Texas Gulf Coast Restoration protecting what we have, restoring what we lost
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 3 Commanders Column 9 Slockbower named SWD Director of Programs 10 14 LDP Leading the way 24 Southwestern Division hosts 2012 Strategic Leaders Conference 27 Employee Spotlight 32 ocean engineer 11 13 14 on the road 15 18 19 Dewey Short LEEDing the way 21 of dollars 23 People CONTENTS Partnerships Focus: Energy Sustainability Fall 2012 Volume 7 No. 3 Focus: Texas Gulf Coast Restoration on the cover A home is left standing among debris from Hurricane Ike Sept. 14, 2008 in Gilchrist, Texas. Floodwaters from Hurricane Ike reportedly rose as high as eight feet in some areas causing widespread damage across the coast of Texas. Also in this issue, how the Southwest ern Division is doing their part to help reduce their carbon foot print with energy sustainable projects and products. Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images) Projects 39 Montgomery Point Lock and Dam ensures 40 The Pacesetter is an unofficial publication published under AR 360-1 for members of the Southwestern Division and its retirees. Contents and editorial views expressed are not necessarily the official views of or endorsed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Depart ment of the Army or the U.S. Government. Articles or photographic submissions are welcome. For more information about the Pacesetter, or to make a submis sion, call your local Public Affairs Office. 33 35 moving along the Texas coast 36 37
3 Pacesetter Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula Southwestern Division Commander Looking back at a productive summer, forward to new priorities and challenges! I t was a quite a productive summer for the Southwestern Divi sion. Among the high points were an extremely valuable Strategic Leader Conference held in Little Rock, and a Water Safety season that was con siderably safer than last years. So, some kudos up front. First to all of you who have worked so hard to improve our water safety record and bring down the number of public fatalities, you have done an amazing job. Your creativity in coming up with innovative ways to reach the public and our key focus groups, as well as your perseverance in spreading the water safety mes sage, has really paid off this year. Public fatalities at our recreation ar eas dropped from 84 in Fiscal Year 11 to 56 thus far in Fiscal Year 12. That is a 26 percent decrease in fatalities. So to our Park Rangers, our ops, safety, and public affairs folks, thank you for the lives you have saved. I also want to commend Alan Bland in the Little Rock District for his work that put in motion the agreement to place water safety decals on literally hundreds of tractor-trailers that travel our Nations highways. I was pleased to join the president of National Carri tractor-trailer at their facility outside of Dallas. Keep up the good work and the good ideas! The Strategic Leader Conference, held in Little Rock last month, was another great success. Our Little Rock District hosted the event, and they did an absolutely superb job and made us all proud. The PDT that pulled it all together, made up of folks from Little Rock and SWD, did a really commendable job in setting up all aspects of the confer ence, and I thank each of them for their efforts. The SLC was an op portunity for USACE senior leaders to get together to discuss the USACE Campaign Plan and ensure that it is nested with the Army Campaign Plan, as we established our strategic direc at long term goals. I have shared the Chiefs Priorities with all of you; these will be tied in with the Campaign Plan, and lay the groundwork for our own SWD I-Plan and the District O-Plans. In October, we will hold a Command Week in Tulsa, and the SWD senior for FY 13, and we will share that with you also. Part of the SLC focused on our relationship with sponsors and stakeholders, and we were very for tunate to have several join us for part of the conference. Their perspective is critical as we work with smaller budgets and older infrastructure to continue to provide value to our Na tion. Another outstanding example of partnering is what our Tulsa and Little Rock Districts are doing with stake holders on the MKARNS. By working together, they are developing a way of shifting resources to maintenance while still meeting the needs of the users. We are also focused on improving communications within SWD, and we have some new products and procedures to help that along. First, check out our new SWD website at www.swd.usace.army. mil. It migrated to a new platform and design in August, and it is full of much more news and information, as well as multimedia products. All of the Corps websites are going through this migration, and we are more than half way through, with new websites for SWD, Galveston District and Tulsa District, with Fort Worth and Little Rock not far behind. These new sites are a great communications tool, and I hope that you will visit often, along with our social media sites. I have also established a Connect with the SWD Commander mailbox and invite you to send me your thoughts, ideas, and comments. You can reach me through email@example.com. Our Commanding General and Chief of Engineers visited our AOR this month, and he saw some great projects, primarily supporting our military customers in Fort Hood visit to SWD projects, and there will be much more for him to see in the his Emerging Priorities, which are as follows: Military Focus: Defend and Protect our Nation Civil Works Focus: Transform Civil Works Strategic Focus: Prepare US ACE for the Future (Please see page 4 for more details on the Commanding Generals Emerging Priorities.) I shared with Division staff and District leaders recently the Chiefs which he talked about the Corps and a culture of delivery and execution; full transparency; honest and open communication with all partners, stakeholders and teammates He could have been describing SWD, for you share all of those attributes as you work to bring value to our Nation you will bring continued success to this Division. Thanks for all you do!
Fall 2012 4 the COCOM Commanders security activities around the globe in support of the Chairmans Strategic Direc tion. Deliver the best possible products and services to the Nation by: strategy. and Local priorities. Building strong people and teams through leader development and talent management. ing installations and contingency basing. teammates. ments.
5 Pacesetter Col. Glen Masset Commander, Little Rock District T he summer is wind ing down and it has been a very eventful time for us in the Dis trict. I want to thank everyone for their hard work this sum mer in ensuring the recreation season passed as smoothly as possible. We started the season by implementing the Recreation Ad justment Plan which affects most of the project the Dis trict. The RAP gave us the op portunity to review our busi ness lines to determine the impacts of an anticipated $17 million reduction in operations and maintenance Among the tough choices we considered was adjusting and access areas. We also con sidered making the recreation season shorter at many addition al parks and reducing the fre quency of trash pick-up, cleaning and mowing at many parks. We held a series of pub around the District. These work shops proved to be very helpful by making sure our park visitors knew our plan before we imple mented it. I really want to thank our forts to ensure as many parks and access ramps as possible stayed open. Through their part nership initiatives and leasing actions, some parks that were scheduled to close were able to stay open through local partners willingness to take over respon sibility of the administration and maintenance of selected areas. These actions led to the leasing of nine recreation areas. Well done folks! We have had many ups and downs this summer dealing with water safety. Our project of worked very hard to ensure we are publishing and distributing relevant water safety messages. We have creatively gotten our message out by distributing water safety messages recorded by Miss Arkansas and Miss Missouri, developed ads that have played at Cinemark Movie Theaters, conducted an interview on a Spanish language radio station in northwest Arkansas, we had morning show sit downs with local television stations and numerous posts on Facebook and Twitter. However, we still had 16 deaths on our lakes and rivers this year. I ask all of you to con tinue to talk water safety within your com munity. To close out the summer we were asked to host the USACE Strategic Leaders Conference. This event gave us the opportunity to show USACE senior leaders what the Little Rock District is all about. I want to personally thank everyone in the District who was involved. Several USACE leaders made comments about how this was the best conference theyve at tended yet. Once again I want to thank everyone for their hard work this summer and ask you to continue driving on through the rest of the year. Water safety, ops changes mark summer successes We have had many ups and downs this summer dealing with water safety. Our project offices and water safety team have worked very hard to ensure we are publishing and distributing relevant water safety messages.
Fall 2012 6 Col. Michael J. Teague Commander, Tulsa District I n the last Pacesetter there were several articles about Civil Works Transformation. Trans formation is about doing things differently in order to get better. As we continue with the drought, every drop of water becomes more and more precious. We have to look for ways to conserve water and to use that same drop several times. Throughout the system of reservoirs and rivers people can enjoy the water in the lake, we can make electric ity with it as we pass it into the river system, and then it will carry goods and materials to and from our ports on the navigation system. It is a complicated system that requires a lot of tweaking to keep the balance. Our energy use is one area that we can make big improvements with just some small tweaking. Last year the Tulsa District spent just more than $2.4 million on energy and utilities at our civil cant chunk of our civil Operation and Maintenance budget. We need to squeeze every drop out of that budget so we need to make some changes. As you travel across our region there are huge wind farms popping up all over. We are going to start a little small er. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has several smaller turbines at the rest stops along the turnpikes. These are more like the size of a street light instead of the massive turbines in the big farms. We are starting with a couple of the smaller wind turbines at our lakes in Kansas. Depending on how they perform, we will see where we go from there. When we can afford it we have been including geothermal as part of our military construction projects for the past several years. At our last Society of American Military Engineers Tulsa Post Program meeting, the presentation was on sustainable energy solu tions. The speakers take was that geothermal projects were the best long term investment in energy sustainability. We recently award ed contracts to install geothermal packages at Canton, El Dorado, Fort Supply, John Redmond, Mar ion, Waurika, and Wister; applying lessons learned in our military pro gram to our civil works program. The other major sustainabil ity project that we recently awarded was variable speed pumps at the Red River Chloride Control Proj ect. Chloride Control is the single biggest energy hog in the Tulsa District. Variable speed pumps are our energy costs. So maybe there is some truth in doing more with less! This is on top of the long term initiative to build salinity gradient solar ponds. These solar ponds would take advantage of the heavily brined water of Truscott Lake to generate electricity. We are currently working with Shep pard Air Force Base to see if this could be a future energy source for the base. And speaking of Sheppard AFB, they are our most forward think ing military installation when it comes to energy sustainability. Last week was the tions Group Facility which conducts the European-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training. The new facility is rated Silver by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System based on the use of insulated concrete forms in the construction to not only increase the energy make the construction easier. The Base Civil Engineer is always on the lookout for ways to be more His current project is using a paint additive that contains ceramic chips that form a radiant heat bar rier against that slightly warm west Texas sun. Squeezing the most out of every drop of water, every dollar in the budget Last year the Tulsa District spent just more than $2.4 million on energy and utilities at our civil works projects.
7 Pacesetter Col. Christopher Sallese Commander, Galveston District W our pace and be ready to execute the FY13 plan. Weve had a lot of success getting this done early last year and I know we can work together to transition smoothly into FY13. While we continue to focus on ex ecuting what we said we would do, I want you to keep tracking the following priorities: *TEXAS GULF COAST RESTORATION: The Texas coast is a priceless resource, generating trillions of ping and tourism annually. Were doing our part as a district to ensure the environmental health of the Gulf region with our robust ecosystem restoration program, which includes the creation of wetlands, marshes and barrier islands; an ongoing comprehen sive study of the upper Texas coast from Sabine Pass to the west end of Galveston Island in collaboration with the TGLO; the establishment of a Gulf Coast Inter-divisional Team; initiatives to bring back the Texas oyster gram. There is more that needs to be done and we will continue to work through these challenges with our partners. *WATER SAFETY: A over Pass July 31 after being shore by strong currents. This tragedy most likely could have been avoided had he worn a life jacket. Ensure you and your fam ily remains safe when recreating on the water and help pass this safety message along to fellow water enthusiasts. *TELLING OUR STORY: We are doing a great job of en gaging with our stakeholders, ful ing engagements, supporting our Corps in the Classroom program with our local schools and sup plying the media with information about our mission along the Tex as coast. I challenge you to keep this momentum as we plan for level of service reductions; transi tion tidal datum from Mean Low Tide to Mean Lower Low Water; and communicate our Civil Works Program transformation. On a personal note, I sincerely thank you for the con dolences I received regarding my brother-in-law Jeff Matthews passing. This unexpected loss has created a hole in my family and we are all greatly saddened by his death. He died at the age while working in his yard, leav ing my sister and four children behind. An autopsy revealed that he had an enlarged heart, which makes me wonder if his death may have been prevented had he conducted routine physicals. His loss is a sobering reminder of the necessity for an nual checkups. I implore you to take a moment to schedule a rou tine annual physical this month. As the loss of my brother-in-law has created a hole in my family, the loss of any one of you would create a huge void in our Corps family. Lastly, I ask you to please continue to pray for our fellow Coastal Custodians who are battling illnesses. The gener osity of this district never ceases to amaze me and I personally thank those who donated leave to our Corps coworkers. You truly made and continue to make a difference in their families well being. Again, thank you for all you continue to do each and every day. As the nature of the way we do business continues to change, support our mission, continue to execute on time, within budget, and deliver sustained superior products to our valued custom ers. Maintaining our pace, tracking priorities Ensure you and your family remain safe when recreating on the water and help pass this safety message along to fellow water enthusiasts.
Fall 2012 8 Col. Charles Klinge Commander, Fort Worth District Serving Fort Worth: A rewarding challenge & privilege T eam Fort Worth this ing command of our great District thank each of you for making my transition from Deputy Command er of the Southwestern Division to that of your Commander such a smooth one. As many of you have football fan (just like most of the State of Texas), and I like to use football analogies. When asked to summarize how the transition has mind is that it isnt like assuming command of an unfamiliar team or district; it has been quite the opposite. As the Deputy Commander of SWD, I was like the assistant coach of a large team comprised of four subordinate teams the Southwestern Division Districts. As your Fort Worth District Com mander, Im blessed to be the head coach of one of those teams, and its great to be calling the plays for one of the best teams in the Army Corps of Engineers. Over the initial three months of my command, Ive had the opportunity to visit and receive feedback from all facets of our team from the people in our Dis trict Headquarters in Fort Worth to those manning our numerous lake Your candid feedback has been great and is the cornerstone to how I plan to lead our SWF team. It is not about doing our best; it is about making our best even better! And we will do that with open and transparent com munication internally and with our customers, partners and stake holders. During my initial visits with your respective divisions and impressed to learn about all the great things that youve accom plished. Even more critical to our future as a district were your can did ideas on how we can improve and how you plan to accomplish that. Key to implementing those plans and incorporating our les sons learned into our mission is ensuring their linkage to the priori ties set by our new Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick. Having just returned from hosting the Chief at site visits to several of our projects in San Antonio and Fort Hood, I was very pleased to see how our current and future mission set is already aligned with his vision for the Corps. That alignment is critical to how we as a District will remain viable and the premier go-to organization in the Corps. The Chiefs priorities are so critical to our current and future mission that I want to highlight them below: Support the COCOM and CENTCOM Commander in Winning the Current Fight Support the Army and Na tion in Achieving Energy Secu rity and Sustainability Goals Streamline USACE Busi ness and Governance Pro cesses Transform Civil Works to Deliver the Best Possible Products & Services to the Nation Build StrongPeople and Teams Through Leader Devel opment and Talent Manage ment Enhance Our Interagency Disaster Response and Re covery Capability Ensure Critical Enabling Technologies Strengthen and Further Teamwork in the Joint Engi neer Force in Support of Joint Partner with IMCOM at all Echelons to Deliver and Main tain Enduring Installations and Contingency Basing Build Strategic Engage ments with all Customers and Teammates Support the Engineer Regiment As we begin our second quarter together and start a New Fiscal Year, I want to again thank you for all of the tremendous work you have done. I am very excited and honored to serve as your District Commander. I know that together we will continue to make our best even better and provide unparalleled support to our Nation. In closing, Id like to leave you with some food for thought. Always remember that you are the face of our District whether you are dealing with other USACE or ganizations or working with one of our many great stakeholders and partners. I ask that you continue to put forth your best effort and keep the lines of communication open, honest and transparent. Thanks for all you do!
9 Pacesetter People Robert E. Slockbower has ar rived as the new Director of Programs for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according will be responsible for the development and execution of Civil Works, Military, Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste, and Support for Others Pro grams within the Division. He provides leadership and supervision for the SWD Programs Directorate and has staff oversight for programs, planning, and project management activities in Slockbower, a member of the Senior Executive Service, returns to the Southwestern Division after an as signment at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., where he was the Director of Military We are very fortunate to have Mr. Bob Slockbower return to our regional leadership team, said Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, SWD com mander. His wealth of experience in the Army Corps of Engineersin addition to his previous stint in SWD-makes him a valued asset to our Division as we carry out our work to provide value to our Nation and to our his expertise and leadership. as a member of the Senior Executive tor, Military and Technical Directorate, sumed the position of Director, Re gional Business. Additionally, from April deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in successive positions as Director of Construction and Director of Programs (PCO) in support of Iraq reconstruction. Following these positions, he returned to Iraq to serve as the Deputy Director for PCO from April through September Slockbower, who also complet ed 28 years of service in the U.S. Army, looks forward to his return to SWD: Im very pleased to be return ing to the Southwestern Division, he said. Its an organization with a great reputation for providing outstanding engineering services to our nation and to be part of it! Slockbower was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Civil Engineering from Lehigh Uni versity. He has held numerous com mand and staff assignments in both the United States and overseas. These include Director of Public Works, Fort Campbell, Ky.; Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District; Gulf Regional Engineer, Transatlan tic Programs Center; Commander, Chicago District; Deputy Commander, Great Lakes Division; Chief, Real Estate Division and Deputy Chief, Projects Branch, New Orleans District; Deputy Director of Public Works in the NATO command, Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe, Izmir Turkey; talion (Combat Heavy), Fort Carson, Colo.; Project Engineer, Riyadh Dis trict, Saudi Arabia; assistant professor of military science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Commander, Company A, 237th Engineer Battalion, Heilbronn, Germany; and various other staff assignments in the United States and Germany. He holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh Universi ty and is a registered professional engi neer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. Slockbowers decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Presidential Rank Meritorious Senior Executive Award, Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, and Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. He is a native of Pitts burgh, Pa. Slockbower takes reins as new SWD Director of Programs
Fall 2012 10 The Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has named Mr. Pete G. Perez as the Acting Director of the Regional Business Directorate at the Divi sion headquarters here beginning operations of the Regional Business Center and oversee three divisions: the Business Technical Divi sion, Business Management Division, and Business Resources Division. He will be the lead liaison on efforts be tween regional boards and functional boards syn chronizing activities with a particular focus on regional issues. We are very pleased to have Pete Perez join our regional leader ship team, said Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, SWD commander. In addi tion to his Corps experience state side and overseas, Perez brings a great perspective of the Texas Coast tion that the Corps and the Texas port team brings. He also supported Afghanistan. He brings much talent and expertise to our region. Prior to his appointment to this position, Perez served as the Deputy District Engineer for Pro grams and Project Management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, which he as served as the chief of the Galveston Districts Engineering and Construc tion Division. While chief, Perez served an eight-month tour in Af ghanistan Engineer District-South. I am looking forward to lead ing the Regional Business Director ate, Perez said. Its people and activities have a great reputation, and I know that we will play a big part in helping SWD develop our way ahead, as well as resolve is sues having a regional impact. Perez was also the former chief of Construction Operations at the Alaska District and was an engi neer in the USACE Far East District in Korea. He began his career with the Corps as a project engineer in the Fort Worth Districts San Antonio A registered professional engineer in the State of Texas, Perez earned a Bachelor of Science in civil University, a Master of Science in San An tonio in En vi ron men tal Man age ment, and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level II nized with the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award, earned Award from Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference, received a Department of the Army Superior Civilian Award prestigious Bronze de Fleury Medal Perez named Acting Director of SWD Regional Business Perez brings a great perspective of the Texas Coast and the significant value to our Nation that the Corps and the Texas port team brings. Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula
11 Pacesetter Partnerships by Galveston District Public Affairs What do you get when you partner the worlds largest public engineering design and construction management agency with one the top universitys engineering technology programs in Texas? An invaluable re lationship between the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Prairie View A&M University, committed to working together to enhance oppor tunities for minority students throughout the Corps. Achieving diversity in the workplace is one goal most employers to accomplish. In an effort to create a munities in which the Galveston District staff serves, this partnering agreement encourages engineering students to consider a career with the Corps upon graduation. This partnership will assist the Galveston District in recruiting a work force comprised of a diverse pool of high-performing individuals with valuable talents and strengths that are critical to providing excellent services to all Corps customers, said Dr. Rose Caballero, and coordinator of the Advanced Minori ties Interest in Engineering Program for the Galveston District. partnership agreement outlines op portunities to assist in preparing engi neering students for responsible posi tions in an engineering environment to include environmental engineering and civil programs as well as to enlighten engineering students about the Corps, its missions, unique capabilities and opportunities through student career experience programs, internships and career development programs. A diverse workplace requires a commitment from leadership to promote fairness and opportunity at every level within the Corps, said Commander Col. Christopher Sallese, Galveston District. We promote an inclusive environment and pride ourselves on recruiting the most talented candidates to join our team. Part of the AMIE Program, the over arching partnering relationship that USACE has with 14 historically black colleges and universities across the nation, the districts model partnership helps prepare students for leadership graduation. This program exposes students to professional and innovative oppor tunities through a world-class training experience which puts them in position to be some of the most sought after engineers available for employment, said Commander Lt. Col. Antoinette R. Gant, USACE Albuquerque District. Prairie View A&M University has always been about producing graduates who are well rounded and prepared for life after graduation. This partnership is an exemplary example of two great teams working together to empower our lead Galveston District collaborates with educational institutions to enhance opportunities for minorities left to right, Dr. Kendall T. Harris, dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering, Prairie View A&M University; Commander Col. Christo pher Sallese, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and USACE Southwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula dis play the universitys flag following the signing of a partnership agreement recommitting the two organizations to work together to enhance opportunities for minority students throughout the Corps. This partnership will assist the Galveston District in recruiting a workforce com prised of a diverse pool of high-performing individuals, with valuable talents and strengths that are critical to providing excellent services to all Corps customers. (Courtesy photo)
Fall 2012 12 ers of tomorrow. Gant, who graduated from Military Graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and a commission in the USACE, was recog nized by Lt. Gen. (ret.) Julius Becton, president of the university, as the Ideal Woman of the Year and received the Presidents Award for her outstanding leadership, academic and community service at the university and within the Black Engineer Magazine regarding her views on the value of participating in an internship before graduation. that represent only three percent of the nations institutions of higher learning can American students with baccalaure ate degrees, according to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Moreover, the cent of African American professionals and public school teachers and con tinue to demonstrate the most effective ability to graduate African American students poised to be competitive in the corporate, research, academic, govern mental and military arenas. The partnership that PVAMU has with the Army Corps of Engineers is doubly rewarding, said Dr. Kendall T. Harris, dean of the Roy G. Perry Col lege of Engineering. Not only are our students able to gain real world experi ence through lectures and internships but the staff of the Corps is able to hear from faculty and staff as we identify research opportunities that may result in expanded engineering capabilities. Partnerships like this highlight the con tinued efforts to enhance opportunities for minority students who are interested in the STEM (science, technology, engi Currently, Galveston District to include civil engineers Franchelle Craft, Clark Colquitt, Earnestine BrownRoach, Brenda Hayden and Contract Specialist Jackie Adekanbi. The Galveston Districts intern ship and partnership programs with PVAMU have directly contributed to the recruitment, mentorship, development, advancement and retention of African Americans in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies, said Sallese. Were proud that our efforts to eliminate barriers that hinder equal opportunity for African Americans in the Corps are working and well continue to focus on enhancing and promoting programs that result in equal employment opportunities. Now in its 16th year, the Galves ton Districts partnering agreement remains a driving force in the districts ability to attract and retain a diverse pool of engineering talent and continues to serve as a model program for other districts to follow. This partnering agreement can become a benchmark that helps set the standard for other agreements across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula, commander of the USACE Southwestern Division. It promotes a passion that both organiza tions share for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math initiatives and for diversity in our workforce. A work force comprised of diverse individuals, bringing many skills and backgrounds to the table, makes us not only a stronger organization but also one more capable of bringing innovative and enduring value to our nation. left to right, Commander Col. Christopher Sallese, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District; Dr. Kendall T. Harris, dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering, Prairie View A&M University; and USACE Southwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula, sign a partnership agreement recommitting the two organizations to work together to enhance opportunities for minority students throughout the Corps. This partnership will assist the Galveston District in recruiting a workforce comprised of a diverse pool of high-performing individu als, with valuable talents and strengths that are critical to providing excellent services to all Corps customers. (Courtesy photo)
13 Pacesetter 13 Pacesetter Partnerships A pen, a piece of paper and four signatures captured years of service to environmental causes, months of planning and the begin ning of a partnership a life time in Strategic Leadership Conference in Little Rock, Ark. John Morris, owner and founder of Bass Pro Shops, joined Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody, com mander, Mississippi Valley Divi sion, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commander, Southwestern Divi sion, and Col. Anthony C. Funk houser, commander, Northwestern Division, in Little Rock to sign a Memorandum of Understanding covering a large portion of the south central states including Ar kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Partnerships are key to successful mission execution for the Corps of Engineers, said Brig. Gen. Kula. More importantly innovative partnerships, like this one with Bass Pro Shops, are key to telling the Corps story to the public. This partnership has been joining two organizations together that have devoted millions of hours educating the public on environ mental stewardship, conservation efforts, outdoor recreation activi ties and water safety initiatives. Morris, a native of Arkansas, grew ing on Corps lakes and camping in Corps parks. He credits his early introduction to the great outdoors for his passion to preserve the natural environment for genera tions to come something this partnership is geared toward. Corps parks and lakes serve and with Bass Pro Shops serving over 75 million customers a year, many of whom recreate on Corps lakes, this partnership provides a great opportunity for a line of com munication to the public. Maj. Gen. Peabody noted that many of the Bass Pro custom ers fall into a target audience for the Corps and its important that the Corps take opportunities like this to reach out to those people, tell them about outdoor recreation opportunities, how to protect the environment and how to be safe while on the water. ship are multi-faceted and the op portunities it provides excite many Corps team members. This partnership will help us build broad based support to new outdoor opportunities for veterans and people with disabili ties, raise public awareness about invasive species, and save lives through expanded water and boat ing safety outreach efforts, said Heather Burke, National Partner ship Program Manager, Corps of Engineers. Before the ink on the MOU had time to dry the Districts cov ered under the agreement were off and running. Were working with our nat ural resource managers at the lake projects and the Districts within the MOU area, along with Bass Pro to develop a list of potential projects that can be accomplished in the near term and in the future as part of this partnership, said Burke. High priority projects will include focus on water and boater safety education. In the future, the Corps hopes to expand this agreement to other Districts and Divisions so that an even greater audience can be reached and provide even the promotion of recreation activi ties, environmental stewardship and water safety. But, until then, as they say in the movies, this is the start of a wonderful friendship, said Brig. Gen. Kula. Bass Pro Shop, Corps sign Memorandum of Understanding by Melanie Ellis, Southwestern Division Outreach Coordinator Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, left, Southwestern Division commander, is joined by Mr. Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO; Col. Anthony C. Funkhouser, Northwestern Division Commander; and Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody, Mississippi Valley Division Commander, for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bass Pro Shops. The c...eremony was held in Little Rock during the Corps Strategic Leader Conference. The MOU formalizes a partner ship with Bass Pro Shops and the Corps to provide the opportunity to reach millions of recreation enthusiasts to spread the message of safety and increase the publics knowledge about all the great opportunities the Corps offers for recreation. (Photo by Capt. Ian Minshew)
Fall 2012 14 by Martie Cenkci, Southwestern Division Public Affairs The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with National Carriers Truck Lines, Inc., took their water safety mes sage on the road last month literally. In an Aug. 15 meeting at the companys Irving, Texas, facility, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commander of the Corps Southwestern Division, joined with Mr. Jim Franck, National Carriers, Inc., president, to place trailertrucks that will carry the message nationwide as well as into Canada and Mexico. The decal, which depicts a young child wearing a life jacket with the caption Keep them smiling. Keep them safe, is a strong reminder to safeguard children around the water. Life jackets make a dif ference, especially for kids, said Kula. As the Nations largest provider of federal recreation, tors at Corps projects annually, the Corps provides great value to the Nation through these many facilities. In the South western Division alone, we are the second largest provider of recreation in the Corps, host ing 68 million visitors at our 88 lakes with hundreds of recreation areas in a six-state region. We want folks to enjoy our lakes and do it safely, he added. We are working with partners such as National Carri ers to spread the word about wa ter safety, with a goal of reducing public fatalities on Corps lakes Jim Franck and his company, that message will travel every one of the millions of miles per year that his trucks put on our Nations roads. National Carriers is a all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refriger ated, livestock, and logistics services. The National Carriers miles per week. Franck agreed to not only tractor trailers but also to incur all costs to apply the decals to their trailers as an undertaking in the public interest. I remember boating on Corps lakes in Iowa even as a child and I know the many hours of relaxation and recreation they provide our communities. If we can help in this way to spread the word about water safety, it is a winning situation for all of us. The movement from con cept to completion is an example of the power of partnerships, according to Corps Park Ranger Alan Bland from Beaver Lake in the Corps Little Rock District, who came up with the idea. He discussed the idea with Michael Boyce from the Northwestern Ar kansas U. S. Coast Guard Auxil iary, with whom Bland frequently works water safety initiatives. Using Boyces relationships with the trucking industry, Bland linked up with National Carriers, Inc., and worked the details of the partnership for more than a year. Im happy to see this project come to completion, said Bland. One life saved is worth all the work we put in to our wa ter safety programs many times over. Im glad to have had a part in this undertaking. Corps of Engineers, National Carriers take Water Safety message on the road That's a big 10-4: Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, SWD commander, center, joins with Mr. Jim Franck, right, president of National Carriers, Inc., and Johnny Branstine, maintenance director, to place a water safety sign on one of the 900 tractor trailer trucks owned by the company. (SWD photo)
15 Pacesetter Recycle was the way ahead for conquering the earths energy and pollution problems. Today, energy and environmental sustainability has become so much more vast and complicated, that those three verbs dont cut it anymore. The Department of Defense is looking at new ways to tackle our nations ever growing energy crisis and ways to become a and environmentally respon sible agency. Today, DoD is looking towards its own organizations to take on the challenge within its own installations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strives to protect, sustain and improve our natural and man-made environment. A series of public laws and Executive Orders Corps commitment to energy conservation and environmental sustainability. efforts were focused by Executive Order 13514, titled Federal Leader ship in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. It stated sustainability means to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in pro ing the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. The EO emphasizes that sustainability should not only be a natural part of all USACE decision processes, but should also be part of our organizational culture. Buildings as well as recre ation parks are our major sources of energy, water and waste us age within the SWD Civil Works program, said John Morris, SWD energy sustainability manager. Recycling waste, conservation, and with added renewable energy sources will help SWD meet federal sustainability energy, potable water and waste reduction goals. The Southwestern Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers compliance with the sustainability executive environmental order is three-fold. 1.) The military projects that SWD designs and constructs must meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria. 2.) SWD will work toward energy independence and environmental sustainability and 3.) The build ings and infrastructure that SWD owns and operates need to become greenhouse house gas emissions. SWD has established a Regional Energy Center of Expertise to lead the energy, water and waste, sustainability en gagements and solutions within the SWD region. To achieve building that SWD design and constructs must meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria. The LEED certi independent, third-party veri or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and envi ronmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy indoor environmental quality. There SWDs Fort Worth District manages the military construction projects at Fort Bliss and Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Polk in Louisiana. As part of USACEs commitment to energy sustainability, each MILCON project must meet a minimum of LEED silver. To achieve LEED Silver ratings for our military facilities, we need to work closely with the instal lation to assure that we can receive these points on a project, said Mor ris. It is necessary to have the con tractor maintain LEED documenta tion throughout the life of the project Energy Sustainability By LaDonna Davis, Southwestern Division Public Affairs
Fall 2012 16 to assure that the proper validation the completion of the work. Earning LEED silver or apply to SWD MILCON projects, the goals also apply to SWDs civil Rock District completed construc tion and opened the LEED Gold at Table Rock. The building in cludes thermal glass, geother mal heating and air con ditioning, and outlets for elec tric vehicles. Additionally, landscaping for the center also meets all LEED criteria for lowmaintenance sustainable xeriscapes. By the SWD will have awarded 22 sustainability contracts total ing more than $2.3 million the number of awarded sustainability contracts is projected to also total $2.3 million. The Army has also initiated a net zero pilot study to reduce the amount of energy, water and waste consumed at our Nations military installations. Net zero installations will consume only as much energy or water as they produce and elimi Katherine Hammack, As sistant Secretary of the Army for Installations Energy and Environ ment announced the net zero pilot independence and environmental sustainability at our Nations military installations. Net zero installations will consume only as much energy or water as they produce and elimi Six net zero pilot installations in one of the energy, water, and waste categories and two integrated installations are striving to achieve all three net zero categories by addressing the Armys sustainability and energy security challenges, said Hammack. Striving for net zero is operationally necessary, our mission. A net zero energy installation produces as much energy on site as it uses, over the course of a year. A net zero water installation limits the consumption of freshwater resourc es and returns water back to the same watershed so as not to de plete the groundwater and surface water resources of that region in quantity and quality over the course of a year; and a net zero waste installation reduces, reuses, and recovers waste streams, converting them to resource values with zero Three military installations part of the pilot study. Fort Bliss has been designated a net zero base for energy, waste and water while Fort Hood and Fort Polk have been des ignated a net zero base for waste. All new civil works construc tion and major renovations must meet net-zero energy usage by The reduction of greenhouse gases is the third major way SWD is involved in environmental sustainability. SWD is reducing its carbon foot print by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings and in frastructures that SWD owns and operates. This includes SWDs locks and dams, project buildings and park and recreation areas. SWDs civil works en ergy goals mirror those of the Army and are as follows: 1. Reduce Energy Consump tion Across Facilities 3. Increase Use of Renew able/ Alternative Energy Energy Supplies 5. Reduce Adverse Impacts on the Environment Over the next three years, $7.5 million has been appropriated to SWD to reduce green house gas emissions in all of their civil works projects. As part of that mission, reducing SWD operations electricity bills by 12.8 percent through en Solar lights keep this parking lot bright and saves the government money at the White Sands Missle Range located in southern New Mexico. (SWD photo)
17 Pacesetter ergy sustainability projects such as converting old HVAC systems with systems, replacing incandescent windows and roofs with more en Districts have accomplished many energy savings building re lated projects and are continuing to upgrade insulation, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation systems and said Morris. However, with each upgraded system additional energy savings will become more and more expensive. At some point additional energy savings will require renew able on site energy production in the form of solar PV panels or wind energy production in order to meet existing Federal energy reduction goals. SWT is installing a small wind generating pole mounted turbine in order to supplement commercial power usage. While accomplishing all of these energy sustainability goals will take a lot of time and effort, The SWD Regional Energy Center of Expertise, located in Fort Worth District provides the tools, research and support to ensure that SWD meets and exceeds all federal en ergy mandates. The SWD Center of Exper tise provides the focus for energy sustainability and renewable energy technologies assisting customers to maximize limited resources, said Robert Vineski, Fort Worth District Regional Energy Manager. Based on military construction funding go ing down, we need to focus more on what federal agencies can do to maximize sustainability, restoration and modernization money. The Center of Expertise goals are to provide energy sustain ability and conservation measures, program management actions, contract vehicles for the SWD area of responsibility. The Center of Expertise pro gram provides services to custom ers in the following areas: and Regulatory energy services and programming support for master planning in civil works and military projects throughout SWD districts and USACE wide. ing and construction services for all energy related programs and activi ties. installations to perform detailed in house programming actions or request SWD to provide complete project programming documenta tion. ter Planning System to meet federal energy policies through the meter ing of building energy consumption data to establish baseline use and reduction goals, and to include life cycle cost analysis, the monitoring of energy activities at installations. In the future, SWD hopes to be able to grow the sustainability program through projects like the Tulsa District Red River Basin Chlo ride Control project; which seeks to transition the Truscott Brine Lake, of Wichita Falls, Texas, into so lar ponds to generate renewable energy and execute electric vehicle charging stations on some of their military installations. Complying with the new sus tainability requirements isnt an easy task, especially in these constrained goal that the DoD is determined to make work. The end result will be more environmentally friendly and This carport at Fort Hood Army base not only helps keep cars cool from the scorchingTexas sun, it also generates solar power to keep the buildings cool on the inside and reduce the energy bills throughout the military facility. (SWD photo) Energy Sustainability
Fall 2012 18 WF energy initiatives brings avings to customers by Jim Frisinger, Fort Worth District Public Affairs The federal push for energy buildings in which we work and live, transportation, and the equipment our society uses every day. This has opened an entre preneurial opportunity for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to meet the challenges facing all federal agencies reduce energy consumption, improve air quality and generate energy inde pendence. The Fort Worth District is work ing with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security to meet these new goals. The districts sustainable energy projects are diverse tors in barracks air-conditioning units at Fort Hood; utilizing a waste treatment plant and bio-mass system to produce electric power and thermal energy at Fort Polk; and providing energy analy sis at Border Patrol Stations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engi neers, in support of the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, will perform Sustainable Infrastructure Assess ments for Air Force installations world wide. This newly established program is led by the Infrastructure Assessment Branch within the Fort Worth Districts Engineering and Construction Support by the respective geographic districts/ regions within the Corps of Engineers and will be executed primarily through The assessment will analyze facilities energy to include Energy Audit Level II, High Performance Sustainable Build ing and Real Property Installed Equip ment. Greg Scheurich, the Fort Worth Districts sustainability program manager, said the surveys of AFC ESA facilities are expected to begin in December and are considered to be a square feet will be surveyed for Energy Audit Level II and HPSB and 235 million square feet for Real Property Installed Equipment. Scheurich said most energy sustainability work does not include renewable power generating facilities: the towering wind farms or vast arrays are likely to come from initiatives on the energy conservation side of the is $1 million in savings. we can do to lower energy costs in a building and still support the mission, he said. This can also be achieved by merging the functionality of buildings or energy consumption savings by reduc ing the footprint to nine buildings that thing we do in an energy program is minimize energy consumption by intel ligently using the customers funds he said. The two-year Sustainable Infra structure Assessment will provide the Air Force with budgetary, operations and maintenance, and investment plans that should yield a positive return on future capital investments. Consistent program perfor mance is critical to AFCESA. The US ACE Enterprise strategy is to conduct the assessments systematically across district boundaries and deliver a stan dard, accurate and quality product to our customer. USACE is fortunate to have the opportunity to perform these services to enable the Air Force to use the data collected to support decision porting requirements on future capital investments. The AFCESA Program follows the successful launch of the In frastructure Assessment Branch work for the Defense Logistics Agency a global footprint. The DLA Program utilizes US ACEs capabilities across all regions, in addition to personnel within the IAB. support from the USACE Real Estate Community of Practice, Environmental Community of Practice and engineers from all regions who perform facil ity conditions assessments that are loaded into the BUILDER software tool. BUILDER is a Sustainment Management System created by the USACE Engineering Research and Development Center that provides a ciently manage their facility repair and maintenance funding. The federal government has the largest building inventory in the world worldwide. USACE is building a team nationwide to support our customers in the future for energy, water and space utilization endeavors. Our nationwide team will use these opportunities to enhance our expertise in the area of sustainable infrastructure assess ments. Our economic climate requires USACE to maximize sustainability, restoration and modernization project funding, said Bob Vineski, the Fort Worth Districts regional energy man ager. The U.S. Army Corps of Engi neers and the Fort Worth District will continue to be solutioneers for our customers, particularly in the areas of energy, sustainability and facility/asset management. Through our USACE efforts, we are making a difference for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and our nation.
19 Pacesetter Energy Sustainability When the new visitor center at Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri opened in April, it wasn't just another Corps of Engineers visitor center, but one that would have a sig White River Watershed and the Ozark Mountain region in both Missouri and Arkansas. visitor center was constructed from concrete and the design did not lend itself to remodeling. To would have taken $6.5 million and it would have the space use able for outreach and education purposes. Given the con straints a plan was pro posed to develop a new visitor center from the Rock Lake was autho rized to upgrade from a Type-B visitor center to a Type-A regional visitor center. Obtaining the authorization to upgrade was only half the battle. Finding the funds to build it was the real chal became available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of After completing the initial anal ysis internally, the Little Rock District hired the Benham Group to verify the was needed in order to have a Type-A regional visitor center. The Benham was more cost effective than rehabbing the existing facility. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's intent was to stimulate the economy and get people working. The Dewey Short project local contractors used in design and construction of the new visitor center. Another requirement was that all new federal facilities be built using Leader ship Energy and Environmental Design standards which requires the majority of the materials and products used in the construction to be regionally produced. After 18 months of construction, the new center was ready to open its doors to the public. The $12.4 million facility, perched on a bluff overlooking ship Energy and Environmental Design Gold standards. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainabil and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, en indoor environmental quality. The visitor center is man aged jointly with the Table Rock organization is to support the Corps of Engineers in all business lines to include providing support with capital improvement projects, education and outreach and to enhance the visitor's experience. They accomplish this by providing educational programs, volun teer opportunities, stewardship efforts, land and lake access improvements and research. In additional to the visi tor center operations ORHF also jointly operates eight of the 13 recreation ar eas on Table Rock Lake. "It is a great partnership that began three years ago and with the joint management of the recreation areas that began last year and I believe it will be a model for the rest of the Corps of Engineers," Table Rock Lake Deputy Operations Project Manager Greg Oller said. The response from the community and visiting public has been overwhelming. Summer camp groups have put the visitor center as one of their stops and it's not uncommon to have several school buses arrive early in the morn ing and spend the day. Businesses, chamber of commerce's and civic or ganizations have utilized the variety of meeting space that is available in the new center. A month after it opened, the center hosted a reception for "Water Watch Week" that was held in Branson, Missouri in throughout Missouri were represented to discuss a variety of subjects related to water quality and quantity topics. Only six miles from Branson, With the close proximity to Branson and the amount of recreation activity that occurs on Table Rock Lake it is ex pected that visitation in the new visitor center will remain high. The public and community are really excited about the new center. It is being marketed by the ORHF and the area chambers of com merce as a destination site for visitors Dewey Short LEEDing the way by George E. Stringham, St. Louis District The Dewey Short Visitor Center in Table rock Lake, Mo. opened in April 2012 and is one of the Corps shining examples of an energy efficent, sustainable projects. (Photo By Bob Dahms)
Fall 2012 20 to the Branson area. The new visitor a.m. to 5 p.m. Moreover, an organization's participation in the voluntary and technically rigorous LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Source: http://www.usgbc.org/ LEED promotes a whole-build ing approach to sustainability by recog Sustainable Sites Site selection and development are important components of a build ing's sustainability. The Sustainable Sites category discourages develop ment on previously undeveloped land; seeks to minimize a building's impact on ecosystems and waterways; en courages regionally appropriate land scaping; rewards smart transportation choices; controls storm water runoff; and promotes reduction of erosion, light pollution, heat island effect and construction-related pollution. Buildings are major users of our potable water supply. The goal encourage smarter use of water, inside and out. Water reduction is typically water-conscious landscaping outside According to the U.S. Depart percent of the energy and 74 percent of the electricity produced each year in the United States. The Energy and At mosphere category encourages a wide variety of energy-wise strategies: com appliances, systems and lighting; the use of renewable and clean sources of energy, generated on-site or off-site; and other innovative measures. During both the construction and operations phases, buildings generate a lot of waste and use large quantities of materials and resources. The Materials and Resources category encourages the selection of sustain ably grown, harvested, produced and transported products and materials. It promotes waste reduction as well as reuse and recycling, and it particularly rewards the reduction of waste at a product's source. The U.S. Environmental Protec tion Agency estimates that Americans indoors, where the air quality can be Indoor Environmental Quality category promotes strategies that improve indoor air as well as those that provide access to natural daylight and views and improve acoustics. FYI...
21 Pacesetter by Ronald E Richards, SWD Regional Logistics Manager and David Cameron Miller, Logistics Specialist. western Division Commander, Brig. Gen.Thomas Kula, tasked improving property accountability and reducing the environmental impact of Corps-related activities throughout SWD. To accom plish this task, Kula highlighted the need to achieve property accountability throughout the Division; reduce operating costs and environmental impacts as sociated with the current vehicle of Corps-owned facilities. After receiving this mis sion, the SWD logistics manager formed a team to explore the challenges and courses of ac tion that would be necessary to accomplish the commanders requirements concerning prop erty accountability. The team initially conducted a mission analysis and received input from SWD deputy commanders before the commencement of operations. This analysis identi percent property inventory within the Division, establish a base line for accountability purposes, and conduct retrograde opera tions for the removal of excess and scrap material. To facilitate direction and standardization in property accountability opera also drafted an operations order to guide upcoming actions within the Division. the operations order had been staffed and released, the logis accountability operations. Divi sion and District logistics per sonnel began inventorying hand receipt accounts at project sites and coordinating excess turn-in operations for hand receipt hold ers. These operations required extensive travel, many hours of overtime and compensatory time, and facilitated close interaction between customers and logistics personnel. The property accountability operation, dubbed Operation Spearhead, has resulted in the to the property book valued at over $35 million and an inventory The Division logistics pounds. of motor generators, 726,725 pounds of assorted boat ramp. This recycled mate rial has a combined value of over Additionally, SWD logis tics in conjunction with the El Paso Project Site saved an Army Reserve unit and other military organizations an estimated nets. SWD logistics also recycled ded paper, equal to over 15.5 tons that would have gone to a SWD logistics: Saving the command and government thousands of dollars Southwestern Division logistics offices save the government big money by palletizing and recycling unused or excess equipment and donating surplus computers to local schools (SWD photos)
Fall 2012 22 of high quality paper recycled, seven trees are saved. This proj ect alone saved the equivalent been used to produce the same Furthermore, throughout Operation Spearhead, SWD lo gistics has streamlined the trans fer of excess and surplus fed eral computer equipment to our nations classrooms. Throughout the last two years, SWD logistics has coordinated the donation ers and printers to schools, civil groups, and Native American Tribes throughout the SWD area of operation. Though Operation Spear head is still ongoing, it has successfully achieved a level of property accountability that was unprecedented in the SWD be sonnel have also become famil iar with customer requirements, and have developed interest and concern in property accountabil ity across the Division. With property account ability operations ongoing, SWD logistics turned its focus towards its second objective: improv managers in Fort Worth and about identifying under utilized managers reassigned or turnedin these vehicles to save the customer money in rental fees. Fort Worth alone has transferred to other customers, which other wise would have cost the District $2.3 million. Fleet managers continue to identify under utilized ve hicles, and have reduced oper ating costs to the customer by eliminating vehicles that are not required to sustain operations. Furthermore, SWD logistics has reduced the environmental foot print left by Corps of Engineers operations within SWD by reduc In addition to vehicle ef also went about improving the ing in Galvestonthe only Corps owned building within the Divisions area of operation. The facility manager from the Galveston District has imple mented numerous programs to the environmental impacts asso ciated with building operations and maintenance. savings in building electricity costs for the Jadwin Building, ly. The facility manager also ini tiated the replacement of boilers within the building with energy rescent lighting; and installed motion sensor upgrades to light switches to reduce energy consumption. Furthermore, the facility manager upgraded each restroom to Architectural Bar rier Act/ American Disability Act standard by installing automatic sinks which will reduce water consumption. Throughout FY12, SWD improve property accountability and reduce the environmental impact of Corps-related activities throughout the Division. Efforts of Logistics personnel in property rectly supported the Division and have accomplished the require ments of the SWD Commander. have recycled 95,630 pounds of metal frames, 105,000 pounds. of motor generators, 726,725 pounds of assorted scrap, 18,000 pounds of cop per and tubing, and a 400,000 pound boat ramp. This recy cled material has a combined value of over $134,500.
23 Pacesetter Energy Sustainability by Denisha Braxton, Fort Worth District Public Affairs In support of efforts to imple ment energy reduction measures at 25 lakes the Fort Worth District has been tracking energy such as electricity, natural gas, fuel oils and water con This tracking effort was in response to several Executive Orders dating back to the Clinton Administra tion for a long-term plan to require the federal government to reduce energy, greenhouse gas emissions and water use by developing baseline data for setting and tracking sustainability goals, and annual reporting of results to the Council on Environmental Qual Budget. Initially the Army Corps of Engineers had no data source readily available to support these require ments. To help with the many re quirements of this executive order, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Head quarters contacted William Goran, Director of the Center for the Advance ment of Sustainability Innovations. Goran put together a team that helped in writing the initial sustainability plan, developing input for the benchmarks, progress reporting, and characterizing the Corps of Engineers energy use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, said Dr. Richard Detsch, Analyst, Engineer Research and Development Centers Laboratory. vine, Lewisville, and Ray Roberts Lakes submitted budget packages outlet structure control towers which will produce a total estimated annual has a special emphasis in performing Once this is complete, a new baseline will be established with a target time In order to provide energy and cost effective solutions the ERDC team has developed the Federal En ergy Management Program tool which is an enterprise reporting solution that each agency could provide input for tracking data. Expanding on the use of the FEMP tool created the need for a real-time reporting database to sup port their sustainability goals. Through this visualization the team created the Corps of Engineers Reduced and Abridged FEMP Tool. The CRAFT team at the Fort Worth District as well for this tool to input energy, fuel and water usage data for data analysis and performing data quality control. From its inception, the CRAFT has integrated leading-edge technolo gies, innovative design, and a custom er-focused approach to provide direct and timely support to both Headquar ters and District staff directly respon sible for maintaining the sustainability a major part in the reduction process where a designated person enters the monthly electric and water bills into the CRAFT. At every district level there is also an Environmental Compliance Coordinator who tracks energy usage and cost estimates to generate data with the CRAFT database to imple ment reduction goals and improve ments. Once a month, I check to be sure the data is current and if not send a reminder to the designated person at very similar to a performance measure in that monthly data must be entered as soon as possible to keep the data current, said Chris Byrd, Fort Worth District Natural Resources Manager and CRAFT POC. Supporting the sustainability initiative, the Fort Worth team diligently lutions to reduce day-to-day operating costs and then implementing change to serve the Army and Nation. The CRAFT tool allows the District to ac curately track energy and water costs and compare those costs with similar facilities around the country. One of the Corps primary civil missions is to manage the na tion's waterways and wetlands. By effectively tracking and managing our energy use at the lake level, we can contribute to the overall goal of reduc ing greenhouse gas emissions, Byrd added. Changing our environment with CRAFT Federal agencies in Fort Worth, Texas are using innovative energy solutions like these solar energy collection panels, which was once part of the Fort Worth Federal Center, a 75-acre parcel of land with four large warehouses totaling more than 1 million square-feet. (Photo by Clayton Church, Fort Worth District)
Fall 2012 24 Summer 2012 24 Top brass from across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined Corps stakeholders and members of the Emerging Leader Program in Little Rock, Ark., Aug. ference to discuss current issues, look at future challenges and map out the road to success for the organization. Im very pleased that the Southwestern Division hosted the Strategic Leaders Conference this year, said Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, Southwestern Division Commander. As a region we contribute so much to the overall USACE mission and it is exciting to host this conference in Little Rock where our leadership will get the opportunity to see how what we do directly impacts the American public. During the conference, division commanders or represen tatives provide updates on their support to the USACE mission and goals and provide recommenda tions for future efforts. This year all noted the changing environment that the Corps is currently operat ing in and the need to revisit the USACE goals to ensure that the organization is supporting the Na There are a lot of things changing for the Corps of Engi neers, said Tom Hudspeth, chief, Business Management Division, Southwestern Division. As we look at our past and current workload years or so we need to look for opportunities and potential chal lenges to ensure that we remain relevant and responsive to the needs of the Nation. The conference theme Vi dent Futura; Carpe Diem, mean ing see the future; seize the day, framed the discussion for the con ference. Participants were encour aged to discuss current successes and share lessons learned as well as look to the future and identify potential challenges facing the Corps through breakout sessions. This year the invited stakeholders were asked to participate in the breakout session discussions. It is helpful to hear what the Corps sees as challenges, said Bob Portiss, director, Port of Ca toosa. Shared challenges lead to shared solutions. None of us can do this alone and Im grateful that the Corps is brining stakeholders to the table for the discussion. Each year the conference serves as an opportunity for those involved in the Emerging Leader Program to shadow and ask ques tions of the Corps leadership. It provides opportunities for them to gain a better understanding of the successes and challenges the organization faces. It was eye-opening to ob serve the broad/macro issues that the senior leaders are grappling cant amount of coordination, but also immediate attention, noted Jonathan Nadig, contracting spe cialist, Tulsa District and Emerging Leader. I enjoyed the breakout sessions that fostered dialogue among a smaller group with the goal of developing recommended solutions. Traci Robicheaux, contract ing specialist, Galveston District and Emerging Leader felt the conference presented a valuable experience for those in the Emerg ing Leader Program. I liked the opportunity to participate along side our senior leaders and be included in the con versations. Hearing their informa tion was very valuable, she said. As the conference came to a the progress made during the con ference and current SWD efforts. We are doing great work here in SWD and our contribu tions to the Nation are invaluable, he said. We are right on track with our support and I couldnt be prouder than I am right now to be an SWD Pacesetter. Southwestern Division hosts by Melanie Ellis, Southwestern Division Outreach Coordinator Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commander, Southwestern Division, discusses the impor tance of strategic partnerships at the Stakeholder BBQ dinner held during the Strategic Leaders Conference in Little Rock, Ark., August 6-10, 2012. Stakeholders and partners from across the Corps were invited to attend and participate in the SLC and provide feed back on their experience working with the Corps. (SWD photo)
25 Pacesetter The Southwestern Division Regional Leadership Development Program builds our bank of future leaders by providing a way to de velop leadership skills to meet the needs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the region. Participants learn how to improve their perfor mance through training and on-the-job experi ence. 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 direc tion of our organization and is self-paced; while Level 2 focuses on teamwork, self-awareness and exposure to leadership styles and is a twoyear 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 in dividuals who have exhibited leadership poten tial the opportunity to further develop and refine their leadership skills. Additionally, Level 3 par ticipants 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 Divi sions Annual Senior Leader/Leadership Devel opment Conference. The new Level 3 participants also have a chance to be selected to represent SWD at the USACE Annual Emerging/Senior Leaders Con ference. Level 4, which is still under develop ment, 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. Kristi McMillanGalveston District Job Title: Regulatory Project Manager Years with the Corps: 10 Graduation from LDP Level III: April 4, 2012 What you liked most about the program: I enjoyed the oppor tunity to participate on a regional level. How has this program assisted you with your career progression: e program has better prepared me for future opportunities within the Corps. LDP leading the way! Where are they now... Louis VogeleTulsa District Where is he now: Pro grams and Project Man agement Division, SWT Job Title: Chief Civil Works Program Manager Years with Corps: 13 LDP Graduation Date: March 2007 Participating in the original LDP and Emerg ing Leaders Program in SWD was a very reward ing experience for me. I was exposed to many dif ferent leaders and lead ership styles during my time in these programs, which provided me with some good perspectives on eective (and not so eective) situational leadership. I got to meet and work with some really great people, many of which have gone on to middle and upper management positions within USACE and other agencies. People Kristi McMillan Louis Vogele
Fall 2012 26 Karyn AdamsLittle Rock District Job Title: Project Manager for Military Programs Graduation from LDP: 2010 How did the LDP help you get where you are or accomplish your goals? Its shown me that you can do anything you put your mind to and the importance of being a well rounded person. Some of the skills Ive picked up from the program have been instrumental in volunteer programs and in personal challenges and goals. What has the experience been like? Ive had a great time, I enjoy the friends Ive made and the opportunity to learn from senior leadership at the district and divi sion levels. Patrick BeardTulsa District Where is he now? Seoul, South Korea Job Title: Chief, Korea Programs Relocation Oce Years with Corps 16 Beard credits the folks who pushed, prodded and poked him along through out his career at Tulsa District for helping him get where he is today. He speci cally credits the Corps Leadership Development Program as being benecial for his career by getting him out and introducing him to people all the way up to headquarters. Traci RobicheauxGalveston District Job Title: Procuring Contracting Ocer Years with the Corps: 11 Graduation from LDP Level II: 2007 What did you like most about the program: I enjoyed the opportunity to work with our customers, stakeholders and partners. Benets you have identied with completing this course: e program provides the chance to learn from others throughout the Corps. Traci Robicheaux Patrick Beard Karyn Adams
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Fall 2012 28 Q. A. I have been the Unit Commander for the Civil Air Patrol Mineral Wells Com after being appointed Acting Com Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1136. Being a part of these organizations take up a lot of my time, my boys have been involved starting as cub scouts. My oldest received his Eagle rank last fall, a big step in his life and a proud moment for me. Q. at the Fort Worth District and what is A. Originally I came on board with the Corps as a physical scientist and then moved to the Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch working as a hydraulic engi neer. I am now a GIS analyst and some of my day-to-day responsibilities are geospatial data management and web site development for projects rang ing from supporting Operations Divi sion, Emergency Management, Water Management and even providing some programmatic support for projects like the border fence and at present, the Sustainable Infrastructure Assessment we are working on for the Air Force. A. At present, the projects I work on are the Sustainable Infrastructure Assess ment and a little now on the Facility assessment for the Defense Logistics Agency. We seem to be moving now from a huge push on construction to and better facility management. These projects are proving that this organiza change. Q. Before working for the Fort Worth assistant in the Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. I went from there to working as a Coop student with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service where we were in the early phase of using biological systems simulation models as management tools in the cotton industry. After graduate school I worked for the USDA-ARS full time developing methods and algorithms to incorpo rate population dynamics model into a physiological cotton crop model. These were fascinating days because we were showing that models developed using vastly different strategies could be made to function together. My job was lation models to estimate, and then distribute insect damage to the cotton model and see how the model itself would respond. I was later transferred to the USDA-ARS lab at Mississippi State University where we worked on expert system development that used with the computer simulations to help ment decisions. The program develop sampling methods and using remote sensing techniques as an indicator of plant health. It was these later devel opments that lead me to an interest in Geographical Information Systems and eventually to my present job. A. Its not so much of what I get out of it but more of what I can put into it. Both of these organizations stress leadership development skills. It wasnt until I started working for the Army that leadership skills were taught before you actually needed to have them. Thats why I think Boy Scouts and Civil Air Pa trol Cadet Program are important pro grams for youth. Both teach leadership principles, and both organizations are run by the youth. Very early in these programs, the youth are given respon sibilities and duties to be completed. In many cases, they work with peers and subordinates to whom they have to give instruction and guidance. That gives our young people a chance to develop and actually use those skills in an environ ment where adult leadership is avail able for guidance and mentorship. Fort Worth District: Dennis Akins Position: GIS Analyst Years with SWF: 12 years Hometown: Killeen, Texas Education: Bachelor & Masters in Agriculture Engineering, Texas A&M University Information Systems Professional Hobbies: Woodworking, building furniture, and anything to do with general aviation Bio Stats Dennis Akins
29 Pacesetter A. I am originally from Somalia, East A. After high school in Mogadishu, Somalia, I was an adventurer, travel ling the world from Aden to Damascus to Baghdad and to Istanbul, then onto Europe from Belgrade to Rome. My sole purpose of coming to the US was for school. I started at a Community College in Alexandria, Va. and worked evenings at odd jobs as a dishwasher, security guard, cab driver, substitute teacher and so on for sustenance and tuition payment until graduation when A. Perform design and analysis of hydraulic structures including intake structures,culverts, outlets and other engineering structures such as bridges, control projects. I also conduct technical review of the work of other engineers to comply with Corps standards and ac cepted principles of engineering. Duties going projects and assess the condition of existing ones. neer A. A civil engineers contribution to soci ety is immense stretching from design and construction of bridges, buildings, dams and public water treatment. It is a A. The challenge and the satisfaction of completing a project. This involves starting from a blank sheet of paper with some conceptual idea, a rough sketch and the application of an engineering equation. Slowly working your way to wards a solution, a clear picture appears and solution emerges. ing as seeing ones engineering design concept turn into real life, from paper to reality. A. The natural chal lenge of engineering tasks and the vast, readily available sources of references, not to mention the spirit of cooperation and support environment GD offers. A. The nature of Galveston Districts Engineering responsibilities deal with projects. This demands more than the common and ordinary engineering skills elsewhere. It demands more in-depth knowledge of the nature of forces and stresses subjected to structures by wave velocities. A. I have no clue! All I know is that I was always fascinated by the sight of suspen sion bridges such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Sky Scrappers. A. It has to be the generosity and kind ness shown by coworkers and specially the Corps of Engineers. My family (nine month pregnant wife with 4 young kids) uprise and demonstrations in Cairo in the mattresses, blankets, pillows and many other offers of help if we needed. The level of kindness and help we received overwhelmed my family. A. Ensuring the integrity of structures for public safety, engineering and specify ing cost effective materials and assuring the quality and workmanship of projects inspections to assess condition of exist ing ones contributes to achieving the mission and goals of the District Galveston District: Rashid Sheikh-ali People Current Title/Position: Structural Engineer How long have you held this position? 18 months Number of Years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 1 yr and 6 months Number of Years with the Galveston District: 1 yr and 6 months Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, jogging, watching nature programs and being a good father Bio Stats Rashid Sheikh-ali
Fall 2012 30 A. Its not a simple task and juggling two blackberries is not fun. I have great staffs in both places that make my job easier. Ive always called the National Guard my weekend and evening job, and this new position as the deputy ad jutant general means a few more week ends and more hours in the evenings. positions it has helped me grow and become more effective. My opportunity to attend the US Army War College as a member of the National Guard improved my stra tegic thinking and understanding of our national security which helps me as a planner in the Little Rock District. That is an opportunity not available to many USACE civilians. My work with local, state, and fed eral agencies within the Corps of Engineers has improved my nego tiation and strategic communication skills. These are critical skills for senior military leaders that are not often taught in military education or gained directly through military exercises. Supervising military and civilian employees is often very different. I have learned much over the years through both experiences that improves my ability to lead. I feel very fortunate to have both careers and experiences. SWL. Has that been awkward or A. No, because I do not out rank my District Engineer. He will always be Sir (or maybe Maam someday) to me. I tively) while at the National Guard. It is highly unlikely we would be in a military situation together. The only exception is a state emergency where I get called into service. However, if there are op portunities for me to foster the dialogue between the National Guard and Corps of Engineers I always look for ways to do so. Throughout my career with the Corps Ive learned a lot from the great examples set by District Engineers and zation. This is another one of the ad vantages of working for the Corps and being in the National Guard. Every day I am able to witness and embrace great military leaders, and that has improved my military leadership skills. A. There are currently many challenges with both employers. Budget con straints will continue to be a focus as we try to maintain and build competen cy. At the National Guard we have tran sitioned from a strategic reserve to an operational force. In the short-term we while working to maintain a relevant force. For the long-term it means re turning to our standards of strength and training management. We do that by empowering our junior leaders, pushing them to be adaptive and creative. Con currently, the senior leadership must keep an eye on the next threat in order to prioritize constrained resources. This is no easy task as we prepare for any contingency large or small; domestic or abroad. The Planning Community of Practice at the Corps of Engineers is also undergoing a transition. Our Measurable Attainable Risk-informed Timely) planning is critical to the overall success of the civil works transforma tion strategy. In the short-term, for Little Rock planners, that means we will improve our ability to be a regional as set. We will also empower our planners (and all members of planning teams) to be critical and creative thinkers. We have to strengthen our ability to make tough decisions, under constraints, and communicate risk. We must do this to achieve our long-term goal of complet ing most planning studies in a three year time period under three million dollars. And we do this to regain the in our ability to provide relevant water resource solutions to the nation. Little Rock District: Patricia Anslow ronmental Division Years with SWL: 18 years Hometown: Troy, New York Army War College Hobbies: Anything that involves sunshine and water! Bio Stats Patricia Anslow
31 Pacesetter People husband have been gate attendants at A: I dont know if I have a favorite thing, I like it all. I really like dealing with the people. I like to meet people. I like to do things for people they appreciate. We stay here year-round and we like to keep things clean and nice. We get lots of com pliments on how clean the park is, and that makes us feel good. That is what we like about working here. A: Im from Wesley, in Atoka County, Okla. years in Alaska. A: My husband was a highway engineer, and we got a contract to go work in the last frontier. There were reindeer downtown. There is no way to describe it; it was just so beautiful there. A: I graduated from high school when I was 15. I went to work at a country store running a posting machine. You probably dont even know what that is, do you? They sold everything at this store, a lot of it on credit. I took everything down and posted what they owed. It is like put ting it into a computer, but it wasnt a com puter back then. I was an environmental specialist, working at an Army base. I took care of all the toxic waste. That was an interesting job. I worked it for 13 years. We had a bunch of Agent Orange that had been there for years and years and a feather in my hat to get rid of that. Ive done all kinds of things. Ive lived kind of a ferried life. Q: Sounds like it. What has been the most interest ing thing that has A: I worked for a Certi in Alaska and they conducted elections for the native people. They were having a big election, and so western side of Alaska. We worked all day and night tallying up votes, We went to the airport, which was just a small room; it did not open until nine a.m., so this native guy said hed take us to his house. His wife cooked us all breakfast. They brought us all a glass of scotch and some raw salmon. I said, I cant eat that. My boss told me that Id upset them if I didnt. He said, Swallow it and take a big drink. So I ate it. Every time I think of that I almost get sick. I swallowed it though, and I didnt get sick. worker. A: I used to work out at the base 4 days Saturday and Sunday I would get up at open up a restaurant and work there until two a.m. One summer I then got off there my life. He came over from Arkansas in a covered wagon. He was one of 13 children and was more self-taught than anything. I never, ever had a question that my daddy couldnt answer. Im just an old country girl; I grew up in a country school. I graduated Valedictorian, and could have gone to college but felt I was too young. My brother was Salutatorian so I gave the scholarship to him. I sometimes felt I should have gone, but I like the way my life has turned out. A: We are happy when were working. There is just something built in us. We want it to look good; we want people to have a good experience. Its good exer cise for us old people. We enjoy it. Tulsa District: Wyna Grippanado by Shawna Blake, Tulsa District Public Affairs student intern Position: Gate Attendant at Cowlington Campground Years with Corps: 3rd year as gate atten dant, one year volunteering prior to that Hometown: Wesley, Okla. Children: 4 Hero: Her dad Craziest thing ever ate: Raw salmon with a glass of scotch Bio Stats Wyna Grippanado
Fall 2012 32 By Isidro Reyna, Galveston District Public Affairs Maj. Greg Couturier is no stranger to the U.S. Army, having spent 14 years in uniform as both an enlisted ence with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, Couturier brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to his current position as a project manager, currently managing four projects for the Port Isabel Deten tion Center in South Texas. Initially, I enlisted in the Army because I needed a challenge in my life and I also needed college money, said Couturier, but, the Army became so much more than that. Couturier credits the Army with providing him an opportunity to work as a team and to experience esprit de he says left a lasting impression on him. As much as I enjoyed the Army, I promised my mother I would go to college, said Couturier. While I was ing Corps and again wanted that feeling of brotherhood. Couturier earned a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island, I chose ocean engineering because I grew up on the water and wanted to stay near it somehow, said Cou turier. The German degree was more out of curiosity and both degrees were offered together in a program called the International Engineering Program. Couturier says he chose to earn an MBA as more of a career-building decision. The Army offered me the opportunity to obtain a of my parents and in-laws typically not an easy feat, said Couturier. to assist with the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the devastating tornado disaster. As the deputy, I was responsible for making sure staff had everything they needed to operate as a team to accomplish the recovery mission, said Couturier. In the three planning and response teams; debris removal, criti cal public facilities and temporary housing. The debris removal team worked to help remove an estimated more than two million cubic yards of de bris caused by the tornado. Additionally, the team had schools, and set up a temporary hospital as the tornado had destroyed St. Johns Regional Medical Center. ence as that of an enlisted Soldier, said Couturier, the responsibilities and rewards are much greater. Prior to joining the Galveston District, Couturier ing Battalion. Couturier has been awarded three Bronze Stars, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achieve ment Medals, the Gulf War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Arrow Head, in addition to the Iraq and Afghan istan campaign medals. Couturier enjoys spending time with his wife Laura, son John and daughter Emily, in addition to riding his motorcycle. SWGs Maj. Greg Couturier:
33 Pacesetter by Southwestern Division Public Affairs From the natural beaches of Sabine Pass near Port Arthur to the rich diversity of bird and marine wildlife along the Laguna Madre near Port Isabel, the sweep of the Texas coast contains varied and fragile ecosystems juxtaposed with highly industrialized areas that host a national economic powerhouse. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division, through its Galveston District, is involved in virtually every mile of the 367-mile coastline, and plays an integral role in both the preservation of Natures treasures that are a living part of the Texas coastal region as well as serving and preserving the industries that fuel commerce and power our nation. The Corps has been an active player in the development of the Texas coast for many years, but a milestone was the establishment of the Galveston bor improvements along the entire Texas coast. Twenty years later, after the Great ton recover from the deadliest hurricane in American history and build protection against future hurricanes. That protec tion, the iconic Galveston Seawall, helped protect Galveston during Hurricane Ike involvement with the Texas coast has seen the construction and maintenance of deep draft ports along the Texas coast tax revenue through the handling of more Today the Corps and the Galves ton District are looking ahead as they in anticipation of a comprehensive study four Snd bitate agencies together to iden tify opportunities to address the growing issues along the Texas Coast. This study, called the Coastal Texas Ecosystem Pro tection & Restoration Study, will identify a complete body of data and recommend a comprehensive strategy for reducing tural measures that take advantage of natural features like barrier islands and storm surge storage in wetlands. The Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Feasibility Study, which will address opportunities to reduce risk and damages to public safety, property, and environmental resources from storms and erosion within the region of Orange, Jefferson, Harris, Galveston, Chambers, and Brazoria Counties. (See accompanying story on page 37). Three major elements drive the need for a comprehensive plan: water borne commerce (Texas ports), the petro leum and chemical industry, and wetlands and coastal ecosystems. Waterborne Commerce: Texas is the number one state in the nation for waterborne commerce, with four of Amer of Corpus Christi, Port of Beaumont, and Port of Texas City). The Port of Houston is the countrys busiest port in foreign tonnage, second in overall tonnage, and tenth worldwide in tonnage. Transiting Texas port are a vast variety of goods, such as agricultural products grown on Texas farms, petrochemical products, industrial and agricultural machinery, containerized shipments carrying goods for major retailers, Gulf Coast seafood, and foreign manufactured automobiles. Corps construction and maintenance of these ship channels enable the ports to deliver the goods. The Corps is responsible for keeping waterways open for naviga tion and commerce, and the Galveston District maintains 13 shallow draft ports Resources and Risks: Texas Coastal Study to focus on our vital and vibrant coast A hurricane protection structure in Texas City protected the petrochemical complex during Hurricane Ike. (courtesy photo) Texas Gulf Coast Restoration
Fall 2012 34 and 15 deep draft ports, as well as the 423 miles long Texas portion of the Gulf deep draft. Texas and chemical products production, and is a global leader in the closely related petrochemical industry. Long known as the petroleum-rich state, Texas 26 capacity of more than 4.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, Texas accounts for 27 percent of the nations total capacity. Houston is known as the energy capitol of the nation and is home energy-related com panies, including 16 of pipelines. The Gulf Coast chemical plant and largest petrochemical complex in the world chemical plants, which employ approximately complex provides for the convenient and cost-effective transfer of the fuel and chemi cal products shared among plants, storage terminals, and trans portation facilities by way of an extensive pipeline network. Houston alone ac tions base petrochemical manufacturing capacity. tems The Texas Gulf Coast has some of the most abundant and diverse wetlands in the world, including critical coastal eco of piping plover critical habitat, and 328 square miles of whooping crane critical habitat, as well as 21 state and Federal wildlife refuges. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is the migration ground of most of the worlds whooping cranes in the wild. Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is the nations longest stretch of undeveloped beach. An estimated 4.1 million acres of wetlands existed on the million acres of freshwater wetlands and All of these components of our productive and prosperous Texas coast are increasingly vulnerable to storm effects of sea level rise These very vul nerabilities are the impetus for planning and investing in a comprehensive plan to make communities, ecosystems, and industries along the Texas coastline more resilient and sustainable. In addition to the coastal mission of maintaining the waterways for naviga tion, the Corps also plays a role in two major areas: hurricane and storm protec tion, and shoreline erosion. tion : Galveston District maintains three Hurricane Protection Structures, located in Port Arthur, Texas City, and Freeport. These structures have prevented more than $36 billion in cumulative damages. Though some damage was reported after Hurricane Ike, these structuresparticu larly the Texas City Hurricane Protection Structurewere all that stood between Hurricane Ike and such valuable assets as the petrochemical complex in Texas structive hurricane ever to hit the U.S. If it feet in the Houston Ship Channela disastrous impact. The U. S. Coast Guard has estimated that a one-month closure of a major port like Houston would cost billion Shoreline Erosion: Of the 367 erosion, some of the highest rates in the Nation. The Corps has estimated that Texas shore is eroding, 33 per cent stable and seven percent is advancing. The Texas coast suf of shoreline loss per year, and the GLO estimates that 225 acres of topsoil wash into the Gulf each year. All of these elements and Corps mis sions intersect with the interests of state agencies like the Texas General Land other Federal agencies and underscore the need for a comprehensive assess ment of the entire Texas coast. What depends on it? Forty percent of the Nations petrochemical in dustry, 25 percent of national petroleumports, critical transportation infrastructure and delicate ecosystems. All will continue to be at risk without a comprehensive plan to restore and maintain a robust coastal ecosystem aimed at reducing storm damage to communities, indus tries, and the environment. The future depends on it too. A strong economy and a healthy coastal ecosystem are no small gifts to pass on to our children and grandchildren. An aerial shot of the Port of Houston, one of the Nations top ten ports (courtesy photo, Port of Houston)
35 Pacesetter Texas Gulf Coast Restoration A network of 31 tidal data collection stations located between South Padre Island and the Sabine and Neches rivers, known as the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON), aids the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galves ton District in keeping federal waterways open for navigation. Entrusted with maintain the Gulf of Mexico, the Galveston District partnered with the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M Uni versity Corpus Christi manager of TCOON to gather data neces sary to convert its tidal datum from Mean Low Tide to Mean Lower Low Water, a uniform chart datum widely accepted by mariners and used to calculate vessel-underkeel clearance when transiting ship channels and other navigable waterways. Tidal data collected and disseminated by the TCOON (a cooperative agreement among the Galveston District, National Ocean ic and Atmospheric Administration, Texas Water Board) will be used in the conversion to MLLW slated District Chief of Navigation Chris Frabotta. The conversion to MLLW is guided by updates in legislation and Corps regulation, to allow for nationwide consistency with NOAA charts as required by the Water Resources Development Act of An annual multi-agency meeting will be held at the Galves tions and maintenance of TCOON and other initiatives including the Corps conversion to MLLW. The Corps implements con sistent methodologies using stateof-the-art technology to ensure the most accurate information is used in coordination with its navigation projects, said Michael Sterling, Ph.D., chief of the Galveston Districts Hydraulics and Hydrology Branch. With sea level change and high historical rates of subsid ence along the Texas coast, pro viding water level relative to MLLW will provide a consistent reference to the changing water surface. According to Sterling, tidal data gathered to establish the MLLW standard is crucial to the Corps operations and mainte nance program on the Texas coast. This is an elite system of platforms collecting tidal data records using MLLW datum. However, additional tidal gauges are needed to determine MLLW in unmonitored areas, particularly along the Gulf Intracoastal Wa terway, said Sterling. To relate MLLW to the currently used MLT datum, each tidal gauge needs to be referenced to surveyed land benchmarks. With the nation facing a series of budget reductions, the Galveston District actively seeks to strengthen partnerships to more neering services to the nation. Established as an entity of data collection began in support of the Natural Resources Act to col lect water level and meteorological data along the coast of Texas, said James Rizzo, Assistant Di rector of Operations, Division of Nearshore Research at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Real izing the data collected by the net work followed all NOAA standards, the Corps became a major partner with TCOON as the information supported surveying and dredge maintenance projects. According Rizzo, the part nership of all TCOON sponsors is invaluable, as not one agency in the network could create the data on its own without the technical each respective organization, sav ing taxpayers upwards of $1 million annually in maintenance costs each year. Each agency supports the tions, reducing the amount each agency must commit while still having the data from all stations available for use on their respec tive projects, said Rizzo. As the network has evolved over the past cost on TCOON; however, its es timated that replacing the network would be in the millions. With Texas ports ranking commerce and handling nearly 17 percent of all of the nations port tonnage, its imperative the Corps execute its mission of keeping waterways open for navigation, said Frabotta. The information supplied by the network provides invaluable navigation-related data that enables the Corps and our stakeholders to keep cargo moving along the Texas coast and supply commodities to the nation. According to Frabotta, the Galveston District is responsible for maintaining federal navigation ranked ports in the United States with respect to tonnage. We understand the nation that waterborne commerce has on the nation and the State of Texas and we work diligently to ensure safe and reliable channel availabil ity, said Frabotta. The Galveston District monitors and maintains the federally-authorized navigation channels along the coast of Texas, lion cubic yards of shoaled sedi ment at a cost of approximately Galveston District multi-agency partnership keeps commerce moving along the Texas coast by Galveston District Public Aairs
Fall 2012 36 Galveston Districts partnership with Trinity River Authority saves time, money Lake Livingston Dam (Galveston District photo) by Galveston District Public Affairs With a rich history of water management, the Trinity River Authority is known for providing services City of Houston. But what you might not be aware of is that the TRA partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of the Lake Livingston Project, saving permit applicants a substantial amount of time and taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. We have empowered TRA with the authority to issue general permits and make decisions that are compliant with both of our regulations, said Compliance Section Chief Kenny Jaynes, Galveston District. Our the bureaucratic involvement and expedite the permitting process. In addition to streamlining the permitting process, TRAs partnership alleviates Corps regulators from spending hundreds of hours each year on the road and enables 15 permit evaluators to spend more time evalu their desks each year. drive two to four hours up here every time someone wants to build a houseboat, said Area Administrator Richard Gerard, Lake Livingston Project. The Corps relies on TRA to be its eyes and ears on Lake Livingston and we are happy to be of service. miles of shoreline, the Lake Livingston Project boasts last year was one of TRAs busiest for issuing permits. the time on Lake Livingston, said Jaynes. On average, a couple hundred permits are issued each year on Lake Livingston. Thats a lot of traveling and as a result, TRAs assistance saves us a tremendous amount of time and money. For the residents and businesses along the shoreline, TRAs involvement in the permitting process results in a quicker turnaround time. The general permit certainly saves time for applicants, said Gerard. If there are no outstanding is business days. channels and lakes to oversee, the Galveston Districts Regulatory Branch staff is thankful for TRAs continued commitment in going the extra mile to combine resourc es and assure maximum value added to the nation and to the Corps biggest stakeholders the American public. TRA is a very valuable partner, said Jaynes. The Corps relationship with TRA is phenomenal and this partnership is very much a success story.
37 Pacesetter Texas Gulf Coast Restoration The Sabine Pass to Galveston is one of a number of Texas Coastal reduction, hurricane and storm dam age reduction, and aquatic ecosystem restoration. The focus of the study is wide in scope and is a feasibility study focusing on ways to reduce impacts from storm surge with measures that encompass the shore protection and ecosystem degradation problems along the upper southeast Texas coast. In August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District hosted a week long charette which was attended by representatives of the Galveston District, Southwestern Division, USACE Headquarters, the Coastal Storm Damage Planning Center of Expertise, the Engineer Research and Development Center, Water Project Review, General Land other USACE representatives from across the nation. The purpose of the charette is to come up with a new study ap proach that falls in line with the new civil works transformation guidelines which state that all feasibility studies should be completed within a target of 18 months but no more than three years, at a cost no more than $3 mil lion, utilizing three levels of vertical team coordination, and of a reason able report size. After Hurricane Ike in the fall of cost escalated from about $3.7 mil lion to $6.8 million, but the study was discontinued at that time due to the sponsors need to focus on recovery efforts. The originally Sabine Pass study purpose was to evaluate the storm damage effects due to hurri cane and tropical storms on the Gulf shoreline of Galveston and Jefferson counties in southeast Texas and t he original scope only evaluated projects on the coast. The end result of the week long charrete was twofold. First, all of the attendees received a better understanding of the organizations intent under the new SMART Planning process and the changes that will be necessary to realize success. Sec that, once a cost sharing agreement is reached with the sponsor, have the potential for successful storm damage reduction. Data collection efforts will begin and an initial evaluation will be after study initiation. These results will then be coordinated with the vertical team and efforts necessary to identify the tentatively selected plan will be further developed. The study will provide recom mendations for future actions and programs to reduce storm damage, improve the information available to coastal planners and engineers, and be used by various agencies to help preclude further structural and ecosystem degradation. Additionally, the scope of the study has now been expanded under the new effort to evaluate surge reduction measures in the six coastal counties in the same Through the storm: How SWD is reducing flood impact in fiscally challenging times by Ken Conley and Rob Newman, Southwestern Division, Planning Division In 2008,the aftermath of Hurricane Ike left the city of Galveston in disarray and the Southwestern Division Sabine Pass study at a stand still. Today, with less money to work with, the Corps is looking at new ways to carry on the study within the confines of the Civil Works transformation guidelines. (courtesy photo)
Fall 2012 38 region including Orange, Jefferson, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria and Harris Counties. The Southwestern Division is right in the midst of implementing Civil Works Transformation through planning modernization efforts. In addition to having the two pilot studies that were discussed in the Summer ton District and SWD staff completed the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay utilizing SMART Planning. To meet current and future challenges and address water resources needs for the nation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has initiated an effort to transform its Civil Works program to improve performance and responsive ness, increase customer satisfaction, readiness, and maintain a competitive edge. Transformation will promote enhanced capabilities and greater involvement, ownership, concur rence and commitment among internal USACE team members, local sponsors and partners. The four pillars of the civil works transforma tion encompasses modernizing the project planning process; enhancing the budget development process through a system-oriented watershed approach, collaboration and innova required portfolio of water resources project through a smart infrastructure strategy to deliver solutions to wa ter resources problems; improving method of delivery to produce and deliver critical products and services through water infrastructure and other water resources studies. Modernizing the Corps Feasibility Study Process: Planning modernization is a central component of the Civil Works Transformation efforts. The role of planning modernization in the trans formation effort is to complete high quality feasibility studies with shorter timeframes and lower costs. The planning modernization process will emphasize execution, instill account ability, and improve the organizational and operational model regionally and nationally to ensure consistent qual ity. The effort will improve planner knowledge and experience through additional mandatory training, profes of planning processes and planning guidance. This new approach for development of projects will result in improved management, performance, execution, and timely delivery of solu tions to water resources needs. Measures under the modern ization process for 3x3x3 include the following rules: All feasibility studies will be scoped with a target date not to exceed three years; the target cost for a feasibility studies isnt expected to exceed $3 million; the study team will use all three levels of the vertical team (RIT, MSC, HQ); when appro priate the main report of the feasibil less and any projected schedules or budget that exceed these proposed guideline will have to be approved by HQ, USACE. Path Forward -Where are we going? SWD continues to move forward with the overarching concept of Civil Work Transformation on most of our Feasibility Studies to enhance the project planning process to inform Congress as it makes decisions for authorizing and funding water re sources investments for the Nation. We are working towards continual improvement of the processes and products that support timely and sound decisions regarding our Na tions water resources needs. In addition to the new plan ning modernization process for civil works, SWD will also continue to uti lize the watershed/systems approach when developing water resources projects. In accordance with EC watershed planning and prepare planning authorities. By utilizing a watershed ap proached for planning, developing, and budgeting for water resources it entire systems, encompassing a host of aquatic and terrestrial eco-zones and habitats. The Texas Coastal Studies are a great example of a variety of projects enhancing inland watersheds that lead to and are vital components of the Texas Coastal tidal and coastal region that provide vital resources to the national from a natu ral resources and economic perspec tive. The Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Project study area
39 Pacesetter by Little Rock District Public Affairs Montgomery Point Lock and Dam Ensures System Available During Low-Water Conditions During this years unseasonably dry summer the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System func Because water levels on the Mississippi River dropped so low the crest gates at Montgomery Point Located on the lower section of the MKARNS near Tichnor, Ark. Montgomery Point Lock and Dam was in the area by eliminating the recurrent navigation restric percent. When the Mississippi River water levels start get drops too. its kind hydraulically operated gates. When the tail wa the gates in the navigation pass spillway to minimize lockages saving time and money. When the tail water is at elevation 115 and pro through the lock instead of over the gates. It took many years of planning and construction to complete Montgomery Point Lock and Dam. However, if it had not been built, millions of dollars would have been spent on dredging the lower end of MKARNS to ensure the channel stayed open during dry weather years. The design of Montgomery Point makes position ing the gates less labor-intensive for the lock operations crews, because all gate changes can be completed with the push of a button. The design also has most of the operating equipment housed in the gallery to keep it dry which cuts down on the damage due to weathering. Another noteworthy design feature is that the entire lock and dam, except for the control tower is com pletely below the top banks of the channel. During very high water conditions, the structure is submerged, except for the control tower. Because of its location, the project surface elevation. The water surface at Montgomery Although the design is rarely used it paid off economy going. The same cannot be said for many of the Midwestern states river and streams. Montgomery Point Lock and Dam ensures system available during low-water conditions Montgomery Point Lock and Dam control tower in the water during the flood of 2008. The control tower is built to withstand large fluctua tions in the water surface elevation. (Little Rock District photo) Projects
Fall 2012 40 by Sara Goodeyon, Tulsa District Public Affairs Work involving the repair of a major component of a lock along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System was recently com pleted ahead of schedule by the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The work involved the removal and replacement of a pintal ball at Lock 17 at Chouteau, Okla., This was performed to a lock on the MKARNS. The entire lock was emptied of water, an operation referred to as dewater ing, so that the dam gate could be lifted for the removal of the pintal. Impact to commercial opera tions along the navigation system was kept to a minimum through extensive planning, spanning several months, in an effort to close the lock for three weeks or less. The lock closed August 6, with crews scheduled to continue any other required work between traf The completion of the repair work and the reopening of Lock 17 three-week closure was an absolutely amazing effort by an incredible crew, said Col. Michael Teague, command er, Tulsa District USACE. The need for the repair was discovered during a routine dewater work had never been done in the dis trict, engineers had no plans or draw ings to follow. Tulsa District crews used a process known as reverse scenarios and contingencies for the removal of the damaged pintal. Obtaining replacement parts also proved to be a challenge. There were no existing replacement parts available off the shelf, thus requir ing the team to design the parts and have them built to order. This raised the possibility that the custom parts the team might have to learn the hard way during the scheduled three-week dewatering. As evidenced by the early completion of the work, the pintal did civil engineering and planning for the Tulsa District team. level work late Wednesday evening, Sept. 5. We pulled all pumps, bulk heads, and stop logs, and watered the chamber back up Thursday, Sept. 6, said Kenneth Todd, MKARNS naviga tion operations manager. Lessons learned from this re pair project will be put to use for other repairs to locks along the MKARNS; it is an aging system, and all locks in the system have symptoms of wear and tear, such as the grinding and vibrations created by metal-againstmetal when the gates are opened and closed. waterway that links Oklahoma and inland waterway system all the way to New Orleans and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. About 13 million tons of cargo is transported annually along the system.automatic returns Chouteau Lock gets new pintal ball A Tulsa District crew member moves the custom-made pintal ball into place under the dam gate. It is the first time such work has been performed on a lock and dam along the McClellan-Kerr Ar kansas River Navigation System. There were no existing replace ment parts available for this work at Chouteau Lock and Dam 17 in Chouteau, Okla., so crews were forced to wait until the actual placement of the part to know if it would fit, which it did. (Photo by Rodney Beard) Southwestern Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Brig. Gen.Thomas Kula, center, and Tulsa District USACE senior leaders and workers stand in the dewatered Chouteau Lock 17 in Chouteau, Okla. August 28, 2012.The Tulsa District team replaced the pintal ball on the gate to the locks dam, completing the work ahead of schedule and with minimal disruption to navigation traffic along the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System. (Photo by Capt. Ian Minshew)
41 Pacesetter Pacesetter Points Congratulations Project Engineer, Lackland western Division at the 24th annual HENAAC/Great Minds STEM conference in October. Congratulations to the following Fort Worth District team members who completed the Department of the Army Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training: Santiago Rosales, Celone, John Cade McCloud, Lauren Fagerholm, Dorie Congratulations to Galveston District for being recog nized July 31 with the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Councils Nature Service Award for its ecosystem resto ration initiatives at the Corps Woods and the East End Lagoon Project in Galveston, Texas. Galves ton District, for his selection to lieutenant colonel. on his promotion to a supervisory on her selection as an operations manager for the Inspection of Completed Work Program in the Project Operations Branch. on his selection as Southwestern Divi sion Regulator of the Year. for his recent selection to serve as the acting regional business chief for the USACE Southwestern Divi sion. attorney Stephanie Darr won an E. Manning Seltzer Award, which recognizes an attorney who has made one or more special contributions to the Corps Legal Services Mission. legal, won the Keystone Award, which recognizes the pro fessionalism and indispensable role of non-attorneys who perform in the successful accomplishment of the Corps Legal Services Mission. Linda Morris, Deputy for Small Business at Tulsa Dis by the Oklahoma Native American Business Enterprise Center Aug. 23 during the Minority Education Develop ment Week held at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa. The award is presented annually to an individual who represents and works on the behalf of Native American Businesses to gain government contracts. We have a winner...or three! Congratulations to Little Rocks for submitting designs that were combined to create this years Civilian Recreation Association T-shirt. Congratulations to Little Rock Districts Jim Sandberg who has been selected as this years Operations Project Manager Community of Practice Advisory Board Chair. Congratulations to Little Rock Districts Greers Ferry Park Ranger David Moore Interpretive Water Safety Award for his enthusiastic ap proach to boat patrols and water safety. Arrivals Welcome to the US Army Corps of Engineers Cadre of You trained to Army standards to lead and facilitate customer focused improvements for the Corps. Essayons!! Welcome to Galveston District following employees: Departures Galveston District would like to bid adieu to Carlos Tate, the following retirees: And would like to say good luck to the following departees : Maggie Rivera, lotte Waldron and James Hannon.
Fall 2012 42 Photo Re view The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza is the states largest amateur bass tournament. The bonanza takes place on the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System from the states western border with Oklahoma to the eastern edge where the Arkansas River runs into the Missis sippi River. The tournament generates protection, conservation and preservation awareness for the Arkansas River. During the event, fisheries biologists hand out oxygenated bags containing largemouth bass fingerlings at each of the five weigh-in sites for anglers to release along the river. Up to 500,000 largemouth fingerlings have been released since the tournament started in 2006. Southwestern Division, Tulsa District and Galveston District all recently launched newly designed websites that provide more information in a multimedia, easily navigable format. The new website redesign is part of a Corps-wide web migration in an effort to communicate more transparently. The Districts and Division redesigned sites home page web addresses remain the same, though many sub-pages web addresses have changed. You can access all the District web pages from the Division website at: http://www.swd.usace.army.mil Bryan Kotalik, Quality Assurance Representative, briefs Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers and Col. Charles H. Klinge, commander, Fort Worth District, during the Chiefs two-day visit to the district. Bostick met district team members, toured current and recently completed projects on Fort Hood and Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston. The 53rd Chief of Engi neers recognized team members and held a town hall meeting at the San Antonio Area Office. Thanks for the hard work, dedication and how you represent the Army values and professionalism, said Bostick. This is where the work really happens, at the districts. When you look at all you do and have done, you should be proud.