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Vol. 40 No. 1 January March 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Best in USACE 2012


Contents 12 District power team members respond to Winter Storm Nemo I NTERCOMTwo newly designed and fabricated cranes were installed at McNary Lock and dam in Umatilla, Ore., in January. 4 Escapees from Iran Joe Saxon elaborates upon U.S. diplomats escape from Iran 6 Towers of marshmallows District celebrates E-Week with area schools through tower contests 8 Lamprey progressDistrict and Tribes continue work toward lamprey improvement 9 Sustainable future LDP is prioritizing sustainable water, vehicle and electricity use 10 Award winnersStaff earn awards in journalism and engineering excellence 12 Built-strong engineer Featuring Dani Stephens for a Womens History Month highlight 14 Mechanical Design The mechanics behind the District Mechanical Design staff 16 Dean of design Bob Hollenbeck advises you to learn as much as you can 18 Crane ahoy McNary installs two 10-ton cranes 21 NFFE 181 agreement signed District union signs labor-management agreement 22 Around the District Check out what District employees are up to by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Walla Walla District, U.S. Commander Lt. Col. Drew Kelly PA Chief PA Specialist Joe Saxon Bruce Henrickson Editor PA Specialist PA Specialist Student Aide Gina Baltrusch Sandra HickethierOn the coverFor more information, contact: E-mail: website: District Power Team (top photo, from left): George Peck, quality assurance inspector; Rick Beauchesne, mission liaison; Katie Goodwin, mission specialist; Jean DesJarlais, James Wade, logistics specialist; Julie Morris, contract specialist; Deanne Lingo, mission specialist; Gary Humphreys, quality assurance inspector; Danielle Stephens, mission Storm Nemo in January 2013. 2 Twelve U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District employees departed for Pittsburgh, Penn., Feb. 9, in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agencys request to provide support to areas impacted by a northeastern severe weather system, nicknamed Winter Storm Nemo, according to District Deployed District emergency power team members assisted FEMA Region I emer gency operations across the northeastern United States. The team worked with Pittsburgh District Readiness Chief T.J. Fichera who thanked each of the power team members ated with the Northeast Winter Storm Response for FEMA Region I. Please return home knowing would enjoy and request your Dis tricts PRT support and response to any power mission I was associated to include those in my own Dis trict, he added. The Walla Walla District maintains one of the Corps eight power teams, ready to deploy as part of the Corps Emergency Support Function (ESF) #3, public works and engineering-related support. The all-volunteer teams can provide backup electrical power generation anywhere an emergency makes the service needed. Team members agree to be in an on-call status, ready to deploy on short-notice when disaster strikes. Power team members directly support FEMA emergency management staging areas and operations centers.


4 Escapees from Iran Joe Saxon elaborates upon U.S. diplomats escape from Iran 6 Towers of marshmallows District celebrates E-Week with area schools through tower contests 8 Lamprey progressDistrict and Tribes continue work toward lamprey improvement 9 Sustainable future LDP is prioritizing sustainable water, vehicle and electricity use 10 Award winnersStaff earn awards in journalism and engineering excellence 12 Built-strong engineer Featuring Dani Stephens for a Womens History Month highlight 14 Mechanical Design The mechanics behind the District Mechanical Design staff 16 Dean of design Bob Hollenbeck advises you to learn as much as you can 18 Crane ahoy McNary installs two 10-ton cranes 21 NFFE 181 agreement signed District union signs labor-management agreement 22 Around the District Check out what District employees are up to District Hydraulic Engineer Gene Spangrude answers questions at a Jan. 24 open house and public information meeting Plan (PSMP) held at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. The public comment period deadline was extended to Mar. 26, 2013. The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted an open house and public information meeting in Lewiston, Idaho in January to facilitate public comments on a draft Lower Snake River Programmatic Sediment Management Plan (PSMP) environmental impact statement (EIS) to March 26, 2013 from the original Feb. 8 comment deadline. complete public input, said District Commander Lt. Col. Drew Kelly. The draft Environmental Impact Statement is fairly lengthy and ment options. This is about potential long-term options beyond just dredging. A Corps mission is to maintain the lower Snake River naviga tion channel to Congressionally established dimensions of 14 feet deep and 250 feet wide. The EIS took several years to prepare, and the Corps took a broad and detailed look at sediment management alternatives while port and deposits. The EIS evaluated numerous measures in developing alterna tives for managing sediment, including future studies of in-water evaluates a proposed immediate need action of dredging during a winter in-water work window from Dec. 15 to March 1. Maintenance dredging in the navigation channel has not been performed since the winter of 2005-2006. In the draft EIS, the Corps is proposing to implement a longterm plan to manage, and prevent if possible, river sediment ac cumulation or depositions that are interfering with authorized project purposes of the Corps Lower Snake River Projects (LSRP) dams and reservoirs in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho. Those projects are Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, and Lower Granite Locks and Dams. Authorized project purposes potentially affected by sediment conservation and mitigation. Comments on the PSMP EIS were due to the Corps by March 26. Another opportunity for public comments was granted March 11. The Corps invited comments on Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 requirements for proposed dredging and disposal of dredged materials. Comments are due April 11. At the same time, the Washington Dept. of Ecology is accept ing CWA Section 404 comments regarding proposed dredging no later than April 11.District holds public meeting on sediment management environmental impact study 3 story by Bruce Henrickson


4 Its been 33 years since I stood next to Col. Archer Durham and watched as a plane carrying six diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Iran touch down upon American soil. runway at Dover AFB in February., 1980, unaware of the trauma these courageous people had endured en route to freedom. After recently viewing the movie Argo about their ordeal follow ing the U.S. Embassy takeover in 1979, those early memories came friends could touch upon separate sides of an incident like the Iranian Revolution. Their journey began with the overthrow of the Shah of Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini, who then proceeded to establish an Islamist state in Iran. On Nov. 4, 1979 Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 66 American hostages. The hostages were subject to beatings, sleep deprivation and long periods of painful bindings. As soon as the crisis broke, Antonio Mendez, the chief of the CIAs began working night and day preparing disguises, false documents and cover stories that would be needed to get an advance team into Iran should a rescue be attempted, he said. caped and were hiding out at the residences of the Canadian ambassa Mendez concocted a cover story to get the diplomats out of Iran. Argo and placed ads in trade publications. After receiving approval to proceed with their mission from Presi dent Jimmy Carter, Mendez and a companion who was a superb Tehran. They met the diplomats, provided them their cover stories and group departed for the airport the following morning. After a delay for mechanical problems, they boarded a Swissair plane and departed Iran. AFB when we received a news query from an Associated Press (AP) reporter. After informing Col. Durham of the AP call, he issued a few was en-route and said Lets welcome them home. We drove to a remote part of the base. As the plane motored to a stop and the cabin door opened, two carloads of U.S. State Department staff arrived to supplement our two man greeting party. Reflecting upon the and the Iranian From Where I Sit Revolution specialstory by Joe Saxon photo by Joe Saxon


5 The diplomats seemed to be generally grateful to be back in America dom and reuniting with their families before departing for their homes. With the help of some brave people, they had escaped from Iran and Ayatollah Khomeinis grip. throughout this episode especially the intent to not leave fallen com rades. That rescue effort permeated throughout not just our Nation, but personal courage, all were represented in the men and women who When I saw those diplomats depart their plane, I had no idea what they endured, but I sure appreciate their journey today, and understand we are not able to always save everyone, and some of their embassy team remained captive for 444 days. But eventually, they too were freed, thanks to a Nation that did not forget its captured comrades. As Ayatollah Khomeini consolidated his grip on power his govern ment sent out assassination squads to silence their Iranian critics around the globe. One such critic was Ali Akbar Tabatabai, the Iranian Embassys Press Attache in Washington D.C. On July 22, 1980, four months after the diplomats escape from TehDawud Salahuddin, was a member of the Islamic Guerillas of Ameriwas one of my childhood friends. Al and I grew up less than 100 yards apart in S.E. Washington D.C. We played ball together, were in the Boy Scouts and were classmates in junior high and high school. he lives today. Upon his return to America, Al was arrested, convicted of previous charges, including bank robbery, weapons charges and I was stunned when I heard what had occurred astounded to learn that one of my friends and I had touched the Iranian Revolution from two different sides. At one time Al was a starting offensive lineman on what turned out to be the city championship football team. But Al did not play that year, his senior year. Earlier that summer he broke his leg when a horse he was riding drove him into a tree. So while his teammates received scholarships to various schools, his football days were over. Al attended the University of Maryland but he ended up going down a dark path, and what began with a summer horseback ride ended a few years later with Al cooperating with authorities and going into the Witness Protection Program. I often wonder how Als life may have turned out had he not taken that horse ride that fateful summer. I sometimes wonder why people like Antonio Mendez, Ken Taylor, and John Sheardown voluntarily walk into the valley of the shadow of death for the sake of others. What they have in common are choices, those big and small, that we make everyday. Choices have consequences, positive and negative, and ripples that we may never know how they end. Chance impacts Joe Saxon is the Public Affairs chief for the Walla Walla District (Photo, opposite page) Joseph Stafford, left, one of six American diplomats ushered out of Iran, is greeted by State Department and Harry Schatz, second from left. (Top) Diplomats board an Pierre DuPont, center right, poses with the diplomats. From left well to the diplomats and their families.


6 Corps celebrates E-Week with Walla Walla-area students story and photos by Stephen Doherty The Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, helped seven Walla Walla-area schools celebrate National Engineers Week Feb. 17-23 by sponsoring engineering design contests. This year the contest was the tallest tower construction. This years contest was an object lesson in what we do every day at the Corps of Engineers, E-Week coordi nator Jeffrey Lyon said. We have time to plan and design projects, then with limited time and materials we must construct the facilities to meet the needs of our customers and society. All this work is done in teams, and one person cannot succeed by team dynamics of the engineering world. Students were given 200 toothpicks and 100 minimarshmallows, then had just 20 minutes to construct their tower. Each tower needed to be freestanding for two minutes before its height could be measured. National Engineers Week was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Its always celebrated at the time of George Washingtons birthday. land surveyor. Every year, the nations engineers take a week to highlight the practice and accomplishments of engineers to show what can be done with a little science and imagina tion. tower Feb. 20 in a tower construction contest at Rogers E-Week. 2. District Electrical Engineer Carolina Andes calculates scores for a students tower. 3. This years contest challenged students to build a tower of marsh mallows and toothpicks within 20 minutes. 4. Rogers students work together to beat the clock. 5. Three stu dents work together on their tower. 6. Logan, Bryar and 1


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8 Lamprey passage through Corps dams is progressing well. Federal agencies have been working with Native American Tribes and other agencies since the 2008 Columbia Basin Fish Accords to Historical, long-term agreements like those with the Fish Accord partners are key to successful planning and implementation of actions under the Biological Opinion (BiOp). These partnerships help accom has taken action to improve juvenile and adult lamprey passage both upstream and downstream. The District works in collaboration with regional Tribes on improvements. Tribes provide collaborative input to designs for improvement and monitoring of lamprey passage. downstream, have implemented lamprey-friendly raceway tailscreens to return to the river, rather than be transported. Lower Monumental Dam now is now testing an oblong perforated plate tailrace screen that can be cleaned with brushes without entangling lamprey. Adult lamprey headed upstream that inadvertently fall back into Lower Granite dams are collected and released above the dams, rather Lamprey-friendly operations and maintenance at McNary Lock and Dam include raking turbine unit trash racks prior to Jan. 15. This minimizes potential lamprey entanglement in debris built up in the Also, McNary water velocities are reduced to assist adult lamprey night (9 p.m. to 4 a.m.) during the peak of the adult lamprey passage season June 15 Sept. 30. operation two weeks later than other District projects. This allows juvenile lamprey passage directly through turbines without being di verted to bypass system collection. Normally, screens are installed by April 1. McNary delays the installation to no later than April 16. prey travel through a level pathway while swimming against the high velocity current. Horizontal steel plating was also installed near the ment points for lamprey, which use solid surfaces as resting points. Ice Harbor Dam adult lamprey passage was also improved by and north shore ladders. These ramps lead to lamprey passage ports, helping adult lamprey attach to a smooth level pathway while swim Adult lamprey passage improvements were made to both upper through the weirs. In addition, steel inclines were installed to ease adult lamprey passage through vertical slots on the upper reaches of the ladder. lamprey passage ports, steel plates, and ramps for improved adult lamprey passage, are being constructed at Lower Granite and Little Goose dams. At Little Goose, all diffusers in the ladder received new metal plates at tached to the aluminum grat ing to help lamprey attach and rest. Lower Granite is also replacing diffuser gratings and adding attachment points for a more lampreytions made in collaboration with the Tribes during the past several to come. Continued monitoring of current and past improvements while identifying new potential problems and locations will lead hydropower dams.District, Tribes continue lamprey progressstory by Greg Moody photo by Bruce Henrickson(Top photo) Walla Walla District Commander Lt. Col. Drew Kelly ees secretary for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Umatilla, Ore. (Left) Fish ladder at Little Goose Lock and Dam near Starbuck, Wash. photo by Bruce Henrickson


9 Members of Walla Wallas Leadership Development Program (LDP) are helping the District march toward a more sustainable future. Curtis Been, Dean Holecek, Scott Hall and John Lomeland are devising plans to address the Districts water, vehicle and electricity use. We focused on areas where data is avail able, said Dean Holecek. While these green initiatives all have a feel good component, it was very clear to us early on that we need to be able to quantify where we are and where we need to go. Weve come up with the focus on water, power, fuel and a general sustain ability focus to tie up the loose ends. ership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, states that sustainability means to create and maintain conditions, social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations. The EO emphasizes that sustainability should not only be a natural part of all the Corps decision processes, but should also be part of our organizational culture. Been, a civil engineer in Geotechnical Design, is helping determine if the District is over-applying water faster than the soil can absorb it. He worked for the Natural Resource Conservation Service in the past and half my job was doing irrigation water management plans for farmers and irriga tors, he said. The District Headquarters uses 70,000 gallons per month through the year and up to a million gallons per month in summer, he said, but it appears that the irrigation use is high, so modifying our procedures may save two million gallons per year. Of the 21 federal agencies with accessible scorecards on the OMB website, USACE was the only agency to be red in every category in 2012. year, Holecek said. That equates to about $425,000 at $4 per gallon. Reducing that use is going to require a District wide effort. We want everyone to think about the most to travel, he said. For instance, making sure were not send same meeting is a good place to start. Also, tion to meet our needs? Well be working with the Vehicle Fleet dispatch system to help us meet our goals. But well need help from a lot of people and organizations to achieve our goals, he added. Jon Lomeland said the Headquarters Build ing used nearly two million kilowatt hours $147,385. He encourages building residents to try and do their part with the little things such as turn off their individual space heaters, lights when there not needed, and for coffee-users with their own coffee pots, con sider using collective coffee pots instead of having an individual one. As public stewards we should pick up the baton and move this forward. Were just a small group in LDP, but there are many interested people around the Dis trict who are making a difference, said Scott story by Joe SaxonDistrict, LDP marching toward a more sustainable future1st in a four-part seriesUSACE Goals (1) Reduce energy intensity in USACE buildings (2) Increase the Corps use of renewable energy and implement renewable energy generation projects on agency property (3) Reduce the Corps use of fossil fuels by: a. using low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles, including alternative fuel vehicles Hall. It takes everyones effort to buy in. This is critical because it requires a process change for our employees to take hold. We want this to carry forward so everyone can Anyone wishing to join the Districts Sustainability efforts should contact Been, Holecek, Hall or by Joe Saxon


10 Walla Walla District Public Affairs staff won 10 awards in the 2012 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Herbert A. Kassner Public Affairs competition. The 2012 competition had 319 entries from 44 USACE Divisions and Districts competing in 31 categories ranging from broadcast, radio and print to photography. A panel of 16 judges from outside of USACE reviewed each entry and selected the winners. of the Chief of Public Affairs to compete in the Armys Major General winners will also receive the Golden Quill award and a letter signed by the Chief of Engineers. Mississippi River Division for many years. He was highly respected named for him in the late 1980s after he lost a long battle with cancer. The District has won 67 Kassner awards during the past 10 years.Public Aairs garners 10 awards in USACE Kassner Journalism Awards competition 1st Magazine 1st Picture Page Terri Rorke 1st Television Information Program Stephen Doherty, Bruce Henrickson 1st Contribution by a Stringer (Photojournalism) Rick Beauchesne 2nd Story Series Joe Saxon 2nd Contribution by a Stringer (Photojournalism) Keith Hyde 2nd Contribution by a Stringer (Writer) Andrew Dankel-Ibez 3rd Civilian Journalist of the Year Terri Rorke 3rd Picture Page Stephen Doherty 3rd Community Relations Special Event Ice Harbor Lock and Dam 50th Anniversary project delivery team: Roger M. Golladay, Operating Project Manager, Ice Harbor Lanell L. Adams, Natural Resources Manager, Ice Harbor Bruce E. Henrickson, Public Aairs Specialist, Walla Walla District Anthony P. Ames, Natural Resource Specialist, Ice Harbor Kye S. Carpenter, Natural Resource Specialist, Ice Harbor


11 District wins 2012 Chief of Engineers Award for Excellence The Walla Walla and Portland Districts won the 2012 Chief of Engineers Award of navigation lock gates at Lower Monumental, John Day and The Dalles dams. Award for Engineering. The award noted: Over the past 20 years, those down stream navigation lock gates became highrisks structures requiring higher than usual maintenance. Ultimately, replacement was the only viable solution. An unprecedented fourmonth long system-wide navigation outage to support these major repairs was required. The gates at Lower Monumental and John Day Dam, both vertical lift gates, are among the largest in the world and incorpo rate the latest advances in fracture and fatigue engineering. And these massive, precision structures 88 to 98 feet wide and 84 to 120 feet tall, and weighing between 1.5 to 1.8 million pounds seal like valves to safely lock commercial and pleasure craft through the system. The large-scale and highly successful nation and innovation. photo by Gina Baltrusch construction at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam near Kahlotus, Wash., in 2011. (Middle) mechanics and wire ropes used to lift the 1.5 million pound gate.


12 Its no accident that Dani Stephens picked a career centered on structures. She naturally builds opportunity and success. In February, Stephens was promoted as District Structural Design Section chief. But her road to promotion was established years ago with choices she made in her college days. futures concrete foundation when she chose civil engineering as her college major, encouraged by her fathers suggestion. I said, I want to be a teacher, Stephens recalled. And he said maybe I should try engifallback. Stephens quickly realized that engineering and science. After graduating from Oregon State University in 2003, she started her career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District in an engineering internship position. From that, she continued to build her careeropportunity by opportunity. Stephens said the Corps unique volunteer culture provided multiple career-building opment to Iraq. She took on the challenge knowing it wasnt going to be easy. The reality is that there is a lot of work to do in a deployed environment, but there are a limited number of people to do the work, she said. But once people get to know you and what you are capable of, they assign you to new challenges. Deployments have been invaluable to me. Stephens went on to serve in a variety of engineering and leadership roles in emer gency support missions (Hurricane Katrina, 2006; Superstorm Sandy, 2012; Northeast Winter Storm, 2012) and contingency operations missions (Afghanistan, 2009-2010; Afghanistan, 2010-2011). Stephens the chance to build her engineering lenges and opportunities while serving in various Built-strong engineer Womens History Month highlight Dani Stephens story by Terri A. Rorke photos courtesy of Danielle Stephens


13 Built-strong engineer Dani Stephens deployed positions: civil engineer; structural engineer; structural design chief; project manager; project engineer; and resident engineer. Having the chance to work in all these different places and see how others approach similar challenges allows me to learn and apply lessons for our District, she said. Those past opportunities continue to pay dividends for Stephens and others. I attribute a lot of the opportunities and successes that Ive had to the mentors and leaders who have helped me develop in my Mentoring others is another opportunity Stephens is currently pursuing. She said that during the decade shes been with the Corps, one of her long-known intereststeachingis the highlight of her career. Its really rewarding to watch others learn and grow in the profession both here in the District and in deployments, she said. Stephens said she hopes to inspire upand-coming engineers to take advantage of many opportunities the Corps offers around the world. They just have to start building. (Top photo, left) Stephens works as a mission manager during Superstorm Sandy in center) Stephens speaks at a Joint Business Conference February 2010 in Kabul. (Left) Stephens celebrates the groundbreaking of an Afghanistan National Army 3rd Special Forces camp in 2011. (Right) Stephens her deployment there in 2004.


14 Mechanical Design story by Joe Saxon1st in a three-part seriesWhen you think of the Mechanical Design Section, think movement. We deal with motion, said Kyle DeSomber, chief of Mechanical Design Section. We want water to pass through dams We want gates to move up and down, spillways to open and through dams as well. son team make that possible for the Walla Walla District by designing effective systems. motivated, he said. According to DeSomber, their biggest day-to-day challenge is balancing at the right time. Each person is probably working four projects at any one time, he said. Its always changing and never the same problem twice in a row. There is always a challenge needing resolution. Some of their bigger projects deal with replacing navigational gates like the Lower Monumental Lock gate. Today, they work with wire ropes so the gates can move and place guides on gates to move them in a controlled manner. They also are doing a redesign at Lower Monumental Dam for and hydraulics with electrical components, he said. And were helping the Corps Hydroelectric Design Center with digital requirements at Ice Harbor. Its under design at 90 percent, he said. Our section also is helping replace the controls in HVAC and heat pumps at McNary Dam because in order to keep the generators at full efsame applies to the human element. Phil Auth, PE Carl Brenneise, PE Wes Brown Kyle DeSomber, PE Jared Frank Jim Haugen Chuck Palmer, PE Ryan Pestes, PE Ernie Rogers Mechanical Design Section


15 Water and Fish The movement and control of water throughout District facilities includes all pumps, pipelines, gate operating systems and cranes. By controlling the movement of water our District is able to gener Unique to this region is their section specializing in the movement We assist in maintaining the infrastructure necessary to create at migrating downstream in the forms of specialized Spillway Weirs. In sist of creating the pathways necessary to collect, sort, hold and load Ocean, DeSomber said. Chuck Palmer, a 23-year veteran of the Mechanical Design Section said, Technically the biggest challenges are the one-of-a-kind de and Hydraulic Engineers are always coming up with new concepts to get them bid and built. The Mechanical Design team is designing the alternate spillway Some spillway weirs are roughly adjustable, and take a lot of man power to adjust them, he said. adjusting so that it is tied to the water surface and can also stop the balance mechanical adjustments within space constraints. We are at the beginning design phase right now, and it is moving forward. through with less contact with their surroundings. Our Mechanical Design Section does a lot, said Design Branch Chief Bob Hollenbeck. Its a combination of electrical and power. You need electrical controls to allow gates to move. You cant get to the gates without un-watering the navigational lock, and you need pumps for that. It takes a considerable amount of creativity and knowledge of engineering science in conjunction with the laws of nature. We get good support from the District, DeSomber said. sions. Everybody is there for the right reasons and is willing to help other groups that we interact with daily. They solve problems before I hear about it. They are willing to share lessons learned and take great pride in all they do. They are loads and cranes. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Its an easy group to take care of. I just have to stay out of the way and let them work, he added. Goose Lock and Dam near Starbuck, Wash., in 2012. Right page, top photo: An impeller sits ready for maintenance and paint work in 2007. Right page, below photo: This spaghetti pipe is located at the Dworshak National Fish Hatchery near Ahsahka, Idaho. McNary Lock and Dam.


16 Some affectionately call Bob Hollenbeck, the Dean of Design. Hes worked for the Walla Walla District since 1979, including 21 years as the chief of Structures, and even though hes witnessed numerous changes through the years, he has enjoyed every minute of it. As chief of the Design Branch, which includes the Structures, Me chanical, General, Electrical and Geotechnical design sections, he and cations, reports, and analyses for special studies for the District. Were challenged in many ways, he said. Infrastructure is aging. We maintain systems for which they dont make parts anymore. What happens to the environment with NEPA? How we do things in the river has changed even over the past 10 years, and were challenged with what time of year we can work in the river. abreast of the bow wave of change. We have a lot of talent in our branch that includes varied skillsets and different personalities. Each offers something special to the organization, and together they make up one great organization, he said. One of the keys to being successful, he added, is being patient. Ive learned you need to be patient and know when to turn it on. I amount of passion and endurance to understand you are not going to eventually, he said. As for motivation he says, I like getting the job done in a profes ing that we are moving forward and that were adding to the profes sional integrity of the District as a whole. For new staff, he said I would encourage new people to look at the organization and at what youre doing. Be patient, and learn as much Bob Hollenbeckstory by Joe Saxon


17 as you can and, eventually your knowledge will be incorporated in the organization. Technical projects cal advice thats as important as the degree you have in your hand. McNary Lock and Dam crane fabrication work photos. The new 10-ton cranes were designed and fabricated by COH Inc. through an awarded $4.3 million contract. The cranes were installed in January.


18 Crane ahoyMcNary Lock and Dam employees welcomed two new 10-ton cranes in January that will help ington shores near Umatilla, Ore. The new cranes were designed and fabricated by COH Inc. at its Montreal location through an awarded $4.3 million-contract. The new cranes are needed on a daily basis to remove trash and debris in the reach the lowest elevation in a single action, and comply with current Endangered Species Act requirements. and procurement process in order to utilize available funds, Dis trict Project Manager Kathy Spillane said. maintenance and operating costs by as much as 25 percent by reducing the manpower and time required to perform several standard tasks, she added. The contract also included $282,000 of electrical upgrades to and valve chambers Clean picketed leads, trash screens and trash racks of Provide hoisting to remove all picketed leads, trash screens, trash racks, weirs, tainter valves, water pumps Hoist personnel into valve and equipment chambers for repairs, replacements and periodic inspections and preventive maintenance Inspect and maintain an irrigation canal Fishway Crane Usesstory and photos by Terri A. Rorke


19 Scan your smartphone to (Left) One of the newly installed cranes stands ready for use in January at McNary Lock and Dam near Umatilla, Ore. (Main photo) A towboat transfers the replaced crane. place.


20 safety cornerIf you are a U.S. Army civilian who handle hazardous chemicals as part of your job, you will soon begin training about changes to labeling and classifying chemicals in the workplace. As maintenance operations require the use of various haz ardous chemicals in our workplaces, this is one of the serious hazards we face at our operating projects. Occupational Safety and Health Administrations Hazard Communication Standards are being revised to harmonize with global standards and improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS), a United Nations initiative recently adopted by the OSHA, will standardize the way chemical-based hazards are communicated to workers, primarily through labeling and safety data sheets. Integration of the GHS at Army locations will be completed ers and managers will have until Dec. 1, 2013, to ensure their soldiers and employees are trained on new label elements and safety data sheet format. Implementation of alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly June 1, 2016. The GHS enhances hazard communication and will ulti mately make the workplace safer, said Rachel Baccigalopi, a Civilian Injury Prevention Directorate employee for the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (USACR). Standardization will allow our soldiers and civil ians to more accurately identify risks and take necessary precautions, especially when working with hazardous chemicals overseas or with chemicals that come from international manufacturers, Baccigalopi said. The USACR/Safety Center has developed several GHS awareness tools, including a training support pack age, to assist with the transition. The package contains training and reference materials for use in GHS training sessions. It and other GHS resources are available at hazardous chemicals standing for long periods, keep safety in mind.story by Barry Wright, Safety and Occupational Health Chief


21 story by Terri A. Rorke What comes to Jim Bramells mind when he thinks about the Na tional Federation of Federal Employees? Nails. But why nails? As vice president of Local 181 of the NFFE, Bramell is refer ring to the proverbial phrase, for want of a nail, about how small actions can create large undesirable consequences. And to account for all the organizations needed nails, District NFFE 181 representa tives signed a labor-management agreement in December prompted unions commitment to foster organizational communication, mis sion effectiveness, partnership, problem-solving, and trust for District NFFE employees. Bramell said the NFFEs goals are to help the commander and his team to be informed; positive-minded; and aware (safe). The labor-management forums facilitate employees say ing what needs to be said and listening to what needs to be heard on both sides of the table, Bramell said. Executive Order 13522s purpose is to establish a coop erative and productive form of labor-management relations improve the delivery of high-quality government services to the American people by establishing: relations and propose solutions to better serve the public, improve em ployee work life and labor-management relations practicable A lot of great ideas come from the workforce, but we have to get them talking, which is why the forum is important, Dis trict Operations Division Chief Rick Werner said. Because without communication, how can we work through issues that are out there or even know what the issues are? Werner asked. The labor-management forums facilitate prepolicy potentially impacts working conditions, labor and management representatives can work toward an agreement that works best for everyone. The forum This is about working together, Bramell said. Because when we come together, anything is possible. We are here to help employees focus their hands on the nails of the job so they can work smartly and safely. Who is affected by the signed labor-management agreement? The NFFE 181 is a bargaining unit consisting of both General Schedule and Wage Grade personnel of various trades and Walla Walla District. NFFE does not represent managerial employees, NFFE 181 Mission statement: the NFFE Local 181 strives to promote favorable and safe working conditions, job security, and the economic well-being of federal employees so they can provide an ef Workers approach NFFE 181with hands on the nailsNFFE 181 Vice President Jim Bramell signs a labor-management agreement with Walla Walla District Commander Lt. Col. Drew Kelly at Lower Granite Lock and Dam near Pomeroy, Wash., in December. photo by Mark Wright


22 round the istrict U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Commander Anthony C. Funkhouser was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a formal ceremony Feb. 1 in Washington D.C. The Armys Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, hosted the event. In addition to numerous stateside and overseas assignments, including serving as Chief, Joint Capabilities Division (J8) on the Joint Staff in Washington D.C., Brig. Gen. Funkhouser also served as Command er, Afghanistan Engineer District South where he oversaw a $4 billion program in support of the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan mission. A civil engineering graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Brig. Gen. Funkhouser also holds masters degrees in engineering management and strategic studies. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As commander of the Corps Northwestern Division since July 2012, he oversees a 4,800-strong workforce and a combined $3.5 billion program in civil works, disaster response, military construction, and envi ronmental restoration and cleanup carried Neb., Kansas City, Mo., Seattle and Walla Walla, Wash., and Portland, Ore. The votes are in! You judged 32 entries in this years photo contest. Winners received a commanders coin and a letter of appreciation. The winning pay calendar and peer award will be used throughout 2013.awards 2013 hoto P eer Award 1st Place Ben Swaner (below)2nd Place Scott Barnett (below, far right)1st Place Jon Renholds (right)2nd Place Connie Grant-Howell (far right)Brigadier General Anthony C. Funkhouser P eer P ayP ay calendarDivision Commander promoted to brigadier general


23 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District Commander Lt. Col. Andrew Kelly speaks at a Richland, Wash., to recognize the completion of Richland streets were named after historic U.S. Army Corps of 200 historic street markers. The public ceremony featured a free concert featuring the high schools chamber choir and wind ensemble, area musical artists, and the 56th Army Band OF Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash. Other speakers included Richland Mayor John Fox and City Manager Cindy Johnson, plus past state American Veterans (AMVETS) Commander Don Schack.istoric r ecognition F irst Q uarter of the q uarter Fiscal year 2013 mployees David Needham (far left)safety and occupational health specialist Scott Zangrilli (left)maintenance management technician Margie McGill (far left)project manager Josh Dougan (left)power plant electrician crew foremanphoto by Bruce HenricksonS econd Q uarter


Brian Miller CORPS Im with thePosition:Chief of Engineering and Construction DivisionDescribe your job. I am responsible for all the design, engineering, and construction activities in the District, with a staff of approximately 150 spread throughout four branches (Design, Construction, Cost Engineering and Hydraulics and Hydrology). I am also the District Dam safety officer, the Engineers and Scientists Career program manager, and the senior engineering advisor to the District commander.What are some of the biggest challenges youve faced in your current position? It has always been a challenge throughout my career to support Operations Division with small projects while being timely and cost effective. We still struggle with this and are determined to find a better way to serve our Operations customers. One of the biggest challenges we face is the sheer volume of e-mail. The electronic age has made it so easy to communicate that it is possible to send large documents for review or ask for anything at any level. It can be a real challenge to minimize the effects of irrelevant requests/information so that employees can focus on executing the mission. Trying to balance dam and levee safety obligations with customer desires can also be a challenge.Describe a few accomplishments youve experienced with your job. Early in my career I was lucky enough to be involved in a three-district acquisition for a CADD system which then progressed into me becoming the CADD manager for the District. This opportunity allowed me to work with a variety of mangers and individuals. During my 13 years as the Mechanical Design chief, I was able to manage and work with a great group of dedicated employees. As the BPA Large CAP program manager, I was able to develop a great working relationship with our partner, BPA. This program was very satisfying for me because we were able to upgrade or replace aging infrastructure at our hydropower projects that we werent able to fund prior to our agreement with BPA. This led me to other opportunities as chief of both the Design Branch and Engineering and Construction Division. It has been an honor to serve a great professional workforce. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is working with the fantastic professional people here every day. Number two on the list is the variety of work. We do not work year after year on the same product. We are often involved in state-of-the-art or one-of-a-kind features at our operating projects. We also respond to emergencies (such as equipment failures) where we get to see how the assigned team pulls together and fixes things quickly through extraordinary efforts. We spend a large part of our lives at work, so even though we have many serious things to address, we also have some fun. It has been rewarding to set an example of having fun at the office while staying focused on the work at hand. Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers Presort Standard US Postage PAID Walla Walla, Wash. Permit #140 24