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 Times Department of Defense, Department of the Army, or the Rock Island Dis trict U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is published monthly using offset press by the Corporate Commu U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, Box 2004, Rock Island, IL 61204-2004. Phone (309) 794-5730. Circulation 1,500. Send articles to Editor, Corporate Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Box 2004, Rock Island, IL, 61204-2004; or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org On the web at: May/June 2009 Tower Times Contents May/June 2009 2 Tower Times 3 District Ordnance Technicians Clear Arsenal Site 4 2009 Winter Flood Fighting in the St. Paul District 6 Around the District 7 Spotlight on the District Bob Riebe On the Cover neering and Construction Division. Tower Times Vol. 31 No. 5 May/June 2009 Wearing a life jacket can make the differ ence between life and death. Today life jackets come in many different shapes, Wear It! equipment: *life jacket
Tower Times 3 May/June 2009 T commonly known as The Bomb Squad used metal de ing for military families assigned to Arsenal Island. In accordance with AR 420-1, Facilities Management, a ordnance (UXO). Engineers from the Installation Management Command contacted the section to utilize its unique capabilities. Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, used Schonstedt magne tometers to check for metal objects down to three feet below the ground. Because of the Arsenals history of ordnance-related work, except its in our back yard. Were happy to help out. ordnance. The subsurface anomalies we located were a narrow lead pipes, and a roadbed. Heleg-Greza had just returned from Cape Cod, Md., perform ing quality assurance and site safety duties at a former artillery impact area. It was a typical UXO clean-up project, making sure the contractor does the job properly, adding, We support the border fence project. Closer to home, EOD technician Joe Vann has been intermit a World War II training post south of Galesburg, Ill. Hes also assisting Omaha District at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant UXO safety work is just one of the capabilities of the Ord one in Alaska, explained Section Chief, Chris Churney. Then we analyze the information and use it to conduct a Preliminary history of a military site. Most of our projects are Corps-managed Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS), though we also do research In another example of working close to home, section per ney, adding that Once we get the funding, well do the NARA research and a PA. The Rock Island Districts ordnance work began in 1991 with Engineering Section was established in 1994. Team members in New Orleans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition to the research System, more commonly referred to as PIRS. District Ordnance Technicians Clear Arsenal Site By Ron Plante, Military History Program Specialist new housing site.
May/June 2009 4 Tower Times F the North in North Dakota prompted the St. Paul District (MVP) to call upon neighbors for assistance. The Rock Island District (MVR) was more than happy to assist. It was only 10 short months ago when MVP employees were time MVR employees bundled up in their winter weather gear to do the same in MVP. The call was put out for assistance on March 17 and on March 22 employees had their bags packed and were on the road to North Dakota. other than to hit the ground running. After a short two-hour work crews from two different contractors to raise and strengthen neer and not a rookie with only a few months under his belt with the Corps of Engineers. The biggest challenge Goodall faced was a breach in a perma GIVIN G BACK DURIN G TIMES OF NEE D
May/June 2009 Tower Times 5 High School. He called for geotechnical assistance from Darrell assess the situation and decide on a solution. The solution was to call the Air National Guard helicopter support to strategically drop 2,000-pound sandbags into the breached area to stop the leak. Goodall successfully directed the placement of 11 sand tures in the single digits and approximately 20 inches of snow that fell during two winter storms, not to mention the winds that came with it. The blowing winds from an approaching blizzard increased age, planning study manager, Planning, Programs, and Project wash. The problem was securing the poly below the water line to the sandbags without making holes in it. The answer potatoes. bags of potatoes. The potatoes were then used as anchor points between the poly and sandbag anchors. Working with a platoon of Soldiers from the Army National feet of protection within 24 hours of the request. This was an important undertaking and we accomplished it in The MVR Emergency Management Team also worked long facturer, local communities, and the state of Iowa. The cities and would replace them as soon as possible. of quick assembly and reduced manpower compared to using sandbags was the primary reason for their popularity. Once MVRs supply of HESCOs was depleted the emergency management team immediately sought out other sources for the product. There was no hesitation; the state of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Burlington and Rock Island immediately offered to loan us their HESCOs; in some cases lending their entire stock. Normally, willingness of the state of Iowa and local communities to lend us a hand, said Jones. polyethylene, 1,630 linear feet of Port-A-Dam and 19 pumps to MVP. was great to see the teamwork between two different districts united for one cause--keeping the city of Fargo dry, said Good all. Photos courtesy of Paul Kowalczyk, Engineering and Con struction Division. the correct location.
May/June 2009 email@example.com. Without your input, we may not inform the District. Retirements ... Murilene Knight secretary, Contracting David Clements engineer equipment Project Maintenance Unit, Illinois Water Marion Taylor management specialist, USACE Logistics ing 22 years and 8 days, to the federal Ronald Meyer lock and dam operator, retired March 31, after dedicating 26 years James Sturtz welder, Structural Main dedicating 24 years and 9 months, to the Keith Wilson Section, Engineering and Construction ing 25 years, 2 months and 23 days, to the lock and dam operator, Dresden Island Lock & Dam, Operations Sympathy ... died March 9, at his residence. ODaniels for the Illinois Waterway in Operations War II. McVey 37, of Pleas ant Valley, Iowa, died March 5, at his residence. McVey was a welder with the Corps at the during the Gulf War. Around the District Michael Milobar electrician, Saylor April 30, after dedicating 29 years and 3 Cynthia Archer program analyst, Plan ning, Programs and Project Management retired April 30, after dedicating 29 years Dolan Diehl 89, of April 30, at Aledo Rehab & Health Care Cen ter. Diehl was the lead welder with the Corps for 13 years, retiring in 1965. during World War II. 77, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died April 7. George worked for the Army Corps of Engineers before retiring. U.S. Air Force during the
M started working for the Corps in 1960 on a construc During his time at these locations he learned a lot about construction projects and worked with many different contractors a lot from them, said Riebe. When he left Red Rock, he was begin their life on the Des Moines Since then, he has become an ex community and municipalities. On a few occasions he has directed contrac tors in the construction of emergency area engineer for the Quad City area in 1992. what to do and who the key contacts were in the community, said Riebe. Riebe continues to be the ing others during a time of need and watching his suggestions He was recently highlighted in the TOASTMASTER maga Tower Times 7 May/June 2009 Bob Riebe zine for being a disaster expert who uses his Toastmaster experi organization Riebe has been a part of since 1985, when he helped charter the Esprit De Corps club in Rock Island. He initially just that and more. He is currently the only founding member for six weeks. He worked in the New ernment repairs. He worked mostly on the quantity aspect and really enjoyed the experience. I was glad I could help with the Corps efforts down wouldnt mind going back someday for a look at the progress, said Riebe. He has enjoyed working for the Corps for the last 49 years and looks forward to the rest of his career. I really like the work that I do and interacting with the people I work with, said Riebe. I also work with to time, and enjoy learning from them do similar work. When not busy with work, Riebe grade school and hasnt put it down for building model railroad equipment and learning the history of hopes to continue that in the future as well as working on his which is why he originally joined Toastmasters. take yourself too seriously), do something to contribute to the world around you, and enjoy yourself.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 2009 Corps Day Thursday, June 18 Memorial Field, Rock Island Arsenal 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Picnic *Awards *Games