The Intercom

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The Intercom
United States -- Army. -- Corps of Engineers. -- Walla Walla District ( issuing body )
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District
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"Serving the military and civiliam members of the Walla Walla District".

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Vol. 43 No. 3 July October 2014 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Region seeing pg 18 An abundance of Sockeye Salmon


3 2 From Where I Sit On the cover I NTERCOMis an unofficial publication authorized by the provi sions of Army Regulation 360-1. It is published bimonthly by the Public Affairs Army Corps of Engineers. It has Contents of the INTERCOM are not Corps of Engineers. Commander Lt. Col. Timothy Vail PA Specialist Bruce Henrickson PA Specialist PA Specialist PA Specialist This year is the largest sockeye run That shatters Bonnevilles previous Well team, it would seem weve crossed a in command. in the Walla Walla District. Rachel, me and all our girls, as we sit outside each night, from our Somehow between having a change of command, and hosting a new commander to almost all the to the Little Goose gudgeon arm its hard to the Federal Government. Believe it or not, few the DoD. across the entire state of Idaho. On the rare occasion when together, its a contest to see who has a more wild to tell of their and Lower Columbia rivers. volunteers and other valuable members of interests. do the right thing for the Nation. We listen to sending me emails and suggestions. agree. Tim Vail Walla Walla District CommanderTen ings You May Not Know About e District Vol. 43 No. 3 July October 2014 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Region seeing pg 18 An abundance of Sockeye Salmon Inside this issue The Walla Walla DistrictServing our Community, the Nation, the World. For more information, contact: 201 N. 3rd Avenue E-mail: pg. 10 People4 Corps apprentice program graduates three journeymen 6 Chan ge of Command Engineering Anniversaries 10 Maintaining McNary s infrastructureHydropower Observations from 90 Days in Command


26.Walla Walla District repairs MiltonFreewaters flood-damaged Nursery Street Bridge drop structure For more information about the Walla Walla Corps apprentice program graduates three journeymen Neil Custer Corey Cook 5 4


Lt. Col. Timothy R. Vail assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, during a 10 a.m. ceremony held in Walla Walla on July 11. Division. Lt. Col. Tim Vail assumes command of the 7


9 T he project was authorized by the River and Harbor Act of 1945. Construction of the McNary project began in May 1947. All power units were in operation in February 1957. FACTSThe project includes McNary Dam, Lake Wallula, powerhouse, and a system of levees and pumping plants.


e Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a free seminar for business owners and representatives on ursday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to present training on how to do business with the Corps. Industry Day activities will be held at Walla Walla Community College Water and Environment Center at 640 Water Center Loop. is Industry Day event features informational briengs presented by district sta, opportunities to take part in roundtable discussions and information about upcoming contracting opportunities. ere is no charge to participate, but registration is required because of limited seating. Registration can be made online at www. Lunch is not provided. Participants may make their lunch arrangements on campus or in the nearby community. Topics to be covered include: where to nd Corps contracting opportunities, how to respond to a sources-sought announcement, responding to solicitations and what happens to a proposal aer it is submitted. A Corps panel discussion focused on Doing Business with the Corps is also on the agenda. e Walla Walla District awards contracts for construction projects, Architect-Engineering studies, and supplies and services needed to operate their facilities. ese contracting opportunities total $90 to $130 million annually. e district is one of 41 districts within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. e district is responsible for managing environmental, hydroelectric, navigation, engineering, construction, emergency management and recreation services within a region covering 107,000 square miles and includes parts of six states. e district operates and maintains six hydroelectric power facilities and $2.5 billion of infrastructure. For more information about Walla Walla District, see the district website at Walla Walla Industry Day set for Oct. 30 Maintaining 60 year-old infrastructure isnt easy 11 10


inside the generator. total dissolved gas levels in the river, which Dworshak unit is the Corps largest single hydroelectric power generator 13 12


Corps Teammates, In the past 13 years, the Army has deployed more than 1 million Soldiers to support Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Additionally, there have been more than 30,000 Civilian deployments. Some 11,000 of those Civilian deployments have been from the US Army Corps of Engineers --with many of our Civilians teammates. I am grateful for each and every one of you who have raised your hand and answered the call, and for the supporters that made their deployments possible. There is always an inherent risk when you accept the opportunity to deploy. Just last month, three of our Engineer soldiers and one USACE Civilian were injured in the attack at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan. I recently had the opportunity to visit with one of these Soldiers at Walter Reed where he is recovering. The other three returned to duty shortly after the incident. But our work in Afghanistan is not over, and we still have a need for Civilian teammates to help deliver the mission. OCO deployments are not only a way to serve the Army and the Nation, but allow employees to develop valuable new skills and gain professional experience. Heres what some currently deployed Civilians had to say about their time in theater: "I have worked for the federal government for more than 35 years and the opportunity to be on the ground in a contingency environment is more challenging and rewarding than any other assignment. The opportunity to directly impact the living conditions of the US Armed Forces and the people of Afghanistan provides a deep sense of accomplishment." positive life experience." "I've been able to increase my level of competency as a Resident Engineer in vertical construction as my home District is mainly horizontal. This has allowed me the ability to become well rounded and will better serve me in the future. But, none of this would be possible without the love and support of my wife and family. It's been a challenge for them back home but being able to FaceTime/Skype everyday has made it easier, especially for my daughters. They have seen this as an adventure." If you have previously deployed, I urge you to seek out others who you think may be good candidates and share your experiences with them. providing reach back support. Your support makes an incredible difference to those deployed and their families. To the many men and women of USACE who have deployed since 9/11, or are serving overseas today, and to those who have enabled your service, I thank you. Tom Bostick LTG, US ARMY 53rd Chief of Engineers Essayons...Building Strong...Army Strong! Above: Deployed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District employees Dani served more than one tour of duty in support of Overseas Contingency Operations Honor Roll 15 14


outdoors is encouraged to lend a helping hand to Americas lands. on a labor of love.ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP2nd in a two-part series on the Walla Walla Districts Corps friends and family plant trees at Rooks Park 17


record numbers! Left, and above: Spillway weirs were installed at Lower Granite, safely passed over a raised spillway crest, similar to a waterslide, 19 18


for managing sediment accumulation that interferes with existing environmental effects of a range of sediment management Programmatic Sediment Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement nearing completion for lower Snake River For the two water recreation locations Much of the rivers in British Columbia, Canada, through Washington and Oregon to Washington. More information about Walla Walla District outdoor recreation 21 20


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Corps Day fun! Left: Linley Donnelly smiles and Willard, Caleb Willard, Jeff Lyon, families. Poloa, Jennifer Rand and Tonya race. 25 24


Representative at Representative (COR) USACE Excellence in Award. round the istrict Michael Jacobs Cost Engineer of the Year and David Ponganis, Regional Director of Programs, Waterways Users board meeting. of the q uarter mployees Third Q uarterSteven Heninger (far left)Environmental Protection Specialist, Ice Harbor Lock and Dam Je Lyon (left)Electrical Engineer Fourth Q uarterMartin Ahmann (far left)Hydraulic Engineer Steve Shular (left)Mechanic, McNary Lock and Dam Photo by Bethanne Kubecka Photo by Bethanne Kubecka Photo by Brandon Frazier 27


round the istrict Annual Award WinnersMarie Palmer, a contract performance specialist at Lower Granite Lock and Dam, was honored in the pay-grade 9 and under category for, most notably, developing an ecient process for guiding contracts through administrative requirements. Dave VanDewark, a supply technician in the Logistics Management Oce, was honored in the pay-grade 9 and under category for his role in developing a more ecient annual property inventory process implemented across the District. Support Employee of the Year Awards Presented to employees with more than 5 years of federal service who provided exemplary service, exceptional devotion to duty, and signicant, broadscope contribution of to the ecient and economical operation of the District. Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented in three categories to employees with more than 5 years of federal service who made a contribution in a career eld other than engineering that resulted in material improvement in service, substantial nancial or manpower savings, or in signicant social or technological improvements or progress. Gene McDonald, a power plant mechanical planner at Lower Granite Lock and Dam, was honored in the trades-and-cras category for coordinating numerous special projects involving hydropower and sh passage. He was also instrumental in the research and procurement of a water blaster -a green alternative to sandblasting to remove paint from structures which signicantly decreased waste stream and reduced the risk of a release into the environment. Mark Jones, an architect-engineer (AE) contract coordinator in Engineering Division, was recognized in the paygrade 10 and higher category. In addition to supporting a recent high volume of A-E contracts, he authored a new District quality-management process to ensure A-E contracting requirements were consistently performed, improving quality and eciency. Sarah Reagan an oce automation assistant at Lucky Peak Dam and Lake, was honored as the New Employee of the Year. A rst-year Pathways program employee, Reagan researched, learned and executed complicated federal rules, regulations, laws and policies through a steadfast common-sense approach, quickly assuming the additional responsibilities of an administrative ocer, supporting 14 employees. Stacy Wachob, a program analyst in Operations Division, was recognized in the pay-grade 10 and higher category for her contributions to budget process improvements Photo by Keith Hyde 29 28


Jeremy Giovando an hydraulic engineer in Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, received the Engineering Excellence Award. Giovando earned Engineer of the Year honors for his excellence in reservoir regulation, hydrologic studies, and engineering support to planning studies for the Walla Walla District. His most notable accomplishments include multi-agency coordination to regulate reservoirs in the region; hydrology and hydraulics modeling and analysis for the Columbia River Treaty Review, Boise River General Investigation study and Weiser River water-storage and ood-riskmanagement studies. Peter Gibson, a former electrical engineer, was inducted into the Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees for being a leader with imagination and vision throughout his 29 years of service with the Corps. His dedication to mission excellence and mentoring sta led him to establish a centralized Power Plant Apprenticeship Program, located at McNary Lock and Dam, for the Walla Walla Districts Operations Division. is program became a model for the entire Corps of Engineers, spurring other districts to establish similar training programs. Gibson began his Corps career as an electrical engineer-in-training at McNary Lock and Dam in 1979, and many job titles and locations later, retired at McNary as operations project manager in 2008. He again answered the call to service soon aer retirement to represent the District as lead negotiator during union collective bargaining negotiations over several years. Spence Reynolds, a project engineer scheduler in Construction Branch, received the Project Management Business Process award for complex scheduling coordination and overall PMBP improvements. Je Lyon an electrical engineer in the Districts Electrical Design Section, received the Public Outreach & Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program award for coordinating National Engineers Week activities within the district and at many Walla Walla-area schools. For the past several years, Lyon led fellow Corps engineers in supporting National Engineers Week school activities, getting young people interested in what can be done with a little science and imagination. Jeannette Wilson, a facilities and equipment manager in Operations Division, received the Quality Proponent award for her initiative and contributions to process improvements and coordination for future joint-district navigation system maintenance outage planning. round the istrict Photo by Bethanne Kubecka Photo by Bethanne Kubecka 31 30


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