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Pacesetter magazine
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United States -- Army. -- Corps of Engineers. -- Southwestern Division ( issuing body )
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2012 Year in Review S pecial Focus: Taking Care of our Wounded Warriors


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 Powerful Partnerships 10 11 13 Town looks to Corps for help 14 15 17 19 21 22 23 24 25 23 35 37 38 39 45 46 Partnerships CONTENTS Focus: Wounded Warriors People Winter 2012 Volume 7 No. 4 Focus: Year in Review on the cover The Southwestern Division takes a look back at the year 2012 through photos and numbers and looks towards accomplishing even more in 2013.Projects & Programs33 34 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, Department of the Army or the U.S. Government. Articles or photographic submissions are welcome. For more information about the Pacesetter, or to make a submis sion, call your local Public Affairs Office. 47 49 29 30 31 STEM51


3 Pacesetter Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula Southwestern Division Commander I n the Southwestern Di vision, as in most federal govern ment organizations, we measure these measurements have been management teams, and we grammed amount of more than Dollars told a story in generated timber revenues of dez, with 70 years of federal them would tell you that they are 2012, a year full of success


Winter 2012 4 Col. Glen Masset Commander, Little Rock District T he end of the year is holidays roll around we often wonder where the year has the way we do ing involved levels of serthe tone for the entire year or did it? resolve but you found a way towards the new normal it saying, do less less with less is situations that going to be very 2012, what a year!What I noticed this year about our district is that you have resolve. You have the ability to overcome obstacles and make things happen.


5 Pacesetter Col. Christopher Sallese Commander, Galveston District F years and we were one of the the region with our sister dis I have designated six high owe it to the nation to get these and undergo three levels of re ensure studies are funded to quality of the engineering, envi been the most innovative in the tuned for more information on Looking towards a New Year


Winter 2012 6 is an advantageous deal for to ensure our affordability efforts have for the size and deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to our na shared around the world, have during the holiday season but meet rigorous deadlines with the holiday season is a stress alongside you and I am tive of your to return from the holidays safe, rested As 2013 draws near, know that while we have a lot more to accomplish with less resources at our disposal, well work through these challenges and deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to our nations engineer ing challenges.


7 Pacesetter Col. Michael Teague Commander, Tulsa District For Tulsa District, a year of reaching out S overshadow the rest of the year, moved north, targeting the United the year-in-review in a different heavily involved with the US will be remembered as the year of those, it was the year that our


Winter 2012 8 Col. Charles Klinge Commander, Fort Worth District Proudly looking back at 2012 transforming forward in 2013 T e engage in the hustle and bustle that we are one of the strongest organiza tion assessments and environmental obligation rate is one of the highest, if tinue to move forward in transforming the needs of the future and deliver the


9 Pacesetter Partnerships rehabilitation, and modernization ments, generator rewinds, and reha willingness of the team to go be the emission of greenhouse gases owerful P artnerships P By Melanie Ellis, SWD Outreach Coordinator


Winter 2012 10 Update on Regional Initiatives (Editors note, the following is a brief update on two of our regional priorities.)Regional Planning Center (RPC) We are moving out to establish a RPC that will sustain Planning and Environmental competencies and deliver value to our Civil Works partners and our military missions customers. The business rules and implementation strategy are under development. The plans for the RPC are also synchronized with our intent to enable an infrastructure strategy that increases our major maintenance for our critical infrastructure. Mr. Pete Perez, acting Regional Business Director, is leading a team of senior leaders from the region to develop the business rules and implementation plans. Through this effort, we will remain relevant and ready to respond to the needs of our Military and our Nation. Infrastructure Strategy The goal of a Smart Operation and Maintenance Infrastructure Strategy is to optimize limited O&M dollars through an informed decisionmaking process that links desired levels of service with ongoing maintenance investments to improve planning, budgeting, execution, performance and com munication (stewardship) of our federal assets. We have four Project Delivery Teams in SWD: Flood Risk Management Level of Service PDT, led by John Balgavy in Little Rock District; Recreation LoS PDT, led by Brandon Mosley in Fort Worth District; Environmental Stewardship/Compliance LoS PDT, led by Kent Dunlap in Tulsa District, and O&M Cost Review PDT led by Ted Kerr in SWDO. The goal of the three LoS PDTs is to determine all work products associated with each business line and prioritize the work into three categories: mission critical actions ("must do"); non-critical actions and tasks ("nice to do"); and activities that will no longer be done. The goal of the O&M Cost Review PDT is to provide standardized guidance on which Work Category Codes should be used so that SWD can track execution of work going forward and to provide a breakdown of where O&M funding has historically been spent. This strategy presents the opportunity for each District to adjust their workload to align with a regional delivery of required O&M products and services that will allow for optimized use of O&M dollars towards true struc tural/high priority investments.


11 Pacesetter by Jim Frisinger business entity that involves the entire Four phases to the DLA mission: USACE and DLA, bringing value to the U.S. Armed Services Partnerships


Winter 2012 12 Flexibility in the same format and delivered with er trust and loyalty, round of site visits, hard to meet that Training training to build the inventory, environmental, fuels and the assessment talent before others mental assessor or fuels guy, they all Measuring program success Program will have assessed more than The phone is ringing. not unusual: several oth to me about asset maning similarities between ment elements brought together, all Garrett Gohlke, an intern at the Fort Worth District, folds site maps in preparation for an upcoming visit to Defense Logistics Agency facilities at Luis Muoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico. The site visit teams rely on the site maps to plan and refine on-the-ground visits to all of the assets they need to assess during the trip.


13 Pacesetter 13 Pacesetter Partnershipstheir underground sewer main, shared among the Federal govern erode and sewer main fails, the y Kent Cummins Little Rock District Chief of Public Affairs Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District Commander Col. Glen Masset and Augusta Mayor Rocky Tidwell sign a Project Partnership Agreement to proceed with a streambank protection project. Heavy rains in the spring of 2008 and 2009 caused serious bank erosion along the White River near Augustas downtown area. (Photo by Little Rock District)


Winter 2012 14 their families were treated to a to offer fun and entertaining would not be able to attend if it event the following year, and y Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Public Affairs Two children take a hand-led horse ride at the Outdoor Kansas for Kids event held Sept. 8 and 9 at John Redmond Reservoir in southern Kansas. National and local sponsors were encouraged to offer outdoor activities at this annual event to help children learn to appreciate that type of recreation. (Photo by Tulsa District)


15 Pacesetter and veterans in obtaining and maintaining suitable em transitioning Soldiers before they are totally out of the Putting our Wounded Warriors back to workby Kevin Burgin Fort Hood MEDCEN Replacement Project Office, SWF Wounded Warrior program liaison Wounded Warrior


Winter 2012 16 authorities available to veterans tary members Soldiers, veterans, and families are assigned an advo in Soldiers quality of life and allows them to transition out Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers, speaks with a recovering wounded warrior during a visit to the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Unit. (Photo by Fort Worth District)


17 Pacesetter The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, co-sponsored a "Take a Warrior Fishing" event at Canyon Lake, Texas, in October. (USACE Photo ) Wounded Warrior


Winter 2012 18 Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, SWD commander, greets recent military recruits as the Reviewing Officer for the Veterans Day Parade in Dallas on Nov. 12. USACE photo)


19 Pacesetter Wounded Warriorby Ed Rivera and Clayton Church Fort Worth District Public Affairs fun on the water that they may not otherwise get Wounded Warrior casts lines for


Winter 2012 20 Marcus Schimank, manager, Canyon Lake checks in fishermen during a Take A Warrior Fishing event. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Canyon and Grapevine Lakes recently hosted events providing 56 warriors and 42 family members a respite from their daily routines with a day on a lake fishing and enjoying the scenic views. (Photo by Fort Worth District) wounded warriors and family members time to tunities for our military and their families but also ed warriors and their families have to go through


21 Pacesetter Energy Sustainability efforts began, while assigned disaster relief removal of mines to ensure the safety of our military members and as they transigram as well as ing stateside Galveston District promotes Warrior Care Month 2012 Wounded Warrior USACE Galveston District Commander Col. Christopher Sallese presents Joe Hrametz, chief of the districts Operations Division, with a blue star flag and framed feature story of Project Manager Michelle Clark, Operations Division, as part of the districts Blue Star Deployment Recognition Program. (Photo by Galveston District)


Winter 2012 22 fun evening with his family and strange when he saw the media at I had no idea that some I am trying to get better and get For now, he is getting a that will give them an edge after tion after transitioning out of the transition out of the military, said I no longer worry about the in fate or destiny, but to an extent Sgt. Jay Silk, an Operation Warfighter Sol dier was awarded the Purple Heart at a sur prise ceremony during his units Christmas party. (Courtesy photo)


23 Pacesetter Wounded Warrior wounded, in battle or the line of low invisible wounds and the Folds of role with our military are some invisible wounds that need healing, and the outdoors is will have the use of nearby trails Foundation, an organization that of the wounded and fallen edu homa-based organization was evolution for the re tage will be a message to the families that their while serving in Iraq in only behind them but beside them By Sara Goodeyon, Tulsa District Public Affairs Folds of Honor Foundation founder Maj. Dan Rooney, CrossTimbers developer Ron Howell, Southwestern Division Deputy Commander Col. Richard Muraski, retired U.S. Army Maj. Ed Pulido (brown jacket), and retired U.S. Army Sgt. Ronny Sweger and his sons, Brett, Briggs, and Brooks Sweger break ground for the Honor Cottage at Skiatook Lake, Okla., Nov. 28. The Sweger children are recipients of Folds of Honor scholarships for their future education. (Photo by Tulsa District)


Winter 2012 24 Internship program aids in Wounded Warrior transition Sgt. 1st Class John Shull, separated different aggregate sizes dur ing a soil test. While he recovered at the Warrior Transition Unit on Fort Hood, Texas, he joined the internship program working in the districts Central Texas Area Office Materials Testing Laboratory. (Photo by Fort Worth District)


25 Pacesetter Southwestern Division is at the forefront of hospital construction within the Department of Defense, providing the Army, Air Force, Navy servicemen, retirees, and their families with world class medical facilities. The Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers has been tasked with the delivery of a $3.5 billion medical program which requires the establishment of a new organizational structure, staffing plans and business rules for successful execution. Integral to this program is strategic vertical and horizontal integration between HQUSACE, Medical Center of Expertise, Health Affairs-Portfolio Planning & Management Division, Health Facilities Planning Agency, Health Facilities Division and SWF. The four main medical centers within this program are San Antonio Military Medical Center; the Joint Base, San Antonio, Ambulatory Care Clinic, formerly Lackland Air Force Base; the Fort Hood Replacement Medical Center; and the Fort Bliss Replacement Medical Center. All hospital projects will feature the lat est concepts in evidence based design and world class medical facilities incorporating the best practices of the premier private health facilities in the country as well as collaborative input of military healthcare professionals into a design that supports the unique needs of military per sonnel and their families. All projects are also being designed to meet silver Leadership Energy & Environmental certifica tion levels. Also included within this medical program are various health and dental clinics at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, Fort Bliss, Fort Sill, Tinker Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range. Building hospitals. Taking care of our Soldiers. Wounded Warrior




27 Pacesetter Finally, when the building is fully of string, brass, woodwind, and The original Darnall hospital opened in 1965 to serve 17,000 Soldiers, with an addition in 1984 added to serve 39,000 troops. Today, the hospital serves roughly 45,000 Soldiers, as well as nearly 125,000 family members and retirees within a 40-mile radius. (Photo by Fort Worth District) Progress on the new Carl R. Darnall Medical Center y Randy Cephus, Wounded Warrior


Winter 2012 28 the future, there is room for lateral growth and an additional bed Construction workers work on the foundation of the $504 million Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas. The medical center is expected to be open for patients in late summer 2015. (Photo by Fort Worth District) A rendering of the Carl R. Darneall Medical Center. Construction of the medical center is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2015.


29 Pacesetter ability to formulate ing to note that the mixed with vin would test their had failed three times trying to you get something right is what them for future dents were ables the United States to remain No more baking soda volcanoes STEM


Winter 2012 30 grams and when they build their robot, it is tion about how they have done all of that gram a robot, engineers need to be able to I have always been a big believer it is very rewarding to both students and Tulsa engineers mentor youngsters at robotics competition Two robotics teams compete head-to-head with the autonomous LEGO MINDSTORM robots they programmed to perform specific functions as the judges watch. The teams were competing in the Tulsa FIRST LEGO League qualifying event Nov. 10 at Memorial High School. (Photo by Tulsa Disrict)


31 Pacesetter e Irigoyen wishes was around when I would have loved to have there that nobody told me about one-on-one with students to answer minorities and women are still to foster and motivate the students tion often beginning before students Corps in the Classroom Program spark students interest in STEMby Galveston District Public Affairs USACE Galveston District Regulatory Specialist Tosin Sekoni volunteers at the Harris County Precinct One Earth Day 2012 celebration at Challenger Seven Memorial Park. Sekoni interacted with approximately 200 children and explained the importance of watershed preservation and water safety. (Photo by Galves ton District.) STEM


Winter 2012 32 dominated by males and gives related events throughout the tives aim to mentor youth and model and want them to realize seven engineers is female, that our nation on the edge of innova Maj. Marty Maldonado, deputy district commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, speaks with students about science, technology, engineering and math courses during the Great Minds in STEM program Nov. 1-2, 2012, as part of its Corps in the Classroom initiative at The Rice School, a Spanish and technology magnet school in the Hous ton Independent School District. (Photo by Galveston District) Civil Engineer Eddie Irigoyen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, speaks with students about science, technology, engineering and math courses during the Great Minds in STEM program Nov. 1-2, 2012, as part of its Corps in the Classroom initiative at The Rice School, a Spanish and technology magnet school in the Houston Independent School District. (Photo by Galveston District)


33 Pacesetter reliable navigation system that meets the long term needs The Corps proposed recreation lockage changes would reduce the number of swings on lock gates at facilities with high recreational boating traffic, thus reducing the wear on the gates. Murray Lock and Dam in Little Rock, Ark., and David D. Terry Lock and Dam near Scott, Ark., fall into the higher-use category. The Corps will ensure the policy limits impact on special scheduled events such as bass tournaments, flotillas, and civic celebrations. (Photo by Little Rock District)Corps wraps up public workshops on lockage policyBy Kent Cummins Chief, Little Rock District Public Affairs Projects and Programs


Winter 2012 34 hosting the division event this year that this event would be ideal For two days, while military members, their families, event would be high on my list for the number of individuals Tulsa District USACE Park Ranger BJ Parkey helps out two girls as they fill out a water safety quiz at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division water safety event at the McConnell Air Force Base Air Show and Open House Sept. 29 & 30.


35 Pacesetter People ROBERT Photos from left, Robert Slockbower sits on a panel with SWD Commander, Gen. Thomas Kula during a STEM event this year. reviews site plans with Michael Vonasek, Fort Bliss Construction Manager and Citali Lopez, a quality assurance representative during a site visit to F ort Bliss. Slockbower stands in front of a newly constructed Afghan National Army station during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Afghanistan. (Courtesy photos)Tell me a little bit about how the Division looked when


Winter 2012 36 1. Deliver on our promises. 2. Be good stewards of the money that has been entrusted to us by the ation and by our customers. ming, and asset management initiatives that are embedded in 3. Build SWD for the future.


37 Pacesetter People During the three day meeting of leaders from of doing business? Southwestern Division Command Week 2012 Southwestern Division Senior Leadership and staff at the SWD Command Week, held at the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 9-12.


Winter 2012 38 Our SWD AzimuthFiscal Year 2013 presents us with a unique opportunity to reconnect with our core constituency, the Ameri can people. Though this Fiscal Year ushers in a new era of decreased funding cycles and challenges, it also brings with it the opportunity to tell and show our neighbors, our communities and our Nation how the Corps of Engineers touches their lives every day. Whether through a lake or a levee, a port or a hydropower plant, the Corps is and always has been an integral part of this great Nation. We owe it to those who come after us to carry on that great tradition. By transforming our Civil Works and Military missions, we will ensure that we resource the programs that not only provides unending and tangible value to our Nation but also serve as the Corps story that Americans can most identify with. As we position the Civil Works and Military mission transformations at the forefront of all we do, we can resource with the right talent and help deliver our programs more quickly and efficiently--a "must do" if we are to continue to be relevant to our sponsors and to our biggest stakeholder, the American people. The current budgetary environment compels us to become more resourceful as we develop alternate means of funding our Civil Works projects; this means establishing a systems-based, watershed approach to deci sion making. Effective use of funding is not up to SWD alone; it will require input from and collaboration with stakeholders and other interested parties. Our SWD Priorities for Fiscal Year 2013 underscore the significance of Civil Works and Military Missions transformation while promoting elements that reinforce the transformation: people, partnerships, energy and sustainability. These Priorities will provide the momentum to help us stay the course as we look to where we want the Southwestern Division to be, not only for sponsors, customers, and communities, but also for the next generation of Pacesetters. Fiscal Year 2013 SWD Regional Priorities: talent management and leadership development to meet future regional workload requirements. transformational approaches for Civil and Military Missions. MKARNS and the Gulf Coast. regional planning and O&M procedures; refining budget development process; sustainable infrastructure strategy; and improving methods of delivery. achieve energy and sustainability goals. Developing the Regional Priorities and Azimuth r


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Winter 2012 40 Q. When did you start your career at the Fort Worth Disthat you are leading with important to the Corps misFort Worth District, what was and see their transformation Q. How do you think your skills in the workplace help with your work giving back to ed myself as well as having me the insight to understand those Soldiers that are in Q. What would you like to add or what would you tell a brand new employee to through the efforts of the Fort Fort Worth District: Kevin Burgin Position: Fort Hood MEDCEN Re ther! Bio Stats Wounded Warrior Project Liaison and Project Coordinator for the Fort Hood Medical Center Replacement Project Office, Kevin Burgin, left, presents U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General Thomas P. Bostick a token of appreciation during a working lunch at the Fort Worth Districts Fort Hood Hospital Area Office.


41 Pacesetter about working on your particular Q. What do you like about your Q. Whats the most interesting thing youve encountered or whos the most interesting per son youve worked with during engineering from even a very young with engineering designs and ways Galveston District: Capt. Derek Thornton People Current Title/Position: Operations Man ager, Navigation Branch How long have you held this position? 5 weeks Number of Years with USACE: 1.5 months, all in Galveston Past Position(s)/Title(s): Fort Jackson, S.C. Served as a Basic Training Compa Bio StatsCapt. Derek Thornton


Winter 2012 42 Q. You have been really involved stems from my desire to ensure that them home safely at the end of the Q. What has been your most that was too big so I went home and life and she remembered the water safety message that I had given team is a valuable asset to the issues as well as amazing ideas Little Rock District: Brooke Kervin Bio StatsBrooke Kervin


43 Pacesetter People ral Resources and Recreation Branch at Tulsa District. How then I went into the ranger training a national honorary recreation, to your appointment as a repre Tulsa District: Kent Dunlap Current Title: Chief of the Natural Resources and Recreation Branch at Tulsa District How long in position: 3 years Number of years with USACE: 30, all with SWT Hobbies/Interests: Living History, sports and coaching sports Bio Stats


Winter 2012 44 Southwestern Division: Mike SterlingQ. What will be your role as the Q. What makes this mission Q. What have been that you have been led dam safety studQ. What has been your proud this initiative, I was able to em and funded my team members to Position: Chief, Water Management and Infrastructure Safety Branch Years at SWD: Arrived Oct. 22, 2012 Years with Corps: 9 years Hometown: Waco, Texas Certifications: Licensed Professional Engi neer (Texas, Mississippi) Hobbies: Reading, watching college foot ball, playing with son (age 4) Bio Stats Mike Sterling


45 Pacesetter Why do we serve? With the many retirements here at Division and also in our Districts, I would like to share with you some thoughts about why these great group of Americans have served this Nation and our Army so faithfully and so well. Our group of professionals are very humbleits not about them. A review of their jobs and years of service tells a story of many years of dedicated efforts, across all disciplines. They all serve for one reason or another and ex cerpted here from an article by a military officer is an example of why theyand all of usserve:I serve because I want to give back a small portion of what I have been given. I want my children to know what it means to live in the "land of the free" and the "home of the brave." I want others to realize the tremendous honor they have to live in a country based on the highest ideals man has ever seen. It is my constant hope and desire that others will realize what a privilege it is to be an American and take steps to serve and protect the very freedoms upon which this nation was founded. Our very existence as a great nation depends on how well we transmit these values and ideals to the following genera tions. This is a daunting task for every American and one we need to take seriously. The message of a shining city on a hill that we would like our children to see is being replaced with a far different and very harmful message. Just look at what we are faced with each day on the television and radio and in newspapers and magazines. These and other forms of daily contact bombard us with images that in many cases do not reflect our values. We have a responsibility to stand up for what we know to be true and right and to make sure our children inherit the same promise we have been given.*These retirees, as well as all the others who have come before them, certainly have earned the thanks of a grateful Nation. *Excerpt from Why do we serve in the military? Commentary, Air Education and Training Command, Sept. 12, 2006 People


Winter 2012 46 Southwestern Division Headquarters Name Years of Service Fort Worth District Galveston District Tulsa District 2012 4th Quarter Retirees


47 Pacesetter SWD Year in Review more than Floodway Feasibility Study rebases targets future


Winter 2012 48 units totaling Facilities average rate Institutions


49 Pacesetter Year in Photos Before After Pilot Study lead biologist, of boating and water and boating fatalities


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51 Pacesetter Pacesetter Points Congratulations Galveston Resource Mathilda Montgomery genbright, Jamie Camp, Teresa Casey, Jeremy Clemence, Russell Cooper, Steve Corbitt, Randy Crapps, Dion Cruz,Chris Davies, Chad Jeremy Jennings, Tacy Jensen, Ryan King Beaver, Josh Krieger Michael Leddon, Donnie Lindsay, David man, Greg Wishard Mark Green Daniel Smith Melea Crouse Michael Ware Arrivals Michelle Loree Baldi, Michael Sterling, Leah Holly, David Freeman. Matt Reinke Steven Stealey arrived as tate Division and Joel Fuchs who has returned Departures Wyskup, Doug Boren, Dr. Michael Sterling, Hazel Fernandez, Morris Tanner, and Brenda Warren, Capt. Ian Minshew. Dennis Duke, manager


Winter 2012 52 Happy Holidays from the Southwestern Division!