VOL. 5, NO. 3 MAY 2010 Zebra mussels are threatening Corps projects see page 5
2 May 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 an unof under AR 360-1 for members of the Southwestern Division and its retirees. Contents and editorial views expressed are not views of or endorsed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army or the U.S. Government. Articles or photographic submissions are welcome. For more information about the Pacesetter or to make a submission, call your local Public Affairs Inside this issue Page 3 SWD Commanders column Page 4 Commentry: Little Rock website new and improved Page 5 Fighting a tiny invader Page 6 Support to control invasive species Page 7 Galveston District, Harris County sign PPA for Project Brays Page 8 Russo joins ranks of Fort Worths distinguished civilians Page 9 SWT Commanders column Page 10 Bottom: Life jackets save lives Page 11 Convenience key to great experience at Keystone Page 12 Jolly named Galveston District Admin Professional of the Year Page 13 Alexander voted best administrative professional in the Fort Worth District Page 14 SWG Commanders column Page 15 Beach dedicated to former ranger Page 16 USACE Quality Management System Page 17 Galveston District regulatory PM wins top honor Page 18 These cameras do more than just take pictures Page 19 SWL Commanders column Page 20 Tulsa Districts SAFE projects honored Page 21 Riding with visibility, awareness tenacity to survive Page 22 Tulsa District enters Corps Watch program Page 23 Texas Silver Jackets sign charter Page 24 Warehouse completed, more to come Page 25 SWF Commanders column Page 26 Little Rock Districts Engineer of The Year announced Page 27 ARRA funds a boost to Lake O the Pines Page 28 Dark Success: Bulkhead rescued from the depths Page 29 Corps kids learn about life after school Page 30 Professional registration recognition Page 31 Fort Worth District team members hit the road Page 32 Outstanding career comes to an end Page 34 Pacesetter Points
3 May 2010 Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser Commander, Southwestern DivisionSWD: I am personally in awe of each of you ... I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other: team member of the mighty Tulsa District, Southwestern Division, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.-Colonel Anthony C. Funkhouser, Southwestern Division commander Let me begin my nal Pacesetter column with a big anks to the entire Southwestern Division Team. After three incredibly rewarding years of commanding the Tulsa District and the last year dual-hatted as the Southwestern Division Commander, I have had the opportunity for an unbelievable perspective on the last few unprecedented years. For the second year in a row, our program execution has been near the $5 billion marknearly double the previous norm. is has been due to a number of converging factors that expanded from our base programs to include Base Realignment and Closure, Supplementals, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. All with short suspenses for execu -tion in FY10.Last September, we knew it was going to be a challenge but we all rolled up our sleeves and laid out the plan of attack. Each district surged through the rst quarter gaining momentum and award-ing contracts at an incredible pace. By the end of the second quarter, we were well on pace and should complete ARRA awards ahead of the other divisions this summer.Now I am proud to see construction going on throughout the region. Our critical dams and levees are being repaired, major ports being dredged, our recreation areas are being upgraded as we repair them, and we have new military construction going on nearly every installation to improve the life of our seless service members and their families. We are partnering with the Veterans Administration, building three new military hospitals and entire military school campuses and unit facilities from the ground up. I recently spoke to Col. Turner at BRAC-D at the Pentagon who visited our projects to see what right looked like as we consistently deliver quality projects on time or early. We also have a robust program of national projects in support of the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol that have boosted our reputation nationally. All of the above is impressive to say the least, but we also did this with tremendous personnel turnover. Many in our key positions retired and we had to recruit hundreds of new teammates and train them as we accomplished our record workload. Now throw in the mix, record rains, ooding, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and sup -port for Iraq and Afghanistan. I am personally in awe of each of you. Let me personally thank the SWD headquarters team, the District Commanders and their key leaders for their leadership and drive to establish priorities, balance requirements and resources, and main -tain a positive can do attitude the entire time. e crosstalk has been outstanding and it was appreciated! I also need to thank the great team of seless Corps employees who have stepped up to the chal-lenges and embraced the changes, deadlines, data calls and long days. I know it has been stressful but what we have accomplished is signicant and is your legacy. Many years from now we can look back proudly and say we were part of the great surge. We can look at our projects and know we have improved operations and safety and we should be proud to stand and tell any visitor this is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. I know the comments I receive from the public, our partners and our Congressional leaders have all been extremely positive. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your Commander. ere have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country and uplifted by the goodness of our Corps employees. I have been blessed to represent each of you. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other: team member of the mighty Tulsa District, Southwestern Division, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.And so, for the nal time: anks! May God bless this division and our next Command team. I will denitely miss being part of this team but I will take with me many friendships and pride in being part of something historic. I know you all will continue to set the standard and take care of your new Southwestern Division Commander. Pacesetters!ANTHONY C. FUNKHOUSER COL, EN Commander, Southwestern Division
4 May 2010 NEWSROOM WHO WE ARE MISSIONS HISTORY Comments Sought on Proposed Bull Shoals Lake Water Supply LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -The Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District is seeking public comments through June 11 on environmental documents that examine a proposed reallocation of storage in Bull Shoals Lake to provide additional water supply for two regional water districts.Corps Begins Lowering Beaver Lake Rogers, Ark.--The Army Corps of Engineers will begin making releases today at Beaver Lake through the hydropower turbines to bring the lake level down to elevation 1,121.4, the top of the conservation pool. The lake is currently at elevation 1,123.4. The high lake levels were caused by repeated rains during the spring. Springtime Hiking PIEDMONT, Mo. With the recent warm weather and budding of the trees, many of you have the urge to get out for some outdoor activities. Anglers are starting to get back out on the water, playgrounds are filling up with children, and barbecue grills are being fired up. This flurry of activity is a sure sign of spring. Clearwater Lake 2010 Camping SeasonPIEDMONT, Mo. The 2010 camping season is upon us! Starting May 15, all five campgrounds at Clearwater Lake will be in full swing. We hope to see you out here enjoying your natural resources this summer. MORE NEWS RELEASESNews Releases Contracts and More Archive Project Update 2009 Bull Shoals Lake Draft Water Supply Storage Reallocation Report CW Lake Major Rehabilitation Norfork Water Reallocation Ozark Powerhouse Rehabilitation Pine Mountain Dam Reevaluation Study White River Minimum FlowKey Projects and Issues Volunteer Opportunities Gulf Region Division's South District Volunteer Opportunities The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting Corps employees, those of other federal agencies, and those from the private sector to consider serving our country as a civilian in GRD's South District. Important work is being conducted to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and a variety of specialties are required. READ MORE...March 2010 EditionSWL Bull Shoals Tours make Finalist List page 13SWL Commander's Column page 16SWL Development Assignments Benefit SWL page 23Rare Bald Eagle Spotted (literally) page 7PaceSetter Points page 31 READ MORE ...PaceSetter MagazineRecipient Reporting at FederalReporting .gov Click here .Corps Hurricane Response USACE Disaster Reponses Contracting USACE Recovery Act Site Topic List and Phone Numbers For additional information contact: Little Rock District Public Affairs Office Public Affairs Office U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District P.O. Box 867 Little Rock,AR 72203-0867 (501)324-5551 Send technical questions or comments to the webmaster .Contact UsU.S. ArmyUSACE HQUSACE IGUSACE FOIASouthwestern DivisionForth Worth DistrictGalveston DistrictTulsa DistrictUSA.gov Related LinksSWL Site MapPrivacy and Security NoticeAccessibility InformationInformation Quality ActSite Information Updated/Reviewed: 10 May 2010Page 1of 1 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District 5/14/2010 htt p ://www.swl.usace.arm y .mil / Commentary: Little Rock website new and improved By Jay Woods Little Rock District If you havent seen Little Rock Districts website in a while, you havent seen Little Rock Districts website. anks to a great team of folks from around the district, the Web pages have been updated and have a modern new look.e 1,500 pages are current and relevant, and chock full of informa -tion employees or the general public can reference to become more aware of the districts activities and oerings. Meantime, the district Intranet site is undergoing a major update and upgrade as well to make it more useful and relevant for employees. Look for this late this summer. When I arrived in the district in September from Japan District, one of the rst tasks I was assigned was to update the districts Internet website, and I was actually looking forward to this task. I knew there was a good deal of outdated information on it because when I was competing for this position in Public Aairs, I visited the site to learn more about the district and found many of the Key Projects and Issues were in fact years old.Little Rock wasnt alone in this; many Army Corps of Engineers websites were long neglected. at is why Corps Headquarters included updating websites across the Corps and migrating them to the new corporate branding look as part of Goal 4b in the USACE Strategic Plan. So my journey began, and we began pulling together our project development team. Our PDT consisted of representatives from each sta section and project site that had a presence on the website. We held our rst meeting in October to determine what information needed to be updated.One of the most dicult things for us seemed to be forcing ourselves to look outward rather than inward. Much of the information was presented in such a way that it was more appropriate for employees rather than external stakeholders or members of the general public, who the website is really designed to reach. Some of the information was really more appropriate for the (internal) Intranet instead of the (public) Internet. e PDT members had to make sure they were not looking at the site as a member of the Corps of Engineers, but as if they were stakeholders or public customers. e team began meeting weekly to ensure everyone was on track and to talk about any problems. I really enjoyed working with this PDT. Right from the start the members took ownership of their pages and went to work. e updates ranged from new phone numbers to updated campground information, to deleting projects that were completed years ago. e team members made sure this project was completed in a timely fashion, and their good work made my job easier than I thought it would be.I want to personally thank Tom Miller, our webmaster. He worked on about 70 work requests during this update, and he did an excellent job. But the team isnt nished. Now that the website has been updated, it has to be maintained, lest it fall out of date once again. Team members will review it quarterly, but we can also use your help. If you see anything on the site that should be updated, or discover something that should be added or altered, please let me know. We want to continue the journey from good to great. So if you havent seen Little Rock Districts website in a while, go check it out. You will nd a great deal of current news and information guaranteed to give you a more well-rounded view of todays Little Rock District. Website PDT membersTeam Leader Jay Woods Don Balch Mike Black Caleb Brunson Mike Cannon Scott Corbitt Dylan Edwards Sheila Ellis Jason Gramlich Mark Green Joe Harper Ron Helton Don Henson Rick Hightower Elizabeth Hoefer Barbara Holmes Lola Holt Sylvester Jackson Brooke Kervin TJ Lee Tom Miller Dushan Mrdja Lisa Owens Chris Page Cyndi Riley Allison Smedley Chris Smith Tiany Smith Gwen Stokes Tricia Tannehill Charlie Tobin The Little Rock Districts website has an updated modern appearance.
5 May 2010By Nate Herring Tulsa District Public Aairs Fighting a tiny invader pools along the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System.ese invasive mussels are creating a major problem for recreational boaters and sher-men. ey will clog up personal watercraft and water supply intakes, said Laney. ey will also attach to boat hulls, docks, and every -thing else in the water. On a larger scale, they can disrupt a lakes ecosystem and change the shery.Zebra mussels are extremely dicult to control and cannot be eradicated.Once zebra mussels get established in a large lake, like the lakes in Oklahoma, they can not be eradicated without killing every-thing else and with great expense, Laney said. ey are being spread by recreational boats and the only way to prevent the spread is to clean the boats before taking them to dierent, uninfested, lakes.Lake oces are educating boaters about zebra mussels by posting infested waters signs at boat ramps and handing out cards detailing the precautions boaters can take. ey also sent a letter to marina operators and Corps of Engineers lease holders informing them of the infestation, said Catherine Carr, natural resource specialist at Eufaula Lake. ough this invasive species is nearly impossible to eradicate once it becomes estab-lished in a lake, and can cause serious problems for the Corps of Engineers and the public, education is key to preventing the spread of zebra mussels.Education is critical, said Laney. It is very important for the public to realize that the primary way zebra mussels and other invasive species are spread is by them.Zebra mussels may be small, but they create a big problem for the Corps of Engineers and boaters throughout the Tulsa District and the country. ese pesky creatures attach themselves to any hard surface and can clog pipes necessary for dam and lake operation.ey have, and will continue to get inside dams, locks, and powerhouses, said Everett Laney, Tulsa District biologist. e biggest problem is when they get into piping of the generator cooling system and restrict water ow that keeps the unit from overheating. ey have to be cleaned out, which takes time and costs additional labor expenses.After accidently being transported to the U.S. from Europe in the 1980s, they were rst found in St. Clair Lake in Michigan in 1986. Since they are transported by natural water ow, boat trailers, and boats, they quickly spread to other water bodies throughout the country.ey were rst discovered in Oklahoma in 1993 in the Arkansas River along the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System and quickly spread throughout the navigation system. e mussels would not spread to an inland lake in Oklahoma until 2003, when they were found in Oologah Lake. Later that year, they were discovered in El Dorado Lake in Kansas.Due to downstream ow, zebra mussel lar-vae were transported down the Arkansas River and into Kaw Lake in 2004 and Keystone Lake in 2005. In addition, several water supply lakes were infested as well including Lynn Lane, A.B. Jewell, Chouteau, and Sooner Lakes. In 2006, they were discovered at Skiatook Dam and in 2010 they were conrmed to have spread to the lake.Within the past year, three more lakes were conrmed to have zebra mussels, Texoma Lake, Eufaula Lake, and Fort Gibson Lake. is brings the total to 13 district lakes infest -ed by zebra mussels, including the navigation Boaters can take some simple precautions to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels to other lakes the water, drain the bilge water, live wells, and bait buckets. Dont dump unused bait into the water if it did not come from that body of water. Zebra mussels may feel like grit on the surface scrape them o, but do not return them to the water. trailer out of the water for at least a week before entering another waterway. other body of water within a week, wash boat parts, accessories, the bilge, live well, pumping system, and bait buckets with a high-pressure sprayer. household chlorine bleach and water, or a hot saltwater solution can be used to wash the boat. Do not wash your boat at ramps where the solutions could drain into the lake. Zebra mussels will attach themselves to just about anything, including toys, boat motors and even other organisms.Courtesy photos
6 May 2010 NAS Nonindigenous Aquatic SpeciesZebra Mussel Sightings Distribution This map layer is a compilation of confirmed zebra mussel sighting reports in the United States and Canada from 1988 through 20 10 and is updated daily. It provides geographical and historical in formation to show distribution over space and time. The reports came from a variety of Federal, State, and municipal agencies, unive rsities, public utilities, engine ering and private consultant firms. The locations of confirmed sightings were regist ered at 1:100,000-scale on EPA Reach File Version 3.0 and are maintained as an ArcI nfo shapefile. These data are intended for geographic display and analysis at the national level, and for large regional areas. Sig htings were reported with varying levels of accuracy. Some of the reports we re as latitude-longitude coordina tes, some as river miles, and others as just a lake, beach, harbor, or a water body and nearest town name. If no specific lo cation was reported in a lake, the point wa s digitized in the center. The data should be displayed and analyz ed at scales appropriate for 1: 2,000,000-scale data. It is poss ible that zebra mussels can be found at other locations not displayed here, but have gone unreported to this effort. No responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of these data. Acknow ledgment of the U.S. Geological Survey would be appreciated in products derived from these data. Zebra mussels are represented with larger red marker s. Click on a marker for more information. For quagga mussel distribution, click here To REPORT an observation or collection of mussels, click here Suggested citation: Benson, A. J. 2010. Zebra mussel si ghtings distribution. Retrieved [add current date] from http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/mollusks/ze bramussel/zebr amusseldistribution.asp. For more information, contact: Amy Benson, email@example.com U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey URL: http://nas.er.usgs.gov Page Contact Information: Pam Fuller NAS Program Page Last Modified: Aug 19, 2009 Home Alert SystemDatabase & QueriesTaxa Information LinksPage 1of 1 Untitled Page 5/18/2010 htt p ://nas.er.us g s. g ov/tax g rou p /mollusks/zebramussel/zeb ramusseldistribution.as p x The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now has a policy specically for management of invasive species that gives managers addi-tional support to accomplish their mission and provides guid -ance in dealing with a growing problem at projects across the nation. e policy establishes consistent, nationwide guidance that will be applied to all Corps Civil Works projects and programs and complements the National Invasive Species Act and Executive Order 13112. Measures to either prevent or reduce establishment of invasive and non-native species are to be a component of all Corps Operations and Maintenance at project sites as well as a part of implementation of a Civil Works project. As invasive species become more of an issue, the management of Corps facilities and resources has become more of a challenge. Previously, the Corps didnt have a nationwide policy specically dealing with invasive species. e lack of policy has created inconsistencies in the actions taken and did not provide direct support for all invasive species problems. ere are some more focused programs for aquatic plants and the use of pesticides but nothing that encompassed invasives in general. To respond to the growing impacts of invasives and to address the intent of the law, the Invasive Species Leadership Team was formed. Representatives from each division worked with headquarters and Engineering Research and Development Center to develop the policy. e policy supports the Corps Environmental Operating Principals and is applicable to all Civil Works programs. Programs specically included in the policy are: Operations Operating projects will include strategies for invasive species in coordination with other federal, state, and local agencies. Examples include operational management plans, Navigation, locks & dams, powerhouses, real estate out -grants, and contracting.Civil Works Planning Activi -tiesCivil Works planning docu -ments will address invasive species concerns in their analysis of proj-ect impacts. Collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies will be maintained in developing those analyses. Regulatory ActionsA Department of the Army permit may include special conditions to require the permittee to control the introduction or spread of invasive species. Engineering Research and Development Center e ERDC will serve as the research lead for the Invasive Species Program, share information concerning their activities, and solicit input for future research and development work units. e ISLT is now working to provide direction to implement the plan. Potential changes to applicable regulations and authorities are being developed and coordinated with headquarters. e ISLT will continue to provide oversight of the invasive species program and provide recommendations to ERDC. e Gateway is already being used to provide support for the exchange and sharing of information. Visit the site at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/employees/islt/islt.html e Texoma Zebra Mussel Task Force has established a media and informational website for members to post brochures, fact sheets, pictures, etc. Here is the link: http://188.8.131.52/texomazebramussel/Support to control invasive speciesBy Everett Laney Tulsa District Invasive Species Leadership Team Above illustration by Benson, A. J. 2010. Zebra mussel sightings distribution. Retrieved May 14, 2010 from http://nas.er.usgs.gov/ taxgroup/mollusks/zebramussel/ zebramusseldistribution.asp. The map indicates the veried sightings of zebra mussels in the Southwestern Division. Photo left, USACE le, is a close up of the very small zebra mussels. Even though the mussel is tiny, it does a lot of damage in areas where it shows up. The species is expected to continue spreading throughout the Southwestern Division.
7 May 2010 Galveston District, Harris County sign PPA for Project BraysBy Isidro Reyna Galveston District Public Aairs The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, in partnership with the Harris County Flood Control District, has undertaken a project with a goal of reducing ood risks in the Brays Bayou watershed. e $489-million Brays Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project, also known as Project Brays, will reduce ooding risks for approximately 30,000 homes, including the Texas Medical Center. On March 31, 2010, a Project Partner-ship Agreement was signed by Colonel David C. Weston, Galveston District commander, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, at Hermann Parks Bayou Parkland Pavilion in Houston, which will allow the federal govern -ment to begin reimbursing HCFCD for local dollars already spent on the project and for re -imbursements on future work on Brays Bayou. We are committed to contributing to the safety, economic success and quality of life of the citizens of Houston and its neighboring communities, said Colonel David C. Weston, Galveston District commander. e Corps has partnered with Harris County Flood Control District in order to carry out a project that will bring lasting benets to those who live and work in the Brays Bayou Watershed. Project Brays was studied and constructed under the auspices of the Water Resources Development Act section 211 (f) program, ac -cording to Shakhar D. Misir, a project manager with the Galveston District. is program is a progressive venture initiated by Congress and supported by the Corps. e benet of the section 211 (f) program aords an early project delivery because of the sponsors role to physically construct the project while concurrently compiling the feasibility report, said Misir. An approved feasibility report is the key to justify federal participation. e Corps has provided support to HCFCD at every watershed juncture cumulating in the signing of the PPA, said Misir. is PPA being signed formally acknowledges the Brays Bayou project for cost share between the federal government and the local sponsor, HCFCD. e project includes earthen channel modications, which consist of 17.7 stream miles of channel widening from the mouth of Brays Bayou to Fondren Road, according to Misir. is widening will increase the amount of stormwater the bayou is able to hold. Due to the channel widening, replace-ment of 12 bridges and the lengthening of 18 other bridges that cross Brays Bayou from the mouth to Fondren Road will be completed, said Misir. Approximately 1,900 acre-feet of stormwater detention on Willow Water -hole Bayou will be implemented, which will reduce ood potential for thousands along the bayou. Project Brays is an example of a federal project in which a non-federal agency takes the lead to manage the project using local funds. Harris County Flood Control District and the Corps share the cost of the project. In June 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dumped more than 14 inches of rain over portions of Brays Bayou in a 12-hour span, said Weston. e resulting oods caused up to $2 billion in damages at Texas Medical Center and huge intangible costs attributed to lost research products. Events like these made the Brays project a viable candidate of the 211 (f) program supported by both the Corps and HCFCD. In the 1990s, the project was expedited by separating two elements, construction both upstream and downstream of Beltway 8, ac-cording to Misir. HCFCD has received federal reimbursements for construction upstream and the PPA will ocially combine the two elements and allow for reimbursements to begin for the downstream construction. Portions of the project that have been completed include the Arthur Storey and Old Westheimer stormwater detention ba -sins, according to HCFCD. Additionally, the Eldridge basin is 66 percent complete and the Willow Waterhole basin is 43 percent complete. e ood control district has completed widening segments of the bayou and has made two bridge modications or replacements, ac -cording to HCFCD. e ood control district estimates the entire project will be nished in 2017, funding permitting. e project is identied as the Locally Preferred Plan and is supported by the Brays Bayou Citizens Advisory Committee and the local community in general as determined by public meetings held throughout the plan -ning process. Mike Talbott (left), director of the Harris County Flood Control District, addresses a group at the Project Partnership Agreement signing for Project Brays in Houston. Also pictured (left to right), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Galveston District commander Colonel David C. Weston and Art Storey, former director of HCFCD.Courtesy photo
8 May 2010 Today, we are reminded about being great, core values and professionalism in everything we read or do. Prior to Campaign Plans there were a hand full of people who exuded those values before they became posters and slogans. ese were district employees who by character and results dinstinguished themselves.On April 5, a new addition to the Fort Worth District Gallery of Distinguished Ci-vilian Employees was unveiled. Samuel Russo who retired in 1989 as the chief, Project Man -agement Branch was inducted into the Gallery during the annual Retiree Luncheon held at the Hilton, Fort Worth. Russos plaque will join individuals whose legacy of contributions led to the signicant success of the District. e rst ten employees were inducted in 1978. I feel humble and greatly honored to have been selected to join a distinguished group of employees, said Russo, who began his federal service in 1958 with the Albuquerque District.During his tenure with the Albuquerque District he worked in the Hydraulics Sec -tion, the Structural Design Section, and as a project supervisor in the Military Branch. Russo also attended the University of New Mexico and earned his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering in 1962. He would not get to the Fort Worth District until 1970 when the Albuquerque District Military Branch was restructured under Fort Worth.During the 1970s Russo was one of the senior project managers in the Army Section of the branch responsible for getting military projects designed and contracts awarded for construction. During this period he assisted in the formal military project management training and mentorship of a section staed with 10 project managers and two interns.As an engineer I considered myself a profes -sional and I was dedicated to the performance of my duties, said Russo. I was a serious and hard worker.In 1974 he was named a team leader on half of the military construction program because Russo joins ranks of Fort Worths distinguished civilians District Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees as Russos wife Patricia looks on. The gallery is displayed on the third oor of the Federal Building near the Executive Oce.of his command of the Project Management Process. And during the mid-seventies the workload and size of the Army construction projects greatly increased. Russo, on his own volition performed at an extraordinary level that was unparalleled; he worked on numerous projects that included state-of-the-art $3 million Photo Processing Facility, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; at Fort Bliss, Texas, a $3 million Safeguard Central Training Facility, to train military personnel at operating missile sites; and Modular Barracks complexes at Fort Polk, La.He was a teacher and leader by example and those who worked with Russo like Wayne McDonald, Professional Services Branch, mar -veled at his dedication, work ethic and his knack teaching project management.Russo said he took his position as a civil servant seriously not only to his co workers but to the taxpayers as well. He not only served his country as a Corps employee, he was a in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 attaining the rank of Sta Sgt. Sam Russo served his country both in the military and as a civilian, said Troy Collins, former Deputy District Egineer for Programs and Project Management. I can sum up the key ingredient that Sam brought to the table, patriotism. To paraphrase President Calvin Coolidge: Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for not just for yourself by looking out for your country. Sams career and aect on individuals with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers speaks for itself.Russo also worked on a $20 million expan -sion to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, a $30 million Army Medical Center at Fort Polk, and a $33 million tri-service (Army, Air Force and Navy) state-of-the-art full scale, High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility at White Sands Missile Range. All the projects were successfully designed and constructed on schedule, completed, occupied and used by our armed forces within the programmed amount. To manage one of these projects would be considered the pin-nacle of a project managers or engineers career let alone several at the same time.In 1978 Russo, was promoted to the South -western Division where he helped multiple Districts in executing their respective mili -tary construction program. He returned to the Fort Worth District in 1982 as a Military Branch section chief and became the chief of the Military Branch in 1984. He also held the position of chief, Special Projects Section and chief, Project Management Branch, the precursor of the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management. It is great to be recognized for my work, said Russo. I am thankful for the career I had which was productive and fullling.Story and photos by Edward Rivera Fort Worth District Public Aairs
9 May 2010 ... when I watch my family and friends, I am often astonished at how narrowly accidents are avoided, and typically, just from luck. http://twitter.com/usacetulsahttp://www.facebook.com/usacetulsa LT. CO L. GENE SNYMANDEPUTY COMMAN D ER, TU LS A DI S TRI C T Recreation and risk assessmentAt least in Tulsa, today is the rst clear sunny day in what seems like weeks of rain and storms, which of course came on the heals of a long, cold, wet winter. Of course one of the rst things we think about is the warm weather related activities of summer. Before we start imagining the smell of sizzling grease burgers and fresh outboard motor exhaust, let us take a moment to think of a few of the hazards that potentially await us.e swimsuit awaits us. Wow, its been a long winter and we painstak -ingly tucked away precious resources to ensure we didnt face starvation. While that extra pork steak seemed like a good idea then, now as we stand in front of the mirror, perhaps we could have gotten by with less. e desire to go out on Saturday morning and run it all o at once may not be the wisest idea either. Reestablishing the tness routine is laudable, but it will have to be ramped up gradually. Depending on your situation, a visit with a doctor may be in order. Bottom line, you have to nd that balance between challenging yourself and listening to the obvious message coming from your body.e lake awaits us. Of course our Safety Oce and Operations sta are fully engaged now in education campaigns targeting the summer recreation crowd and thankfully public fatalities have been very low this last year. Clearly, basic responsible behavior that identies the risks of excess exposure and alcohol combined with ensuring those using recreational equipment are trained and experienced will set the conditions for a safe and enjoyable recreational season. e lawn awaits us. A huge factor associated with equipment accidents is a lack of maintenance. A well tuned machine means that it will generally do what you ask of it with generally the expected level of physical exertion. As they say, a dull knife is the most dangerous one. e fast machine awaits us. Whether its the Harley or Mustang, or in my case the Civic, the summer seems to make people feel invincible when they are behind the wheel. Wear the Personal Protective Equipment and watch out for the other guy. We have had our share of government vehicle and POV accidents recently, and thankfully they were not worse. Pay attention, observe the speed limits, get plenty of rest before and during long trips, inspect your vehicles; all blinding ashes of the obvious, but points of failure as well. Now I know many of us are seasoned, and associated with that level of experience is often a bit of complacence or denial when some-one starts talking about personal safety. One way to approach the subject is to think in terms of passing it on. In troop units we always say, everyone is a safety ocer. At least for me, when I watch my family and friends I am often astonished at how narrowly accidents are avoided, and typically, just from luck. We have to be willing to interject ourselves and our experience into situations that are not safe. From our experience with operational and industrial safety programs, we know how just a little bit of forethought and training goes a long way towards widening that margin of error. I nd myself instinctively discussing with my own children the concept of risk assessment. e simple risk assessment is a two part question rst, what is the worst thing that could happen if I do this, and second, what is the likelihood of that worse case happening? If we thoughtfully get through these questions, chances are we are well prepared to prevent the unthinkable from happening. Safety is our business. We know that some accidents would have occurred anyway, regardless of the precautions we might have taken. Its all the ones that can easily be avoided that Im concerned about. As we always say, people are the most precious resource, and well worth the extra time to do things thoughtfully and safely.Find Tulsa District on the World Wide Web
10 May 2010 By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Bottom line: Life jackets save livesWhen spring arrived, people across Little Rock District set out to boat, sh and enjoy the nice weather. e smartest thing some of them did was to put on their life jackets. During a four week span, there were four boating mishaps that spilled the occupants into chilly waters. e good news is all of them survived. e thread they all had in common besides getting unexpectedly dumped into chilly water was they all used their life jackets.Porter and Lawanda Storment, who are gate attendants at Piney Bay Park on Lake Dardanelle, considered themselves shing veterans when they took a spill on Spadra Creek. Weve been shing for close to 50 years, and this has never happened, Mrs. Storment said. If we hadnt had our life jackets on, I dont think we would be here today. I really believe they saved our lives. e couple went out in a small boat to sh one chilly March morning, and while casting a net, Mr. Storment stumbled. is sent both of them over the side and into the cold water. Mrs. Storments foot got tangled in the anchor line temporarily, but she said because the life jacket pulled her back up to the surface, she was able to free herself and swim to the shore with her husbands help.I see people go out without life jackets all the time, Mrs. Storment said. I even see them take their children out in a boat without a life jacket. If I could send out one message to all of these people, it would certinly be to put that life jacket on. every time you go outDuring another March day on the Little Red River downstream from Greers Ferry Dam, Victor Davis, Jr., anchored his boat to sh. e hydroelectric plant was generating, and the water was running fast. Chief Ranger Joe Harper reported the anchor caught on something, and the boat started taking on water. Davis was not wearing his life jacket.Lucky for him, his accident happened slowly enough that he was able to grab the life jacket lying at his feet before he went in the water and began oating down stream. Campers on the bank reacted quickly, threw him a rope and pulled him to shore. ey also provided him with dry clothes and a warm re. Medics checked him out for hypothermia.Again in March, this time at Lake Merrisach on the north bank of the Arkansas Post Canal, Robert Henderson was in a small boat with his nine-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. ey hit a submerged stump and overturned, spilling all three into the water. All three were wearing life jackets.A nearby boater heard the children scream -ing and responded, pulling all three out of the chilly water to safety. At the time, the water temperature was 60 degrees. When the boat overturned, they were about 1,000 feet from the closest shore.I believe the life jackets denitely played a role in saving one, if not all three lives in this accident, Ranger Russell Malahy said. Even if all of them could swim, these people could have easily succumbed to hypothermia before reaching the shore.e last story comes from the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam again on a cool April morning when two young men were shing from their anchored boat while the generators were running. e boat took on water very quickly, overturned and spilled its life-jacketed occupants into the chilly water.Occupant Bobby Smith was able to swim to shore, and Kody Evans climbed atop the over -turned boat, safe and unharmed. e owner of a local resort helped retrieve Evans and the boat from the water.Each of these stories makes it plain. e smartest thing you can do when boating is put on your life jacket. Besides, Mrs. Storment wants you to. She knows rst hand.Hopefully nothing will go wrong, like with Porter and me for 50 years, but that one time it does, it could save your life or your childs life, Mrs. Storment warned. And that makes it worth wearing every time. Statistics from the Safe Boating Campaign show that drowning remains the number one cause of death in recreational boating acci -dents. In 2008, more than two-thirds of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 90% were not wearing a life jacket. Many lives can be saved each year if boaters remember to wear their life jackets.Photo by Scotty AshlockPorter and Lawanda Storment are gate attendants at Piney Bay Park on Lake Dardanelle, Ark. The couple took a spill into Spadra Creek, but attribute their survival to having their life jackets on.
11 May 2010 Story and photos by Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Public Aairs Recreation. e dictionary denes it as a pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource aording relaxation and enjoyment.A day spent boating on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Keystone Lake, or play-ing along the shore, certainly ts the denition of recreation, and will be more relaxing and enjoyable because of improvements that make it more convenient to use the facilities.Convenience is a not a word that readily comes to mind in relation to getting the boat into the water and getting the passengers into the boat. Someones going to get wet, and it is not always easy (or pretty) helping Aunt Lucy climb from the water into the boat. A courtesy dock, like the new ones at Key-stone, make the boating experience a lot more convenient.People will no longer have to traipse through the water. You can pull the boat over to the new courtesy dock, tie-o the boat and everyone can just step down into the boat. ey dont have to get wet, said Catherine Williams, a civil engineer tech at the Keystone Project.e docks, which were installed by a Broken Arrow-based distributor of Wahoo Docks,and paid for with American Recovery and Rein-vestment Act funds, are located at the Salt Creek, Appalachia Bay and Washington Irving recreation areas. It will also be easier to play along the shore at Washington Irving this year because the beach is bigger and more convenient to access.Years of ooding had taken a toll on the swimming beach because the Corps had re-peatedly placed rip rap there to protect the parking lot from high water. e result was that the beach got smaller and the public had to climb over the rocks to get to the water. Another inconvenience was the placement of the playground and restrooms on the other side of the parking lot, requiring children to walk through the parking lot to get to or from the playground to the beach. We took out the parking lot at the swim-ming beach, re-milled the asphalt and moved the parking lot up the hill, said Williams. Now it is possible to go from the restroom to the playground to the beach without going through the parking lot.Add to that a new boat ramp at Washington Irving and its easy to understand why Williams thinks the area is going to be popular. I think the place is going to go crazy this year. We have this new boat ramp and this new courtesy dock, which has never been there, and this huge beach, said Williams, I had this lady call me about Washington Irving. She had been out there driving around and she wanted to tell me how wonderful the whole thing was. She said I want to go camping right now.While stimulus money paid for the new courtesy docks, supplemental funding to re-pair damage from the 2007 oods paid for the other repairs at Keystone, including a new four pack toilet/shower building and work at the shing area below the dam on the north side of the river.ere is now rock by the dam, the steps leading down to the river are new and there is new railing. e ooding from previous years had caused signicant damage to the sidewalk and the parking area. e parking lot was redone and now there is also a ramp that is wheelchair (or stroller) accessible that goes to the shing area. ey can sh along the river right below the dam. ere is a little bit of a retaining wall down there, they grouted it, and it has a lot better access, said Williams. Ive gotten a lot of great comments from visitors about the work that has been done. It has been about a decade since there was money available to do this level of work, but there had been about three years in a row of ood events at Keystone and recreational areas were beginning to show the wear and tear. Williams, who works at the project oce beside Keystone Dam, is thrilled that the repair work has been made possible because it is a service to the public.e people in the area are not thinking about hydropower. ey are thinking weve got this huge lake and we want to take our boat and go out there, said Williams. Its important to keep things looking good for the American public. I take a lot of pride in the projects. Ive had a lot of people tell me I love what youve done with it.Convenience key to great experience at KeystonePhoto top left, a new boat ramp area was made possible through supplemental funding. Photo top right, one of the new oating courtesy docks at Keystone that were paid for with ARRA funding. The docks are made of a non-splinter material. Photo bottom left, the new wider for with supplemental funds. A parking lot was moved to allow for the wider beach and direct access from the playground and restrooms to the beach area.
12 May 2010 USACE photo Caught by the tailRichard Long, natural resources manager for the Galveston Districts Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, holds on to an alligator inside one of ve conduits at the Barker Reservoir April 20, 2010. The 5 1/2-foot gator was relocated from inside the conduit to the Barker Reservoir to ensure the safety of contractors performing repair work at the structure. A contract was awarded Feb. 5, 2010, to Omak, Washington-based completion of repair work initiated to the water control structures at Addicks and Barker dams in west Houston. grout was pumped under the conduits, or tunnels that allow for the passage of ood waters through the dams, to ll detected voids and to ensure the stability of the conduits. This second-phase contract assessed the success of the rst contract, lled additional voids encountered with a concrete grout, repaired existing relief wells and installed inspection ports in the conduits to monitor the status of the soils under the conduits. Visit www.addicksandbarker.info for more information about the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. (Courtesy photo)Rachel Jolly, an automation assistant at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston Districts Wallisville Project Oce, was named Administrative Professional of the Year during a ceremony held April 28 at the districts headquarters building. Rachel has served the Wallisville Project Oce for well over eight years; exhibiting determination, dedication, and a can-do at-titude to all whose lives she has touched, said Richard Long, supervisory natural resources manager for the Houston and Wallisville Proj -ect oces. Her demeanor, work ethic, and consistent results epitomize the word professional in the role of an oce administrative assistant. Jolly began her career at the District as a co-op in 2001. In May 2003, after receiving her Associate of Applied Science degree in pro -fessional oce technology from Lee College in Baytown, Texas, she was hired permanently Jolly named Galveston District Admin Professional of the Yearby the Corps of Engineers.As an oce automation assistant, she main -tains attendance records, pay roll, generates countless memos and letters, and assists in annual events and initiatives such as the duck By Galveston District Public Aairs blind drawing, Public Lands Day and the water safety life jacket loaner program.Jolly also readily took on several additional project assignments in order to accomplish and execute day-to-day business tasks for the entire Houston Project Oce. She played a vital role as a team member for the hiring committee in developing the necessary criteria to interview and select a new associate for the Houston Project Oce. Her responsibilities included reviewing applica -tions, composing interview questions and assisting with the interviewing of potential candidates. Not only has Rachel dedicated herself to the Wallisville Project Oce, but her attention to detail, excellent performance abilities and consideration for others has made her an asset to the oce, Long said. In October 2009, Jolly delivered her rst child and simultaneously worked part-time from her home while on maternity leave. I am extremely honored to have received the Administrative Professional of the Year award, Jolly said. Its a special feeling know -ing that my supervisors and co-workers believe in me. I will continue to work hard for the Corps and for my team members.Rachel Jolly is congratulated by Colonel David C. Weston, Galveston District commander, after being named the Galveston District Administrative Professional of the Year April 28.
13 May 2010 Eight District administrative profes -sionals eagerly waited to see which of them would be selected as the best of 2009 during a luncheon held April 21 at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth, Texas.e Fort Worth District held its annual luncheon to honor administrative profession -als and select the 2009 Administrative Profes -sional of the Year. is is a great day to acknowledge all of our administrative professionals for their hard work and dedication to the District, said Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth district. While enjoying their lunch the nominees listened as Kim Hankins, master trainer and presenter for business leaders presented on the Administrative Professionals national ob -servance theme, Power of Commitment. Hankins presentation included three team building exercises to motivate and inform the District team on making and keeping commit -ments in their professional and personal lives.As the luncheon progressed Muraski made remarks expressing the importance of the day to recognize the administrative professional sta and show appreciation for all of the hard work they have done throughout the year. e tension continued to mount as he recognized each nominee for their contributions to the SWF team. I was proud that I was nominated for the award and that I was thought so highly of, my supervisor and peers inspire me everyday, said Linda Brzuszkiewicz, Administrative Assistant, Public Aairs, Equal Employment Opportunity, Safety Oce.and Internal Review When it was nally time to announce the Administrative Professional of the Year, cam-eras were ready and the room was silenced. Adding a twist to the ceremony, Muraski read the award write up giving everyone in the room an opportunity to guess who would be the 2009 Administrative Professional of the Year. After a few added moments of silence built up the excitement, Muraski announced Janice Alexander, Management Services Specialist, Programs and Project Management Division as the 2009 award winner. I am so grateful that God has blessed me with such a great job. I love and enjoy serving the team members in the Fort Worth District, receiving the award was a great accomplish-ment and the highlight of my career, said Alexander. Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., commander, Fort Worth District talks about Janice Alexanders accomplishments as the Management Services Specialist, Programs and Project Management Division, which lead to her receiving the 2009 Administrative Professional Award. Kim Hankins talks to the District about the Power of Commitment at the Administrative Professional Day luncheon, Apr. 21.Alexander voted best administrative professional in the Fort Worth District for 2009 during annual luncheon Photos by Edward Rivera2009 Administrative Professional of the Year NomineesJanice Alexander Program and Project Management Division Shirley Bayless Planning, Environmental and Regulatory Division Linda Brzuszkeiwicz Public Aairs Oce Lynne Chapman Executive Oce Christine Davis Bardwell Lake Cruz Flores Joint Program Management Oce, San Antonio Sharon Roberts Contracting Division Annette Young Engineering and ConstructionBy Denisha L. Braxton Fort Worth District
14 May 2010 The district has faced many challenges over the past 130 years, but never more than it has in the past few. Col. David C. Weston Commander, Galveston District Thanks for the memoriesWell, the last three and a half years have certainly own by! It has been a tremendous opportunity to serve this community and the Nation as your Commander and District Engineer; and it was a great honor to share the experience with all of you. I went back and reread my rst article for the Pacesetter where I noted that this was going to be one of the most interesting and exciting assignments of my careerwhat an understatement! I also noted that I had learned that its the people who make up our ranks that make this organization special, not only in my eyes, but in the eyes of our sponsors and customers. at observation remains the same today as I depart this great organization.Galveston District has earned its moniker as Custodians of the Coast throughout its history, and during my time here, you denitely continued that great reputation. e district has faced many challenges over the past 130 years, but never more than it has in the past few. We have been through tropical storms and record hurricanes, historical supplemental and stimulus appropriations, unprecedented border fences and Ft. Bliss MILCON to name a few. It was amazing and humbling to watch you work through personal and community devastation after Hurricanes Dolly and Ike, while at the same time executing the two largest Civil Works appropriations years for the District. Whether it was FEMA response missions, navigation and ood control emer -gency operations, expedited regulatory permit actions, or repair work to FCCE and navigation projects, you all pulled together as a family and a team to accomplish what many (including ourselves) thought impossible. At a time when our families, communities and the Nation were counting on us to deliver, you did just that. roughout this period, you all exhibited the qualities that have earned the Corps of Engineers worldwide reputation for excellence, and I am extremely proud of what you accomplished. As I depart the district, I ask you to remember that your work be it navigation, ood risk management, environmental stewardship, or regulatorydirectly touches local, regional and national interests. What you do every day matters! e District has always had a culture that gets the job done, and I know you will continue to maintain that legacy in the District of the future. I also ask that you provide Col. Chris Sallese and his family the same welcome and support as you gave me. His previous service here as the Deputy Commander makes him an excellent choice to lead Galveston District into the future. It has been a pleasure serving alongside of you in these great endeavors. I wish each of you safe travels as you venture into your own futures. As Bob Hope said it best, anks for the memories!Fort Worth District celebrates 60 years of service Fort Worth Mayor Pro-tem Danny Scarth joined the district team in celebrating 60 years of partnership to the the nation. Commemorating the districts 60th anniversary commander, Fort Worth District, Jimmy Baggett, assistant chief, Engineering and Construction Division, the longest tenured employee and Jennifer Scroggins, contracting specialist, Contracting Division, the shortest tenured employee cut a ceremonial cake April 23 in the Federal Oce Building. J. B. West, retiree and Fort Worth District Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees inductee in 2001, shared his experiences during the years he worked for the district.
15 May 2010 By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District From left: Blue Mountain Lake Park Ranger Mark Green with David Smalls daughters, Kimberly Allison, Tiany Small, Alicia Elmore and his widow, Patsy Small, and Little Rock District Commander Col. Ed Jackson. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District dedicated a monument April 16 in memory of the late Summer Park Ranger David Small at Waveland Park Swim Beach on Blue Mountain Lake in west Arkansas.Small was a summer ranger from May 1975 until September 2008. He was also a math teacher who taught for 38 years in ve local public schools until he retired in 2008. He died in March 2009. In 1977, Small and fellow Park Ranger Opal James, while on park patrol at Ashley Creek Park, encountered two escaped convicts from Oklahoma. Small was shot and left for dead in the trunk of Magazine Marshall Marvin Ritchies police car. Ritchie and James were killed. Small survived and testied three times against the two killers who were executed for their crimes.is incident brought about many changes to visitor assistance within the Corps, and Small helped implement those changes, Blue Mountain Lake Ranger Mark Green said.Beach dedicated to former rangerTiany, the youngest daughter, expressed her gratitude for the family, Nimrod-Blue Mountain Lake Project Manager Joel Epperson said. She said their summers growing up were spent camping and swimming at Waveland Park while their father worked. She said in a sense, the Corps helped raise her and her sisters, and they consider us as part of their family. Courtesy photoCol. Anthony Funkhouser and Karyn Adams Sean Harper and Col. Funkhouser Col. Funkhouser and Mark Green Jennifer Dalton and Col. FunkhouserDuring the Southwestern Division Regional Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, SWD Commander Col. Anthony Funkhouser inducted two of level three of the program Jennifer Dalton of Oce of Counsel and Sean Harper of Beaver Lake Project Oce. Two more SWL people graduated from the program Karyn Adams of Pro grams and Project Management and Mark Green of Nimrod-BlueMountain Project Oce. The goal of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Leadership Develop ment Program is to develop leadership competencies -knowledge, skills and abilities -of participants within each of the following four leadership domains: and teams, leading the organization and leading the community. Little Rock has four in leadership development
16 May 2010 In the last article published on the Quality Management System, I explained where the idea to implement the system came from and the benets it will provide our organization. In this article, I want to provide you an update of our implementation status. Both the National and Regional Project Delivery Teams have been very busy working to improve system performance and make it user friendly. We are ensuring International Organization of Standardization standards are being interpreted, dened and implemented. e National PDT has led implementa -tion eorts for the enterprise system and is transforming to a more operational role. e National PDT is being reorganized into a QMS Steering Committee. e committee will focus their eorts on Continuous Process Improvement and Enterprise Lessons Learned with the QMS. ActivityIn November 2009, we launched an internal survey within Southwestern Division to see how well our communication eorts have been working. e survey was well received with 30 percent of the organization participating. According to the feedback from the survey, 64 percent are receiving information about QMS with 53 percent of the information coming from the Management of Every Activity Learned e-mails. irty-ve percent of respondees opened the QMS site and looked at the Business Processes published in the system. Correspondingly, 31 percent found processes they use in their day-to-day job duties in the QMS. e correlating information between these two responses indicate that of those who actu -ally opened the library of processes in QMS, 88 percent found processes they actually use. is is a very good result for a basewline survey! Other information from the survey revealed opportunities to improve the survey SharePoint System and QMSe look and feel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers QMS site is undergoing changes to adopt a more professional appearance, which will allow eective navigation of the system from one location to regional and district processes. We are working to address District naming conventions at the oce branch level to allow users the ability to lter processes associated with those branch oces. Another new feature on the main page of the new site is that users will have the abil-ity to view Regional, District, and Enterprise Processes in the same view by checking a box next to the lter option. Currently the two separate document library systems are linked electronically and require navigating from site to site. e new system brings all document libraries into one library. What this means is users will be able to access the standard business processes in QMS from the same page. Organizational Maturity ere are several eorts underway to move the organization to the next level. We are work -USACE Quality Management SystemBy John Davis CESWD Process Improvement Specialist ing with a national team made up of people from SWD, Engineering Research and Devel -opment Center, North Atlantic and North -western Divisions, and Corps headquarters to take SWDs recently developed survey and create enterprise standard surveys. To support this eort the Southwestern Division Quality Management System Project Delivery Team is working with USACE Headquarters to dene a Maturity Model for the Corps QMS. Milestones the PDT developed for QMS have been integrated with an already devel -oped Lean Six Sigma Maturity Model. We then took each maturity milestone and put together with measureable objectives to the dened levels of maturity. Once approved, we will be able to develop enterprise surveys and internal assessment questions that match the organizational maturity. e gap analyses de-veloped during assessments will better identify opportunities to move the organization to the next maturity level. *Note: To learn more about ISO go to: http://www.iso.org/iso/about.html to determine how well communication eorts about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Quality Management System have been working. The survey was well received with 30 percent of the organization participating.Status and Improvements
17 May 2010 USACE photoAr egulatory project manager in the pol -icy analysis section of the Regulatory Branch, Galveston District, has been selected as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division Regulator of the Year.Jayson Hudson was cited for initiative, skill and superior service in performing his duties during 2009.Additionally, his researching and work -ing with applicants on authorizing new and innovative energy projects, which included numerous wind farm proposals, two nuclear plant proposals and a hydropower desalination demonstration project, have signicantly re-duced impacts to the nations aquatic environ -ment, while simultaneously advancing clean energy options.Mr. Hudsons eorts this year were ex -emplary, which have beneted both Corps employees and customers alike, said Fred An -thamatten, chief of the Regulatory Branch for the Galveston District.Specic Regulatory Branch achievements include drafting up the budget standard oper -ating procedure that has set the framework for consistent reproducible budget assessments, adding to scal operational eciency within the branch, according to Casey Cutler, chief of the policy analysis section for the Galveston District. Hudson also acted as the team lead on a multiagency eort to create a stream mitigation model process to ensure no net loss Galveston District regulatory PM wins top honorBy Galveston District Public Aairs of this resource, which does not have many tested assessment models nationwide.Mr. Hudson researched and helped de -sign the Galveston Districts rst Geographic Information System-based Cumulative Ef -fects Assessment concept for both Galveston Island and Corpus Christi Bay, said Cutler. ese eorts required hundreds of hours of research, which culminated into a cutting-edge system that has advanced the district into 21st-century technology.Hudson coordinated with the Harris Coun -ty Flood Control District to create a Regional General Permit for maintenance activities, ac -cording to Cutler. is coordination advanced the eciency for a multi-repeat client and created a heavily-used and predictable permit application process for routine maintenance. Mr. Hudson also revised the Cooperative Agreement between the Corps and the Texas General Land Oce to transfer administration of eight Regional General Permits for oil eld development, said Cutler. is added signicantly to the eciency and eectiveness of the entire Regulatory Branch and benetted the stakeholders in ecient authorization of their projects. Hudson was involved in coordinating two funding agreements, pursuant to Section 214 of the Water Resource Development Act of 2000, which benetted the permit process eciency of two stakeholders and an ecient use of the Regulatory Branchs budget.His eorts in updating seven Regional General Permits for oshore and state-owned submerged lands and three Regional General Permits for directional drilling, aerial transmis -sion lines and Corpus Christi inner harbor basin also helped to ensure fair and reasonable decisions on authorizations. Mr. Hudson has exceeded the objectives to improve technical skills and abilities in the Regulatory Branch, said Anthamatten. We are proud of his eorts, as he is most-deserving of this prestigious award. Hudson received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Texas A&M University in 1996 and Master of Science in Wildlife Biology from Texas State University-San Mar -cos in 1999.He has also worked in other areas of the Galveston Districts Regulatory Branch, in -cluding one year in the evaluation section and ve years in the compliance and enforcement section. He has worked in the policy analysis section for ve years.is is the second consecutive year a Galves -ton District employee has taken home division honors.Jayson Hudson, a regulatory project manager in the Galveston Districts Regulatory Branch, was selected as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division Regulator of the Year. Visit the Galveston District on Facebookwww.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrictCited for initiative, skill and superior service
18 May 2010 These cameras do more than just take picturesSelecting the right tool for the job is important, and Little Rock Districts Real Estate sta recently acquired some new tools that have improved eciency; they purchased six new cameras that take great pic -tures and a whole lot more. Using GPS technology, these cameras pro-vide coordinates where a photo is taken. ey also purchased a software package that works with the photos that creates spreadsheets, data reports and shape les for real property inven -tories or documenting encroachments, and more uses are still being explored. is is the rst oce in Southwestern Division to use the Photo-Link Software along with the high-tech Ricoh cameras. As soon as I heard we were going to purchase the cameras, I was excited, Little Rock District Real Estate Cartographer Barbara Holmes said. We can take photos of en -croachments or any number of things. Once we have the photo, we can run the Photo-Link software and create geographic information system shape les that help to determine where the area is located on the ground in reference to the government project. Before getting the cameras, real estate specialists had to create data and spreadsheet in-formation themselves, which took more time. Now, based on the coordinates provided when the photo was taken, the software generates all the required information in various for -mats and enables the user to simply click and retrieve or print.Holmes said future uses may include photos of levee inspections and ood damage. Of course, good news travels fast.e National Weather Service in North Little Rock heard the Corps had these cameras, so Holmes met with them to demonstrate how they work, how much they cost and uses for the camera. ey could take photos of storm damage and gather GPS coordinates to map the path of a tornado or storm, Holmes said. Holmes noted the camera is not cheap, but will save work hours in the long run. By Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Its water proof, drop proof and is pretty easy to use, Holmes said. It is already help-ing us accomplish more in less time. Im really happy we invested in them. e camera and software do it all the numbers, dates, times and GPS coordinates. We just point and click.One of Holmess co-workers, Real Property Accountability Ocer Sharron Montgomery, agrees the new cameras are the right tool for Little Rock Real Estate Cartographer Barbara Holmes (right) explains the options and uses of the new Ricoh GPS cameras to National Weather Service employees Don Koch, John Robinson and Tabitha Clarke. the job. I went out to the Red River Army Depot to do real property inventory validations for the Army, Montgomery explained. I used the camera for validating the inventory to include providing GPS coordinates with the buildings. It has some wonderful features, like overlaying photos on a GIS map. Its been so much easier. What a great investment. Hydropower is huge As part of her research for a Hydropower developing, Russellville Park Ranger Allison Smedley toured the Ozark Powerhouse Rehabilitation Project. She is standing beside the new bull gear that will be installed in Unit 1. Hydropower is a huge said.
19 May 2010The true foundation of leadership is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrice. e Servant James C. HunterThe past three years have been the most personally and professionally rewarding of my entire career. YesI said it. Never would have thought that three years ago when coming over to the Corps from the Army I grew up in. When selected to command a Corps District, then one in Little Rock Arkansas, I did a double take. It would be just like the Army to send me to a job for which I had no experience and to a place devoid of friends and family. At least the Army is consistent! Let me tell you, it is a good thing the Lord is in controlfor the Jackson family has truly been blessed.I am sadly reminded this is my last opportunity to write in the Pacesetter and so now come to grips with the fact we are outbound in a few weeks. I wanted to use this forum to thank everyone who has made this an assignment to remember. I would do an inadequate job of naming folks, and would certainly cause more harm than good with those accidentally missed, so let me just make this a general reection.First of all, I am thankful to God who sent us here against all conventional wisdom, then armed the district with a team of super stars to help me learn and grow. Second, I want to thank my wife Lynne and our kids forever uprooted just when the roots begin to take hold. Lynne continues to be a steady hand and great listener. I am not worthy I could go on and on.We are blessed to serve these past few years under the best command climate I have experienced in 24 years of service. e atmosphere created and maintained by Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp, Brig. Gen. Cox, and recently, Col. Funkhouser enabled our team to grow and prosper despite an epic workload, pressures to execute and a mountain of chal -lenges. Creating the conditions for success begins at the top and our leadership continues to succeed in this and inspire us to reach higher through personal example. e level of sta support we receive from our vertical team at both Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Southwestern Division continues to bear fruit. I am condent there are no issues we cannot collectively resolve. e Northern Alliance continues to thrive and do amazing things, demonstrating that greater accomplishments are possible by leveraging the talents of the regional team. To my brothers in Memphis and Vicksburg, thanks for providing depth to the SWD team.I want to thank our congressional and state government staers, and principals, for their support and teamwork in gang tackling numerous challenges for our region. I thank our stakeholders, customers and industry partners for continuing to trust and work closely with our team, despite the red tape that often exists. I also want to say thanks to the people of our region who genuinely appreciate all the Corps does, even if they are often reluctant to say so, especially in public! Most of all I want to thank the wonderful team in Little Rock District. From day one you welcomed me with open arms, were patient with me and taught me many things I will never forget. You continue to invest in our team, your team and the sacrices are paying o. You continue to push the envelope and think outside the box. You challenge others, and each other, to grow and do better. I will forever remember your kindness, passion and love for this region. It truly makes a dier-ence in the service we provide. anks for all you do. As the baton is passed to Col. Glen Masset on June 15 there are a few thoughts I would like to impart. As leaders we must be servants. Our job is to ensure we equip and encourage every member of our team. We accomplish this through relationships, love (passion), service and sacrice. Relationships. e wisest man in the world once wrote, Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him upthough one may be overpowered, two can defend themselvesa cord of three strands is not quickly broken . (Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12) Relationships are built on trust and condence but maintained through eective communication. I encourage each of you to focus on building and sustaining the relationships essential to your work and the work of our team. Eective communication is dened by knowing what to say and when to say it. All too often we remain focused on holding a position on an issue, listening to only part of what is said or failing to adequately articulate our point. We are warned If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. (Galatians 5:15) Focus on the relationship and the work will be much easier to accomplish.Love (Passion) Col. Muraski shared a good thought with me recently that really resonatedI dont care how much you know until I know how much you care. Real passion is not about what you say, but about what you do. As a leader, supervisor or fellow employee you must take the time to really know and understand the work and the people who help to get it accomplished. It is imperative you bring a passion for both to each and every issue, eectively turning challenges into accomplishment. Enthusiasm is contagious! Be positive, always! Demonstrate this passion and the work will be more enjoyable to accomplish together.Service Winston Churchill wrote, What you do for yourself is called making a livingand what you do for others is called making a life. ose of us in leadership positions have authority to do great things. e magnitude of our eort can be more eectively measured by what we do to help others and our organization to succeed. Good leaders See Remember page 26 Col. Donald E. Jackson Commander, Little Rock District An assignment to remember
20 May 2010 This was the fth successful year of the Tulsa Districts Safety Award for Excellence program for Operations Division. The highest score that can be achieved during an inspection is 250 points. The Texoma Lake Oce won the Lake and Project Oce category with 233 points. Mike Wingeld serves as the collateral duty safety ocer and Joe Custer is the manager. The Major Maintenance Unit (Marine Terminal) won the Navigation and Hydro power category with 245 points. David Key serves as the collateral duty safety ocer and Rodney Beard is the manager. Both of these oces completed their diverse Fiscal Year 2009 missions without a single lost time accident and exhibited to safety excellence and safety leader ship, the manager and collateral duty safety ocers at the winning oces were were presented with the SAFE program bison silhouette trophy and each project employee received a custom SAFE award jacket. District Commander Col. Anthony Funkhouser, in written congratulations, stated, Congratulations on your SAFE programs. Please extend to your employ ees we are proud of them for scoring so high, but more importantly for the doing the right things and executing a conscientious program that keeps them safe. Bob Vandegri, chief of Safety Oce, expressed Congratulations to the winning oces and high hopes for continued participation and improvement during the next round of inspections. Thanks for all the support, hard work and interest shown in the program. Our goal Tulsa Districts SAFE projects honoredStory and photos by Greg Snider Tulsa District Safety Oce Photo above, Tulsa Districts Major Maintenance Unit (Marine Terminal,) winners of the Safety Award for Excellence program in the Navigation and Hydropower category. Team members are pictured in their custom SAFE award jackets. Photo below, the sta of the Texoma Lake Oce, also wearing their custom SAFE award jackets, the winners of the Lake and Project Oce category of the Safety Award for Excellence program.
21 May 2010 Quick Tips: For Riding A Motorcycle SafelyRemember to give yourself space, people driving cars often just dont see motorcy cles. Even when drivers do see you, chances are theyve never been on a motorcycle and cant properly judge your speed. Source: www.msf-usa.org Dress for safety: Be visible: Apply eective mental strategies: Ah, the wind rushing through my scales, is said by the ocial spokes animal for a large insur-ance company as he reminisces the feeling of motorcycle riding. And even this author has paused to remember the feeling of freedom years ago riding a motorcycle. All these thoughts are great in May as the weather warms up, the wild owers are thick on the highways and spring rains will soon leave us for the heat of summer. May is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. e National Highway Trac Safety Ad-ministration developed the national initiative for May to get motorists and other road users and motorcyclists to share the road with each other.See and be seen. No truer words can be the motor cyclist motto. e best safety fea-ture you have is the proper mental attitude and wearing personal protective equipment, said Keith Bond, safety specialist with the Fort Worth District Safety and Occupational Baggett, David Campbell, Becky Hill Mattice and Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr. (Left) Dwain Scott, engineering and construction branch, takes a few practice strokes before taking his tee shot during the April 28 tournament at Tour 18 in Flower Mound, Texas. Photos by Randy Cephus.Health Oce. Bond said that the best thing to put on your bike is you. Be in the correct mental attitude and awareness by taking a motorcycle safety course, be aware and ride defensively at all times.Even though May is Motorcycle Safety Month, anytime one is on a bike, safety needs Riding with visibility, awareness and tenacity to surviveto be paramount. Even this author has learned many rules of the road while riding that are still used today. Below ia a list of tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation www.msf-usa.org that will help all motorists be aware of how to share the road: By Clay Church Fort Worth District
22 May 2010 Forinformationleadingtotheprosecutionofanyonecommitting crimesagainstUSArmyCorpsofEngineers(USACE)property.Hotline1-866-413-7970Uptoa$1,000REWARD!Callerscanremainanonymous. The Corps of Engineers is the largest outdoor recreation provider in the federal government. Nationally, the agency operates more than 4,300 recreation areas at 462 lakes and waterways in 43 states. is includes more than 12 million acres of land and water. Each year, millions of dollars in property are lost due to vandalism, larceny, arson, and environmental and cultural degradation. To help protect public resources and reduce operating costs, the Tulsa District has joined a nationwide crime-deterrence pro -gram, Corps Watch. e Corps Watch program is designed to heighten public awareness of the seriousness of the impacts of crime within or around dams, lakes, navigation locks, recreation areas, and other Corps facilities and property. rough Corps Watch, rewards of $100 to $1,000 will be issued to individuals for information lead-ing to the arrest and acceptance of prosecution of oenders.Corps Watch features a toll-free hotline number, 1-866-413-7970, for anyone to call who observes or has knowledge of theft, vandalism, or any other threat or suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.Eugene Go, Operations Program Manager for Kansas Area, is spearheading Tulsa Districts entrance into Corps Watch. He said, Corps Watch has been a very successful program across the United States to curb costly damages to public property which we all have to pay for in the end. e program gives the public the opportunity to call a toll-free number to help stop damages to public lands and property. e U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local communities value the extra sets of eyes Tulsa District enters Corps Watch program By Mary Beth Hudson Tulsa District Public Aairs looking out to protect public resources and assets. I appreciate everyone being a part of the team and reporting information through this program and becoming a part of the public protection net.Corps Watch is a national initiative, and Headquarters funding has covered the costs of developing a marketing plan and coordinating nationwide procurement and distribution of posters, yers, brochures and other marketing techniques, including billboards. Earl Groves, Tulsa Districts chief of Op-erations Division, said, Corps Watch is an excellent program that will allow our lake visi -tors to become involved in the protection of their tax dollar supported lake project features. Sometimes, these lake visitors observe behavior that damages or destroys lake facilities. With this program, they can have a positive impact by doing their part to report what they saw. I believe most of our lake users will welcome this program quite readily. Stephen Davidson, Corps Watch program manager, said local costs to districts are hard to capture. e actual costs are hard to put into gures because this is a crime prevention program. We believe the posters are acting as a deterrent; thus, we dont know how many criminal acts we have prevented.e Corps Watch initiative was modeled after successful programs developed by the Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Ad -ministration, and neighborhood crime watch programs.Nationwide, the toll-free hotline number is 1-866-413-7970. Callers can remain anony-mous, and rewards can range from $100 to $1,000.Posters like the one above wil be placed at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects to inform the public of the opportunity to call a toll-free number to help stop damages to public lands and property. The posters are also intended to act as a deterrent Each year, millions of dollars in property are lost to vandalism, larceny, arson and environmental and cultural degradation at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects. Photos left and right depict damage done to the Blue Gill Public Use Area, east of Tulsa, Oklahoma. and dumping are a nuisance and are dangerous.
23 May 2010 Texas Silver Jackets sign charter Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 6, Texas Department of Public Safetys Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Water Development Board, joined together May 10, 2010, in Austin, Texas, to formally sign a charter establishing the Texas Silver Jackets, a natural hazard mitigation team. The group will work to increase the ecency and coordination between the State and Federal governments in developing comprehensive and sustainable solutions to ood risk management in the state of Texas. The group gets its name, the Silver Jackets, from the dierent colored jackets which various agencies wear when responding to disasters, such as the Corps signature red and FEMAs blue. The silver represents a unied interagency team. Management, Frank Pagano signing for FEMAs Region 6, J. Kevin Ward, executive administrator, signing for the Texas Water Development Board and Michael P. Fallon, Southwestern Division Program Director, signing for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tulsa District, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Bass Pro shop teamed up to give away 100 life jackets to youngsters at a Safety Day event April 17 at the Bass Pro Shop in Broken Arrow, Okla. The jackets were custom-tted on the children by park rangers. Bobber the Water Safety Dog helped hand out goodies, and children enjoyed free popcorn and cotton candy. Photos by Kent Dunlap.
24 May 2010 Little Rock District continues work on the new Little Rock Air Force million facility is a joint venture using military construction funds and funds provided by the city of Jacksonville, Ark. The contract was awarded in June 2009 and is scheduled for completion by November. The new center is located in an easily accessible location for both the military will also allow for more daytime classes. Progressive educationThe rst of eight warehouses being con -structed to store critical spare parts for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System has been completed. Little Rock District started putting the structure to use the rst week of May. e new building is one of two planned at the Russellville Project Oce, and the remain -ing six will be at the Pine Blu Project Oce.e warehouses will reduce maintenance costs on the navigation system by providing proper storage for the needed parts and equip -ment. e rst warehouse is 50 feet by 100 feet and is temperature-controlled.We will store environmentally sensitive, critical spare parts such as rubber seals and electrical items, Larry Tate of the Russellville Project Oce said. Once construction of the second building Warehouse completed, more to comeBy Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District is complete at Russellville, the contractors will move to Pine Blu and begin construction on the remaining buildings.e nal completion date for the eight buildings is Dec. 31, Little Rock District Project Manager Glenn Prott said. e cost for the Dardanelle buildings is $880,000, and the Pine Blu buildings are $1.5 million. It shouldnt take them long to nish up this second one and mobilize to Pine Blu.e contractor for the project is Pangea out of St. Louis, Mo., and the project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.Construction is complete on the rst of eight critical spare parts storage warehouses planned at Little Rocks Russellville and Pine Blu Project Oces. Environmentally sensitive critical spare parts will be stored in this temperature-controlled building.Courtesy photo
25 May 2010 Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr. Commander, Fort Worth DistrictDistrict prepares to celebrate 60 years supporting Texas and the Nation Our tradition of excellence continues as we approach the summer months. Last month we celebrated the Dis-tricts 60th Anniversary and this signicant milestone was celebrated with representatives from the City of Fort Worth, former com -manders, employees and team mates of the District. We all enjoyed hearing the color -ful stories from our most seasoned employee, Jimmy Baggett and a veteran employee, J.B. West. Since our inception, the District has grown in its mission, scope, as well as its service to other cities within the State of Texas such as Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. We continue to make great strides in both our civil and military projects and receive accolades for contributions we make in the State of Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and to our partners. Our environmental partnership eorts in-volving the Waco Lake oce, the City of Waco and Baylor University recently received the Texas Commission on Environmental Qual-itys Environmental Excellence Award. e partnership received the award in the educa-tion category for the Lake Waco Wetlands, by providing on-site research support for wetland and other environmental studies. Addition-ally, Waco Lakes Lacy Point Interpretive Trail received designation as a National Recreation Trail by Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. Well done team, you all should be proud, we are proud of you and your eorts. On May 5, Jo Ellen Darcy, Assistant Sec-retary of the Army-Civil Works, toured the Onion Creek project in the Austin area. e event began with the Mayor of Austin and the Travis County judge participating in an informative brieng, continued with the site visit, and concluded with an out-brief. We received favorable comments on the project status and our partnering and collaboration with our key stakeholders. is is a living testament to our commitment to an open and transparent communication. We reached a signicant milestone with the Ambulatory Care Center project in San Antonio by completing the transfer of author -ity from the Omaha District. e new center will replace Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland AFB which currently provides in -patient, trauma, emergency and outpatient care. With the BRAC mandate calling for consolidating Wilford Halls inpatient and trauma care functions to Brooke Army Medical Center, the new Ambulatory Care Center will focus exclusively on outpatient care. Safety continues to be at the forefront of all we do in the Corps of Engineers, especially here in the Southwestern Division and Fort Worth District. From the construction site to our lakes and parks, and even in our of -ce environment, safety is the key to every successful project. As District Commander, I designate every SWF sta member to be a safety ocer. As a SWF safety ocer, I charge each of you to take the initiative and question anything that doesnt look right or safe. You have the authority and responsibility to stop an unsafe act. Ive had the privilege to visit eleven of our lakes in the past few months to see the tremendous missions you perform and the challenges we face. One thing that is clearly evident is the emphasis on safety, especially water safety. e public depends on and ex-pects the Corps of Engineers to do everything we can to help educate and encourage, often enforcing, safe enjoyment of the lakes. is includes everything from outreach programs, Personal Flotation Device loaner program to the simple but critical signs reminding the public of hazards in the water, to wear PFDs and use the buddy system when swimming. As we approach the summer months, when our children are out of school and families plan outings to our area lakes, the District has planned several water and boating safety events. For example, we will participate in the Fort Worth Water-Rama on May 18 & 19, held at Will Rogers Hall. e Corps will have a booth set up at the event to introduce school kids to several aspects of water use, water conservation, and water safety. e Fort Worth District oce will also participate in the Great Inate Event on May 20 at Fritz Lan -ham Federal Building to set our goal of being part of a world record for life jackets inated at one time. roughout North America, event participants will simultaneously inate their life jackets to establish the world record. All SWF sta members with inatable Personal Floatation Devices will gather for a photo after the event so we can submit our numbers on the event website at http://www.readysetinate.com/usa/. Everyone who has an inatable life jacket is invited to bring it and participate in the event. Finally, we will kick-o the National Safe Boating Week on May 22 at several of our lakes. But lets not just focus on water safety. rough the results of our recent safety survey, (special thanks to the almost 800 employees who participated) the most dangerous thing we do each day is commute back and forth to work in our personally owned vehicle. Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District recognizes Col. (Ret.) Jim Weller, former Fort WorthDistrict commander from 1997 to 2000 during the Districts 60th Anniversary celebration April 23. See Excellence page 28
26 May 2010 Remember continued from page 19 Little Rock Districts Engineer of the Year announcedBy Cheri Dragos-Pritchard Little Rock District Chris Reicks of the Hydrology and Technical Services Branch was re -cently named Little Rock Districts Engineer of the Year. Reicks, described as a one-of-a-kind en -gineer by Henry Himstedt, Hydraulics and Technical Services Branch chief, has been with the district for almost 20 years, all of it in hydrology and hydraulics. Reicks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas. He serves as a member of the Corps User Group, an advisory council charged with developing and implementing the next generation of Corps water management software and hardware. Chris is recognized as a technical expert in water control data system administration within this group, the region and the national water management community, Himstedt said. All of his skills, combined with his ability, teamwork and positive attitude, contributed to the branchs capability to perform its mission and enhanced the H&H community of practice in real-time water management.e awards package noted many accom -plishments and contributions to the mission during 2009. For instance, Reicks identied and implemented a method to download stream gage data onto the system engineers laptop computers without requiring direct connection to the Local Receiving Ground Sta -tion. is advancement provided a method to locally collect real time stream gage data from any location. Previously the system engineer had to be in the oce or at a warehouse site. He developed the backbone hardware that serves as the districts osite water control data system. He built the UNIX server system and installed the water control software and scripts. He operated the system for several months to test its functionality, and he developed and installed enhancements to improve operations. His eort provided the rst functional Con -tinuity of Operations site for the districts water control mission. Also, to improve eciency in maintaining water control computer systems, he identied a rarely used utility program that allows Win-dows and Linux systems to function on one laptop computer from which he can administer the water control data system and download, process and archive stream gage data. Himstedt noted that Reicks, when not maintaining the complicated water control data system, is also a top shelf technical water manager, who regulates the White River system of reservoirs, the districts agship ood risk management system. He steadfastly applied the rules of the water control plan to ensure consistent operations during the ood situations in 2009, Himstedt explained. He knows the water control plan and implements it with absolute authority and the condence of his supervisors.Little Rocks Engineer of the Year Chris Reicks (left) of Hydrology and Technical Services Branch accepts his award from Tony Batey, Engineering and Construction Division chief. you personally giving to make a dierence in your fellow employee, our district or our region? Your personal sacrice or example to any eort will make the results more meaningful and lasting for both you and your team. anks again for the honor of serving as your commander the past three years. Lynne and I will always remain fond of our friends here and the beauty of the region served by Little Rock District. We will think of you often and pray for you all. Come see us in Koreawell keep the light on for ya! encourage and equip their subordinates, then revel in their success. A personal investment in your team will return in orders of magnitude. Serve the members of your team and they will enjoy accomplishing the work, surprising you with their enthusiasm and desire to succeed. Sacrice. We have all been asked to sacrice our time or resources at some point. e higher up the organizational ladder you go, the more this is required. Your time becomes our time. Are you willing? Good leaders do more listening and less talking. Just because your position gives you the oor, doesnt mean you always take it? What are
27 May 2010 ARRA funds a boost to Lake O the PinesLast year when Congress, reacting to the deepening national recession, passed a major job stimulus law, a number of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes were shovel ready. Lake O the Pines in East Texas was one.We were ready to go, said lake manager Bob -by Hamrick. A lot of the planned work was already in the lakes ve-year Operations Management Program when the law took eect. Construction plans were already written down, ready to be in serted into contracts, he said. e Corps of Engineers was able to launch a major park modernization program at Lake O the Pines, which also improved safety at its Ferrells Bridge Dam. at meant $5.6 million in contracts for several dierent construction crews starting this January for the Fort Worth District lake, which provides ood control and water supply for area communities. e new law, the American Recovery and Rein -vestment Act of 2009, was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in February 2009. e program had three goals: create/save jobs, spur economic activity/invest in long termgrowth, and do it using a high level of account -ability and transparency in government spending.ARRA funds are helping replace some facilities that date back to the lakes original impound -ment in the late 1950s. e untreated timbers of one structure, an old storage building behind lake headquarters, had deteriorated badly. Its be ing replaced by a larger, 5,000-square-foot metal prefabricated building, capable of storing boats, heavy equipment, oce les as well as providing a secure site for supplies.ARRA-funded construction is also boosting dam safety at the park by replacing the last 200 feet of the toe ditch liner, completing an eort begun a half dozen years ago. Concrete in the ditch liner Photo by Shane BraleyFerrells Bridge Dam toe ditch dawn pour at Lake O the Pines.Each of you is a valuable member of the District team and as we travel in work or at play, we must remain vigilant in safety conscious-ness as we navigate our Nations roads and highways. We routinely talk about automobile safety measures, so for this issue I want to mention a few words about motorcycle and o-road vehicle safety. If you ride a motorcycle, I encourage you to wear a quality helmet and eye protection. Be visible to other drivers by wearing bright clothing that is leather or consists of some thick, protective type clothing. Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves. Take additional measures to make yourself visible such as ensuring your headlight works and is on day and night. Use reective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle. Also, avoid riding in car and truck blind spots. Watch for turning vehicles. And please avoid the dangerous act of weaving between lanes. Ensure you receive proper training Excellencecontinued from page 26 Story byJim Frisinger Fort Worth District had deteriorated over the years, and saturated soil on the lower end of the dam embankment during maximum release periods created erosion issues at the toe. Fifty-three campsites at Alley Creek Park, Johnson Creek Park and Buckhorn Creek Park are being modernized. ey received electri -cal hookup upgrades, paved roads and many are getting concrete rec reational vehicle pads. A total of 12 rest rooms will replace deteriorated day use and campground facilities that were out of code for handicap access. e new facilities, some of which have show -ers, comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. e prefabricated concrete structures are manufactured in Hills -boro, Texas. All of the contracts went to small businesses, which employed crews of up to 20 workers at dierent sites simultaneously. Site work, which began in January, is expected to be completed this summer. Hamrick said many workers rented local lodging and bought food and fuel, which helped the area.Its been great for Lake O the Pines, Hamrick said. We are getting facility upgrades that we have been planning on for years and didnt have the funding for.on the safe operation of your o-road vehicle. All terrain, utility and specialty vehicles require drivers full attention during operation. Prepare for turns in advance and maintain a proper speed while travelling on uneven and unfamiliar surfaces. You continue to amaze me and the rest of the Corps leadership in your unwavering strives to achieve greatness. Its through your disci-plined thought and disciplined actions that we continue to accomplish so much with so little. Remember to balance your eorts with mental, spiritual and physical tness. We need to care for our most precious resource, which is you. It is important for you to keep that balance in your life as we continue this marathon race. anks for what you do each and every day!! Building Strong
28 May 2010 A dedicated, determined team of Navy divers and salvage spe-cialists recently worked with Army engineers and other Corps personnel to put the word oating back into Hugo Lakes oating bulkhead. For the past couple of years, the bulkhead has done anything but oat. It has lain on the bottom of the lake, sinking further into the mud and silt, growing heavier, and heavier, and even heavier. It is estimated that the sunken bulkhead weighed more than a million pounds. To raise it was no easy task. An attempt by divers from Little Rock District in November 2009 ended with disappointment, but lessons learned from that series of dives were invaluable in the March 2010 endeavor. And the March venture went late into a second week, very late. Enough so that pictures of the actual resurrection dont exist because it took place at 10:00 p.m. on a Friday night.e bulkhead, which is used during inspections and repairs at Hugo Dam, was normally stored in a cove and attached to the shore by cables. It was bueted by winds and waves, so the decision was made to set it on the lakes bottom to protect it from possible damage. Although the underside of the bulkhead would be on the bottom of the lake, the top part of it would still extend 10 feet out of the water. at was the plan. Unfortunately, while being placed in its future resting site, the bulkhead got caught in the current and ended up seating itself, horizontally, 40 feet below the surface of the lake in an old river channel. And there it stayed confounding all attempts to get it back to the surface. It was a challenging situation to say the least. Brieng his team of Navy divers from Bangor and Keyport, Wash., Master Diver Jason Brustad said, ere is no viz, so dont expect to see anything.After his initial dive, Navy Diver II Josh Corriell said, Its like choco -late milk dark chocolate milk. Add the number of lines that were in play, the amount of silt and mud, the complexity of the operation, plus the dimensions of the massive bulkhead, and the result is daunting.e 320,500-pound bulkhead is 50 feet wide, 38 feet tall, and 6 feet across with handrails on its deck. It has two chambers, concrete bal-last, and works on the same principle as a submarine. Water is allowed into the bottom chamber to lower it; when the water is replaced with air, the bulkhead rises. It must be in at least 12 feet of water to oat. e project involved many dives over several days with numerous challenges. For example, divers arrived on scene ursday, March 18, to nd the air hose they had attached the night before had worked loose from its buoy. e buoy was on the beach, and the hose was at the bottom of the lake. Brustads summation was, Murphys up one.e next day, when attempts were once again foiled, Warren Roberts, Red River Area eld engineer, said, Its time for Plan C. Were dead in the water today.e folders created by Dan Baumann, Eastern Area eld engineer and diving inspector, to le his photos help tell the story: Day 1SCUBA Recon Dive; Day 2Installing Hatch Cover; Day 3Attaching Lift Bags; Day 4Pumping Air Upper Chamber; Day 5Assessing Leaks, Remove Hatch Cover; Day 6Hatch Cover Modication and Re-installation; Day 7Pumping of Lower Chamber Begins; Day 8Pumping Both Chambers; Day 9 High Winds Postpone Work; Day 10Pump, Pump, Pump, Dark Success; and Day 11e Risen Bulkhead. After many trials and several trips back to the drawing board, the fabricated hatch was sealed, four 22,000-pound lift bags were attached, and an air hose was attached to the hatch cover. Air was then pumped By Mary Beth Hudson Tulsa District Public Aairs Dark Success: Bulkhead rescued from the depthsNote: ere are terms that you hear when you cover an unusual project such as the one featured in this article: pad eye, traveling line, dump bag, etc. ere are also terms that you hear but cant repeat when problems arise, lines are fouled, leaks appear, and silt sucks. What follows is a G-rated summary of the recent bulkhead recovery at Hugo Lake.Water is pumped from the interior of the sunken bulkhead.Photo by Dan BaumannDivers prepare to enter the water, assess leaks, and remove hatch coverPhoto by Dan BaumannSee Bulkhead page 33
29 May 2010 In Tulsa, children, ages eight to 15, attended the event, which started at the district headquarters with a morning program and included a tour of the Keystone Lake project oce and Power House in the afternoon.During the morning session, Lt. Col. Gene Snyman, the districts deputy commander, welcomed the children to the event and stressed the importance of their family members work. Your family members get to do some great things; they dont only do it for themselves, but they impact the whole state of Oklahoma with the work that they complete, he said.After Snymans welcome, a few employees spoke about what impact their job duties have on the district, and they encouraged the children to consider their eld as a career choice. Speakers included Nate Herring from Public Aairs Oce, Maggie Fletcher from the Equal Employ-ment Opportunity Oce, Bob Vandegri from the Safety Oce, and John Daylor who spoke about hydrology.After the morning program, the children had an opportunity to visit some of the oces within the district headquarters and view a Riverine Flood Plain Model which was a hit with the group. In the afternoon, the children joined a local Boy Scout troop at the Keystone Lake project oce for a tour. Rangers explained their duties and showed the kids and their family members re ghting and seed planting equipment, maintenance vehicles, and patrol boats and trucks.After the project oce visit, the group toured the Keystone powerhouse. During the tour, they saw the control room and generators, and they ventured 105 feet below the lake. e group also had the chance to walk across the catwalk on the dam.Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a national program started in 1993 designed to expose children to what their parents do during the work day and encourage them to value their education. e Tulsa District has participated in the program annually for several years. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Fort Sill Area Oce, and employees at the Tulsa District headquarters participated in the National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day ursday, April 22. is years theme was Youth, 1 Dream, 2Morrows Leader, and eight students in Fort Sill and more than 20 in Tulsa, took advantage of the opportunity to see working adults in a variety of occupations. Special emphasis was placed on exposing the participants to the many diverse and exciting engineering and construction career opportunities.Fort Sill participants included Cache Middle School student, Kade Willcox, 14; Edmond Middle School student, Sophia Braghini, 12; Lawton Christian School student, Ashley Carr, 11; Skyranch Elemen-tary student, Reilly Bussey, 11; Brockland Middle School students, Mitchell Spaulding, 10, and Daniel Spaulding, 8; Blanchard Elementary School student, Peyton Howe, 9; and Chickasha homeschooler, Stephen Evans, 9. ese students connection to Fort Sill is through their parents or grandparents.Story and photos by Nate Herring Tulsa District Public Aairs and Winona Simmons Quality Assurance Representative. Fort Sill Resident Oce Corps kids learn about life after schoolStudents shown right to left, Reilly Bussey, Daniel Spaulding, Ashley Carr, Sophia Braghini, and Stephen Evans. They are on the fourth ight of stairs [about 36 feet up] on the new Hand Grenade Tower being built on the East Range of Fort Sill. The Hand Grenade Tower project is contracted to the Texas-based Marvin Groves Electric Company. Children at Tulsa District attended a program at the building and then visited the Keystone Dam Power House, left, and checked out an airboat, right, with the help of a Keystone Lake park ranger
30 May 2010 Tulsa Districts Lake Eufaula project oce hosted its annual Spring Fishing Use Area. The event is intended to educate students from local elementary schools on water safety and natural resources. More than 200 third and fourth graders from Checotah, Midway, and Eufaula schools attended the event, which featured rotating programs in the morning and a shing derby in the afternoon. Corps park rangers from the Lake Eufaula project oce emphasized the importance of water safety during one of the morning programs. The rangers, assisted by an ocer from the Oklahoma Department of Highway Patrol, told kids about the importance of water safety and wearing a coast guard approved life vest. Todays event is excellent to get our water safety message water safety, we also want to do some natural resource educaStudents learned about sh identication from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and they participated in a casting demonstration. Part of teaching kids about natural Knack said. So after lunch, we oer a The students gathered around the Gentry Creek pond and spent an hour shing while Corps employees and volunteers assisted the kids with baiting hooks and untangling snagged shing lines. Our volunteers are an integral part of this event, and helping over 200 students to sh is no easy task, so they are a big said. The project oce hosts two shing ings each year. The rst, held a week before the Gentry Creek event, is located near McAlester, Okla. This is the 11th year the Corps has hosted the Spring Fishing Fling. Eufaula Lake park ranger Stacy Dunkin helps a young angler get his catch o the hook during the annual Spring Fishing Fling May 4 at the Gentry Creek Public Use Area that hosted more than 200 youngsters.Photo by Nate HerringBy Nate Herring Tulsa District Public Aairs Fishing ing welcomes springTulsa District has a new policy for rec-ognition of professional registration.e ocial District Policy Memoran -dum 108 regarding Recognition and Reward for Achievement of Professional Registration or Certication was issued April 9, 2010, by Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser, commander, Tulsa District.Currently, the policy addresses only profes -sional engineers, professional geologists and registered architects, but will be expanded to add recognition for project managers, real estate specialists and appraisers by June 30, 2010.Recognition for an individuals achieve -ment of professional registration will consist of three components; a congratulatory letter from the commander, an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, and a personalized me-mento, such as a business card holder, with the individuals name and registration engraved on a cover plate.In addition to the professional registrations, there are many nationally recognized certi-cations which add further credibility to the Corps of Engineers, such as certied ood plain manager, certied cost consultant, and Leadership in Engineering and Environmen-tal Design, Accredited Professional. ose types of certications will be recognized with a congratulatory letter from the Commander.e policy is in support of Campaign Plan Goal 4.a, to identify, develop, maintain, and strengthen technical competencies.By Ramona Willig, P.E. Deputy Chief Engineering and Construction Division Tulsa District Professional registration recognition
31 May 2010 For the Fort Worth District, par -ticipating in the annual Cowtown Marathon has become a long and valued tradition.e race drew a record eld of 21,000 on Feb. 27 including a hefty contingent from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers runners who have been loyal supporters of the con test for nearly three decades.I am so encouraged to see so many employ -ees out and about running for their health, said Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr., Commander, Fort Worth District, who ran the Cowtown half marathon this year. More than two dozen district runners par-ticipated in this years Cowtown, many of them encouraged by running enthusiast Randy Rob -erts, who was the Fort Worth District Chief of Realty Services until joining the Southwestern Division this year. Roberts has helped put a USACE face on the Cowtown for 28 of the 32 races, starting in 1983. Roberts ran in the rst Cowtown in 1979 when it was 20 degrees with frozen streets. He ran that race with his high school friend Mike Bell who was also his running buddy in this years half marathon. e Fort Worth Districts long association with the race goes back to at least the fourth Cowtown race in 1982, when the district entered a team in the 10K event, he said. Roberts keeps updating a spreadsheet of all-time USACE participants and their race times.Roberts said participation has been sporadic over the years, with a few core folks always par -ticipating. Dave Madden from the Planning, Environmental and Regulatory Division has run the marathon more than anybody from the district and he ran it again this year. He was joined in the long-distance race by Dennis Karns of the Engineering and Construction Support Oce, who ran the marathon in the Cowtown the prior year as well.Don Weise was the lead nisher in districts six-member half marathon team this year with a time of 1:40:51. Another half-marathoner was the Deputy District Commander, Lt. Col. Matthew S. Orenstein, who ran it in 2:07:41. But his boss outran him, turning in a 1:55:32 time. David Clarke led the district 5K team with a 22:28. Longtime participant Bill Collins, who recently retired, often walked the race, but he walked pretty fast, Roberts said. e race is not just for runners. Its for people who want to come out for the sunshine and fresh air.A few of those walkers were included in a new contingent organized by Susan Ford-Ahern from within Karns ECSO Facilities Branch. e 10-person team entered a dierent 5K category, the Military Division, and it carried home the winners trophy.It was freezing but we had a lot of fun, said Ford-Ahern, who was team captain.Its great to see members of the Fort Worth Team support local events, especially one which not only benets others but themselves as well, said Muraski. Balance in our lives is so important especially as we execute the larg -est program in our history. Fitness, especially running is a great way to relieve stress and achieve some balance in your life.Fort Worth District team members hit the road competing in the 2010 Cowtown Marathon Fort Worth District runners were all smiles sporting their Cowtown Marathon regalia celebrating another big race in 2010. The district has been running in the annual contest for most its 32-year history. Teams from the district this year entered the 5K and half marathon races, while still others legged out the full marathon. Jonathan Celone, Engineering and Construc -tion Support Ofce, in stride during the 2010 Cowtown 5K. By Jim Frisinger Fort Worth District Courtesy photo Courtesy photo
32 May 2010Reprinted with permission from the University of Col. John A.P. Gessner, who served with the Engineering and Construction Support Oce as the military deputy from January 2007 to September 2009, has retired. ECSO is a Southwestern Division program based in Fort Worth; Gessner was based in Washington, D.C. His last post was as program manager for the Iraq Engineer Mission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington.e Rockford, Ill., native served combat tours in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served in Saudi Arabia following the bombing of the Khobar Towers, Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch and in Egypt in support of Bright Star.Gessner was given a USACE retirement ceremony, attended by Maj. Gen. Jerey J. Dorko. His Army retirement review was held on April 29 at Fort Myer, Va. He and his wife, Dawn, will be residing in Rockford. By Jim Frisinger Fort Worth Districts Dawn Gessner watches her husband, Col. John A.P. Gessner, congratulated by ECSO Director Eric Verwers at the USACE retirement ceremony in April.Courtesy photoOutstanding career comes to an endBefore the Arkansas River reaches Fort Smith, one of the many destinations it visits is the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir, south of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Controlling the reservoir is a lock-and-dam unit that assists barges through the Arkansas River Navigation System. e U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed work on the lock and dam in 1970, and the Corps continues to maintain the reservoir to this day. But whats the connection between the power plant and the students of UA Fort Smith? Turns out, its all about green energy. e moving water of the reservoir is transformed into electricity by the Robert S. Kerr Hydroelectric Power Plant. e talented technicians and mechanics servicing the power plant include several current UA Fort Smith students. John Martini, assistant professor of electronics technology, encourages his students to consider applying for the challenging work-training experience available at Kerr. e internship program has allowed our students to receive rstclass, on-the-job training while working on their degree. Our relationship with the Kerr plant is mutually benecial and gives any accepted student in the internship additional education and great pay, not to mention an outstanding career opportunity. ough most of the students working at Kerr are enrolled in the Universitys electronics technology program, they soon acquire a variety of technical skills. Steve Mills, master plant superintendent, emphasizes the importance of cross-training. We give them more training than they probably expect, Mills says. e students learn about all the positions we have herethe controllers, the mechanics, and the electricians. We create a very well-rounded, solid journeyman. ough they enjoy excellent wages, the students earn every penny. eir apprenticeship at Kerr can last as long as four years and demands a combination of mental and physical abilities. Its almost like going through school all over again, Mills says. Training at the plant emphasizes safety, as the students and other Kerr employees are working with tremendous amounts of electrical power. But this is a power they learn to master so that the residents of the plants service area can have electricity in their homes and places of business. What we have here with the University is a win-win situation, Mills says. The students are very professional. UA Fort Smith students: Powering the futureStudents Matthew Phelan, Nicholas Hicks, Terry Sampley, Kevin Bell, Eric Quemado, and Bryan Davis.
33 May 2010 The team was not about to let this bulkhead become a sh habitat. to all the air bags and into the upper chamber. e bulkhead was uprighted to vertical position but remained 10 feet below the surface. A temporary coerdam was attached to the deck of the bulkhead to provide access to the manhole for the lower chamber. A hy-draulic driven pump able to displace 800 gallons of water per minute was lowered into the lower chamber and em -ployed to pump that chamber mostly dry. At this time, the bulkhead was stuck ve feet deep in the mud. With the bulkhead weighing 320,000 pounds and applied lift of 540,000 pounds, it didnt move until seven hours later. Eventually, though, according to Roberts, it reared its ugly head. Victory was claimed from the jaws of a black lake on a dark night by a tired but tenacious team. How did they nally manage it? rough persistence, ingenuity, and a lot of pumping both air and water, said Baumann. He was on scene when the bulkhead cleared the surface and said, It was fairly spectacular.Roberts, who shrugged o congratulations, said he was relieved that Bulkhead continued from page 28 the damn things on the surface as is everyone who was involved. e team included eight Navy divers, four representatives from the Navys Supervisor of Salvage oce, two eld engineers, a project man -ager, the sta at Hugo Lake, and rangers from Pat Mayse and Pine Creek Lakes. Equip -ment was loaned by Opera -tions Division oces across the district, and the diving and salvage equipment came from both coasts.It was quite a venture. Johnny Bell, chief, Technical Support Branch, explained, e eort just to get the Navy team onsite just about paralleled the eort to raise the bulkhead. It required numerous e-mails, phone calls, and cutting through bureaucratic red tape over a period of several months to execute this joint agency adventure. e tenacity and determination of those involved on both sides to come together to accomplish this mission further proves the commitment and dedication of both the Navy and Army to do the right thing.He summed it up and spoke for everyone when he said, e team was not about to let this bulkhead become sh habitat!Some of the members of the dive team stand atop the recovered bulkhead. The team included eight Navy divers, four representatives from the Navys
34 May 2010 Pacesetter Points ARRIVALS Capt. Scotty Autin arrived at the Galveston District April 21 as an operations ocer. Prior to joining the District, the Houma, La., native was a company commander and brigade engineer at Schoeld Barracks in Hawaii. Billy Barham joined the Galveston District March 14 as a construction control representative. Prior to joining the District, the Blooming Grove, Texas, native worked as tion representative for the U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg. David Boothby joined the Galveston District March 14 as a geotechnical engineer. Prior to joining the District, the Houston native worked as a senior project manager for Tolunay-Wong Engineers in Houston. Rhonda Brown returned to the Galveston District March this position, Brown works on border control projects. Prior to joining the District, the Dallas, Texas, native worked for the Europe District as chief for the Central Europe Projects Section. Brown is glad to be back at the Galveston District after being away for ve years. Robert Howell joined the Galveston District May 3 as the deputy chief of the Engineering and Construc tion Division. Prior to joining N.M., native worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, as an engineer ing and construction program manager. David Thorn arrived at the Galveston District April 12 as a lock and dam operator for the Brazos River ood gates. Prior to joining the District, the Angleton, Texas, native worked as a special investigator for the United States DEPARTURES Capt. Christopher Collins, operations manager for the Galveston District, departed April 23 to join the recruiting Johnny Rozsypal, chief of the Operations Division for the Galveston District is scheduled to retire June 1 after more than 36 years of Federal service. Lynwood Weiss retired from the Galveston District April 25. Weiss was a super visory civil engineer for the district. Little Rock Districts Floyd Snyder of the Pine Blu Project Oce retired March 3 after 32 years of civil service. Little Rocks Samuel Bailey of the Pine Blu Project Oce retired April 30 after 25 years of civil service. Little Rocks George Ann Tabor of the Beaver Lake Project Oce retired April 30 after 32 years of civil service. Little Rocks Eric Stain of the Russellville Project Oce retired April 30 after 26 years of civil service. Little Rocks Helen Herr of the Oce of Counsel retired May 1 after 18 years of civil service. Little Rocks Kathy Flannery of the Table Rock Project Oce retires June 9 after 30 years of civil service. Eugene Kastanek, attor ney, Oce of Counsel, SWD 1 with more than 39 years service. Debbie Perrin, chief, Programs Directorate, SWD with 32 years of service. Carlton Bailey, Tenkiller Natural Resource Specialist, retired after 36+ years of service for the federal government. Sam Patterson, Keystone Powerhouse Specialist, retired after 27+ years of service for the federal government. Sam has contributed greatly to the Tulsa District and we will miss him. CONGRATULATIONS Martie Cenkci, Galveston Districts chief of Public Aairs, welcomed her rst grandchild April 13. Granddaughter Olivia Grace Thomas was born to son Matthew and Cherish Thomas in Pittsburgh, Pa., weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Bob Heinly was selected as chief of the Galveston Districts Planning Section. Heinly brings a wealth of talent and experience to the position, most recently as a planning lead and water resources plan formulation technical specialist. Molly Morrison, daughter of Marcus ODonohoe of the Galveston Districts Bay Area Oce, and Sandra Morrison ODonohoe, General Engineering, married Michael Filidei on March 13, 2010, at the Haak Winery in Santa Fe, Texas. The couple honey mooned in New Orleans and will reside in Texas City, Texas. Harrison Sutclie, chief of the Engineering and Construction Division for the Galveston District, recently celebrated the birth of his grandson. Kaleb River Ellis Olivia Grace Thomas Debbie Perrin
35 May 2010 was born to daughter Erica and Zach Ellis April 5, weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Little Rocks Beaver Lake Project Oce announced the selection of Jared Trammell as supervisory natural resources specialist. He has a strong background in shoreline management and has demonstrated consistent excellent performance in his previous assignments. We are condent he will excel as a leader and provide the guidance and direction necessary to meet and exceed the projects natural resource management goals. Little Rocks Operations Division selected Brad Shoemaker for the position of chief, Navigation and Maintenance Section, Operations Technical Support Branch. Shoemaker comes from the private sector where he worked as a mechanical engineer, and he is a licensed professional engineer. Little Rocks Operations Division welcomed John Carpenter as an engineer technician in the Hydropower Section. He comes from the Table Rock Project Oce. Little Rock welcomes Sam Haney as the electronics mechanic at Bull Shoals, Nor fork and Greers Ferry power plants. He comes from private industry where he worked as an electrical engineer. Prior to graduating from the Univer sity of Arkansas, he served six years in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician. Little Rocks Pine Blu Project Oce welcomed Sissye Aldridge as the budget analyst. She began her career with the Corps of Engineers in 1999 as an administrative support assistant. Her past experience in both the private and government sec tors enables her to bring an abundance of knowledge to this position. Little Rocks Real Estate is happy to have Sherri Braning join the team as the administrative support assistant. She is responsible for time and attendance, travel arrangements, maintenance of les and records, and the training program. She is bringing a wealth of experience from Little Rocks Operations Division, New Or leans District and the Naval Reserve Personnel Center in New Orleans. Little Rocks Real Estate selected Lola Holt as the new voucher examiner. She is responsible for processing a variety of commercial vouchers in support of the Armed Forces Recruiting Program and the Lease Government Housing Program. Little Rocks Real Estate selected Linda Diane McKay as Rick Humasters replacement. When Humaster retires June 30, McKay will take over the Armed Forces Recruiting Program and manage leases for the 32 re cruiting stations in Arkansas. McKay comes from Jacksonville, Fla., where she worked for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. She brings more than 25 years experience with the federal relocation and real property leasing. She has six years ex perience in the Armed Forces Recruiting Program. Little Rocks Charia A. Halford, a student aide in the Technical Resource Center graduated May 15 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She will begin work on her doctor ate in audiology next fall at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and plans to continue to work at the district, too. Sarah Prestien, engineering technician (Civil), joined the Business Technical Division, Regional Business ters, March 14. Prestiens duty station is in Tulsa, Okla. She formerly served with Tulsa District. Russell Holeman was se lected chief, Engineering and Construction Branch, Business Technical Division, Regional Business Directorate, SWD Saleem Mithwani, Military Construction Program Manager, Programs Directorate, joined Southwestern Division wani last served in Fort Worth District as Program Manager Bliss Expansion Program. Brian Brobson has been selected for the Tulsa District Contracting Chief position. Mr. Brobson has extensive experience as a contracting professional performing multiple roles within Contracting oces as a contract specialist, team leader/Contracting Ocer, Branch Chief, and Deputy, Director of Contracting. He has worked for various comUSACE and most recently the US Department of Energy. The Southwestern Division is very pleased to have Mr. Brobson as part of our team. Congratulations to Lee Wall on his selection as the Power Plant Specialist at the Tenkiller Power Plant. Previous positions that Lee has held include Power Plant Se nior Electronics Mechanic at Robert S. Kerr, a deployment as Project Engineer/Construc tion Representative at USACE tions, and a detail as Power Plant Specialist at Tenkiller. Congulations to Connie White, customer care On-The-Spot cash award from the Operations Division. She was congratulated for hard work, extra eort and teamwork in keeping customer care a top priority in Tulsa District. She works in Emergency Management Unit as Emergency Amnagement Assistant. CONDOLENCES Condolences to Jason Foltyn, a project manager for the Galveston District, whose sister passed away. Janet McAfee was laid to rest May15. Condolences to Marianne Fullen, of the Galveston Districts Logistics Oce, whose mother Dorothy Perez passed away May 13. Little Rocks long-time administrative ocer at Russellville Project Oce, Vicki Moe, passed away March 18 at her home with her loving dedicated to her family, her continued from previous page Vick Moe
36 May 2010 spiritual life and her work. She loved life and fought her long illness with strength, grace and dignity that serves as an inspiration. Transferring as a clerk from the Pine Blu Arsenal to the Russellville Project Oce in June 1984, Vicki was a long valued member of the project oce. She was repeatedly recognized for her knowledge, competence, diligence and dedication to the Corps of Engineers. Her career progressed through each higher level position, and she ended her career as the administrative ocer and team leader for the administrative section. Benny Jon Sandberg, father to Little Rocks Table Rock Lake Operations Manager Jim Sandberg, passed away April 19 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Little Rocks retired park ranger at Mountain Home Project Oce, Gary Whisnant, passed away April 6. Carol (Roberts) Lovell, program analyst with the Tulsa District Real Estate Division, passed away April 7. Martha Louise Owens, mother of James Owens, Lock and Dam Operator at Chouteau Lock and Dam 17, passed away April 22.continued from previous page F AMILY M ATTERS Little Rocks Nick Barner of the Design Branch and his wife, Jackie, are the proud parents of daughter, Addie Nichole Barner. She was born April 21, weighing seven pounds, 15 ounces and 20 inches long. Little Rocks Clint Moore of Table Rock Lake Project Oce and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of daughter, Avery Michelle Moore. She was born April 9, weighing ve pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long. Little Rocks Carla Cash of Engineering and Construc -Addie Nichole Barner Jasmine Waretion Division is proud to announce that her eight-year old daughter, Jasmine Ware, received all As on her report attends the Martin Luther King Elementary School and is in the third grade Alyssa Pritchard-Farren, daughter to Little Rocks Cheri Dragos-Pritchard of the Public Aairs Oce, graduated from 1st grade at Jacksonville Christian Academy May 11with all As for grade point average, perfect attendance for the entire year and she received the Alyssa Pritchard-FarrenGood Citizenship Award for her good behavior, caring attitude and helping others throughout the year. Dexter Cade VanDusen was born March 18, 2010, in Port Townsend, Wash. He is the son of Amber Hudson and Tommy VanDusen, the brother of Chandler Robles and Mearra Gilbert, and the grandson of Mary Beth Hudson, Public Aairs Oce. His families both biological and adopted are all celebrating his arrival. The picture is of Dex at 2 months old. Dexter Cade VanDusen