The Intercom

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The Intercom
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Vol. 45 No. 1 Jan Dec 2017 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District National Emergencies Walla Walla District supports relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria Responding to fINALCOPY.indd 1 12/29/2017 11:09:17 AM


INTERCOM 2 On the cover I NTERCOMThe Intercom Commander PA Chief PA Specialist PA Specialist PA Specialist/ Editor Student Aide Inside this issue The Walla Walla DistrictServing our Community, the Nation, the World. For more information, contact: 3 4 8 10 12 13 14 16 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 39 40 42 44 45 46 48 50 52 53 54 55 56 Vol. 45 No. 1 Jan Dec 2017 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District National Emergencies Walla Walla District supports relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria Responding to Corps builds levee to prevent Boise River flooding near Eagle Island, Idaho US Army Corps of Engineers photo)INTERCOM 2 fINALCOPY.indd 2 12/29/2017 11:09:20 AM


3 3January December 2017Team Walla Walla, This has been an incredible year filled with both ordinary and extraordinary events. The following pages in this years Intercom highlight the tremendous work that this District did in response to all of those events. I couldnt be prouder of all of you and your willingness to step up to the challenges of 2017. I want to carry that momentum as we head into 2018. In order to do that, my priorities this year focus on four areas: successfully delivering on our commitments recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce for now and into the future provide a proactive approach to emergency management and safety strengthening our foundation. I believe strongly that one of the things that makes a world class organization is being dependable and fulfilling our promises to our stakeholders. We have some tangible, no fail projects that must be accomplished this year, but I also want to look strongly at setting the conditions for successful delivery. Many leaders in the District have contributed ideas as to how we go about this, so I am very excited as we move forward. As many of you know, we have an unusually high number of leaders departing the District this year, either retir ing or pursuing other opportunities. I want to look at our efforts to bring in young, productive talent that we can develop and grow into future leaders. However, I want to also focus on continued growth for our existing workforce through leadership opportunities and professional certifications. We must also foster a culture of engaged and included employees committed to the organization. This past year, Mother Nature challenged the Country, and the District stepped up to support. This year is shap ing up to be more of the same; therefore, we will implement lessons learned to achieve success again within our emergency management and response. I thank those of you who have answered the Nations call for volunteers for disaster response and encourage other willing employees to do the same. As many of you know, Walla Walla District was named a Best Place to Work. One of the things that makes us great is taking care of our people; therefore, I think it is imperative we continue to strengthen our foun dation. We must renew our emphasis on doing routine business routinely and addressing gaps in dated policies and procedures. We are also making giant strides in modernizing our IT infrastructure at the Operating Projects this year which should improve productivity tremendously. I also want to emphasize our onboarding procedures. We hire around 100 new employees every year, and we owe them a thoughtful welcome and integration process into the District family. The Walla Walla District continues to impress across the USACE enterprise, as well as our regional and local stakeholders. This year is shaping up to be a bright year for the District, filled with many opportunities. I challenge you to carry forward our successes from 2017 and strive to improve upon them. Sincerely, LTC Damon A. Delarosa LTC Damon A. Delarosa Commander and District Engineer fINALCOPY.indd 3 12/29/2017 11:09:22 AM


INTERCOM 4 Record snow runoff leads to 100+ day engagement Anderson Ranch dams. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo) Right: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Yvonne Gibbons of the Walla Walla District deployed as part of the Flood Fight Team. HESCO prevent a pit capture at the Sunroc gravel pit on Eagle Island. (photo) Above: Lt. Col. Damon Delarosa, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engi(U.S. Army photo by Joe Saxon) fINALCOPY.indd 4 12/29/2017 11:09:50 AM


5 2017. Dam, located in Boise Idaho. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos)Continued on page 6. by Gina Baltrusch fINALCOPY.indd 5 12/29/2017 11:10:08 AM


INTERCOM 6 Continued from page 5. fINALCOPY.indd 6 12/29/2017 11:12:33 AM


7 spring. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos) fINALCOPY.indd 7 12/29/2017 11:14:20 AM


INTERCOM 8 fINALCOPY.indd 8 12/29/2017 11:15:49 AM


9 there, the Walla Walla District responded by coordinating and long temporary levee made of HESCO bastions -modular, (Bureau of Relclamation photos by David Walsh) fINALCOPY.indd 9 12/29/2017 11:16:37 AM


INTERCOM 10 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division, opened its conference deployed to the Virgin Islands in support of the Blue Roof mission on Sept. 24th, 2017 in Atlanta. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez)Hurricane Maria stripped the land of the majority of its vegetation on the island of Puerto Rico, Oct. 5, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) needed. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)Story by Gina BaltruschINTERCOM 10 fINALCOPY.indd 10 12/29/2017 11:17:03 AM


11 USACE, Chief of Engineers (center) Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Mobile District Com Geotechnical Branch inspect the progress of the Guajataca Dam. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) A U.S. Marine Corps CH53, Sikorsky Sea Stallion heavy-lift transport helicop performing structural assessments, and planning and coordinating aircraft, the future. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez)Left: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers teams remove debri in Toa Baja, San Juan Puerto Rico, on Oct. 26, 2017. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo) (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo) 11January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 11 12/29/2017 11:17:23 AM


INTERCOM 12 Power Team deploys to assist communities in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin IslesPower Response Team personnel have, 78 have been de-installed across the U.S. Virgin Islands at school, pump stations, government buildings and other percent restored, reported by DOE and WAPA. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)INTERCOM 12 fINALCOPY.indd 12 12/29/2017 11:18:45 AM


13 249th Army Engineer Battalion, Prime Knight mentors Spc. Michael Noel, before the installation of Termination Kits at Juan, Puerto Rico on October 22, 2017. USACE deployed members of the 249th Engineer Battalion temporary emergency response teams are sessments and generator installations at critical facilities in Puerto Rico. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) Prime Power hospital generator installStory by Brigida Sanchez 13January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 13 12/29/2017 11:19:14 AM


INTERCOM 14 INTERCOM 14 INTERCOM 14Blue Roof Mission Story and photos by Brigida Sanchez Right: A contractor for the Corps of Engineers in Roof on the Multy Medical Facilities in San Juan on Oct. 6, 2017. Having the the hospital to open up additional patient beds and unavailable because of the damaged roof. Above: U.S. Army corps of Engineers, Environmental Engineer out an assessment and Christobolina De Los San tos, in Las Margaritas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 17, 2017. fINALCOPY.indd 14 12/29/2017 11:20:15 AM


15 roof tarp. Left: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Structural Engineers, Christopher R. Bamberg and Ariel A. Marrero Irizarry, speak room to Hurricane Maria. The Corps, along Mayaguez, Puerto Rico by Oct. 20, 2017.Getting schools up and running is a priority fINALCOPY.indd 15 12/29/2017 11:20:30 AM


INTERCOM 16Logistics: (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)Critical Incident Stress Management, or #CISM, team memDeryck Rodgers, Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engion St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo) Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Raphune neighborhood on St Thomas. Photo by James Wade Hurricane Maria one of the costliest storms to hit the island. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) load of storm debris delivered by a contractor truck to the Toa surance Inspector rates a load of vegetation received at the Los (U.S. Army photos by Keith Hyde)Rio Pierdas on the north eastern side of the island of Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Army photo by Kent Bernard) fINALCOPY.indd 16 12/29/2017 11:21:36 AM


17 tion Center in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The Critical Public Facility team continues to conduct assessments for municipal facilities. (U.S. Army photo by Mikell Moore )Above: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, vis observe the emergency repairs that the Corps is overseeing. Elements of the U.S. Army, United States Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez)Left: An excavator repositions for operations unloading and loading trucks at the Trujillo Alta temporary disposal site. Temporary sites serve as municipal collection points for another location for permanent deposition (mulch recycling (U.S. Army photo by Keith Hyde)Above: Kent Bernard, USACE Contracting Specialist volun teered to help the Blue Roof assessment team. Together the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo fINALCOPY.indd 17 12/29/2017 11:21:57 AM


INTERCOM 18 Outreach to partners and stakeholders Left: The Corps conducted public scoping meetings March 22-23 in Clarkston and Pullman to support the Master Plan revision and Environmental Assessment. The Corps invited comments from the public regarding manage ment of natural resources and recreational opportu nities. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) dam safety activities. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)Lower Granite Master Plan public scoping meetingsDonna Street, Walla Walla District chief of Engineering and District Commander Lt.Col.Damon Delarosa familiarize members of the TriCities Rivershore Enhancement Council issues as Tanna Bader-Inglima listens.(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)TREC familiarization Walla Walla Dam Safety Clover Island Clover Island is the site of an ecosystem resThe Coast Guard base in Tri-Cities hosted their seventh annual open house there, on April 29, 2017. The USCG Open House gave boaters and families a chance to learn more ment and the Army Corps of Engineers does demonstration. (U.S. Army photos by Jennifer Allen) fINALCOPY.indd 18 12/29/2017 11:22:45 AM


19 Outreach to partners and stakeholdersLower Granite Master Plan public scoping meetings Career Fair VA Veterans Stand Down Walla Walla Fair Fairgoers stopped by and received and volunteers from across the booth at the Walla Walla Fair. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)Christopher Russell, Walla Walla to a group of engineering students at Walla Walla Community College about engineering and apprentice Corps of Engineers. Giving these students information is only part student more at ease talking about themselves and their abilities. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) fINALCOPY.indd 19 12/29/2017 11:23:49 AM


INTERCOM 20 and Julie Morris, a contract specialist, attendees. process. Industry Day Story and photos by Gina Baltrusch in Walla Walla, Washington. Break-out sessions focused on construction, environmental and service contract requirements.INTERCOM 20 fINALCOPY.indd 20 12/29/2017 11:24:09 AM


21 Veterans Day Parade Retiree DayLt. Col. Damon Delarosa, Bob Bonstad, Mark Summers, Jim Cain, Curt Lindberg, Nick Moromarco and Ed Kim. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) (U.S. Army photo by Joe Saxon) 21January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 21 12/29/2017 11:24:22 AM


INTERCOM 22 Little Goose Dam Adjustable Spillway Weir arrives Story and photos by Gina BaltruschU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Illustration INTERCOM 22 fINALCOPY.indd 22 12/29/2017 11:24:43 AM


23 Little Goose Dam Adjustable Spillway Weir arrives Memorial Day 2017 Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial comes to Pasco(U.S. Army photos by Brigida Sanchez and Joe Saxon) 23January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 23 12/29/2017 11:25:17 AM


INTERCOM 24 Water balloons test crane at Little Goose Lock and Dam Goose crane are a unique and a gradual load during the test trial rather than providing solid load testing bags are designed in can be carried out gradually, and to identify potential problems one go. These bags are designed are terminated by quick release dard hydrants and hoses. The test load is an essential part for each inspection, maintenance and possible repair of any lifting at Little Goose use these bags for ations to test. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)INTERCOM 24 fINALCOPY.indd 24 12/29/2017 11:25:45 AM


25 Commander Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon visit Ice Harbor Dam (left) and McNary and Ice Harbor Dams host visitors and Greg Walden visited McNary Dam. Water balloons test crane at Little Goose Lock and Dam (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) 25January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 25 12/29/2017 11:26:21 AM


INTERCOM 26 (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) 2007. The Walla Walla District supplies and applies the fertilizer by prescriptions. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo) fINALCOPY.indd 26 12/29/2017 11:26:32 AM


27 (Idaho Dept. of Fish and Wildlife photos) health issues can include fuel loading, insect, disease, and parasite outbreaks or infestations. Each of these occur naturally at (U.S. Army photos by Jennifer Allen) Maintaining healthy forest fINALCOPY.indd 27 12/29/2017 11:26:47 AM


INTERCOM 28 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ocials from Walla Walla conducted a 14-week-long mainte nance outage from Dec. 12 to March 20, 2017. The extended outage was a coordinated eort between Portland and Walla Walla districts, as well as the commercial river users such as ports, towboat companies and others, with the goal of accomplishing prioritized critical lock repairs during a jointly scheduled time frame to minimize the impacts of these lock closures. The districts manage the locks and dams that comprise the 359-mile-long federally authorized inland navigation channel extending upriver from Portland, Oregon, to Lewiston, Idaho. Planning milestones, contract awards, fabrication and pre-outage staging work has occurred on schedule since the Corps ocially announced the extended outage almost two years ago (May 2015), giving commercial navigation businesses and their customers maximum time to prepare for the locks to be out of service. Drawing from eective communications experiences during the 2010-2011 extended navigation lock outage, and keeping an open ear to the inland navigation industry, the Corps invited commercial navigation industry representatives to participate in regular communications about this upcoming outage and its associated major work projects. Aging infrastructure sometimes requires extensive non-routine repairs and improvements that cannot be completed within the traditional two week-long annual routine maintenance outages. Extended lock closures are very unusual and carefully coordinated between districts and commercial users to prioritize needed lock repairs and minimize the duration of closures, said Hal Thomas, Walla Walla Districts navigation business line manager. This work will improve the long-term functionality and safety of these locks as well as the overall reliability of the Columbia-Snake River navigation system as a whole. ( U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos) INTERCOM 28Right, above : Ice Harbor Lock and Dam upgraded critical nal gudgeon arm, linkage and the pintle assembly for both gate leafs. der. This temperature regulation system curbs the rising in recent years. Bottom: Ice Harbor Lock and Dam fINALCOPY.indd 28 12/29/2017 11:26:59 AM


29 (U.S. Army photo illustration by Jay Anderson) 29January December 2017(U.S. Army photo by Gina Baltrusch) fINALCOPY.indd 29 12/29/2017 11:27:45 AM


INTERCOM 30 Story and photos Reliability, Resources and In-House Solutions fINALCOPY.indd 30 12/29/2017 11:27:50 AM


31 foot high by 86 foot long upstream gate. gigantic pieces of precision equipment. fINALCOPY.indd 31 12/29/2017 11:27:58 AM


INTERCOM 32 during the FY17 outage to complete replacement of the aging components of the gate. This project involved replacement of the remaining original gudgeon arm and linkage, replacement of the pintle assembly for both gate leafs. Structural repairs included resurfacing the quoin and miter, and crack repairs to structural members. Repairs are critical to ensure reliable gate operation.INTERCOM 32 fINALCOPY.indd 32 12/29/2017 11:28:26 AM


33 The Walla Walla District Corps of Engi neers conducted an extended navigation lock maintenance outage, Dec. 12, 2016, navigation lock could not be returned to service by its original March 20 target contract March 10 for the completion of the stream navigation lock gate. 33 (U.S. Army photos by Jennifer Allen) 33January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 33 12/29/2017 11:28:46 AM


INTERCOM 34 Corps celebrates EWeek with Building Bridges Towards our Future competition at local Walla Walla and College Place schools. Story and photos by Brigida SanchezINTERCOM 34 fINALCOPY.indd 34 12/29/2017 11:28:57 AM


35 Corps celebrates EWeek with Building Bridges Towards our Future competition at local Walla Walla and College Place schools. Above: Lt. Col. Damon Delarosa, commander of the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and bridges. Left: Corps of Engineers employees Hillary Smith and Julio Morelos calibrate the testing device for the Building Bridges testing and modifying their structures. The Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sponsored the Building competition, and Corps employees volunteered at DeSales High School, Walla Walla, Washington. Corps Project Manager Simeon Francis ensures bridges at DeSales High School meet competition standards for Competition. of Engineers, Civil Engineer Amanda Connell, tests their toothpick and popsicle stick bridges. Capt. Bent Vance, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, STEM Coordina bridges in the atrium during the Engineer Week Competition. 35January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 35 12/29/2017 11:29:26 AM


INTERCOM 36 Women in Engineering event living extraordinary lives Women in Engineering DERXW\003WKRVH\003S\URIHVVLRQV\003LQ\003ZKLFK\003WKHUH\003L\V\003D\003 GLVSDULW\\000LQ\003JHQGHU\003GLYHUV\LW\)66.4 (\021\003\003 \263:H\003ZDQWHG\003WR\003\HQFRXUDJH\003ZRPH\Q\003 SDUWLFXODUO\\000\ZLWK\003WKH\003HYHQW\003WR\003EH\003LQYRO\YHG\003 LQ\003\(\000WXGLHV\003DQG\003HQFRXU\DJH\003WKHP\003WR\003 SXUVXH\003WKH\003WK\LQJV\003WKDW\003WKH\\\003PD\\000EH\003KDGQ\266W\003 WKRXJKW\003DERXW\EHIRUH\017\264\003H[\SODLQV\003&OL]HU\021\003 \263KH\003:RPHQ\003LQ\003\(QJLQHHULQJ\003HYHQW\017\ZDV\003 VRPHWKLQJ\003WKD\W\003,\003WDONHG\003DE\RXW\003ZLWK\003D\003FR\XSOH\003 RI\003SHRSOH\017\003D\QG\003ZH\003GHFLGHG\003OHW\266V\003JLYH\003LW\003D\003 WU\)65.1 (\021\003$QG\017\003LW\003KDV\003EHHQ\003YHU\\000VXFFHVVIXO\021\003,W\003\KDV\003 EHHQ\003D\003YHU\\000\IXQ\003HYHQW\003WR\003\GR\017\003WRR\021\264\003 KH\003\021\021\003$UP\\000&RUSV\003RI\003\(QJLQHHUV\017\003\VHQW\003 WKUHH\003UHSUHVH\QWDWLYHV\003WR\003VLW\003RQ\003WKH\003:,\(\003 SDQHO\017\003FRPSUL\VHG\003RI\003ZRPHQ\003\IURP\003:DOOD\003 :DOOD\003ZKR\003DUH\003LQYROYHG\003LQ\003\7\(\000FDUHHU\003 \277HOGV\021\003 $OO\003WKUHH\003&RU\SV\266\003YROXQWHHUV\035\003&KLHI\003RI\003&RQ fINALCOPY.indd 36 12/29/2017 11:29:30 AM


37 Women in Engineering Story and photos by Brigida SanchezPhotos above: Ms. Ruthann Haider, chief of contracting at the U.S. Army Corps Engineering Event at that the SEATech Center on April 26, 2017. The science, there is a gender disparity. School during the Women in Engineering Event at that the SEATech Center on April 26, 2017. fINALCOPY.indd 37 12/29/2017 11:29:47 AM


INTERCOM 38 S.T.E.M.Science, Technology, Engineering & MathEncouraging students to pursue science & technology careers College & University Visits2 Mar Eastern Washington 1 Mar Gonzaga 22 Feb BSU 21 Feb Walla Walla U 16 Feb Oregon State 8 Feb U of Idaho 8 Feb Walla Walla CC 7 Feb Washington State 17 Nov Boise State 27 Oct Eastern Washington 26-27 Oct Oregon State 25 Oct Gonzaga 5 Oct U of Idaho 4 Oct Washington State 28 Sep Washington State Dayton Schools at Little Goose Dam Students from Kahlotus high school get hands on experience lamprey macrophthalmia and Students take notes as a tug prepares to push four loaded Story and Photos by Alex MillerU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, STEM Coordinator Capt. Bent Vance, talks that spoke to students on the topic of STEM. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) fINALCOPY.indd 38 12/29/2017 11:30:06 AM


39 Natural Resources Specialist Michael techniques. Prospect Point Elementary School Student participate in a pizza box relay during their activity and play through Science, Technology, Engineer and Math. at the Water Safety Station during the Prospect Point Elementary School Field Day, Walla Walla, Washington. Water safety lessons teach students to Photos by Brigida Sanchez fINALCOPY.indd 39 12/29/2017 11:30:28 AM


INTERCOM 40 Kids Free Fishing Day at Mill Creek 2017. Natural Resources: held at Bennington Lake, June 11, 2017. Rangers and Natural Resources Manag ers gathered for training at the annual Vistor Assistance Refresher Training. Steelheaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, at Bennington Lake, June 11, 2017.Story and Photos by Jennifer Allen fINALCOPY.indd 40 12/29/2017 11:30:39 AM


41 Salmon Summit Camp Wooten Above: Park Ranger Paul Augustine starts his portion of the Waaimed at introduction to the natural sciences. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)Right: Park Ranger Carey Tolleson talks about safety at Camp Wooten, located in Pomeroy, Washington. The Natural Resource go, and lifejacket safety. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)McNary Dam Watershed Fun Days The Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated in the 2017 Salmon Summit, April 25-26, 2017. The Benton Conservation District invites students from all over the Tri-Cities to the Salmon SummitThe annual event teaches kids about the (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) fINALCOPY.indd 41 12/29/2017 11:31:01 AM


INTERCOM 42 Athene cunicularia hypugeaTri-Rivers champions Burrowing Owl habitat restoration efforts Who are you?Story and photos by Bradly TrumboINTERCOM 42 fINALCOPY.indd 42 12/29/2017 11:31:06 AM


43 Left and Above: U.S. Army Corps of Eagle Scout Troop 693 to supply and ricularia hypogea) on the Mill Creek as a Species of Concern in Washingbut has declined in the last 30 years. 43January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 43 12/29/2017 11:31:22 AM


INTERCOM 44 Sunrise on the Columbia River (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) fINALCOPY.indd 44 12/29/2017 11:31:35 AM


45 District progressing on removing Mill Creek levee vegetation Work-progress photographs, environmental-compliance documents, videos, news releases and other information about this levee-maintenance project are available on the Corps website at www. MillCreekLeveeMaintenance.aspx.Contractors remove roots and stumps levee. The U.S. Army Corps of EngiCreek Levee System, Mill Creek Dam and Bennington Lake, located east of Walla Walla, Washington, city limits. Washington, city limits. (U.S. Army photos by Jon Hadley)Story by Gina Baltrusch fINALCOPY.indd 45 12/29/2017 11:31:40 AM


INTERCOM 46 INTERCOM 46 INTERCOM 46 Leadership Development Program 2016 Graduates Kecha Bray-Coleman, Alfredo Rodriguez, Jim Mital, Jean Desjarlais, and Charlene Brandon. fINALCOPY.indd 46 12/29/2017 11:32:43 AM


47 47 January December 2016 Once upon a time (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) Turkey Bowl fINALCOPY.indd 47 12/29/2017 11:33:19 AM


INTERCOM 48 the Face Paiting Station Top Right: A favorite station of children and adults aklike is the Bottle Rocket fun. Each year the kids decorate and launch their visited by some of their favorite charators at this Corps Day Picnic INTERCOM 48 fINALCOPY.indd 48 12/29/2017 11:33:40 AM


49 Top Left: children enjoy playing in a handmade slime pit. Top right: Kids, young Left: One of the most visited station at the Corps Picnic is the Bottle Rocket Station. Col. Damon Delarosa and Corps employees get competative and have a blast in the annual volleyball competition. 49January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 49 12/29/2017 11:34:02 AM


INTERCOM 50 Corps Day Ball Thanksgiving Day mealistrict round the Mary Vansickle as Ursalla. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)Left: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla celebrate a time of thanks at the annual Thanksgiving potluck lunch. (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) commander, and Walla Walla District Commander House Theatre, in Walla Walla, Washington on April 22, 2017. The annual event is organized by the Asit organization run by and for Corps Employees.(U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)INTERCOM 50 fINALCOPY.indd 50 12/29/2017 11:34:22 AM


51 Ride a Bike to Work DayBikers line up to embark upon a ride to the Veterans (U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen)Christmas Gift GivingMelissa Walker, Jennifer Rand, and Oscar Garcia ACE Volunteers, have helped to collect 115 gifts for both children and seniors. Every year the ACE committee collects gifts for community members in need. (U.S. Army photo by Brigida Sanchez) Easter Egg HuntCorps families run to gather eggs in the annual Easter Egg hunt organized by the Association of Corps Employees.(U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Allen) 51January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 51 12/29/2017 11:34:58 AM


INTERCOM 52INTERCOM 52 Second Q uarter Third Q uarterof the Q uarter mployees First Q uarterKathleen Wheeler Facilities and Equipment Maintenance (FEM) National Support Center. Phil Snodgrass McNary Project. Joe Braley-Electrical Design Section. Mike VandiverBusiness Asset Management Branch. INTERCOM 52 fINALCOPY.indd 52 12/29/2017 11:34:59 AM


53 53January December 2015 Brandon Hobbs-Planning Branch, Boise, Idaho. Theresa StephensDworshak Project. Fourth Q uarterDave SchmodeConstruction Branch. 2017 Operating Project of the Year 2017 Safety & Occupational Health Award for Program Excellence 2017 Safety Design of the Year 2017 Safe Worker of the Year 53January December 2017 fINALCOPY.indd 53 12/29/2017 11:35:00 AM


INTERCOM 54 2015 wards orps ayE ngineering E xcellence O utstanding A chievement GS 10-14 N ew E mployee o f T he Y ear .INTERCOM 54 O utstanding A chievement T&C P ublic O utreach/ STEM fINALCOPY.indd 54 12/29/2017 11:35:01 AM


55 P MBP P roponent-PDT Q uality P roponent S upport E mployee o f T he Y ear GS 1-9 55 S upport E mployee o f T he Y ear GS 10-14 Lower Monumental Barge Mooring RepairDistinguished Retiree Stephen B. Tatro fINALCOPY.indd 55 12/29/2017 11:35:08 AM


Position: Chief, Engineering and Construction Division, Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Describe your job: My job is to provide leadership and management for a staff of 180 plus engineering professionals and support employees to meet the engineering and construction management requirements for the Walla Walla District. I am the senior What are some of the challenges youve faced in your current position? The biggest challenge for me in this level of position is time management. With the very diverse employee base and workload, I get pulled in many different directions every day. I must ensure that I focus on the most important things to reach mission success and provide strategic direction for the E&C division, as well as ensuring that all of the day-to-day issues a moment to focus and then push forward again. Describe accomplishments youve experienced with your job. Describe accomplishments youve experienced with your job. too numerous to list but in general providing the required engineering and construction support whether in the form of plans and specs, surveying, water management, cost estimates, agency technical reviews and construction management of every construction stewardship and recreation in addition to all other missions we perform. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is making sure that my employees have the resources and support necessary to accomplish our mission. Watching new employees develop and ensuring we have a strong base of experienced and future leaders means that we will continue to accomplish that mission. Please share a notable milestone or memory with the Corps. Again, so many to choose from. If I had to pick one I would probably go back to my time in Iraq and the friendship I developed with one of our Iraqi Engineers. This lady was bright and smart so eventually being able to see her immigrate to the U.S. and establish herself in this country safe from some of the dangers in Iraq was very meaningful. CORPS Im with the PAID Donna StreetI thoroughly enjoyed the work that I did, both from a professional engineering aspect and from a personal satisfaction, being able to help the people in Iraq. Yes, I would like to go back. -Donna Street (U.S. Army photo by Linda Carter) fINALCOPY.indd 56 12/29/2017 11:35:14 AM