Special Report: JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary Year In Review
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTERBrig. 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 Column12 Coming full circle, Dallas remember JFK13 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Keepers of the Eternal Flame1517 1922 History snapshot: JFK CONTENTSFocus: JFKWinter 2013 Volume 8 No. 4People 33 51 52 STEM Way Ahead23 2425 University26Projects2729 31 maintenance strategy32 moneyYear in Review3537394041 Employee Spotlight47
3 Pacesetter Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula Southwestern Division Commander L constraints Looking towards a bright 2014...our District and Division leadership forged the way ahead as our organiza tion worked through the changes that will make us more relevant now and into the future.
Winter 2013 4 of ser account (see page 52) on the suc cesses of Our FY 14 priorities havent really changed from FY 13. We defined them and set them in place in FY 13, and now we will go forward and implement them by building on the successes of our past.
5 Pacesetter Col. Richard A. Pratt Commander, Tulsa District Remembering the great work in 2013A ...I am amazed at the magnitude diversity, and complexity of our mission, and the value of our contributions.
Winter 2013 6 to ho after the uncertainties that our nation fu ture is in But, the rewarding times will far outnumber the challenging times, and it will be those positive times and events that will form our memories.
7 Pacesetter Col. Charles Klinge Commander, Fort Worth District Fort Worth District meets and exceeds T Educational outreach, combined with park and lake patrols conducted by rangers and state and local law enforcement authorities, contributed to the Districts continued long-term trend of lowering public recreational fatalities at our twenty-five lakes.
Winter 2013 8 Essayons!I want to stress that our success couldnt be achieved without the selfless work and service of every member of Team Fort Worth.
9 Pacesetter Col. Courtney W. Paul Commander, Little Rock District C Connections and Communication
Winter 2013 10 Col. Richard P. Pannell Commander, Galveston District T Setting a path for the future
11 Pacesetter Remembering John F. Kennedy Focus: JFK
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15 Pacesetter G From jubilation to sorrow: Remembering JFK at Greers Ferry Focus: JFK
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Winter 2013 22 History snapshot: JFK
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Winter 2013 26 Engineers from the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted as mentors at the Engineer Games event at the Tulsa Community Col lege Northeast Campus Nov. 15. The Tulsa Alliance sponsors the event for Engineering as a way to expose young people to engineering to from nine area high schools participated in the challenge, based on the book series The Hunger Games. The selection process for the teams is much like the reaping ceremony in the books. The students were tasked with building three projects: a launcher, a transporter and a gravity well. Engineer Games
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Winter 2013 28 tion in force the fur es the on the of Dis trict Effective internal communications is always important, but it was of particular importance during this past year as the District sought
29 Pacesetter DoD adopts Decision creates new asset management opportunities for the Corps Way Ahead
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31 Pacesetter The on criti tenance the next ensure that as far in in their Way Ahead
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35 Pacesetter L Former SWL Chief of Ops retires over and over andLee Bass joined the Little Rock District Corps of Engineers on Jan. 5, 1975 as Civil Engineer and ways to serve the Corps. Recently he retired for a third time from the Sacramento District. by Robert Kidd U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District People
Winter 2013 36 there for three We [Corps employees] have to know in our hearts that what we have done has made a difference in the world and we stay because we are committed to service,
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Winter 2013 42 Q: What do you do in your current position? Q: Discuss your role at the Corps. Q: What do you enjoy most about working on your particular project(s)/tasks? Q: What do you like about your current job? Q: Whats your most memorable moment working with the Corps? Q: How do you feel your work is making a difference in the district? Galveston District: Lavonne Laura Collins Current Title/Position: Legal Instruments Examiner How long have you held this position?: Approximately 11 Years Number of Years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 21 Years Number of Years with the Galveston District: 21 Years. Bio Stats
43 Pacesetter PeopleQ: Since youre relatively new to the position, whats your background in safety? Q: How did you come to work in the Tulsa District? Q: When did you become the Q: What is the most reward ing aspect of your job? Q: What is the most chal lenging aspect of your new position job? Q: What are some of your interests outside of work? Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add? Tulsa District: Mike Kerr Current Position: SWT Safety and Occupational Health Manger Past Position: Deputy Safety Officer Years with SWT: 13 years Years in current position: since June 2013 Bio Stats People
Winter 2013 44 Q: What does being named Architect of the Year mean to you? Q: Whats the most rewarding project youve ever worked on? A: T Q: What project/s were you working on that earned you the title Architect of the Year? What are the impacts of those projects to our stakeholders? Q: Tell us something about yourself that we dont know? Little Rock District: Bill Jackson Official Position: Architect, Design Branch, SWL Years with SWL: 29 years Years of federal service: 29 years Hometown: Little Rock (born and raised here) Education: Hall High School (Little Rock), University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Bachelor of Architecture Degree) Bio Stats
45 Pacesetter Southwestern Division: Brad Hudgens Years with the Corps? Four Education? B.S.E. in Systems Engineer ing from the University of Pennsylvania and M.S.E. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas Hobbies/Special interest? Ive got a corner of the garage for bicycles, a kayak, fishing poles, tennis rackets, camping gear, etc. I keep hoping that one of these days Ill have time to use it! Bio Stats People People Q: Tell me about your job? Q: What type of projects do you work on? Q: Water is such an important mission for the Corps, but there seems to be public confusion over what the Corps role in water management is and how much control we have, tell me what the Corps role in water management is and how we work with other organizations to carry out our water mission?
Winter 2013 46 Fort Worth District: Allyson WaltersQ: What is your role at the Fort Worth District? Q: What are some of your dayQ: Tell us about your most rewarding experience, your proudest moment, since join ing the Fort Worth District. Q: You recently were recognized as the Interior Designer of the Year how did you feel about receiving this award? Q: What were some of the chal lenges/obstacles you faced during the renovation process of the Fort Worth District? How did you overcome them? Q: Where do you hope to see Position: Interior designer Years with the SWF: 9 years Hometown: Bartlesville, Okla. Education: Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University Certifications: Registered Interior Designer Texas; Registered member NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) \Hobbies: Classic cars, music, Bio Stats
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51 Pacesetter Pacesetter PointsCongratulations Carolyn Staten Pete Perez Robert Ed Morgan Robert Thomas Eric Wood Isidro Reyna 2013 Clean Air Champion Casey Cutler Lisa Finn Seth Jones Marybeth Parker Patrick Spoor Franchelle Craft Pablo Hernandez Andrew Smith Dr. Edmond J. Russo alter Skierski Caleb Young ArrivalsColleen Chamberlain and Louis Esqueda Robert Jones, Lawrence Oyelami, Robert Thomas, Tim Walls and Ron Wooten : Henry Patton, Adam Crisp, Timothy Johnson, Todd Isaacks and Lynn Ray DeparturesCharlie Burger Hyla Head Chelsea Desforges, Bob Peel, Kim McDonald, Mike Mosely, Lloyd Mullins, and Rashid Sheikh-Ali Terry Nolen, Robert McCollum, Harrison Sutcliff and Raineye Holmes.
Winter 2013 52 Our FY14 Azimuth and Regional Priorities