy Engineer Lt.Col. Marvin Griffin. Brogen received the award for saving the life of two-year-old Jina Stevens of Romance, Ark. Brogen performed CPR on Jina after she stopped breathing while swimming at Greers Ferry Lake. Also shown with Brogen and Griffin is Benny Rorie, Greers Ferry Lake manager; Joe Harper, Greers Ferry chief ranger, and Jina Stevens with her parents Alicia and Joey Stevens. (Photo by Jay Woods)Saving Jina
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 15 A joint conference in San Diego Dec. 1-2 was the largest gathering ever of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Cus toms and Border Protection members since their working relationship was sealed in an interagency agreement with a predecessor agency, the U.S. Immigration and Natu ralization Service, in 1997. The All-Hands Meeting brought together staff from both sides of the Engineering and Construction Support Office, along with units within CBP such as Facilities Management & Engineer ing and the U.S. Border Patrol. Pictured at right are Michael Fallon (far right), director of the programs directorate, Southwest ern Division; Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser, commander, Southwestern Division; and Capt. Jared Ulekowski (left), Funkhousers aide-de-camp.Story and photo by Brian Dwyer Joint Program Management Office USACE, CBP meet in San DiegoSEE CHIEF ON NEXT PAGEOne can begin to comprehend the magnitude and diversity of the projects being executed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in San Antonio by reviewing the numbers: more than $3 billion of construction and renovation; 10 million square feet of facilities; and 8 miles of ecosystem restoration along a river, including the introduction of 20,000 young trees and shrubs. Gaining a full appreciation of the impact of the work within the city can only be accomplished by visiting the job sites themselves. Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers and USACE commander has done both. The General toured Fort Sam look at the largest projects in the $3 billion San Antonio Base Realignment and Closure and military construction program. Later that same day, he visited the Mission Reach portion of the San Antonio River Improvements Project. The General was accompanied at both stops by Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District and David Thomas, director of the Joint Program the design and construction efforts of the San Antonio BRAC and MILCON program. At Fort Sam Houston, the General saw key components of the BRAC program, including the project to add roughly 760,000 square feet of space to Brooke Army Medical Center. He also walked through the 80,000 square Lieutenant General Robert Van Antwerp and David Thomas, Director of the Joint Program Management Office, listen as Tim Wheeler a lead construction representative describes cooking equipment in the kitchen of the new dining facility that is part of the Medical Education and Training Campus on Fort Sam Houston. (Courtesy photo)Photo by Jim FrisingerChief of Engineers views transformation taking place in San Antonio under MILCON and Civil Works programs
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 16 continued from previous pageChief Assisstant Secretary tours Fort Worth projects Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., and Jo-Ellen Darcy (second from left), Assistant Secretary of the Army-Civil Works, listen to James Oliver of the National Park Service describe historic structures along the San Antonio River that date back to the Spanish missionary period during a tour of the Mission Reach portion of the San Antonio River Improvements Project. Darcy also observed work underway to restore natural features and habitat along the San Antonio River scheduled to be modified through habitat restoration. After her day in San Antonio, Darcyspent the next two days visiting the Districts Dallas Floodway and Central City projects. In Dallas, Mayor Tom Leppert, City Manager Mary Suhm, and Councilman Dave Neumann welcomed her at the Trinity Trust Office. A briefing on the Dallas project was given followed by a tour of the project area. Following the tour, the group met with the Dallas City Council before heading to Fort Worth. In Fort Worth, Darcy met with District senior staff to discuss upcoming projects and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. Darcy then met with the Trinity River Vision Authority team where she was briefed on the Central City project and given a tour of the area. Darcy finished her Texas visit as the guest speaker for the USACE Small Business Conference held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.foot dining facility that is part of the new Medical Education and Training Campus. The campus is being built to train combat medics and other medical specialists. The dining facility is one of the largest of its kind in the Department of Defense with the capacity to serve 4,800 people in a single, 90 minute meal period. The BRAC program is scheduled to continue until September 2011, which is the legislative deadline for completion of all BRAC projects. Before traveling to the Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River, Van Antwerp addressed the leadership and staff of the Joint general emphasized the concept of going from good to great by highlighting three features of successful organizations: disciplined people, disciplined thought, and disciplined action. He urged individual USACE employees to practice discipline by focusing on doing their individual jobs well and being mindful that each persons efforts contribute to the ultimate level of success achieved by the organization, just together. Van Antwerp concluded his remarks by addressing the outlook for USACE in the immediate future. He indicated that the civil works portion of USACEs workload is expected to remain vibrant, in light of assessments by the American Society of Civil Engineers of the ongoing infrastructure needs across the country. After he left Fort Sam Houston, Van Antwerp was greeted by representatives of the San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County Commissioners Court near the beginning of the 8-mile-long Mission Reach section of the river. The River Authority and Bexar County are partnering with the Corps of Engineers to fund and direct the completion of the $272 million Mission Reach project. The area of the river included in this project lies south of downtown and was straightened and channelized several decades ago by the Corps of Engineers to reduce the current project is aimed at reintroducing native grasses, plants, and other ecosystem features, as well as restoring the rivers natural, meandering course, to enhance the rivers aesthetic appeal and provide recreational opportunities to local residents. On a small bluff that overlooks a bend in the river, Suzanne Scott, General Manager of the San Antonio River Authority, and Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge, provided Van Antwerp with a summary of the planned enhancements. Native trees and shrubs will be planted; stones will be deposited in certain segments of the river to and bike trails and pedestrian footbridges will be built, along with shade structures, picnic tables, overlooks, landings, and canoe access points. The project also will include construction of pathways and visual linkages to the four 18th century Spanish missions that are located along the river. The entire Mission Reach project is scheduled to be Photo by Brian Dwyer
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 17 LT. CO L. GENE SNYMANDEPUTY COMMAN D ER, TU LS A DI S TRI C TSWT Readiness planningEssayons! Let us try is the Engineer motto. We pride ourselves in our determina tion to ensure the mission is accomplished regardless of the obstacles we face. Emergency conditions in recent years have the Tulsa District but due to thoughtful advanced planning we have been able to ensure we can continue operations regardless of the conditions. Properly executed planning and Continuity of Operations exercises will ensure Southwestern Tulsa keeps moving forward in the event of an emergency. There are a number of scenarios that could potentially prevent full or key staff from being able to operate out of the ice storms, unexpected facility water supply or power issues, social distancing associated with H1N1 threat, as well as security or anti-terrorism can all effect building access. As the nature of our work is communication, our focus for COOP planning has to be on assured communications. With limited redundant communication resources, district priori ties must drive our plans for the allocation of these impor tant but costly tools. For this quarter, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work is critical and time sensitive as we strive to obligate funds by March. Through the second quarter, those directly support ing ARRA pre-award and award processes must be able to main tain momentum in the event of an emergency. Additionally, we are in the process of validat ing our key personnel roster to determine other critical positions and functions with associated resource requirements. Assuring our communica tions essentially means person nel must have internet access to reach the Virtual Private Network remote servers. This can be accomplished through a number of channels. If a govern ment laptop computer cannot be directly connected to the secure government network, internet and secure VPN access must be gained by using either air cards or Blackberry tethering. This technology allows wireless access to the internet in any location normally accessible by cellphone. A home computer with internet access through a local Internet Service Provider (cable, DSL) can also be used to access the VPN servers and SWT serv ers. VPN access to the SWT serv ers allows the user all normal links to shared drives, P2, and CEFMS. Once our resources are in place, a series of exercises will be conducted to validate our readiness. With the Safety and in the lead, the District HQ will work through a number of communication and readiness exercises in the coming weeks that will culminate in a full COOP exercise. COOP plan ning and preparation dovetails with other emergency planning. Our Life Safety Plan for build requirements could potentially be the precursor to a COOP event. Further, other Federal agencies who are building tenants must be fully incorpo rated into the planning of these events. So, while some may wonder about the actual productivity of tion of key leaders, communi cation capability, and off-site exercises, the issue is essentially one of risk management. One hour of corporate District and execution, and our custom ers and stakeholders are count ing on us to meet the terms of our agreements. The next emergency is loominglets be prepared! WITH THE SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE S IN THE LEAD, THE DI S TRICT HQ W ILL W ORK THROUGH A NUMBER OF COMMUNICATION AND READINE SS EXERCI S E S IN THE COMING W EEK S ...
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 18 Neal Whitaker Park Ranger Marion LakeOctober was a hoot for fourth graders from Marion Elementary School in Marion, Kansas when a science course of study on owls culminated with a night trip to Marion Reservoir to view the creatures in the wild. The annual Owl Prowl, hosted by Marion Reservoir proj ers, was October 24 at the Cottonwood Point Campground, and featured a presentation by a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks More than 100 pupils and adults were briefed by Rangers about the types of owls native to the area, the adaptations of owls and the calls that owls make. They were also cautioned that federal law prohibits possession of owls, or any parts thereof, without proper permits. Marvin Peterson, KDWP, demonstrated mouth calling of Great Horned and Barred Owls and the children got to see taxidermy mounts of those species. Once the sun went down, Rangers used the taped call of an Eastern Screech Owl to summon a resident Screech Owl to investigate the intruder. Rangers spotlighted the owl to temporarily blind and freeze it on its perch, allowing the pupils to get a close-up look often within 10 to 15 feet of the bird. The children have shown their gratitude to the owls by building a half-dozen nesting boxes which have been placed around Cottonwood Point. In recent years, an abbreviated Owl Prowl has also been given to the Marion pre-school group. Students get a hoot out of Owl Prowl Photo left: A taxidermy mount of a Great Horned Owl on display for the annual Owl Prowl at Cottonwood Point Campground October 24 presented by the Marion Reservoir project office park rangers with cooperation from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Photo top: A group of fourth graders from Marion Elemen tary listen to a demonstration during the annual Owl Prowl. Photo right: An Eastern Screech Owl under the spot light of a ranger sits frozen on its perch, ready for its close-up as the children were able to get within 10 to 15 feet of the creature during the Owl Prowl event. Courtesy photos
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 19 (Above) Jason Smith from Weatherford, Texas helps Kirsten Strand, 13 with target practice during a break from hunting at Canyon Lake during a disabled sprotsman and wounded warrior hunt. (Below, left) Darrel Schacht takes aim from his camouflaged position. (Above) Texas Parks and Widlife, Game Warden Michael McCall and volunteer Donnie Hentphel prepare to dress out a deer harvested in the early morning hours. (Left) Sgt. Josh Primm and Spec. Jerry Morris, two warriors from Brook Army Medical Center, who participated in the weekend hunt, display their hunt ing success. Photo by Edward Rivera Photo by Edward RiveraStory by Edward Rivera Fort Worth DistrictTwo weekends before Thanksgiving a group of sports men took to the hunting areas of Canyon Lake, Texas for their annual hunt. But for these hunt only needs required for a great hunt. With the help from family, friends and volunteers their annual Deer Hunt for Disabled Sportsmen and Wounded Warriors was a success. Wounded Warriors from Brooke Army Medical Center joined in on the action, said Garland Ireland, Canyon Lake park ranger. Traveling from as far as 300 miles away, 12 disabled sportsmen were joined by four wounded warriors from Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas to help manage the deer population on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake. Jason Smith from Weatherford, Texas joins several freinds for the weekend hunt when ever possible. Its great to have the chance to get out and hunt and have the support to make it not only possible but successful, said Smith. Canyon Lake Park Rangers, organization, and the Fraternal Order of Canyon Lake Men joined together to coordinate the event. Two of the four warriors from Brook Army Medical Center Sgt. Josh Primm and Spec. Jerry during the weekend. Primm and Morris both took an 8-point In all 24 deer were taken, mostly management spikes and bucks, said James Chambers, manager, Canyon Lake. The hunt was a great way to manage the large population of whitetailed deer in the area and provided an opportunity for the Corps and the local community to give back to all the hunters involved.Photo by Garland Ireland Photo by Garland IrelandDisabled wounded warriors enjoy hunt on Canyon LakeCorps employees, volunteers help disabled hunters
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 20 Story and photos by Neal Whitaker Park Ranger Marion LakeFor 12 years, physically challenged sportsmen have participateed in a deer hunt in September at Marion Reservoir in Kansas thanks to volunteers, and the donation of specialized equipment, that make it all possible. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the Marion Lake Association, the 2002 Vocational Agriculture class at Hillsboro High School, the Paralyzed Veterans of America organization, local businesses, and volunteers contributed resources and time to the hunt. The MLA, a chartered, purpose is to advance Marion Reservoir, has been a part ner since the hunt began, and the hunt. The Marion hunt is differ ent from other deer hunts for disabled hunters in that it is a multi-day event with morning and evening hunts, and is held in September when the Kansas muzzleloader deer season begins. Muzzleloader weapons are used because it is held at a arms deer hunt would interfere with the purpose of the area. The Kansas muzzleloader deer season begins prior to the arrival of any ducks except teal. Hunters are transported to the blinds by volunteers in vehicles donated by area businesses. Hunters who could not be transferred from their wheel chairs were transported on a special trailer designed by the hunters and built with donat ed materials in 2002 by the Vocational Agriculture Class at Hillsboro High School. The idea for a deer hunt for physically challenged hunt ers at Marion Reservoir took shape in 1997 following the lead of Tulsa District lakes in Oklahoma. Eleven hunters participated in the hunt. During the season, 114 deer were seen, 12 shots were taken, and four deer were harvested. In November, the Pease Rivers Partners, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Wichita Falls Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans had a special deer hunt on the Crowell Wildlife Management Area. The DAV found disabled veterans with special needs, and all involved arranged for them to enjoy a dream weekend on Corps property. These vets were indeed special, said Dennis Duke, Chloride Control cannot begin to tell you how they responded. They had a great hunt. All the work to support them was strictly volunteer. People donated time, money, supplies and food. I was not prepared for the reaction. I was also not prepared for the young age of these vets. Each veteran commented about how much this meant to them not just the hunt, but the time, camaraderie and the fellowships that were built. They could not express how much they appreciated the use of this land, this resource, to help them in their healing process. One lady, suffering from cancer, could only shoot with a specially prepared lead sled the guys built for her since recoil would shatter her bones. She said this was a lifetime dream come true and compared the born. There wasnt a dry eye in the house, Duke said. Some of the hunters are given a ride to a hunting blind in a specially designed trailer during the Muzzleloader hunt at Marion Lake in September.Marion hosts muzzleloader hunt
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 21 By Courtney Brodbeck Pacesetter StaffAttitude, dedication, imagi nation and a strong work ethic are vital qualities a Defense Comptroller Program participant must possess. Those qualities are the skills that Mark Williams excels in as a Galveston District employee and former Department of the Army intern. Williams, a budget analyst in Resource Management at the Galveston District, is one of 32 military and civilian employees nationwide, who has, been accepted into the program at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in New York. The DCP allows Williams to earn both a Master of Business Administration degree and Executive Master of Public Administration degree as well as a position at the Pentagon as a Taking 60 graduate credits in 14 months is very hard work and these qualities are essential for success, said David B. Berg, director, Executive Education and Defense Programs. The ambitions of the program are to provide students with essential tools of private and public sector business prac tices, and the ability to analyze and develop public policy. This represents a unique collabora tive venture between Syracuse University and the Department of Defense, Berg said. Williams, who joined the Corps June 1, 2006, is one of several DA interns around the Galveston District. He applied for the program after receiv ing his bachelors degree from Texas Southern University, with a major in mathematics and a minor in business administra tion. Williams was given the opportunity not only to work for the Galveston District but do rotational assignments at the Corps Southwestern Division in Dallas and headquarters in Washington. I wanted to do the DA intern program because it provided hands-on training opportunities and helped lay down the ground work for future development and advancement, Williams said. My supervisors in Resource Management, Beverly Martin and Selma Hampshire, were instrumental in my professional growth and fully supported me in what I wanted to do. The DA intern program is an essential source for recruit ing, training and educating new talent at the Corps, said Beverly Martin, Chief of Resource Management at Galveston District. The program takes individuals from entry level positions to posi tions of mid-level management and gives on-the-job training and formal classroom instruction, typically lasting from 18 to 24 months. Many of the Armys senior-lev el civilian leaders are the product of the intern program such as Martin, who worked at Fort Polk, La., as a budget analyst. It was the best decision I ever made; the DA intern program is a win-win situation for both the employee and the employer, Martin said. It gives the employee the opportunity to see if they like working for the federal government and it allows the employer to observe the employee and see if they have the attributes we need as our future leaders. Williams will leave the District in May 2010 and begin Interns are like any group you get, you have some who are self-motivated and you have some that are good workers, but dont look for growth in their job, Martin said. I can honestly say that Mr. Williams is one of the few interns Ive had who has looked for growth. He loves a challenge and wants to be a contributing member of the team and he has been. We will miss him a great deal, but are thank ful for the contributions he has made to the Corps. Martin encourages individu als seeking an internship to be tage of all opportunities because the knowledge gained from both cial to the growth of the Corps. These are bright young people were getting out of college and they have some good ideas. We need to take advantage of that, and as an older work force we need to pass on everything we know, Martin said. Galveston District budget analyst accepted into Syracuse University Masters programMark Williams
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 22 By Isidro Reyna Pacesetter StaffIts not everyday a 15-pound pelican with a six-foot wing ing pier. Its also not everyday that the same pelican would steal bait Thats exactly what happened, said Steve Walls, a regulatory project manager with the Galveston District. The pelican had a broken wing and would come into the docks and He became so notorious, people named him Buddy. home to Buddy in early November, said Walls. Buddy would sleep atop the pilings beneath the pier. He was probably injured on a shrimp trawler, said Walls. The hungrier he got, the more he learned that if he came in and scavenged, he could get people to feed him. We noticed the pelican getting bolder and bolder and more desperate, said Walls. Buddy became a little bit of a downfall, and his saving at the same time. We called the Fish and Wildlife Service and they told us, if you guys can catch him and take it to the rehab center, well support you doing it and if things got worse, to call them back, said Walls. We were thinking we dont have the expertise to capture a bird with a beak like that. Theyre big birds. ing one day and Buddy tried to grab someones bait when he got hooked, said Walls. He was trying to expel it and he couldnt. He had broken the line and still had the hook, a sinker and a steel line attached to him. I was worried it was going to wrap around his beak and he wouldnt be able to eat. I got him loose and noticed that he continued to hang around so we called the Fish and Wildlife Service back, said Walls. One of the Fish and Wildlife Service employees, Donna Anderson, works at the Jadwin Building a few days a Walls and Anderson went out to the pier looking for Buddy. two looking for the pelican and said, Buddy sleeps over there. if I could have some for Buddy, said Walls. head and when Buddy got closer, we put a net over him but he got out. He was so hungry, he hung by the bulkhead and he came time, Donna from the Fish and Wildlife Service, put him in a headlock, said Walls She grabbed him by the beak and I got a box, said Walls. She literally got him in a headlock. We drove him down to a wildlife rehabilitator in the Clear Lake area, said Walls The bird had mites and lice. While I was driving, Donna wanted to stop because mites were crawling on her, but I suggested she hold on to him, said Walls. I could see us head ing down IH-45 with a pelican loose in the vehicle. The pelican was emaciated and dehydrated, said Walls. Fluids were given to him, along with antibiotics, a bath, lice and pain medicine, said WallsInjured pelican gets new homeBuddy, a rescued pelican, opens wide as a fishing hook is removed from his beak at a wildlife rehabilitatiion facility in Clear Lake, Texas. The pelican was rescued by Steve Walls of the districts Regulatory Branch. Photo courtesy of wrande.org See Pelican page 25
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 23 Story by Debbie Chaloupek Park Ranger, Canton LakeNational Public Lands Day was observed by the staff of Canton Lake with a proj ect to locate and uncover or reset the original graves ite markers of a Tribal cemetery. Many of the markers were covered by a 50-year accumulation of soil and vegetation, and were no longer visible when walk ing through the cemetery. Canton Lake staff members and volunteers used a map showing the plotted cemetery, and sometimes a metal detector, to locate the groundlevel markers that were covered. Once an under ground marker was found, volunteers dug down, sometimes 12 to 18 inch es, until the mark er could be lifted and repositioned at the surface level. Some markers were at ground level, but had so much dirt and vegetation nearly covering them that the volunteers had to cut away grass and remove the dirt so the markers could be seen more easily. It took the 15 volunteers about three hours to 136 of the original markers. Prior to Canton Lake impoundment in the late 1940s, the cemetery was moved to higher ground in an attempt to preserve its integrity. Notes were made about which of the known gravesites were moved, along with any informa tion concerning the history of the deceased. The new location for the cemetery was still located on Corps of Engineers land and would be protected and maintained for years to come. Most original gravesites did not have markers, so new ones were made and the name of the deceased was engraved onto an aluminum plate attached to a cement marker. Some markers only had the words unknown on them. Markers were placed at ground level to allow for easy mowing and maintenance. The documentation and maintenance of this ceme tery is important for historical and cultural reasons, and also because, even today, deceased Tribal members are sometime buried in the cemetery. The Canton staff chose this project for the National Public Lands observance because it is a hands-on volunteer event that focuses on improving and enhancing public lands. The documentation and maintenance of this cemetery is important for historical and cultural reasons ... Courtesy photo (Photo left) Volunteers dig to unearth a cemetery marker buried under accumulated soil and vegetation. (Above) Volunteers use garden hoes to uncover markers at a Tribal cemetary at Canton Lake as part of a project for National Public Lands Day.At Canton:Preserving an historic tribal cemetery
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 24 Story and photos by Darlene Moore Benbrook Lake Project OfficeDuring the summer recreation season when most people vaca tion, park rangers are working their hardest. They manage campgrounds, enforce regulations, promot water safety and aid local agencies in search and rescues. During winter, rangers get to take a breath and work at wildlife management, hunting programs, facility maintenance, working on trails, and scouting boundary areas for signs of encroachment. Richard Bingham, park ranger and volunteer program manager at Benbrook Lake, oversees a maintenance crew of six trained volunteers who support the Lakes civil engineer technician. The team has replaced boards on on minor electrical repairs at West Creek Circle Park. Winter is the best time of year to do these repairs because the parks on, said Bingham. Bingham also put together a team of volunteers to make an extra storage trailer into a small laundry and meeting facility for the volunteer village. It gives the volunteers a sense of belonging and they feel like theyre at home, said Bingham. lake has been able to retain the mitigation funds for clearing boundary lines, said Jeff Veselka, Benbrook Lake park ranger. The lakes boundary lines are over grown with vegetation that is So when the opportunity surfaced to use a bulldozer the park ranger ran with it. Now we will be able to patrol our boundary lines with ease and we can spot invasive species like Scott Thistle, and Winter Vetch, said Veselka. At Lavon Lake Park Ranger Curry Murphy is also clearing and removing invasive species to plant native vegetation. Additionally, watching for the Zebra mussels has become a priority at Lavon Lake. Zebra mussels are a very invasive species and can deplete the food source of native aquatic species, foul boat bottoms and clog intake pipes. So far there have been no positive tests for Zebra mussels. At Joe Pool Lake, Park Ranger Marcus Holloway has been checking boundary lines and repairing fences that some adjacent landowners cattle have broken through. Both Vesleka and Holloway will be surveying the conditions of buoys and replacing them as necessary at both lakes. boats and sometimes move with ensure they are correctly in place before the next recreation season. Most of the buoys have messages or warnings on them that are important for people to see, said Veselka. summer because of all the boat activity on the lake. Jeff Veselka (left), park ranger, Benbrook Lake discusses areas to be cleared with a contractor.Two of six skilled volunteers support Benbrook Lakes civil engineer technician with their expereince. The team of volunteers has been replacing boards on boat and fishing docks.Benbrook Lake volunteers use their expertise to do minor electrical maintenance.Winter months, volunteers help park rangers maintain lake projects
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 25 Setting the standard Col. David C. Weston Commander, Galveston DistrictThose of us in the Federal sector tend work in year, with program execution well underway. Weve also now entered into the new calendar year, with the renewed sense of purpose that seems to come every January 1st. Like all ways of counting time, these are ongoing. Even as we work diligently to execute our projects and programs for FY 10, we are planning our Congressional visits for future projects and programs. This long term planning approach helps us execute our mission. The calendar year has its own parameters for planning purposes, as we mark special observances, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday or the upcoming District 130th Anniversary Town Hall. We live part of our lives with time markers like holidays and family vacations, far removed from project execution, but just as important to us as individuals. The Galveston District will have a multitude of in the calendar year that lies ahead of us. ARRA projects, our normal project workloadeven some Hurricane Ike work still to be completedall beckon. Large undertakings like the Sabine-Neches Waterway Channel Improvement Project NEPA activities and the Addicks and Barker Dam Safety to go. To help guide us on these projects, its important that all District employees are aware of the key goals and metrics of the Corps Strategic Plan and, equally important, the Districts Implementation Plan. Hopefully you are all engaged in portions of the plan, in actions and activities that contribute to achieving our and the Corps goalsby achieving our goals, we move from Good to Great! Some of the underlying metrics that can help us envision what Great looks like are these: delivering superior performance every time; setting the stan dard for our profession; making a positive impact on the nation and other nations; and build to last. Think of these metrics as you carry out your projects. Compare your efforts to the metric descriptions. Make the connection between the wording of a metric and the actual project that you work on. Are you delivering superior performance, are you setting a standard that upholds the great profesnation, and are you building strong to make it last? If you follow these metrics in all your projects, well on the road from Good to Great. Though in many ways we are already a GREAT District, if we use these metrics as one of our guid ing lights, we will be Great in every sense of the word. I called the rehabilitation center the next morning and asked about Buddy. I was told the pelican bit someone twice this morning, so hes doing well, said Walls. ing and has been eating several Although he has sauerkraut breath, he is now out in the open. He seems to be doing well, said Walls. Permits have been obtained for Buddy to head south to a zoo in Brownsville, Texas, with two other birds. We are taking contributions to the wildlife fund for Buddys privileges for fowling up and getting caught, said Walls.Pelican Buddy sits in his crate awaiting the trip south to his new homecontinued from page 22
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 26 Little Rock District, the city of Jacksonville and Little Rock Air Force Base joined together to construct an education facility that will provide more classrooms and will be easily accessible to the base and the community. The cost of the facility is $14.4 mil lion and is set to be completed by November 2010. The ground-breaking ceremony was held Nov. 9. From the left are Melody Toney of the bases education office, John Watkins of Garver Engineers design team; Col. Ed Jackson, Little Rock District com mander; Air Force Col. Charles Hyde, 314th Air Wing commander; former Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim; Rep. Vic Snyder; Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher; Col. Greg Otey, 19th Air Wing commander; Col. Dave Summers, 189th Air Wing commander; Mike Wilson of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; David Walker of Yates & Sons Construction Team; and Bill Threet of Air Force Center for Engineering and Environment. An educating partnership Stephen Austin, USACE Natural Resources manager, presented Little Rocks Allison Smedley with the Interpreter of the Year award during the National Association for Interpretation Conference in November. Smedley works at the Rus sellville Project Office as a ranger. She was recognized for her work in the Interpretive Services and Outreach Program and for promoting water safety. Interpreter of the year Drillin holes, pourin concreteOn Oct. 15 concrete placement began on the first panel of the cut-off wall on Little Rocks Clearwater Dam. Phase Ib grouting is on-going and is expected to be completed early in calendar year 2010. The Phase II work (cutoff wall) will overlap and continue over the next five years. The Phase II Cutoff Wall contract was awarded in September 2008. A sinkhole devel oped in 2003 on the upstream face of the dam and a Major Rehabilitation Study concluded that a new seepage cutoff wall was necessary to solve the problem. More detailed seismic analyses are ongoing because of the proximity to the New Madrid fault. Seismic studies could result in future additional remediation measures. The project cost has increased since inception of the project because of previously-unknown sub surface conditions. Photo by Jay Woods Courtesy photo Courtesy photo
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 27 Story and photo by U.S. Border PatrolU.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sonoita Station, east of Nogales, Arizona made an interesting seizure Oct. 12: a pack train of horses laden with marijuana. The Border Patrol reports that this is another sign of its increased presence in remote border areas. The construction of hundreds of miles of new fence is cred ited with pushing smugglers to cult to traverse. The $2.4 billion Pedestrian Fence 225, and Vehicle Fence 300 projects from 2007 to 2009, are a major national secu rity project spearheaded by the Engineering and Construction Corps of Engineers in support of the Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that border patrol agents from the Sonoita of Air and Marine helicopter, searched nearby mountains for illegal border crossing and discovered several horses carry ing bundles of marijuana, total ing about 971 pounds, and with an estimated street value of $776,800. The horses and marijuana were held for further processing. Smugglers associated with the The continued efforts of Border Patrol agents and our CBP partners continues to be effective in stopping these drugs from reaching our communities, said Chief Robert Gilbert. As agents become more vigilant in remote areas, the expec tation is that the smugglers will become desperate in their attempt to smuggle marijuana into the United States, the CBP said. e usual suspects busted at Holiday Luncheon(Left) Fort Worth District team members load up on scrumptious food served up by the Morale Welfare and Recreation Association during the December 8, District Holiday Luncheon. (Above) Federal Officer Jim Page corrals the Muraski Gang for attempting to steal the holiday spirit. The scoundrels were held in custody during the 2009 Holiday Luncheon until Fort Worth District team members raised enough bail donations to spring Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District and his clan of Scrooges. Bail money raised will be applied to support the annual Engineer Day picnic. New border fences have pushed smug glers from the usual crossings into remote, rugged terrain that requires the use of horses to transport the illegal drugs. Tactical infrastructure forces smugglers to use pack animals in remote areasCourtesy photos
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 28 One of the top 100 family campgrounds in the nation is nestled in a secluded area near Belton and Temple, Texas, at Cedar Ridge Park, and is managed by the Fort Worth District Capital Regional Engineers. Belton Lake recently earned this selection based on criteria family campers rated as desirable park features. The criteria included hot shower facilities, laundry facilities, hiking trails, family beaches, radio free zones, visitor centers, educational programs, childrens events, and proximity to a metropolitan area. Volunteer gate attendants and park hosts reside within the park to serve visitors needs. According to Park Rangers Scott Blank and Todd Spivey, the customer service from gate attendants and park volunteers played a key role in the selection. We have the best group of volunteers and its the volunteers who make this park great, said Blank. We have calculated a $230,000 value of volunteer hours over the past year, with volunteers averaging about 20 hours of volunteer time per week. The park was rated among the Nations top 100 parks by the National Recreation Reservation Service in 2009. With more than 60,000 reservable facilities at over 2,500 locations, the NRRS is the largest outdoor recreation reservation service in the country. We submitted our nomination last December and were waiting to hear back from the NRRS and the next thing we knew we were selected, said Blank. We were the only park in the State of Texas selected for this honor. Cedar Ridge Park is part of Belton Lake, a 2,300 acre facility which contains 68 recreational vehicle and tent camp sites. Park facilities include restrooms with hot showers, a camper service center for group parties and meetings, washer [and] dryer units, two multilane boat ramps with courtedock, designated family swimming beach, playground, basketball court, hiking trails and two trailer dump stations. In addition to the campsites, eight screened shelters are located within the park for people who do not own RVs or tents, said Blank. Park guests see as they enter the facility is Jeanne Bean. As the gate attendant, Bean allows access to the facility, collects fees, monitors reservations, enforces park policies and ensures park visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience. Bean has been a gate attendant with the Corps for the past 11 years, and says customer service is A big part of the job is knowing what people want and being able to provide them what they need, said Bean. We have to resolve problems from time to time, but the vast majority of our visitors are wonderful people. Another key reason for the parks success is park volunteer Carlene Fritz, from Watertown, S.D., who is a retired registered nurse. Fritz ensures the adherence of park rules, provides visitors with information on park amenities as well as information on localStory and photos by Randy Cephus Fort Worth District Approximately 87,000 guests visited Cedar Ridge Park in 2009. Guests here are renting one of the eight screened shelters that overlook Lake Belton. Deer along with many other fauna and flora can be enjoyed at Cedar Ridge Park.SEE TOP 100 NEXT PAGE Quality volunteers set Belton Lake apart from other Texas parks
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 29 area attractions and eating establishments. Our overall goal is to ensure the park is well maintained and park rules are obeyed so that everyone can enjoy their visit at our facility, said Fritz. This job requires people skills and I enjoy working with and helping people. A concession marina with a seasonal restaurant is located in the park, and it offers fuel and basic convenience store items for purchase. Two group picnic areas with electricity and water overlook Cedar Creek, with its scenic white limestone bluffs, which accommodate up to 100 people with horseshoe and volleyball courts and a large cooker. A group camping area is also available with the same amenities plus 10 sites for recreational vehicle [and] tent camping with electric [and] water for large family [and] group gatherings. To assist visitors and to ensure the facilities remain in good working order, Fritz patrols the area in a golf cart. We see most of our activity during the spring through fall, but our park remains open during the winter months as well, Blank said. From Dec.1 to the end of February, campers can extend their stay for 14 days at a time. Helen Black and Lynn Houghton, originally from Duluth, Minn., have been visiting the park enjoys the warmer Texas climate and the privacy of the park. The secluded location and the distance between each camp site affords to great privacy. The on-site laundry facility and the courtesy of the staff is also a big plus, said Black. Last year approximately 1.5 million people visited Belton Lake, with 87,000 of those visitors choosing to vacation at Cedar Ridge Park. For further information and to make reservations at Cedar Ridge, or any of the other Corps-managed parks, visit the reservations website at: www.recreation.gov, or call (877) 444-6777. continued from previous pageTop 100 Above, Lake Belton Park Rangers Scott Blank (left) and Todd Spivey inspect a park pavilion to ensure the area is clean and in working order. This attention to detail is a contributing factor to the park being named one of the top family camp grounds in the nation. The park was rated among the Nations top 100 parks by the National Recreation Reservation Service in 2009. With over 60,000 reservable facilities at over 2,500 locations, the NRRS is the largest outdoor recreation reservation service in the country.Photo right, Cedar Ridge Park Volunteer Carlene Fritz uses a golf cart to service the 2,300 acre facility, which offers 68 recreational vehicle and tent camp sites. Our overall goal is to ensure the park is well maintained and park rules are obeyed so that everyone can enjoy their visit at our facility, said Fritz. This job requires people skills and I enjoy work ing with, and helping people. Fritz is a retired registered nurse from Watertown, S.D.
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 30 SEE OLY M PI CS NEXT PAGEBy Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock DistrictHelmets were donned, feet were in motion, some hands and knees were skinned and, ultimately, medals were awarded during the Special Olympics 5 kilometer cross-country bike and foot race events hosted by Little Rock Districts Greers Ferry Rangers and other volunteers from Greers Ferry Lake, located in Heber Springs, Ark., gathered at Dam Site Park Oct. 19 to help organize more than 40 young athletes, ensuring the route was safe and the winners were rewarded for their efforts. to be followed by the 5K bike ride for the rest of the participants, Ranger Gary Ivy said. Rangers Bruce Moyer, John Bridgeman, Ivy and volunteer Ron Gillespie (a retired Corps member) were at various locations throughout the park. aid to those who had a tumble. to grab one young man, and his bicycle, to keep him from crashing into boulders along the path. I guess he was too excited, or panicked and forgot to use his brakes to slow down enough to make his turn course, everyone cheered for him until he reached Moyer recalled one little girl during the bike race, saying, I wish I had taken photos of one girl in particular. The girl had a helmet that was too big for her, and the straps werent properly tightened. So every time she hit a bump the helmet ended up in front of her eyes, Moyer explained. She would have to stop and adjust it or try to look through the vent slots. I called her over and asked if I could help her out, Moyer said. She let me, and seemed very grateful. She was the smallest participant with the biggest helmet. She had a huge smile when I sent her on her way. Moyer also said he had to provide some minor his bike and was pushing it back to the starting line when Moyer came upon him. Special children have an Olympic day Racing fun I had to convince him to let me help him, Moyer said. I calmly told him I could make it feel better, if hed let me. The boy said, it bleeding, you give me band aid? I told him yes, Id clean it up and give him a good ole band aid. I cleaned it and had to get creative to keep the bandage on I put a rubber glove over his hand. He was my best friend from that point on, and he thought the glove was the coolest thing. All of the rangers agreed that the award ceremo ny was their favorite part of the event. Everyone was so supportive of their fellow competitors accomplishments, Bridgeman said. Nobody was seemed genuinely pleased they had competed. Moyer presented the awards to the athletes, but Ivy said each of them had a big smile as their name was called. I hope that this is the beginning of an annual event at Greers Ferry, Ivy said. Greers Ferry Maintenance worker Dannie Travis and volunteer Bill Fulford made sure the Josh Special Olympic athletes race down a hill during an event held at Little Rock Districts Greers Ferry Lake recently. Park rangers helped organize the event for 40-50 participants. The athletes competed in foot and bike races and had lunch after. Courtesy photo
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 31 continued from previous pageOlympics Park Memorial Trail was in top condition for the 5K cross-country race, Chief Ranger Joe Harper said. Diane Wentz and Jessica Fagan of the Area 16 Special Olympics committee organized the event and arranged the lunch for all the participants. We really appreciated the help, Wentz said in an e-mail. We plan to have the cycling and cross country events at Dam Site Park again next year. Fagan wrote a letter to Harper and said, the event was a huge success. Our athletes had a blast, and your rangers were awesome. We could not have pulled it off without their help. They went above and beyond the athletes loved them. Ranger Bruce Moyer gives a Special Olympics athlete a medal during the awards ceremony Oct. 19. Greers Ferry park rangers helped orga nize the races for more than 40 competitors.By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock DistrictLittle Rock District Regulatory Division hosted two annual interagency meetings recently to promote consistency in the regu latory programs across Arkansas and Missouri. Discussions during the Arkansas meeting included updates on the Fayetteville Shale Task Force, including the new proposed Regional General Permit and Regional Condition 5 permits, Cynthia Blansett, an environmental protection specialist with Little Rock Districts Regulatory Division said. We also talked about the recent linear gas projects and gas company frac pond activities within the Fayetteville Shale area, she said. A frac pond holds water and sand that is used when drilling hundreds of feet into the ground. fractures where the gas is found, Blansett explained. Dr. Gary Tucker, of FTN Associates, a gas company consultant in the region, made a presentation about mitigation for the frac ponds, Blansett said. There was also an update on the new regional wetland supple ments. Also in attendence were Memphis and Vicksburg districts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and Arkansas Historic Properties Program. Little Rock also hosted the annual meeting of the Missouri Board of Directors Jan. 12. The meeting included board members and representatives from the Corps divisions and districts within the state of Missouri. The meeting highlighted topics of environmental concern among federal and state agencies within Missouri, Blansett said. Topics included items such as transportation issues, mitigation and mitigation assessment methods and policy procedures. These meetings keep the Regulatory Division and federal and state agencies up to date with the most current regula tions and policies, Blansett said. Regulatory issuesArkansas, Missouri agencies meet to discuss programsCOURTESY P HOTO
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 32 By Paris Embree Programs Directorate Southwestern DivisionAfter returning from a 13 month assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan, I would like to share a few words about my deployment. There are many reasons for people to deploy: the money; the experience of a new job; and, adventure. I went for adventure and I got it. Living and working at Qalaa House in Kabul was nothing like I expected. What I did expect was to be camping. So, I packed only essentials and prepared for the rough life. In reality, the Afghanistan Engineer District is located within the Green Zone in Kabul, close to the Embassies and the International Security Assistance Force. The living conditions at Qalaa House are good, though most share a room for at least three months before receiving a private room. The majority of my time was spent working seven days a week, traveling to job ing with the customer, the Combined Security Command Afghanistan, which is now the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission Afghanistan. The rest of my time was spent dining in the best dining facility in the country, exercising in the gym, or participating in other morale, welfare and recreational activities. If asked if Id go back or recommend deployment to others, the answer is a resound ing Yes! anniversary last summer, and the new AED South District stood up last year. Both districts are providing challenging work at least six major programs: Military Construction, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, Roads and Support for Others, Operations and Maintenance and Minor Construction, and Water and Infrastructure. Each program has its own customers, budgets, and funding streams. Construction of facilities in of the rugged terrain, ranging from high mountain ranges to had to be transported at times by air or carried in by donkeys. Security issues were chal lenging, safeguarding workers and materials going to, or at, the sites. ing bridges to be washed out, or snow, which at times made it almost impossible to travel to construction sites. The volume of work was incredible. In the ANP program there were approximately 40 sites completed, more than 300 ongoing construction sites and 150 plus to be awarded in 2010. The ANP program is responsible for construction of ANP District and Provincial Headquarters buildings, National Training Centers, National Fire Training Centers, and Medical Facilities. The program total was more than $1 billion, and in at least one year the awards were $600 million. Standard building design packages were developed and improved every year for consis tency, cost savings, construc tability, and bid-ability. Many initiatives had to be developed due to the volume and nature of the work by AED and continue now to tap the creative nature of the AED staff. One of the most exciting things was being able to travel around the country. I went east toward Pakistan, to Marshal Kamal, along deep canyon roads that skirted rippled, layered bands of different colored soils. I traveled north toward Uzbekistan to the Mazar Sharif area, which looked like the foothills of the Alps with green pastures dotted with herds of sheep. From there I traveled south to Kandahar and Terin Kowt, a desert with ribbons of green farmlands, to the west close to Iran to Herat, a metro politan city with streetlights and trees that was not ravaged ing. The country was beautiful, harsh, and alien to me. Working at AED was one of the best jobs I have had. The challenge, the adventure, the innovative and professional staffs, and the dynamic work ing environment were energiz ing and rewarding. If given the chance to work in AED, take it. My time in Afghanistan
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 33 The gate attendants at Hickory Creek Campground at Lewisville stem from the recently created partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Our Lands and Waters Foundation. The Corps entered into a joint cooperative agreement with created to upgrade and enhance parks owned by the Corps. attendants noticed was that they get paid in three days instead of ten days, said Brenda and Eddy Freeman, Hickory Creek Campground gate attendants. Tom Burrell, director of OLWF, an avid outdoorsman, and frequent camper at Corps parks, recognized the need for additional funding for the facilities. I did extensive research through a feasibility study and mock foundation study to arrive at a workable solution to succeed where others did not said Burrell. His goal was to bring funds into the parks to update the facilities. Before the agreement appropriations were designated for the operations and maintenance Partnering program helps keep Corps dollars at area lakesrequirements of the plan. Each park has a limited operations and maintenance plan funded by regular appropriations. This partnership funding enables the parks to meet their OMPs. is to work closely with the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area at the lake to build interpretive centers in various parks. LLELA is a consortium of local, state, national governments, and educational institutions for the preservation and restoration of native habitat and biodiversity; environmental education and environmental research. Another plan is to work with the Boy Scouts of America and area YMCAs to participate in park The parks are looking so much better already since the Corps teamed up with OLWF and it looks like it will continue to get better and better said Audrey Nowel, gate attendant at West Lake Park. This is a team effort working closely with the Corps, gate attendants, contractors, volunteers, and the businesses that lease from the Corps, said Burrell. We are all working towards the same goal, to update and modernize these dated facilities.Story and photo by Darlene Moore Fort Worth DistrictAudrey Nowel a West Lake Park gate attendant at Lewisville Lake awaits park visitors to arrive so she can assist them with passes and park information. Courtesy photoBy Stephanie Cowan Pacesetter StaffPark rangers Grady Dobbs and Isaac Martin were the fourth quarter Customer Care Award winners for Tulsa District, for profession alism while accommo dating representatives from the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. The rangers respond ed to a call that human skeletal remains had been discovered in a cutbank at a Lake Texoma recreation area last August. cers from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation who determined that the remains were not recent in origin but instead were historic Native American. The nomination praised the rangers for their professionalism and for clutural sensi tivity which demonstrated their extraordinary respect for the cultural heritage of the people served by Tulsa District. They were praised for going well beyond the scope of their duties.Tulsa District Rangers earn award for outstanding customer care Grady Dobbs is one of the fourth quarter Customer Care Award winners for Tulsa District
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 34 Story by Denisha Braxton Fort Worth DistrictAlain Bernier, Engineering and Construction Supporrt Office Facility Branch program manager shows a sample of his woodworking. At the age of 10 he discovered a passion for woodworking. He learned the fundamentals and techniques from his father, but preferred to work on his own, so he played around with tools and different odds and ends from the garage. Alain Bernier continued his hobby throughout the years and even sold a piece here and there. Then, Berniers woodworking took a different direction when his 13 year old daughter needed help making stage props for a school project. It was a father-daughter project, a way for us to stay tight, said Bernier the Engineering Facility Branch program manager. Short on materials for the project, he began gathering discarded wood, and going to local cabinet shops, and before he knew it he wood. projects began with making basic chop blocks, cutting boards and lazy susans. Bernier also explored another about craft shows, and how to market his wares. Bernier created over 300 items to place in his inventory, and he attended 26 shows that inaugural year. Bernier began searching for events with big volumes of people such as Grapefest in Grapevine, Texas, and Mayfest at Trinity Park in Fort Worth, Texas and Heritage Weekend at Six Flags over Texas, which usually attracted about 300,000 people. I recommend to anyone that starts their own business is to have discipline, said Bernier. He put in a lot of hard work into his wood working, but found it to be a stress reliever. Bernier pushed his wood work ing to the side for the past three years to support his wife and her battle with cancer. Although the past years have been challenging, she is a survi vor, said Bernier. His wife is doing well and Bernier hopes to resume his wood working this year at a gradual pace. something as an outlet, said Bernier. It did my family some good. aspect of woodwork called wood turning, a form of woodworking used to create wooden objects, while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Once he made these items, Bernier began to consider ways in which the pieces could be sold, thus was born Idle Time, his business for ten years. business, Bernier learned all Photo by Jim FrisingerChildhood hobby rekindled by daughters project leads to new businessThe Elk River Hiking Trail at Elk City Lake has Wonders of Kansas Geography contest sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The Elk River Hiking Trail is a Corps of Engineers trail at Elk City Lake and is adminis tered by Corps of Engineers personnel from the Big It is a National Recreation Trail that is main tained by the Corps of Engineers and many volun teers from the Kansas Trails Council, Friends of FlatRock Foundation, Boy Scouts, and others who have taken a special interest in the trail. In addition, Cross Timbers State Park on Toronto Lake has also gained status as one of the Public votes are being accepted until midnight, Feb. 17. contest, go to: www.kansassampler.org/8wonders, then click on the box for the wonders of Kansas Geography contest. There will be information about each of the 24 tion. the time to vote for these two Tulsa District proj ects, or simply go to the website to see and read more about the great recreational places the state of Kansas has to offer. Elk River Hiking Trail nalist in contest
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 35 Children and adults around North Texas celebrated the 2009 Holiday season with some extra helpers enlisted by St. Nick the Fort Worth District. The Fort Worth District Leadership Development Program wrapped up the annual Corps Cares at Christmas Angel Tree Project Dec. 8 and 9 and provided Christmas to nearly 100 people in Tarrant County. The Angel Tree was a great success this year, said Joyce Johns, contract specialist, Contracting Division. The Fort Worth District team was extremely generous. The District supported four Cornerstone Families, 25 Willoughby House girls, the general wish list for Willoughby House and 48 children from Child Protective Services, said Justin Gardner, park ranger, Lewisville Lake. In all the Fort Worth District helped 93 individuals through donations of toys, gifts and food, he said. The LDP is responsible for hosting the Angel Tree project and tried a different approach to market the project to the District. This year we used a Share Point site that was set up by John Davis, process improvement specialist, Southwestern Division, to distribute the list of Angels across the entire District, said Gardner. The response was immediate and within three days all of the Angels were adopted. Requests from District team members for additional Angels continued. The original adoption list had about 50 Angels but by incorporating a Share Point site and broadening the distribution and the generosity of the District, the contributions nearly doubled, said Gardner. The LDP team was recognized and congratulated by Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District, for their project organization and team work. Thank you so much for you generous time, energy and dedication in support of those in need, he said. Thank you for your leadership and work ethic. Those who Left to right, Sue Jones, Joyce Johns, and Sharon Roberson, all from the Contracting Division, show some of the gifts collected for the Corps Cares at Christmas Angel Tree Program. The Angel Tree Program is sponsored by the Leadership Development Program. This year the Fort Worth District was able to provide Christmas for 93 people in the Fort Worth area. Story and photo by Melanie Ellis Fort Worth District thankful in more ways than you can ever imagine.St. Nick enlists Fort Worth DistrictCourtesy photo The Kansas Area Office celebrated the holidays by decorating the park ranger truck and boat with Christ mas lights and participating in the Burlington, Kansas Christmas Night Parade. The mascot Bobber, the Water Safety Dog, (actually ranger Kyle Manwaring) and park ranger Gary Simmons walked alongside the boat and gave away water safety promotional items to the crowd, while two volunteers, wearing their life jackets, rode inside boat during the parade. Photo left, Bobber hands out good ies to parade-watchers. Photo right, the ranger boat makes it way along the parade route.Holiday fun with Bobber the Water Safety Dog
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 36 Galveston District Planning and Environmental Chief retiresBy Isidro Reyna Pacesetter Staff Theres much to be said about a Galveston District employee who can describe both a highlight and lowlight of his career in one event kissing a pig named Miss Priss. For Richard Rick Medina, Planning and Environmental Branch chief, thats one of the many memories hell leave behind as he embarks on a new chapter of his life follow ing his retirement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, Jan. 3, 2010, after more than 36 years of dedicated service to the nation. When asked if he at the Corps, he jokingly replied that he had trouble remembering last week. of that time is of being an environmental person very skeptical of an envi ronmental person, said environmental person in what was called the Operations and Maintenance Branch, the equivalent of todays Operations Division. It was a branch with senior civil engineers and here was this young environ mental person who they knew they had to start working with. The reason I was hired was because of the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA in 1969, said Medina. The Corps was required to start complying with that Act and several biologists had been hired in the environmental section, but on the operations side, there were none. They were looking for someone to coordinate those requirements with the environmental group. To their credit, the engineers recognized they had to have someone who could under stand the environmental requirements and still represent the operations issues, said Medina. The Corps was used to doing things a certain way and NEPA forced everyone to change the way things had been done in the past. I think it was very enlightening for both of us. I spent in the Operations and Maintenance Branch or the dredging world, said Medina. The major accomplishmy career was making sure that all of our operations and maintenance dredging projects were in compliance with NEPA. According to Medina, NEPA was just the beginning of a multitude of requirements that all federal agencies had to meet. Ensuring that the maintenance dredging program continued in the face of this new environmental legislation was a challenge, said Medina. Helping to improve the dredging program while minimiz ing its impact on the environment was where I believe I contributed the most. cial uses of dredged material and initiating a water and sediment sampling program thats still in place today are other accomplishments, according to Medina. I initiated the dredg ing conferences that are still held today, said Medina. At the time it was environmental agencies and dredging contractors coming together to hear each others concerns. The second half of my career has been in the planning and envi ronmental area, said Medina. My most significant accomplishment is related to the Houston Galveston Navigation Channels project -the limited reevaluation report and the environ mental impact study that was produced in 1996. At the time, it was the largest construc tion and environmental restoration project in the Galveston District, said Medina. The environ mental and planning issues involved in that project led to the formation of interagency coordination teams and its a process that contin ues to this day. Its been praised and lauded by agencies and used as a model on how the Corps should be operating being inclusive and collaborating on proj ects. In his current posi tion, Medina has been responsible for all plan ning and environmental activities associated with the districts multi billion dollar navigation, and environmental restoration projects. According to Medina, there is more recognition about environmental constraints and environ mental needs. In the earlier part of my career, it was always kind of a battle, said Medina. Trying to satisfy the engineering requirements and the environmental require ments would always lead to some compromise. Today there is a much greater under standing of the environ mental requirements See Medina next pageRichard Medina
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 37 the environment, said Medina. The recognition that environmental concerns are an integral part project design, planning and construction is a great commitment to the environment. The Galveston District and the Corps is an exceptionally talented agency, said Medina. The employees are caring, dedicated, devoted and often passionate about making sure that the job is done right with quality and care. Its been a great career and I couldnt have done it without a lot of help from a lot of people both past and present, said Medina. Ive progressed further then Ive ever imagined and its a credit to a great organization like the Corps that gives you the opportunity to excel, achieve and succeed. Co-worker Diana Laird, chief of the districts planning section, is thankful for Medinas support throughout the years. Rick is really excep tional in the role that hes in because hes been the chief for both of the sections he manag es, said Laird. Hes hes a very good mentor, an excellent boss, very tolerant and one of the things that Ill miss is his humor. Hes very witty, very funny and extraordinarily smart, said Laird. Hes going to leave a big hole in Galveston District because hes so knowledgeable and so he has. My hope is that he pays as much attention to having fun with his family and his retire ment as with the attention and dedication he gave to his job while he worked at the Galveston District. Laird says shell also miss Medinas personal ity. I remember one year the district was raising funds for the recreation committee and I was Ricks campaign manager during the kiss a pig contest, said Laird. Thanks to success ful campaigning, we got him to kiss a pig. He was good about that, said Laird. As for kissing a pig, thats not something Medina plans to pick up as a hobby. Besides building a house in Bastrop, Texas, Medina plans to travel, do some part-time consulting, and learn to play golf. As a retiree, I feel obliged to take up golf, said Medina. I think its a prerequisite and Im going to give that a try.Medina Richard (Rick) Medina in earlier years at the Galveston District.John Redmond Lake Park Ranger Martin Ramirez is the third quarter Customer Care Award winner for Tulsa District. Ramirez was recognized for exemplary actions during the lake. Ramirez was instrumental throughout the restoration process and, after the water levels receded, demonstrated self less service by removing drift and debris from Corps structures. Ramirez also spent considerable time repairing lake facilities to ensure safe public access and customer satisfaction. employee who is always willing to help with anything neces sary to accomplish the Corps mission. He is a widely respected employee, greatly valued by his co-workers, the general public, and our various partners around the lake, said Allen Ryan, acting Operations Project Manager of the Kansas Area. Park Ranger Martin Ramirez is the third quarter Customer Care Award winner for Tulsa DistrictPark Ranger awarded for seless service continued from previous page
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 38 e Greatest gift of all: GivingBy Ron Elliott Gulf Region DistrictBAGHDAD The old saying of It is better to give than to receive rings true for members of the Gulf Region District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq. Because of the generosity of individuals and groups in the U.S., GRD is doing more than just brick and mortar reconstruc tion projectsthey are touching lives and bringing smiles to Iraqi children. A GRD team, headed up by the commander, Col. Dan Anninos, made holiday visits to schools, hospitals and neigh borhoods to hand-out school supplies, soccer balls, blankets and toys to children around Baghdad. The primary purpose of the visit was to see how well these facilities were being maintained and operated, said Anninos. Several of the locations were the sites of initial reconstruc tion projects GRD, either built or renovated, and turned over to the Iraqis. Lindsey Beck, a Department of the Army civilian and a facilities manager from Raleigh, North Carolina who is currently serving her second tour in Iraq, said that going out into the community to distribute school supplies and toys to the Iraqi children was the best gift she could receive during the holiday season. It touches your heart to see their smiles and how much they appreciated something as small as a stuffed animal or pencils, said Beck. I am so proud to be a part of the district team and all the tremendous reconstruction efforts [we] are doing, but to visit the children is truly a memorable event. The future is for the chil dren, added Beck. Earlier this year, GRD received more than 40,000 pencils from the Arlington Independent School District in Texas. The school district wanted to do something for the children of Iraq and decided to participate in the Marking History pencil drive, said Veronica Sopher, director of public information for AISD. The response was tremen dous, said Sopher in an e-mail. In two weeks time, students, teachers, administrators and principals came together and donated over 40,000 pencils. Additionally, the shipping costs were covered by several local companies and by a local Fielder, Collins and Mott, LLP, said Sopher. The Corps of Engineers has put the hard work and generosity of the Texas school district, and other organizations throughout the United States, to good use by making an impact on the hearts and minds of hundreds of thou sands of Iraqi children in schools, hospitals, orphanages and neigh borhoods throughout Iraq. There are 38 school projects ongoing countrywide, and since the reconstruction effort began in 2003, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed more than 1,130 school projects. These relatively inexpensive projects represent an absolute investment in the future of Iraq, added Anninos. In addition to the schools, USACE has completed more than 4,500 projects focused on rebuilding vital infrastructure such as water supply systems, sewage treatment centers, elec trical power plants, hospitals and health clinics, and housing and transportation networks. All this while simultaneously working to develope the capac ity of the Iraqi people to be able to operate and maintain these facilities long after U.S. forces leave Iraq. As the members of GRD continue to make progress and make a difference in the lives of the people of Iraq, they are living out what Winston Churchill so aptly stated: We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Lindsey Beck, (left) a Depart ment of the Army civilian and USACE employee hands out pencils during a stop outside a neigh borhood school west of Baghdad. More than 40,000 pencils were sent from AISD to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for distribution throughout Iraq. (GRD Photo by Ron Elliott).
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 39 Pacesetter PointsCongratulationsJuston Johnson, cartographer, joined SWDs 273rd Forward Engineering Support Team, Readiness and Operations Division, Oct. 13. Rustom Contractor mechanical engineer, joined the SWD 273rd FEST, Readiness and Operations Division, Oct. 25 with a duty station at Tinker Air Force Base, OK. Andrew Montez, program analyst, Business Management Division, Regional Business Directorate, joined SWD headquar ters Oct. 25. Montez last served in the Chicago District. Tim Foster, elec trical engineer, joined the SWD 273rd FEST, Readiness and Operations Division, Nov. 8 with a duty station at Little Rock Air Force Base. Foster comes to the division from private industry. Kandy Frye, program analyst, joined the Military Integration Division, Programs Directorate, Jan. 3. Frye served as SWDs from October through December, 2009. Prior to that position, Frye served as a management analyst, Resource Management Division, Regional Business Directorate, since 2007. Charles Peterson, contracting specialist, recently joined the SWD 273rd FEST, Readiness and Operations Division. Peterson is work ing in the Military Contingency Contracting Worth District. Nick Bordlemay joined the SWD head Resource Management Division, Regional Business Directorate, Jan. 3. Bordlemay comes to the division from Fort Worth Districts Finance and James Meyer, appraiser, joined Real Estate Division, Programs Management Directorate, SWD head quarters, Jan. 3. Meyer comes to the Corps from the Department of the Interior. He also worked for the U.S. Navy and the private sector, with a total of 25 years of real estate experience. Ron Bell was recent ly selected as SWD headquarters new chief, Water Management and Infrastructure Safety Branch, Business Technical Division, Regional Business Directorate. Diana Laird was selected as chief, Planning and Environmental Branch for the Galveston District. Laird brings a variety of experience to the position, most recently as chief of the Planning Section. Little Rocks Mike Hurley was selected as a supervisory natu ral resource specialist at Beaver Lake Project Little Rock welcomed Jim Hill to the Operations Division as a natural resources specialist at Table Rock came from St. Louis District. Little Rock selected Mike Lee as the new Resource Management replaced Marci Sablan who went to the South Little Rock selected Mike Biggs as the Reservoir Control Section chief. Biggs comes over from the Planning and Little Rock selected Nick Mitchell to become the deputy operations manager at Pine Bluff Project over to Pine Bluff from the Navigation and Maintenance Section. Larry Leahy, program manager, transferred from Military Programs (duty station with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) to Civil Works Integration Division, Programs Directorate, SWD head quarters, 3 Jan.RetirementLinda Noland, security specialist, SWD headquarters, retired Jan. 2 with more than 32 years of service to the Corps, all with SWD. Abel Contreras from the Galveston District retired Dec. 31. Bill Hopkins from the Galveston District retired Jan. 2. Rick Medina, Galveston Districts Planning and Environmental Branch Chief, retired Jan. 3, 2010 after more than 36 years of Federal service. Little Rocks Bob Wenger, facility maintenance inspector, retired in November after 38 years of service. Little Rocks Bob Sparks, civil engineer technician, retired Jan. 3 after 30 years of service. Little Rocks Clarence Johnson, engineer technician, retired in December after 20 years of service. Little Rocks Sheila Ellis, statistical assis tant, retired Jan. 2 after 30 years of service. Little Rocks Rick Amos engineer techni cian, retired Jan. 2 after 32 years of service.continued on next page
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 40 Little Rocks Benny Haney, engineer tech nician, retires Jan. 29 after 30 years of service. Little Rocks Anita Harris, logistics technician, retired in December after 30 years of service. Paul Shockley, Conservation Specialist, is retiring effective March 1, 2010. Paul has served Tulsa District for more than 30 years, working at Wister, Tenkiller, John Redmond, Oologah, and the Northern Area Little Rocks Dean Erickson of the Logistics Branch retired from the Army Reserve Dec. 31 after serving 29 years.ARRIVALSElois Washington arrived at Galveston District Nov. 2 as a contract specialist. Before joining the district, the Marshall, Texas native was a senior contract special ist and lead negotiator for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive, Life Cycle Management Command and Tactical Vehicles System Contracting Group in Warren, Mich. Washington is the seventh child of 13 and has one son, Jamar, who attends Tuskegee University in Alabama. She enjoys danc ing, going on cruises, and reading suspense novels. She is glad to be back in Texas and at the Galveston District. Eric Wood joined the Galveston District Nov. 23 as a civil engi neer in the Hydraulics Branch. Wood was born in East Lansing, Mich., but grew up in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. Before joining the district, he was a senior engineer in Houston for PBS&J. Wood is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and His interests include sports and music. Thomas Schmidt arrived at Galveston District Oct. 11 as an administrative support assistant in the Regulatory Branch. Before joining the district, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native worked as a human resource assistant with the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion. His hobbies include disc golf and bicycling. Aldrich Nichols joined Galveston District Oct. 26 as a contract specialist. Before joining the district, the Cleveland, Mississippi native was a contract specialist for the Army Material Command in the FELLOWS program. Nichols is married with two daughters. He enjoys deep sea football and weight lifting. DEPARTURESStephen Rodgers departed the district Nov. 9 to join the Omaha District Real Estate Division. Thomas Benero took a position as the Chief of Contracting for the Fort Worth District Fort Sam Houston. FAMILY MATTERS Little Rocks Sylvester Jackson of the Pine Bluff Project welcomed daughter, Mia Camille, Jan. 5, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Andrea Lewis Little Rocks Operations chief married David McDaniel Dec. 1. She is now Andrea MurdockMcDaniel. Humberto Troche, civil engineering techni cian for the Galveston District, Southern Area welcomed Christopher Matthew Troche, Nov. 20, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Mike Sells civil engineering techni cian at the Galveston District, and his wife welcomed Emery Grace Nov. 18, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Veronica Benavides welcomed two grandchildren recently. Peyton Marie Reynolds was born to daughter Kimberley and Steven Reynolds Oct. 29, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Kim is an SCEP employee in the Nathan Gregory Benavides was born to son Jerry Benavides Jr and his wife Katie, Dec. 2, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Christopher Ty Keeler, 7 lbs, 2 oz, was born Feb 2, to Fort Gibson Master Plant Superintendent Chris Keeler and his wife. continued on next page Newborn Mia Camile Jack son, daughter of Sylveester and Aisha Jackson, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces at birth. Little Rocks Dean Erickson
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 41 Fort Worth District welcomes newest employeesGregory Scheurich Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction October 1 Kolawole Dunni Realty Specialist Real Estate October 11 William Key Realty Specialist Real Estate October 11 Diane Vinson Program Analyst Operations October 11 Andrew Bury Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction October 13 Robert Johnson Project Coordiantor Engineering and Construction October 13 Clifton Peters Project Coordiantor Engineering and Construction October 13 Landra Robinson Program Analyst Project Management October 13 Clayton Waller Construction Inspector Engineering and Construction October 13 Roberta Cromeens Cost Price Analyst Contracting October 25 Timothy Batson Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction October 26 David Dawson Mechanical Engineer Tech. Engineering and Construction October 26 Carols Denson Project Coordiantor Project Management October 26 Glenn Druzba Landscape Architect Engineering and Construction October 26 Jackie Etheridge Term Maintenance Worker Operations October 26 Chris Graber OESS Planning, Environmental and Regulatory October 26 Michael Hornbeck Construction Inspector Engineering and Construction October 26 Brant Jensen Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction October 26 Thaddeus Jones SES Maintenance Worker Operations October 26 Maximilian Maule Mech. Engineer Tech. Engineering and Construction October 26 Frederick McGee Mech. Engineer Intern Engineering and Construction October 26 Larry Rives Program Specialist Project Management October 26 David Baker Realty Specilaist Real Estate November 8 Curtis Delille Realty Specilaist` Real Estate November 8 David Brown Supervisory Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction November 9 Roger Davis Construction Inspector Engineering and Construction November 9 Raymond Hernandez Engineering Tech. (student) Engineering and Construction November 9 Samuel Howarth Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction November 9 Michael Kingston Program Manager Project Management November 9 Jacob Matthews III Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction November 9 Justin Mauney Engineering Tech. (student) Engineering and Construction November 9 Gary Mezger Supervisory Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction November 9 Ray Proske Project Coordinator Engineering and Construction November 9 Jacob Whiteker Mechanical Engineer Engineering and Construction November 9 Louise Brubaker Program Analyst Real Estate November 22 Carl Hawkins Program Manager Project Management November 22 James Richardson Program Manager Project Management November 22 Nathaniel Zabel Program Manager Project Management November 22 Eduardo Cabrea Construction Inspector Engineering and Construction November 23 Cary Gollnick Construction Inspector Engineering and Construction November 23 Jimmy Rawlings Civil Engineer Engineering and Construction November 23 Jeffrey Allen General Engineer Engineering and Construction December 6 Tamoria Blond Program Analyst Engineering and Construction December 6 Boris Haase Architect Project Management December 6 Viet Nguyen Civil Engineer Project Management December 6 Jose Lujan Program Analyst Project Management December 20 Derek Maxwell Administrative Support Tech Real Estate December 20 David Mindieta Realty Specialist Real Estate December 20continued on next page
PACESETTER JANUARY 2010 42CondolencesLeonila C. DeLeon, mother of Abel DeLeon, passed away Sept. 2, 2009. Abel works in the Galveston District as a Resident Engineer. Earl Lee Stephens, father of Rose Caballero, Equal Employment Opportunity Manager for the Galveston District, passed away Dec. 26, 2009. Nikki Shaw, wife of Pine Bluff Park Ranger Steve Shaw of Little Rock District, passed away Jan 16. Bobby Howard Jones, father to Little Rocks Jan Jones of Reservoir away Dec. 23. Betty Haynes Turner, mother-in-law to Little Rocks Billy Wright of the Mailroom, passed away Nov. 15. James Long, a Little Rock retiree, passed away Jan. 9. Regina (Gene) Long, 83, passed away Jan. 20 in Lancaster, Texas. Gene, who retired i n 1992, served the Southwestern Division as a secretary in the Keith Landreth, Environmental Division Chief, Fort Bliss Directorate of Public Works passed away Jan. 7, 2010. All of us knew Keith as a dedicated, loyal, talented leader, said Jason Hauk, director Fort passed away Nov. 12, battle with juvenile diabetes. Henry was an engineer for the Corps of Engineers for 21 years. He would work even when in ICU. He was dedicated to his clients and profession. He was an advocate for persons with disabilities. Even with his own disability he never asked for any favors. Being blind and with all his complications of diabetes he never gave up. In 2009 the Fort Worth District lost two inductees of the Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees, Arthur M. Hull and Francis H. Frank Ivers, Jr. Hull, a retired engineering geologist, died Nov. 11. He was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Rock Island, Ill., district and in Galveston and Fort Worth districts for a period of 38 years. He retired in 1975 as chief of the Foundations and Materials Branch of the Fort Worth District. His career covered work on 32 dams and many waterways constructed by the Corps of Engineers as well as the foundation work for military structures and World War II in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Upon his retirement, he was inducted into the Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees. Ivers, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, passed away Oct. 18. After leaving active Mercury Airlines and taught math at Texas Christian University before joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1949. He retired from the Corps in 1979 as chief of the Coordination Section, Planning Division. Ivers was an active of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 30 in Fort Worth. He was inducted into the Corps of Engineers Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees in 1997. Henry D. Kasten Arthur M. Hull, Gallery of distinguished Civilian Employees member. Francis H. Frank Ivers, Gallery of Distiguished Civilian Employees plaque etching.