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interact with other Corps employees from across the country. how other places do things. It helps us to see if we are doing the same process the best way that we can, said Atkinson. This position has allowed her to travel to meetings and trainings to gain a better understanding of the NRRS and assist other Dis trict employees and even other projects outside the Rock Island District when problems arise. This past year also posed many challenges most of our staff this was the second time we had experienced emergency operations during community and answer their questions regard also got the opportunity to pick up Brigadier General Michael Walsh, Mississippi Valley Division commander, from the airport when he There are not many things that Atkinson hasnt done during her career with the Corps. ties as assigned, and that is what she likes best about her job. When not at work, Atkinson enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She has been married to her husband, Randy is an instrumental music teacher with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Their daughter, Ashley, is in her second year at the Universi ty of Northern Iowa as a Music Education Major and their son, Chase, is a senior at Linn-Mar High School. The Atkinsons continue to keep busy going to different activities their children are involved in. When not on the go, Atkinson enjoys reading and going on bike rides with her husband. They enjoy taking a vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida, every spring break and supporting the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa. They also love cheering on the Hawkeyes during the winter at football bowl games. Atkinsons advice that she lives by is, No matter how bad a day you are having, keep in mind that tomorrow is another day and it will be better than today. Have Fun!! 2 Tower Times March/April 2009 By Hilary Markin Kathy Atkinson Coralville Lake S ome seek out employment with the Corps of Engineers the way Kathy Atkinson started her career at Coralville Lake. I graduated from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa with a two year degree, and applied for a job as a Clerk Typist at and I have been here ever since, said Atkinson. She started her career with the Corps in what it is today. I do a little bit of everything. but thats not true. We all do our part to make Coralville a great place to work and visit, said Atkinson. Day to day she answers the phone, greets the public and answers their questions. She is always amazed by the variety of ques tions people ask. She also serves as the time and campgrounds, staffs the Visitor Center, the list goes on. She has also been known to help tance. The one thing I really like about my job is the variety. I dont just sit at my desk all day. I get out to the campgrounds and help the fee attendants with com puter problems or help with special events, said Atkinson. Atkinson has been the Rock Island Districts point of con tact for the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) as a member of the Coach, Assist and Train Team (CATT) for a number of years. The NRRS CATT is a regional trouble-shooting new Outdoor Recreation Management Suite (ORMS) camp ground program management software and satellite connectivity. This new software caused many issues that the NRRS CATT worked really hard to solve and many they continue to work on. The other new thing was using satellite connectivity instead of land lines this also caused some headaches but provides a better service to our customers, said Atkinson. Atkinson has liked the new capabilities of the ORMS software and is looking forward to putting them to the test once again as the recreation season approaches. I truly like this position on a national team. It allows me to


District Commander Col. Robert A. Sinkler Chief, Corporate Communications Ron Fournier Editor Hilary Markin This newsletter is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Tower views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of De fense, Department of the Army, or the Rock Island District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is published monthly using offset press by the Corporate Com District, U.S. Army Corps of Engi neers, Clock Tower Building, Box Send articles to Editor, Corpo Army Corps of Engineers, Clock mail at On the web at: Tower Times Contents March/April 2009 Tower Times 3 Tower Times Engineers Vol. 31 No. 4 4 Col. Robert Sinkler, District Commander 5 6 Iowa River levee construction halted for cultural assessment 8 Soldiers on active duty support the District 13 Safety Corner Severe Weather Awareness 14 Leaders receive communications training On the Cover Adam Fisher and Eyan Bond,


4 Tower Times March/April 2009 Interagency Integrated Water Re 1. sources Management by Watershed Interagency River Basin Management and Business practices that effectively balance the national and Regional Shared Vision Planning, Teaming and Collaboration by Watershed, State and Corps Business Programs Regional Watershed Engineering 3. (Ecosystem, Hydrologic, Geographic and Historical) Information, Model ing and Decision Support Systems (Includes Water Control, Long Term Resource Monitoring, Real Estate, Legal and other Information Services) Navigation Navigation Structure Design, Engi neering and Construction (includes modern and innovative lock design, inland rivers) (BIM) Regional Navigation Structure Opera tions and Maintenance Processes and Procedures Navigation Infrastructure (Lock and Dam) Rehabilitation Navigation Infrastructure Lifecycle Management (FEMS) Regional Navigation Structure Main tenance Capability Regional Emergency (911) Naviga 9. tion Structure Maintenance Capability Regional Emergency (911) Channel Maintenance Capability Regional Diving Capability 11. Inland Waterway Dredge Material Management Rock Island District Regional Tools in the Toolbox National and International Waterway 13. Navigation Policy Development (PIANC) Flood Risk Management River Basin (Watershed) Flood Dam age Reduction Systems (includes land use management and non-structural measures) mentation Regulatory Midwest Wetlands Regulation and Water Quality (Also, related to Gulf Hypoxia) Restoration Urban Watershed, River and Wa terway Management Processes and Procedures Adaptive Management and Anticipa tory Engineering River Ecosystem Construction, Main 19. tenance, Management & Preservation Flood Plain Land Use (includes Cot tage Leases), Forestry Management and Cultural Resource Preservation and Management Interagency River Basin Flood Fight ing (Deployable Capability) Support to the Regional emergency response mission of Arsenal Island Contingency Contracting Interagency Recreation Planning, Operations, Construction and Man agement Interagency Water Supply and Waterlevel Management in watersheds to meet the competing demands of domestic drinking water needs, indus trial water supply, aquatic ecosystems and recreation Federal/Private Industry Hydropower Partnerships (Lockport L/D, Starved Hydropower Plant, L/D 19, and Locks Reserve Component Military Con struction in support of First Army and the Louisville District. We cur Component military construction, and half of our contracts (not half of our program) are for military construction. US Army Sustainment Command and Arsenal Island Support (includes Army Family Housing leasing) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Support (USACE asset) Safety gerous Navigation (Recreation) pools Crane Safety 31. Other Staff Assistance Visit Program Management Controls Program 33. Public Information and Corporate Communications Speakers Bureau Leader and Professional Development Programs the Civil Works Strategic Plan Real Estate Legal Services Admiralty Claims and Litigation 39. Federal Small Business Teaming Program Technical Library Services (multiagency) Corporate Communications (Emer gency/ Disaster & Routine) Social Impact Assessments Federal Infrastructure and Real Estate Management Regional Contracting T hese are the Rock Island District mission areas where we have recognized expertise in the Mississippi Valley Division, the Corps and the Nation. We cannot fall to second place in any of these areas. These are areas that we are passionate about, we are recognized as leaders in, are related to our resource engine, and are a key service we provide the Nation. These competencies and capabilities need to be enhanced and developed (and invested in) to maintain our civil works leadership, accomplish our mission, support our customers, and ensure the Rock Island District is a thriving public service engineering organization well into the future.


Tower Times 5 March/April 2009 By Hilary Markin A my Larson, President of the National Waterways Confer ence, Inc. (NWC) visited the Rock Island District, Feb. 11-13. The national organization advocating for the enactment of common-sense water resource policies that maximize the eco nomic and environmental value of our inland, coastal and Great Lakes water ways. Her visit was coordinated by Mari Fournier, executive assistant and Rick Granados, navigation business line manager in an effort to introduce Larson to the Rock Island District, Mississippi River, and Illinois Waterway. During her visit, she toured the new Quad Cities Mississippi River Project Structural Maintenance Unit at Locks operator supervisor, Mississippi River Project, explained the aging infrastruc ture, their rapid response to emergencies, regional capabilities, customer focus, and pride in workmanship. view of the District and a tour of the Clock Tower, including a trip to the roof for a great view of the Mississippi River. and LaGrange Lock and Dam on the Illinois Waterway. Lock and and dam and explained the double-lockage process, how they deal explained the current problems with the crumbling dam concrete and associated service bridge concerns. At LaGrange Lock and Dam she met with Mike Cox, Illinois Waterway project manager, and James McKeon, assistant lockmaster. They showed Larson a wicket dam operation demonstration and explained the challenges of raising and lowering the dam under sometimes extreme condi tions. She was also shown all of the deteriorated concrete and fail ing lock operating equipment and provided an overview of the new Her visit to the Rock Island District concluded by attending and speaking at the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers As sociation annual meeting, in East Peoria, on Feb. 13. Larson expressed her appreciation to the District for taking time to educate her on our navigation needs. The tour was mutually NAVIGATIO N EXP E RT VISITS TH E DISTRICT assured that we have a new friend of the Corps of Engineers in Amy Larson and the NWC, said Granados. and Amy Larson take in the view of the Missis


March/April 2009 6 Tower Times By Hilary Markin A living village dating back to a transitional Middle-Late The discovery comes after the upper Iowa River levee of the Two Rivers Drainage and Levee Association overtopped Approximately one mile of levee was completely eroded leav ing several large scour holes. The Corps of Engineers designed a new relocated Iowa River levee, and during the cultural resources survey discovered the ancient village within the proposed levee footprint that could not be avoided. We did an archeological survey along the right-of-way to the levee. We thought the land was pretty young and we wouldnt site. There are a lot more sites off of the right-of-way, said Dave Benn, an archeologist with Bear Creek Archeology, Inc (BCA). In accordance with federal law, archeological mitigation must be completed prior to constructing the levee as proposed. The Corps determined that one of the sites, the Oak Village site, was eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and could not be avoided by the proposed levee con places worthy of preservation. Once it became clear that the proj A Living Village Uncovered cal excavation became necessary, said Jim Ross, archeologist, Economic and Environmental Analysis Branch. The Corps, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and BCA met on site to discuss mitigation options and a data recovery plan was soon developed. The cultural resources mitigation contract was awarded to BCA February after eight weeks of work. Most of the proposed setback levee will cover the Oak Village site, however the inspection trench associated with the levee construction will impact to a depth of six feet below surface and consequently destroy that portion. The excavation focused on the portion of the inspection trench that will impact the site, an area The trench transects right through the middle of the village which has allowed archeologists to develop a detailed map of the villages arrangement. Centuries of river sediment protected the site from modern agricultural practices and allowed the living village to remain frozen in time. This rare and undisturbed site provides a unique opportunity for archeologists to answer a wide variety of research questions about prehistoric ring midden vil lages from the Weaver cultural tradition. This is the best site Ive seen in ten years, said Benn. And Ive been doing this a long time. Adam Fisher and Sarah Nikko, site the shelter they have been working under.


Drainage Association, decided to increase the height of the $1.1 million temporary levee to further protect the town of Oakville. The design of the temporary levee raise used sand deposited into was authorized, developed, and permitted by the end of Novem porary levee design is one foot below the original levee height. With the cultural resources survey now complete the perma nent re-located Iowa River Levee is scheduled to be completed al contract and will be used to construct an inspection trench and a sand landside berm from washed-in sand. It will also repair four small scour areas. The second stage will use a hydraulic dredge to construct the new levee section and close the breached area. The dredge contract may also be used to repair areas of wave-wash damage on the main-stem levee. The third stage will repair dam age to the river bank, reinforce the corner of the new levee with riprap and plant the environmental mitigation area with new trees. We are moving as fast as we can with this project. The area is in the construction of the new levee, said Scott Whitney, program be monitored until the permanent levee construction is complete. cheologists and has painted a picture of a living village that was along the shoreline of the Iowa River hundreds of years before the covered and the town of Oakville will be protected by a perma nent Iowa River Levee. March/April 2009 Tower Times 7 The Oak Village site represents a poorly documented site type associated with the Weaver cultural tradition. The Weaver culture basis of distinctive pottery and projectile points. The Oak Village site is one of only three known ring midden villages associated with the Weaver artifact assemblage and only the second known to exist west of the Mississippi River. This site type gets its name from a distinctive ringed arrangement of houses, storage pits, and dark midden (trash) deposits around a central open area. the artifacts are bone fragments and pottery shards, but there are also stone arrowheads and spear points, stone axe heads and pits laden with ancient trash that help tell the story of the village. The All of the materials recovered from the site will be taken back to laboratory facilities at BCA where they will be washed, sorted, analyzed and described by archeologists, geomor phologists, paleobotanists, and paleozoologists, said Ross. The information will then be included in a technical report and will be used to address research questions about diet, stone tool and ceramic technology, trade, and social organization. Ultimately, the artifacts and supporting documentation will be curated with Iowa City, Iowa, where they will be made available for profes sional research. Plans are also underway to create a traveling exhibit of the artifacts for local museums. The discovery of the Oak Village site caused the levee con the village.


released from Walter Reed in August and continues to receive treatment for his injuries in his hometown of Rock Island. I am looking forward to bringing my military police experience to my on transitioning from active duty to life as a civilian and hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement. Master Sgt. Michael Luchner also joined the Rock Island District and is providing a fresh set of eyes to the inter-workings of the Emergency Operations Center. He has been in the military a training accident. He is a combat engineer and most recently was teaching at a military police school in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. When he learned of the CBWTU-IL, he jumped at the chance to return to the area and be closer to family while he continues to recover. He will be retiring from active duty and be ginning life as a civilian. I have been impressed by this agency and how friendly and outgoing everyone is. It is a pleasure to be working in such a great environment, said Luchner. These are just a few examples of how the CBWTU-IL is help ing Soldiers recover from injuries, gain job skills, and transition from active-duty to civilian life. The MOU outlines the responsi bilities of the Corps and the CBWTU-IL to make this program a success, which is a win-win situation for all involved. M any of us take for granted the simple things in life, not realizing how fast things can change. Two of the Rock Island Districts newest employees are transitioning from active military duty to life as civilians while they recover from life-changing injuries. They are doing this through a new program called the Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit Illinois (CBWTU-IL), located on the Rock Island Arsenal. commander, Rock Island District, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the CBWTU-IL establish ing the mutual framework for the Corps to use Warriors in Transition Soldiers provided by the CBWTU-IL. This program provides medical and administrative case management to National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers who have an injury or illness that requires on-going medical treatment. CBWTU-IL allows these Soldiers to live at home and remain on active duty while receiving medical care through the Army. It serves Soldiers in a six-state geographic area of Wisconsin, Il linois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana. The Wounded Warrior Program provides worldclass care to Soldiers and their families as they transition through the phases of recovery. During this time we have an outstanding opportunity to provide training and employment opportunities to these Soldiers. As they tude and energy to help us accomplish the huge work load we are experiencing, said Clarke. ing valuable on-the-job training skills in the new Security he was hit by a roadside bomb in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was medivacced to Landstuhl, Germany, and then evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He was THE NEX T ST EP By Hilary Markin of Counsel. March/April 2009 8 Tower Times


March/April 2009 Tower Times 9 Volunteer Completes 7,000 Hours C ome to the Mississippi River Visitor Center most any Tuesday and Thursday and you will be greeted by long time volunteer Richard Haggard. How long term? He the equivalent of three and one third years of full-time work. ing safe-boating literature to recreational boaters at the Auxiliary time, his list of volunteer duties has changed and grown. He greets guests at the Mississippi River Visitor Center four questions, helps staff as requested, answers phones, and occa sionally talks with school groups about navigation and the river. But that does not complete his list of volunteer jobs. Annually, he assists project staff with a Fishing Clinic at Locks and Dam does minor maintenance and repair at the Visitor Center. Richard is resourceful. At one point our mechanical locking display developed a malfunction. Some visitors reported it and indicated they were skilled in that sort of repair and indicated they would like the contract. At his next opportunity, Richard studied the mechanics of the display, watched it work, and after a slight adjustment it was repaired. It has worked perfectly ever since. He has seen more than two dozen Co-op students come and go and a few stay. He has been, and is to them a friend, mentor, and cheerleader. To say he is important to the operation of the Visitor Center is an understatement. His friendly nature and congeniality has team. River Visitor Center. C olonel Michael Wehr, Vicksburg District commander, ary. He was selected as the Mississippi Valley Division Champion of Navigation and visited to get a better understanding of the Districts navigation mission and the operation of the locks and dams. While in the District, he toured the new Mississippi River Review Board where each operations manager presented their He then toured the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque and saw the museums Environmental Management Program exhibit and the updated disappearing ducks display that the Corps worked with the museum to create. He met with Bill Gretten, operations manager, Mississippi River By Hilary Markin Project, and Jim Piper, lockmaster, for a tour of Lock and Dam 11 while in Dubuque. They explained to Col. Wehr how the lock and dam operates and its role in navigation on the Upper Mississippi River. This is the second of a series of articles highlighting some of the Rock Island Districts dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are extremely valuable to our organization and we cant thank them enough for their hard work and dedication to the Corps of Engi neers. If there is a volunteer you would like to recognize, please contact Hilary Markin at


10 Tower Times March/April 2009 C just over a year after ground was broken for the building on Jan. City Development Group. The DavenportOne Diplomats also participated and assisted with the ceremony representing the Chamber membership and during the ceremony to the Quad Cities Mississippi River Project recognizing their substantial investment in the community. Lake Itasca and the Gulf of Mexico. It is located in Pleasant Val Districts funds for the central portion of the Mississippi River are dilapidated, and widely dispersed within the security fence of It features modern technology, a large conference room, and will serve as a facility to meet with citizens to discuss projects and programs in the region. Q C M R P O O O B By Hilary Markin


March/April 2009 Tower Times 11 the Rock Island District to better serve our customers and allow us to interact with the public. It has already proved to be an as set by hosting numerous meetings including the recent weeklong Lockmasters conference. but before it could be constructed a Corps-wide moratorium on neering and Construction Division (EC) was charged with updat other factors had changed so dramatically that building redesign had to go back and start nearly from scratch, said Holden. This was not good news. Already, time was short, forcing a very aggressive schedule. Funds were limited, and no one had the experience to know for certain what it would cost to satisfy the new standards we had not designed such a building in ten years, and never to the new standards. Outside the design team, there were those who said it couldnt be done, that there was not enough time or money, said Holden. The building was completed on-time and on-budget. It meets or exceeds all applicable codes and the latest standards for energy seismic design, plus city water. The new standards resulted vehicular access and proximity. High-quality projects require two things: good design and good construction, Holden said. But there is a third requirement a good customer one who is involved in the process and committed to a quality outcome. We were lucky struction), with impeccable supervision and administration by Operations Division. Now we have a handsome, well-sited, spaces, all of which were outdated, the Quad Cities Missis that the Mississippi River Project is responsible for. It is a unique building and the lessons learned from this project will be used for future buildings in the Rock Island District. Earlier that week, the Quad Cities Mississippi River Project Development Award. The award was presented during the For more information and photos, visit the Tower Times TowerTimes.


March/April 2009 12 Tower Times F uture engineers put their skills to the test on Saturday, Feb. Contest held at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Twenty teams put their heads together to build a model bridge within the time limit. Our emphasis is to get students interested in science and engineering, said Pat Barnes, current president of the Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC). There are miscon ceptions about engineering, he said. It isnt just studying math The teams were given identical bridge kits comprised of thick poster board, thin wooden dowels, duct tape, wire and string, paper, super glue and wooden popsicle sticks. They were given three hours to engineer their bridges before experts tested the strength of them. Each bridge was weighed and then straddled over two sawhorses. Weights were slowly added to a basket at tached to the bridges until the load was too great and the structure failed. Future Engineers get a Chance to Build This is really fun because you get to build things and then you have to test it out, said fourth-grader Jacob Jaeger, a mem ber of the team from Eagle Heights Elementary School in Clinton, Iowa. If it doesnt work, then you have to keep trying until you get it right, he said. The teams competed in four categories College, Family, High School and Junior High. Prizes were awarded to the top three teams in each category including several scholarships to the University of Iowa Engineering College. The event was held by the QCESC in conjunction with the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre. We have a committee of dedicated engineers who want to mentor engineering, said com petition chairman Scott Bullock, Engineering and Construction Division and president-elect of QCESC. The QCESC represents cluding many Corps employees from Engineering and Construc tion Division. Tamara Fudge, Quad City Times, contributed to this article. College. By Brad Palmer, Engineering and Construction Division


March/April 2009 Tower Times 13 Check the weather forecast before leaving on extended outdoor periods. Postpone your plans if severe weather is imminent. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers and teach all chil dren in the home when and how to dial 911 for assistance. Maintain a disaster supply kit. This should include things Arsenals website o and click on tool kit. If you are inside, go at once to your predetermined shelter. All windows and doors should be closed. In order to reduce keep blinds and shades drawn. Air conditioners should be turned off to avoid power surges from possible lightning strikes. Continue to monitor your battery radio or television for current weather updates. Avoid using a telephone or other electronic devices until the storm has passed. If you are outdoors seek shelter immediately. If you are in a boat you should attempt to make it to shore as quickly as possible and seek shelter. Pull to the side of the road if you are Generally, in an open area, a vehicle is a safe shelter from lightning. However, if the severe weather is due to a tornado, experts suggest you leave the car immediately. If shelter is not and squat down as low as you can to make yourself a small target. After the Storm Continue monitoring the radio and television for emergency information and updates. Check for injured victims and admin jured victims unless absolutely necessary. If driving, be alert to hazards on the roadway such as trees and downed power lines. If conditions are safe, you may want to take photos or video of damages to your home or place of work due to the storm. Being prepared and informed is your best defense against severe weather threats. Ensure your worksite has an emergency plan and you understand what to do in case of an emergency. Create an emergency plan for your home and discuss it with m to help make a severe weather emergency plan and kit for your family. T he Midwest has a number of severe weather hazards that can affect our District. Seasonal threats include thun Severe weather has the potential to cause extensive property yourself and others both at home and at work by becoming familiar with the signs of severe weather and the appropriate recommended actions. It is also important to be aware of terms used to describe seasonal threat levels. Severe thunderstorms are possible. Watch the sky, listen to the radio or television for weather information. Be prepared to take shelter. Severe Thunderstorm Warning Severe thunderstorms are occurring. Take shelter and turn on a battery operated radio or television to receive warnings and severe weather statements. conditions are favorable for the develop ment of tornadoes. Tornado Warning a tornado has been reported/spotted, or National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists have determined that one is about to form in the next several minutes. Go to a predetermined shelter immediately. conditions are favorable for quickly, usually as a result of heavy rainfall in a short period of time. Be alert. Flood Warning property a few hours after the onset of heavy rain, ice jams, reservoir releases or snowmelt. Flood warnings may be in effect for days or even weeks depending on weather and soil conditions, land topography, and river size. Flash Flood Warning rapidly rising water which poses an immediate threat to life and property within a few hours failures. Quickly move to higher ground or stay away from Before the Storm The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends you have a weather radio with battery backup with tone-alert feature. Be sure to know the surrounding counties near your home and work, the severe weather warning or watch ers can be programmed to alert you of severe weather in your particular county or surrounding counties.


Corps Day 2009 Thursday, June 18 Memorial Field, Rock Island Arsenal 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 14 Tower Times March/April 2009 Please send achievements, births, and obituaries for this page to the editor at: Without your input, we may not receive the information that enables us to inform the District. Retirements ... supervisory civil engineer, Planning, Programs & Project Manage ment Division, Program Management federal government. Banquet three Corps employees were recognized. Presenting the awards is Pat Barnes, President of the QCESC. Matt Stewart, Barb Lester, to many young engineers. S.K. Nanda, chief of Hydraulics Branch, was the recipient of the QCESC Lifetime Achievement Illinois Rivers. *Picnic *Awards *Games More information will be available on the District Intranet under Corps Day.


heard, be involved, and to feel good about ourselves and our contributions. If you meet these three things, your employees will be more productive. She stressed the importance of listening to your employees, asking them for input, and helping them feel like they are making a difference. One of the last things she left with everyone was this famous quote. People dont care how much you knowuntil they know how much you care. John C. Maxwell. This program was intended to help leaders improve the way they communicate with their employees and each other. Improv ing communication will create a more positive and productive working environment, said Honold. If you would like more information on conducting commu Paxson, District training coordinator. March/April 2009 Tower Times 15 Thank You For Serving! A listing of all the current District em ployees who are, or have been, involved in supporting the Global War on Terrorism and Natural Disaster Relief Operations can be seen on the Districts Internet at: erTimes/support-for-corps/support-for-corps.htm O n Thursday, Feb. 19, Donna Honold, an independent consultant representing Black Hawk College, conducted a Communication Awareness for Leaders program to gram was a direct result of the comments received on workforce surveys and the desire for improved supervisor to employee communication. The Executive Steering Board is taking deliberate steps to address the many issues brought up in our last round of surveys. commander. During the program Honold talked about the impact of a mes sage. When communicating in person, seven percent is the words is your body language. When you are communicating over the phone or through email, tone and body language are combined She stressed the importance of effectively communicating your message and being conscientious of how it is perceived. Honold talked a lot about intention versus perception almost everything discussed related back to this common theme. When you think about breakdowns in communication it is usually because someone misunderstood your intention. The best way to avoid this is to communicate around it, said Honold. A basic communication cycle was presented showing how the sender sends a message to the receiver. The breakdown occurs when we assume the receiver understood the message and the missing link is the feedback. Honold suggested asking what they heard you say to make sure they understood the message. Honold also presented personal needs, We all want to be The Impact of a Message leaders. By Hilary Markin


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 E very year, during the month of March, hun dreds of thousands of events are held throughout the country to acknowledge and recognize the amazing accom plishments of women. National Womens History Month provides an opportunity to educate the general public women in American history and contemporary society. Establish ing this focal celebration has encouraged schools to introduce new curriculum, and communities to recognize women who have been pivotal in their own communities. The knowledge of womens history provides a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. This perspective can encourage girls and women to think larger and bolder and can give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Planet. This theme is timely in a year when the world is discuss ing the problems and repercussions of dramatic climate changes and the recognition of diminishing natural resources. For more information about National Womens History Month orees, visit 2009 Diversity Week Departments will compete against each other an swering questions under four special categories. Originality Educational Value Authenticity/Visual, Media, Food, Costume Peoples Choice Sponsored by the Special Emphasis Program Committee