1 March 2010 Galveston District nourishes South Padre Island beaches story on page 5 No pipe dream MARCH 2010 VOL. 5, NO. 2
2 March 2010 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 Nate Herring 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 Page 3 SWD Commanders column Page 4 Lady Rangers honored with statuette Page 5 Galveston District nourishes South Padre Island beaches Page 6 Campaign goals Page 7 Rare bald eagle spotted literally Page 8 Tulsa District responds to ice event Page 9 SWF Commanders column Page 10 ECSO hands over Fort Hancock Border Patrol Station Page 11 Water Safety Page 13 Bull Shoals tours make nalist list Page 14 Galveston Chief named Emergency Manager of the Year Page 15 Fort Sam Houston Theater to gain new life under BRAC Page 16 SWL Commanders column Page 18 Kaw Lake ready for summerPage 20 Corps and local partners celebrate reopening of Dana Peak Park Page 21 SWT Commanders column Page 22 Spotlight on Brownsville Resident Oce Page 23 Developmental assignments benet SWL Page 24 Basket weaving 101 Page 25 Fourth graders enjoy Valentines lunch with Corps Pen Pals Page 26 SWG Commanders column Page 28 Proles in giving Page 29 Houstonians learn about Addicks and Barker Dam Safety Page 31 Pacesetter PointsInside this issue
3 March 2010 Col. Anthony Funkhouser Commander, Southwestern DivisionIncredible eort overcomes challenges Welcome back to our spring edition of the Pacesetter! We have lots to share as we have accomplished a lot over the winter monthsparticularly with regard to execution of the American Reinvest -ment and Recovery Act. By the time you read this we will have reached our major milestone date of March 31 to award and obligate the pre -ponderance of the ARRA awards. It has been an incredible eort as we overcame many chal -lenges and developed ways to get them done! Southwestern Division and our districts had over $667 million of ARRA for Civil Works, $822 million ARRA for Military Programs and $85.5 million for our International and Interagency Support Program. is has been an incredible story as much of the ARRA was larger than many of our CW budgets for an average year. We have also worked to execute our remaining supplemental monies, our ARRA monies and base CW, MP and IIS monies. is, plus all the regional requirements. We accomplished all this with basically our same number of folks, many of them new to the Corps. Bottom line is we are on pace for a total program this scal year of more than $5 billion for the second consecutive year. I cannot thank the Pacesetters enough for your seless service, professional attitude, and stepping up to meet the challenges through these rst six months. February and March were very busy for all the District Commanders and their Deputy Program Managers as we had the opportunity to brief our FY11 Presidents budget to our senators and representatives. I even had the opportunity to attend the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Committee on Appropriations meeting during the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and the Chiefs testimony on the FY11 Presidents Budget. e congressional members were very proud of our successes in reducing our criti-cal backlog of maintenance, demonstrating transparency in our program and communi-cation with their oces. We discussed that we would obligate all of our supplemental and ARRA funds by September 2010. We discussed that these funds have really helped to reduce our backlog of critical maintenance and will improve public safety and extend the life of our projects. Its also signicant that we will have all of our Base Realignment and Closure projects awarded by then as well. FY10, by all accounts, will be another record year for awards. Our Military Program has been the cen-terpiece of the entire Army program, peaking this year at $2.5 billion which includes $637 million ARRA and $372 million for BRAC. Some key challenges of our FY10 program are awarding the remaining ARRA projects by Sept. 30 this year, awarding the last of our BRAC program in time to have construction completed by Sept. 15, 2011, and completing all remaining ARRA Facilities Sustainment and Restoration Modernization awards by March 31. We are on track to meet all of these requirements with very few exceptions. Another unique aspect of this years pro-gram is having three hospital projects in Texas programmed for FY10 Fort Hood Hospital Replacement, Lackland Ambulatory Care Center, and Fort Bliss Hospital/Medical Center. e overall programmed amount for these projects is $2.8 billion. e Fort Hood Hospital is funded with both ARRA and FY09 Supplemental funds, which require award/obligation by Sept. 30. e Lackland center is funded with traditional military construc-tion funds and will be awarded in four phases over four years, beginning in FY10. e Fort Bliss center is a $1.5 billion project that is in-crementally funded and will be awarded over several years. e Fort Bliss project has the po -tential to include Veterans Aairs construction funding that would add a special challenge in planning for design and acquisition.Our International and Interagency Support program is steady and continues to maintain our excellent relationship in support of the Customs and Border Patrol. Of note, our very own Ms. Paula Johnson-Muic, chief of Real Estate for the division, recently received a Special Recognition Team Award from the U.S. Customs and Bor -der Protection Agency during their National Annual Awards Ceremony.Our SWD Family Readiness Program continues to grow and expand its support to our team and their families. e latest news is that the division has received $50,000 from Corps headquarters to help fund our program. is is a big step forward as the FRP was previously unfunded. ese funds will help pay for labor, travel, and training costs. e Pacesetters continue to provide criti-cal members of our team in support of the Transatlantic Division and our folks in Iraq and Afghanistan. We wish all of our deployed teammates continued successes and a safe return to their families. Again, I truly appreciate all the herculean eorts this last quarter to get the ARRA funds obligated. I could not be more proud of the Pacesetter Team and having the opportunity to work with so many great folks. ank you and be safe in all you do! Well see you next issue! ... we are on pace for a total program this scal year of more than $5 billion for the second consecutive year.
4 March 2010 At left, the prototype of the statuette of the female Park Ranger in development by the Army Engineer Association and Tulsa District. The nished version will have some revisions and is expected to be ready soon. At right, the photo of Tulsa District Natural Resources Specialist Amanda Peters who was selected by Col. Anthony Funkhouser as the model for the statuette. I was honored that Col. Funkhouser asked me to be the model for the female version of the Park Ranger statuette, said Peters. I hope my fellow Park Rangers are proud to receive this statuette for an award. It is truly an honor to have a statue created specically for our profession. Lady Rangers honored with statuette By Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Public AairsThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, in cooperation with the Army Engineer Association has devel -oped a statuette of a female Park Ranger to honor the women who have served at Corps project sites nationwide.A statuette depicting a male Park Ranger was introduced in 2009, and shortly after -ward Julius Nutter, director of SLW operations for the AEA, talked with Col. Antho -ny Funkhouser, Tulsa District commander, about the need for a female ver sion of the statuette.Nutter ap proached Funk houser with the idea at a conference and, as they were discussing it, a female Park Ranger came up and asked when a statuette depicting a female Park Ranger would be made.So, we decided right there that we would pursue the development of the statuette of the female Park Ranger, said Funkhouser. The idea for the statu -ettes of Park Rangers came to Funkhouser soon after his arrival as commander of Tulsa District. When I arrived to serve with the Corps of Engineers, I saw that the Park Rangers were like the Soldiers of our Army, said Funkhouser. They were the folks on the ground making things happen and were the face of the Corps with the public. They have a Corps-wide history that began in the 1970s and they have a distinctive uniform.Funkhouser was familiar with the AEA, and the fact that the Association oered historical statuettes representing Soldiers from past wars fought by Ameri -can Soldiers, so he contacted Nutter about creating the statuette, and Nutter made it happen. The statuette of the male Park Ranger was a hit and a source of pride within the Natural Resource Management com -munity after dis -tricts began to award them to their employees, said Funkhouser. The rangers who posed for the statuettes were chosen by Funkhouser for sentimen -tal reasons as both Steve Armstrong, the male model, and Amanda Peters, the fe -male model, had served on Funkhousers color guard for his incoming change of command at Tulsa District. The 7-inch high pewter statu-ette depicts the rangers in their Class A uniforms.Funkhouser stressed that the statuette is not just a Tulsa product; it rep -resents all Park Rangers and their contribu-tions to the Corps and is intended for use Corps-wide. I think the statu ette is a great way to recog nize our Park Rang -ers and is also a source of pride, said Funkhouser. It brings their origin as Rangers into the story and gives them a standard within their organiza -tions to strive to -ward.The statuette de -picting the female Park Ranger will be available in early spring through the AEA for use by all Corps Districts. USACE Photo
5 March 2010 The Southwestern Division held a Natural Resources Park Ranger Conference Feb. 22-25 in Fort Worth. Current events, issues, policies as well as lessons learned were discussed. In the photo, the divisions Critical Incident Stress Manage ment Team provide information at a conference booth. Left to right: Roger Howell, SWL, Kristine Brown, SWG, Tim Gibson, SWF, Dorinda Young, SWT, Chris Smith, SWL and Terry Schmidt, SWG.SWD Park Ranger ConferencePhoto by Ruth Millsaps Galveston District nourishes South Padre Island beaches Brownsville Resident Engineer, Kenneth (Chip) Worley, monitors the placement of dredged material on the beach of South Padre Island. Photo by Isidro ReynaBy Isidro Reyna Galveston District Public Aairs Residents of Texas famed Spring Break destination are enjoying better beaches this March thanks to a dredging and beach nourishment project completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District. A contract was awarded December 2009 to Weeks Marine Inc. for dredging of the inside jetty channel across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway into the main channel near South Padre Island, Texas, and then up the Port Isabel channel to the turning basin. is is a double win for the residents, businesses and Spring Break goers in the Padre Island area, said Kenneth (Chip) Worley, Brownsville Oce Resident Engineer with the Galveston District. Not only do we take care of our mission of keeping Americas waterways navigable, but we also turn that mission into a benet for homeowners, tourists and businesses. Approximately 200,000 cubic yards of dredged material was placed on Padre Island beaches as a result of this operation, saidWorley. is beach nourishment project, called benecial use, employs environmentally and economically responsible ways to utilize dredged materials to benet local communities, said Worley. rough beach nourishment, we improve eroded coastlines through the placement of this dredged material. Work began mid-February and was completed March 12 in order to avoid both the turtle nesting season and Spring Break. e contract award was for $16,134,750.
6 March 2010 I pity the fool! who doesnt know their Campaign Plan goalsBy Edward Rivera Fort Worth District Public Aairs Lets play a little word association game. Look at the following words, or group of words, and jot down what comes to mind; objectives, goals, Operation Plan, Implementation Plan and Campaign Plan. I know what you are thinking; not another management plan launched downward from the command stratosphere with a catch phrase like Get on the Bus or Good to Great. And you are absolutely correct, we are on the bus, and are already on that journey toward greatness. So whats our destination you ask? Basi -cally its that point, which is always evolving, and is better known to each of us as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vision. at overall vision is to become a great engineering force of highly disciplined people working with our partners through disciplined thought and ac-tion to deliver innovative and sustainable solu -tions to the Nations engineering challenges.So how do we start on this journey to greatness? Its simple,. To coin a phrase from Stephen R. Covey, author of e 7 Habits of Highly Eective People, we must begin with the end in mind. Part of that is not only understanding what the USACE Vision is, but also grasping the Chief of Engineers intent. My intent is for the Corps to be one disciplined team in thought, word, and ac -tion and to meet our commitments, with and through our partners, by saying what we do, and doing what we say, said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, commanding general, USACE.Having a vision and the commanders intent isnt enough to begin our trek to greatness. We still need the meat and potatoes of this great dish and those ingredients are the goals and objectives established by our leadership based on several spoonfuls of input from every USACE employee.USACEs Campaign Plan goals and ob -jectives are derived, in part, from the Com-manders Intent, the Army Campaign Plan, and the Oce of Management and Budget. e four goals and their associated objectives also build on prior strategic planning eorts. Each goal and objective is led by a USACE senior leader who manages and oversees actions to reach the goal and objectives.All Corps employees must know and understand the four goals and understand where and how each of us as individual team members align and support those goals and objectives, said Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District.After delving into the overarching, Cam-paign Plan, and understanding the Districts Operations plans, it is clear that although top driven, success will come via a trickle up ideology. Now that we know the big picture, or the tip of the pyramid, and how the goals and objectives ow down to each individual, we can focus on building the foundation for a successful Campaign Plan. is is where the action is for every USACE team member. is action begins with the writing of our performance tasks and objectives. What puts the bus in gear to greatness is ensuring what we say we will do is relevant to not only our individual goals, but also to the goals set for us from higher echelons. We must also be able to attain our goals and quantify them so we can track our successes and identify areas needing improvement. With successful execution of our perfor -mance tasks and ensuring they are properly aligned with our performance objectives this solidies the plans foundation and puts into motion the gears to move us from where we are to where we want to be. As it was stated in a recent Campaign Plan leadership brieng, collaborated, syn -chronized, and deliberate action, by 34,000 USACE employees will make the Corps of Engineers Great. A diagram of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campaign Plan goals and objectives established by USACE leadership. they are based on input from every USACE employee and are intended to help the Corps develop into one disciplined team in thought, word and action, and to meet our commitments with and through our partners by saying whay we do, and doing what we say.
7 March 2010 Rare bald eagle spotted literallyBy Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Public AairsSince the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began gathering data for the National Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count in 1986, there has never been a documented sighting of such a rarity as the one spotted this year by Little Rock District rangers at Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas.is bald eagles feathers are literally spotted. e condition is called leucism, a genetic mutation that causes birds to have white feathers where they normally would not. It can happen to any breed of bird, and birding Web sites indicate it is fairly common but not among bald eagles. In fact, the Corps and U.S. Geological Survey have counted thou-sands of bald eagles during the past 24 years throughout the lower 48 states without recording a single leucistic bald eagle until now. To my knowledge, none of the Corps districts in the nation have reported a nding like this, Little Rock District forester Troy Morris said.As for normal bald eagles, statistics show a continued increase in numbers. In 2006, there were approximately 7,066 breeding pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states, up from an estimated 417 breeding pairs in 1963, said count manager Wade Eakle, an ecologist and regulatory program manager at the Corps South Pacic Division. However, in some regions, like the Southwest, weve seen declining trends.Bald eagles were removed from the Endangered Species list in 1995. It was placed on the reatened Species list until June 28, 2007, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed bald eagles from that list because there were sucient numbers of nesting pairs within the lower 48 states. As of the rst week of March, Little Rock documented 555 bald eagle sightings, to include the unique spotted bald eagle. Corps-wide there has been an increasing trend (+1.7 percent) in sightings, but nal numbers wont be tallied for another month or two. We expect to have all of the data by probably later this spring or possibly summer, Eakle said. en hopefully well start to screen the 1986 through 2010 data set for the statistical trends analysis in the fall. is statistical analysis will yield model-based estimates of eagle count trends for dierent regions and states from 1986 through 2010.Mid-winter eagle counts provide long-term baseline data and are provided for under a memorandum of agreement between the Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, and the Corps. Unlike nesting surveys, mid-winter counts provide information on both breeding and non-breeding segments of the population. e counts also provide an opportunity to monitor modications or threats to habitat at important wintering areas, and they create public interest in eagle conservation. Flip Putho, an outdoor writer for the Northwest Arkansas Morning News, was along on the Beaver Lake eagle count, and a photo he took of the leucistic bird is posted on the papers website at http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2010/jan/18/lake-gets-rare-visitor/. Since that cold day in mid-January, the rare eagle has not been seen again at Beaver Lake. But you can bet lake visitors are still hoping to spot it.A feather condition known as leucism caused this bald eagle to appear spot ted rather than the normal color ation pattern that gave the bird its name. Little Rock District counted 555 bald eagles, including this one, within its boundar ies during the National Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count. Little Rock District rangers document unique bird during annual count Photo by Alan Bland
8 March 2010 Tulsa District responds to ice eventThe Tulsa District Power Response Team went to western Oklahoma in January to install generators and provide electricity to essential infrastructure in the area.By Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Public Aairs A project engineer is the rst quarter Customer Care Award winner for his outstanding execution of the Fort Sill Construction Program for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Tulsa District. Je Hirschfeld was responsible for multiple projects, to include those under the American Recovery and Reinvest ment Act, Operational and Maintenance, and Energy Conservation Investment Program. Hirschfeld was specically recognized for noteworthy oversight of the ARRA and O&M programs, which required extensive customer interaction to ensure success, and to enable critical customer expectation management, said Gary Holt and Todd Hughes, Fort Sill USACE project managers, in their nomination submission. The Fort Sill ARRA is a 15 project, $54 million program that required almost constant reporting and interaction with customers, said Holt and Hughes in the nomination. Hirschfeld is credited with working with all of the necessary customers and agencies to accomplish the RFP develop ment and issuance, and preparation of the government estimates on approximately 40 individual projects, and in the process worked long hours, including weekends. Hirschfeld was also praised for a customer-focused approach that is credited with improving the working relationship with Fort Sill Area Oce customers. A $500 On-The-Spot cash award was given to Hirschfeld by the Engineering and Construction Division.Customer care leads to cash awardPhoto by Gary Holt When disaster strikes and a large number of people are left in the dark, the Tulsa Districts Power Response Team is called into action to help restore temporary power. e ice storm that struck western Oklahoma Jan. 27 was no exception. Fourteen employees from the PRT deployed on the operation, which was known internally as Operation Mr. Freeze, to coordinate the installation of generators that restored power to water treatment plants, hospitals, police stations, nursing homes, and other facilities critical to the areas infrastructure. e majority of the team deployed to Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., the staging area for the operation. Two other Corps employees were deployed to Oklahoma City, where they coordinated with state ocials. Some team members remained deployed until the last generator was uninstalled on Feb. 16. e PRT was responsible for overseeing the overall mission, while members of the 249th Engineer Battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C., conducted the assessment of the facilities and contractors installed and maintained the generators. e ice storm left an estimated 180,000 people without power, some for several weeks. Kerri Stark, who deployed with the PRT, stressed the necessity of its quick response. Its important for us to come in right when things happen so we can get those places set back up so they can continue running until their power comes back on, said Stark. e team was provided 94 generators, rang -ing from 6,500 watts to 1,500 kilowatts, from FEMAs storage facility in Fort Worth, Texas. e team oversaw the installation of 67 of those generators. e ice storm was compared to a similar one that hit eastern Oklahoma in 2007, which caused severe damage and power outages to that part of the state, according the Stark. I could tell when I was driving down the highway on my way out there that is was bad, said Stark. As I drove further west, you could see the ice. I was shocked. ere was nothing, and then all of a sudden I saw fallen trees and ice everywhere. It was like a warzone.e power team deploys to support various disaster relief missions where the temporary restoration of power is needed. Past operations include hurricanes, tornadoes, and, for the past four years, Oklahoma has been hit with severe ice storms that re -quired the PRTs response. It deployed on ice storm operations in December 2007, January 2008, and January 2009. ere is a big need and a huge importance for us being there to assist in these types of situations, Stark said. By Nate Herring Tulsa District Public Aairs Photo by William Smiley Customer Care Award winner Je Hirschfeld
9 March 2010See Celebrate next page Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer, and Super bowl star Drew Pearson, was the keynote speaker and teamed up with USACE Fort Worth District Commander, Colonel Richard Muraski for the presentation of awards at the annual SWF Safety banquet. The banquet closed out the March 9-10 Fort Worth District Commanders Field Training Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Hall of Fame presenter, hands out safety Team a huge thank you and HOOAH for the yeomans job you do everyday to execute the Districts programs and mission. I want to share a few highlights for the months of March through May. First, we had a great event on March 5, at the Dana Peak Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Harker Heights. Kudos are in order for Greg Pope, Dan omasson and the folks at the Capitol Region Oce and Belton and Stillhouse Lakes for reopening the last park that received dam-age in the aftermath of the oods of 2007. After the oods, dead trees, trash and animal remains were among the items that needed to be cleared before park renovations could begin. rough our partnership with several local communities; many local residents and organizations volunteered to remove debris to get the park back into shape. It was not until then that we were able to complete the task of renovating our parks in just three years. is is truly a communitys park and you did an outstanding job in returning the park to the communities of Killeen, Belton, Harker Heights and Fort Hood. March is also National Womens History Month. National Womens History Months roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. International Womens Day was rst observed in 1909, but it wasnt until 1981 that Congress established National Womens History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month and subsequently passed a resolution for Womens History Month. Each year the President issues a proclamation for this annual recognition and sets the theme. is years theme is Writing Women Back into His -tory. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the National Womens History Project will be highlighting themes and honorees from previ -ous years. Each of these past themes recognizes a dierent aspect of womens achievements, from ecology to art; from sports to politics. I encourage each of you to take a look at the display down on the rst oor of our SWF oces put together by Janice Alexander and her volunteer team with the EEO oces Fed -eral Womens Program. ey did a great job with the display, illustrating the numerous and outstanding accomplishments of our Nations women throughout our storied history. As we move out of March into April, lets prepare to celebrate Fort Worth Districts 60th Anniversary on 16 April. Our District was established in 1950, a year after ooding devastated the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Many of you have seen the infamous photo of a ooded downtown area featuring the Montgomery Wards building, where ood waters rose to the second story of that high rise building. But our history of tragic weather patterns traces farther back than that monumental day. North Texas has long been noted for periods of severe draughts, followed by periods of extreme ooding. During World War II, Congress approved construction of several mwajor reservoirs in North Texas under the Galveston District to include Benbrook, Lew -isville, Grapevine, Lavon and Whitney. e primary purpose of these projects was ood control. To lighten Galvestons already heavy workload, the Fort Worth District was formed and has since constructed 25 major water re-sources projects, including the Fort Worth and Dallas Floodways, and the San Antonio Photo by Andre Mayeaux Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr. Commander, Fort Worth District District prepares to celebrate 60 years supporting Texas and the Nation
10 March 2010 Channel Improvement and Tunnels Projects. Over the past 60 years, the Fort Worth Districts past and present employ -ees have contributed sig -nicantly to water resources development, ood control, recreation opportunities, environmental stewardship, military preparedness and support to other agencies. On behalf of all the for-mer District Commanders, I want to thank all of our dedicated military and ci -vilian employees who have contributed in making Fort Worth District one of the best in USACE. Finally, in May, we be -gin the surge of recreational use of our 25 lakes for boat -ing, shing and swimming activities. It is paramount that we place a full court press on our water safety campaign. is campaign will be highlighted with Water Safety Day at all of our lakes. I look forward to see -ing our park rangers, lake managers, but also every member of the SWF team help to inform the public of our overarching Corps message SAFETY FIRST. In doing so we ensure the public a safe, fun, and edu-cational atmosphere to visit and enjoy our lakes. An aerial view of the new 44,000-square-foot Fort Hancock Border Patrol Station complex in West Texas shows an administrative, processing and detention center, a vehicle/maintenance facility, dog kennels, a fueling station, a sally port and a training gym for agents.El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez Jr. I have asked much of the Fort Hancock Station, to make do with the bare minimum.Lt. Col. Andre Balyoz, deputy commander of the Albuquerque District, spoke to hun -dreds of agents and guests at the dedication on behalf of USACE. He shared ribboncutting duties with Agents Griego and Manjarrez, as well as Craig Guess, Vanguard Contractors president.Celebrate continued from previous page Ribbon-cutting ceremonies Feb. 12 at the new Fort Hancock Border Patrol Station marked the latest handover of a construction project executed by the En-gineering and Construction Support Oce Facilities Branch. e new 44,000-square-foot complex is ca -pable of supporting 200 Border Patrol Agents who had been working from a small building meant to house eight agents.Michael Gerardot in Fort Worth was the program manager for ECSO on the project, Je Firebaugh of the Albuquerque District was project manager and Mike Baker was project manager for U.S. Customs and Border Protec -tions Facilities Management and Engineering in Dallas. Border Patrol Agent in Charge Michael Griego called dedication day a heartfelt and historic occasion. I have never seen morale higher, said ECSO hands over Fort Hancock Border Patrol Station Story and photo by Jim Frisinger Fort Worth District Public Aairs
11 March 2010With the springtime here and the summer months fast approaching, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division is gearing up for a busy season at its 90 lakes with more than 1,100 recreational facilities. And with the Divisions recreation areas being the most visited in the entire Corps, theres a special emphasis on educating the public about recreational water safety. Our goal for public fatalities at our projects, lakes and recreational facilities is zero, said Colonel Anthony C. Funkhouser, South -western Division commander. One death is too many and we are going to make every eort to ensure we meet this goal.At a January Regional Water Safety Confer -ence hosted by the division in Dallas, a Water Safety Team comprised of Operations, Safety and Public Aairs personnel at the district, division and headquarters levels presented best practices that have worked at each respective location.Im enthused with some of the new ideas and initiatives, said Bruce Barrett, Southwest -ern Division Safety and Occupa-tional Health chief. Sharing and exchanging ideas is what really works well and we have the best teammates and professionals in this business to do just that.e Southwestern Division has taken a regionalized approach to its Water Safety program which allows its districts to collaborate in order to maximize water safety outreach eorts to the public. Best Practices In the Fort Worth District, where 25 lakes are located, Operations personnel continue to do what works well. e district collaborates with law enforce-The goal is zero: Water safety top priority for upcoming recreational seasonBy Isidro Reyna Galveston District Public Aairs ment ocials, in -cluding the state of Texas water safety ocers and game wardens to ensure rules and regulations are enforced and Corps park rang-ers continue to provide educa tional outreach to area schools.e eorts we make in schools and with parents are working, said Charles Burger, Fort Worth Dis -trict Operations Division chief. We cant aban don what we know is right.e Fort Worth District has enlisted four interns from the Student Conservation As-sociation which assist in educating the pub -lic and providing outreach on water safety to the public at the districts various lakes during peak weekends. Two of the interns are bilingual, which helps to reach out to a wider audience.Partnerships with area organizations that have similar goals and objectives are im -portant when executing a successful water safety program in the Galveston District, according to district water safety program manager and park ranger, Kristine Brown.Weve built our program on partnerships, she said.One of the programs created by the Galves -ton District nine years ago is the Life Jacket Loaner Program, an initiative which continues to this day to provide the public with free life jackets for use while boating in and around the Houston and Galveston areas. e Life Jacket Loaner Pro-gram is done as a partnering project with the Safe Kids Greater Houston Water Safety Coalition, a group of volunteers representing non-prot and pri -vate business organizations, in -cluding federal, state, and local governmental agencies such as the Corps, said Brown.In the Little Rock District, recognition of those who make a dierence is taking place at its 25 multi-purpose lakes. Were making a concerted eort to recognize those who save a life, Andrea Murdock-McDaniel, chief of operations for the Little Rock District, said.Our goal for public fatalities at our projects, lakes and recreational facilities is zero.-Colonel Anthony C. Funkhouser, Southwestern Division commander Colonel Anthony Funkhouser, Southwestern Division commander, presents Kristine Brown and Johnny Rozsypal of the Galveston District, with the Commanders Safety Award for prevention of public fatal accidents. The Galveston District had no fatal accidents in 2009, which helped reduce the Divisions overall accidents by 12 percent. Photo by Isidro Reynacontinued on next page
12 March 2010 e Little Rock District is also reviewing its cli jumping policy to better ensure the safety of visitors to its lakes and is looking to recog-nize its partners for their eorts in promoting water safety and saving lives.In Tulsa, the Corps water safety mascot, Bobber, has partnered with local celebrities to reach out to a larger audience. Additionally, the district has wrapped two safety trailers with water safety messages for use while traveling from recreation site to site. e trailers house educational materials, life jackets and other items needed for water safety events held at various recreation sites.e Tulsa District also has maps on its Web site showing locations of water related fatalities which details when and where fatalities have been reported. e maps will soon be updated with locations where fatalities were prevented.e District is working to expand water safety messages in area movie theaters and will purchase additional Bobber mascot suits.e Way AheadFunkhouser applauded the districts for tre -mendous eorts and challenged the group to go a step further. How do we make safety cool? he asked. If Im in a certain age bracket and I put on a personal otation device, am I not cool? How do you get people to wear the vest?We need to get the momentum going from good to great, said Funkhouser. We track fatalities through Command -ers Critical Incident Reports. We should also track the saves.Funkhouser pre sented the South western Divisions Commanders Safety Award for prevention of public fatal accidents to the Galveston Dis -trict Water Safety Team for having no fatal accidents in 2009. is districts eorts helped reduce the divisions overall accidents by 12 percent.e commander also presented Lynda Nutt and Rachel Garren of the National Water Safe -ty Team with division coins for their eorts in collaborating with SWD.Deputy Southwestern Division commander, Colonel Billy Tollison, also spoke during the conference. He presented a regimental coin of excellence to Barrett for representing what it means to think outside the box as the divisions safety manager.continued from previous page Photo by Isidro ReynaDeputy Southwestern Division commander, Colonel Billy Tollison, presents a regimental coin of excellence to Bruce Barrett, Southwest ern Division Safety and Occupational Health chief, for representing what it means to think outside the box as the Divisions safety manager.
13 March 2010 Bull Shoals tours make nalist list Little Rocks Bull Shoals Powerhouse tours made the nalist list for Outstanding Volunteer Service Award category through the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourisms Henry Award competition. e awards are presented each year at the Governors Conference on Tourism, and given to a community, individual or organization that, through outstanding volunteer spirit, has made a substantial contribu -tion to Arkansas tourism industry, according to the news release sent out by the Department of Tourism. Bull Shoals Powerhouse tours were stopped for security reasons after the Sept. 11 attacks. After seven years, they resumed the tours in 2008. In a combined eort between the Bull Shoals State Park and the district, the tours were reinstated. Following diligent safety and security considerations and changes, the two groups recruited and trained volunteers to provide tourist with an interpretive tour of the powerhouse and its operation. e tours are managed through the James A. Gaston Visitor Center. Park sta coordinates tours with the powerhouse and facilitate the reservations and check-in of tour visitors. e group is then shuttled to the powerhouse in a state park van as volunteers, equipped with wireless audio headsets, take them on a journey of discovery through this engineering marvel, said Mark Eddings, Jr., chief recreation park ranger at Mountain Home Project Oce. e presentation is meant to leave the visitors with a hunger to explore deeper the legacy of the White River and the Ozarks, Eddings said. Since reinstated, reaction to the Bull Shoals Powerhouse tours has been extremely phenomenal, said Mountain Home Project Oce Operations Manager Tracy Fancher. In addition to the extensive local and state media coverage, news agencies from across the country included a feature about the tours in their publications, Eddings said. An Oklahoma City television crew traveled to the park to get footage for a special feature, and from Con-necticut to Colorado, Bull Shoals, Ark., was once again on the map. A news article was even published in Great Britain about the tours. Since the 2008 season began, 250 public tours have been given to approximately 2,700 visitors with hundreds being turned away, Fancher stated. Hundreds of school children and special-interest groups from around the region have also participated in the tours. But most importantly, the heritage of Arkansas crown jewel is once again being utilized to educate and inspire the public for generations to come, Fancher said with a note of pride. Upon completion of Bull Shoals Dam in 1951, the eighth largest structure of the time, it gained national attention when President Harry S. Truman traveled to the dam site for a dedication ceremony amid public and media fanfare. Since that time, Bull Shoals Dam has been responsible for much of the impact tourism has made on the area. Many resorts, hotels and restaurants have taken advantage of the prosperity of the area. In 1955, Arkansas seventh state park was created, Bull Shoals State Park. Since that time the park has provided a variety of recreational opportunities as well as served as a steward of the area through educational and conservation programming. Since the mid 1950s Bull Shoals Dam, through the public tours of the powerhouse, has also played a key role in interpreting the positive impact the project has had on the Ozarks. By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Public Aairs Bull Shoals Dam
14 March 2010Constantine G. (Gus) Marinos, chief of the Emergency Management Of-ce for the Galveston District, was recently named the Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Manager of the Year for 2008. e award is in recognition of his eorts in support of the Districts response to three hurricanes and a tropical storm during the 2008 Hur -ricane Season. is includes Hurricane Ike, which made landfall in the Galveston area in September 2008. Gus Marinos was selected from among Corps Emergency Managers across the na -tion in a highly competitive process, said Colonel David C. Weston, Galveston District commander. His outstanding performance and dedication in managing our response and recovery eorts during the 2008 Hurricane Season were truly exemplary. Add to his eorts the fact that he suered tremendous personal damage from Hurricane Ike, and his accomplishments are even more impressive. Marinos provided oversight and manage -ment of the Districts response to Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike, as well as Tropical Storm Eduard. Hurricane Dolly made landfall on the southernmost Texas coast, impacting District operations in the Corpus Christi to Brownsville area. Marinos ensured that the response organization was in place, managed funds, and executed the mission. His involve -ment in Hurricane Ike included establishment of the Districts Alternate Emergency Opera-tions Center in Houston, overseeing a full spectrum of Federal Emergency Management Agency missions (including debris, temporary power, commodities, ice, water, temporary roong, assessment of critical infrastructure), and providing oversight and management of the Recovery Field Oce, which was estab-lished in the Houston area. Under the National Response Framework, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides support to the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency by executing assigned Galveston District Emergency Management Chief named USACE Emergency Manager of the YearBy Martie Cenkci Galveeston District Public Affairs missions.I am so honored and grateful to re ceive this award, Marinos said. Hon -ored because every year there are so many who could very easily be recognized. And grateful that the accomplishments of Team Galveston and all those supporting our District are also recognized by this award. Marinos, who is a Galveston native and graduate of Texas A&M University, has been with the Galveston District for 27 years and Emergency Management chief for 18. He has supported all District emergency operationssince Hurricane Alicia in 1983, and consid -ers Hurricane Rita in 2005 as one of the most signicant.Not only was Rita a major hurricane, he said, it aected two states and strategic-port facilities in Beaumont. Additionally, our response resources were limited due to a signicantly larger simultaneous response to Katrina. From his vantage point of having been involved in both Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike, Marinos saw several dierences.From my perspective, Ike was much smoother, he said. During Ike, evacuation to our alternate Emergency Operations Center at Addicks was improved to the point we were able to stand up non-emergency teams to continue the Districts routine work. We had more survey assets for a quicker assessment of channels and we had improved Constantine G. (Gus) Marinos, chief of the Emergency Man-agement Oce for the Galveston District, was recently named the Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Manager of the Year for 2008. e award is in recognition of his eorts in support of the Districts response to three hurricanes and a tropical storm during the 2008 Hur -ricane Season. is includes Hurricane Ike, which made landfall in the Galveston area in September 2008. Gus Marinos was selected from among Corps Emergency Managers across the na -tion in a highly competitive process, said Colonel David C. Weston, Galveston District commander. His outstanding performance and dedication in managing our response and recovery eorts during the 2008 Hurricane Season were truly exemplary. Add to his eorts the fact that he suered tremendous personal damage from Hurricane Ike, and his accomGus Marinos, chief of the Emergency Management Office for the Galveston District, is the Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Manager of the Year for 2008. (USACE photo)plishments are even more impressive. Marinos provided oversight and manage -ment of the Districts response to Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike, as well as Tropical Storm Eduard. Hurricane Dolly made landfall on the southernmost Texas coast, impacting District operations in the Corpus Christi to Brownsville area. Marinos ensured that the response organization was in place, managed funds, and executed the mission. His involve -ment in Hurricane Ike included establishment of the Districts Alternate Emergency Op -erations Center in Houston, overseeing a full spectrum of Federal Emergency Management Agency missions (including debris, temporary power, commodities, ice, water, temporary roong, assessment of critical infrastructure), and providing oversight and management of the Recovery Field Oce, which was estab-lished in the Houston area. Under the Na -tional Response Framework, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides support to the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency by executing assigned missions.I am so honored and grateful to re -ceive this award, Marinos said. Honored See Emergency page 19
15 March 2010 Historic Fort Sam Houston theater to gain new life under BRAC renovation project Story and photo by Brian Dwyer Fort Worth District Public AairsAfter sitting vacant for more than two decades, one of the rst dedicated movie theaters built by the U.S. Army in the United States is about to begin a journey back in time. e U.S. Army Corps of Engi-neers, Fort Worth District has awarded a $16.9 million contract to RKJ Construction, Inc. to renovate and build an addition to the 75-year old main post theater on Fort Sam Houston. RKJ is based in Lampasas, Texas.e building will become the new home of the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Commands Army Entertainment Division, which is relocating to Fort Sam Houston from Fort Belvoir, Virginia as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure mandates. is divi -sion stages a touring musical production called the U.S. Army Soldier Show, featuring active duty soldiers who are selected via auditions from throughout the Army. e renovated 14,700 square foot theater will serve as the rehearsal hall for the cast of the annual pro-duction, while an 18,000 square foot addition will provide space for oces, recording studios, and equipment storage.e project will alter the buildings original movie theater conguration to accommodate theatrical productions. e work will involve extending the existing stage and modifying the rear portion of the building to incorporate the 80-foot-tall rigging necessary to raise and lower stage sets. e balcony seating will be removed to make room for lighting and sound equipment, reducing the theaters seating capacity from 1,100 to 800.Many of the theaters architecturally distinc -tive elements will be retained as part of the renovation eort. e theater was built in 1935 in a Spanish Colonial Revival style with a white stucco exterior, arched entryways, and a bell tower reminiscent of Spanish missions. e buildings historic appearance and character will remain intact through the preservation of a number of features, including original light xtures, wooden banisters, exterior lamp posts, the heavy wooden front doors, carved wooden ceiling beams, frescoes and wall murals, and the original ticket booth in front of the main entrance. Plans also call for replica lm posters to be mounted on the interior walls when the project concludes. e project is expected to be nished by the fall of 2011. is contract is one of 26 that are expected to be awarded in scal year 2010 for BRAC and other military construction projects in San Antonio. e projected value of these contracts exceeds $390 million. During the past two scal years, contracts worth almost $2 billion have been awarded through the San Antonio BRAC and military construc -tion program. e construction contractors that receive contracts continue to hire many subcontractors from the San Antonio area to help complete their projects. e rapid pace of construction has put the San Antonio BRAC program on track to com -plete several projects in 2010. By the end of the scal year in September, it is anticipated that more than 20 facilities will have been made ready to begin supporting military missions and personnel that are coming to San Antonio from other parts of the country.(Left) The Fort Sam Houstons 75-year old theater will be renovated and expanded to become the new home of the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Commands Army Entertainment Division, which is relocating to the post from Fort Belvoir, Va. The renovated 14,700 square foot theater will serve as a re hearsal hall while an 18,000 square foot addition will provide space for oces, recording studios, and equipment storage. (Above) A rendering of the renovated post theater shows the theater will retain many of its architectur ally distinctive elements.
16 March 2010 Col. Donald E. Jackson Commander, Little Rock District A lot of talk has been made over the past several years about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campaign Plan. Our chief, Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, has emphasized the need for our organization to have a common framework and direction in order to be as eective an organization as possible for our Nation. He often uses a puzzle analogy (i.e., the importance of the box top) to illustrate the value of knowing where you are goingand having the end state in mind.As you might imagine, the plan comes with a number of subordinate execution plans. ese plans have been developed at both the Southwestern Division and Little Rock District levels and are designed to further rene the objectives of the former, tailoring these objectives to our assigned missions, roles and responsibilities.Discussion and determination of individual roles critical to the overall execution of the plan has been delegated to the district levels. I admit to being woefully decient in my articulation of this plan to you. More importantly, I have not developed an eective strategy to help you understand the importance of your individual eorts in making our corporate eort successful. With the help of some very talented individuals in our ACE-IT team, Robert Carr and Bob Dahms, we have attempted to create a simple visual aid that will help me communicate our corporate vision and the important role that each of us play. Let me explain. e USACE Campaign Plan and its supporting plans provide the vision and framework for OUR organizational success. If you Google putting together a jigsaw puzzle you will see that understanding the picture on the box is consistently the rst step in successfully completing any assembly eort. Not only should we understand the picture on the box but we must ensure we are focused on the right box if we want to end up where we want to go.e Chief has challenged us to deliver superior performance, set the standard for our profession, make a positive impact on our nation and our region, be built to lasteducated, trained, competent, experienced See Puzzle next page Putting it all togetherPuzzle Understand the picture on the box top
17 March 2010 and certied. is is the right picture to which we should all aspire. Everything we do must be focused with this end state in mind. How do we get there from here? What is the next step? Why should we even care e next step of the assembly eort is to carefully lay out all the pieces and put the border in place. At my house our kids race to see who can nd the corner pieces of the puzzle. It is from these corner pieces that we dene and shape the remainder of our assembly eort.Although we have not often discussed this, I see the goals and objec -tives of the USACE Campaign Plan, the SWD Implementation Plan, the SWL Operations Plan and YOUR individual Performance Plans as the corner pieces of our corporate puzzle.Each of these plans help us to shape our collective eorts for achieving the desired end state for our organization. ey each provide guidance and assign responsibility. Not only do they shape the puzzle but they also help to hold it together.Without a clear understanding of how to get to our desired end state, and the structure to hold it together, most likely we will never arrive.No plan is complete without all the pieces. In my analogy each employee represents a piece of the corporate puzzle. Have you ever assembled a puzzle only to nd that one or two pieces are missing? is past Christmas my son and I assembled a puzzle and we temporarily misplaced one of the pieces (it fell o the table and onto the oor). His comment to me was that the missing piece made Puzzle continued from previous pagethe entire puzzle worthless. Although this may have been the ravings of a nine-year old boy, the truth of his remark struck a chord in my mind. Each employee in this district represents a piece of our puzzle.If any one person is not there, or their eorts undervalued, it makes the entire eort incomplete. YOU are important. Your role is critical to our success. How will YOU help us go to GREAT and remain built to last? It is the job of district leadership to help you understand the role you have in making our organization great. It is also the role of our leadership to ensure you understand how your eorts contribute to achieving our desired end state. In Little Rock District we are in a period of unprecedented growth. As we take on new missions and expand into new areas it is critical we remain focused on the right box top.In each of the four vision areas shown above, you have a role to play, regardless of where you are on the team or in the depth chart. Make a dierence and dont fall o the table. We need you to make our eort complete. As always, I want to thank you for what you do. Every day in this organization has been a blessing to me personally. e professionalism and enthusiasm I see every day is a source of inspiration. Keep up the great work. Your reputation is building every day. P.J. Spaul reminded me that last week was both Procrastination Week and National Bubble Gum Week. Its a running joke in Little Rock that Im always the last commander to submit a column and so our PAO sta wanted to ensure I was aware of these national celebrations. In reality I was indeed stuck and putting this o until the last minuteagain. So the shoe ts. Sorry Cheri! -Col. Ed JacksonTomorrow Procrastinators!
18 March 2010 Kaw Lake is open for early shing and is ready to welcome visitors for the 2010 recreation season with more than $1 million in renovations to facilities damaged by years of annual ooding. e U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent $1.3 million in supplemental funding to install new toilets, pave ood prone areas, and repair several hundred feet of shoreline and protect it from future ooding.Much of the work was done at Coon Creek where toilet capacity was almost doubled with the installation of a new shower/toilet build-ing that replaces the 1970s era facility that had been ooded repeatedly since original construction, said Jim Anderson, lead ranger. New toilets have also been built at the Sarge Creek Cove area. Campsites are currently available for over-night camping on a rst-come, rst-served basis. e new toilet facilities will be available for use in time for campers this summer. Most of the toilets were moved to higher elevations so most of them wont ood at all, and the one at Coon Creek will ood less often, said Anderson.Paving operations were conducted at the boat ramp areas at Osage Cove, McFadden Cove and Coon Creek, and paving work is in progress at Washunga Bay, said Anderson. Also at the McFadden Cove camping area, the park circulatory roads and all camp pads have been resurfaced. A section of shoreline at Coon Creek that had signicant erosion from ooding was sloped, and rip-rap was placed there to protect the shoreline from future ooding. Its pretty much an annual thing to have some shoreline damage at Kaw. Some campsites have been lost at Coon Creek and there was danger of losing more campsites and cir-culatory roads had this work not been done, said Anderson. e supplemental funds helped pay for work that saved campsites and roadways at Kaw.Kaw Lake is located in north central Okla -homa, on the Arkansas River, and oers anglers excellent opportunities to catch crappie and Blue Catsh.Kaw Lake ready for summer with refurbished facilities By Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Public Aairs Above, a section of shoreline at Kaw Lake is sloped and rip-rap is placed there to repair ood damage. At right, a new toilet facility is lowered into place. Photo by Sam SkaggsLt. Col. Eugene Snyman with James Bavido, Randy Beauchamp, and Steve Isaacs at the welcoming ceremony held at district headquarters in late February.Welcome Back!Tulsa District employees gathered at district headquarters February 26 to welcome home coworkers who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Six district employees recently returned from deployments in support of Overseas Contingency Operations; their spouses were also honored dur ing the ceremony. Lt. Col. Eugene Snyman, the districts deputy commander, congratulated them and stressed the importance of their family members support during the deployment. Returning Tulsa District employees are Stephan Isaacs, James Bavido, Randy Beauchamp, Bob Owens, Aaron Goldner, and Georgia Lewis.
19 March 2010 because every year there are so many who could very easily be recognized. And grate -ful that the accomplishments of Team Galveston and all those supporting our District are also recognized by this award. Marinos, who is a Galveston native and graduate of Texas A&M University, has been with the Galveston District for 27 years and Emergency Management chief for 18. He has supported all District emergency operations since Hurricane Alicia in 1983, and considers Hurricane Rita in 2005 as one of the most signicant.Not only was Rita a major hurricane, he said, it aected two states and strategic-port facilities in Beaumont. Additionally, our response resources were limited due to a signicantly larger simultaneous response to Katrina. From his vantage point of having been in-volved in both Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike, Marinos saw several dierences.From my perspective, Ike was much smoother, he said. During Ike, evacuation to our alternate Emergency Operations Center at Addicks was improved to the point we were able to stand up non-emergency teams to continue the Districts routine work. We had more survey assets for a quicker assess-ment of channels and we had improved communications with our survey teams and our port partners. Marinos also pointed out that the District had many more employees directly impacted by Hurricane Ike, with most having damages to homes and residences. As a result, he said, the Fort Worth District held lead on the FEMA mission much longer (almost a month) to allow our team to take care of family issues. Also, Rita did not cause signicant damage to hurricane protec-tion projects, whereas Ike did.Marinos himself sustained heavy damage to his personal property, and could not live in his home for almost one year. In fact, he lived in 15 dierent places after Hurricane Ike, waiting for his home to be repaired. How did he cope with these challenges? e Armys Safe Haven Program and the support from co-workers and the command sta were tremendous, he said. I also had the support of family and friends. As testament to his strong support of the District and its emergency operations, Marinos has received numerous awards, including the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal, Achieve -ment Medal for Civilian Service and three Commanders Awards for Civilian Service. Emergency continued from page 14 Tulsa district commander, Col. Anthony Funkhouser met with eastern area employees at a town hall meeting on March 11 at the Keefeton Volunteer Fire Department in Keefeton, OK. After eating a meal of barbeque brisket and sides that was prepared by re department volunteers, Funkhowser, who is leaving the Tulsa District in June, said goodbye and presented his commanders coin to the eastern area personnel. Funkhouser was then presented a Corps of Engineers castle coat rack, made of eastern red cedar, which was signed on the reverse side by the employees in attendance. Beginning the long goodbye Courtesy photo
20 March 2010 Corps and local partners celebrate reopening of Dana Peak ParkCol. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., Commander of the Fort Worth District is anked by Belton Mayor, Jim Covington (left) and Rep. John Carter, Round Rock (right) and Harker Heights Mayor, Ed Mullen during a ribbon cutting ceremony March 5 symbolizing the ocial reopening of Dana Peak Park in Harker Heights, Texas.Story and photo by Randy Cephus Fort Worth District Public Aairs taling more than 600 acres. Park features in-clude one pavilion, 33 campsites, 37 picnic sites, ve restrooms, a swimming beach and a playground. ere have been numerous events of various types hosted here over the past several years including family gatherings, shing tourna ments, scouting events, hiking and equestrian events, cross country meets, triathlons and company and unit parties.After the oods receded many local resi -dents and organizations volunteered to remove debris to get the park back into shape. Dead trees, trash and animal remains were among the items that needed to be cleared before any major park renovations could begin. ere is just as much sweat equity as there was money, said Rep. John Carter, Round Rock, during remarks as he thanked the many volunteers who helped with the clean up after the oods.Harker Heights Mayor Ed Mullen and Belton Mayor Jim Covington also provided remarks during the ceremony. Belton and Stillhouse Hollow Lakes oer eight day use park areas and 275 campsites in six campgrounds, generating over $900,000 in fee revenues while serving nearly 3.5 million visitors in 2006, the last normal year of lake operations.More people visit here than Mount Rush-more and that is pretty cool, said Muraski. e Fort Worth Districts Operations and Maintenance program includes 25 multi-purpose reservoirs, three hydropower plants, and 340 recreation areas which receive over 25 million visitors annually. Public meetings heldPhoto by Clay Church In late May 2007, Stillhouse Hollow and Belton Lakes ooded and remained that way for approximately four months. is resulted in the destruction of most of the recreational infrastructure, including roads, campsites, picnic sites, restrooms, pavilions, docks and thousands of trees. e ood received vast media coverage and congressional interest because of the quality of life and economic impacts that these lakes have on the local communities of Belton, Harker Heights, Fort Hood and Killeen. On March 5 the Fort Worth District and approximately 100 partners celebrated the last facility at these two lakes to re-open since the infamous oods of 2007 during a Ribbon Cut -ting Ceremony at Dana Peak Park in Harker Heights, Texas. is is a communitys park said Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., commander of the Fort Worth District Army Corps of Engineers. is is the city of Beltons and the city of Harker Heights park.Dana Peak Park encompasses an area to -During a tour of the proposed area that will be inundated by the proposed Lake Columbia in Cherokee and Smith counties in Texas several of the members of the team stopped to ensure the exact location. Pictured left to right is Jesse Owens with Horizon Environmental Services, Inc., with Skipper Scott and Brent Jasper from the Fort Worth District Regulatory Branch. Public meetings were held March 1 and 2 in Jacksonville, Texas.
21 March 2010 LT. CO L. GENE SNYMANDEPUTY COMMAN D ER, TU LS A DI S TRI C T SWT Readiness planningTulsa District is now well into OPLAN execution and all divisions and depart -ments are contributing directly to the Districts eort to move from good to great.is years Leadership Development Pro -gram level two (LDP2) participants have been working to develop a product to assist supervi -sors with the task of ensuring all employees understand the linkage between the Campaign Plan (USACE), IPLAN (SWD), and OPLAN (SWT) and how each person contributes.Last year, emphasis was placed on work -ing Campaign Plan objectives and actions into performance objectives. is year we are working to make the Campaign Plan more personally understood in order to achieve a certain unity of eort across the board. In a preliminary survey conducted on 90 random SWT personnel, familiarity with the Cam -paign Plan and OPLAN and how their job related to the same was about a ve on a scale on one to ten. e intent is for this tool to be available to supervisors prior to and during the interim performance discussions they have with em-ployees to facilitate the process. It is intended to be tailored to each employee and to give supervisors and employees some practical examples of contributions employees make towards each of the OPLAN tasks. Supervisors can delete tasks not relevant to a particular employee and certainly add their own ideas to help each employee visualize their part in the big plan.In addition to an overall explanation of linkage between echelons, the brieng will take each SWT OPLAN task and link it to the IPLAN and Campaign Plan. Each task will include the vision statement We have achieved great when and include some example employee roles.In early June, when the interim perfor -mance counseling period closes, a follow-up survey will be conducted to determine how eective the tool was in increasing District awareness. I encourage all supervisors to take full ad-vantage of this tool during upcoming per -formance counseling. I also encourage all employees to take advantage of this eort to assist the leadership in working towards a more focused eort at improvement across the District by truly understanding how the plan applies to them. Finally, I want to thank this years LDP2 class for their excellent work and wish them all the best in their own demon-strated individual and group eort at moving from good to great! Natural resource specialists from Tenkiller, Canton, Fort Gibson, Wister, and Eufaula projects attended Prescribed Fire Training hosted by the Department of Natural Resource Management of Oklahoma State University. The training was held at Lake Eufaula and was tailored specically to meet agency requirements as set forth in EP-1130-2-540. Students were taught how weather plays an important role in the behavior of re, how to conduct a pre-re safety brief, how to forecast smoke dispersion and manage its impacts, benets of re on the ecosystem, how to mop up and patrol during a re event, and proper communication techniques. The unique aspect of this training was that following the classroom session, application of re behavior was taught rst hand in the eld. Two prescribed res were conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday of the training with students participating in dierent roles.Natural resource sta gets re ghting trainingBy Dean Roberts Park Ranger Eufaula Lake Oce Top right, Park Rangers Josh Mathis and Emily Con lighting a head re during a prescribed re. Bottom right, re ghting equipment training.Photo by Dean Roberts
22 March 2010 Spotlight on the Galveston Districts Brownsville Resident OceBy Isidro Reyna Galveston District Public AairsTucked away at the southernmost point in Texas is a small Corps of Engineers oce with a large mission a mission which keeps Americas waterways open for navigation and provides construction for local governmental agencies. With a full-time sta of nine employees and an additional augmented sta, the Galveston Districts Brownsville Resident Oce makes it possible for industry to succeed in the Rio Grande Valley by dredging miles of channels and waterways in South Texas and building essential facilities for its partners. e Brownsville Resident Oce is one of two resident oces that fall under the Districts Southern Area Oce, said Resident Engineer, Kenneth (Chip) Worley. Our area of operation spans across Texas Rio Grande Valley. e Resident Oce is responsible for dredging approximately 62 miles of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Port Isabel to Mud Flats, which is north of Port Manseld, according to Worley. Weve recently dredged 35 sections from Port Isabel to Mud Flats and have also dredged the Port Manseld cut, said Worley. We completed dredging of the South Padre Island Jetty Channel which provided beach nourishment to the island and were continuing on to the Brownsville Ship Channel, a project that will remove shoaling responsible for a 36-foot draft restriction and restore the channel to its 44-foot authorized depth. e Brownsville Resident Oce maintains approximately 21 miles of deep draft channel in Brownsville, which supports industrial and manufacturing industry and 28 miles of shallow draft channels in the Harlingen Channel, which primarily sup-The Galveston Districts Brownsville Resident Oce, located at the tip of South Texas, plays a key role in Americas well being by keeping waterways open for navigation and providing construction for local governmental agencies.ports agricultural industry. Additionally, the oce oversees dredging of the Port Isabel Small Boat Channel, which is approximately 5 miles of shallow draft and the Port Isabel Turning Basin, a deep draft channel. For this area, the ports bring an enormous amount of commerce and jobs, said Worley. Worley is responsible for supervising eld sta, project engineers, quality assurance representatives and acts as the administrative contracting ocer on the construction contracts for the Resident Oces area of responsibility. One of those contracts includes the construction of 34 miles of border fence along the Texas and Mexico border in Cameron County. e Resident Oce is responsible for maintenance contracts covering portions of border fence maintenance in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, supporting the Department of Homeland Security within the U.S. Border Patrols Rio Grande Valley Sector. We also support the Port Isabel Detention Center, said Worley. We have a constant business relationship with the detention facility -its a big compound with several dormitories, medical facilities, power generation equipment, administration and their own public works. Its good to be in the area to meet with them routinely and understand what their needs are. e Brownsville Resident Oce has overseen the construction of Border Patrol stations and has projects in both Rio Grande City and Falfurrias, Texas. e Resident Oce is also managing a $12 million project to construct a U.S. Army Reserve Center in Brownsville.Photo by Isidro Reyna For this area, the ports bring an enormous amount of commerce and jobs.-Kenneth (Chip) Worley, Brownsville Resident Engineer
23 March 2010 2 Developmental assignments benet SWLThey say necessity is the mother of invention. e saying held true when Little Rock created three real estate developmental assignments to help with a manpower shortage. e program ultimately provided the district with three well-rounded individuals in the eld who are now better equipped to deal with real estate issues. Realty Specialist Becky Shortt of Table Rock Lake, along with Park Rangers Cheryl Wanko of Table Rock Lake and Jason Presley of Greers Ferry Lake, participated in the 4 month developmental assignment in the district Oce. Don Balch, Little Rocks chief of real estate, explained that the participants were incorporated into all areas of the real estate program. is included military recruiting facilities, government housing, Base Realignment and Closure issues, acquisitions, real property accountability, appraisals and management and disposal. e trio also attended all meetings pertaining to real estate issues within the district and worked under the mentorship of senior realty specialists. When I learned that Don Balch was oering a developmental assignment opportunity, Wanko said, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about real estate and acquire knowl-edge on how it ts into the big picture of the Corps mission. Wanko said Joe Craig was her mentor, and he put forth such a tremendous eort to teach me and ensured all my questions were an-swered. He made sure I learned as much as possible while I was there.During her training, Wanko created a Geographical Information Systems spatial database to plot and record outstanding encroachment locations at Table Rock and Beaver lakes. Shortt was new to the real estate business but had served as a park ranger for several years at Table Rock Lake prior to accepting the realty specialist job there. I walked into the Real Estate oce as the newest realty specialist 12 years to the day from when I walked into the Table Rock Project Oce as the newest student ranger, Shortt said. I remember think-ing, what could I possibly see in Little Rock that I havent already seen as a ranger on Table Rock? Long story short, I had no idea how much I didnt know. Shortt said she was blown away that in her 12 years as a ranger she was not aware of how much support the real estate teams provided to the Armed Forces. She went on to say she was equally impressed by how well the team worked together to accomplish their military mission. Presley worked under the tutelage of Realty Specialist Ellyce Best. He acknowledged that he was limited in his real estate knowledge and thought this assignment would help him in his daily duties at Greers Ferry Lake. When I arrived at Greers Ferry Project Oce in 2004 I started working with shoreline management, and real estate issues kept arising, Presley said. e issues ranged from land use outgrants to encroachments and marina issues as well. My knowledge was very limited. As the years progressed, I picked up on bits and pieces, but I knew this opportunity would be a great chance for me to further my understand -ing and knowledge about real estate management.All three participants agreed that the developmental assignment will help them to succeed in their current jobs, and they each said they would highly recommend this assignment to anyone who works with real estate issues, such as those in the natural resource and recreation elds. SWL real estate hopes to continue the program in October for an-other developmental opportunity to improve on the teamwork with our Operations Division, jointly addressing problems as a team, Balch said.Employee Assistance ProgramHealthy bodies, sound minds and a safe place to work 1-800-222-0364 Federal Occupational HealthDepartment of Health and Human ServicesBy Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Public Aairs
24 March 2010 Basket weaving 101 held at district regulatory oceStory and photos by Randy Cephus Fort Worth District Public Aairs The Fort Worth Districts Regulatory Oce is lled with a blend of engi-neers, biologists, and environmental scientists. Being in an oce staed with so much brain power can at times be overwhelm -ing. So, there are times when one must get back to the basics. at is where Darvin Messer, project man-ager for the Sabine Mining Company Rusk Environmental Impact Statement project comes in. Messer decided to give the oce a class on basket weaving during lunch one day as a morale boosting initiative. Well call it Basket Weaving 101. Messer, a native of Leburn, Ky., has been with the Corps for nine years and the Fort Worth District for about seven months. His impression of the Fort Worth District is that it is a very busy place lled with dedicated professionals who get things done.He started making baskets more than 30 years and got his start as a youngster while spending summer vacations with his grandfather. It takes approximately eight to 10 days to complete a basket. It cannot be completed in one sittingthere is a process, asserted Messer. First, you cut down a three to six inch di-ameter White Oak sapling. en you split the wood into sections called billets and smaller pieces called splits. Next, you take drawknives and pocketknives to whittle and shape the wood, said Messer, as he split and shaved the oak in front of a captive audience. Messer then demonstrated the process of making splits, the sections of wood used to make the lattice work that is woven in an over-and-under fashion.e next step to making a basket is the assembly process. Here, you have to keep the wood moist so it will maintain its exibility, continued Messer. According to Messer, basket weaving can be a fun hobby, but is also a way to relieve stress. Besides his passion for basket weaving, Messers other hobbies include coaching his sons basketball team and participating in his church mission. Now you let the basket dry. Finally, you need to form new splits to complete the basket, continued Messer.Although he oers some of his products for sale, Messers main satisfaction in making bas -kets is the fact that he is carrying on a family tradition handed down from his grandfather.I am beginning to teach my son so that I can pass the tradition on to the next generation, concluded Messer.(Above) Darvin Messer, project manager for the Sabine Mining Company Rusk EIS project displays a sample of a completed basket during a recent basket weaving demonstration conducted at the Districts Regulatory Oce. (Left) Scott Kelly and Lisa Gomez look on as Darvin Messer demonstrates the proper technique for splitting wood during a recent basket weaving demonstration in the Districts Regulatory Oce. Mike Happold of the Fort Worth District Regulatory Oce looks through Darvin Messers photo album displaying various basket styles during a basket weaving demonstration in February.
25 March 2010 Students at H.V. Helbing Elementary choose their Valentines Day gift bags as they leave the Valentines Day Luncheon, Feb. 19. Simon Ng, Program Analyst, Enginering and Constructiuon Support Oce and a fourth grade student enjoy pizza, laughter, and discuss future college opportunities at the luncheon.The fourth grade students at H.V. Helbing Elementary school, Fort Worth, Texas received more than the traditional cards and candy this Valentines Day. e Fort Worth District Adopt-aSchool Pen Pal program sponsored the annual Valen-tines Day Luncheon in the schools auditorium on Feb. 19.e students were greeted with friendly smiles from 70 Corps employees, ten faculty members, and 20 PTA members. Irma Morin, counselor, opened the event by welcoming everyone and thanking the Corps for orga -nizing yet another successful event. Corps employees enjoyed pizza, cake, and punch with their pen pals, while also solving a Valentines Day word puzzle together. Im having so much fun; I didnt think I would have so much in common with my Pen Pal!, said Xandria Garcia, 4th grade student at H.V. Helbing. As the luncheon came to an end, the stu-dents homeroom teachers drew their names out of a hat to see which class would go rst to pick out their Valentines gift bag and stued animal. e auditorium lled with loud sounds of excitement when the students heard their teachers name called. ey were so excited about the event, the gifts, and most importantly meeting their pen pal. e children were so excited their Pen Pals were coming today. Now that its over they dont want to leave, laughed Ms. Darla Jackson, 4th grade teacher. e students were all smiles as they took pictures with their pen pals to capture the eventful luncheon. I had a great time, I just want to be a positive role model and let them know if you pursue your dreams you will be successful. As everyone said their farewells, they talked about looking forward to the next pen pal letter they would receive. e simplest thing like a smile can change a students life forever. e memories time well spent between Corps employees and H.V. Helbing students is a gift within itself and one that keeps giving, said Ebonie Graves, Equal Employment Opportunity trainee, Fort Worth District. Fourth graders enjoy Valentines Day lunch with their Corps Pen Pals Story and photos by Denisha Braxton Fort Worth District Public Aairs
26 March 2010 Col. David C. Weston Commander, Galveston District Delivering excellence Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Galveston District March 22-23. The general received district updates, held a Town Hall meeting for employees and honored outstanding team members as well. Selma Hampshire, a budget ocer with the districts Resource Management Oce, holds a bear signed by Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp. The bear is a constant re minder of her son Fisher Hampshire, an Army private currently at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., who is training to become a combat engineer.Every month is a signicant time for the Galveston District as we execute our mission, plan for the future, and deliver excellence to our customers and communities. But the past couple of months have been especially noteworthy for several reasons. First, in February, our District observed its 130th anniversarya century plus of Building Strong! When this District was established on Galveston Island in 1880 it was truly a dierent world: Galveston was an economic and cultural powerhousethe reason the District was established here to begin with while Houstons star shown much dimmer. Today Houston is the nations fourth largest metropolitan area, as well as its second largest coastal port, and a vital and powerful component of the Galveston District.It was into this fourth largest metropolitan area that we stepped out in February to communicate the news that the Corps Addicks and Barker dams have been designated extremely high risk. is designation is primarily due to their locations in what is now developed areas of Houston, in addition to structural concerns in a couple of areas. However, neither of those risk factors means that Addicks and Barker dams are in imminent danger of failing, a fact that we needed to share openly and accurately with the greater Houston community. Our briengs to Congressional staers, local ocials, neighborhood associations, the news media and the public informed them about the current situation as well as short term xes (Interim Risk Reduction Measures) and our Dam Safety Modication Study. is information was vital to the local residents and property owners, and they responded primarily with support and appreciation of the Corps eorts to ensure the safety of our dams. While that public outreach was going on in February, the Districts senior leadership joined me in traveling to Washington D.C. to meet with our elected representatives and discuss the current status and future actions on District projects. is annual trip is always an inspiring one, as it underlines the special relationship between the Corps of Engineers and Congress, the planning process, and how our projects get authorized and funded. at Corps planning process is virtually unknown to most Americans. e topic came up so often during the dam safety public outreach briengs that we added a slide presentation about the Corps planning process to the Addicks and Barker Web page, www.AddicksandBarker.info March was no less busy, with a multitude of undertakings that kept the District on its toes. One project that especially underscored our commitment to local communities was the beach nourishment of South Padre Island. e District dredged the inside jetty channel across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway into the main channel near South Padre Island, Texas, and then turned that work into a benecial use project, just in time for Spring Break. Also in March, we were honored to have the Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp, visit the Galveston District. His visit gave District employees an opportunity to interact with him rst hand, as well the chance to recognize a few of our many, many outstanding team members. It was a great way to nish the rst quarter of the year and welcome Spring! Chief of Engineers visits GalvestonPhoto by Courtney Brodbeck
27 March 2010 In June, this giant oating crane will arrive in Little Rock District and become the largest crane in Southwestern Division and the secondlargest crane in the Army Corps of Engineers. It is has been constructed to perform maintenance and dewatering at Montgomery Point Lock and Dam on the lower McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The crane is undergoing nal testing and outtting at Conrad Industries Shipyard in Morgan City, La., and upon completion, it will be delivered to Little Rocks Pine Blu Marine Terminal. The crane barge is 260 feet long. The pedestal-mounted Manitowoc 18,000 crane has a 200-foot boom and a capacity of up to 285 short tons. The lower deck houses a locker room, oce, brieng room, showers, toilets, machinery room, work shop and storage. The main deck houses a restroom, generator room and the stud control room. The crane has been named after the late Mike Hendricks, who was the Pine Blu Project Oce operations manager. Courtesy photoBig, buoyant heavy lifter On or near the water, always wear a Life Jacket.Southwestern Division
28 March 2010 On March 11, students and teachers from Robert E. Lee High School in Houston joined the Harris County Constable Precinct 5 Mounted Pa -trol and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, for the rst ever Aquatic Science Adventure at Noble Road Pond located in Barker Reservoirs George Bush Park.The bonding of nature, horses and kidsStudents join Bobber, the Corps Water Safety mascot, Harris County Constable Precinct 5 Mounted Patrol and Learning for Life Champions and Transition programs of the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America at the Aquatic Science Adventure in George Bush Park. e students were part of the Learning for Life Champions and Transition pro grams, which is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. e school-based programs are pre -sented as progressive lessons that assist educators in prepar -ing youth for a pro -ductive role in the workplace environ ment and provide a special needs cur -riculum that teaches youth with mental disabilities and chal-lenges the life skills they need to achieve self-suciency.In 2009, the Champions and Transition curricu lum modied edu -cational objectives to expand environmental concepts by introducing animal science. is year, deputies, under the direction of Sergeant D. Gaston, used their professional and personal connection with horses to enter -tain more than 36 local high school students at Barker Reservoir. It was a wonderful outlet for the kids to dispel their fears and anxieties and to form a connection with the horses, said Kristine Brown, a park ranger at Barker Reservoir. e students also enjoyed a shing event, hosted by the Corps of Engineers, Addicks Project Oce, which focused on water safety and outdoor activities.It gives the students something to look forward to and get involved with and it makes them happy to be outside and be a kid, Brown said. According to Ken Jacob from the Learning for Life Champions and Transition programs of the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America, these programs ourish as an ed-ucational model in and around the Greater Houston area.eir success and the lessons learned in fully implementing the programs continues to bring families something they eagerly want, developmental benets that their children can learn from, enjoy and carry with them for the rest of their life, Jacob said.Equally important is the fact that this level of program growth and activities would not be possible without the generous commit -ment of time, resources, spirit, and dedication from local partners and volunteers dedicated to providing special needs youth with educa-tion, opportunities and life time experiences, he added. A student from Robert E. Lee High School learns how to approach, pet and feed a horse at the rst ever Aquatic Science Adventure at George Bush Park hosted by the Galveston Districts Addicks Project Oce.Photo by Kristine Brown Photo by Kristine BrownBy Kristine Brown Natural Resources Specialist Galveston District Proles in Giving:
29 March 2010 Houstonians learn about Addicks and Barker Dam Safety ProgramWhen the Galveston Districts Addicks and Barker dams were built in the 1940s in far west Harris County, the area was mostly farm land on the outskirts of the City of Houston. e dams were built in response to devastating oods that hit Houston in 1929 and 1935, and their purpose wasand still isto protect areas downstream of the dams along Buffalo Bayou. Addicks and Barker have served the area well for more than 60 years, but changes brought about by resi-dential development, industrial growth, and the eects of a mul -titude of factors on the structures themselves created a new set of circumstances for Addicks and Barker.As a result of a recent Corps of Engineers evaluation of its dams na -tionwide, several issues were identi-ed at Addicks and Barker, desig -nating them as extremely high risk. is designation is primarily due to their close proximity to the Houston metropolitan area and the potential consequences in the event of a dam failure, according to Colonel David C. Weston, Galveston District com -mander. First and foremost, these dams are not in imminent danger of fail-ing, Weston said. Addicks and Barker are essentially dry reservoirs the great majority of the time, and they undergo daily, weekly, and an-nual inspection and monitoring. e fact that they protect and are a part of the nations fourth largest metro-politan area makes the consequences in the event of a dam failure unac-ceptable. e Corps primary objec provided to Congressional sta representatives, local Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County ocials, neighborhood associations in the Houston area, and the Houston news media in early February, and four public meet -ings were conducted to inform those living in the areas both downstream and upstream of Addicks and Barker. A Web site was also created to ensure that current information is available to residents and property owners in the aected areas.Weston also noted during the briengs and public meetings that this designation gives Addicks and Barker priority funding for any repairs and studies. e Corps of Engineers assess-ment actually moves Addicks and Barker to the front of the line for funding for any necessary repairs and studies, he said. We are look-ing at two areas of concern, the outlet structure and the ends of the dams, and have already begun short term solutions, called Interim Risk Reduction Measures, to limit the risk. We will also be looking at long term solutions under a Dam Safety Modication Study.Addicks and Barker have been protecting the Houston metropoli-tan area for more than 60 years, and the Corps of Engineers is working with our local Flood Control and Emergency Management partners to ensure that they continue to do so, Weston said.For more information, visit the Addicks and Barker Web site, www. AddicksAndBarker.info. tive is to maintain public safety by ensuring that the dams we own and operate are safe and risks to the public are minimized.With the designation also came the need to inform ocials and the public. Briengs were USACE photoColonel David C. Weston, Galveston District commander, briefs local ocials about Addicks and Barker reservoirs at the Texas National Guard Armory located in Barker Reservoir.USACE photoRichard Long, Natural Resources Manager for Addicks and Barker reservoirs, discusses the Corps Dam Safety Program during one of four public meetings held in Houston in February. The outlet structures at Barker Reservoir (USACE photo)
30 March 2010 Courtesy photoLeadership Russellville Natural Resource Specialist Carlton Bailey from Lake Tenkiller in Tulsa District discusses water safety information Jan. 23 with a family at the 2010 Boat Show in Fort Smith, Ark. Rangers from Tulsa's Eufaula and Tenkiller lakes and Little Rock's Ozark and Blue Mountain lakes worked together to present water and boating safety information to about 500 people. For the second year in a row, Little Rock's Rick Bradford and Tulsa's Rick Smither collaborated to have participants from both districts on hand to provide information about Oklahoma and Arkansas lakes. Children from both states came to the show on this border town and discussed water and boating safety with the rangers. The teams also provided information about recreation, environmental stewardship, hydropower and navigation. Other Tulsa participants were Craig Robbins, Eric Summars, Cathi Carr, Randy Shannon and Cory Bolin. The other participants from Little Rock were Lee Kirkpatrick, Tommy Greeneld and Jared Brasher. Districts team up Photo by Rick Bradford Womens History & Irish American Heritage Month March Is... Allison Smedley of Little Rock Districts Russellville Project Oce and the other nine members of the 2010 Leadership Russellville class recently were cited by the Arkansas House of Representatives for participating in the program designed to help develop local business professionals. The citation was presented Feb. 24 at the State Capitol by two state representatives and a state senator. In the front row from left is Carrie Phillips of Arkansas Tech University, Smedley, Misty Housley of Simmons First Bank, State Rep. Andrea Lea, Madelyn Ginsberg of Pope County Quorum Court and State Rep. Robert Dale. In the middle row is Mary Wood of the U.S. Forest Service, Donny Rogers of Arvest Bank, Syr Johnathan Duncan of the U.S. Forest Service and Bob Veach of the Peel Law Firm. In the back row is State Sen. Michael Lamoureux, Jason Oliver of Arkansas Nuclear One and Dusty Hampton of Tyson Foods. The class, due to graduate in June, tour various businesses, industries, health, non-prot and government agencies, as well as create a project that benets the local populous. This classs project focused on re prevention and smoke alarm awareness across Pope County. The group created a River Valley Residential Smoke Alarm Program that provided re alarms to needy residents through a partnership with the Russellville Fire Department.
31 March 2010 CongratulationsTom Henry has been se lected as the Power Plant Spe cialist at the Keystone Power Plant. Previous positions that Tom has held include Power Plant Senior Electrician at Keystone and details as Power Plant Specialist, and Work Leader. Jason Person, Natural Resources Specialist, Oologah Lake Oce, and his wife had their second child. Luke Ever ett Person was born weighing 9 lbs 2 ozs & 20 3/4 inches in length. Bill Knight, regional logistics liaison, joined SWD headquarters Feb. 2. Knight comes to the division from Fort Lee, Va., where he served as the Director of Logistics, U.S. Army Garrison Command. Karen Robinson, supervisory budget analyst, joined Resource Management Division, Regional Business Directorate, SWD headquar ters Feb 14. Robinson comes to the division from the Corps European District where she served as a lead program analyst. Dawn Rice has been se lected as the new Civil Works Project Manager in PPMD. She will be focusing on Civil Works ARRA projects. With her experience in Civil Works as well as her experience oversees in Germany and Iraq she will be a nice addition to the PPMD Family. She is also a certied Project Manager Pro fessional as well as a graduate of SWTs Leadership Develop ment Program. Mr. and Mrs. Craig Rob bins welcomed their second child, Hadlee Lake Robbins. Hadlee is also welcomed by big sister Dailee. Cindy Jones of the Galveston District was selected for the GS-12 Budget Analyst position in resource manage ment. Little Rock is pleased to announce the selection of David Glorit for the project engineer position at the Ozark Construction Oce. In the position, he will oversee the project oce sta in the day-to-day management on the Ozark Powerhouse Major Rehabilitation project, and he will be an integral part of the Joint Resident Oce organization that weve established with Tulsa District to provide overarching administration of the projects at Ozark and Webbers Falls. He is currently assigned as a project engineer with the Corps at Weisbaden, Germany. He is a mechanical engineer by degree and a registered professional engineer in Georgia. He brings a wealth of Corps construction experience from quality assur ance, oce engineering and construction management. Little Rock is pleased to congratulate Al Rein on his selection as chief of Military Programs Branch. He brings extensive military construc tion project and program management expertise, strong regional and national relationships and a track record of successful project execution to the position. He will be a tremendous asset to the district as we continue working together to enhance our project delivery services for our local, regional and national customers. Little Rock is pleased to Pacesetter Points Bill Knight Karen Robinson Hadlee Lake Robbinscongratulate Bruce Watson on his selection as chief of Cost Engineering Section in Design Branch. He brings extensive experience in construction and engineering processes, strong district and regional relationships and successful project develop ment team execution. His leadership skills will be a great asset to the branch management team. ArrivalsTyrone Crear arrived at the Galveston District Jan. 19 as an area engineer for the Southern Area Oce. In this position, Crear will provide contract administration and quality assurance for civil works and military construc tion. Edgardo Perez-Cosme joined the Galveston District Feb. 5 as a project engineer for the Sinton Army Reserve Center and assistant project engineer for the Kingsville Army Reserve Center. Prior to joining the District, the Bayamon, Puerto Rico native worked as a project engineer and oce engineer for the Baltimore District at Fort Belvoir, Va. Michael Rawls arrived at the Galveston District Jan. 25 as a retired annuitant oce engineer for the Northern Area Oce. In 2005, Rawls was a construction manager for the Construction Branch, and he also performed disaster work as a rehired annuitant after Hurricane Rita for the District in 2006. Mark Garza joined the Galveston District Jan. 4 as a biologist in the Environmen-
32 March 2010 tal Branch. Prior to joining the District, the San Antonio native worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a sheries biologist at Klamath National Forest in northern California. Gary Chow joined the Galveston District Jan. 19 as a technical specialist/manager. In this position, he has overall responsibility for the Districts geotechnical and coastal engineering programs. Prior to joining the District, the Hong Kong native worked at Arcadis US, Inc. in Houston as a principal engineer. James Nicholson arrived at the Galveston District Dec. 21 as a construction control rep resentative for the Southern Area Oce in Corpus Christi. Prior to joining the District, the Gulf Breeze, Fla. native worked as a safety superintendent for a general contrac tor in Fla.DeparturesRussell Malahay departed the District Jan. 2 to work for the Little Rock District as a natural resources specialist. Andy Frank, program manager, Military Integration Division, Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters, departed the division in February to accept a Military Program manager position on the SWD Regional Integration Team, headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ana Ortega, program man-Former Southwestern Division commander diesMaj. Gen. Hugh G. Robinson, USA (Ret.), 78, died March 1 in Dallas, Texas, with funeral services conducted March 6. Robinson served as the Commander, Southwestern Division, from 1980 to 1983, retiring from the U.S. Army during the SWD Change of Command Ceremony. Before coming to the division, he was deputy director of Civil Works in Corps headquarters and held a wide range of command and sta positions. In 1965, he was appointed as military aide to then President Lyndon B. Johnson, the rst African-American to hold that position. He was a 1954 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and held a masters degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1959).Maj. Gen. Hugh G. Robinson ager, Military Integration Division, Programs Directorate, SWD headquarters, was re cently selected for a program manager position, Strategic Integration Branch, Military Programs, at HQUSACE. Maxie McAlpin, Programs Directorate, SWD headquar ters, accepted a contract specialist intern position with Fort Worth District in February. Regina Lee, Resource Management Division, Regional Business Directorate, SWD headquarters, departed SWD in February for a position with the Social Security Administration.RetirementSam Patterson, Keystone Powerhouse Specialist, is retir ing April 29 after 27+ years of service for the federal government. Sam has contributed greatly to the Tulsa District and will be missed. Jeris Sample, Construc tion Branch, retired February 26, after 39 years of federal service. Paul Shockley, Conser vation Specialist, Northern Area Oce is retiring eec tive 1 March 2010. Paul has served Tulsa District for 30+ years working at the follow ing Projects: Wister, Tenkiller, John Redmond, Oologah, and presently the Northern Area Oce. Little Rocks Louis Garvin, a welder at the Russellville Project Oce, retired after 10 years of civil service. Little Rocks Frank Estrada, a welder at the Russellville Project Oce, retired after 33 years of civil service. Little Rocks Elmania Donald, a facility maintenance inspector at the Russellville Project Oce, retired after 35 years of civil service. CondolencesLee Roy Buddy Sullivan, 83, father of Linda Sullivan, human resources specialist, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, passed away March 8 in Weatherford, Texas. Joseph Large, an engineer intern in E&C Division,Tulsa District, suered the passing of his mother, Betty Faye Large, 80, engineer, February 10. Clarence (Bud) Quinn, father of Maureen Weller, Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting Dallas, passed away March 16 in Bel Air, Md. A funeral mass was conducted March 19 in Hickory, Md. Sincere condolences to Luis Saenz of the Galveston District, whose mother, Yolanda R. Saenz, passed away Feb. 16. Sincere condolences to Norma Garcia, whose mother, Antonia Toni Ser rato, passed away Jan. 29. Jesse Bray, father-in-law to Little Rocks Lola Holt of Con-Andy Franktracting Oce passed March 3. He was 61 years of age, when he went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our prayers and thoughts are with Lola and her family. It will be hard to let him go, but we know it was Gods will and it had to be done accordingly. Mr. Bray was loved by many and will he be truly missed. Glyn Holmes, 89, of Little Rock passed away Jan. 20. He was the father-in-law of Little Rocks Barbara Holmes of Real Estate. Glyn proudly served his country in the Navy dur ing WWII. Papaw, as he was called, was known for his good sense of humor and his love for his family. He loved to garden and sh. He enjoyed watching sports on television. Glyn attended Mabelvale Church of Christ. Rosie Holland, 87, of Wynne passed away Feb. 16. She is the grandmother to James (Jay) Woods of the Public Aairs Oce. Ms. Holland was a long time resident of Cross County. She was a retired supervisor for Levi Strauss and Company. She was a member of Fitzgerald Baptist Church. Former Little Rock (retired) member, Gene Denton, passed away Feb. 13.