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1 April June 2011 APRIL JUNE 2011 VOL. 6, NNO. 2


Pacesetter Serving the men and women of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula Commander Southwestern Division Martie Cenkci Chief, Public Affairs Southwestern Division Edward Rivera Editor Fort Worth District Associate Editors Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Jay Woods Little Rock District Isidro Reyna Galveston District Nate Herring Tulsa DistrictThe Pacesetter publication published under AR 360-1 for members of the Southwestern Division and its retirees. Contents and edito -rial views expressed are not or endorsed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Depart -ment of the Army or the U.S. Government. Articles or pho-tographic submissions are welcome.For more information about the Pacesetter or to make a submission, call your local Inside this issue 2 April June 2011 Page 3 SWD Commanders column Page 4 Kulas star shines bright over SWD Page 5 SWD regional munitions team attains HQ USACE designation Page 6 Floods happen quickly in SWLs mountain canyons Page 8 SWL Commanders column Page 9 Dam Safety Production Center: Strengthening dams and the workforce Page 10 How do ood damage reduction lakes work? Page 12 If you restore it, they will come Page 13 Crane successfully retrieved from bottom of Kaw Lake Page 14 SWT Commanders column Page 15 USACE Galveston launches summer water safety campaign Page 16 Rawhide! Galveston District helps cattle cross Colorado River Page 17 Spotlight on: Galveston Project Engineer Edgardo Perez-Cosme Page 18 e Dashboard Page 19 USACE Galveston Bird Abatement Program Page 20 Galveston District employees Building Strong in Iraq, Afghanistan Page 21 Pacesetter readership survey results provide insight for improvement Page 22 WBAMCs campus-style environment to promote unity, healing Page 24 SWG Commanders column Page 25 Little Rock employees earn top spot in regional natural resources competition Page 26 SWF Commanders ColumnPage 28 Galveston District celebrates Corps 236th birthday, names Employee, Engineer, Supervisor of the Year Page 30 Pacesetter Points Also Inside USACE Gavelston launches summer water safety campaign, Page 15 WBAMCs campus-style environment to promote unity, healing, Page 22 Thank you, Page 11 On the coverQuality Assurance Representative Carroll Osburn of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monitors repair work on Table Rock Dam. Repairs are necessary because recent heavy rains caused surface skin slides of topsoil that covers the embankment.


Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commander, Southwestern Division, poses with the Emerging Leader Class of 2011 at the Sr. Leader Conference Awards Banquet held in Arlington, Texas, April 2011. Class members include Eric Pedersen, Fort Worth District, Joe Harper, Little Rock District, Randy Devenport, Little Rock District, Jason Owen, Fort Worth District, Melanie Ellis, Fort Worth District, Melonie Zincke, Tulsa District, Esta Allen, Division Oce, Keith Rice, Tulsa District, and Dana Coburn, Little Rock District. Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula Commander, Southwestern DivisionHave a safe and enjoyable Summer and strong 4th Quarter 3 April June 2011 AAn extraordinary model of teamwork emerged this Spring, as the South -western Division responded to spring ooding events in both the Little Rock and the Tulsa districts. Rainfall in April and May re -sulted in record river stages and record ood pool levels throughout eastern Oklahoma, southeast -ern Kansas, southern Missouri, and all of Arkan -sas, and a resulting well-coordinated, eective response by those two districts. Fort Worth District augmented with sta from several func -tional areas, including water managementthe technical expertise to do it rightand public aairs to handle the news requests, social media requirements, and public interaction. Interaction was key. e Corps worked closely with many people and agencies, locally and regionally. ese included the U.S. Geological Survey as well as the National Weather Service. Equally important: the work with local and regional emergency management agencies and local ocials to ensure that the public was kept both informed and safe. All of the nurturing of these partnerships paid o, and the result was better support to the local communities and the public. Well done, to the entire Southwestern Divi sion team! rough your dedication, expertise, and ceaseless eorts, you showed to the Corps and the Nation how to get it done, and done right! Our next challenge could very well be a hur -ricane, as the 2011 Hurricane Season kicked o on June 1. We need to make sure that we are prepared to provide the same kind of teamwork in support of Galveston and Fort Worth Districts as we showed with Little Rock and Tulsa. Another subject that involves water and team -work has not been as promising, and that is our Water Safety Program. While our current Fiscal Year 11 water safety statistics are some -what disheartening, all of you still can make a dierence. A tremendous amount of work has already been done, but we cant stop there; the summer recreation season has just started! We need to be looking at more collaboration with local ocials, increased media outreach, and better use of our resources to ensure that of every Pacesetter sets an example and plays a role in water safety at our lakes and recreation areas. Make sure we get our Volunteers and gate attendants involved to help the cause! Finally, as we approach the last quarter of this scal year, we all need to refresh our understand -ing of and refocus our support to the SWD Top Priorities. is is what its all about for SWD right now, and I ask you to really hone in on these priorities as the scal year winds down: ‰ en Deliver BRAC. Its our top priority for many reasons, and we have some fantastic momentum. Keep it going; as always we deliver quality on time! ‰ en Establish our Dam Safety Program. We made excellent strides as a result of great team work. Continue to aggres sively implement our plan, analyze our future work load, and force the Dam Safety Production Center to start work ing. Demonstrate some early successes. ‰ en Execute our projects and fully use P2 Deliver quality projects and pro grams, execute CAP, and make timely awards. We are all under close scrutiny to spend whats scheduledI know the team will ght through challenges to do best possible. ‰ en Optimize FY12 Civil Works Opera tions and Maintenance program. Manage FY12 and begin to set priori ties for FY13. Optimization of avail able funding takes on a greater level of importance in this cycle we have entered of reduced funding. ‰ en Develop and maintain a coordinated regional strategic outreach program to identify and strengthen relationships with regional stakeholders and custom ers. We do this at all levels through open and transparent communications. Together, we can get it all done! anks for all you do every day! PacesettersBuilding Strong!


Southwestern Division Commander omas W. Kula was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on May 13 in a Dal -las ceremony ociated by Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General Merdith W.B. Temple. With SWD Pacesetter team members, family members, and distinguished visitors from both the military and civilian arenas in attendance, the promotion included several ceremonial events that mark reaching the ranks of a general ocer. Among the events were the placement of the new rank, pre -sentation of the general ocer belt, presentation of the side arm, and uncasing and unfurling of the general ocer one star ag. Both family members and ocials participated in these events. Kula took command of the Southwestern Division on July 2, 2010.He was born in North Chicago, Ill., and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and awarded a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1982. He holds a Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies, Command and General Sta College. Prior to assuming command of the Southwestern Division, Kula served as the Chief of Sta, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Among his other previous assignments are Doctrine Writer and Tactics Instructor, U.S. Army Engineer School and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Chief of G-3 Plans, 82nd Airborne Division and Executive Ocer, 307th Engineer Bat talion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; Military Assistant to the Undersecretary of the Army and Program Analyst for Force Structure, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.; and Commander, 130th Engineer Brigade, V Corps, Hanau, Germany (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 05-07, IRAQ, September 2005-September 2006). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with ve oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Sapper Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Pathnder Badge, the German Parachutist Badge, and the Army Sta Badge. Kulas star shines bright over SWD 4 April June 2011Sta reportUSACE Command Sergeant Major Micheal Buxbaum, left, assists with the uncasing and unfurling of the one-star ag. Also taking part is Airman First Class Thomas Kula, right, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kulas son. (Courtesy photo) Maj. Gen. Merdith W. B. Temple, then-deputy commanding general of USACE, administers the Oath of Oce to Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula. (Courtesy photo)Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kulas family all participated in the promotion ceremony. (Courtesy photo)


Building upon our successfully assisting the USACE Military Munitions Design Centers munitions cleanup assignments over the years, the Southwestern Division and the Fort Worth and Tulsa Districts formed a regional team in 2009 with a goal of assuming our own execution re -sponsibility for this specialized work. is goal has now been achieved with the issu -ance of Fragmentary Order 2 to Operation Order 2010-49 (FY11 Military Programs Delivery), signed by Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers, on May 11. e FRAGO authorizes SWD resourc -es the full authorities and responsibilities of a HQ USACE designated MMDC in conjunction with the former South Pacic Division Range Support Center (SPD RSC), now referred to as the SPD-SWD RSC, or simply the RSC. e four US -ACE MMDCs include Baltimore District, Omaha District, the Huntsville Center, and the RSC. is approval successfully concludes a 15-year campaign to gain this designation. at the HQUSACE designation is of a regional nature is ideal in further uniting munitions remediation teams in SWF and SWT.e path of this initiative began over two years ago after several unsuccessful SWD at -tempts in the past to gain entry into the USACE Military Munitions Support Services (M2S2) execution community, which is comprised of the four MMDCs. With the support of former SWD Commander Maj. Gen. Kendall P. Cox, SWD submitted an initiative for HQ USACE consideration in June 2009. SWD regional munitions team attains HQ USACE designatione initiatives intent was to establish a new SWD Regional MMDC merging the talents of the Fort Worth and Tulsa Districts. e initiative was formally proposed to the Corps Deputy Commanding General for Military and International Operations, Maj. Gen. Jerey J. Dorko, and based upon the following: ‰ ena substantial current/projected MMRP workload within SWDs area of responsibility (AOR) ‰ ena strong cadre of MMRP project management and technical resources ‰ en a high degree of range construction and clearance expertise ‰ enan enhanced regional holistic ap -proach to SWD installation/client needs ‰ en a proven capability in productively working with internal/external part -nershe proposed SWD Regional MMDC would provide the USACE M2S2 commu -nity needed freeboard to immediately sup -port any MMRP workload bubble within or outside SWDs AORGeneral Dorko approved Fragmentary Order 23 to Operations Order 2008-21 in late July 2009, authorizing SWD regional MMDC authority under the supervi -sion and mentorship of the SPD RSC for a two year test period. is two year period (FY10-11) performance has been undergoing evaluation by HQ USACE to determine if SWD should become an in dependent center, formalize a permanent partnership with SPD, or return to the original status. Earlier this year, SWD leadership de -cided that immediately pursuing HQ US-ACE approval of the permanent SPD-SWD partnership option made sense, considering the ongoing success of the test mentoring partnership. Military munitions remediation is now an additional product line that is o -cially recognized as another SWD area of expertise. Army and Air Force military munitions response programs, including the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) programs munitions-related projects, are projected to increase in the out years. e approval of this initiative is perhaps the most signicant regional accomplish -ment and opportunity in the recent history of the SWD teams management and execu -tion of environmental remediation pro -grams. SWD resources are now in position to execute this growing workload within its AOR versus relying on USACE MMDCs that are outside of SWD. Keeping in mind that the four USACE MMDCs do not have prescribed AORs, SWD resources will also likely be aorded additional future assign ments beyond SWDs AOR.SWT members of SWD regional team, from left: Vince Crifasi, Tyler Jones, Mark Webster, Rick Smith, John Lambert, Scottie Fiehler, Brenda Anderson, Ken Kebbell, Monique Ostermann (SPD), Bob Thurman, Ashley Allinder and Scott Weber SWF members of SWD regional team, from left: Scott Weber, Dave Bowersock, Emily Seidel, Frank McStay, Ken Kebbell, Steve Martin, Monique Ostermann (SPD), Karan Holmes, Vince Crifasi, Kevin DaVee. 5 April June 2011By B. Scott Weber, chief, Environmental & IIS Branch, Southwestern Division


e rain slowed in May, but not before setting o a chain of events that will go down in history. As ood crests gradually took shape on the Mississippi River in what some commentators referred to as slow motion, Little Rock District personnel had little more than minutes at times to respond to devel opments on two river systems under their jurisdiction. Little Rock District operates six ood damage reduction lakes in the White River basin, which drains 28,000 square miles across a swath of southern Missouri and Arkansas before emptying into the mighty Mississippi. ese lakes work in conjunc -tion with downstream levees to reduce ood damage. e dams that form these reservoirs are built across mountain canyons where rain runo plunges downhill. at is why when it happens, it happens fast. e district also operates 13 navigation locks and dams and two ood damage re -duction lakes in the Arkansas River basin in Arkansas. e entire basin, which originates high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, drains 160,000 square miles before empty-ing into the Big Muddy a dozen or so miles downstream of the White Rivers conuence. e rst sign of impending trouble came ursday, April 21 when Mike Biggs, chief of Little Rocks Reservoir Control Section, alerted several district personnel. As of noon today, NOAA is forecasting signicant rainfall for the next ve days If rainfall materializes as predicted we will transition from minor drought conditions to ooding in some parts of the districte forecast called for 3.5 to 11 inches of rain in the White River basin. Rain began falling over the weekend. By Easter Sunday, it appeared spillway releases might be neces -sary soon at Table Rock Dam. Personnel began notifying local emergency manage -ment ocials. e Hydraulics and Technical Services Branch, including the Reservoir Control Section, Hydrology and Hydraulics Section, Survey Section and Programs Section, swung into high gear. Each section went into emergency re -sponse mode in order to respond to the heavy rainfall and rising lakes and rivers, Biggs said.It was still raining, and more rain ap -peared in the forecast for coming days. e Public Aairs Oce ramped up ef -forts and issued more news releases Monday, April 25. ese contained public safety tips and cautioned people in low areas below the dams to consider moving belongings, livestock and equipment to higher ground ahead of time. People were urged to coordinate with local ocials. Depending on the rains intensity, the public was cautioned there might be less than an hours notice if large spillway releases became necessary. It appeared Clearwater Dam in southeast Missouri might ll to capacity in coming days and crest above the overow spillway of this high risk dam. A contingent from the district oce left early Friday morning to meet with emergency management ocials and stakeholders at the Clearwater Project Floods happen quickly in SWLs mountain canyons 6 April June 2011 By P. J. Spaul, Little Rock District Little Rock District Commander Col. Glen Masset (right) and Clearwater Lake Operations Manager Randall Devenport prepare for a stakeholders meeting April 29 as water was rising in the lake. (Army Corps of Engineers photo by P.J. Spaul) Levee Program Manager Elmo Webb helps Grubbs, Ark., emergency operation ocials set up a temporary levee to protect houses from the rising Cache River. The work was eective, and the levee held through the crest. (Army Corps of Engineers photo by Laurie Driver)en-GBcontinued on next page


Oce. Meetings with stakeholders and elected ocials were held at various loca -tions where the levels of other lakes were rising as well.ose and many other precautions proved worthwhile. Property was spared, and lives were likely saved. By May 6, up to 22 inches of rain had fallen in large portions of the White River basin. Homes were inundated in the oodplains downstream. At Clear -water, the lake crested just inches below the rim of the overow spillway. Steve Bays, an engineer in the Reservoir Control Section, said the White River hit its highest crest at Newport ( 34.17 feet) since the rst few lakes in the system were brought online about 60 years ago. By comparison, the stage at Newport topped that mark four times in less than 30 years from 1916 to 1945 before the system of lakes was in place. Since they were constructed, those lakes and levees have prevented more than $1 billion in ood losses, not counting this event because those estimates are yet to be prepared. To help ensure success in downstream areas, the district provided ood ghting materials like sandbags, pumps and other supplies to local governments and levee boards. e district also provided technical as -sistance to the levee boards by evaluating and inspecting the levees, helping them de cide how to protect the levees, and how to minimize damage to the levees, Tony Hill, Little Rocks chief of Emergency Manage ment, said. Signicant rain also fell in the Arkansas River basin in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Flows climbed dangerously high to more than 300,000 cubic feet per second. To put this in perspective, small craft advisories are issued at 70,000 c.f.s. Five navigation locks were closed because of high water. One of them was Murray Lock and Dam at Little Rock, where some docks from a commercial marina in a raging tributary upstream were torn loose from their moor ings. Debris from the docks and damaged boats formed a trail of litter all the way to the lock. It (debris) caused us to shut down navi gation at Murray Lock for safety reasons, Chief of Navigation and Maintenance Brad Shoemaker said. e lock could not be reopened until crews surveyed the approach to ensure there were no submerged hazards to navigation. Nothing was found so the lock is back in operation, Shoemaker said.As of press time, several district lakes were still nearly full, leaving them vulnerable to repeat rains that could cause repeat ood ing. Engineers say it will take months to evacuate the 4 million acre-feet of oodwater captured and held in these lakes.Another diculty was that portions of many district parks remained ooded as Memorial Day weekend approached. ese parks typically log about 30 million visits a year, and they are the centerpieces of a very large recreation and tourism industry. It could be some time before all facilities are back in operation. We wont know how much damage the parks have until the water goes down, Dale Leggett, Little Rocks chief of natural re -sources, said.e Flood of 2011 will be remembered as one of historic proportions all along the Mis -sissippi River Valley. And the people who live and work in the White and Arkansas River watersheds in Arkansas and southern Missouri will agree. It hit them same as it did those along the Mississippi River, only faster. And Round 2 might be just around the corner in the White River basin. 7 April June 2011Rodney Raley, chief of natural resources at Table Rock Lake, talks with visitors at Table Rock Dam. During the spring oods, Table Rock Dam released water at a rate of about 68,000 cubic feet per second. This drew many onlookers. (Army Corps of Engineers photo by Bob Dahms) (Above) Demolished docks and damaged boats litter the entrance to Murray Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River at Little Rock. The lock was temporarily closed until the navigation channel was surveyed. Flash ooding on a tributary upstream caused some docks from the River Valley Marina to break away from their moorings and oat down the Arkansas River. (Army Corps of Engineers photo)en-GBcontinued from previous page


8 April June 2011 Col. Glen A. Masset Commander, Little Rock DistrictSWL demonstrates Value to the Before a Flood ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en There are so many of you in Little Rock District who unquestionably demonstrated your Value to the Nation during the oods in April and May that I hardly know where to begin. Your work reduced ood damage in Arkansas and Missouri by many millions of dollars, probably saved some lives, and certainly saved entire towns from the ravages of ooding. ere are several articles and photos in this issue of the Pacesetter that depict in greater detail the challenges you faced and overcame. My purpose with this article is to thank each of you who engaged in the ood ght. I also thank those of you who picked up the slack on other work as your co-workers engaged the oodwaters. We went from emerging drought conditions and low lake levels to torrential downpours that dumped as much as 12 to 22 inches of rain over large areas in just days. Five of the six White River basin lakes lled near or beyond capacity. Our lakes captured 4 million acre-feet of ood storage, enough to cover 4 million acres a foot deep, and prevented it from barreling downstream where it would have driven ood crests higher, spread out over more land and submerged whole towns. Our Reservoir Control section went into 24/7 mode to ensure the water control plans were followed as conditions changed from minute to minute. ey ensured every last drop of ood damage reduction capacity was squeezed out of the lakes. At the same time, they continued regulating our lakes and locks and dams in the Arkansas and Little River basins, where signicant rain was also falling.e water regulators remained very professional when talking to residents, although sometimes it was tough. It was hard to explain to someone whose house was being ooded that you had to take the whole system into account not just the area where they live.en before Table Rock Lake had even crested, surface skin slides of rain-soaked topsoil appeared on the downstream embankment. As it turned out, they did not threaten the integrity of the dam, but there were some tense moments. Tulsa District dispatched two engineers to assist our dam safety engineers in evaluating the situation. e project oces dealt with wild rumors and snarled trac as the public turned out in droves to see what was going on. Flows on the Arkansas River climbed dangerously high at more than 300,000 cubic feet per second, prompting the closure of ve navigation locks. A commercial marina in a raging tributary upstream from Murray Lock and Dam was torn loose from its moorings. Debris from the docks and damaged boats formed a trail of litter all the way to the lock. Our lock operators and river maintenance crews went to work restoring navigation as soon as ows dropped enough for them to begin. Meanwhile down at Lock 2, the crews placed stoplogs to prevent water from owing backwards through the lock and damaging the gates. Our Emergency Operations Center went into high gear, as did several personnel from our project oces to support local communities and levee districts. We provided 433,000 sandbags, four pumps and 2,900 linear feet of HESCO, as well as expertise and manpower to save levees that protected towns and valuable cropland. True to the regional concept, several employees from Ft. Worth District came to assist in the EOC and in Public Aairs. Meanwhile, 10 employees from the Little Rock District Oce and our Greers Ferry and Mountain Home Project Oces walked levees around Jacksonport, Newport, and Grubbs, Ark. Clearwater Project Oce worked with the local levee authorities at Poplar Blu, Mo. Just about every project oce provided support in some form or another.e Public Aairs Oce responded to a never-ending stream of calls from the news media, including several national media, as well as the general public. During this ood, PAO not only utilized news releases, interviews and the Internet to disseminate news, they also tapped into social media. ey responded to questions from concerned citizens day and night on Facebook, posted photos and accompanying information on Flickr where the news media and concerned citizens could access them, and the PAO crew working with the Visual Information sta even posted a video of work at Lock 2 on YouTube! Meanwhile, just getting from one project to another was a task that often took many hours and many dozens of miles longer than normal because there were so many ooded roads. At times it seemed impossible just to get to work. Commutes that normally take no more than 20 or 30 minutes were taking hours. U.S. Highway 67/167 was ooded for days. en the Nations main east-west artery, Interstate 40, ooded at the White River. About 32,000 vehicles a day, 16,000 of them heavy trucks, were detoured more than a hundred miles. Sometimes the detours were detoured because of ooding. To everyone who was not directly involved in the ood ght, thank you for picking up the slack. Even though we were in a ood ght, we had many other important missions underway that could not be set aside. Without you we would not have been able to continue. I am so very lucky to get to be the District Commander and Engineer here in Little Rock District. ere is no doubt you have proven your Value to the Nation, and you have spared many, many people the misery of ooding. ank you!!!


Water ows from the spillway of Tenkiller Dam in Oklahoma, one of the many dams in the Southwestern Division. Dam Safety Production Center: By Sara Goodeyon, Tulsa DistrictStrengthening dams and the workforce With an inventory of more than 650 dams, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers knows a thing or two about dam safety. With the advent of risk-based classication of its dams, the Corps has recognized the need to eectively address high priority dams and to maintain a pool of talent to do that work. erefore, USACE headquarters has directed every Corps region to present a plan for how they will manage the high priority dams in their areas, and has decided that dam safety modications will be maintained as a technical competency. In response to this directive the Southwestern Division is in the process of standing up a Dam Safety Production Center, which will be based in Tulsa with a cell in Little Rock, and will receive input from all four districts. e center will provide a better means of addressing high priority dams in the region because Individual districts dont have enough of that work to do on their own.It should make things go more smoothly. Our dams are fairly unique to the Corps of Engineers. As the owners of those, the Corps is convinced that having the technical competency to do this work themselves is the best approach, said Clif Warren, Tulsa District, chief, Engineering and Construction. We need to do more than review that work; we need to do that work. Regionalization will allow the Southwestern Division to grow a workforce from entry level, to journeyman, to subject matter expert because there will be enough work for them to do to hone their skills. Warren said one example of the strictures of non-regionalization is the dam safety modication that was designed and completed for Tenkiller Dam in Oklahoma a few years ago and the design work now being done on Canton Dam. If you look at those two projects, there is about ten or so years between them and therefore, many of the designers working on Canton are not the same folks that designed Tenkiller. For districts, the projects dont line up where you can learn from the previous project, said Warren.Some of the engineering disciplines are available in private industry, but private industry tends to be conservative and expensive in its ap-proach to dam modications due to the liability and the risks involved.We need to have a capable workforce that will be able to address high priority dams with the correct solutions that are not overly conservative and wasting money, but keeping safety the main priority and safely implementing a correction that will buy down the risk, said Warren. ere are challenges. e division has one of the largest inventories of dams within the Corps and there is a lot of work that needs to be done. More work than there are people to do the work. ere is also the issue of recruiting talent and balancing the workforce with the income levels. And that persistent and pesky thing called the budget. e priority for dam safety is there and I think the budget will include dam safety as one of the bigger priorities, but there is always an unknown with what the total budget will be, said Warren. e Dam Safety Production Center could eventually become a stand-alone center reporting directly to our commander with its own resources, said Warren. For now though it is in its infancy, being nurtured along by existing district organizations and many of the existing resources as it is being stood up. Kallie Clark, who is on a 120 day temporary detail as interim director to help stand up the center has done a tremendous job launching this new center, said Warren. Tulsas Ramona Willig, deputy chief, Engineering and Construction Division, and Nancy Crenshaw, administrative ocer, Engineering and Construction, and Wade Anderson, Tulsas Dam Safety Program Manger, all helped with many of the issues and reorganization tasks. Individuals from the Resource Management Oce were instrumental in helping get the new organization o the ground. Warrens counterpart, Tony Batey, chief, Engineering and Construction for Little Rock District, worked for a long time to get the centers cell organized there. Tulsas been mentioned a lot, but Warren cautions that its more than just Tulsa. It will be under the command of the Tulsa District, but its more than just us. Little Rock will have a focus on hydraulic steel structures and concrete dams. Tulsa will have more of a focus on earth and rock lled dams and geotechnical engineer-ing. Galveston and Fort Worth will likely contribute with some subject matter experts and some resources, particularly as we get stood up, so its truly a regional center, said Warren.I think it is exciting. It is a great thing for our region and district. Im tick-led to death about the opportunities it will create to be able to take care of a lot of our high priority dams.


10 April June 2011 By P. J. Spaul, Little Rock District How do ood damage reduction lakes work? Little Rocks White River lakes signicantly reduce ood risks The six White River basin lakes operated by the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District were key players in reducing the extent of ooding in April and May in southern Mis -souri and Arkansas. ere was signicant ooding to be sure, but the ooding would have been much worse and more widespread without the lakes.e lakes work together as a system to capture and hold upstream runo during heavy rain. Without the lakes, all that water would pour downriver at one time and add to ood crests already developing from rain falling downstream. Flood crests would rise higher, spread over more land, and cause signicantly more damage and loss of life. Mike Biggs, chief of the Reservoir Control Sec tion, and his team of engineers regulate all of Little Rocks dams, including Table Rock Dam near Bran -son, Mo. Biggs said ows moving into the Bran son area would have been about four times greater without Table Rock. Preliminary estimates indicate the ood crest would have been as much as 20 feet higher, inundat -ing many more homes and businesses in the Branson area, he said. While the peak release from Table Rock Dam was about 68,000 cubic feet per second, there were times when inows into the reservoir exceeded 250,000 cubic feet per second and crested near 300,000 cubic feet per second.e engineers in Biggss section also reported that ows in the vicinity of Beaver Dam in northwest Arkansas would have been about twice as much if not for the dam and the way it was operated. Without lakes like Bull Shoals and Norfork near Mountain Home, Ark., most of the major levees downstream would have been overtopped, inun -dating towns like Jacksonport and Newport and ooding prime cropland. Nathaniel Keen of Little Rocks Reservoir Control Section reported that peak ows on the Black River at Poplar Blu, Mo., would have been four times greater if not for Clearwater Dam. e city levee and oodwall would have been easily overtopped. And that water would have paid no attention to the state line as it then made its way toward Pocahontas, Ark., and other communities along the Black River. Now that the rivers downstream have begun re -ceding, water is being released in a controlled fashion following pre-determined plans. e water control engineers report that several lakes are still nearly full, and it will take months to empty the ood pools and get the lakes back to their conservation levels. ey say they hope no additional heavy rains fall until they can evacuate quite a bit more water. Henry Himstedt, chief of Little Rocks Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, cautioned that there will continue to be circumstances from time to time where large releases are necessary from the dams. ey are designed to operate that way under extreme conditions. Dams reduce risk. ey reduce the frequency and severity of ooding, but no dam can eliminate all ood risk. e lakes are not intended to and cannot prevent all ooding, he said.   S ome people think they are fully protected downstream of a big dam.   Not so. e lakes have limitations that Mother Nature can sometimes exceed as she did in late April. One week before the rain started, all of the lakes were below Table Rock Dams spillway gates released water 68,000 cubic feet per second, while inows into the lake topped 300,000 c.f.s. Without Table Rock Dam, the Branson area below the dam would have seen four times the amount of water. (U. S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Bob Dahms)en-GBcontinued on next page


11 April June 2011 conservation pool, and we were looking at drought conditions. In a matter of three days, that changed to a major ood ght.Most of the White River Basin lakes were still nearly full in mid-May. As a result, engineers cau tioned people who live or work in ood plain areas downstream to monitor weather and news media. If more heavy rain comes, there could be repeat episodes of ooding. Since they were constructed the White River Basin lakes and levees have prevented more than $1 billion in ood losses, not counting damage pre -vented during this event because those estimates have yet to be prepared. is infrastructure was key in reducing damage during the Flood of 2011, and it will continue to do so into the future. Did you know?Steve Bays, an engineer in the Reservoir Control Section, said Little ter during the recent torrential storms. Thats enough water to cov er 4 million acres of land a foot deep. The entire State of Arkansas contains just over 34 million acres. continued from previous page (Note: e following letter came in response to the work of Little Rock Districts team from the Greers Ferry Lake Project Oce. Team members, Gary Ivy, David Moore, Jason Presley, Je Price and Brent Watkins worked tirelessly to help local levee boards keep the levees intact in Jackson County, Ark., during the Flood of 2011.)is letter is in regards to the recent ooding in Jackson County. I have recently seen ooding like never before in my lifetime. And over the last two weeks I have seen it up close and personal. I have family and friends in Jacksonport, Ark. I have spent some long days and even longer nights there helping them during the last two weeks. From moving out families, sandbagging, cooking for volunteers and anything else that needed to be done.But during this time I got to see what the Corps of Engineers does. I guess I never really knew. I met a great group of guys and observed not only their work but their bond with the town. Some of these men have been in Jacksonport before so they knew most of the community. ey worked away from their homes and families, working day and night, in the rain and the cold, and yet they never complained. I just wanted to take time and say thank you to those men and also to let someone know what a great job they have done. I dont know everyones names and I dont want to leave any -one out, but Benny Rorie and the guys Ms. Sue (right) a resident of Jacksonport stops Park Ranger Jason Pressley and gives him fudge to share with the Greers Ferry personnel in appreciation of their eorts monitoring the Massey-Alexander Levee. (Army Corps of Engineers photo by Laurie Driver)he brought with him Brent, Gary, Ja-son, Dave and others did an awesome job. eir hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated. I know I speak for the Guey family and the town of Jacksonport when I say we couldnt have done it without them. ank you for your time. Sincerely, Donna LongThank You Letter


12 April June 2011 A s the Corps and its partners continue phase 2a, of the San Antonio Mission Reach Project, many local residents are already reaping some of its benets by walking the trails that run along the San Antonio River and observing the re-emerging ora and fauna that had once ourished in the region. On May 10, leaders from the Corps, the San Antonio River Authority and the Environmen tal Protection Agency met with Bexar County Judge, Nelson W. Wol to provide an update on the Clean Water Act and to tour the project site. During the tour one could observe many cyclists, joggers and walkers enjoying the scenes along phase 1 which is now open for public use. Workers continued to plant and water native vegetation while ridding the area of inva -sive species. Although the area has recently suered drought-like conditions yielding a very low river level, an array of native birds, turtles and sh could be seen cooling and watering themselves in the river. e San Antonio Channel Improvement Project was originally authorized for the purpose of ood damage reduction in 1954 and the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 modied the authorization to in clude ecosystem restoration and recreation as project purposes. e ecosystem restoration features include eight miles of the previously channelized San Antonio River while maintaining the existing level of ood risk management, stated Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander of the Fort If you restore it, they will comeWorth District Corps of Engineers. A huge part of restoring the ecosystem is the reintroduction of native plant species which have been previously overtaken by invasive plants. Horsemint is a native species that has been re introduced to the river according to Muraski. We are trying to combat some of the invasive species to prevent them from prolif -erating and this will allow the native plants and animals to come back to the river and thrive, Muraski said. Recreational features include eight miles of hike and bike trails, pedestrian bridges, picnic tables, and benches. Phase 1 weirs include cuts to allow canoe and kayak passage, though currently this portion of the river is not rated for these particular water sports or human con -tact.e Region 6 Administrator for EPA visited the project for the rst time and was impressed with the revitalization ef -forts. EPA and the Corps have recently developed draft guidance for determining whether a waterway, water body or wetland is protected by the Clean Water Act. e draft guidance will be open for a 60-day public comment period, which began on May 2 to allow the public and stakeholders to provide input and feedback before it is nalized. Comments must be received on or before July 1. Clean water and healthy watersheds are vital to our economy, environment, com -munities and quality of life, said Al Ar -mendariz, EPAs Region 6 Administrator. is project showcases our commitment to protecting the health of Americas waters. So, it is true that if you restore it; they will come. People have come to enjoy the rec reational aspects and to enjoy nature. Native plants are beginning to thrive and multiply while aquatic animals, sh and birds can be seen frolicking in the area. And with the help of the EPA, the water that makes up the river is well on its way to returning to its natural state. (Backround) Native vegetation planted during Phase 1 of the San Antonio Mission Reach Project has taken bloom and is gaining a foothold along the river banks of the San Antonio River. Environmental Protection Agencys Region 6 Administrator, Al Armendariz (left) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District Commander, Richard J. Muraski, Jr. discuss status of draft modications to the Clean Water Act during a May 10 site visit of the Mission Reach Project in San Antonio. Work consisting of constructing hike and bike trails and planting native vegetation continues on the Phase 2a of the San Antonio Mission Reach Project.By Randy Cephus, Fort Worth District


The Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in conjunction with a team of U.S. Navy divers has successfully retrieved a crane and other equipment from the bottom of Kaw Lake. The crane and a lifting device were lost January 6, 2011 when the crane fell o of the dam while being used for work being done on a tainter gate. The crane operator got out uninjured before the apparatus fell into the lake. A team of 10 U.S. Navy divers based out of Washington State arrived in Oklahoma Sunday, April 24 and did a reconnaissance dive Monday, April 25 to determine the location of the sunken equipment. Divers worked throughout the past two weeks to attach inatable bags to the crane, and lifting device to raise them to the lakes surface and then used cables to pull them to shore. The Corps deemed it environmentally and economically necessary to retrieve the equipment from the lake if possible. It is unknown what damage could be caused by not retrieving the crane from the lake. The lifting device is unique to Kaw and will be placed back into service after a thorough inspection. The crane was at gate eight using the lifting device to move the curved stop log to gate seven when it fell over the side and came to rest 60 feet below in the lake, upside down. The cause of the accident is under investigation.Crane successfully retrieved from bottom of Kaw LakePhoto top, the crane rests on th e shore of Kaw Lake after being retrieved from the bottom.Photo bottom, cable is stretched across the shore in preparation of attaching it to the crane to pull it to shore.By Sara Goodeyon, Tulsa District


Col. Michael J. Teague Commander, Tulsa DistrictWeathering storms It certainly does not feel like we have been part of the Tulsa Team for a year. Time certainly ies when you are having fun, or when you are dodging the recent storms. As the last issue of the Pacesetter went to press we were working through our plans in case the federal government had to shut down. ere were lots of hours put into the plan and lots of hours spent nervously waiting to see what would happen. It was impressive to see our District and Division leaders working together to keep missions moving forward while we took care of our people. We ended up with a good plan that, thankfully, we didnt need to use. More recently we have been preparing for and ghting real storms. During the Southwestern Division Command Strate-gic Review, many of us were quietly keeping an eye on the water levels in the lakes and rivers back in the districts. It is impressive to see the cooperation between our Hydrology and Hydraulics folks and the National Weather Service in coordinating the storm forecasts and the predicted impacts on the water levels. When you add in the U.S. Geological Survey folks and their stream gage monitoring it is very much like watching a great symphony. And while this year has certainly not matched the local storms of 2007 (knock on wood), we have played a small part in helping our Mississippi Valley District brothers and sisters as they ght record ooding on the Missis-sippi River simply by doing our jobs well and coordinating with Little Rock and SWD on water releases along the Arkansas River. is is about helping others. Watching the district team come together with the Operations, Hydrology and Hydraulics, Public Af-fairs Emergency Management, and Programs and Project Management Divisions to do a very short notice public meeting at Lake Tenkiller was outstanding and really appreciated by the folks of Sequoyah County. When Little Rock District had a surface slide at Table Rock they called our Dam Safety experts. Wade Anderson and Jer-emy Mulvaney jumped on the road and immediately went to help. eir determination of a surface slide and actions to quickly make the repairs saved money, but more importantly, kept the downstream ooding from being any worse.e most recent storm is certainly the large tornado that ripped through Can-ton just before Memorial Day. e storm spared the Lake Oce and the construction site but it demolished the Canadian Park area and the concession area nearby. While we are still assessing the damages and sorting out the way ahead, we are thankful that volunteers and campers took shelter in the overlook building and the concrete restrooms in the park so that no one was killed and only minor injuries reported so far.As we continue through the spring storm season and into the summer, the next storm is the water safety storm. We have had 10 fatalities in the Tulsa District so far this year and eight of them were drownings. Our Rangers and PAO have been engaged in getting the word out for everyone to wear lifejackets, but we all need to be involved. We had 10 volunteers, outside of our Rangers, working at the Memorial Day media events at the Broken Arrow Bass Pro Shop and the Oklahoma City Academy Sports stores. We have manned booths at the boat shows and the sh & tackle shows in the area. We have done media interviews at Keystone, Texoma and in Wichita, KS. We had 15 drowning fatalities last year and we have to do better. We are quick to help others through ooding and through tornados. We need to help them safely through the summer. e Safe Boating Council has a great campaign promoting water safety called Wear It! e message is that if a life jacket is not worn it cant save a life. Consider sharing that message with someone and remember it for yourself. e Tulsa Team is strong and together we will weather these storms and those that are ahead (can anyone say end of scal year?) So buckle up and lets nish out the year together.


e U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, kicked o a summer water safety cam -paign April 1 in time for the busy recreational water season.As the leading provider of outdoor recreation on all federally-managed public lands in the U.S., the Corps has a dedicated focus on water safety by putting safety rst and becoming water aware when participating in water-related recreational activities. e arrival of the summer months brings an increased level of outdoor activities throughout the State of Texas, especially with outdoor recreation involving water activities on public beaches, swim -ming pools, boating and other aquatic-related activ -ities, said Col. Christopher W. Sallese, Galveston District commander. e Corps understands the important role that education plays in saving lives and requests the assistance of community leaders, volunteers and the public to partner with us to help reduce public fatalities and improve public safety at our lakes, recreational areas and public facilities.As part of the water safety campaign, the Corps partnered with local governments across the State of Texas in order to proclaim April 1 as USACE Galveston Districts Water Safety Program Kicko Day. On March 24, the City of Galveston presented Sallese and Twila Lindblade, a representative of U.S. Congressman Ron Pauls oce, with a proclama -tion supporting the Corps eorts to communicate water safety information to families, whether own -ers of private pools, users of public swimming facili -ties or visitors to Texas beaches and water parks.We the mayor and city council, by virtue of the authority vested by the City of Galveston, Texas, do proclaim April 1, 2011, as USACE Galveston Water Safety Kick-o Day, said City of Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski. We urge each and every citizen to join in recognizing this day. Jaworski also thanked Sallese for the Corps ef forts in repairing the Galveston Seawall following damage sustained from Hurricane Ike. e County of Matagorda presented a similar proclamation March 28, Nueces County March 30 and Cameron County March 31.We encourage residents to raise their awareness of water recreation safety issues and participate in water-safety programs conducted by trained and certied professionals, said Kristine Brown, a park ranger with USACE Galveston and water safety program manager. It is imperative that we educate the public about water safety, as drowning is the number two fatality in the U.S. for children 13 and younger with vehicle accidents being number one.Brown, Corps park rangers and USACE Galves -ton District sta continually provide water safety tips and lifejacket demonstrations to the public through outreach activities scheduled throughout the year. In Matagorda County, Texas, Simon DeSoto, lockmaster at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colorado River Locks, visited students at the Matagorda Independent School District to discuss the importance of water safety before the children were released for spring break in early March. In Jeerson County, Texas, Corps Park Ranger Ruth Millsaps provided a water safety informa -tion booth during Marsh Madness at McFaddin Wildlife Refuge March 26. In Houston, Brown pre -sented a water safety program to local elementary school children in conjunction with Texas Chil -drens Hospital and Safe Kids Houston March 26.Other events the district participated in included a press conference and water safety event on April 1 titled April Pools Day, where local agencies and the news media kicked o a coordinated water safety campaign in the City of Houston as part of Safe Kids Houston. Additionally, the Galveston Districts Houston Project Oce participated in the 9th Annual Picnic in the Park and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Fair April 16, at George Bush Park located in the districts Barker Reservoir. Brown, Corps employee Bill Krampe and Bobber the Water Safety Dog handed out water safety information and water safety coloring books to children, adults and parents. roughout the summer, the district will assist in presenting water safety to children during a free night at the Childrens Museum of Houston. For more information and tips on water safety, visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at USACE Galveston launches summer water safety campaignSimon DeSoto, lockmaster at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colorado River Locks, visited students at the Matagorda Independent School District to discuss the importance of water safety before the children were released for spring break in early March. Mayor Joe Jaworski, City of Galveston, recognizes Col. Christopher Sallese, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, with a proclamation dedicating April 1, 2011, as USACE Galveston Districts Water Safety Program Kick-O Day. Representative Twila Lindblade, Congressman Ron Pauls oce; USACE Park Ranger Kris Brown; USACE Supervisory Natural Resources Manager Richard Long; and Bobber the water safety mascot, graciously attended the event in support of the Corps water safety awareness program. 15 April June 2011By Isidro Reyna, Galveston District


16 April June 2011 Cattle cross the Colorado River, April 4, in Matagorda County, Texas, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District made way for the cattle drive following a jetty construction and dredging project designed to reduce dredging frequency and channel maintenance costs at the mouth. I ts not every day the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowers a rivers edge for cattle to cross. But on April 4, the Corps Galves -ton District did just that, making way for 520 cows and their young to successfully wade through the Colorado River as part of a biannual cattle drive in Matagorda County, Texas. is undertaking, a result of accommodating the needs of the local community after a dredging project turned up clay in the channel, was completed by the Corps following the conclusion of a jetty construction and dredging project designed to keep the river open for navigation. Last October, USACE Galveston completed the construction of a new east jetty at the mouth of the river. e jetty, which is paral -lel to an existing west jetty, was constructed to reduce dredging frequency and channel maintenance costs at the mouth.Following the jetty construction, the channel was dredged to ensure an adequate depth for recreational boats, commercial sh ing and shrimp boats. During the dredging of the channel, clay was encountered as part of the dredged material, said Harley Rowe, a supervisory civil engineer with USACE Galveston. We had to nd a location to place the clay after it was dredged and decided on an adjacent area next to the channel, as it was the most cost-eective and environmentally-friendly solution. According to Rowe, the clay was placed on an embankment by the river; creating a dike and allowing access for a barge to place the dredged clay material behind it. When local ranchers and the City of Bay City informed the Corps of the cattle drive, the Corps implemented measures to allow for the cattle to cross as part of its commitment of working with the By Isidro Reyna, Galveston District local community on this project. e cattle graze on the west side of the river in the winter time, returning to the east side in the spring.We received a call from community leaders informing us of this deeply-rooted cattle driving tradition, said Rowe. As a result, we cleared nearly 220 feet of the newly-built dike, bringing the land back to its original embankment for the cattle to cross. According to Rowe, the three-day work done for the modica tion now allows the cattle to successfully cross the river, with the rst attempt taking place in April.e swim was a success considering the drastic weather change that occurred when a front blew in as we were swimming, said local rancher Keith Meyer. e swim area itself worked well and the cows came out ne on the east side. Meyer thanked the Corps for accommodating the cattle drive. Please know that your time and work is greatly appreciated by all the members of the Huebner Ranch and our family, Meyer said. Without the Corps, we would have been in a huge bind. e Huebner family has been driving cattle between its ranchland and homestead in Bay City to the isolated Matagorda Peninsula for 101 years.According to Meyer, the Huebner and Cullen families own much of the land that is grazed in the winter, while the Corps has an easement to work on the land for dredging purposes. It was a pleasure working with the community to come up with a solution that allowed for the cattle to cross the Colorado River in Matagorda, said Rowe. e Corps remains committed to working with the local communities when carrying out projects now and in the future. 16 April June 2011


17 April June 2011 Spotlight on: W hen Edgardo Perez-Cosme was growing up, he dreamed of being a Soldier or policeman. However, after winning second place in his high schools regional math fair, a career in engineering sparked his interest. Coincidentally, the judge reviewing his winning project was an engineer from the Corps. Perez-Cosme now serves as a project engi neer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston Districts Corpus Christi Resident Oce, where he manages various construc tion projects. I am the project engineer for the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Sinton, Texas, said Perez-Cosme. I also assist as a project en gineer for both the Kingsville and Corpus Christi Border Patrol Stations where I com plete eld site visits, revise submittals and negotiate change orders. Perez-Cosme says he loves construction, specically being able to see beautiful build ings constructed where there was nothing, which was one of the main things that at By Isidro Reyna, Galveston District Edgardo Perez-Cosme a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston Districts Corpus Christi Resident Oce project engineer manages projects for the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Sinton, Texas and assists as a project engineer for both the Kingsville and Corpus Christi Border Patrol Stations. He has worked with the Corps for four years, recently completing a full year with the Galveston District. He previously worked in the Baltimore District as an intern from May 2007 to May 2008. Galveston District Project Engineer Edgardo Perez-Cosme tracted him to choose civil engineering as his career. In middle school, I developed a passion for construction, and my rst dream was in the architecture eld, said Perez-Cosme. In high school, I saw that my potential always exploring and wanting to know how things worked was more suited for engineering. Perez-Cosme has worked with the Corps for four years, recently completing a full year with the Galveston District. He previously worked in the Baltimore District as an intern from May 2007 to May 2008. He is a member of the National Guard, which makes his work with the new reserve centers special, as he feels the facilities con structed provide the opportunity for the na tions Armed Forces to excel and allows for the same level of readiness as his active duty counterparts. I started in military construction, so the civil works area is a new environment for me, said Perez-Cosme. I like that I am doing something not only for our Soldiers, but also for all of us. Working in a district that handles a lot of civil works projects has let me see the other side of the Corps. Perez-Cosme attended the Corps Hispanic Engineers Conference and had the opportu nity to interact with the Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp. According to Perez-Cosme, listening to the chief speak and having the opportunity to interact with him one-on-one has been his most memorable experience with the Corps thus far. Perez-Cosme earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus in 2000. He also earned a masters degree in engineer ing and construction management from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in 2002. He is certied in Maryland as a stormwater management design reviewer and has com pleted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30-hour certication. In his spare time, Perez-Cosme enjoys scale model building, going to the movies, driving and visiting historic places. He is engaged to Laura Chapa and has one son, Gustavo. I am proud to work in such a diverse dis trict, said Perez-Cosme. Working in dier ent districts has allowed me to see the diverse environments the Corps has and I hope to be a great asset to the district and expect to keep learning. Edgardo Perez-Cosme, project engineer, Corpus Christi Resident Oce, Galveston District. 16 April June 2011


18 April June 2011 By Jim Frisinger, ECSO, Fort Worth District A pilot at 30,000 feet has a great view. e pilots instrument panel provides the critical information at a glance needed to safely view and understand content which will help make fast, reliable decisions whether delivering passengers, or steel, on target. For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the development of the Dashboard has given senior program managers both at the Corps and with its partners the kind of grand view and detail to deliver large, complex projects, on schedule. Col. R. J. Muraski Jr., the Fort Worth District Commander, said the Dashboard mirrors devel -opments on the Armys electronic battleeld. Improved monitoring of the battle space gives commanders the operating picture they need to understand and act. e Dashboards ac -curate, consistent data gives USACE leadership and their agency partners an edge in executing construction projects.e Corps developed this new tool while ramping up the border fence program for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2007. Eric Verwers, director of the Corps Engineering and Construction Support Oce, was visit -ing his program partner in Washington, D.C. He brought with him his ECSO Sector Book of fence segment fact sheets. Greg Giddens, executive director of CBPs Secure Border Ini -tiative, recognized its value. CBP wanted the same information. ECSO and CBP then jointly developed a web-based common project-tracking tool the Dashboard customized to meet CBPs needs for the fence program. e concept has since been adopted and customized by the Fort Worth Districts Medical program and may spread soon to the Los Angeles District and the Trans-At lantic Division. For CBP, the Dashboard quenched its thirst for information in the geographically spread out, $1.4 billion border fence program. What began as ECSOs PowerPoint slides that contained links to spreadsheets would be customized into a web-based common data source that both partners could use. It would be populated and monitored by a Corps operations cell. e rst Dashboard became known as TIPO Tactical Infrastructure Program Overview a password-protected tool that helped knit this multi-district Interagency and International Services program together with CBP. While P2 was doing a good job serving the Corps and the project management function internally, the TIPO Dashboard grew to better serve external teammates. TIPO provided CBP digestible tracking data, particularly valuable to the agencys requirements for reporting to the administration and Congress on this fast-paced, high-prole program. More than a hundred fence segment pages utilized color-coded prog -ress bars charting environmental, real estate, planning, design and construction progress. Other tab pulldowns were developed to drill more deeply into data as Corps and CBP teams worked together to build its capabilities.TIPO also helped to build trust and transpar -ency between project teammates. It encouraged project managers to keep data fresh to minimize phone calls from stakeholders. Further, it pro -vided the fence Program Management Oce a clear way to identify risk for all teammates, The DashboardThe Corps program-tracking tool, developed in Fort Worth, is drawing no tice at Headquarters after it proves to managers that it can be customized to better execute large, complex programs. working from dierent locations, but literally o of the same page.CBP found the fence-oriented Dashboard so valuable that it worked with the ECSO to develop a more robust generation called FITT (Facilities and Infrastructure Tracking Tool). It added its facilities construction program Border Patrol Stations, for instance to the Dashboard. It also added new capabilities. As good as the original TIPO system was for the fence construction projects, the tool the Corps developed for the FITT is even better, said Border Patrol Facilities and Tactical Infra -structure Program Management Oce Director Loren Flossman. rough the development of the FITT system, USACE and CBP manage ment, sta and end users can track all aspects of the project portfolio from project initiation to closure. e tool creates a single manage -ment and reporting mechanism that enables consistency and clear communication between the two agencies.e beauty of the concept is its adaptability to en-GBcontinued on next pageThe Medical Dashboard here gives an at-a-glance, color-coded view of scope, schedule and budget for the Fort Hood Hospital project. Note the other pull downs for minutes, calendar, project management plans, etc.


19 April June 2011 program needs, Muraski said. e Fort Worth District Medical Program was next to use it. e $3.5 billion Department of Defense program is concurrently building four major hospital complexes in Texas (at Fort Bliss, at Fort Hood and two in San Antonio). Urgency steered it to the Dashboard. e District was delivering these medical projects, to the same customer, with dierent means and methods. DoD had also been frustrated with the Corps legacy systems that werent formatted to produce fact sheets the department leadership needed to brief Congress. e Fort Worth Medical Program team spent six weeks working with John Becker, director, Portfolio Planning and Management Division, Military Health System at DoD. e collaboration gave Becker the project data, header and comment elds he wanted. ats what made it attractive, said Brian Giacomozzi, Fort Worth Districts Director of Medical Operations. We didnt tell him what the answer was. We said, Youre the customer, tell us what you want and well design it for you.e result was a bare-bones version. e Medical Program didnt need all of the capabilities of the FITT; it was customized more as an executive summary tool. It features a push system: Although each of the pages is individually updated in an ongoing basis, it is also processed in a batch sequence so the Ops Cell can verify data integrity. When the latest batch is approved, e-mails are sent out (the push) to customized lists of stakeholders with links to the pages theyve indicated an interest in. Each of the four fact sheets now in the system has a freshness date attached to it. It helps track scope, schedule, cost, budget information, milestones, renderings and progress photos. It also has a data repository for directives, the project management plan and meeting minutes. One innovation is an integrated calendar that stakeholders use to de-conict double booking assets for meetings. It also helps to keep track of the complexity of the funding streams with accurate information. e large Fort Bliss hospital alone has multiple components and all the hospitals are in many budget cycles.e Medical Program Dashboard can also upload data from other Corps Districts with the same DoD client. DoDs medical construction is vast. It is nationwide and international and the Corps supports about 60 percent of it. In designing the Medical Program Dashboard, DoD agreed that it could include a universe of thousands of projects. Every hospital that is a DoD hospital is funded by the Military Health System. is is an enterprise client. e Los Angeles District has already seized the opportunity: In April it loaded one of its upcoming hospital projects onto the Dashboard to prove that the functionality meets its requirements. Were the Corps whether it is Los Angeles or Fort Worth, said Steve Daniels, the Fort Worth District Medical Account Manager. How to consistently provide the data out and up the chain of command the dashboard is providing that. Maj. Gen. Kendall P. Cox, Commander of the Trans-Atlantic Divi -sion, said the Dashboard will likely be customized to support the Afghan National Security Forces program. Cox said there are daily requirements for information to track key metrics from materials, equipment and deliveries to contracting for this important program. At a moments notice, at the 4-star level, were putting this in place so when Gen. Petraeus says, Where are we on we can pull it up on his computer screen. Cox knows the Dashboards capability rsthand. He was the South -western Division Commander supporting the Department of Homeland Securitys border fence program. is new Afghan mission has multiple agencies, a constrained time requirement, and large amounts of equip ment, material and information the same environment the Dashboard handled with border fence construction. It was one place to go to get all the critical information that the senior leadership needed. ats rare in a cross-interagency program and thats what made it so beautiful, he said. ere was nothing behind a rewall for use for just by USACE, or just DHS. It was interagency gathering and sharing. ats what makes it so powerful and thats why we want to use it again. continued from previous page This Medical Dashboard page offers entry points for seven different hospital units being overseen by the Fort Worth District Medical Program. USACE Galveston Bird Abatement ProgramCarl Wip, a civil engineering technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, oversees the bird abatement program on a dredge placement area in the Houston Ship Channel which began March 6. Nearly a dozen trained birds are used in this innovative and environmentally sensitive eort to temporarily deter migratory birds from nesting in the project site until the construction phase concludes this summer. Wip is a retired annuitant who has returned to the USACE Galveston District after serving 45 years with the Corps. For more information on the bird abatement program go to watch?v=B-xqwjT_Yww.


20 April June 2011e U.S. Army Corps of Engi -neers, Galveston District, has been a supporter of the war eorts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, contributing dedicated military and government personnel to war zones for more than a decade. e USACE Galveston District has continued to deliver support to combat operations since 2001, said Col. Christopher W. Sallese, Galves -ton District commander. Since the war eorts began, ve military and 35 civilians have deployed while as -signed to the Galveston District in support of Operation Enduring Free -dom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.Today, the Galveston District con -tinues to support overseas contingen -cy operations with eight employees currently deployed or scheduled to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan.Frank Garcia, a project operations manager in the Galveston Districts Operations Divison, deployed to Afghanistan in May 2011. He has deployed previously in support of combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.We are proud of Franks willing -ness to deploy and support our troops overseas, said Joe Hrametz, chief of the districts Operations Division. His expertise will certainly con -tinue to support combat operations, leaving a lasting impact on those in Afghanistan.Steve Ireland, a physical scien -tist in the districts Environmental Section, Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Division, deployed to Afghanistan Jan. 17, 2011, as an environmental engineer. e Environmental Branch un -derstands the importance of resolv -ing environmental issues in a combat zone and is very supportive of Ire -lands deployment. We all admire Steves patriotism and commitment in his second de ployment to a war zone, as he previ -ously deployed to Iraq, said Carolyn Murphy, chief of the districts Envi ronmental Branch. He will provide much needed assistance in resolving environmental issues and providing environmental services in Afghani stan in support of the war eort.Joshua (Josh) Adekanbi, a civil engineer in the districts Construc -tion Branch, Engineering and Con -struction Division, deployed to Af -ghanistan Jan. 4, 2011, as a project engineer.Joshs willingness to deploy overseas on multiple occasions is testament to his dedication and com-mitment to support the Galveston District, Corps of Engineers and our nations Armed Forces, said Donald W. Carelock, chief of the districts Construction Branch. His seless ness and the sacrices made by both him and his family to fulll critical USACE needs are reective of his outstanding character and integrity. All of us in the Construction Branch are proud of the impact his work as a civil engineer is making and will continue to pray for and look forward to his safe return, said Carelock. William (Bill) Kiddy, a supervi -sory civil engineer in the districts Northern Area Oce, deployed to Afghanistan Nov. 14, 2010, as a su pervisory civil engineer. We have the highest admiration for our team members, such as Bill, who willingly accept the challenges and adversity of deployment into a contingency environment, said Dale Walters, acting chief of the districts Northern Area Oce.Louis Esqueda, a construction control representative in the districts Rio Grande Valley Resident Oce, deployed to Afghanistan Jan. 23, 2011, as a construction representative.Were very proud of Louiss will ingness to deploy in support of our mission in Afghanistan, as he is into his second year in support of this ef -fort, said Kenneth (Chip) Worley, Rio Grande Valley Resident Oce Engineer with the Galveston Dis -trict. Having served 24 years in the Armed Forces myself, I understand what a sacrice this is to both him and his family. His work as a qual ity control representative will bring lasting impacts to the people of Af ghanistan.Robert (Bob) Peel, a program analyst in the districts Programs Management Branch, Programs and Project Management Division, has been deployed to Iraq as a program analyst since 2009. Celia Cockburn, a contract spe -cialist in the districts Execution Branch, Contracting Division, de -ployed to Afghanistan as a contract specialist in March 2011. Luis Lopez, a safety specialist in the districts Safety Oce, is sched -uled to deploy to Afghanistan as a safety specialist this summer. I ask that you keep our deployed employees and their families in your thoughts as they continue our mis -sion abroad, said Sallese. e Corps family has always been a strong one, and together we will continue the Corps motto of Building Strong! Galveston District employees Building Strong in Iraq, AfghanistanJoshua Adekanbi Celia Cockburn Louis Esqueda Frank Garcia Steve Ireland William Bill Kiddy Luis Lopez Robert PeelBy Isidro Reyna, Galveston District


21 April June 2011 For many civilians a trip to another continent doesnt come often. But for Laverne Chisholm, Program Analyst, Fort Worth District, an eight month tour in Baghdad, Iraq was just the journey she was looking for. Chisholm, a 36 year federal employee, de -ployed eight months from February to October 2009. When I found out the work the Corps of Engineers was doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, I wanted to be a part of it, said the Virginia native. Before I retired, I wanted a true adven -ture. Something way out of my comfort zone.Initially Chisholm was hesitant to participate in the deployment program. She had several colleagues talk to her about their deployments to Iraq and that it was a life changing experience that she wouldnt regret. Chisholms mind changed when her youngest daughter volunteered on several medical trips overseas and saw a life changing experience in her. You will learn a lot, see a lot and be a part of something bigger than yourself, said the mother of two. After a few months of online training and the completing clearing process was at the District, Chisholm received her deployment date and spent a week at the Trans Atlantic Division in Winchester, VA. ere she received additional training, shots, tted for uniforms, and information on her new assignment. From Virginia she ew to Kuwait, the staging area and then was transported to her duty station in Baghdad.Once she arrived at her duty station, Ch -isholm was introduced to co-workers, received a brieng and required safety training, and the next day she began her shift. For the next eight months she experienced long days, sandstorms and 120-degree temperatures. Despite the long hours, I met civilians, sol -diers and Iraqis that made such a positive impact in my life, Chisholm said. She helped train Iraqi women in developing business skills and empowering them to become independent. Chisholm said these stories and accomplishments arent typically conveyed to the American public. Chisholm worked with program managers and participated in on-site visits and projects with soldiers, one which included a ride on an UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. My job became fun because you work with people there that share your same excitement, I am so glad I volunteered for this assignment awesome, said Chisholm. In an eort towards continuous improvement, the Southwestern Division Public Aairs Com -munity of Practice conducted a readership survey during the month of April to obtain input from readers in order to better serve the divisions communications needs. e survey was included in the March edition of the Pacesetter and the link was sent in an e-mail from the commanders or public aairs o -cer for each district or the division. One-hundred and four employees responded to the survey.According to the results, 56 percent always or frequently read the Pacesetter while 44 percent seldom or never read the Pacesetter. In response to, how much of each issue do you read? Sixty-two percent of those responding read quite a bit or some, 30 percent read a little and 8 percent not read any of the Pacesetter.e survey revealed that 55 percent always or frequently read stories about other districts in the division while 79 percent always or fre -quently read stories about their own district and 63 percent always or frequently read stories that have a division-wide interest. Seventy percent of those that took the survey rate the Pacesetter overall as excellent or good while 29 percent rate it average or fair and one percent rate it poor. When asked about what types of stories they read, stories about employees was the most read with 73 people saying they read that type of story. Feature stories was second highest with 65 people, followed by civil works stories with 62, commanders columns with 50, military construction with 46, stories about policy with 42 and water safety with 41. e least read type of stories according to those responding to the survey was the Pacesetter Points with 24. ree people said they read other types of stories and ve said they read none at all.ose surveyed were asked whether they were more likely, about the same, or less likely to go to a continuously updated news page on the division website instead of the Pacesetter. Twenty-six per -cent said they were more likely, 28 percent said about the same, and 46 percent responded that they were less likely to visit an online news site. Employees were also given an opportunity to provide comment on the Pacesetter. Twentyseven comments were received. Comments in cluded: ‰ en is is a quick way to keep up on points of interest and obtain knowledge that might be otherwise missed. Really do enjoy the pacesetter, keep it coming. ‰ enI particularly like the human interest stories relating to employees in the Division. Anything about the lakes and parks are of interest to me as well. I sometimes read the construction stories, if I can relate to them in some way. ‰ enIt is an antique and should be abolished im -mediately. Commanders should regularly talk or send emails to their folks about their philosophy. ‰ en I dont read the Pacesetter. I get news and information online, so I can choose the stories I want to read. ‰ enI think the Pacesetter is a very good publica -tion, but the information is always dated. Some of the information is nearly two months old by the time it comes out. A web based publication with up to date articles like the Army Homepage probably would get the information out quicker. Also, instant feedback could be received on a variety of topics for further relevant stories.e results of the survey will be analyzed and used to improve the Pacesetter and evaluate its future as the division publication. Fort Worths Chisholm proud of overseas assignmentBy Denisha Braxton, Fort Worth DistrictPacesetter reader ship survey results provide insight for improvement Laverne Chisholm, Program Analyst, Fort Worth District recently returned from an eight month tour in Baghdad, Iraq was just the journey she was looking for.


22 April June 2011Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion Complex ocially opened with a June 8 ribbon-cutting ceremony here.e WTB is a $57 million construction ef -fort awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program in 2009. is project was the rst ARRA project awarded by the Army.e 140,000-square-foot, three-story fa -cility will house as many as 232 wounded Soldiers. e complex is congured in a cam -pus-style environment to promote unity and healing. It was built with the focus to create a holistic healing environment for mind, body and spirit.William Beaumont Army Medical Cen -ter Commander Col. Dennis D. Doyle, who hosted the ribbon-cutting, said the opening of the WTB marked a special occasion for Team Bliss and WBAMC.We are demonstrating today the Armys commitment to providing the best possible care and support to our warriors in transi -tion, he said.Doyle explained that warriors in transi -tion are Soldiers who have become wounded, injured or ill during mobilization, pre-deploy -ment, post-deployment or during separation from their units. While Soldiers are assigned to the WTU, their mission is to heal as they transition back to duty or continue serving the nation as veterans in their community.Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, recognized that the facility was designed to accommodate the unique needs of warriors in transition. However, he reminded WTs that their prime focus is to heal and move forward.It will be very comfortable, but we need to remember that its a transition, said Pittard. Transition and move on.Each warrior in transition works within a triad of care consisting of a primary care manager, a nurse case manager and a squad leader. A comprehensive plan is developed with personalized goals to enable Soldiers and their families to move forward in healing.Soldiers present for the opening of the complex said they were impressed with the thought and hard work that went into creat ing such a facility. is is amazing, said Pvt. Alan Raggio, warrior in transition. I know they didnt have these kinds of facilities back in the day, so this is really impressive. Raggio was shot in the hip while serving in Afghanistan and has been conned to a wheelchair until he fully heals. I just want to get out of this thing and go run again, said Raggio. A lot of people dont realize there are a lot of guys in wheelchairs, so the fact they have done this to help us out is really awesome.Spc. Philip Casanova, also a warrior in tran WTB Complex opens WBAMCs campus-style environment to promote unity, healingTeam Bliss leadership and senior government ocials join Fort Bliss warriors in transition June 8 to cut the ribbon signifying the opening of the new Warrior Transition Battalion Complex here. Photo by Spc. Shahna Glover, WTB.The Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion Complex was a $41 million construction eort under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. They were the rst ARRA project awards by U.S. Army, awarded under two contracts the barracks facility and site complex in May 2009 and the Batallion Headquarters Administrative Facility and Soldier Family Assistance Center in June 2009. By Kellie J. Burns, WBAMC Public Aairs en-GBcontinued on next page


23 April June 2011 WTB enen $41 million construction eort under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. enen Project was rst ARRA project awards by U.S. Armyenen Complex was awarded under two contracts, Sundt Construction Inc. and FPM Group, LLC. enen Sundt was awarded barracks facility and site complex in May 2009. enen FPM was awarded Batallion Headquarters Administrative Facility and Soldier Family Assistance Center June 2009.enen Ground breaking, Oct 16,2009 Living at the WTBenen Barracks designed to accommodate Warriors needs.enen ree story facility. Designed for pursing LEED Gold. Includes radiant barrier, thermal solar window tinting, solar panels for hot water heating and photovoltaic canopies for electrical generation.enen Total of 116 suites/232 beds. Two unit styles.enen A units/ 58 two-bedroom units (675 sq ft). Private bathrooms, walk-in closets, shared kitchen, laundry and living area.enen B units /58 two-bedrooms (530 sq ft). Semi-private bathroom, walk-in closets, shared kitchen.enen 12 units are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. Rest of rooms can be converted to ADA compliance if needed.enen Rooms have free cable TV and mounted at screen TV in bedrooms. Wi internet with government issued laptop.enen Barracks are in close proximity to services Soldiers need to access regularly.enen 9 lounge areas/3 per oor. One main lounge in lobby with pool table, couches and gaming machines. Other eight lounges are in center of complex and in corner on each oor next to A unit laundry rooms. Company and BN HQenen Battalion Headquarters Administrative Facility, 30,100 square foot two story facility. 61 private oces, 30 workstations, three conference rooms and SIPRNET capability to serve administrative needs for one Battalion of two Companies.enen Nurse case managers and administrative functions are housed in company operating facilities on rst oor. enen Company level cadre, nurse case managers, squad leaders and all who are integral in shaping WTs recovery and rehabilitation, are co-located on rst oor to facilitate information-sharing and collaborate on WTs needs.enen Doctors will be located in building within 20 feet from the Company/BN HQ building behind building by Sep. 2011. enen Battalion sta and social workers located on second oor of building to accomplish commanders objectives and facilitate best administrative and social worker needs for WTs.enen Areas likely to receive trac from WTs were strategically placed to facilitate ease of access. enen Access to the battalion commander by WTs if they have needs or concerns. Commander has an open door policy. Opportunities at the SFACenen Soldier Family Assistance Center, 15,000 square foot single story facility. enen Critical element of WTs and Families success while assigned to the unit. enen Eliminate roadblocks and facilitate resolution of problems encountered at all levels. enen Leverage resources to promote Warrior and Family well-beingenen SFAC has full kitchen/nourishment center for families and WTs to use during their stay.enen Unique features, see-through gas replace, cathedral-style raised ceiling, celestial windows, ceramic oor tile and carpeted oce areas.enen Child activity center in SFAC for children of WTs to play during appointments, in-processing and when WTs are taking care of their needs. Playground located outside childcare center.enen Large media center helps accomplish mandatory classes given by sta of SFAC. Equipped with computers and large screen /projector.enen Sta oce area provides nancial/ educational services, TSGLI, Social Services, Outreach, Information & Referral, Military HR, Program support, ACS, ACAP, AW2, VA representatives, Chaplain/ Chaplains Assistant.Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion Complexsition, said he too was impressed with the new facility. He said it will help Soldiers on their road to recovery. Wounded warriors, we form an unocial team and bond, said Casanova. is facility will help us all heal and get back to where we need to be. Doyle thanked Soldiers and their families for everything they have sacriced.You have paid a high price for our nations freedom and security, said Doyle. Our Wil liam Beaumont Team will provide you with the best medical care and support during your transition.Enjoy your new home and this superb healing campus. The complex has 9 lounge areas, three per oor with a main lounge in the lobby with pool table, couches and gaming machines.58 two-bedroom units have private bathrooms, walk-in closets, shared kitchen, laundry and living area. Another 58 two-bedroom units have Semi-private bathroom, walk-in closets, shared kitchen.Warrior Transition Batallion Complex barracks are designed to accommodate warriors needs with 116 suites and 232 beds in two unit styles.en-GBcontinued from previous page


en-GBCol. Christpher W. Salleseen-GB Commander, Galveston DistrictAre your ready to rumble? My Coastal Custodians,Welcome to hurricane season 2011! I know after June 1, the topic of hurricanes is taboo within the Galveston District and just the mention of the word nds people quickly looking for some wooden object to knock on to vanquish the evil spirits. e National Weather Service and a slew of other weather prognosticators are again predicting a very ac tive season for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. I can tell you the district and SWDs leadership are ready to respond. In April, the division leadership, FEMA, Army Northern Command and HQ USACE came together in Dallas to complete an annual table top hurricane exercise. is exercise enabled us all to review our roles and responsibilities and ensure our eorts are synchronized to prepare and respond to an actual event. So I have to ask youare you ready? Have your started your Pre-hurricane inspections (PHIs) to ensure your personal evacuation plans are up to date, your emergency kit has adequate water, food, a rst aid kit, batteries, radio and cash? Are you condent that if you have to evacuate that you will have a place to go and your car will get you there? MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO YOU HAVE THE DISTRICTS AND YOUR SUPERVISORS CON TACT INFORMATION so we can maintain accountability throughout the event? Many of you are hurricanes Rita and Ike survivors, but we have quite a few new employees who could use your sage advice to help them get ready so share the knowledge. Please take a few minutes this weekend to do your PHIs; you owe it to your family and friends.We now have an approved scal year 2011 district work plan and program. In other words, we have a little more than four months to execute a whole bunch of money. is is a team eort and the schedules are tight, so we are going to have to communicate and resolve issues at all levels in a timely manner. Our success will be dened by our ability to work multiple actions in parallel and get the right people from the internal, vertical and sponsors level together when needed to solve our problems. We have been in this situation before and I am condent that we are positioned well to execute our program based on the work we did early in the year to prepare plans, specications and bid packages. As with any end of year, contracting will be bearing the brunt of the work eort, but we can certainly make their lives easier by ensuring we provide them with quality products. Please join me in congratulating Eva Zaki, who completed her masters degree in marine resource management from Texas A&M University on May 14. While completing this monumental task, she worked part time in the Student Cooperative Employee Program, Regulatory Branch. During this time she completed numerous jurisdictional determinations and a few enforcement actions. Evas accomplishments are an excellent example of someone pursuing their lifelong learning objectives. Summer is upon us and I need you all to be safety conscious and ensure your family members are doing the same. I know of at least two drowning fatalities this year that occurred near our navigation features. To my motorcycle riders, please ensure you are wearing all your safety gear and watch out for the other guy. It only takes one careless activity for an accident to occur. If it doesnt feel right, it probably isnt and I ask you to step back re-evaluate the situation. It could be the dierence between life and death. I look forward to seeing you all on the beach or out at the boat basin (wetting a line). My goal this summer is to catch a Big Bull Redsh! Be cool and stay safe! ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en When preparing for a possible emergency situation, its best to think rst about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.Basic Emergency Supply Kit 24 April June 2011


Robert E. Bobby Van Cleave, a geotechnical engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District, was named the Federal Executive Association of Arkansas Employee of the Year in the Professional, Technical and Administrative Category, GS-12 and Above. Van Cleave was credited for his work on the $200 million Clearwater Dam Major Rehabilitation Project that is still underway. He has also worked with the Corps national Risk Management Center helping assess risk at several Corps dams in other states. He gives technical talks at professional meetings, and he co-authored a paper on the Clearwater Dam project for the Environmental and Engi neering Geoscience Journal.e federal executives noted Van Cleaves leadership and excellent com -munication skills in support of multiple other projects at Lock 2 on the Arkansas River, Rock Creek, Fort Bliss, Fort Polk, Little Rock Air Force Base, Millwood Lake, Pine Blu Arsenal and more. He is trained in levee screening, and he developed scopes of work for periodic levee inspections across Little Rock District. e award winner is also a civil design team member of the Little Rock Districts Base Development Team that provides troops overseas with technical engineering support. e award nomination cited Van Cleaves easy-going nature and high degree of professionalism in his interactions with co-workers, and he stays involved with professional development training Eric McKisick, president of the Arkansas Federal Executive Association, presents Robert E. Bobby Van Cleave (right) a certicate naming him the Federal Executive Association of Arkansas Employee of the Year in the Professional, Technical and Administrative Category, GS-12 and Above. Van Cleave named Federal Executive Employee of the YearVan Cleave is a deacon at First Baptist Church in Benton, and he is involved in many church and civic activities. Several employees of the Army Corps of En gineers Little Rock District recently earned three top awards in this years Southwestern Division Natural Resource Management Awards program. Rick Hightower, a natural resource specialist at the Beaver Project Oce in northwest Arkansas, was named Stewardship Employee of the Year. Hightower eectively managed the boat dock program for Beaver Lake by processing applica tions, transfers of ownership and inspections for more than 1,800 private docks. He identied 37 and resolved 35 encroachments on Corps property. Hightower was also cited for promoting conser -vation of natural resources and wildlife manage-ment by monitoring the only known community in Arkansas of the Missouri Bladderpod, a threat -ened plant species. He oversees wildlife surveys and works to preserve the natural areas along the shoreline of Beaver Lake even though the lake sits within one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. Natural Resource Specialist Brooke Kervin of the Millwood Project Oce in southwest Arkansas earned the Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Inter -pretive Excellence for her dedication and inven tive methods. She formed multiple partnerships with individuals, organizations and businesses to promote water safety through electronic messages and environmental awareness by creating an an-Little Rock employees earn top spots in regional natural resources competition nual nature festival. She recruited volunteers who logged nearly 1,400 hours of service to the Millwood project.Kervin excels not only in her local area but also at the district level. She chairs the Little Rock District Water Safety Team and is seeking new opportunities to promote water safety education in high use public areas.e employees of Mountain Home Project Oce, whose two lakes straddle the Missouri-Arkansas border, were selected as the Natural Resources Management Project of the Year. Em ployees in the Mountain Home oce, driven by a desire to Do better with less, search out new and ecient techniques in managing Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes.rough partnerships and the use of volunteers Mountain Home has served the community by providing activities and events that are both safe and educational. Some of the activities include mobility impaired and youth hunts, shing der -bies, wildlife habitat improvement, boating safety checks and water safety programs. Responding to prolonged high water in 2008 and 2009, while simultaneously contending with aging infrastructure, employees used innovative equipment and techniques to prioritize problem areas. With funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads, they reha -bilitated the Bull Shoals Dam Bridge, rebuilt the Ozark Isle causeway, and repaired and improved park roads and camping areas.ese regional award winners are automatically submitted as Southwestern Divisions nominees in their respective categories in the national Corps competition. Natural Resource Specialist Brooke Kervin (left) helps Volunteer Judy Grimes secure a young campers life jacket. Kervin earned the SWD Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence for her dedication and inventive methods. (Army Corps of Engineers photo by Bob Dahms) 25 April June 2011


Maintain momentum as scal year closeout comes into view Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr. Commander, Fort Worth District Roger Shields and Susan Ford-Ahern of the USACE ECSO 5K Team pin on their race numbers. From left, runners Ginger Booher, Nancy Parrish, Kevin DaVee, Karen Scheer, her son Collin Scheer and Linda Eadie. Coming out of the starting gate in the 5K is USACE ECSO 5K Team member Jonathan Celone. The Fort Worth District team members and family take on Cowtown MarathonThe Fort Worth District had 37 employees and their relatives entered in this years Cowtown Marathon races. According to our Cowtown historian Randy Roberts, this ranks with the districts highest participation levels ever. There were 48 District employees who ran in 1990 and 35 in 1991. Some runners entered the half and full marathon races individually. Three teams were formed representing Fort Worth District. The Army of Run Essayons nished 2nd in the 10K Open Division. The USACE ECSO Team nished 2nd in the 5K Military Division and took rst place for most participation in that division. Weve Got The Runs nished 13th in the 5K Corporate Division. 26 April June 2011As we cross the threshold on the halfway point of calendar year 2011 and are a mere three months away from our Fiscal Year-end closeout, we are moving full speed ahead on our projects and initiatives but also taking time to access where we are and lessons learned to-date. One of the initial assessments I can share with you at the mid calendar year is that all of our project and budget assessments indicate that as a District our future looks good for the next two years through Fiscal Year 2013. ere are and will continue to be budget challenges but again we are in good shape due to diligence and approach we took increasing personnel to handle the surge over the last few years using contractors and rehired annuitants.While this is indeed good news, we cannot aord to rest on the laurels of our current successes. Each of you as a part of Fort Worth Team must strive every day to continue the momentum we have established over the rst six months of 2011 delivering quality facilities and services. Our eorts today will lead to more work in the future. Remember some of our teammates (customers) have a choice for services and facilities. Lets make sure they want to use us. While we move forward completing the numerous projects SWF has responsibility for, we have to look at that completion two-fold. It goes without saying that the level of expertise, prociency and safety measures we take working various projects must be priority one. We must also look at successfully completed projects as a means to a bright future for the District. e successful work we do today in 2011 will greatly inuence future work for our District. Youve heard me repeatedly say that the reputation of Fort Worth Dis -trict is that if its hard, give it to Fort Worth. While we say this jovially, it is a reputation that did not come about by achieving the minimum. We have this stellar reputation because each of you without hesitation gives 100% and then some each and every day for the district. During our 2011 Engineer Day and Team of the Month Awards Recognition Ceremony earlier this month, even as the Commander, I was and continue to be in awe of the level of expertise, professionalism and true dedication of the Fort Worth team. While those recognitions and awards meant many dierent things to the recipients, what I know for sure is that each of the awardees excellence was achieved not for recognition but because of their commitment to the District, the Corps and the Army as a whole. As we nish o Fiscal Year 11 and the last six months of Calendar Year 2011, I appreciate and want each of you to continue to strive for excellence, but also look out for each other as teammates to ensure that your personal well-being is also a priority. I recognize that the op tempo we work at as a District sometimes seems to make that well-being seem impossible, so I challenge you to make balance a part of your work plan to nish out the year. With that combination of discipline, leadership, balance and tness we will continue to have pride in what we do, continually moving us from Good to Great.


for their projects and in the process mentored and educated sponsors on how to initiate proj -ects and better partner with the Corps in these tough economic times.We here in Port Isabel consider her a team Alicia Rea, a project operations manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, knew she wanted to be a part of the Galveston District since she was a junior at Texas A&M Galveston. In fact, she started her career with the Corps as a student employee in the districts Evaluation Section, Regulatory Branch, before being hired full time in the Compliance Section. Having completed 10 years as a Galveston District employee this year, Rea now works in the districts Navigation Branch, Operations Division, ensuring Americas waterways remain open for navigation.I am currently the project operations man -ager for South Texas waterways, including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, channel to Port Manseld, channel to Harlingen, channel to Port Isabel and the Brownsville Ship channel, said Rea. I take a lot of pride in ensuring our waterways remain open, as several of my proj -ects are low tonnage and dont receive funding.Rea says she enjoys working with sponsors as it provides her with an opportunity to assist them in solving complicated issues related to navigation regulations and feels that her eorts have not gone unnoticed. Port Isabel San Benito Navigation District Port Director Bob Cornelison couldnt agree more.Year in and year out, Alicia has tirelessly demonstrated in words and in deeds her sup -port of our needs here, said Cornelison. In my mind, she represents the soul of commitment to the Corps mission goal of full partnership with all its local sponsors. Cornelison says Rea has diligently advocated Spotlight on USACE Galveston Districts Alicia ReaAlicia Rea, a project operations manager with the Galveston District started her career with the Corps as a student employee in the Districts Evaluation Section, Regulatory Branch, before being hired full time in the Compliance Section.mate in the Laguna Madre communitys eorts to provide living wage jobs, environmental enhancements and, of immeasurable more im -portance, true hope for the future of the second poorest county in the nation, said Cornelison.As the navigation business line manager for the district, Rea remains busy with the development of plans and specications for a Gulf Intracoastal Waterway job that will dredge high shoals from Corpus Christi to Brownsville and is preparing to kick o the scal year 2013 budget development process. ough the job is demanding, Rea says she likes the challenges and problem solving involved and said she couldnt complete her mission without the support she receives from her co-workers and sponsors. e Galveston, Texas, native is one of ve children who enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend and two energetic pups, as well as volunteering at the Emergency Op -erations Center during emergency response missions. A graduate of Ball High School in Galves ton, Rea completed a Bachelor of Science de gree in Ocean and Coastal Resources in 2002 from Texas A&M Galveston then continued on to earn a masters degree in marine resource management in 2003. 27 April June 2011 By Isidro Reyna, Galveston District Galveston District Celebrates Administrative ProfessionalsUSACE Galveston District celebrated the 2011 Administrative Professional of the Year April 28 at the Districts headquarters building on the east end of Galveston Island. The following professionals were nominated: Becky Bostick; Patricia Brannan; Staci Claunch; Delia Dunn; Joyce Gonzales; Maria Henkel; Lisa Johnson and Denise Landry. Winning the days top honor was Lile Henkel, administrative assistant in the Districts Real Estate Division. Col. Christopher W. Sallese, Galveston District commander, presented awards to all nominees in attendance. Beverly Martin, chief of the districts Resource Management Oce, addressed the audience as the keynote speaker, having served 18 years as an administrative professional before changing career elds. Martin spoke of professionalism in the workplace and the key role administrative professionals play in the district.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District celebrated the Corps 236th birthday with an awards ceremony, June 9, to recognize an Employee, Engi neer and Supervisor of the Year, as well as to honor staff for their contributions to the community, state and nation. This day is for you, said Col. Chris -topher Sallese, commander of the USACE Galveston District. Were here to reflect on the hard work and achievements of our predecessors, to celebrate our heritage and to acknowledge the people who make this organization great.Fred Anthamatten, chief of the dis -tricts Regulatory Branch, was named Supervisor of the Year for providing excel -lent leadership to the districts Regulatory Program over the past 12 months. Under Anthamattens direction, the team exceed -ed seven of eight national performance standards, demonstrated an exemplary and unblemished record of successes in district legal cases and exhibited unparal -leled efficiency in programmatic efforts to implement compliance inspection con -tracts that helped the district exceed na -tional compliance performance standards.Nicholas Laskowski, a project man -ager in the districts Regulatory Branch, was recognized as the Employee of the Nicholas Laskowski, a project manager in the districts Regulatory Branch, was recognized as the Employee of the Year for his role in ensuring the accuracy of the determination of hundreds of isolated waters, nalizing jurisdictional determinations for thousands of acres along the Texas coast, and employing methods within the workplace to better share valuable geospatial information and increase the districts ability to accomplish its mission.Fred Anthamatten, chief of the districts Regulatory Branch, was named Supervisor of the Year for providing excellent leadership to the districts Regulatory Program over the past 12 months. Under Anthamattens direction, the team exceeded seven of eight national performance standards, demonstrated an exemplary and unblemished record of successes in district legal cases and exhibited unparalleled eciency in programmatic eorts to implement compliance inspection contracts that helped the district exceed national compliance performance standards.Charles Scheer, a civil engineer in the districts Hydrology and Hydraulics Section, was awarded the Engineer of the Year award for his contributions to the Addicks and Barker Master Plan and for the support he provided during the dam safety initiatives. Additionally, Scheer became a relied upon professional to the emergency operations and ood management professionals, providing accurate and timely reservoir forecasts during the development and testing of emergency action plans.USACE Galveston District celebrates Corps 236th birthday; names Employee, Engineer and Supervisor of the YearYear for his role in ensuring the accu -racy of the determination of hundreds of isolated waters, finalizing jurisdictional determinations for thousands of acres along the Texas coast, and employing methods within the workplace to better share valuable geospatial information and increase the districts ability to accomplish its mission. Furthering his commitment to the profession, Laskowski earned the Professional Wetland Scientist certifica -tion and was the first regulator within the Southwestern Division to earn the Texas State Professional Geoscientist credential. Charles Scheffler, a civil engineer in the districts Hydrology and Hydraulics Section, was awarded the Engineer of the Year award for his contributions to the Addicks and Barker Master Plan and for the support he provided during the dam safety initiatives. Additionally, Scheffler became a relied upon professional to the emergency operations and flood manage -ment professionals, providing accurate and timely reservoir forecasts during the development and testing of emergency action plans. Service awards to recognize employees who dedicated 5 through 40 years of fed-eral service, a special acknowledgement and presentation of blue star flags to su pervisors of deployed USACE Galveston District civilians serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a tribute to eight Corps retirees who have passed away within the last year made this years awards ceremony unique, said Sallese. Were about people. We execute a lot of money and we do a lot of great things but our organization is about people and this ceremony serves to recognize their accomplishments. George Washington appointed the first engineer officers of the Army, June 16, 1775, during the American Revolution, and engineers have served in combat in all subsequent American wars. The Army established the Corps of Engineers as a separate, permanent branch on March 16, 1802, and gave the engineers responsibil -ity for founding and operating the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.The Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improve -ments. Since then, the district has ex -panded its mission to provide vital public engineering services in peace and war that strengthen our nations security, energize the economy by keeping waterways open for navigation and commerce, and reduc -ing risks from disasters. 28 April June 2011By Isidro Reyna, Galveston District


Fort Worth celebrates Engineer Day 2011 (Above) Don Longfellow, left Executive Oce, and granddaughter Rachel, 4, enjoy the water safety trivia game with Park Ranger Darlene Moore at the Water Safety Booth.Exercising his water safety prowess Maj. Andrew N. Liring, deputy commander, Fort Worth District sports his lifejacket in the dunk tank. Beverly Williams, Resource Management, Fort Worth District displays the winning numbers to nd a lucky winner during the Bingo game at the Engineer Day Picnic. (Above) The line grows for an opportunity to dunk Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District. Sylvester Rodriguez, 13 about to launch a frisbee. Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District, shows his pitching form as he res a fastball to the dunk tank target. 29 April June 2011


Texas businessman gives of time and talent in Joplin recovery 30 April June 2011By Sara Goodyeon, public aairs specialist, USACE, Joplin Field Recovery oce Col. Daniel Patton, commander, Joplin Field Recovery Oce, stands in front of Joplin High School which was destroyed in a tornado that struck the city May 22. Walking through a devastated neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., June 25, U.S. Army Corps of En -gineers Col. Daniel Patton paused beside a heap of rubble with a huge portion of standing-seam metal roong, obviously from a commercial building some 300-400 yards away, wrapped around the entire front and sides. is was a home, said Patton. ere was a family who lived here and had a nice life. Can you imagine what it must have been like to stand here and see that section of roong coming at you?Moved by the devastation caused by the EF5 tornado that ripped through Joplin May 22 and knowing there was a need for help, Patton, an Army Reserve ocer, who is a Fort Worth, Texas business owner, volunteered to serve as the US -ACE commander overseeing the Recovery Field Oce here. e mission, assigned by FEMA, includes debris removal and construction of temporary housing and critical public facilities. e USACE Kansas City District had juris -diction over the disaster area, but was already stretched thin with repeated ood ghts along the Missouri river this year. Patton, a University of Florida alum with a 27 year background as a military engineer and business executive, felt he had the right skill-set for the recovery mission and he knew the Army needed volunteers.Im an individual augmentee and thats what we do, said Patton. We are there to help out the Corps and our communities in times such as this. Fortunately, my wife and daughters understand and are able to adapt while I am gone.In his capacity as commander of the Joplin RFO, an organization of more than 200 profes -sionals, Patton provides what he calls top cover. In essence, he is responsible for providing a work -ing environment that allows the Corps civilians to do the job they are trained to do by giving them the resources and support to get the job done. Patton proactively engages to resolve strategic issues to ensure the mission runs mission has had such a rapid response, said Patton. ere is a great cohesive team between FEMA, the Corps, the city and state. I hope to add value to this team so we can continue to build upon our current momentum and successesAll of the Corps civilians working in Joplin volun -teered for the job and Patton admires that. Although I have spent my entire Corps career in uniform, these civilians are my role models, because of that seless, volunteer mentality, said Patton. ere has been an outpouring of sup -port and donations to Joplin in the after -math of the tornado. Donations of food, goods and money have been coming in, and volunteers from across the country have come to help clear the storm debris. In turn, the people of Joplin often want to demonstrate their appreciation to the volunteers by picking up the tab for a meal or paying for someones haircut.ese are people who have lost every -thing, yet they still want to give some -thing back to us. ats amazing to me., said Patton. What I will most remember about being in Joplin is the outpouring of gratitude.According to Patton, the challenge now is for the Corps to live up to the expectations of the people who survived that awful Sunday afternoon when their homes, businesses and lives were twist ed to pieces. Patton and the Corps are working with the city to rst provide temporary housing and critical public facilities such as schools, re stations, and hospitals. Patton has also oered to lend his expertise as a land developer in creating a plan for Joplins future.e long-term mission of FEMA, the Corps and the city of Joplin is to leave the city in a condition that they can build upon after the Corps is gone, said Pat ton. We want to create a vision for the citizens of Joplin that their community is going to be better and stronger in the end. Standing-seam metal roong, blown from a commercial building 300-400 feet away, is wrapped around the entire front and sides of a home in Joplin, Mo. The roong was blown into the home by an EF5 tornado that hit the city May 22.


Keeping yourself & others safe ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en ‰ en The following guidelines are to help reduce the risk of drowning for you and others in your care. Janecka celebrates 47 years of service 31 April June 2011 Castle Keeper. Arthur J. Janecka, the Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Program and Project Management for the Galveston District Army Corps of Engineers, was recognized for his 47 years of service at a retirement dinner in Galveston on June 23. Janecka, who began his career as an intern in the Galveston District in 1964 following graduation from Lamar University, was presented with a crystal Corps castle from the Southwestern Division by Senior Executive Service member Michael P. Fallon, Director of the Programs Directorate for SWD. Flanking on left is Col. Christopher Sallese, Commander of the Galveston District, and on right, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, SWD Commander. Janecka was also honored with a silver de Fleury Medal, among other honors. (USACE photo by Paul Cox)


Pacesetter Points Congratulations Little Rocks Renee Wright was named Planning Divisions Continuing Authorities Program Manager in May.Little Rocks Operation Division selected Randy Davenport as operations project manager of the Clear -water Project Oce.Little Rocks Barbara Homes and Lee Wes Garrett have been recognized as Real Estate Division Employees of the Quarter for second quarter for their eorts on the U.S. Army Mapping and Digitization Program.Little Rocks Wes Garrett a student geographer in Real Estate Division, maintained a 4.0 grade point average in his rst semester of the Geographic Infor mation Systems Masters Program at the University of Central Arkansas.Little Rocks Jamal R. Williams voucher examiner in Real Estate Division, has been admitted into the Presidential Clinton School of Public Service. He will pursue a Masters of Public Service beginning in the fall.Little Rocks Kathrene Fletcher, a lock and dam equipment mechanic at Montgomery Point Lock and Dam graduated May 12, with honors with an Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy Technology from Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. Family Matters Congratulations Chris and Angie Vaughan, Fort Worth District on the birth of their daughter Callie Michelle Vaughan, February 10, 2011. Little Rocks Terri Shrum executive secretary, welcomed her second grandchild, Bretton omas Gaines born March 8, to Shrums daughter, Misty Gaines and her husband, Michael Gaines. Misti Evans, wife of Little Rocks Jimie Evans, lock and dam operator at the Russellville Project Oce, graduated with her doctorate in pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas. Jamie Elaine Edwards daughter of Little Rocks Elaine Edwards of Regulatory Evaluation Branch, graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Architecture.Timothy Montgomery son of Little Rock Districts Realty Specialist Sharron Montgomery graduated from Fountain Lake High School and plans to attend culinary school.Little Rocks Lisa Owens Nimrod-Blue Mountain Project Oce, announced the graduation of her daugh -ter, Danielle Owens. e graduate is co-valedictorian in the rst class to graduate from Two Rivers High School.Patrick Kelley son of Little Rocks Rodney Kelley Regulatory Division, passed the general Arkansas Bar Examination in February.Galveston District Captains Scotty Autin and Greg Couturier have been selected for promotion to major. Capt. Tricia Campbell was also selected for promotion to major prior to her retirement from the U.S. Army. Campbell now works in the districts Navigation Branch as an operations manager.Al Meyer and Paula Wise had their technical papers published by the Western Dredging Association.e Department of the Army Brigade and Battalion Command Board announced that Deputy Command -er of the Galveston District Lt. Col. James (Brooks) Schultze was selected for Battalion Command, 15th Engineering Battalion in Germany. He is slated to take command in scal year 2012. Sam Watson was selected to serve a 120-day devel opmental assignment as the lead regulatory specialist for the Galveston Districts Evaluation Section of the Regulatory Branch. Congratulations to Kenneth Chip Worley for his selection to ll the area engineer position in the Galveston Districts Southern Area Oce. Worley has been the resident engineer in the Rio Grande Valley Resident Oce since August 2009. Before coming to Galveston, he served as a project engineer, resident engineer, assistant area engineer and area engineer in the Fort Worth District, and also worked for the Louisville District and private industry. Congratulations to Galveston District for making safety a priority and contributing to the Southwestern Divisions recent selection as the recipient of the 2010 Safe Performance Award of Excellence. Retirements: Gloria Appell, a regional economist and regional technical specialist with the Galveston Districts Plan -ning Section, retired after 30 years of federal service to the nation.Isidoro S. Martinez a structural engineer with the Galveston District, retired with nearly 54 years of service to the nation. Arrivals:Christopher Frabotta South Atlantic Division, was selected to temporarily ll the 120-day deputy to chief of operations position in the Galveston Districts Navigation Branch Ralph Solomon joined the Galveston Districts Contracting Division in April. Ronald Dunaway joined the Galveston Districts Northern Area Oce as a hydrographic surveyor in April. Departures:Capt. Scotty Autin departed the Galveston District May 13. Autin is slated to attend Columbia University in New York where he will pursue a masters degree in organizational leadership. Condolences:Joyce Gonzales husband Johnny lost his battle with cancer April 10. Joyce is a nancial management analyst in the Galveston Districts Resource Manage ment Oce.Marla Duhon, age 55, daughter of long-time Corps Galveston District employee Fern Kirkley and sister of Corps retiree Judie Lester, passed away at her residence April 12, after a long illness. Galveston District O-Plan: Meet Proj ect Engineer Gilberto Lozano-Lopez Supporting Goal 3 Objective 3a: Deliver sustainable infrastructure via consistent and eective military construction and real estate support to customers.Gilberto Lozano-Lopez joined the Galveston District in November 2010 as a project engineer for the Corpus Border Patrol Station and assistant project engineer for the Kingsville Border Patrol Station.Prior to joining the district, the Puerto Rico native worked as an engineer for more than 12 years for dierent vertical construction management rms working on projects ranging from military design-build to public housing complex construction and renovations.In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, exercising and riding motorcycles.Transitioning SWG From Good to Great: How Do I Fit In? I am proud to be part of this prestigious organization. Working on the Border Patrol Station Project is a great professional experience that is an important component of the SWG mission. Gilberto Lozano-Lopez 32 April June 2011