T ransforming the way the Corps does business Volume 7, No.2 M anaging our water resources
Commanders Columns ................................... 3-8 Civil Works Transformation Doing Less with Less .................................... 11-12 ................... 13 .................. 14 Water Resources 15-17 .................................. 18 ................................ 19-20 ...................................... 21-22 ................... 23-24 People ........... 9 ........... 10 ................................... 11-12 Employee Spotlights .................................... 26-30 ................................... 31 A Bird Helping Birds ........................................... 32 ................................................ 33 ...................................................... 34 A member of the e Truscott Lake Red River Chloride project team stands on the weir of the inatable dam at the Area VIII dam site and pump station. e Truscott lake project reduces the salinity of the Red River by diverting the salt through a 21-mile pipeline, making the Trus cott Lake suitable for agricultural and municipal needs. (photo by Cpt. Ian Minshew) SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula Commander Southwestern Division Martie Cenkci Chief, Public Affairs Southwestern Division Editor LaDonna Davis Deputy Public Affairs Chief Southwestern Division Associate Editors Edward Rivera Fort Worth District Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Jay Woods Little Rock District Isidro Reyna Galveston District Nate Herring Tulsa District lished under AR 360-1 for members of the South western Division and its retirees. Contents and editorial views expressed are not necessarily Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the tographic submissions are welcome. For more information about the Pacesetter, or to make a Contents On the cover
3 Pacesetter T he summer months in South western Division might seem like a case study in water, water everywherein the form of water safety campaigns and Hurricane Seasonor not, in the form of a drought. Professional opinions are divided on the likelihood of another drought (especially in Texas), but rainfall and water supply affect our Division in so many ways, even contributing to the number of recreation visitors we have at our facilities. During last years drought, we had an upswing in the number of public fatalities at our lakes, while the number of visits went down. Add in Hurricane Season, and it could be a very remarkable summer. Before the recent Memorial Day Weekend, I sent out a message that talked about water safety for this recreational season. Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, our USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Opera tions, has established a goal of decreas ing the number of public fatalities across the Corps by 50 percent by the end of Fiscal Year 14. Its a challenging goal that will require a concerted effort from all of us as well as our partners. Our Districts need to keep up their efforts and remember-you are making a difference. Hurricane Season is also an im portant water event in our Division, and our Readiness and Operations Division hosted a Hurricane Tabletop Exercise in late May to take us through a hurri cane scenario. A real standout from this exercise was the great participation by our State and Federal partners, making this tabletop arguably the biggest and best yet! Another testament to teamwork is the Gulf Inland Waterways Joint Hur ricane Team Protocol, which formalizes the partnership with the Corps, the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, State of Texas agencies, and the waterways industry to restore the waterways in the event of a hurricane impacting the ports and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The new protocol was signed on June 1, coinciding with the start of Hurricane Season. The role of water in our Divi sion is also highlighted in an article on Page 15 that highlights our FY 12 Goal 2: Develop and implement regional watershed and reservoir sustainability strategy that includes water realloca tion. The drought that I mentioned at the beginning of this article highlights the risks that we face regionally in providing dependable water supplies to a burgeon ing population. Its an important article that everyone should read. Equally important is our spotlight on Goal 3, Civil Works Transformation: Maximize the FY 14 Civil Works pro gram investment strategy by using risk informed asset management principles to continue to bring value to our Nation. That article begins on Page 11 As you know, we are really pushing transformation, and we need your help in leading this change, primar ily focusing on four areas: In the stages of affecting change, it is important to celebrate early suc cesses. Though we have some work still to do in these projects, I would like to highlight some areas in which the Districts are on the path to some key achievements: SAMCC total completion pleted innovative ways to support shallow draft ports ride Control Projects, and exploring partnerships with the private sector. These projects have all enjoyed some successes, with more to come. They herald the change the Civil Works Transformation will bring. This is the season of goodbyes and welcomes, and a new leader ship team at our Headquarters. We all who became the 53rd Corps of Engi neers Commanding General on May 22, and we look forward to his visit to our region! Maj. Gen. Merdith Bo Temple, who has been the acting CG since the be retiring this month after a long and distinguished career in service to the U.S. Army and the Nation. We wish him the very best in everything to come! He will be replaced by Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite from the South Atlantic Divi sion. The Corps also has a new Com mand Sergeant Major, Karl J. Groninger, replacing CSM Michael Buxbaum, who retired in May. Within SWD, our Deputy Commander, Col. Charles Klinge, as sumed command of the Fort Worth District on June 27 from Col. Richard J. Muraski, who became the SWD Deputy Commander. Finally, as you may have heard, I have the great fortune to remain your commander for another year. I look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve even more in our Corps great contributions to our Nation. Essayons! Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula Southwestern Division Commander Entering the summer months, highlighting District successes
Summer 2012 4 Col. Christopher Sallese Commander, Galveston District M y Coastal Custodians, District will continue to position itself to execute our projects and programs on time and on budget. With the diminish ing FY 13 program ahead of us, we will reassess our current obligations to en sure we continue to provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our nations secu rity, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. I chal lenge us all to do our part in building and strengthening relationships with our customers and demonstrating how we can add value and support. I would like to recognize some one who has demonstrated outstanding initiatives in partnering with our com munity. Our very own Water Safety Program Manager Kris Brown of the the 2012 Ronald J. Ruffennach Com municator of the Year an award to recognize a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outside of the Pub standing contributions in communicating the USACE missions and programs. Kris continued efforts have not gone unnoticed and we are truly proud of her tremendous work to inform the public of water safety initiatives. The arrival of the summer months brings an increased level of outdoor activities throughout the State of Texas, especially with outdoor recre ation involving water activities on public beaches, swimming pools, boating and other aquatic-related activities. water-related public fatality (since prior to 1997) occur in the Galveston Dis trict. While we may not have a large recreation mission in our footprint, we must remember we are not immune to accidents and must continue to stress water safety. Wearing lifejackets, boating sober and learning to swim well are all essential to staying safe this summer. As the leading provider of outdoor recreation on all federally-man aged public lands in the U.S., the Corps has a dedicated focus on water safety water aware when participating in water-related recreational activities. With the arrival of summer also comes hurricane season! June 1 marks the beginning and I can tell you the district and Southwestern Divisions leadership are ready to respond. In May, Corps leadership, FEMA, Army Northern Command and HQ USACE came together in Dallas to complete an annual table top hurricane exercise. This exercise enabled us all to review our roles and responsibilities and ensure our efforts are synchronized to prepare and respond to an actual event. I ask you to ensure youre pre pared as well! Start your pre-hurricane inspections to ensure your personal evacuation plans are up to date, your emergency kit has adequate water, evacuate that you will have a place to go and your vehicle will get you there. More importantly, do you have the districts and your supervisors contact information so we can maintain ac countability throughout the event? School is out and children will be playing more in our neighborhoods. Be attentive when driving and use caution. Additionally, I want to ensure our employees create a bal ance. Balance for me is balancing my work commit ments versus my commitments to my and you are a part of my family. Take the summer months to schedule your vacation, spend time with the ones you love and recharge your batteries. While we work through chal lenges in the Galveston District, please to fully support our mission, continue to execute on time, within budget, and deliver sustained superior products to our valued customers. Finally, I want to congratulate Jesse Boyer, Pablo Hernandez, Rashid Sheikh-Ali and Andrew Smith on pass ing the Professional Engineer exam. This is certainly a milestone you can always be proud of achieving and I thank you for your extra effort this is quite the accomplishment! Thank you for continuing to build strong! Gearing up for Summer Wearing life jackets, boating sober and learning to swim well are all es sential to staying safe this summer.
5 Pacesetter Col. Glen Masset Commander, Little Rock District T he recreation season has just begun, and lake related fatalities are already up from last year. Maj. Gen. Walsh has chal lenged us to cut fatalities in half challenging each of you to help us meet this goal. Even though we are using a wide variety of media to distribute our water safety mes sages, we are still see ing a rash of incidents. water related fatalities, whereas last year we had six for the whole year. This quarter alone we have had three fatalities at our lakes. All three fatalities were teenage boys. Two of the fatalities happened in designated swim ming areas while one happened in a nondesignated area. None of these young men was wearing a life jacket. Some of you are working very hard pushing established initiatives that ensure our water safety messages are reaching the recreating public. For instance, Public Affairs has been working closely all year with the district Water Safety keep water safety messages in the news media and on our web and social media sites. supplying life jacket loaner boards that make life jackets available for visitors who do not have life jackets or who forgot to bring them. A new initiative this year is the Water Safety Team working Affairs, Clearwater Project Of to develop public service an nouncements that feature Miss Arkansas and Miss Missouri. These video and radio spots are being posted on our social media sites, and are being distributed to broadcast media throughout Arkansas and Missouri. Even with all our social media and web initiatives, dont forget that face-to-face contact is still one of the most effective ways to get messages to our visitors. On top of all their other duties, our park rangers regularly travel to local schools and teach students how to be safe when on or near the water. Students al ways seem eager to learn about water safety, and they remember the lessons learned from year to year. You are not the only ones who are responsible for water safety in the district. I am going to do my part stress ing water safety by implementing a mandatory life jacket policy on the Arkan sas River when small craft advisories are in effect. There have been many times when boaters do not heed the advisory, and this policy will stress the importance of water safety. I challenge each and every one of you to not only talk the water safety talk, but also to walk the walk. Set the example by ensuring we and our families wear life jackets, learn to swim, and refrain from drinking alcohol when on or near the water. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer! Water Safety Initiatives Key to a Safe Summer Little Rock District Commander Col. Glen Masset signs the Arkansas River Trail System Memorandum of Understanding June 1, solidifying the Corps commitment to help maintain portions of the trail.
Summer 2012 6 Col. Michael J. Teague Commander, Tulsa District W ho doesnt want to get Class recently met to discuss the idea of learning from our mistakes. We talked about an article titled Fail Bet ter that had several examples of how people learn from their mistakes. The article has nothing to do with the U.S. Army or the Corps. It had everything to do with making yourself, and your team, bet ter. There has been a lot of discussion and writing about the Corps Civil Works Transforma tion. Much of the discussion revolves around doom and gloom of future budget projections. It has to be much more than that. It has to be about getting better. Please dont think that we arent worried about future budgets. It would be nave to think that our Nations economy can continue on its current course. But as public servants, our focus should always be about getting better and not just cheaper. It is our fundamental duty. For those of us lucky enough to be part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engi neers our portion focuses on our proj ects. Those Civil Works projects are to extend the life of our infrastructure and there are many examples of things that we have already done and several of things that we are doing. The Jonesboro Agreement allows for customer funded upgrades and repairs on our hydroelectric pow er plants. It is an agreement between the Corps, the Southwestern Power Administration, and City Water and cooperative agreement the $65 mil lion renovations at the Webbers Falls power plant are customer funded while the renovations at the Ozark power plant are federally funded. What started as a small agreement to make minor repairs has grown through great teamwork into a major renovation program. The Corps could not do this alone. This agreement is a different way of operating. It makes us better. In the last Pacesetter, the cover photo was from the ground breaking at the new marina on focused on the teamwork between the Corps, the City of Mannford, and the developer. That public-private partnership is a good example of the way we can be better in the future. When Oklahoma had to close the Wah-Sha-Shee State Park on Hulah Osage Nation picked up the reins. With equipment from the state and help from both state and Corps park rangers, they opened the park in time for Memorial Day. The District could not have done this alone. It was a different way of doing things. It was a better way. And there are things that we can and should do in the future. The Red River Chloride Control project is very unique. The purpose is to collect and dispose of the naturally occur ring chlorides from the Wichita River in northern Texas to keep them out of the downstream water systems. Right now we collect the brine, pump evaporate. What if someone could use that brine water to make elec tricity? There are pool restrictions because of dam safety concerns. What if, instead of spending a lot of money on dam safety repairs, we kept the pool restriction and used the brine water to make renewable energy? Wouldnt that be a better way to operate our project? We are currently looking at similar changes on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System to increase the amount of maintenance, and in particular, preventive maintenance on the system. We are working with other partners to increase recreation opportunities. The Tri-State Water Summit last winter gave several sug gestions on how to work together and better. All of these changes take a vision of the future. They all will force us to look hard at ourselves and how we do business to see what we should do differently. Its about getting better always better. It has to be about getting better always better ... as public servants, our focus should always be about getting better and not just cheaper.
7 Pacesetter Col. Richard Muraski Commander, Fort Worth District A s my time as the 24th com mander of the Fort Worth Dis foremost want to thank you all and say it has been an honor and privilege to serve you and our nation as the commander of this great organization. I knew it would be a great place but I didnt have a full under standing of the magnitude and how challenging commanding this District would be nor the value the District brings to the nation. When I assumed com mand I didnt realize how lucky I was to be able to come and be responsible to serve the people and the mission for the Fort Worth District. Spending most of my 22 years as a muddy boots combat engineer, I knew coming here would be a challenge. Its geo graphical location combined with the Districts stellar reputation made it my number one choice. in the District I was immediately set up for success by Col. Chris topher W. Martin, the executive staff and division chiefs. Every one involved with bringing me up site visits which laid the founda tion for a successful tour. I was impressed with everyone I met, not just by their professionalism but their in-depth understanding of their jobs, what they were do ing on the ground and its impact. They understood what they were doing it wasnt just a job to them, you could see their passion. From the beginning through now you all gave me a clear vision of what was going well, what wasnt going well and what areas I needed to engage. As a team you were always quick to have good, sound recommen dations for issues. There was never an issue or problem brought up that didnt come with a sound logical recommendation. I could not have learned about the district, visited projects and met with stakeholders without the help of the Deputy District En gineers, the Division and Branch Chiefs Area Engineers and so many dedicated professionals of the District. I also learned early on that in order to accomplish our missions we needed authority and appropriations and throughout my time here I owe a special thanks to unsung heroes Robert Geiger and Rex Crosswhite who provided counsel which I relied heavily on. We could not have accomplished so much without the help of my battle buddies, Troy Collins, Bob Morris and Peggy Grubbs. It was easy to see why the general thought around the Fort Worth. As a team you were already executing at a high opera tion tempo, and as a reward you got more and more pro grams to execute. Four military hospitals and stimulus package proj ects that put the district under the gun to deliver shovel ready projects to jumpstart the na tions economy. All this atop a the Fort Bliss Expansion, San Anto nio Military Medical Center, Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project and the San Antonio River Improve ment Mission Reach project, the largest eco-restoration project in an urban environment. One clear reality is that our success could not be attained without relationships that we have with, local, state and federal rep resentatives, our stakeholders and the citizens in each community we serve along with sister Districts I felt in large part it was my role to help translate Corps speak into understandable information that the public and stakeholders could understand. And you all made that easy to do. I was able to be comfortable being uncomfort Farewell, but not goodbye I was able to be comfortable being uncomfortable in certain situations because I could rely on all of you to give me the information and sage advice needed.
Summer 2012 8 able in certain situation because I could rely on all of you to give me the information and sage advice needed. Sometimes it wasnt what they wanted to hear but we are the honest brokers and the public trusts our judgment, we have a re sponsibility to exercise our author ity and people respect that. During my tenure here the biggest change I have seen is that we are now more respon sive and aware of our customers perspective. Understanding and acknowledging their view, even if you give them bad news, will lead to cooperation and collaboration, building stronger relationships. This has always been present but I see the divisions work harder now from the chiefs to the mid level managers. I believe we have also thought and executed more regionally, working together to ac complish the mission for the good of our partners, the nation and going as we have some challeng ing time ahead. Challenges that I know this district will help lead accomplishing our missions. It has been an honor to serve the district and it has been an honor to deliver projects and services to our country, our mili tary and our communities. We are such an innovative district, chang ing and evolving along with the military and political environment. We are expected to be leaders and Im sure this district will con tinue to be a leader within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Its the people and the passion, not the projects that make Fort Worth a leader in the Corps. This has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding positions I have had in my mili tary career. The impact that the Fort Worth District has had to our nation is phenomenal. We should not be so humble that we do not tell our story. We are myth busters and should continue educating ev eryone on the value the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers brings to the nation. Thanks for all you do each and every day, serving our nation. I salute you all. Col. Richard J. Muraski, Jr. is interviewed by San Antonio news media after the grand opening of the San Antonio River Improve ment Mission Reach project. The project serves as an example of ecosystem restoration efforts and a commitment by the federal government in protecting the health of Americas waters. Col. Richard Muraski meets with former City of Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at the Trinity Center in Dallas.
9 Pacesetter The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District welcomed its new deputy commander Maj. Marty Maldonado May Schultze was selected to command the 15th Engineer Battalion based in Schweinfurt, Germany. The district is fortunate to have Maj. Mal will quickly become an invaluable member of the district, said Col. Christopher Sal lese, USACE Galveston District commander. His extensive background in engineering coupled with increasingly progressive roles as a leader makes him a perfect addition to our team. donado graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology, received his commission through Army ROTC and Following graduation from EOBC, Mal donado was assigned to the 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany, where he served as the battalion ing this tour, Maj. Maldonado participated in multiple rotations at the Combat Maneu ver Traning Center, served as a task force engineer while conducting multi-national exercises in support of the United Nations Preventive Deployment force in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and de ployed to Kosovo as part of KFOR in support of Operation Joint Guardian II. Maldonado has served in a variety of positions at multiple levels within the Depart ment of Army, including two deployments to Afghanistan. vanced Course, Maldonado earned a Master of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the Missouri University of Science and Tech nology as well as graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), National De fense Service Medal (2), Iraq Campaign Medal (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (3), Parachut ist Badge, and Air Assault Badge and the Bronze Order of the De Fleury Medal. USACE Galveston District welcomes new deputy commander People
Summer 2012 10 By Stephen Sheedy Galveston District Public Aairs Most Corps employees reach a point in their lives when they must choose between continuing their careers or retirement. It can be a very dicult decision to make and some view it with a mixture of confusion and apprehension. Aer working for decades, re tirement can seem like stepping into an unknown world; how ever, with the proper planning, this milestone can lead to a new and rewarding way of life. For Arthur J. Janecka, former USACE Galveston deputy dis trict engineer for programs and project management, retiring aer 47 years of federal service was a question of timing. I loved working in the Galveston District, said Janecka. While it was a dicult decision to leave the Corps, I knew the time was right to move on. Although retirement does represent the end of a phase in life, its also the beginning of another. Many retirees take the opportunity to travel, go back to school, spend more time with family and friends or even start a new career. Janecka retired on July 1, 2011, and had no problem lling the time. My wife and I remodeled our home, said Janecka. I also did a lot of new planting in the yard and en hanced the garden. I even found the time to further my education by taking a few engineering courses online. In addition to catching up on home and lawn proj ects, Janecka now has the opportunity to renew old friendships. Ive reconnected with some old friends from high school and college, said Janecka. I also get together with Corps retirees from years ago to enjoy a cup of coee and swap war stories. Since retiring Janecka has also been busy catching up with members of his own family. Ive re-established contact with several of my cous ins, some of whom I hadnt spoken with in years, said Janecka. I also have more time to revel in my role as grandpa. e extra time with his family is what Janecka values most about retiring from the Corps. Retirement aords us the opportunity to spend more time together and evaluate what is impor tant to us as a family, said Janecka. Weve begun to explore our family history, continue to work within our church, and some times, we will just relax and enjoy an old Western movie together. Janecka believes anyone can successfully transition into retirement with proper planning and preparation. I encourage anyone thinking of retirement to carefully examine their nancial situation and have a plan to execute the transi tion from employment to retirement, said Janecka. Additionally, follow all the rules and deadlines when ling your paperwork and keep meticulous records of your retirement documentation. Even with the additional time on his hands, Janecka still has a couple plans that remain unfullled. My wife and I plan to travel to Alaska. Also, I havent gotten in any shing yet, said Janecka. Retirement opens new opportunities for former deputy district engineer Arthur J. Janecka, deputy district engineer for programs and project management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galves ton District, was presented the Silver Order of de Fleury Medal by Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division and Col. Christopher W. Sallese, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, on behalf of the Army Engineer Regiment. Janecka, a Columbus, Texas, native and a 1964 La mar University graduate, retired from the Corps July 1, 2011, after 47 years of dedicated service to the nation.
11 Pacesetter The Southwestern Division Regional Leadership Development Program builds our bank of future leaders by providing a way to develop leadership skills to meet the needs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the region. Participants learn how to improve their performance through training and on-the-job experience. This four-level program has more than its share of success stories, some of which are highlighted in this article. Level 1 focuses on institutional awareness and the strategic direction of our organization and is self-paced; while Level 2 focuses on teamwork, self-awareness and exposure to leadership styles and is a two-year program. The former Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), now Level 3 of the RLDP, is a regional program. The purpose of Level 3 is to provide individuals who have exhibited leadership potential the opportunity to further develop and refine their leadership skills. Additionally, Level 3 participants will have the opportunity to observe the leadership styles of their peers and the USACE Senior Leadership while participating in various conferences, workshops and meetings. Each year two, or more, people from each District and SWDO are selected for the Level 3 program and these individuals, along with the current Level 3 participants, participate in Southwestern Divisions Annual Senior Leader/Leadership Development Conference. The new Level 3 participants also have a chance to be selected to represent SWD at the USACE Annual Emerg ing/Senior Leaders Conference. Level 4, which is still under development, will ultimately be administered by Head quarters USACE. The successes of the program are evident, both for the individual and for the organization. As a measure of that success, following are where some of the participants are now. Anjna OConnorFort Worth District Job Title: Operations Project Manager, Capital Region Oce Graduation from LDP: 2005 How did the LDP help you get where you are or accomplish you current duties? e LDP helped me progress in my career by allowing me to learn more about organizations other than my "home room." e developmental assignments were critical in providing me an opportunity to broaden my experience base and explore career paths other than the traditional ones. Anything else you want to add: e LDP provided greater exposure to se nior leadership and opportunities to observe strategic and operational level decision making. is exposure helped me gain a better understanding of the operating environment within the district, division and USACE. DeJuan CarterLittle Rock District Job Title: Chief of Construction Branch, Area Engineer Graduation from LDP Level III : 2005 How the program beneted you most: I got exposure to other leaders in the dis trict and division. Developmental assignments and opportunities followed. What are your future career goals: Its obviously a challenging thing to accom plish, but the next rung on the ladder for me would be chief of E&C. LDP leading the way! Where are they now... People
Summer 2012 12 Felicity DodsonGalveston District Job Title: Project Manager Years with the Corps: 10 Graduation from LDP Level III: April 2, 2012 Benets you have identied with completing this course: I have a better understanding of what goes into regional governance and the strategic direc tion planned for SWD and SWG. I also better understand the business lines that make up the Corps and how my branch and division contribute to the Corps overall mission. Adam CrispTulsa District Job Title: Chief, Military/Environmental BranchTulsa District Years with Corps: 11 LDP Graduation Date: Local level LDP 2005, Regional LDP 2008 How the program beneted you most: e LDP program helped me recognize my own strengths and weaknesses and how best to overcome or adapt in various circumstances. I was able to meet several of the Corps of Engineers Senior level management and was even selected to work at HQ USACE for seven months, a job that eventually led to my current position. e LDP program helped open my eyes to the many opportunities that exist within our great organization and make relationships with colleagues outside my everyday sphere of inuence. Casandra RamseyTulsa District Job Title: Realty Specialist Years with Corps: 5 LDP Graduation Date: 2012 What you learned most from the program: I learned I can lead from anywhere. I can still have inuence, no matter what posi tion I am in. It is better to know how to do the research than to memorize. Communication is key. Lead by example. Know yourself. ink about where you want to go in the organization. Go aer promo tions because you think it is the best way you can help the organization. Franchelle CraGalveston District Job Title: Civil Engineer Years with the Corps: 10 Graduation from LDP Level II: Fall 2011 What you liked most about the program: I enjoyed the ability to network out side of the district on a regional and headquarters level. How has this program assisted you with career progression? I have developed relationships with mentors outside the USACE Galveston District and received training thats not associated with technical performance.
13 Pacesetter There is an old saying that, for years, has resonated across companies, govern and households when ment is looking for ways to decrease spending and reduce funding across many government agencies, that old with less. Doing less with less is the of Engineers is facing; and part of program to suit lower budgets, less projects, less resources and a new way of doing business. past has been to do more with to change the way we do business, less. sponsible for planning, maintaining, infrastructure. But, the budget for civil works projects in 2013 is project ed to be equal to the budget in 2009. funding strategies that can comple and meet the high value needs of the Finding new ways to cut subordinate commands to develop which suits the new economic cli mate and can be implemented at the The oversight group has come up with four key target areas to focus on in order to address the change in bud project planning process, enhance the budget development process through a systems approach, improve methods of delivery to produce and through water infrastructure, and develop a smart infrastructure asset management strategy to deliver solu The changes are expected to be implemented in 2014. projects. In some instances this may delivers products to its customers. izing the work we do have in order to may mean that not every District will maintain their full scope of planning competencies within their geographic Doing less + with less How the Corps is transforming its business model to meet todays fiscal challenges by LaDonna Davis Civil Works Transformation
Summer 2012 14 across the region to provide that The oversight group has also come up with a new approach that our projects should take less than three years to complete, cost less than $3 million and undergo only the product to our stake holders and will cut costs just what is needed to make our decision and reduce the amount of reviews required for each step of the process. ects, that in years past might longer, in three years or less can be challenging; which is at changing the way projects are executed, operated and maintained. maintaining projects versus breaking projects into sec system versus individual projects that need to have separate contracts and be maintained in an a-la-carte vicedoes every project need to be built and maintained to such a high is going to start asking is, what can our project, but do it at a lesser level that focuses our limited resources on the highest priority work and on the One example of this ap a day 7 days a week. One thing that ways to operate with the money we the public wants. assets. tains millions of dollars worth of in frastructure, but with limited monies, maintain each structure. To counter to determine which structures are considered most at risk and most and decision support tools to focus our resources to those projects with the highest value or return on invest factors could include the value of the asset, the economic value of the ser vices provided, the number of people at risk, maintenance costs and the facility. some tough decisions in the coming months to acclimate to the changing economical climate. budget might result in less projects get have to do is cut its is trying to do this in the least harmful way to employees, those ways include reducing the work number of rehired an also look at ways to virtually restructure where the people are or vise versa. The full civil works transfor has to be able to transform to the Engineers as a whole and also here ing as we work our way through this A barge boat makes its way through the McKlellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System lock and dam. Reducing the MKARNS hours of opera tions is just one of the ways the Southwestern Division is looking to reduce costs as part of the civil works transformation. Currently, the MKARNS runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.(Photo by USACE Little Rock District PAO)
15 Pacesetter gineers is modernizing its civil works planning projects selected to be part of is to complete the feasibility study in three years for under $3 million with Division, said. cess has division and headquarters looking at issues and providing guid ance simultaneously and earlier in the process. as we move through the process. This feasibility level decisions. The new process allows the planning team to screen earlier in the process so it gathers greater detail and builds certainty as it moves through the study. move the project forward quicker. screened out numerous ones narrow select the recommended plan. public and agency concurrence on a This process requires the team to work more closely with the sponsor guidance. more comfortable with the new pro cess we will realize more and more and will empower our civil works study process. cost-shared feasibility study with the in 2013. ing considered include structure reloca and in congested areas, underground culverts. create an environmentally-sustainable duits in the city center. of 2008. sor involvement while challenging our planners to meet those goals. Springeld Flood Risk Management Project picked for pilot study Civil Works Transformation For the last 200 years, the town of Springfield, Mo. has been suffering from severe flooding along Jordan Creek. A new pilot study being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District looks to help solve the flooding issues in an expedited manner. (Photo by USACE Little Rock District )
Summer 2012 16 By Randy Cephus, SWF Deputy PAO The Fort Worth District is making great strides with civil works transformation during the conduct of the Westside Creeks Pilot Study. Through this transforma tion, the Corps of Engineers established a new and modernized planning paradigm to streamline the project planning process. Corps leaders envision this transformation, featur ing a risk based decision process, will help produce a more concise Chiefs Report that is completed faster and at a lower cost than in the past. the Nation currently in the Pilot Study program. But what makes this study unique is the fact that it is the only one to enter the program from the projects inception. allows us to produce a more timely decision document Westside Creeks lead planner, Stacy Gray. The study area includes four tributaries of the San Antonio River that run through San Antonios west-side communities. These tributaries are the Alazan, Apache, Martinez, and San Pedro Creeks. All four creeks were straightened and channelized during the 1960s as part of the San Antonio Channel Improvement Program. The study will examine how to restore the na tive riverine function to the Westside Creeks study area management. Recreation is also an authorized project purpose and will be considered as a study component. The process requires that the team identify risks and uncertainties and establish a level of risk that is acceptable with con sideration to life safety and health, and then design and implement a study to that appro priate level of effort. One of the most challenging; yet exciting things about this project is thinking outside the box and getting out of our com fort zone of doing things the traditional way, said Gray. The new paradigm stresses making decision centered on whether or not there is a Federal interest. A key subset of this was to also see if there is also a Corps interest that is separate from the overall Federal interest. Under this paradigm, the goal is to months of the study, and if the determination is no Federal interest then we would move into a technical support role to assist the local community with implementing their vision within an existing Federal project, said Gray. The next major milestone is DP2, which is the Tentatively Selected Plan, said Westside Creeks project manager, Nova Robbins. We anticipate reaching this decision point around December of this year. side Creeks actual range is a 16-24 month study. The overall goal is to shorten the planning process, but to do decision. A key component to the initial success of the project is due to the constant communication and col laboration with the project sponsor, the San Antonio River Authority. SARA is one of the Fort Worth Districts oldest partners. They are full project delivery team members and are active participants throughout the planning pro cess. SARA is providing much of the technical data, such as geomorphology and natural channel planning, to our H&H folks, and we could not execute this aggressive timeline without their technical support, added Robbins. Many of our sponsors seek special legislation to ensure the communitys desires are not lost in the Corps planning process, says Robbins. The WSC project comes to this process with a conceptual plan developed by the community and provides us an opportunity to plan a study that includes this vision using the concepts of the paradigm. SARAs technical expertise makes the entire PDT stronger. This teamwork will become even more critical goal, the Chiefs Report. Making the transformation stride along the Westside Creeks The Fort Worth Districts Westside Creeks Project Delivery Team and members of the San Antonio River Authority conduct a site visit to the project area which is part of a pilot program to streamline the amount of time it takes to complete stud ies.
17 Pacesetter The record drought that oc curred in 2011 across much of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas highlighted the risks that our region faces in provid ing dependable water supplies for a growing population and economy. While the drought of 2011 was par ticularly intense, the drought of record for most of the region remains the ex tended drought that occurred through the 1950s. The recently released 2012 Texas State Water Plan reports that, if we were to experience those same drought conditions today, water sup plies could not be sustained at the rate of current demands across the state. Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas have all prepared detailed state plans for meeting future water needs in the region. Texas estimates that $53 billion will have to be invested in new infrastructure to develop additional sources of water supply to reliably meet the future water demands that are expected to occur with population growth over the next 50 years. This does not include the additional capital expenses that will be needed to clean and distribute new water supplies, and then collect and treat the addi tional wastewater to meet discharge standards, all of which are estimated at over $170 billion. billion will be required to provide ad equate drinking water and wastewater infrastructure over the next 50 years. Kansas estimates that many existing water supply reservoirs in the state will soon be unable to supply their communities through a onceHow do you solve a problem like water? How the Corps is managing Earths precious, limited resource by Brad Hudgens, SWD Teechnical Director of Water Management and Reallocation Studies Planning Center of Expertise Water Resources Texas State Park police officer Thomas Bigham walks across the cracked lake bed of O.C. Fisher Lake, in San Angelo, Texas. (Courtesy Associated Press)
Summer 2012 18 to high rates of sedimentation that are reducing the dependable storage much sooner than planned. Groundwater supplies a con siderable amount in all three states, but sustainable rates of production from the major aquifers in the re gion are forecasted to decline, and, in many cases, pumping rates are already decreasing and being restrict ed. Water supply, although a small program within the Corps from the national level, is an important mission across the region. The Southwestern Division has placed an emphasis on working with state, tribal and local partners on issues related to water supply as part of Goal 2 of the USACE Campaign Plan to deliver enduring and essential water resourc es solutions through collaboration with partners and stakeholders. This and Brigadier Gen. Kula established this as one of his priorities for FY12: Develop and implement regional watershed and reservoir sustainability strategy that includes water realloca tion. Fort Worth Districts operate 60 major reservoir projects in these states that include over 6.7 million acre-feet of storage that is dedicated to municipal and industrial water supplies more than any other region in the Corps. This storage is capable of reliably supplying over three billion gallons per day to households and industries in the region throughout the drought of record. In fact, the Corps is the single largest supplier of water in the region. The states and local municipalities depend on these projects, including eight reservoirs in Kansas operated by the Kansas City district, for about one-half of the existing surface water supplies in Kansas, and one-third of the supplies in Oklahoma and Texas. The average age of these reservoir projects is now about 50 years old. While operations and maintenance (O&M) of these projects remains a top priority for the Corps, reliability will become an increasing concern given their age and current As with any major capital item, the Corps manages these proj ects throughout a life-cycle of con struction, operation and maintenance, and recapitalization. As the Corps reservoir proj ects in the region approach the end of their initial service life, decisions about recapitalization will be made within an infrastructure asset man agement approach. Recapitalization may entail major expenditures to extend the ser vice life of a project, ensuring its safe ty and reliability. Recapitalization may also include reformulation of project purposes and changes in operations to best meet the present needs of the region. And, in some cases, the Corps may recommend de-authoriza tion and closure or divestment of the project, if it is determined to be in the best interests of the public. Recognizing that project costs allocated to water supply are carried entirely by the non-federal sponsors, these decisions will need to be made in close coordination with those sponsors. In 2011, the Texas Water Development Board, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, and Kansas Water Corps to improve coordination on wa ter resources issues such as these. The group signed a charter that pledges to work together towards better communication and collabo ration, integration of planning pro opportunities. The overall goal of the team is to enable implementation of sus tainable solutions to water resources problems and ensure the best use of the major federal reservoir projects in the region for future generations. Execution of Kulas priority for a regional watershed and reservoir sustainability strategy, and the related Plan goals during this period of con strained budgets will require that the Corps actively pursue available funds under programs such as Planning As sistance to States and ensure that the regions needs are communicated in the development of the administration In FY11, the Division sought and obtained reprogramming for unobligated PAS funds from other re gions, doubling the amount of funding brought into this region. In planning for the FY14 budget, SWD worked with the national water supply busi ness line and Headquarters Programs Integration Division to develop new performance-based metrics that will better align the O&M work category in the business line with the numbers Members of the Corps, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas team for Regional State/Federal Col laboration in Water Resource Planning and Management charter meet at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City, Feburary 2012. (Division photo)
19 Pacesetter of existing projects and water supply storage agreements in each region. These metrics will be applied and are expected to bring a larger percentage of the program funds to this region, enabling the start or continuation of one or two reallocation studies each year. Maintaining aging infrastruc ture projects to best serve chang ing needs and purposes may send the Corps and its state and local partners into uncharted territory, and the path forward may not always be clear. Nev ertheless, SWD Pacesetters are embracing these challenges and moving forward with some no table successes. In 2009, trict completed a reallocation of conserva tion storage at the Bull Shoals reservoir to pro vide a source of safe and reliable water supply for 20,000 people in four rural coun ties in Arkansas who had been drinking water from contaminated groundwater aquifers. By completing the planning study to authorize the reallocation within a one-year schedule, the Dis trict enabled the sponsor to secure nearly $60 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvest ment Act to build a new water system to serve the area. Fort Worth district also utilized ARRA to address major repair needs at several reservoir projects in Texas. Recognizing that these proj ects would need to be cost-shared with local sponsors, some of whose water storage agreements required payment in full at the time of construc tion, the District sought and obtained permission from the Assistant Sec retary of the Army for Civil Works to allow the sponsors to amortize these costs, relieving them of the unex when they could least afford to pay, while still accomplishing these much needed repairs. From 2006 to 2011, Tulsa District worked with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board using PAS funding to help the state complete the 2011 update to the Oklahoma Com prehensive Water Plan. The District is now working with the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations in southeast Oklahoma on a water plan for the tribes. In some cases, the Corps can be a facilitator to leverage the ex pertise or authorities of other federal faced by the states and sponsors. Tulsa district, has worked for years to develop such relationships through ef forts like the Western States Federal Agency Support Team. tunity to get funding from the Institute for Water Resources for pilot studies related to the challenges of climate change. He won approval for his proposal to work with the Department of the Interiors newly formed South Central Regional Climate Science Center at the University of Oklahoma to investigate how study teams can obtain and apply the best available cli mate science in evaluating issues such as water demand and availabil ity. There is no doubt that the Corps Civil Works program is undergoing transformation, and no short age of initia tives looking at ways to meet current and fu ture challeng es: planning modernization, asset management and infrastructure strategies, watershed and systems approaches and integrated water resources management, just to name a few! Good ideas from all of these areas may have a role to play in work ing with state and local sponsors to solve the water resources problems in the region. By looking for oppor tunities, encouraging innovation, and using all of the tools in the federal toolbox, Pacesetters will continue to blaze new trails in developing endur ing solutions to these challenges. Water Resources An aerial view of the Grapevine Lake in Grapevine, Texas
Summer 2012 20 Have you ever wondered what will happen to our water supply in 25 years? What about 50 or 100? How will the ever changing climate affect our water resources in the years to come? Those are the questions that The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District is trying to answer in a pilot study of the and Southeast Kansas. Currently, 117 of the 600 Corps managed multi-purpose reservoir projects include enough water supply storage to meet the water needs of year. In order to effectively manage these reservoirs, USACE is studying the impacts that a change in cli mate will have on the water supply over time. The pilot study is just one of the ways the Corps is looking toward the future to come up with a sustainable water supply strategy. The goal of the study is to demonstrate a sustainable local, tribal, state and federal government risk management process associated with climate change impacts to reservoir yield, water quality and soil and water con ditions in the watershed. Information gathered from the study can also serve as a template for future reservoir and watershed studies. Our intent is to be able to repeat this pro cess as the climate science advances, said Doug Tulsa District. We want to of leveraging resources for multiple organizations and applying that info in a practical way in a planning study and then providing that information to deci sion makers. and watershed was cho sen because of existing reservoir models and baseline information de veloped from the Oologah ment Study that was com pleted in 2012, making the pilot study cost and time effective. We get more bang for our buck by using Oologah because we dont have to spend pilot money total cost for the study is $225,000. The study is being conducted in partner ship with the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Southern Climate Impacts Plan ning Program and the Department of Interiors South Central Climate Science Center at the University of Oklahoma along with other local, tribal, state, federal and non-government organization stakeholders. The study will take an interactive and col laborative approach by encouraging stakeholder input and information exchange. Climate data will be collected from various global and regional historic cli mate models and statistical downscaling to produce a future project dataset. The data collected will be entered into a dataset model to be incorporated into Were in the process of learning about cli mate change and its effects on our waters, said warmer weathermore extreme events and that may change how sediment is transported in to reser voirs. So, in the future we may learn if we have more extreme drought events we may have less reservoir yield than we previously thought. Our lakes may in more extreme events that transport more sediment. So those are things that are potential issues and that are what we are trying to learn more abouthow we would plan for those potential issues in the future? The pilot study began at the beginning of 2012 and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2013. Learning about climate change on Oologah Lake Oologah Lake is being used for a pilot study that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District is conducting along with NOAA to determine what affects climate change has on the water supply. (Photo courtesy lasr.net)
21 Pacesetter Q: What is the Wallisville A: Houston at the Trinity River and Interstate 10, the prevent the intrusion of saltwater up the Trin ity River in order to conserve fresh water and to protect fresh water intakes for local municipalities, including the City of Houston. This feat is ac complished through the use of a saltwater barrier, a navigational lock and a control structure used and drought on the Trinity River and prevent the saltwater wedge from moving upstream. In addi tion to protecting the fresh water supply, the U.S. Project supports navigation of commercial and recreational boats, serves as a water supply, is a favorite recreational destination among Hous habitats. Q: What is unique about the Wallisville A: Home to the largest remaining intact cypress swamp along the Texas Gulf Coast, the es, freshwater marshes, bottomland hardwood swamps and cypress swamps. These protected wetland habitats contain a tremendous variety of wildlife species ranging from deer, bobcat and alligators to dozens of migratory, waterfowl and songbirds. The project also protects and serves T ucked away along the outskirts of the bustling City of Houston lies a 23,000-acre natural retreat also known as the Wallisville Lake Project. Not only does the project provide recreational opportunities for visitors to connect with the outdoors that includes kayaking, bird watch ing, recreational shing and picnicking, the project serves a very impor tant watershed function. Wallisville Lake Project By Galveston District Public Affairs Water Resources
Summer 2012 22 as the nursery for the estuary of the Trinity River system. Q: Which agencies primarily partner with the A: The primary partners for the development Trinity River Authority, the City of Houston and the project. In addition to water management partners, the Corps also partners with groups whose primary concerns are the protection of natural resources associated with the project and the education of the public about them. These include, but are not limited to, The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Houston Wilder ness and the Waterborne Education Center. While the Gulf Coast Bird Observatorys primary interest focuses on educating visitors about the birds that inhabit the project, the Houston Wilderness centers on promoting the outdoor opportunities available to Houstonians, and the Waterborne Education Center works to increase awareness about the value of the wetlands, marshes and aquatic habitats in relation ship to the coast and the bays in the area. Together, these agencies continue to cultivate stewardship and an appreciation of the natural and historic resources available to Houstonians and visitors alike. Q: Which recreational opportunities exist at the A: Many recreational opportunities that cater to nature lovers are available to visitors. The J.J. Mayes Wildlife Trace is a driving nature trail located along the west side of the Trinity River begins at I-10 and runs south through the marsh for approximately ous spots to stop and observe the wildlife. With an hiking boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible, the trail has quickly become a favorite destination for birding enthusiasts. The Trinity River Mouth Waterbird Rookery hosts a boardwalk that enables visitors to walk to the edge of the marsh where numerous waterbirds nest during the spring (wheelchair accessible). Additional ly, the Trinity River Island Recreation Area along with the visitor center offers information to visitors about and picnic facilities. year round and waterfowl hunting opportunities are available during the fall and winter months through out the project. the goals of Americas Great Outdoors initiative? A: The ultimate goal of Americas Great Out door initiative (created in 2010) is to conserve and restore Americas great outdoors and encourage Americans to connect with nature. From paddling, provides visitors unlimited recreational opportunities, offer awareness-raising educational opportunities and supports environmental partnership initiatives. Q: Which new sites are opening at the Wallis A: The Corps is working with its partners to de velop a paddle trail on the eastern side of the project off of FM 563. The paddle trail will pass through part of the largest remaining cypress swamp remaining on the Texas gulf coast. The Corps has surveyed the area and determined the layout of the trail and will begin installing the trail markers in the coming months with the trail expected to be completed by fall. Though the trail is not yet marked, visitors are welcomed to paddle the area. Remember, when on the water, always where your life jacket, take plenty of drinking water and ber. A fishing enthusiast enjoys a day of recreational fishing at Wal lisville. The Wallisville Lake Project is a large area of protected wetlands, swamp forest, and bottomland hardwood forest created by the USACE Galveston District for salinity control, navigation, wa ter supply, recreation and fish and wildlife enhancement. For more information about recreating at one of the parks within the project visit. (photo by USACE Galveston PAO)
23 Pacesetter A FISH OUT OF Saving the Illinois trout shery WATER e town of Gore, Okla. proudly calls itself the Trout Capital of Oklahoma because of the large trout shery on the Lower Illinois River below the Tenkiller Lake dam, however, during the summer 2011 drought, the future of the shery was uncertain. Low dissolved oxygen levels and high water temperatures resulted in a small sh kill of both non-na tive trout and native species of sh and the threat of an even larger sh kill that could devastate the shery was looming. ough Tenkiller Lake is authorized for sh and wildlife, there isnt any water allocated for that purpose and all of the water supply storage is accounted for leaving no water for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conser vation to use for the shery. For many years, however, a leak in the sluice gate at Tenkiller Dam pro vided a fresh water ow that aided the dissolved oxygen level and temperature. In 2010, that leak was repaired. e repair was needed just as a matter of maintaining our equipment, said Jody Stringer, Water Management Section, Hy drology and Hydraulics branch. e project was built in the 1950s and nothing lasts forever, so we must maintain our equipment to ensure that we are able to operate the project eectively and ecient ly. In addition to the sluice gate leak, donated water of a little more than 12,000 cubic acres from Sequoyah County Fuels water sup ply allocation allowed ODWC to release water for the shery. However, during the drought, that donated water was exhausted. e depleted donated water combined with the repaired sluice gate le no water available for the shery. As a result, oxygen levels dropped and water tempera tures rose leading to a small sh by Nate Herring, Tulsa District 23 Pacesetter Water Resources
Summer 2012 24 kill in the stilling basin below the Tenkiller Dam. Aer the initial sh kill, there was nothing that the Tulsa District could do since ODWC was out of water, Stringer said. As an interim measure, ODWC decided to stop stocking trout and South western Power Administration, who manages hydropower gen eration at Tenkiller, began to do a little more generation than they had previously. ese quick actions pre vented further sh kills during the drought, but still le the need for longer term solutions. To further complicate the situation, the do nated water storage from Sequoyah County Fuels may not be available in the future because the company is relinquishing their rights to the water. Multi-agency discussions began to discuss possible solutions to the issue. Partnership eorts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, ODWC, SWPA, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are underway to ensure the trout shery remains a vital part of the local economy. In the short term, two projects are in development that will benet the shery. e rst is the installation of a Supersaturated Dissolved Oxygen System that will target the stilling basin where the sh kill occurred. it will be oper ated by ODWC during times when the dissolved oxygen level reaches critical lows in that area. e other project is a low ow pipe system which will release water directly from the surge tank to the stilling basin. ` Right now we only have one mechanism to release water for the trout shery, and it has a minimum release of 150 cu bic feet of water per second. At certain times, this is more water than ODWC would like to have released, Stringer said. is low ow pipe will allow Tulsa District to help ODWC conserve their wa ter as much as possible by releasing as little as 50 cubic feet per second through it. In the past, when the gates were used for releases late in the day, the releases would need to continue until personnel arrived in the morning to close the gates. e low ow pipe will be controlled from the Fort Gibson powerhouse so releases can be changed around the clock, Stringer said. e small amount of water that is available makes every decision important, she said. ese projects are funded by SWPA and are executed by the Tulsa District. e goal is to have them in place by August, just in time for the hottest part of the summer, said Kent Dunlap, chief of natural resources. In addition, the four agencies are setting up a monitor ing plan to monitor conditions throughout the shery down stream of the dam. One of the problems that we had in the past is a lack of consistently measured data to help make better decisions in managing the water that is available, Stringer said. is plan will help in mak ing future decisions to manage resources and support good habitat conditions in the trout shery. ese projects will provide help to the shery in the event of a drought like last summer while a mid-term solution is still under consideration. e Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conserva tion has requested a seasonal pool increase of two feet. is would raise the pool level from 632 to 634 from the beginning of June through the end of November for a one year trial period. is increase would allow ODWC to have ad ditional water for release. ere are several challenges that must be addressed prior to ap proval such as the cultural impact and negative impacts to other water supply users. In addition, raising the pool two feet leaves less room for ood control stor age. is seasonal pool will not be approved in time for this summer, said Dunlap. A long-term solution would need to come from a permanent reallocation. is is something that would need to be congressionally authorized and funded, and it would take multiple studies prior to execution. ere is no magic bullet solution to all of this, said Dunlap. None of these things by them selves x it, but if you have several things working together, it helps, and that is what these agencies are trying to do, nd solutions that to gether can help sustain the shery well into the future. Summer 2012 24
25 Pacesetter Nestled between the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains the oldest Corps of Engineers lake in Arkansas. And proj Waterfowl Area, a 2,400-acre green-tree reservoir and public duck hunting area. Green-tree reservoirs use water control struc provide migrating waterfowl with shelter, food and mating opportunities from late fall through early spring. At the same time, these shallow woodland lakes provide excel lent hunting opportunities. 1930s near Stuttgart, Ark. They were designated greenvoirs. The concept originated as a means to compensate waterfowl habitat. The earliest models for green-tree reservoirs from the 1930s say that oak trees, water and ducks are all that would enhance the trees growth and development as well as the ducks. Park Ranger Eric Edwardson said. The theory appears simple, but thorough planning is critical to prevent damage to the timber. and Fish Commission have implemented an adaptive lifecycle management plan to maintain aquatic ecosystems and prevent environmental losses to timber in the water fowl area. The life-cycle plan includes yearly construction, maintenance and management. Protection and management of the natural environment are our main goals, the park ranger said. Regular inspection of green-tree reservoirs is an essential management requirement. Fall and winter inspections check the operation of water control structures and regu If you flood it, They will come Water Resources
Summer 2012 26 The Lloyd Millwood Water Fowl Area is a 2,400-acre green-tree reservoir and public duck hunting area. (Photo by Jay Townsend) Debris must be removed from water control struc tures, and levees should be inspected for critter tunnels and signs of erosion. Periodic inspection is also needed during summer, and after heavy rains. Properly managed green-tree reservoirs are drained before the growing season begins in the spring. Only a few inches of water or saturated ground during the growing season can cause permanent timber damage. In in a row can cause increased soil moisture and alter the ecosystems. down the green-tree reservoir completely this year and will tion of typical bottomland hardwood species and allow the soil to dry out. ferent place to duck hunt this year, and for ducks it means one of their favorite pit stops on the migratory highway will be closed for repairs. The drawdown is a normal part of maintenance around here. If we dont take care of the trees and land, they wont be here in the future, Edwardson said. Personnel will use the dry time to perform some much-need repairs and upgrades. The drawdown will give us a chance to update our water control structures and clean up our levees, he said. Workers will install new stop log structures that will not only help get the water off the trees faster, but will also better regulate the depth of the green-tree reservoir. The average depth over the reservoir should be he said. These depths allow ducks to feed off the bottom and allow hunters to wade safely through the reservoir. We have a lot to get done this year. Thorough planning and hard work will reduce the potential for future management problems, Edwardson said. favorite duck hole this year, but with a little planning and vision from the AGFC and the Corps, theyll have it for many years to come. Because these two agencies are willing to partner up and work together, hunters can rely on personnel to maintain this unique wildlife management area.
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Summer 2012 28 Water safety is one of many key initiatives going on in Op erations Division, what other initiatives are you leading your team on? Why is it so impor tant to the Corps mission? One of the biggest areas being emphasized at this time is train ing. Over the last few years, many people have retired and many more will retire soon. It is imperative that we adequately train newly hired employees as well as capture the knowledge of existing employees before they retire. This is a huge piece of the puzzle to the Civil Works Trans formation processes currently underway. What is your role at the Fort Worth District? My role is to provide over sight and staff supervision in execution of all Operations mission areas of the Fort Worth District, including Op erations & Maintenance and major repairs of all completed civil works projects and multipurpose water resources projects, within the business ment, hydropower, recreation, environmental stewardship compliance, and water sup ply. I also serve as resource leverage funds, manpower, tion as effectively as possible. There are also times where I have to answer inquiries from stakeholders, partners and the public...i.e. media, Con gressional interests, munici palities, counties, state and federal agencies. Tell us about your most re warding experience, your proudest moment, since join ing the Fort Worth District. The most rewarding experi ence I have is seeing employees excel. We strive to provide the resources neces sary for employees to become successful and I take great pride and satisfaction seeing people thrive in their positions. Before working for the Fort Worth District, what was the most unusual or interesting job youve ever had? I've worked on farms and ranch es, in metal shops and the con struction industry, for roofers and plumbers...all of which had some unusual and interesting aspects to them. However, nothing in any of those jobs compare to some of the unusual or interest ing things that I encountered as What do you enjoy doing when youre not at work? I love to spend time with my hunt, travel, and attend sporting eventsGo Cowboys (I am a huge Emmitt Smith fan), Rangers and Mavericks! Im also involved in church activities. Fort Worth District: Tim MacAllister Position: Assistant Chief, Operations Division Years at SWF 17 Hometown: Grew up all over Texas... from Nacogdoches to El Paso and many, many places in between. The family home place is in Gonzales County. Education : Bachelor of Science, Range and Ranch Management, Tarleton State University Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Traveling, immersing myself in my childrens activ ities, church activities Bio Stats
29 Pacesetter How do you see your role as the Com mander's Executive Secretary? This varies with each commander...all very different in their expectations and I try to determine how best to serve each one. This usually evolves over time as I gain their trust. I have been very fortunate in that in all the years I have been in this position I have never had a Commander ferent side of these folks from what has to be shown to others for one reason or another. We work so closely that I and like a Commanders extended family. What are some of the requirements of the job: What are some of the interesting events you have seen happen here at SWDO? In 1997, during Brig. Gen. Henry S. Millers tenure, there was considerable discussion about and planning for coceeded to the point where folk had their homes in order to move to within the commuting area. At the last minute, Headquarters called the re-location off. been the deputy Commanding General. He had suffered two heart attacks the year before coming to SWD and as a ents of the particular model. I had a list malfunction, and we did have a couple of incidents at the airport. Brig. Gen. David Melcher was the next commander. He was Commander during the September 11th terror attack and its aftermath, and during his time, the Division was joined by many reservists called in to provide assistance with the war effort and security of our facilities. We were very unaccustomed to having so many uniformed members in the Division. General Melcher was an avid golfer, and joined John Brigance and other SWDO golf Team members as often as he could. General Melcher had spent time as a White House Fellow during President Reagans term, and had some interest ing stories to tell. Do you speak any other languages I did a ten month total immersion in Italian language & culture as an au pair while working in German business in Dusseldorf, Germany Tell us about your farm! After several years of gardening in the clay soil of Dallas, Jim and I searched for some land which had large trees (my requirement) and anything except clay in which to raise a vegetable garden (Jims requirement). Twenty years ago this December we bought some land just east of Canton. Part of it had been used to grow roses and fruit trees and these had not been cared for for a considerable length of time. It took us several years of busy weekends and much assistance from friends to bring it up to par. We now run approximately 40 head of Brangas cattle and grow and cut enough hay to feed them, though the drought last year played havoc with our hay supplies, and, unfortunately, our native trees. Southwestern Division: Jenny Moore Position: Executive Secretary Years with Corps: 27 years Hometown: Born in Glen Innes, New South Wales; grew up on a sheep proper ty on the New South Wales/Queensland border in Australia Education: shorthand, typing & book keeping course at the Presbyterian Girls College in Warwick, Australia. Hobbies: travelling, gardening; reading; helping my husband on our small farm in East Texas Bio Stats People
Summer 2012 30 You are new to being a Corps parks volunteer. What led you to decide to volunteer at Short Mountain Cove? family and I were camping here, and the camp host mentioned to us there would be an opening for this volunteer posi tion. I didnt even know there was such a position. We thought about it and prayed about it and decided it would be an excel lent opportunity to be able to camp and work for our stay. We love it! It is a great opportunity to be together as a family. It is so easy to get so wrapped up, so busy with day-to-day life and not spend enough time together. What does that everyday life involve for you? I graduated from Northeastern State University with a Masters in Education Administration and was an elementary school teacher for 10 years before surren dering to the call to preach. As a minister, it is very easy to answer every call and neglect my own family. I do some jail min istry and other programs, and its hard to say no. This gives me a great opportunity to get some family time, to step back and re-group. I have four children, ranging in age from our oldest, our son, 26, to our ters just graduating; it really reminds me how quickly it all goes. So how has living in the park volun teering changed things? This has been a great chance to get a little peace. I enjoy the work I do here. Cleaning up the campsites is never drudgery. Spraying off the picnic tables, trash is almost therapeutic for me. Also, we usually do work as a family. We will take a walk around all together, check ing the docks and swimming areas and making sure they look good. It has been a real blessing to me and my family. This is a chance to do something different, while allowing me to be free for the job that I do as a minister. work here? I dont tell people I am a pastor unless they ask. I just want them to think of me as a good neighbor. There is a simple bible verse, about loving thy neighbor as yourself, and it seems that when I treat others well, they treat us well back. given to me. be a nice perk. We freeze them when we get so many. weekend, so now it is time to stock up again. Working out here has shown me there are just so many nice people. I had an old boat given to me by some friends. It had belonged to their parents. Its a 1979 ski boat, Susie, a beauty in her time. The last time it was started was will be a project of mine for the summer, cleaning it up and getting out on the lake It sounds like youve turned it into one. Have there been any challenges your family has faced while living in the park this season? Being involved in Evangelism, we are used to wandering around and being out certainly a friend of the squirrels. One evening she was playing with a net over by the water and accidentally scooped up a huge gar. She had the most shocked time shed ever seen one of those. What is the best part of your volunteer ing experience? Im a people person, and I just love the interactions with the campers. That is probably my favorite part of this experi ence. My family and I love this volunteer work; a great opportunity to be able to do something that is kind of our dream. I like to serve people and be a good neighbor. is mighty fun! Tulsa District: Dwight Ed Blankenship By Shawna Blake, public affairs student intern Position: Corps Parks Volunteer Park: Short Mountain Cove, Robert S. Kerr Lock, Dam and Reservoir on the Arkansas River Years of Service: First season vol unteering Other Jobs: Pastor and Substitute Teacher Bio Stats
31 Pacesetter What do you do in your current posi tion: Currently, I am the Operations Manager for Operations and Maintenance (O&M) projects on the Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Harbor Channel, Bayport Ship Channel, Barbours Terminal Chan nel, and Greens Bayou Channel. What project(s)/tasks are you cur rently working on? Some of the tasks that I am currently working on include managing the award a maintenance dredging contract for the Houston Ship Channel Greens to Sims reach, developing upcoming con tract scopes and schedules for FY13 Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Harbor, and Bayport projects, manag ing ongoing Houston and Galveston maintenance dredging contracts and within available project funds. Discuss your role as the Operations Manager. As the Operations Manager for my projects, I am responsible for coor dinating and executing maintenance dredging and construction contracts necessary to maintain waterway di mensions in order to ensure safe navi gation. I am responsible for developing project budgets and schedules and for leading a project delivery team in the development of upcoming contracts as well as the resolution of construction is sues for ongoing contracts. I also coor the waterway users and local industry. What do you like about your current job? I like solving problems and seeing the projects which we have designed come to fruition. Even when things dont hap pen exactly as we have planned and come together, resolve the problem, and get the job done. Whos the most interesting person youve worked with during your ten ure at the Corps? I have learned a lot from many different people in our district, but I would have to say that I consider Al Meyer of the Houston Resident mentor. He is extremely knowl edgeble about his projects, is dedicated, hardworking, and always takes time out of his day to help people. He helped teach me the ropes of how to be a project engineer when I worked in the Houston work in Operations Division. Whats your most memorable project working with the Corps? I will never forget the Freeport Hurricane construction at Port Freeport. I was assigned as the lead project engineer halfway through the project. The project had complex problems arise every day, and the solutions to the problems re quired a lot of thought and analysis in a very restricted period of time in order to keep the project moving. Tensions were high between all parties, but we were able to tackle the problems in order to ensure project accomplishment. Why did you choose Engineering as While growing up, I was either building things or taking things apart to see how they worked. When I headed to college, I really didnt even know what engineer ing was, so I started out in a different major. Eventually I realized that I want ed to be an engineer, not only because of my desire to build things and the lure of being involved in some really exciting projects, but also because my efforts was a lot of hard work, but now I am in credibly thankful that I was blessed with the opportunity to be an engineerboth for the Army and now for USACEand that everything has worked out the way that it has. How do you feel your work is making a difference in the district? Managing the O&M projects on the Fed eral waterways helps to maintain safe and reliable navigation for waterway users, which is critical in keeping the economy running. Our project delivery teams work together in order to design, construct, and maintain projects that district plays a hand in these projects whether directly or indirectly. Galveston District: Tricia Campbell Position: Operations Manager in Operations Division -Navigation Branch Years in current position: One Years with SWG: Five Education: Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla Bio Stats People
Summer 2012 32 Counsel. Why dont you? I report to District Counsel R.E. Rog ers but I sit alongside my clients in the Program and Project Management Divisions Medical Support Branch and assist medical support. The Medical Support Branch has such a heavy con tracting footprint that when the branch was formed in 2009, district leadership determined that a full time attorney was needed to review the various contracting actions to help keep the program on a fast track and also to keep the program out of the courtroom. Do you go to court and yell I object, your Honor!? No, I have never objected in court. In fact I rarely go to court. I see the goal of my job as keeping district leadership responding to contractor claims, prepar ing responses to bid protest, and appeals to the Armed Services Board of Contracts Appeals. The Medical Support Branch is the primary contracting agent for the Air Force Medical Servicing Agency, which has an annual budget of about $6.9 billion and runs 75 military treatment facilities, including 13 hospitals and medical centers and 171 smaller medical units world wide. We also have construction projects that we are the contract ing agent for and manage for the as well as the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine. All Corps contract ing actions valued at $500,000 or more must be reviewed by an attorney. Therefore, the Medical Support Branch has many solicita tions and contracts that I need to scrub before they can be sent out. I see my role as being Smokey What did you do before you worked for the Medical Support Branch? I served as the districts environmen tal counsel and freedom of information reviewed all environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and all requests for information under FOIA. I also advised the district on the impact of the Privacy Act of 1974 and supervised the paralegals administration of FOIA program. love for astronomy, but the most im portant question is, are you a Star Trek or Star Wars fan? I honestly love them both. I grew up watching the original Star Trek series with Im a huge fan of both. My interest in the trying to earn my Astronomy Merit Badge birthday present. I loved looking at the stars as a child, but I didnt have time to explore space much in college and law school, however, I never lost inter est. I really got back into astronomy in a big way in 1997 when comet Hale Bopp became visible. For an astronomer, how cool was it to see Venus transit in front of the sun? most impressive things Ive done as an amateur astronomer. My friend Bill Sanders (a civil engineer in Hydraulics and Technical Services Branch) and I, along with other members of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, set our telescopes up at Pinnacle Mountain State Park for a public watch party during the organization that regularly promotes astronomy in the community, usually at star parties on Pinnacle Mountain and at Woolly Hollow State Park. Bill and I have a deep passion for astronomy, and we are happy to share it with the public. Little Rock District: James Fisher Assistant District Counsel Counsel to Medi cal Support Branch Years with SWL: Eight Hometown: Crossett, AR Education: Law degree from the University of Arkansas Hobbies: Amateur astronomy and retired racing greyhound adoption Bio Stats
33 Pacesetter By Galveston District Public Affairs Every April, the sky above the Gulf Coast be take a temporary respite before resuming their long recuperate before continuing to their breeding grounds further north, which makes the Corps Woods on Galves ton Island, situated along a major migratory route, an ideal rest stop after crossing the Gulf of Mexico. The heavily wooded strip of land located on the islands East End is part of the USACE Galvestons ben rial extracted from the Houston Ship Channel and quickly became a pristine habitat for wildlife and a favorite desti nation for migratory birds. Each year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District dredges approximately 30 to 40 mil its mission of keeping waterways open for navigation and commerce. The material collected is often used for eco system restoration projects. an organizer of FeatherFest, an annual Galveston bird ing event in April that attracts thousands of birders from around the nation, wildlife gathers in the Corps Woods because it provides relatively safe cover to rest, feed and drink. "From the air, after a very long and tiring Gulf grasses and seeds and fresh water. The Corps Woods is special because it is a little oasis before the birds continue their long journeys. Chief of Regulatory Fred Anthamatten partnered with the City of Galveston, Galveston Parks Board, Galveston Chapter of the Houston Audubon Society, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and TxDOT to protect and pre serve the property. According to Ted Eubanks, co-creator of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the Corps Woods preserva tions efforts have paid off and continue to provide birders with exceptional opportunities to sight many species in one visit. There are a number of red mulberry trees along the trail, and when fruiting there is no better place to see migrants in all of their glory, said Eubanks. There are times when hundreds of tanagers, orioles and buntings can be seen crowded into these trees. Recognize by TPWD as an important birding site in the state and listed on the Great Texas Coastal Bird site serves as a model for employing environmental and economical responsible ways to use dredged materials to through marsh restoration. For more information on Corps Woods, visit District Operations Manager Alicia Rea at (409) 766-3995. USACE Galveston Districts beneficial use site provides shelter for weary fliers Left: Birding enthusiasts gather at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston Districts Corps Woods during FeatherFest, an annual Galveston birding event in April that attracts thousands of birders from around the nation. Center: A sign recognizing Corps Woods as the great Texas coastal birding trail by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department solidifies the park as a n importante birding site in the state. Right: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston Districts Commanding Officer Col. Christopher Sallese welcome participants to the Corps Woods, part of a beneficial use site, during the 10th Annual FeatherFest event (Photos by USACE Galveston District PAO)
Summer 2012 34 A bird helping birds: Corps uses helicopter to prepare habitat for endangered birds A helicopter sprays an EPA-approved herbicide over an Interior Least Tern island along the McClellan-Kerr Arkan sas River Navigation System in Oklahoma. This was the first time a helicopter was used. In the past, the Tulsa District sprayed by boat, which was more time consuming, costly and less effective. (Photo by Nathan Herring, Tulsa District Public Affairs) By Nate Herring, Tulsa District It is quite common to hear the chirp of birds along the McClel lan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Recently, however, another type of bird, a helicopter, could be heard whirring over the MKARNS. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District used a helicopter to spray islands along the navigation sys tem. an endangered migratory bird that comes from Central and northern South America to use barren or sparsely vegetated sandbars along the Arkansas River, among other river systems, as nesting grounds during the summer months. Since most of the sandbars along the MKARNS are lush with vegetation, they must be sprayed with herbicide to make them suit able habitat. In the past, the Corps has sprayed by boat and this pro cess could be very time consuming and expensive. Using a helicopter time and money. Spraying by helicopter gave us a 45 percent cost savings in labor and material, said Stacy Dunkin, biologist with the Tulsa District. We also were able to do in one day what normally takes us at least three weeks. Compared to spraying by boat applying the herbicide by air was also much more effective and required less herbicide to be used. helicopter applies the herbicide al lows us to cover more area and use two thirds less than we would by boat, he said. The Corps used a special type of herbicide called Imazapyr Salt that is approved by the EPA to be used in and around water, Dunkin said. Though the actual applica tion of the herbicide by helicopter only took a few hours, the planning and logistics took several weeks. The contactor, AirPro, Inc of Sallisaw, Okla., made arrangements for landing zones near each island, which included getting permission to access private property. The and security during times the heli copter needed to refuel and reload the herbicide. One of the greatest logistical challenges was coordinating safety. In addition to having a Tulsa District boat and personnel onsite in the event of an emergency, the contrac tor arranged to have the Sequoyah water rescue team on standby. Safety was a huge aspect of this project, Dunkin said. A lot of careful thought and preparation went into making sure that contin gencies were in place in case of an accident. We wanted to make sure that we were prepared. It will take a few weeks for the herbicide to take full effect, but Dunkin is hopeful that it will provide excellent results and he plans to continue using herbicide and heli copters in the future. My goal is to keep the islands clear of vegetation, but I know from previous experience the vegetation will be back next year, he said. We have considered other options, but using herbicide by heli copter is the most effective method for long term control of vegetation and its cost effective method. Three of the four islands sprayed were built by the Corps of Engineers using dredge mate rial and the fourth was an existing sandbar that was enhanced by the Corps to make it a more suitable habitat for the birds. The Corps is involved in creating the habitat because dams, reservoirs and other changes to river systems in Okla homa have eliminated most historic habitat in for this endangered bird. Maintenance and creation of Terns is mitigation for the opera projects, Dunkin said. Through consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we are required to maintain the nesting habitats for the birds. The Corps works diligently to maintain these islands, so the use of a helicopter by the Corps seems
35 Pacesetter Pacesetter Points Congratulations took the top spot in the munity Relations category. The award is for communications planning the team did on the Recreation Adjustment Plan that addressed tight budget changes in the districts park operations. The Greers Ferry Lake Park Ranger Team won the 2012 Central Arkansas Federal Executive Association Federal Team of the Year Award. Rangers Joe Harper and David Moore attended a luncheon May 23 to accept the award on behalf of the team. The rest of the team was recognized at Greers Ferrys June 6 Engineer Day. Bobby Van Cleave on his promotion to geotechnical lead engineer in the Dam Safety Production Center. Ben Bradshaw on his selec ting project manager. Cynthia Cindy Herren on her selection as budget analyst at the Greers Ferry Project Donna Wilkerson and Engineer of the Year, Bobby Van Cleave. Congratulations to the following Fort Worth District team members who received their Professional Engineer creden tials: Lee Epperson, Daniel W. Berndt, James Harton, Robert Bruce McMillian, Don Wilson, and Edwin Zook. Congratulations to Tulsa District employees honored at the annual Corps Day Awards Ceremony in June: Robert Go ranson Commanders Award; Nate Herring third place in the Outstanding Initiatives in New Media category of the Her bert A. Kassner Public Affairs Competition; Lloyd Lewis and Eugene Goff Safety Accomplishment Awards; t he Canton Dam Safety Assurance Team Project Delivery Team of the Year; Dr. Tony Clyde Customer Care Employee of the Year; Christopher Strunk Outstanding Community Service; J oe Repschlaeger Trades and Crafts Employee of the Year; Courtney Perry Technical and Administrative Employee Lee Perry Technical and Administrative Employee of the Year GS-9 and Above. Louis Vogele Cynthia Buchanan was named Ranger of the Year; Michael Nance the Employee of the Year; and Daniel Morales Engineer of the Year. Congratulations to Tulsa District retirees honored for their meritorious careers with induction into Tulsa Districts Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees, Ruth Norris former executive assistant to the Tulsa District commander, and Robert Ramsey former Geotechnical Branch chief and a pioneer in the districts dam building years. Congratulations to Galveston Districts Mathilda Montgom ery for earning her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Excelsior College. Congratulations to Galveston Districts Dr. Rose Caballero for earning the 2012 National Association for the Advance ment of Colored People Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award. Congratulations to Galveston Districts Isidro Reyna APR, and Sandra Arnold APR+M, for being recognized as the Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapters 2012 Government Communications Team of the Year Congratulations to the following Galveston District employ ees for passing the Professional Engineering Exam:J esse Boyer, Pablo Hernandez, Rashid Sheikh-Ali and Andrew Smith. Congratulations to the following Galveston District Employ ees honored for Supervisor of the Year, Employee of the Year and Engineer of the Year respectively: Sandra Arnold, William Bill Krampe, Mark Steve Peterson. Galveston District launched its new website (www.swg. usace.army.mil) offering visitors quick and easy access to essential information about the districts missions. Arrivals Galveston District welcomed its new deputy commander Maj. Marty Maldonado Schultze was selected to command the 15th Engineer Bat talion based in Schweinfurt, Germany SWDO welcomes the following employees: Christopher Rooney joined ACE-IT, Kimberly Sandifer joined the SWD Gerald Regalia joined the SWD PDR staff as an Appraiser in Real Estate, Pat Riley-Ramsey joined the SWD PDR staff as a Realty Specialist, Noel Clay joined the SWD PDP staff as Chief, Planning Division, Miles Waldron joined the SWD PDO staff as an Electrical Engineer, Hydropower PM. Lynn Ray joined Ronald (Gene) Em bry Col. Richard J. Muraski Jr. joined the SWD staff as the Deputy Commander Departures Galvestion District would like to bid farewell to Lt. Col. James Schultze, Lee Coe, John Eugino, Linda Freden dall, Jon Plymale, and Carlos Tate. SWDO would like to bid farewell to the following individuals: Maureen Weller Elizabeth Beat retired with 43 years of federal service, 33 of those years with SWDO; Katie Embry says farewell to SWD for Nicholas Bordemay says farewell to SWD for the Corps of Engineers, Europe District.
Summer 2012 36 Mr. Michael Fallon, previously the Director of Programs for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of En gineers, receives an encased Senior Executive Service flag from SWD Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula during an awards ceremony June 28. Fallon, who retired after 37 years of service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, also received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the highest award presented to a civilian employ ee by the U.S. Army. (Photo by SWD) Photo Re view Colonel Charles Klinge, left receives the colors from Brig. Gen Thomas Kula officially assuming command of the Fort Worth District from Colonel Richard J. Muraski, Jr., at the Downtown Fort Worth Hilton. Approximately 400 Corps employ ees, key stakeholders, congressio nal staffers, city officials and family friends attended the ceremony. (Photo by Edward Rivera, Fort Worth District Public Affairs) Woodway Department of Public Safety rescue divers Captain Barney Witt and Sgt. William Hitch simulate finding a 15-year old drowning victim, Graham Gon zalez. Volunteers from Waco Fire and Rescue and Police departments. The real-time recovery opera tion was conducted in full view of about 120 students from the Bosqueville Independent School District. The program was embraced by the schools, City of Waco, Bosqueville county and civic and private organizations. (Photo by Edward Rivera, Fort Worth Public Affairs) The Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District held a ribbon cut ting ceremony April 27 for the new Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Lake near Branson. The $10.8 million, 15,000 square foot center, which is situated near the dam and the Corps project office, is one of a handful of regional Class A facilities in the Corps nation wide. (Photo by Little Rock District Public Affairs)