How Interdependent Teams are Meeting SWDs Goals Saying Goodbye to Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula
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 Column11 Teaming up for long term success13 Standing up the Regional Planning and Environmental Center15 Extension dredging project16 Who and what is the Board of Governance17 Pantex: A success story CONTENTSFocus: Interdependent TeamsSpring 2014 Volume 9No. 1People 25 26 43 STEM Way Ahead19 District volunteers plant STEM seeds21 Tulsa engineers help judge Cookie Games22 Congressman Veasey and Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula inspire local Dallas middle schoolProjects2327 Colonel28 McKinnie named 2014 Engineer of the Year29 Galveston selects deputy district engineer for programs and project management30 A Monument Man31 SWD Deputy Counsel honored with Corps of Engineers Public Service Award3233 Employee Spotlight39 Saying farewell to a great leader40 Brig. Gen. Kula through the yearsFocus: Brig. Gen. Kula Farewell
3 Pacesetter Spring 2014 4 Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula Southwestern Division Commander I Its so hard to say goodbye Col. Richard P. Pannell Commander, Galveston District F infrastructure to her out tions in Heading into spring with great accomplishments As we move into spring well continue to remain focused, working with stakeholders and partners to keep commerce moving along the Texas coast while being responsible stewards of the coast.
5 Pacesetter Spring 2014 6 Col. Richard A. Pratt Commander, Tulsa District Tulsa 2014 is off to a great startT
7 Pacesetter Spring 2014 8 Col. Charles Klinge Commander, Fort Worth District Regional, interdependent teams are the way of the future T Our metric for success will be the delivery of planning efforts on time and on budget with increased efficiency at the division level. The SSB has fully embraced this process transformation and is on the glide path to exceed the standard needed for mission success.
9 Pacesetter Spring 2014 10 Col. Courtney W. Paul Commander, Little Rock District C of a con conference our infrastructure in concert for ex BUILDING STRONG collaborative partnership communities effective have in can of our As the engineers of our infrastructure its our job to bring these stakeholders to the table so we know who they are and they know us. With communication technology advancing rapidly our stakeholders are finding common grounds together and its our job to make sure were facilitating the majority of discussions.
11 Pacesetter Spring 2014 12 Focus: Interdependent Teams The following regional centers are currently operating within the Southwestern Division: Dam Safety Production Center Regional Planning and Environmental Center Regional Vertical Design Center Regional Energy Center of Expertise USACE Real Estate Acquisition Production CenterSWD has also established two regional governance boards to operate interdependently for two key parts of our Civil Works program:Regional Hydropower Governance Board McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System Governance Teaming up for long term successHow interdependent teams are building a stronger SWDby LaDonna Davis
13 Pacesetter Spring 2014 14 Building a new structure Standing up the Regional Planning and Environmental Center Focus: Interdepent Teams Focus: Interdependent Teams
15 Pacesetter Spring 2014 16 contracts for exten Focus: Interdepent Teams Focus: Interdependent Teams
17 Pacesetter Spring 2014 18 T Pantex: A success story Focus: Interdepent Teams Focus: Interdependent Teams
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21 Pacesetter Spring 2014 22 STEM Tulsa engineers help judge Cookie Games to do with the empty boxes? Build something of course! Girl Scouts and Allison Shoopman mentored the scouts and judged the compegrade and up were required to build something out of cookie boxes Scouts!
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27 Pacesetter Spring 2014 28 People Fort Worth Deputy Commander gets promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
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33 Pacesetter Spring 2014 34 PeopleQ: Discuss your role at the Corps. As a senior regulatory project manager I have been involved in complex environ mental decisions, various legal and reports. Q: What do you like about your current job? Q: Whats the most interesting thing youve encountered or whos the most interesting person youve worked with during your tenure at the Corps? Q: Whats your most memorable 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: Dwayne Johnson Current Title/Position: Biologist--Regulatory Project Manager How long have you held this position?: Approximately 20 Years Number of Years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 22 Years Number of Years with the Galveston District: 22 Years. Bio Stats People
35 Pacesetter Spring 2014 36 Q: Can you explain what a contract specialist does and how important it is to the Corps and Federal Government? Q: Whats the most rewarding contract youve ever worked on? Q: Are you working on anything now that will have major impacts? Q: You are very active in the community. Can you tell us your roles and responsibilities and why you chose to become a public servant? Little Rock District: Darrell L. Montgomery Position: Contract Specialist Years with SWL: 5.2 Years of federal service: 12 Hometown: Tucker (Jefferson County, Ark.) Born in Little Rock Education: Masters of Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science South Central Public Health Leadership Institute Graduate, Tulane University Arkansas Public Health Leadership Institute Graduate, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Bio Stats PeopleQ: What do you do as an Econ omist? Q: What do you love about your job? Q: What inspired you to pur sue this career? Q: What is your favorite proj ect that you have been in volved with? Q: How did you get where you are today? Q: Where do you think you would be without the Corp right now? Tulsa District: Chris T. Baker Current Position: Economist Education: Oklahoma State Univer sity Years with SWT: 3.5 Hobbies: fixing up my new house, attending concerts Bio Stats People
37 Pacesetter Spring 2014 38 Fort Worth District: Brent JasperQ: What is your role at the Fort Worth District? Q: What are some key initiatives that you are working on? Why do you think it is so important to the Corps mission? Q: What are some of your dayservation ease Q: Tell us about your most rewarding experience, your proudest moment, since join ing the Fort Worth District. Position: Regulatory Project Manager Years with the SWF: 14 years. I worked as a Park Ranger at Navarro Mills Lake from 87-91 (4 yrs). I moved to the District in 2004 (10 yrs). Hometown: St. Peter, Illinois Education: B.S. in Forest Resource Management from Southern Illinois University Hobbies: Predominantly Boy Scouting. I am the Scoutmaster for Troop 11 in Burleson. So obviously I enjoy camping, backpacking, hiking and other outdoor activities. Bio Stats Southwestern Division: Tony Roberson Position title: Supervisory Chemist Years with SWD: 13 years Years with the Corps: 13 yrs (10 with NAVFAC) Education: B.S. in Chemistry, M.S. in Environmental Science Hobbies: Science fiction, organic gardening, sports Bio Stats PeopleQ: What are some of the chal lenges of being the supervisor of IIS and environmental? How do you best overcome them? Q: How did your career with the Corps start? Q:Have you always been interested in science? Who inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
39 Pacesetter Spring 2014 40 Saying farewell to a great leader On July 2, 2010, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula become the 35th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division. During Kulas tenure, the SWD was heralded as a true Pacesetter of Civil Works Transformation, which sought to modernize planning, budget, infrastruc ture strategy, and methods of delivery. As champion of change within the Division, he led the organization through a cultural and organizational change with passion and resolve, earning him acco lades from Congressional Members, local leaders and stakeholders. In order to balance Federal funding shortfalls, Kula challenged his operations di vision to hunt for dynamic funding in the form of public-private investment and top priorities. A result of developing relationships with port directors operating on the McClel Oklahoma, Kula cultivated a partnership which provided the aging system infra Kula also facilitated a State-Federal partnership with the Texas General Land Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study which will investigate storm damage reduction and ecosystem restoration alternatives along six counties of the up per Texas coast. He also used relationships with the Texas Water Development ter a tri-State alliance for maintaining, planning and developing water resource plans for his region. Kulas vision and superior leadership have been critical to the execution of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers many complex missions throughout the SWD. Focus: Brig. Gen. Kula Farewell
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43 Pacesetter Spring 2014 44 Pacesetter PointsCongratulations Franchelle Craft, Eduardo Irigoyen and Tosin Sekoni Simon DeSoto Kris Brown Galveston District Public Affairs Randall Townsend for his honor Dennis Pistole, Connie Johnson Chad Crain Rick Gardner Cassie Ramsey Courtney Perry Daniel Foyil Martie Cenkci Ray RussoBrian Kamisato ArrivalsBrooks Anacker, George Dabney (redeployed), Stephen Elder, Dawn Harrison, Keokuk Jones, Alfonso Moreno, Dr. Edmond J. Russo Jr. Lynn Ray.Departures John Barnett, Joyce Gonzales,Robert Howell, John Machol, Ken neth McDonald, Jose Moreno, Michael Mosby, Lawrence Redd, Orlando Rosas. Robert VanHook, MichaelHouston, Reagan Richter, Paul Szempruch Colleen Alford, Bruce McMurray, Linda Webster and John Morris. Ted Nettles and Courtney Nadig. Maggie Fletcher, Manager, Nick Osier, Kelita Stephens Thanks for 32 years of service Brig. Gen. Kula!!!!