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Tis the season to be a Pacesetter


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER Brig. Gen. David C. Hill Commander Southwestern Division Martie Cenkci Chief, Public Affairs Southwestern Division Editor Edward Rivera Deputy Public Affairs Chief Southwestern Division Associate Editors Denisha Braxton Fort Worth District Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Randall Townsend Little Rock District Isidro Reyna Galveston District On the cover Tis the season to be a Pacesetter. Happy holidays from the Southwestern Division.


4 Behind every successful project stand the people of SWD9 Working through the holidays 10 Tulsa District celebrates 75 years of professionalism and customer service 12 busy 2014 16 CONTENTS Focus: From the Top Winter 2014 V olume 9No. 4 People under AR 360-1 for members of the Southwestern Division and its retirees. Contents and editorial views 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 35 Focus: Missions 7 District uses LiDAR for topography, dredge material capacity along Texas coast 10 13 USACE helps USAG-Hawaii meet new planning requirements 17 20 Army engineers pave future for the Air Force 21 22 21 Tulsa District year in review 22 SWD FY15 Azimuth23 29 34 Employee Spotlight 6 Sexual Harassment, Assault: See It! Report It! Stop It! Focus: Special to the Pacesetter


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 This time of the year is often a period of retro spect, as the world around us is caught up in a year-end holiday season that calls for year-in-re views and resolutions for the New Year. But for those of us in the Federal sector, we are already and have our sights well set on the challenges that await us. So we operate in these dual with our personal lives focused on the holiday season and our professional lives focused on ties for our Southwestern Division. As your Southwestern Division commander, it has been my great honor to lead you now for approximately half a calendar year, and one War College recentlybut enough time for me to see the tremendous accomplishments that amples of your work that contributed great value Fiscal Year 2014: en and construction projects since FY 2010 with the Houston Ship Channel and Com prehensive Coastal Texas studies and the Lower Colorado River Basis Phase I, Onion Creek, Austin, Texas study. enYou executed the Project Partnership Agreements for the Onion Creek Study and the Half Moon Reef Nature Conser vancy. enYou completed the Dam Safety Modi (Addicks and Barker), Texas, and Pine Creek, Okla., Dam Safety projects.enYou focused Public/Private Partnerships on infrastructure sustainability: o Executed nine sub-agreements with the Southwestern Power Administration for acceptance of $12.4 million for major capital im provements at existing hydropower projects. o Received $6 million of contributed funds from the Oklahoma Depart ment of Transportation for the replacement of the Tenkiller Spillway Bridge. o Held visioning Sessions with stake holders and users associated with the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation, Multi-purpose Reser voirs, and Texas Coastal initiatives.enYou were responsible for 11 Military Con struction projects with a combined pro grammed amount of $233 million.enYou continued construction on three ma jor hospitals, valued at $2 billion: Fort Hood Hospital, Fort Bliss Hospital, and Lackland Ambulatory Care Center. Brig. Gen. David C. Hill Southwestern Division Commander Behind every sucessful project stand the people of SWDSee Execution on Page 5 4


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 enYou executed contract awards for over $600 million in Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization work for installations, including runway repair at Little Rock AFB and renovations at Keller Army Commu nity Hospital.enYou completed more than 6,600 regula tory permit actions and nearly 4,000 juris dictional determinations.enYou awarded more than $607 million in contracts to small disad vantaged busi nesses, leading the entire Army Corps of Engi neers. I deliberately started each bullet (and these are the proverbial tip of the iceberg) with you, because all of these mission accomplish ments could not have happened without you. Execution is the key to our mission accom plishment in the Army Corps of Engineers, but behind every project are men and women of immense talent and skills who bring these projects to completion. You are a highly professional, well-educated workforce, carrying the proud history and repu tation of the Army Corps of Engineers with you. Nationally, 28.8 percent of Americans hold a bachelors degree or higher. Within SWD, that number is 45 percent, and 71 percent of our Pacesetter team has some college, up to and including post doctorate work. When the SWD leadership met in Galveston for Command Week in October, one key topic was our SWD Azimuth and FY 15 Regional Priorities, which you can read on Page 30. Always woven into our Priorities are the people of SWD, the current and future workforce. You have heard a lot about our multigenerational workforce and the changes that must happen in our work environment in order to recruit and retain new generations of employees. What we also must do is maintain a work environment in which all of our employees feel safe and free from harassment and hostility. There is another set of priorities I would like to draw your attention to: the Secretary of the Army Top Priorities. These priorities were pub lished on Oct. 30, 2014, and were disseminated throughout the Army, including the Army Corps of Engineers. If you have not seen them, they are avail able on our website at www.swd.usace. Secretary for FY 15 is Prevent Sexual Assault. It is also one of my top pri orities, and I ask you to make it yours. As our FY 15 Azimuth and Priorities highlights, we all aim to ensure SWD is a respected organization that develops and cares for our people. To achieve this goal, WE can not accept an environment that tolerates sexual harassment or sexual assault anywhere. WE must all embrace our responsibility to Intervene, Act and Motivate, consistent with our branda respected organization within our proud Army. I commend to you the article by our EEO staff director, Dr. Ann Bargains, on Page 6, which gives some good background information. Please read it and give some thought and consideration to this topic. On behalf of the entire SWD leadership, thanks for a tremendous job in 2014, and a proud of what you accomplished, and I ask you to join together to make the next year even Behind every sucessful project stand the people of SWD Execution is the key to our mission accomplishment in the Army Corps of Engineers, but behind every project are men and women of immense talent and skills who bring these projects to completion.--Brig Gen. David C. HillExecution Continued from Page 4 5


By Ann Bargains, PhD Chief, Equal Employment and Opportunity Southwestern Division Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ment, it violates acceptable standards of integrity and civilian. verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when 1) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis of employment decisions; 2) submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employ ment or, 3) such conduct unreasonably interferes with job performance or has the purpose or effect of creat ing a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environ ment. is considered a tangible action form of sexual ha rassment. The demand for sexual favors is tied to a or this for that. Hostile environment occurs when the harassing conduct unreasonably interferes with job performance, or creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment. Sexual harassment can take any or all of these forms physical, verbal or nonverbal. Third party sex ual harassment is a collateral-effect of harassment. This means that someone other than the intended victim of the harassment is affected. Any person who suffers a harm, is offended by the harassing conduct or believes that his/her work environment has become hostile or intimidating due to the harassing conduct, can claim sexual or hostile environment harassment. the harassing conduct, but only when based on the following standards: 1) the employer knew or should have known about the harassing behavior and took no action; and 2) the employer failed to prevent or take immediate and appropriate action to correct the conduct. You see, the employer is liable for the ac tions of its employees. There are actions the employer can take that can relieve it of liability: 1) ensure ALL employees receive sexual harassment training; 2) develop and disseminate sexual harassment policies; 3) take immediate and appropriate actions when inci dents occur; and 4) where the victim took no reason able care to avoid the conduct/harm or did not take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportuni ties provided by the employer. Harassers can always be held liable. Sexual assault is intentional sexual contact, charac terized by the use of force, physical threat, the abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. It is any unwanted, forced or coerced sexual act and a violation of the law. Sexual assault is not as a weapon, motivated by the desire to have power and control over the victim. This means that sexual assault is a criminal offense, punishable by law. Sexual assault may take the form of rape and aggra vated sexual assault, forcible sodomy, and aggravated sexual contact and wrongful sexual contact. Rape and aggravated assault is where the victim is taken advantage of by force through fear, by being rendered unconscious, or where they have been given drugs to render them unconscious or out of control of their body. It is taking advantage of a person that is too incapacitated to provide consent. Forcible sodomy is sodomy by force without con sent. Aggravated sexual contact and wrongful sexual contact involve non-consensual touching which may Sexual Harassment, Assault: See It! Report It! Stop It! SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 Army Values and the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault.LOYALTY NO always means NO DUTY Set the Standard of Conduct RESPECT SELFLESS SERVICE Assess, Discern and Mitigate HONOR Without Consent, it is Sexual Assault INTEGRITY Sexual Assault is a Crime PERSONAL COURAGE Be a Leader, not a Passive Bystander See Assault on Page 7 6


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 involve force, grievous bodily harm, threats, unconsciousness, or the administering drugs. We all have a responsibility to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. Individuals and the organization are at risk when there are incidents of sexual harassment/ assault. In some instances, the organization can be held liable for harassment of individuals by the supervisors. The bottom line for sexual ha for sexual assault is that these actions are illegal and those who commit such acts are subject to POCs: Sexual Harassment Complaints Manager: Ms Tonia or by telephone at 817-886-1321. Sexual Assault Coordinator: Victor Roberts at victor.l.roberts@ or by telephone at 469-487-7119.District uses LiDAR for topography, dredge material capacity along Texas coastBy Galveston District The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will begin implementing mobile Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) survey data technology along the Texas coast this month to survey dredging place ment areas, assist with hydrographic surveys and collect data that will help analyze beach erosion. sis of dredged placement areas, beaches, jetties and levees and will also give the district an additional tool to help make informed decisions about our projects, said Rick Vera, USACE Galveston District geospatial are too costly for aerial mounted LiDAR sensors. Last year, the district contracted out technical servic es to perform data collection at 32 dredging placement areas at various locations along the Texas portion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway that was used in the development of a dredged material management plan for the GIWW High Island to Brazos River Project. This survey data assisted us in determining the current topography and dredge material capacity of open water placement areas, said Dennis Thomas, a project manager with the USACE Galveston District. capacity exists for future dredging activities. According to Thomas, LiDAR is an optical remote sensing technology that can measure the distance to, or other properties of, targets by illuminating the target with laser light and analyzing the backscattered light. Vera added that staff tracked LiDAR data gathered at these placement areas using Geographic Infor mation Systems (GIS) technology and provided an estimate of available yardage for future dredging contracts noting that the additional layer of information this data between our computer-aided design and drafting and GIS environments without duplication, said Vera. To put it into perspective, we will soon have more LiDAR data than our current enterprise can store. While staff collects data, they will continue to work to resolve the knowledge management issue of making this data available to the public and partner agencies.Assault Continued from Page 6 Timmy Walls, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydro sur veyor, and passenger Frank Ferber, Trimble Canada, test the districts new mobile LiDAR collection platform along a placement area at Pelican Island. Ferber explains how abling the two lasers to begin the LiDAR scanning pro cess. Once enabled, the LiDAR unit collects 76,000 points a second in a grid of 1.5 by 1.5 feet. (Courtesy photo) 7


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 By Galveston District The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston Dis channel data on its hydrographic surveys webpage ( aspx) and will begin posting the same data for shal low-draft channels it maintains along the Texas coast early next year. The Galveston District is tasked with monitoring and maintaining the federally-authorized waterways within coastal Texas, said Chris topher Frabotta, chief of the Naviga tion Branch at the USACE Galveston District. In the curment, the district is often not able to maintain these channels to their authorized depths or widths, therefore we need to have the ability to readily provide our naviga tion stakeholders the current channel conditions. This website allows us to convey data in a standardized, user-friendly format. According to Frabotta, maritime pilots and shippers can now access the channel depth data for several deep-draft channels along the Texas coast online and view hydrographic surveys at the click of a mouse. This tool allows the channel users to load their cargo accordingly to obtain the most economic ben Staff began making this data available to the pub channel condition software to post hydrographic sur vey data for the channels within the Houston-Galves ton-Texas City navigation complex. The survey maps you see online are the end prod and Hydrology-Water Management Branch chief. The survey maps provide data including the most re cent channel depths, channel boundaries, location of aids to navigation (buoys and markers), channel sta tioning as well as the latest aerial imagery. This tool allows us to provide consistent survey plots, channel tabulations and produce channel condition reports. According to Thomas, the software is designed to district showcased the online hydro graphic surveys during the 2014 Dredging Meet ing last month and received positive feedback from the navigation com munity. As a state commissioned ship pilot, I absolutely need the most up to date and accu rate hydrographic survey information available to ensure the safe movement of ships into and out of port, said ton Pilots. The new Galveston District survey data and certainly will contribute to increasing navigation safety on the busiest waterway in the United States. customer service and looks forward to using this valu able service enhancement. The USACE Galveston District was established in river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.USACE Galveston District makes navigation data available online 8 A hydrographic survey map of the Houston-Galveston Channel provides data that helps channel users determine how to load their car deep-draft navigation channel data on its hydrographic surveys web page and will begin posting the same data for shallow-draft channels it maintains along the Texas coast early next year. (Courtesy graphic)


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 By Col. Courtney W. Paul Commander, Little Rock District The end of the year is a good time to look back and appreciate our accom plishments and to look forward at everything we hope to achieve. This year we took on several challenges that will keep us busy through 2015. With that being said I encourage you to enjoy the holidays but to not let-up on your responsibilities. As a values-based organization and a force forward. year around. how you manage the balance between work and home and how you can necessary and healthy for our organization. We are constantly striving to ensure we have the right people with the pound stress and problems through the New Year. last year. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their efforts throughout 2014. The success of our organization is built on the efforts of Thank you for the dedication that each one of you brings to the team. Your dedication led to several accomplishments and milestones for the Little Rock District. This year we used lessons learned from the Table Rock Master Plan Revision to expedite the same process for Bull Shoals. We hosted the United States largest towboat, the M/V Mississippi, as well as the Mississippi River Commission. We began restructuring our hydropower and navigation business lines under new governance boards that will streamline future planning and maintenance issues. Our Construction Branch secured projects that will keep us busy for sev eral years to include the repair/replace of Little Rock Air Force Bases C-130 runway and the Keller Hospital Renovation Project in New York. Contracting This year, Regulatory has already issued more than 700 permits to en victories. On behalf of the Little Rock District please allow me to extend my personal and genuine appreciation to each and every one you for your valu able contributions. Working through the holidaysAs time permits I encourage on your performance this year, how you manage the balance between work and home and how you can improve and progress next year-Col. Courtney W. Paul 9


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 See Service on Page 11 By Col. Richard A. Pratt Commander, Tulsa District Well, another year is almost in the 12 months and consider all that we accomplished, it is clear to me that the credit for this success goes to you, the Tulsa District Team. This year we celebrated our 75th anniversary, and the 50th anniver sary of three of our dams, and we through our Military Construction program and service to the nation through our Civil Works program. Tulsa District enjoys a stellar repu tation among our USACE community and stakeholders. I have to think it is because of the 75 years of outstand ing professionalism and customer service of our Tulsa Team predeces sors. They set the standard that we now strive to meet, or even exceed. I mentioned that we celebrated 50 years of service to the nation of three of our district dams this year John Redmond, Eufaula, and Key stone. Each of these celebrations was a success due to the wonderful customer relationships we have with the local community and stakehold ers. The surrounding communities tion, hydropower, water supply, and recreation provided by these proj ects led all three of these celebra tions. Once again, it was the people, our team, who have these relation ships with their customers, who worked together to commemorate these landmark occasions. Speaking of partnerships and Key stone, the Tulsa Team successfully led the work to replace the Highway 151A Bridge over Keystone Dam on schedule this year. This project would not have happened without the Oklahoma Department of Trans portation. The agency contributed $6 million to the project and proved an excellent partner, supporting our inspections and participating in the design review. When we gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary and the ribbon cutting and commemora tion of the new bridge, it was indeed a special day. Our ODOT partners, community acknowledged that the new bridge was possible because of people and partnerships. Tulsa District is proud to sup provided construction management talion Complex, which will process the initial entry of training Soldiers, a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Training Facility, a Chapel, and a Physical Fitness Center. We also saw the KC-46a Aerial Refueling Air craft Program bed-down announced at Altus and Tinker Air Force Bases which gives us new opportunities in military planning, design, and project and construction management. These are just a few of the successes the Tulsa Team is respon sible for this year; there are so many The important thing to note is that the dedicated people who work here. We wrapped up the year by welcom ing home some of these dedicated team members Dec. 8 when the 59th FEST-A arrived in Tulsa ending a seven month deployment to Tulsa District celebrates 75 years of professionalism and customer service Tulsa District enjoys a stellar reputation among our USACE community and stakeholders. I have to think it is because of the 75 years of outstanding professionalism and customer service of our Tulsa Team predecessors. They set the standard that we now strive to meet, or even exceed. 10


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 By Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District Using in-house crews, Tulsa Dis trict replaced the pintle balls and bushings on the upstream miter gates at W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 12, and performed other needed repairs, completing the work three days ahead of schedule. This huge undertaking, outside the normal maintenance work done along the McClellan-Kerr Ar kansas River Navigation System, procuring and getting in place the supplies, and then executing the work in a three-week window dur ing which the lock was dewatered. After close to 45 years in opera tion the bushings and the pintle ball, essentially the hinge that the gate swings on, were in danger of wearing out. Before the replace the pintle ball preventing grease needed to lubricate the cross-area from getting to the pintle ball. Over time, if the needed repair down, in turn causing the gates to drop, damaging the upper linkage and forcing the gates out of align ment. Should the bushing wear down to the gate or the concrete, it could result in an unscheduled long-term shutdown. Such a closure would have a detrimental impact to the shipping industry and to local economies. During the dewatering, re pair crews used specialized 375,000-pound miter gates 18 inches using two 200-ton jacks. They then crawled under the mas sive miter gates to remove and replace the pintle ball and bush ings. They lined up the gates and the chamber, and returned Lock 14 to operation. While the lock chamber dewa tered, crews performed as much maintenance to other areas of the lock as possible within the execu tion window. Crews did inspections on the lower miter gates, spot painted, and sandblasted and re paired corroded areas on the miter The District undertook the en tire effort using in-house marine support personnel from across the District. This is the second time Tulsa District replaced pintle balls at an occurred two years ago at Lock and Dam 18. The District coordinated with stakeholders so that the work oc curred at the least disruptive time for ports and shipping interests who rely on the MKARNS to do business.In-house crews nish major Lock & Dam 14 maintenance early A new pintle ball is moved into place where it will function as a hinge for the miter gate at W. D. Mayor Lock and Dam 14. The lock was dewatered, taking just under three weeks for this major maintenance work. (Courtesy photo)Afghanistan. Maj. Christopher Jones, Sgt 1st Class Frederick Bompuku, Dale Davidson, Steve Issacs, and Chuck Miles from the Tulsa District were on the deployment to help Afghan forces make the transition as they take over Kandahar Ari Base. Of all the great things that happened this year, hav ing our team members come home safely was the best. So Tulsa Team, give yourself a pat on the back for another great year in the books. Take some time over the holidays to enjoy time with those you care about and re-charge for the year ahead. ServiceContinued from Page 10 11


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 By Lt. Col. Neil Craig Acting Commander Fort Worth DistrictAs we close out 2014, it is an ap numerous accomplishments over the past year. You successfully executed $1.47 billion in total expenditures and 2,538 contract actions. What in the month of September with the year end close-out. Here alone, you executed 333 contract actions and on the last day of FY14 awarded $85 million in Military construction. The resiliency and professionalism you demonstrated reminds me why I am proud to be a member of this great organization. It goes without saying that SWF has some of the most complicated projects and that many of them have major Congressional and overall national interest and impacts well be yond the DFW area. Three of those the Trinity River Corridor Project, the Medical Center Replacement at Fort Bliss, and the new Fort Hood hospital project. What Rob Newman and his team have accomplished in conjunction with the City of Dallas is nothing less than impressive. Our work along the Trinity River continues to advance. This December construction began on the Upper Chain of Wetlands ecosystem restoration. Also, our en vironmental impact statement for the tem restoration is being prepared for a Record of Decision signing just three months from now. The Fort Worth District continued and challenging projects. The SWF team is now executing projects to de liver three new major medical centers valued at $2.35 billion. All hospital/ medical projects feature the latest concepts in Evidence Based Design and World Class Medical Facilities, incorporating the best practices of premier private health facilities in the country for service members and their families. The Corps and partners from Travis County and the City of Austin signed a Project Partnership Agreement in Austin, Texas for the Onion Creek project. This PPA will go a long way in taking care of those who suffered in Our Operations Division continued its stellar performance this past year as you executed many water safety and outreach events in an effort to ed ucate the public and save lives. The support you provided to our wounded warriors through numerous hunts and other outdoor activities played a major role in the road to recovery for these heroes. SWF also led the way in FY14 and continues to do so in the area of energy security and sustainability as of Expertise. Our successful Energy Audits and Assessments program served as a positive indicator that SWF will be able to garner additional work in this area of expertise now and for years to come. Over this past year, we also moved to greater heights with our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math outreach to local/area public schools So as we close the book on 2014 and ap proach the Hol iday Season, I just want to say thanks for all you do every day to serve the Army and our nation. Each of you makes everyday; and whether you wear a uniform or not, you have earned our Na tions thanks.-Lt. Col. Neil CraigSWF acting commander reects on accomplishments from busy 2014See Reects on Page 13 12


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 and universities. These efforts are critical to motivat ing students to pursue STEM degrees and possibly building future engineers and scientists. This is just a snapshot of our many accomplish ments as there is not enough room in the column to mention them all. So as we close the book on 2014 and approach the Holiday Season, I just want to say thanks for all you do every day to serve the Army and our nation. Each of you makes a difference ev eryday; and whether you wear a uniform or not, you ReectsContinued from Page 12 See Planning on Page 14By Jim Frisinger Fort Worth District Department of Defense instal lations are facing a 2018 master planning deadline under new rules promulgated in 2012 to ensure all master planning documents com ply with the new DoD and Federal Real Property Master Planning directives. The Regional Planning and Environmental Center, part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District, is helping them get there. RPEC planners, working with the program managers of a collabora tive U.S. Army Corps of Engineerswide master planning effort to support compliance efforts by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii in FY2014. and other Regional Planning Sup port Centers to help the garrison also supported a knowledge-based learning effort to plan these new strategies and implement them through design and construction. All installations must meet re Criteria for Installation Master Planning, according to Rumanda Young, RPEC master planning section chief and energy develop ment manager at the Southwestern and reduction of waste. They en live and grow up on DoD installa tions. The new UFC standards, and the USACE-led effort to develop this Area Development Plan master planning process, was timely, ac cording to Mark Mitsunaga, master planner at the USAG-HI Director ate of Public Works Planning Divi in 25 years. This was an opportunity to apply the new URC in a real scenario to test its applicability and adjust as necessary. ant updating ADPs at Fort Hood in December 2013. USAG-HI wanted similar support, but was challenged with a compressed contractual schedule to update its ADPs in order to move toward UFC compli ance. The good news story is this: It ADPs at Fort Hood, said Young. Because of a highly motivated customer and an enterprise sup port solution made up of an inteProgram honed at Fort Hood helps Corps aid othersUSACE helps USAG-Hawaii meet new planning requirements 13 Mark Mitsunaga, center, master planner, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Public Works, with the Fort DeRussy Area Development Plan team. (Courtesy photo)


grated team of USACE planners representing not only POD and SWD but the other Regional Plan ning Support Centers and contrac tors, it took us 10 months to do 13 districts for USAG-HI. Varied conditions across the sprawling installation in Hawaii was a particular challenge, said Young. At Fort Hood, there was a commonality to the terrain. The ADP districts were all contiguous; streets typically marked the bound aries between them. In Hawaii, the installation sites are scattered all over Oahu and on the Big Island (Island of Hawaii). Each ADP has very different stakeholders, different climate, she said. Some are in the moun tains, some on beaches, one is in the middle of a volcano. Some are training bases, some are housing. Mitsunaga said there are 22 distinct sub-installations within the garrison. Each location has a spe whole mission of USAG-HI. You have to orchestrate a lot of parts and not lose sight of the common goal, he said. Regular daily transit between lo cations over large distances is not uncommon. For instance, soldiers at Fort Shafter regularly travel to Young said RPEC, backing POD installation support efforts, earned strong support from the garrison because of sustainability master Barracks. The installation was will ing to fund the compressed sched ule out of its own pocket to get the 13 ADPs completed in FY 2014. It also asked POD/RPEC to conduct sustainability and transporta tion master planning across all of USAG-HI in FY 2015. A workshop for each ADP brought together local stakeholders with the USACE-led planning team. Together they cataloged site condi tions, created a vision plan and wrote several planning goals. They then developed alternative master Environmental Policy Act style of participatory planning, said Young. master planning for them. They roll up their shirtsleeves. We do it together with the people who live and work and go to school there, said Young. Then we come back, all done, fast and furiously, in one week. The preferred alternative de along with constraints and op portunities. This is the power of the USACE efforts of establishing Regional Planning Support Cen ters. We have the technical expertise and capabilities to support our ‰ en with a population of 16,000 service members, civilians and family members. It is divided into two ADP districts. ‰ en The weeklong planning charrette brought together 30 spe Facilities Criteria. Participants included USAG-HI leadership, DPW, USACE, other installation staff and tenant stakeholders. ‰ en After learning the process, they walked the site, documented existing building conditions, building use, street and parking condi tions, parking counts, manmade and natural constraints, opportuni ties, major trees, open spaces and storm-water retention areas. ‰ en A vision statement was developed: To create mission-fo sion areas connected by safe streets, appropriate parking, and an accessible center that blends duty with daily life. ‰ en Six planning goals were written to support the vision statement. ‰ en The workshop developed four different alternative courses of action. ‰ en Each team briefed its alternative; a preferred alternative was developed. ‰ en based on site limitations. The preferred alternative showed current and proposed street sections, phased implementation plans and capacity calculations. ‰ en The charrette briefed garrison leadership, showing how projects can be phased in over 20 years. It explained how the plan contributes to holistic growth and consolidation at USAG-HI. Planning Continued from Page 13 14SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 See Planning on Page 15


customers as a team, she said. Under the old master planning paradigm, installa tions put together short-range and long-range plans. Under the new paradigm, through a collaborative workshop with the in stallation stakeholders, the team develops a vision plan and frame work. Each ADP is in pieces, consider ing second and third needs to be done in the next 2 years, 4 years, 5 years, 10 years ... the birth of the Phased Implementa tion Plan. The steps are prioritized. It lays out the future of the ADP district step by step through an Area Develop ment Execution Plan that is formulated using existing revenue streams. single-use only zoning, but mixes compatible uses in one spot to create a better functioning whole, said Young. In the old days, putting barracks above a post exchange would never have been done. But such form-based coding can build compact neighbor ties in a sustainable way. It also gives more detailed design planning parameters from which buildings are sited to ensure all facilities meet the DoD and Federal Planning principles. At one point about eight years ago, USAG-HI sorely needed to erect new family housing to serve the sol diers, Mitsunaga said. But the family units were built at barracks. In hindsight, the motor pools should have The UFC process allows planners to step back and look at how a military installation should be organized said Mitsunaga. ADPs should be designed so soldiers Nearly a dozen RPEC staff went to Hawaii to participate in the workshops. Sup port came from elsewhere in the district, including Operations and the Engineer ing and Construction Worth, as well as USACE team members from the other Region al Planning Support ACE. This effort really demonstrated how USACE can leverage broad enterprise support solu tions to meet customer needs. ship between POD and SWD in providing technical planning expertise to installations. It has been out standing in bringing our planning expertise to POD in assisting them in providing robust support to instal lations. We are just an extension of their capabilities, said Young. The UFC compliance program helps USACE posi tion itself as an accomplished player in this niche market. Working with Jerry Zekert, chief of master tives from all of the eight other Regional Planning Support Centers were invited to send personnel as a ence to lead UFC master planning compliance in their areas of responsibility. USACE master planning technical expertise and breadth of support represents some of the best of practice in DoD. This kind of master planning is at tracting USACE work from other government agen cies, such as the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, because the process makes economic and environmental sense to them, said Young. 15SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 ulation of 16,000 servicemembers, civilians and family members. It is divided into two Area Development Plan districts. (Courtesy photo)Planning Continued from Page 14


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 By Col. Richard P. Pannell Commander, Galveston District Though the end of the calendar year is around the corner, our pro vember. We engaged in community relations outreach initiatives, focused on supporting partner engagements and STEM outreach as well as dedi achievements. Take a moment to We kicked off November with a Leadership Training Workshop for cussed my vision and intent for the district and addressed the Command Climate Survey, the OPLAN and future priorities while Dr. Rose Caballe ro discussed the difference between leadership and management and emphasized ethical and trust factors, which are crucial for effective leader ship. Locally, staff participated in local outreach with sponsors, partners and stakeholders to present information about the non-federal use of place ment areas, sediment testing proto cols and provided closing remarks during the Dredging Your Docks 2014 annual conference. We held our last town hall meeting of the year to recognize employees for their outstanding service and take a moment to acknowledge our deployed team members. If you are interested in deploying to Afghani stan, contact Mike DeMasi. There are several positions open and the Corps is looking for more volunteers. We had the opportunity to take part tory as the port hosted the Houston Centennial Celebration to highlight the accomplishments of the Port of Houston and the value this water way adds to the nation. The district engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements and is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Bra zos River Floodgates. The Houston Ship Channel is just one of the many channels we maintain to keep wa terways open for commerce. If you have an hour, you can see the full history online at com/watch?v=6UR_aj5DsM8. LiDAR collection platform along a placement area at Pelican Island. This technology will allow us to col lect 76,000 points a second in a grid of 1.5 by 1.5 feet to survey dredging placement areas, assist with hydro graphic surveys and collect data that will help analyze beach erosion. During this month we continued to engage with the public regarding our Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs upcoming construction keeping them abreast of the con struction timeline; we began urgent maintenance dredging at the Free port Harbor using the governmentowned trailing suction hopper dredge WHEELER and we continued to serve as judges and subject matter experts to assist in the VEX Robotics Competition, one of the many sci ence, technology, engineering and mathematics events that Galveston Houston Centennial Celebration highlights Port of Houston history, value to the nation The district was established in 1880 as the district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements and is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.-Col. Richard P. Pannell See Celebration on Page 17 16


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 District employees routinely participate in throughout the year to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. In the midst of all of these endeavors, we took time to honor our veterans during Veterans Day, we acknowledged the con tributions Native Americans con tinue to make to strengthen the United States during a National Native American Heritage Month celebration, we gathered with family during the Thanksgiving holiday and welcomed several new employees to the district. month I expected it to be. We accomplished a lot in a very short time and I continue to be thankful for your dedication to this organi zation and am pleased with the As we near the homestretch of 2014, I ask that you incorporate safety into your daily activities and try not to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. We still have another month left to go By Galveston District Residents will soon be able to track construction schedules, detours and upcoming events related to the thanks to story map technology located online at http:// html. web application to inform residents and recreational users about our construction plans, said Ric Vera, geospatial manager with the USACE Galveston District. The story map combines the location of the dams and recreational facilities with multimedia content to make it post updates to keep viewers apprised of our construc tion progress. The nearly 70-year-old structures were designated as and underwent a series of interim risk reduction mea sures until long-term solutions could be implemented. The rating moved this infrastructure up to the front of the line for funding for repairs and studies, said Ricky Villagomez, civil engineer and Addicks and Barker proj ect manager. According to Villagomez, the public is invited to a pub lic meeting Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Community Center (3055 Bear Creek Drive, Houston) to learn more about the series of measures that will be imple mented over the next four years, beginning in May 2015. We will be working in areas within the dams that double as recreational sites such as George Bush and Bear Creek parks, said Villagomez. Our primary objec tive is to maintain public safety both by ensuring that the dams we own and operate are safe and that risks to the public are minimized. Having this online story map tool is just one more way of communicating our efforts. pinpoint the location of ongoing work and determine alternate routes as well be kept up to date about the con struction timeline. The site also features links to social media sites include Twitter, Facebook and Flickr as well feedback from the public (https://www.surveymonkey. District launches online Addicks and Barker construction story map Celebration Continued from Page 16 17


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 By Miles Brown Little Rock District has embarked on an aggres sive schedule to revise the master plans for three of the most popular recreational lakes in the district. southern Missouri have had no major revisions to their respective master plans since the 1970s. A master plan is the strategic land and water use guidance document that describes how the re sources of the lake will be managed in the future and provides the vision for how the lake should look in the future. Over the last 40 years, demands on our lakes have increased substantially and the Corps has the responsibility to gather public comment, weigh existing and future interests, and develop a master plan to maintain the sustainability of the lakes for generations to come, said Dana Coburn, Environ mental Branch Chief, Little Rock District. The master plan revision for Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., was completed earlier this year and the revision process for Beaver and Bull Shoals lakes are in full swing. The process from the ini tial planning and public scoping workshops to the release of the revised plan takes approximately18 months. The public comment period for Bull Shoals Lake closed in early October and the public work shops and comment period for Beaver Lake will begin in February of 2015. The public workshops help us to capture all the public comments during the scoping process, Proj ect Manager Tony Porter said. The scoping report this information to draft the new master plans. The master plan revisions will classify public lands around the lake based on environmental and socioeconomic considerations, public input, and an evaluation of past, present, and future trends. At the heart of the master plan are the land and affect future recreational opportunities and natural the team members have been asking as they go through this process is, should areas stay in the happen? the lake are: ‰ en Project operations Includes land around the dam. ‰ en High density recreation Examples are Corps parks, other campgrounds, marinas and large scale commercial operations. ‰ en Environmentally sensitive areas Examples are areas around the lake aimed to preserve the logical value. ‰ en Low density recreation These areas are and are the only areas where private boat docks and mowing permits might be allowed through the shoreline management plan. ‰ en Wildlife management These areas are tat. ‰ en Vegetative management These areas are where vegetative management activities can occur, such as timber management. ‰ en Future/inactive recreation areas Many campgrounds have been closed around the lake; some were placed in previous master plans, but were never developed. ‰ en Restricted Areas could restrict water activi ties near dams, spillways, or water intake struc tures. ‰ en Designated No-Wake Areas could be desig nated near Corps swim beaches. ‰ en Fish and Wildlife Sanctuary Areas could be wildlife species. ‰ en Open Recreation Areas are the rest of the lake. The planning process includes an analysis of potential effects on the natural and social environ -Little Rock District lake plan revisions underway 18See Revisions on Page 19


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 tunities, economics, land use, cultural and historical resources, aesthetics, and public health and safety. Once all public comments have been collected, a scoping report is made available to the public, and a preliminary draft master plan and environmental assessment are complete, the Corps will begin planning focus group meetings with stakeholders, partners, concessionaires and local interest groups. liminary draft master plan captures the comments and opinions of the public, partners and stakehold ers in conjunction with the missions, guidelines and regulations of the Corps, Porter said. The Bull Shoals draft master plan should be com draft master plan should be ready for public review in early 2016. hold more public workshops around the lakes to again let the public provide input, said Coburn. We had tremendous interest from the public at Bull Shoals when we started this process and we hope process and during the process at Beaver Lake. The master plan does not address the details of how and where shoreline use permits may be is sued, however, it does set the stage for implemen tation of the shoreline management program. After the master plan is revised, the operational manage ment plans and shoreline management plans will in the new master plans. The team has already started the planning pro cess for a revised shoreline management plan at Table Rock Lake. Public scoping workshops and comment period will also begin in February 2015. The revision of both the master plans and shore line management plans at our recreational lakes impacts many aspects of life in the communities surrounding the projects, added Coburn. We want to ensure our processes are transparent and that we take the comments of all stakeholders into consideration, in conjunction with the missions, guidelines and regulations of the Corps, to develop the best way forward. Ultimately, environmental sustainability of our lakes and rivers is a guiding principle the driving force behind the much needed plan revisions. The Little Rock District is actively engaging the public in scoping workshops around Bull Shoals Lake to share in formation about the revision process and to collect public comments concerning potential development and land use management around the project. A master plan is the guid ance document that describes how the resources of the lake will be managed in the future and provides the vision for how the lake should look in the future. (Courtesy photo) 19Revisions Continued from Page 18


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 20Army engineers pave future for the Air ForceBy Jay Townsend Little Rock District The U.S. Army Corps of En gineers Little Rock District and Little Rock Air Force Base are collaborating on a multiyear project to repair/replace one of Without major delays and runway shutdowns the project is expect ed to be concrete in April 2017 with a price tag of $107.9 million. The runway project is funded tion and maintenance budget and managed by the Little Rock District. It just makes sense that when they rely on the Air Force and when the Air Force needs major engineering support they rely on the Army, said Leon Iveson, the Little Rock District Project Man ager for the project. While this is one of the largest projects the Little Rock District curity Forces Operations Facility and the Jacksonville-Little Rock Air Force Base University Center that serves active duty person nel, retirees, military families and citizens from the surrounding community. The little Rock engineers are also currently managing the con struction of the bases new $26 million C-130J fuels maintenance complete in August 2015. opportunity is to provide a solu tion to the air base that meets disrupting the training schedule, said Little Rock District Chief of Programs and Project Manage ment Division Craig Pierce. Valued at $107,899,999 the new runway contract is set to replace the 12,000-by-200 feet wide runway with a 12,000-by150 feet wide runway to include lighting and communications upgrades and incidental work. The new runway is not as wide as the original but has the same capabilities, said Iveson. The runway was built in the Iveson said Little Rock Air Force base is now the Home of Combat Airlift, and serves as the largest C-130 training base in the world; added width. haul comes after years of small roads crack and chip away from everyday wear and tear so do runways. multiple times you just have to start thinking about a complete resurfacing or replacement, said Iveson. Engineers have also discov ered that nearby creeks and wet lands are causing damage to the runway. In order to keep water away from the structure and reduce future problems the runway will be elevated and roughly an acre of wetlands will be perma The runway will be replaced in six phases to avoid training and real world mission delays. The Air Force was actively involved in the design process to lost, said Iveson. The runway is 12,000-feet long; the shortest runway length al lowed for C-130 training is 3,000feet. To avoid training delays the Corps will place 6,000-feet of the runway under construction and leave the other half in operation. These two organizations, Army See Pave on Page 21


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 21 just makes sense that they would work together back home and all the time. Sundt Construction Inc., a 100 percent employeeowned, Arizona-based construction company, out bid one other contractor to repair the existing run way. The contractor is furnishing preconstruction submit tals in preparation for phase one which is expected to begin in January 2015. Phase one includes in stalling a new haul road, a temporary taxiway, a new electrical ductbank, and temporary striping. Phase two is expected to begin in April 2015 and includes an overlay of the secondary assault strip and demolition and replacement of 6000-feet of the primary runway. While the Corps of Engineers mission is broad, from camping to infrastructure to military engineering, they are charged with delivering vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with partners to secure our nation, energize the economy and reduce risk from disaster. Laurie Driver Contracting Division had a banner year executing more than 1,000 contracting actions totaling $416.6 million. FY14 was a very successful year for us, said Contracting Division Chief Sandra Easter. We ex ecuted a record year in regards to obligated dollars. We held our FY15 Industry Day Nov. 17 and 18 in Little Rock to help ensure that this year is as suc cessful. Conducting Industry Day helps Contracting Divi year. This is a great opportunity for us to partner with industry and understand their capabilities, said Easter. From the information gathered from contractors during the meetings, Contracting Division also com piles a district-wide market research report. The market research report streamlines the ac Contractors get an advance look at our upcoming projects for the year and this lets them plan for proj ects for which they have the capabilities to execute if they become the successful bidder, said Easter. This gives some contractors time to partner with others to compete for our more complex projects. Also offered was an interactive panel discussion, lead by Little Rock District Commander Col. Court ney W. Paul, giving industry, particularly small busi enhance industry/government partnerships. Our second day was an opportunity for our indus government personnel, Said Easter. There were attendance. The district is planning its next Industry Day in June 2015 and hopes to include representatives from the Little Rock Air Force Base, Pine Bluff Arsenal and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Little Rock District Commander Col. Courtney W. Paul answers questions at recent Industry Day hosted by the Pave Continued from Page 20 Industry Days help shape acquisition strategy


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 22Jay Townsend Little Rock District The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System was the largest civil works project ever un dertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the time of its opening. Today, it is responsible for $1 billion to $2 billion in trade transportation in Arkansas each year and anywhere from $100 million to $1 billion in trade transportation in Oklahoma. Additionally, the system has numer ects, hydro power plants, and soil conservation and recreational areas. With that many dollar signs and holders, state and federal agencies want to see the MKARNS properly maintained, said John Balgavy, MKARNS program manager. The inland waterway is an enor mous economic generator for middle America because of the combined efforts of a number of partners, including commercial shipping interests, local businesses, recreational users, and the Corps of Engineers. At 445 miles long, from Tulsa to the Mississippi River, the MKARNS of cargo through the region each year. Turn tonnage into dollars and pact of $4 billion annually. Unfortunately a continuing trend several years in the Little Rock and Tulsa Districts Civil Works Opera tions and Maintenance Program has led to the prioritization and the Corps provides. Costs have steadily risen for supplies, utilities, fuel, contracts and other resources needed to execute the O&M program, said Balgavy. The rise in costs is limiting the [the districts] can provide. The budget shortfalls have forced the districts to scrub all business lines and reduce spending wherev er possible, even maintenance. For state and local stakeholders along the river system this raises several system. For the past several years, the Corps has been reducing overall maintenance of its aging infrastruc ture where the risk is determined acceptable. The district has de terings, inspections, and general maintenance which increases the response time to breakdowns. In (business line) funding amounts, such as navigation, hydropower, water supply, etc. Not being able to reprogram between business lines respond to certain public needs. For example, anticipated funding will not allow the Corps to issue dock per mits year-round or to respond to all lands for recreational, commercial or municipal purposes. gets and increasing needs for main tenance and repair, the Corps must ensure the system is managed possible, that strategic plans are in place, and that stakeholders are ac tive participants in the planning and communication of system activities, according to Col. Courtney W. Paul, Little Rock District Commander. Historically, the two districts responsible for operation and mainte nance of the navigation system, Little Rock and Tulsa, have done very well in teaming up to establish priorities and execute work that is critical to maintaining a reliable system. To ensure both district are doing everything they can to maximize federal dollars the Corps has devel oped the MKARNS Board of Gover nance to give stakeholders a better idea of the navigation systems regional goals. The board will perform as one Understanding MKARNS operations over 12 million tons of cargo through the region each year. Turn tonnage into dollars and youre looking at an economic impact of $4 billion annually. (Courtesy Photo)See MKARNS on Page 23


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 23entity to ensure the MKARNS is reliable, resilient and relevant and promote growth for future genera tions, said Balgavy. The board will also try to combine river closers to reduce the amount of days shippers are stuck in port. If there is a foreseeable closure at one lock and another needs work, the Corps will work to simultane ously schedule the events. The total estimated value of the rivers O&M backlog is $120 million. The critical items are estimated at lenges the board faces. There is a seven to 10 percent chance each year for a full breach between the Arkansas and White River, estimates Gene Higginbo than, Arkansas Waterways Commission executive director. A full breach would stop navigation for more than 100 days at an impact of nearly $300 million dollars and the loss of thousands of acres of wet lands and pristine hardwoods. The district needs a new start and funding of $300,000 to initi ate a feasibility study of the water resource problems in southeast Ar kansas where the Arkansas, Missis sippi, and White Rivers converge. The study will determine scope and provide a comprehensive and sustainable solution to changing hydro-geomorphic shifts along the navigation system and surrounding watershed. The Arkansas Waterways Commission has agreed to be the cost-share sponsor. Section 216 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1970 is the study authority. A few other projects along the river to note are the Ozark Powerhouse Major Rehabilitation and the Montgomery Point Lock and Dam repairs. While the powerhouse introduces several other state and federal stakeholders to river system The river current is used to gener ate hydropower at three locations along the river. At a minimum, operations on the MKARNS are complicated. How ever, the Corps is working diligently with state and other stakeholders to ensure the navigation system is reliable and that the river is meeting the needs of those that use it. More term answer. The tight budgets are forcing the Corps and everyone else to develop new processes and work together. The rivers scenic beauty might make it look simple but the opera tions behind one of the longest in land waterways are far from simple. Twelve Little Rock District future leaders graduated from the Level Two Leadership Development Program Nov. 20 with more than 60 employees and family mem bers in attendance. Col. Court ney W. Paul presented diplomas to recognize their hard work and dedication to the program. Dur ing 2014, this class learned about tion, problem solving process, relationship building, constructive feedback, effective communica tion, as well as self-assessment tools such as Strengths Finders and Myers-Briggs. The program focused on providing participants with experiences designed to increase self-awareness and understanding of their personal strengths, challenges, and poten tial for leadership. Rodney Parker, Jay Townsend (Front left to right) Bill Jackson, Amber Turnage, Michael Leddon, Tacy Jensen, Lisa Yoaku and, Jeremy Thomason. (Courtesy photo) LDP graduates ready for new challengesMKARNS Continued from Page 22


24SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 See Tulsa on Page 25By Tulsa District Public Affairs As the year-end approaches, Tulsa District can look back on an eventful and historic 2014. The dis trict celebrated its 75th anniversary, the 50th anniver sary of three dams, the complete replacement of a largest tow boat. The year kicked off with Lt. Gen. Tom Bostick, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visiting Pantex and a tour of the $65 million High Explo sive Pressing Facility project. After his tour, Bostick praised the team work and collaboration between the National Nuclear Security Ad ministration, Pantex contractor B&W Pantex, the Army Corps, Kiewit Building Group, the main construction contractor, and other contractors for their work on a very complex, highly technical project. cess, said Bostick. I have been informed and read on the ground. The facility will become operational in 2016. In addition to all of the usual work, the district turned its attention to its upcoming 75th anniversary. Tulsa District opened its doors July 1, 1939 with $11 million and eight engineering projects. The district obviously grew over the years and now is a fullservice district with civil works, military construction, hydropower, recreation International and Interagen cy Support, and disaster response missions. for the complete replacement of the Highway 151A bridge over the dam. Kiewit Construction did the work at a cost of $15.6 million. The roadway was scheduled to be closed up to 13 months, and as promised, the work was completed within that peri with the 50th anniversary of the Keystone project be were celebrated with a ribbon cutting and remarks from Tulsa District Commander Col. Richard Pratt, powerhouse, and local Keystone has saved more than $1.6 bil since the creation of the impoundment; vented alone in 2014 totaled $2.1 million. Every year, the project averages an annual visitation of more than one million visitors recreating over 24 public use areas, 662 campsites, 210 picnic sites, 29 boat ramps, three marinas, and more than 34 miles of trail. In 2014 the proj ect revenues totaled over $175,000 for the 12 Corps operated parks. 21,592 acres leased by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for Wildlife Management with a yearly average of 7,000 hunting visits per ation in Mannford, Sand Springs, Cleveland, Tulsa, and surrounding communities with visitor spending estimated at $3.3 million annually and sustaining over 375 jobs within just 30 miles of the lake. Eufaula Dam marked its 50th year of service to the nation Sept. 25. The celebration marked the culmi nation of nearly a year of planning and coordination Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. David Hill, Lake Eufaula Association Executive Director Connie Morris, Tulsa District Commander Col. Richard Pratt, Eufaula Middle School Principal Chris Whelan, and a local resident who was at the original dedication cut the cake at the 50th Anniversary dedication ceremony for Eufaula Dam September 25. (Photo by Sara Goodeyon) Tulsa District year in review


25SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 commander of Air Education and Training bility Wing Commander Col. Bill Spangenthal, struction projects during a ceremony Aug. 7, 2014. In Southwest Oklahoma fashion, the group wore cowboy construction hats for the dig. The new construction is estimated at $56 a fuselage training facility, new aircraft han gars and renovations for a combined squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Na thanael Callon/Released) Breaking groundbetween the Lake Eufaula Association, Tulsa District, and the surrounding communities. In Kansas, the 50th anniversary celebration for John Redmond Reservoir and Dam was part of the Coffey County Outdoor Kansas Kids event Sept. 5-7. Area Manager Eugene Goff gave an overview of the 50 years of the project to the hundreds of people camp ing at the Riverside West campgrounds that week end. President Lyndon Johnson presided over the Eufaula Dam opening in 1964, only ten months after becoming president. Fifty years to the day, Eufaula native and retired U.S. Representative, J. C. Watts, delivered the keynote address honoring the historic event. Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. David Hill and Col. Pratt also made remarks during the ceremony and then helped unveil an interpretive sign commemorating the anniversary. In August the district hosted the Motor Vessel Mississippi, the largest diesel towboat operating on the Mississippi River, for three days as part of the Missis The trip successfully captured the thoughts and insights of partners and stakeholders from both the private and public sector showing the collaborative approach taken to ensure all involved maximize the resources allocated to the region. The district once again dealt with severe drought at some of its lakes. Skiatook, Canton and Texoma The district responded by calling Interagency Drought Committee Meetings with stakeholders and the local communities to discuss ways to best manage the lakes. A public meeting in Durant in relation to Lake in attendance. The district worked diligently through out the year to maintain outreach to affected commu nities to educate and inform them about how Corps lakes are managed. Tulsa welcomed Major Daniel Young as the new deputy commander with the departure of previ ous deputy commander Lt. Col. Don Nester in May. Young is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. While at West Point, he studied Civil Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Manage ment from Missouri University of Science and Tech nology. An Olmsted Scholar, he attended the Ameri can University in Cairo, where he earned a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies. Tulsa STEM outreach continued with a variety of engagements. Engineers volunteered, mentored, and judged at a host of youth-related engineering activi ties and competitions. The STEM committee hosted a STEM-themed Daughters and Sons to Work Day engineers continue to be in high demand for tutoring, coaching, judging and more. As the 75th year anniversary wraps up, Tulsa Dis trict looks forward to not only a new year, but another 75 years and more of service to the nation.Tulsa Continued from Page 24


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 26By Mike Abate, PPMD Civil Works Branch trict Civil Works program continued execution of projects and studies to meet the water resources needs of our region. Our civil works projects affected the lives of the citizens in the Tulsa District in many ways water supply, recreation, hydro power, environmental stewardship, and more economic opportunities through improved navigation. The execution of all civil works pro grams was very good; Tulsa District ended the year by executing over 96 percent of our basic schedule for all accounts. (GI) Program included traditional GI studies, a very healthy Planning Assistance to States (PAS) Program, and the Flood Plain Management Program. Program obligation for investigations was green at 193% of our basic schedule in FY14. These and technically) municipalities, state issues and water-related problems. Tulsa District had a very robust PAS Program in FY14. PAS studies included the Oklahoma Comprehen sive Water Plan, where we partnered with Oklahoma Water Resource Board to provide Instream Flow Workgroup Assistance; including preparation of a scope of work for study in Oklahoma. We also part to complete the El Dorado Tributary Bathymetric Sedimentation Reduc tion Study. Activities related to our Tribal PAS efforts included the Fort Sill Apache Master Plan, sponsored by the Fort Sill Apache tribe; and the Chickasaw and Choctaw Na tion Water Re-use Study through a partnership with those Nations. The Arkansas River Corridor project be came compliant with the new 3x3x3 Planning Guidelines. This accom allows the district to budget this proj ect in the FY16 budget submission. ties Program remained healthy in 2014, with the district executing approximately $305,506 in CAP control project authority, the district completed construction efforts on the and completed preliminary assess ment study efforts for the communities of Coweta, Oklahoma and Iola, Kansas. In the ecosystem restoration program, the district completed construction efforts on the Joe Creek Ecosystem Restoration project and continued Feasibility study efforts on Crow Creek within the City of Tulsa. Finally, within the stream bank protection authority, the district executed the project partnership agreement with Oklahoma County, OK and completed design efforts on the Luther Road project. The Construction General (CG) program was very busy in 2014. The for construction were green at 99 percent of our basic schedule. On the Canton Lake Dam Safety project, Tulsa District continued construction of the weir and hydraulic structures construction contract and awarded the Phase 2 Excavation Contract. Phase 2 contract was awarded for $26,977,306 to Kiewit Infrastructure South Company. This amount was lower than the government estimate, which resulted in a lowering of the Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. David Hill, Southwestern Divi sion Regional Business Director Pete Perez, and Tulsa District Commander Col. Richard Pratt in the dewatered W.D. Mayo lock chamber August 25. They so that the crews can get under it to replace the bushing and pintle ball (the hinge) on which the gate swings. (Photo by Sara Goodeyon)See Success on Page 28Tulsa District Civil Works wraps up a successful 2014


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 27By Ashley Allinder, P.E., PMP Chief, Military PPMD Branch The Tulsa District Military Program had another great full range of engineering, construction, project manage agement products and services. Tulsa District military partners within our geographic area of responsibility include Altus, Sheppard, Tinker and Vance Air Force Bases, Fort Sill, and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. Our interagency partners include the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Agency at Pantex Plant and a new partnership with the Veteran Affairs National Cemetery Administration. challenges for the Department of Defense, the size of the reimbursable program to include the overall con tract obligation amounts exceeded all initial SWT FY14 forecasts. Across the USACE Southwestern Division, contract actions associated with the execution reimburs able work. Further, the KC-46a Aerial Refueling Aircraft Program bed-down announced at Altus and Tinker AFBs has pre sented the SWT with new opportunities in military plan ning, design, and project and construction management. included approximately $30 million in support for the KC-46a Aircraft Program at Altus AFB. Altus will be the formal Training Unit for the KC-46a, set to be operational by 2023 training approximately 475 aircrews annually. The total KC-46a support construction estimate at Altus fuselage training facility, new aircraft hangars, and reno maintenance unit facility. ects located at Tinker AFB. Tinker will support the future size of 179 aircraft with four arriving in 2018 and 91 air craft added each year thereafter. Tulsa District is sched uled to award approximately $111 million in MILCON work to include a two-bay hangar and the infrastructure to support the new KC-46a campus. The district also supported the United States Air Force with the contact award, execution, and preparation of the Environmental Assessment addressing all environmental impacts as sociated with the new KC-46a mission. Other associated MILCON work at Tinker AFB will include $36 million for the replacement of a fuel distribution system in support of the Defense Logistics Agency. Overall, MILCON work at Tinker AFB in support of the KC-46a Program is estimated at $500 million through FY26. At the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, the district is performing an in-house A-E design for the construc tion of a stand-alone Employee Changing Facility. This area and provide access to showers for decontamination from the production of munitions. The FY14 reimbursable program went from $77 mil lion in FY13 to $130 million in FY14. The Tinker AFB program experienced another extraordinary year with approximately $60 million in obligations. The district is fortunate to have many customers at Tinker AFB to include the 72nd Air Base Wing, Defense Information Security Agency, DLA, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and the Propulsion Maintenance Group. Tinker AFB is home to six major DoD, Air Force and Navy activities serving as the largest employer in the State of Oklahoma. Altus AFB had approximately $13 million in contract obligations with a large majority of the work funding AFB included the FY14 award of an A-E contract ($2 million) to design the repair and replacement for a FY15 construction award. The Ft. Sill reimbursable program exceeded all forecasts with approximately $57 million in contract obligations. A notable project at Fort Sill included Tulsa District proud of 2014 military program U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers Lt. to Pantex last January. (Courtesy photo) See Military on Page 28


28SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 ect with a programmed amount of $37 million. Tulsa District continues to perform project manage ment and construction management for a large on-going MILCON Program. Construction management support at Fort Sill includes seven active MILCON projects total ing more than $140 million. A few projects to highlight include a Reception Battalion Complex project which is a facility to process the initial entry of training solders Altitude Area Defense Training Facility, Chapel, and Physical Fitness Center. The district also supports the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Pantex Plant with the construction of the High Explosive and Pressing Facility. The 43,000 operations from numerous outdated buildings into one state-of-the art facility. The new HEPF will combine ex plosive pressing, staging, inspection, and high explosive radiography using heavy reinforced concrete common walls. Construction of the $65 million facility began in ing reached for this amazing facility on September 17, 2014. Tulsa District is very proud that the USACE Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick toured the HEPF project in January of 2014. This year saw the stand-up of the Regional Planning Engineering Branch (Engineering & Construction Divi sion) which performs project management, technical mental reimbursable program is now part of the RPEC, managed by the Fort Worth District. This combines 105 employees from the Forth Worth, Tulsa and Galveston Districts in support of the USACE Civil Works and Mili tary Program mission areas. The creation of the RPEC supports two goals: ‰ en regionally to all the local sponsors and military services that the three districts serve. ‰ en To maintain a high level of competencies in plan Environmental Engineering Branch moved to the RPEC. Although the management and staff of the former Envi ronmental Engineering Branch are now organizationally aligned with Fort Worth District, all personnel remain located in Tulsa District. The RPEC has provided exten sive FY14 support including more than $100 million in FY14 obligations on more than 150 contracting actions including a single award exceeding a total value of $82 million (approximately $15 million obligated this FY) for a 10-year performance-based environmental remediation project for the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Tulsa District remains committed to being a good part ner in support of installations to include capitalizing on surance, safety, construction management, and overall technical and project management. Military Continued from Page 27 entire project cost estimate from $191.1 million to $183.84 million. On the Pine Creek Dam Safety project, the district completed the design and started contract procurement. Tulsa District also received funding through the FY14 work plan for the Yukon, Oklahoma Water Infrastructure Improvement project, which allows us to work with the City of Yukon who is working on completing Plans and In 2013, Tulsa District assisted about 15 tribes in a variety of techni cal support roles for construction and studies. Support for the HUD Indian Com munity Development Block Grant, was again very active. The district supported 17 tribes for their HUD. FEMA, Department of Justice and other grant applications. The district grants applications were success ful with no negative replies at this time. Construction support continues service from the district. The district also completed a two year drought vulnerability study. The O&M program was again very successful in FY14, despite numerous challenges. The biggest accomplishment was continuing the plan to address the backlog of critical maintenance. The district executed approximately $27million in FY14 regular O&M on non-routine mainte nance projects. Our FY14 program obligations for regular O&M were green at 95.5 percent of our basic Success Continued from Page 26


29SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 By Jay Townsend Little Rock District The Little Rock District hosted Retiree Day at the Dewey Short Visitor Center on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. Nov. 14, 2014. The annual event provides district leadership and retirees the opportunity to renew updates from the commander and preserve/ share the institutional knowledge of our past. guest attended the event. In recent years Retiree Day has been hosted on the M/V Shorty Baird Inspection Barge. The Dis trict no longer owns the inspection barge so the visitor center was chosen as the new venue. The visitor center opened in April 2012 and is called the crown jewel of Table Rock Lake. Exhibits at the visitor center include a state-of-the-art interactive map of Table Rock Lake, beautiful artistic wall murals, and a replica of an Ozarks bluff complete with local American artifact exhibit and Ozarks dioramas are fascinating features of the interpretive center. An interactive water safety exhibit demonstrates the importance of wearing a life jacket, and an ex pansive cut-away model reveals the inner workings of a hydroelectric dam. The fascinating history of the Corps of Engineers rounds out the exhib its. More than 100,000 visitors enjoy the Dewey Short every year. Little Rock District Chief of Public Affairs, Miles Brown and Park Ranger Leah Deeds welcome retirees from the district to their annual get together. The annual event provides district leadership and retirees the opportunity to renew acquaintances, get district updates from the commander and preserve/share the institutional knowledge of our past. Little Rock District Retirees met at the Dewey Short Visitor Center in Branson, Mo. on Nov. 14, 2014 for Retiree Day. The Event offers retirees a glimpse at the districts current accomplishments but more importantly a chance to catch up with one another.Little Rock celebrates retirees of the Short Guide Wall at Lock & Dam 18 awarded to PCiRoads for $4.4 million; repair 10 Tainter Gates at Ten killer Lake awarded for $1.7 million; install ground source heat pumps at Hugo, Kaw, Sardis and Skiatook lakes for a total award of $960,000; repair hatch and hoist covers at Fort Gibson Lake awarded for $1.1 million; replace the pintle ball at WD Mayo Lock & Dam. In our hydropower program, we continued construction of the Webbers Falls major rehabilitation project with unit one being complete and available for power generation and unit two currently 95 percent complete. With regard to the Denison Dam turbine replacement project, this project was awarded August14 to Voith Hydro Inc. The base award is $21.9 million and the base plus all options is $23.6 million. The following miscellaneous hydropower at Kerr, Tenkiller, Denison and Eufaula $3.30 million; exciter replacement at Eufaula $1.32 million, un-water ing system replacement at Tenkiller and Broken Bow $1.67 million; Ft. Gibson intake hatch cover repairs $1.1 million; Broken Bow penstock repairs $1.04 million; replacement of the 480 volt switchgear and breakers at Eufaula $464,000; replacement of the 129 volt battery set and chargers at Denison $142,000 and NERC mod eling is underway at all plants in the district.Success Continued from Page 28


30SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 The Southwestern Division is portunities in Fiscal Year 2015 which have created new levels of stakeholder involvement in our business practices, new focus on knowledge management and increased awareness of the generational diversity of our work force. Delivering Value Now and Shaping the Future is our theme for the next year Our strategies focus on delivering on our pri orities, meeting our commitments and building a respected organiza tion well into the future. Ends infrastructure enabling economic growth and stewardship of the environment. develops and cares for our people, Sandy Gore, deputy Chief, South western Division Regional Integra tion Team at Headquarters USACE, signs the SWD Fiscal Year 15 Azi muth and Regional Priorities at the SWD Command Week in Galveston Oct. 21. (USACE photo) Southwestern Division leadership, joined by partners and Headquarters US ACE staff, met in Galveston for SWD Command Week in October to discuss regional priorities, current issues, and the way ahead. (USACE photo) executing disciplined processes, and effectively managing our insti tutional knowledge. Ways center, sharing resources, talent, and ideas freely. es, competencies, and methods Means nancing, and divestiture of assets, as necessary. new technologies and collabora tive tools, effectively develop the workforce of the future while man aging our institutional knowledge. Regional Priorities The SWD Priorities for FY15 Works and Military Missions while promoting elements that enable effective project execution. The posture SWD for success in FY15 and the future: 1. Implement sustainable infra structure systems and strategies for the Texas Gulf Coast through innovative solutions. (IPLAN Action 2d2) 2. Collaborate with partners to develop and implement infrastruc ture strategies to sustain existing USACE multipurpose reservoirs, and aid in the development and implementation of State Water planning initiatives. (IPLAN Action 2d4) 3. Partner with industry and us ers of the MKARNS to develop a model system to ensure its longterm reliability and sustainability. (IPLAN Action 2d3) 4. Assist military and IIS partners in making informed invest ment decisions to meet their project needs. (IPLAN Actions 1b2, 3d1) 5. Grow, cultivate and maintain the targeted competencies neces ments of the nation, while focusing on human capital management principles and strategies to main tain a relevant and ready work force aligned for future missions. (IPLAN Action 4d1) 6. Integrate knowledge man agement, new technologies and enterprise tools to modernize practices and deliver high-value solutions. (IPLAN Ac tions 4a2, 4d1)SWD FY15 Azimuth


31SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 Q. What is your role as an aide de camp?A. As the aide, my role is to coordinate internal and external actions requiring the Command ing Generals personal attention, to include liaison with District and USACE Headquarters Staff, Con gressional staff, and other federal agencies. I also assist in planning and executing the Commanders short and long range calenders.Q. How does this position con tribute to the SWD mission and how does it broaden your per engineer?A.This is a unique assignment, and I am taking every opportunity to learn about USACE and the importance of its mission to the Nation. Prior to this position, I cer in Afghanistan. My responsibli ties included the force posturing of Route Clearance platoons across the Regional Command in support of retrograde operations (clos ing down Camps and Bases and preparing equipment for return to the States), and also ensuring that these units had dedicated coverage from the combat en Artillery and Aviation assets for protection). The most challenging, yet most rewarding, part of this Employee Spotlight: Southwestern Divisionjob was securing these Division level resources to provide proper overwatch and to deter enemy forces from attacking our engi neer soldiers on the ground. This assignment taught me the impor tance of communicating effectively to upper echelons and building professional relationships. Q. What has been the most interesting task you have under taken? The most challenging? A. The most exciting part about my job is the opportunity to shad ow the CG during his site visits lege of meeting local and national leaders who are very knowledge able and passionate about sup porting their communities. After spending three and a half years in a tactical unit, this assignment has given me a unique perspective of our senior military leaders making strategic level decisions. The deci sions at this level leave an ever lasting impact on the region and require much more scrutiny than I had anticipated. The senior leader mentorship that I have received, both military and civilian, has ship skills for future assignments.Q. As someone new to the Corps, what has been the biggest surprise to you about the Army Corps of Engineers?A. had very little understanding about the Army Corps of Engineers. My only exposure to USACE was at where I would see the safety board with the Engineer Castle posted on the curb at construc tion sites. Based on these sight ings I assumed that USACE was responsible for the management of construction sites on military installations. Now, in my 7 months here at SWD, I am still learning about the numerous regional and enterprise mission sets that were once unknown to me. As a new member to the Corps, I am very interested in researching oppor after my command time and also coming up with unique ways to were in my shoes and want to learn more about the Corps. Capt. Edwin Jimenez, Aidede-camp to the Commanding General has been in the U.S. Army for four and a half years, and seven months with USACE. He is a certi from White Plains, N.Y. and a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point N.Y. with a Bachelors of Sci ence in Civil Engineering. (Photo by Edward Rivera)


Q. What do you do in your cur rent position?A. I administer dredging contracts on the Houston Ship Channel.Q. What was your past posi tionand title?A. previously I worked in Gen eral Engineering Section. Q. What project(s)/tasks are you currently working on? A. I currently work on the HSC Dredged Material Management Plan.Q. What is your role with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? Employee Spotlight: Galveston A. I execute construction contracts to maintain navigation on HSC and other side channels Q. What do you enjoy most about working on your particular project(s)/tasks? A. Any time I can get out onto the job site.Q. What do you like about your current job? A. The work is tangible you can see the results on the nauti cal charts or GoogleEarth.Q. rable moment working with the Corps?A. Surveying the levee align Dam, Spending the better part of the night on a barge in Galveston Bay witnessing a recovery opera tion, having Thanksgiving dinner on a dredge, bird abatement at Mid Bay Island and taking head quarters visitors on a helicopter ride over Galveston Bay.Q. How do you feel your work is making a difference in the district? A. Every time I look out of a window on the north side of the building, I can see the difference were making. .Al Meyer, Galveston District Project Engineer has been with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a grandson. He enjoys weekend sailing. (Courtesy photo)SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 32


Q. What is your role at the Fort Worth District?A. I am an Architect, Team Lead Engineering and Construc architecture subject matter expert. Q. What are some key initia tives that you are working? Why mission? A. I am the instructor for our Program: Base Camp Develop ment Planning Course. This class teaches civilians, active, and reserve components and directly improves their readiness and skills. As keeper of the Customs and Border Protection standards I help integrate lessons learned and best practices into the CBP standards and help support their effort in securing our nation. I also support multiple new nonArmy customers.Q. What are some of your dayA. I manage changes to the CBP Standards, complete Re white papers, answer questions from clients, and review submit tals of all kinds.Employee Spotlight: Fort WorthQ. You recently won the Archi tect of Year Award for the Fort Worth District, Southwestern Di you feel about this recognition?A. Amazed, shocked, proud.Q. What is your most rewarding experience, your proudest mo ment, since joining the District.A. A Brigadier General recently thanked me for the excellent job I was doing in preparing his troops for their mission and that I need to come back soon. I was proud to receive those words of praise when many people tease me I go Q. Before working for the Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District, what was the most inter A. A&M cartographer: I sur map of all ways in and out; I cre airport for the pilots to use, and mapped and traveled through the dangerous steam tunnels below the A&M campus. Q. What motivates you most? A. ate a better building and environ ment for that 19 year old special ist about to deploy overseas, I can call the day a success.Q. What goal or mission do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?A. My main goal is to send my kids to college, maybe become a developer.Edward Citzler, Architect, has been with the Fort Worth District for 11 years. ment. (Courtesy photo) SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 33


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 34 Q. 20 years, how much has the lake and the atmo sphere changed over time?A. Everything around the lake has gotten older but it still looks the same. Twenty years ago folks came to the lake with tents and days worth of food. Today they drive up with $100,000 RVs pulling a car. Back then a few of our sites had 20 amp services. Now most of our sites have been The overall lake use and camping experience has changed a lot more than the lake itself. Q. What do you do to instill your veteran knowl edge to new rangers?A. I answer questions all day long. Ive worked on each program at Bull Shoals from dock permits to shoreline management to geospatial informa tion systems. I try to teach them where the data is and how to use it. I like to quiz them on history of encroachments and other things. I just give them a step in the right direction and only intervene when they ask for advice.Q. What is best part about being a ranger?A. You actually come to work every day and do something different. You could be in a boat one day and on a tractor the next. It never gets boring. I love going to the lake as much as the visitors do; I just made it a lifestyle instead of a vacation. Q. In your opinion where is the most beautiful place on the Bull Shoals Project?A. Wow, Ive been all over and there are so many. Perhaps Bee Creek or Music Creek, it just seems like theyre untouched. They are just so big and almost unknown. Q. Are you working on anything now that will A. We are revising the Bull Shoals Master The master plan provides guidance and vision for the lake. It affects the future management of natural resources and recreational opportunities to ensure the sustainability of the lake. Right now were collecting public comments to help us shape the vision for Bull Shoals in the future.Q. How important is it to manage the natural resources around Bull Shoals?A. and the water is clear. If we didnt manage the natural resources it wouldnt take long for the water quality and natural beauty of the lake to deteriorate. There are places around the lake that look untouched by modern man. Q. A. Im just lucky to be here. My parents always knew this is where I wanted to be.Employee Spotlight: Little Rock Brack Perser has been a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District for 22 years, 20 years at Bull Shoals Lake. The Hot Springs, Ark. native has a University of Arkansas Business Degree in Computer Information Systems/Quantitative Analysis and Henderson State Bachelors degree in Parks and Recreation. (Courtesy Photo)


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 Congratulations: ‰ en Congratulations Trina Ruse for being selected as the new budget analyst in the Engi neering and Construction Divi sion. ‰ en More than 22 district employees donated blood last week to help save up to 66 lives. ‰ en Congratulations Debby Jones on her promotion to a supervisory program analyst position. Her hard work and dedication to the mission made it possible for her career path to rise to a new level. Her lead ership, training and mentoring abilities will be a great asset to the organization and a great contribution to the success of the Programs Management Branch mission. Welcome: Darell Johnson David Mackintosh David McIntosh Frederick McGee Kevin Mannie Marcos Garcia Michael Garske Michael Prymula Paulette Murphy Higgins Robert Koch Stanley Young Farewell: Wes Prater David Torrez Condolence: ‰ en Randy Batiste, longtime Construction and Engineering technician at the Port Arthur Resi 2014. Randy retired last May. ‰ en Buddy Deckard, husband of Legal Assistant Tencha Deck ard, passed away Nov. 2. Congratulations: ‰ en Congratulations to Joel Epperson on his selection as the acting deputy chief of operations for the Little Rock District. Joel brings a wealth of information and experience regarding the operations and maintenance pro gram and the Little Rock District. ‰ en Congratulations to Nick Mitchell on his temporary pro motion to the McClellan-Kerr operations manager position on the river. Nick brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experi ence on the river system and will be a great asset to the team. ‰ en Congratulations to Rob ert Ahlert on his selection as the acting natural resources manager at the Pine Bluff Proj because of his natural resource management expertise. ‰ en Congratulations to Miles Johnson on his selection as the acting site manager at the Pine a wealth of knowledge in opera tions and maintenance and natu ral resource management to the position and will be a great asset to the team. ‰ en Congratulations to Terri Farmer on her temporary promo tion to the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security Center of Exper ‰ en Congratulations to Jay Morgan, Beaver Power Plant senior electrician, on his selec position as Beaver Power Plant Superintendent. Jay brings a wealth of knowledge and experi ence to this position The Beaver to have the opportunity to work with Jay in the management and operation of Beaver Dam and powerhouse. ‰ en Congratulations to Mark Green on his selection as the acting operations manager at the Nimrod Blue Mountain Project ‰ en Congratulations to Phillip Renfro on his selection as the acting deputy operations manag er at the Nimrod Blue Mountain ‰ en Congratulations to Telia Mahomes for her selection to the legal instrument examiner posi tion within Real Estate Division. Her responsibilities include the handling and auditing of all dis -Galveston District Little Rock District Pacesetter Points 35


SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER WINTER 2014 36trict real estate documents within the district boundaries. ‰ en Congratulations to Jeremy Thomason for his selection to replace Ellyce Best as the senior realty specialist. Of the six appli cants, Jeremy was unanimously selected. Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. ‰ en Congratulations to Michael Leddon on his selection for the in for Jay JT Townsend starting Dec. 1, 2014, through the middle of March 2015. JT is headed out on a short Army tour followed by an advanced PA school. Michael will be a valuable addition to our PA team while JT is out and Jay Congratulations: ‰ en Congratulations: Brian Kamisato, the Chief of the Military Integration Division for SWD, has been selection to be the Deputy for Program Management for the Fort Worth District, beginning mid-January 2015. Congratula Welcome: Rustom Contractor Readiness and Contingency Operations Return from OCO Jim Fields Readiness and Contingency Operations Return from OCO Debra Jones Civil Works Integration DivisionFrom Galveston District (120 days) Paul Komoroske Business Technical Division From Fort Worth District Tonya Lippe Civil Works Integration Division From Fort Worth District Cherilyn Plaxco Planning Division From Little Rock Division (120 days) Edward Rivera From Fort Worth District (120 days) Bonnie Shepherd Business Resources Division Return from OCO Farewell: Beverly Martin Business Resources Division End of Assignment LTC Richard Kaiser Readiness and Contingency Operations Nuclear Regulatory Commission Michael Jordan Business Technical Division Retirement Southwestern Pacesetter Points