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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 3 Commanders Column 9 Fort Worth District 21year partnership with elementary school 10 11 moves forward 12 13 15 16 17 Partnerships CONTENTS Projects and Programs Workforce Reshaping Spring 2013 Volume 8 No. 1 Focus: People on the cover STEM 21 22 23 25 26 27 29 31 32 eral service 33 other Corps 35 37 42 14 Wounded Warrior 43 44 Special Emphasis 19 20
3 Pacesetter Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula Southwestern Division Commander P there cians? envision a Our people are our strength Without our great workforce, there would be no projects completed, agreements signed, partnerships developed. Without our great workforce, there would be no SWD.
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5 Pacesetter Col. Charles Klinge Commander, Fort Worth District Reshaping our workforce in T
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7 Pacesetter Col. Christopher Sallese Commander, Galveston District H SWG celebrating 133 years of building strong!
Spring 2013 8 Col. Glen Masset Commander, Little Rock District T What makes you different is your innovation and ability to transform and make key business decisions; serve our constituents, support the team and maintain our infrastructure while the nations priorities are shifting around us.
9 Pacesetter 9 Pacesetter Partnerships Fort Worth District 21-year partnership with elementary school still going strong
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11 Pacesetter Projects and Programs http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Plan ning/TableRockMasterPlanUpdate.aspx http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Plan ning/TableRockMasterPlanUpdate.aspx
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13 Pacesetter Projects and Programs
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15 Pacesetter Workforce Reshaping SWD prepares for organizational changes
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17 Pacesetter Workforce Reshaping Galveston District communicates cutback$
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19 Pacesetter Special Emphasis The Women of SWD Women Inspiring Inno vation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engi neering and Mathematics,
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21 Pacesetter of the current outreach efforts that are efforts on the front STEM
Spring 2013 22 SWD STEM Charter The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a worldwide organization that supports our Nation by building and maintaining critical infra structure. Every year there are fewer stu dents graduating with engineering degrees related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics creating one of the Nations greatest challenges for maintaining the criti cal infrastructure that protects the American people. In recognizing this challenge the Corps is increasing its outreach efforts to the engi neering community to include the leading en gineering education establishments to share our mission, vision, and experience in hopes of fostering partnerships within the education community. To address this challenge, the Southwestern students and other professional organizations. This dedication is a commitment made by SWD to Support the SWD STEM Engagement Strategy: Promote USACE to be a recognizable and desirable employer in the STEM community through measurable participation in outreach and recruitment events and by being the Armys leader in STEM. Support the SWD STEM Objectives: To improve on increasing the STEM pipeline within SWD by developing partnerships with historic accredited minority colleges and universities within our region and increasing our par ticipation in STEM events with K-12 schools within our region. Increase STEM awareness: Promote STEM related activities and opportunities within our communities and professional organizations and associations. Leverage key STEM partnerships within the region: Work together to leverage and develop relationships across SWD to increase awareness of STEM activities and opportunities for students and professionals.
23 Pacesetter Galveston District hosts LSU students STEM
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25 Pacesetter This interac Editors Note: For more in formation on how to get involved with the Kids on the Land program con tact Kids On the Land, Inc. a Texas 501c3 Executor Director, Peggy Maddox -P.O. Box 694, Ozona, Texas 76943 firstname.lastname@example.org STEM
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27 Pacesetter Floods, hurricanes and tornados...Oh My! Fort Worth District Public Affairs Specialist, People
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29 Pacesetter Mrs. Grubbs you may have heard that the theme for this years celebration of Womens History Month is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination Celebrating Women in STEM. Id say that the fact that the Southwest Region, USACE shows that you are a true example of that theme. Can you comment on that theme and how you see yourself in this history mak ing position as making an impact on those who serve with you now; that have served with you and what im pacts you continue to have on the next generation of engineers that you are helping to mentor and nurture as future leaders? Your bio is beyond impressive and a year later em ployees and other leaders throughout SWF and SWD are still talking about the moving address you gave at the 2012 Womens History Month event. Can you give readers an idea of how your past assignments have brought you to this key leadership position as the Deputy District Engineer and any lessons learned from those assignments you can share? Any mentors youd like to reference that were instrumental in your career success? People A conversation with Peggy Grubbs, Fort Worth District Deputy of Programs and Project Management
Spring 2013 30 Recently you gave what is now being referred to as one of the best and most open conversations to the Fort Worth District workforce on the downturn and reshaping of the workforce. You are seen as one of the critical persons responsible helping to ensure that the process of downsizing is done right for current and future SWF workforce. Tell readers what you see as your role in that process and how in general things SWF will endure the challenges of the downturn? We know from the example you practice every day just how much you care about the well-being of the district and how you help to teach, mentor and shape future engineers of both genders. That said as we celebrate Womens History Month, I do want to focus for a minute on the female workforce. What sound advice would you offer females who are considering careers in engineering, and the related disciplines of math, science and technology; including challenges and rewards they may encounter? Is there anything additional youd like readers to know about you and your many successes?
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35 Pacesetter People From the battleground to the Corps
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Spring 2013 38 Q: Discuss your role at the Corps Q: What do you enjoy most about working on your par ticular project(s)/tasks? Q: What do you like about your current job? Q: Whats the most interesting thing youve encountered or whos the most interesting per son youve worked with during your tenure at the Corps? Q: Whats your most memo rable moment working with the Corps? Q: Why did you choose this Q: How do you feel your work is making a difference in the district? Galveston District: Sharon Manzella Tirpak Current Title/Position: Project Man ager How long have you held this position? 5years Number of Years with USACE: 19 Hobbies/Interests: Walking, watching a good movie, watching the Steelers, helping with my sons scouting and band activities and being involved with the local community Bio Stats
39 Pacesetter People Q: What is the most re warding aspect of your job? Q: Why is the work you do as a USACE regulator so important to the nation? Q: Youve worked for the Corps of many years, How has the district changed: Q: Whats the most interesting thing youve encountered while working for the Corps? Q: You also organize the blood drives at the district. How did you get involved in that? Tulsa District: Helen Williams Current title: Regulatory Project Man ager How long in current position: 23 years in Regulatory How long with USACE: 34 years, all with SWT Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, fishing, reading, knitting. Bio Stats
Spring 2013 40 Q. How did you get to the Little Rock District? Q. What are the duties of this position? Q. What challenges have you had to face in your new posi tion? Q. You also serve as the district STEM (Science, Technology, En gineering & Math) Coordinator. How important is that program and what do you hope to accom plish? Little Rock District: James McKinnie Maintenance Section Years with SWL: 3 Years of federal service: 25 Hometown: Portland, Texas Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Bio Stats
41 Pacesetter Southwestern Division: Vicki Dixon What is your role as the regulatory program chief for SWD? What makes the regulatory program mission such an inte gral part of the Corps? sions that are What have been some of the most interesting projects that you have been involved in? What has been your proudest moment in the Corps? Position: SWD Regulatory Program Man ager; Biologist Years at SWD. Since May 1983 Years with Corps. Almost 35 years. Began work as temporary summer ranger in 1976 and 1977 at Oologah Lake in the Tulsa Dis trict. Began full time employment with the Corps in the Tulsa District in 1978. Hobbies. SCUBA, travel, bird watching Bio Stats People
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43 Pacesetter Pacesetter Points Congratulations Lance Speer Galveston District Public Affairs Jan Jones Kristine Brown Bradley Myers Donnie Lankford Arrivals Mi chael OSullivan Omar Duran Gary Groeneman, Jim Fields, Paul Limvorra tre, Ben Brackman Nancye Bethurem Departures Ken neth Alvey, Fred Anthamatten, Thomas Bean Celia Cockburn (deployed), John Curtis, Wade Davis, Sara Jackets (deployed), Dale Race, James Worthington Donna Stroud Davenpor ohn Jet tinghoff, Jeffrey Watts, Gary Goodwin, Maj. David Hamilton and Justin Johnson Mary Beth Hudson, Howard Davidson, Robert Walker, William Johnson, and Stephen Timmons.
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