Fort Worth District historical architect takes walking tour of Walter Reed Army Medical Center -Page 6
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
4 14 16 18 20 CONTENTS Focus: From the Top Spring 2015 Volume 10No. 1 People 34 Focus: Missions 8 10 12 15 17 19 22 24 23 26 29 6 Focus: Special to the Pacesetter
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Brig. Gen. David C. Hill Southwestern Division Commander We deliver value to our nation and communities See Value on Page 5 4
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Value Continued from Page 4 5 By Edward Rivera Southwestern Division Public Affairs New safety chief promotes active role in personal safety David Milligan
A cultural closure for Walter Reed Army Medical Center SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 See Closure on Page 7 6 Joseph Murphey, an historical architect for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth Districts Regional Plan ning and Environmental Center, used a large format cam era in 2013 to document the historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center facility as part of the mitigation process conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act. Shown here outside Building 57, the 4 inch by 5 inch neg atives he shot are now preserved as part of the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey. (Photo: Joseph Murphey/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) By James Frisinger On the Cover
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Closure Continued from Page 6 7 Deer roam outside Delano Hall at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which was closed in 2011. Wildlife now roam the 66-acre campus where 10,000 people once lived and worked in the north west corner of Washington, D.C. Medical facilities were relocated seven miles away to the new Wal ter Reed the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. while the old Walter Reed campus gets repurposed for new uses. (Photo: Joseph Murphey/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) On the Cover
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Generating interest in Southwestern Division hydropower 8 The Beaver Dam power plant operates two main 56 megawatt turbines and one house unit. The rev enue from power generation is returned to the U.S Treasury to pay for the purchase price of the dam and the generating equipment Operations and Maintenance. (USACE Little Rock District photo) Around the Region See Hydropower on Page 9 By Jay Townsend
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 9 Around the Region Hydropower Continued from Page 8
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 See Partnering on Page 11 Galveston District Galveston District hosts Stakeholder Partnering Forum 10 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District met with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners to collaborate on best practices dredging the Texas coast and regulatory oversight of U.S. waters during a Stakeholder Partnering Forum Feb. 25 at the districts headquarters building in Galveston. (USACE Galveston District photo)
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Galveston District presence of trees on these structures increases the Galveston District removes vegetation at Addicks and Barker Partnering Continued from Page 10 11 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District will begin to remove woody vegetation from within 50 feet of the inside and outside toes of both of the Addicks and Barker dams, located near the intersection of I-10 and State Highway 6 in Houston. (USACE Galveston Dis trict Photo)
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 By Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District implements new water quality release plan to conserve water at Skiatook Lake See Plan on Page 13 12 By limiting releases and with holding water when downstream can preserve the lake levels in ways that werent available before. --Mike Abate
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Plan Continued from Page 12 By Sara Goodeyon Tulsa District The summer recreation season Tulsa District prepares for a busy recreation season 13
By Lt. Col. Neil Craig Acting Commander Fort Worth District 14 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 See Water on Page 15 We continue to work closely with our nonFederal partners and have begun requesting their input as we work through our budgetary process. In cluding them in that process has proven ben partners and district. -Lt. Col. Neil Craig Fort Worth District water supply mission critical to Texas
15 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Water Continued from Page 14 By Clay Church Fort Worth District Public Affairs his main points of importance of The March 2015 First Line Supervisors meeting was held in the Executive Conference Room and had (from left to right) the director of Programs for the Southwestern Division, Robert Slockbower, in attendance as a guest pre senter. Pictured here, clockwise from left, are Slockbower, Doug Sims from the Regional Planning and Environmental Center, John Jefferies and James Miller from Real Estate Division, Stacy Gray with Programs and Project Man agement Division, Jennifer Walker and David Madden with Regulatory, and Joe Lujan and Jessica Napier with PPMD. Fort Worth District USACE photo.
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 By Col. Richard P. Pannell Commander, Galveston District Galveston District celebrates 135 years of service On Jan. adjutant general of the Army directed Maj. Samuel to establish the Galveston immediate task was to improve navigation along the coast in support of the nations westward expansion and increasing trade throughout the Gulf of Mexico. -Col. Richard P. Pannell See Celebration on Page 17 16 The Hendley Building is the oldest remaining commercial building in Galveston, Texas. Constructed in 1860, the Greek Revival-style is located in the Strand National Historic liam and Joseph Hendley, cotton and commission merchants. The building served as a Confederate watch tower during the Civil War and became the original headquarters of the USACE Galveston District.
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 By Galveston District Public Affairs Presidents FY16 Budget for USACE Civil Works released Celebration Continued from Page 16 17
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 18 Tulsa reports signicant success in FY 2015 By Col. Richard A. Pratt Commander, Tulsa District recruit reception operations into one This is the worst drought in decades for this region and it is presenting never-beforeseen issues for us to tackle at our lakes. In we are reaching out to partners and stakeholders to devise new ways to preserve our resources and balance the authorized purposes of our lakes. See Success on Page 19
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 19 Success Continued from Page 18 Tulsa District See Canton on Page 21
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 20 See 21st Century on Page 21 By Col. Courtney W. Paul Commander, Little Rock District the infrastructure to sustain it into Hydropower key for the 21st Century It may seem that budget constraints pit personnel needs against maintenance requirements. Reality is that leaders must decisions and balance the needs of both. -Col. Courtney W. Paul
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 21 21st Century Continued from Page 20 Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, Southwestern Division Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers speaks to members of the Canton Community during the ribbon cutting ceremony at Canton Lake Canadian Campground A March 25. (Photo by Kathryn Carlson) The rebuilt campsite at Canton Lakes Canadian A camp ground will provide guests with modern, improved camping facilities. The campground will reopen March 25 at 3 p.m. Canadian A campground was destroyed by a tornado that struck May 24, 2011. (Photo by Kathryn Carlson) Canton Continued from Page 19
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 22 By Galveston District Galveston District joins Buffalo Bayou Partnership in supporting Texas largest canoe and kayak race Regatta: HOUSTON Participants take part in the 2014 Buffalo Bayou Regatta. Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. (photo by Katya Horner)
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 23 By Ron Wooten Galveston District Regulatory Division mark in the profession that this is the career path for Department of experience he can use to assist DA intern participates in special developmental assignments A quick look at the diverse engineering projects headed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was all it took to convince a young engineering graduate wanting to make his mark in the profession that this is where he needed to be. However, the career path for Department of the Army Civil Engineer Intern Tom Brauer, who entered the Corps 18 months ago through the DA Intern Program, wasnt always this clear. Courtesy photo.
24 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 See Cheer on Page 25 By LaDonna Davis Camp Integrity brings winter cheer to Afghanistan girls orphanage Orphans from Save the Children orphanage happily pose with a volunteer from Special Operations Joint Task ForceAfghanistan after receiving donated, career oriented Barbie dolls. (Photo by LaDonna Davis)
25 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Deployed Fort Worth District member promotes overseas tour Editors Note: LaDonna Davis is a deployed member of the Southwestern Division. An Afghan girl proudly displays her new Barbie she received thanks to the donations from Mattel Inc. and The Toy Industry Foundation, a U.S. based Cheer Continued from Page 20
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 26 See History on Page 27 By Edward Rivera Southwestern Division Public Affairs Lt. Calvin J. Spanns and wife Gwenelle after giving pre sentation at a Black history Month Program at the EPA from growing up admiring barnstormers and vowing to become a pilot to his journey to the Tuskegee Flight War II with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. (Photo by Edward Rivera) NASA astronaut, Tuskegee Airman inspire students and federal employees at STEM and Black History Month events Brig. Gen. David Hill, SWD com mander, joins NASA astronaut Col. Benjamin A. Drew and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Calvin Spann along with SWD engineer Dr. Michael Sterling (center) at the Perot Museum in Dal las for National Engineers Week ac tivities. (Photo by Edward Rivera)
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 27 History Continued from Page 28 Executive secretary retires after 37 years Jennifer Moore, executive secretary to the Southwestern Division commander, had her retires May 2 with 37 years of federal service. the de Fleury and was inducted into the SWD Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees. At the ceremony were three of the 13 SWD commanders she supported. (From left to right) Former SWD commander retired Brig. Gen. Robert Crear, Brig. Gen. David Hill and former SWD commander retired Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula. (Photo by Andre Mayeaux)
28 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 By Denisha Braxton Fort Worth District Fort Worth District recognized for best Antiterrorism Program The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District was named the 2014 Best Antiterrorism Program during the Army Worldwide Antiterrorism Conference Feb. 3 in Orlando, Fla. (USACE photo)
29 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Q & A Frederick Olison Chief of Staff Southwestern Division Employee Spotlights One of my faculty advisers at the War College had been a Chief of Staff while he was on active duty. I spent a good bit of time talking about his role and became extremely interested serving in a role that allowed me to work with and help more people. When I returned home from the War College, the Deputy Division Commander offered me the oppor tunity to serve as the Acting Chief of Staff. At some point, the Division Commander made the assign ment permanent. What motivates me is being a servant, helping to shape the organizational culture, and working to ensure senior leaders and employ ees having the information they need to succeed, which ultimately mean the mission succeeds. Taking care of people and helping other em ployees do their jobs better, which includes freeing up the Commander and Deputy Commander from daily operations and routine management of SWD, coordinating staff actions and training, advising. Yes, Im a member of the National Guard. I have been a member of the guard for over 27 years. I started out enlisted in the Army National Guard 1988. Went on to get a commission in the Army Guard as a Combat Engineer in 1991 and did a service transfer to the Air Nation Guard in 1996. With the exception of about 18 months as a Bioen vironmental Engineer and serving as the Medical Civil Engineering. I have been blessed with the experience I have gained from both jobs. My civil skills I learned in the military, and my military job vironmental Engineer. Throughout my careers, each got introduced to strategic planning as a military technician working for the Louisiana Air National Guard. I went on to use what I learned and learned even more about strategic planning when I worked tion Administration. My time at the Army War Col lege afforded me the opportunity to really increase my understanding of strategy and integrate military and business principles. I now have the planning knowledge and experience I gained in my current job as the Chief of Staff. It is a combination of my military and civilian experiences that have made me a better professional at both jobs. biases get in the way of your objectivity. Frederick Olison has been the Chief of Staff for the Southwestern Division since graduating from the U.S. Army War College in 2012. He has been a USACE em ployee since May 2006. Olli son manages two careers as a Federal and State civil ser the National Guard for more than 25 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State Univer sity in 1991. He completed post graduate education at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Environmental Science. He also holds a Mas ter of Science degree in Project Management and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Besides working and yard work. :If someone would have told me 25 years ago tht I was going to enjoy landscaping and planting
30 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Q & A Steve Perrin Park Ranger Fort Worth District Q. A. update since the 1970s. Its exciting because we are working with our stakeholders and the public to posi tion the lake to weather coming storms like increased urbanization and increased demand for utilities. We re cently brought on an outreach volunteer, Marylin, to cre ate the messaging. Marylin has helped us by taking a vast number of really good photographs, linking in with our partners to document their events, and coordinating with partners, volunteers, and stakeholders to develop some really creative videos that showcase who we are, what we do, and why prospective volunteers would Q. A. I am responsible for the Safety, Security, Water grams at Lavon as well as patrol of public lands and waters. I maintain my programs and I make adjust ments to the programs that prepare us for the future. Working with the Lake Manager, I program and priori tize our volunteers efforts to ensure that priority proj ects in all of the Ranger programs get scheduled and accomplished. I also serve as the senior ranger, acting as advisor and coach to other team members to build the bench and continue improving our programs and ourselves. Q. A. We want our visitors to enjoy themselves and to understand what the limits to using our facilities are as well as why those limits are important. Education and outreach are the best ways to convey that information. We also want our visitors to come back again. Teaching them about how to stay safe in and around the water and how to execute a rescue safely, should the need arise, helps them do so. Also, I enjoy it! Watching folks play and learn at the same time, seeing them smile as they do well at a task, listening to the ribbing they get from friends when they dont all of that lets us know that, not only are they learning, they are enjoying it. Q. A. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with a great team from across the country to teach water safe ty to Boy Scouts at the 2010 BSA National Jamboree promise to give back more to scouting than it gave to me. As a scout, you learn how to swim and the basics of a water rescue. We built on that and taught additional water safety information and tactics to a huge number of boys and leaders. I enjoyed doing my job and work Q. A. I worked on the Trail Crew at Yosemite National several summers during college. We covered a lot of ground and saw some areas of the park that most people never will. We also rerouted and built new trail melt. Building those sections of trail to account for the landform, reduce erosion, create mystery and interest in what was around the next corner, and to look as close to natural as possible was a challenge. Fort Worth District Park Ranger Steve Perrin is the Lead Ranger at Lavon Lake. He is from Benbrook, Texas and has been with the District for 12 years. He has a Bach elor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M. He also has a Mastrs of Business tional Behavior and Human Resource Management from University of North Texas. His hobbies include building and painting plastic models. My son and I are putting together excited. He also coaches his sons soccer team.
31 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 Leslie Olsen is a Galveston District Supervisory Civil Engineer in the Souther in her current position un der a year. SHe has been with the U.S. Army COrps of Engineers for more than 5 years, more than 2 years with the District. She en joys learning about sports, history, medecine, random trivia and more. She also likes camping, going to the beach, reading and playing video games. Q & A Leslie Olsen Civil Engineer Galveston District development of Operations and Management for by ensuring we develop projects that promote Channels of the South Texas coast. In order to fully develop those projects, I work with my team to collect, analyze, and disseminate data that en hances and broadens our understanding of the regular conditions and behaviors of the channels in our area. I enjoy working with a broad group of indi viduals from across the District to develop proj ects that meet multiple intersecting purposes; from navigation interests to environmental and economic impacts, our projects are critical to the success and prosperity of South Texas. I really enjoy the development and applica tion of tools that can help explain the natural and man-made conditions of our channels. Its my hope that these tools will lead to a better under standing of how and when our dredging opera more cost-effective for the Government and the taxpayers. Most interesting person Ive worked with during my tenure with the Corps has easily been mentor of mine. Ed always had a way of mak ing complex work issues seem like just another problem to solve and he was instrumental in shaping my career and perspective. Most memorable moment with the Corps has to be my time spent overseas. There were so many varied experiences from the insanely mundane to the almost heartstopping that I cant imagine a richer total experience being possible in only a year and a half. One of the more entertaining occurrences was when the Explosives Ordnance Disposal team decided to in the morningwith no warning. Needless to say, the range of emotions that day was pretty extreme.
At Table Rock I was a power plant trainee. My duties included completing a general ized combination of training as a power plant electrician, mechan ic, and operator. This training included one year of rotational on-the-job training in the opera tion and maintenance of hydro electric power plants plus one year of instruction, tests, and various work assignments. I began working in the My job responsibilities include serving as the North Ameri can Electric Reliability Council coordinator/alternate regional compliance program manager, alternate hydropower business line manager, asset manage ment/facility equipment main tenance system hydropower subject matter expert and point of contact, hydropower train ing program point of contact, and the district hydropower Operations and Maintenance Business Information Link point of contact. I also serve on the tions and Maintenance Busi ness Information Link product delivery team and the division asset management project de livery team. The most challenging part ment is the sedentary lifestyle The plant environment required a lot of physical activity. In or der to successfully manage the challenges associated with the during your lunch break and/or taking short walks outside when the weather is nice. In addition, it is important to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible at our various projects. My future plan is to con power Section and become the reliability compliance program manager. The people I work with and I have been privileged to work with individuals that have a team and mission focus. When the occasion presents itself, it is nice to visit the many beautiful projects and parks throughout our district. SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 32 John Carpenter is an Engineering Technician with the Little Rock District. He is from Robbinsville, N.C. and has been a federal em ployee for six year, all with the District. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., in 1999. In 2007 he received an Associates of Applied Science degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology Power Plant Option from Q & A John Carpenter Engineering Tech. Little Rock District
I am responsible for the operations and maintenance, and budget execution at four power plants in the Tulsa Dis Eufaula, Tenkiller and Keystone Dam. I am also responsible for their related switchyards and The biggest challenge is the age of the plants and the infrastructure. We are doing as much as we can to maintain structures until ma jor work packages have to be accomplished. As a mechanic or electrician, you struggle to complete routine maintenance and inspections and stay on top extra attentions. So you try your best to identify and address is sues early on so that they dont become big problems. When we perform mainte nance, all of those costs al low the power plant to operate which contributes to generating power for customers. Every thing we do in the power plant is 100 percent paid back to the treasury. One of the biggest chal lenges is hiring electricians and mechanics. The BoG is attempting to develop a more regionalized approach to train ing programs across the divi sion, so there is less guesswork about what skills an electrician or mechanic possesses from district to district. It takes a high level of dedi cation. Our electricians and me chanics have to be self-starters because if something doesnt look right then its probably not right, and its probably getting worse the longer you take to work on it. We want people who are going to take ownership and follow their job to completion. There is no shortage of work that needs to be done. Chris Keeler, power plant superintendent for the Tulsa District has been with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 1996. He gained employment through the Hydropower Cooperative Program beginning his Corps ca reer at Broken Bow Lake, then moving on to Keystone Lake. He is from Coweta, Okla., and has a Associates of Applied Science degree in Elec tronic Engineering Technology and Industrial Electrical Technology from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee. Q & A Chris Keeler Power Plant Supt. Tulsa District SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 33
SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION PACESETTER www.swd.usace.army.mil SPRING 2015 34 Congratulations: promotion to an operations Welcome: Farewell: Condolence: Welcome: Farewell: Pacesetter Points Southwestern Galveston District