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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 On the web at: July 2009 Tower Times Contents July 2009 2 Tower Times 3 Colonel Sinklers Farewell 4 Birding Paradise 5 Campsite Reserved for Active Military Free camping at Fishermans Corner for Soldiers 7 The Ohio River Flood of : Helping Document the Fight 8 Learning New Tricks Temporary Housing Planning and Response Team hold training 9 Safety Corner Hot Weather Hazards 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District Bruce Schmitt On the Cover The Mississippi River Struc tural Maintenance Unit carefully place an auxiliary lock miter gate at Locks and Dam 15. Both sets of miter gates were replaced to open the lock on May 22. The lock had August 2003 because of miter gate Photo by Aaron Dunlap, Opera tions Division. Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 31 No. 6 July 2009


July 2009 Tower Times 3 By Col. Robert Sinkler, District Commander I in a part of the United States both Brandie and I call home. As all of you know, Rock Island District is truly a highperformance family. A Commander of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District has Regional and District missions. Second, ensure that the organi organization well into the future. Third, ensure that the organiza and stakeholders, and partner with others to enable us to better done to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, enable Gulf tion channel and system during all kinds of extreme conditions, supply and hydropower requirements, be good stewards of our customers and stakeholders. We are on a solid track to ensure ing organization well into the future. As our program expanded from about $100 million a few years ago, to around half a billion our customers with our increased responsibility and workload. Rock Island District based on the satisfaction of the customers in our area. sure that the organization and workforce is trained, organized, include integrated water resources management, interagency management. Many of our efforts are indisputable models for the force second to none. holders. Rock Island District already had a great story to tell and and already perfected the concept of interagency planning that Region and District. Focus on those areas we are, or can be lead much we take; and, a great reputation. It is worth maintaining and protecting. Island District family. We kept our house, and will continue to It has been a pleasure serving the Rock Island District


C entral Iowa is becoming a nationally known hotspot for birding. That is why the Corps of Engineers and other gether to produce an eco-tour publication known as the Makoke ganization product highlights 22 of central Iowas richest birding locations that support more than 300 different species of birds. sites in the guide book. These areas are unique to central Iowa and migratory species. outstanding birding opportunities and different habitat types. American White Pelicans, Osprey, Franklin Gulls, shorebirds, and many species of waterfowl. Grassland, riparian and woodland Lake is also becoming a hot spot for rare species of birds keeping birders on the look out. Lake Red Rock is the largest contiguous public land mass in Iowa and encompasses 52,807 acres and includes Iowas largest Saylorville Lake & Lake Red Rock Birding Paradise The guide book was named Makoke (MAH-koh-kay) be cause it means bird or owl in the lan guage of the Ioway tribe. The Ioway tribe once inhabited most of Iowa and their culture and sacred stories were deeply connected to the native wildlife. By Hilary Markin The handsome Bobolink was chosen as the logo for the guide book because it is a grassland dependent species representing the tallgrass prairie that once blanketed Iowa and is suffering from decline as are so many species associated with tallgrass. pool and boasts numerous waterfowl species peaking near 100,000 birds during migration. This area also has one of the best places to Waterthrush, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and many more. central Iowa and pursue their passion. Birding is the one outdoor central Iowa. Photo by Gerald Rowles American White Pelicans rest below the Saylorville Lake dam during their fall migration. July 2009 4 Tower Times


July 2009 Tower Times 5 T he Rock Island District has partnered with the Rock Island Arsenal Morale Welfare and Recreation Department The idea was generated by District employees as a way to little or no cost. to spend quality time together is a great way to show our support Michael Clarke, District Engineer. The District has designated one campsite at Fishermans Corner promoting the program. The MWR also has A-liner campers arrangements can not be made. Campsite Reserved for Active Military This free campsite at Fishermans Corner is reserved for active military members and their families to relax in the great outdoors. Photos by Jena Campbell like this and they are looking forward to continuing the program. a time. The campsite was recently upgraded with accomodations Fishermans Corner Recreation Area is one of the premier minutes away from the Quad Cities making it a perfect getaway location. including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Free Operations. By Hilary Markin


July 2009 6 Tower Times Employee of the Year Professional Occupations Scott Whitney Thomas Guillaume Clerical, Assistant, Technician Occupations Susan Yager Paul Beck Public Contact Marshall Plumley Wayne Hannel Award Winners Engineer of the Year Heather Anderson William Riebe Robert McAfee EEO Champion Safe Employee of the Year Ricky Stebens C O r p s D a y 2 0 0 9 Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism stripe is associated with the Department of Defense; gold represents excellence; black and red Eric Aubrey Robert Balamut Scott Bullock Peter Corken Lance Gardner Daniel Hayes Perry Hubert Scott Kool Randall Kraciun Brian Lane Thomas Mack Larry Melaas Robert Lee Meyers Mary Peschang Ronald Plante Arthur Purdy Karl Schmitz George Sporer Ricky Stebens Ray Tatro Charles Theiling Ronald Williams 2009 Corps Day Committee: Lt. Col. Michael Clarke, Richard Defer, Nathanael Derrick, Mari Fournier, Ron Fournier, Beth Hann, Gaylord Helms, Troy Hunemuller, Jennifer Hutchison, Jason Jones, Diane Karnish, Laurie Kotecki, Dan Leigh, Hilary Markin, Larry Melaas, Levi Milliron, Bob Nelson, Tom Nock, Sara Paxson, Scott Pettis, Kyle Retzlaff, Ann Marie Roarty, Diana Robinson, Susan Walters, December Winters


July 2009 Tower Times 7 O Clock Tower for a typical day as head of the Districts cal day into a once in a lifetime assignment. Within hours he accompany the Chief of Engineers, General Edward Markham, and Harry Hopkins, administrator of the Works Progress Admin Ky., to Cairo. A local paper noted that The Rock Island district was selected to be represented on the party as this district has the 2,500 laborers that were gathered around Cairo came from either the WPA or the CCC. Along with District chauffeur Emil DeWulf and a $5 per diem, The Ohio River Flood of : Helping Document the Fight Left, crews work together to make sandbags to protect communities from the Ohio River. Above, workers use a barge as a temporary shop while constructing bulkheads on the Cairo, Ill., waterfront. which many were African-American. The scenes include build sandbag crews, and railroad boxcars being used as temporary Mr. Thollander retuned home and quickly created a small al as District photographer until his death in 1950. The Rock Island Thollanders contribution stands as another example of District employees being sought for their expertise by those within and outside the Corps. It is a legacy that continues today. The telegram that autho rized Marvin Thollander and Emil DeWulf to report to Cairo, Ill., and document the devastat


July 2009 8 Tower Times A Team (PRT) Training was held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Housing PRTs to learn about their roles when a disaster strikes. This training is designed to ensure that all housing team members know the different roles and duties, type of work, and ties that were constructed. During the tour Otto talked about each constructing facilities and lessons learned. One of the critical public facilities that was damaged during Emergency Management Agency tasked the Corps with establish to normal. Otto talked about how he worked closely with the happen. We issued a combined synopsis and solicitation on Tuesday, August 26, and proposals were due by noon on Friday, August 29. tendees. He also explained that when facilities are needed they than 10. facilities for the Cedar Rapids School District administration staff before school started in August. Otto talked about the construction and explained how the utili the hold-up. It took almost a month for the contractor to complete The on-site training tour concluded with lunch catered by a Learning New Tricks MVP, explains how the utilities were put under the raised decking to support the Cedar Rapids School Districts temporary administration of By Hilary Markin her catering business as well as a small caf, both on higher ground. attending the training. Each Temporary Housing PRT has as many as 20 different times not all team members are able to respond and the respon sible district reaches out for assistance. housing team. She worked as the Real Estate Specialist and then with the Cedar Rapids School District was a rewarding experi completion a compound of modular units for the Cedar Rapids Working with the temporary housing team has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career with the Corps. It has been great to be able to use my skills as part of a team that has


July 2009 Tower Times 9 persist. attention immediately. quickly as possible. Immerse them in water or ice to cool their body. Protection Against Ultraviolet Rays to 4 p.m.) lips Hot Weather Hazards W arm weather is upon the Rock Island District and with that can come certain hazards. Your best defense is to know the hazards and warning signs as Prevention areas lation (cotton or linens) parts of the day The heat of the Midwest sun can sneak up on us. We may realize. Know what signs to recognize for yourself and your coworkers. Signs and Symptoms Karen Durham-Aquilera, Director, Task Force Hope and the Honorable Phil Hare, U.S. Congressman, 17th District, Illinois, cut the ribbon at a ceremony held May 1, 2009. The with the New Orleans District and other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts to help design and construct the greater New Orleans area Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System. (From left, Karen Durham-Aquilera, Col. Robert Sinkler, District Commander, and Honorable Phil Hare.)


July 2009 Retirements ... Edward Picken, lock and dam repairer, Main tenance Section, Illinois Waterway, Operations years, 6 months, and 22 days, to the federal Sympathy ... Kenneth Eggers 98, of Dubuque, Iowa, died March 15, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Eggers was employed by the Corps for 42 years. He retired as lock master at Lock and Dam 11 in 1974. Lucille Berger, Iowa, died March 21, at Crest Health Center. Berger was a sec retary for the Corps at the Clock Tower. Around the District Neal Johnson, years, 2 months, and 13 days, to the federal Katharine DeNuys, Iowa, died March 21, at Genesis Medical Center. for the Corps and then for DFAS at the Rock Island Arsenal for 30 years, retiring in 1998. Liberty Bell Award sented the 2009 Liberty Bell Award Citation by the Rock Island District outstanding support to OC. Hays has been an ent of the Liberty Bell Award. 2008 Federal Executive Award Recipients able to employees of the United States. The Quad City Chapter recognized the following luncheon on May 19. Scott Whitney Public ContractMarshall Plumley Water Safety Awards the 13th Annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit for their contribution to boating and water safety. game. Letter of Commendation Illinois Waterway Maintenance Crew for rescuing a person Lock and Dam. An Award of Merit was also presented to U.S. Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 085-33-04 in Des Moines for their support during the Flood of


Tower Times 11 July 2009 By Hilary Markin Bruce Schmitt Lake Red Rock M records can be a daunting task that isnt always easy. For Bruce Schmitt these skills come natu rally. He is known as Radar O Reilly at Lake Red Rock. He anticipates manage ments needs before questions are asked and is always ready with accounting records to help them make decisions. Schmitt was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, in a large family with 6 sisters and 4 brothers. Following high and became an ammunition technician. signed to many different duty stations, in cluding tours at Marine Corps Headquar ton, Calif.; and Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1999 after dedicating almost 26 years. Schmitt summoning up his time in the Following retirement, Schmitt applied to a six-month waiting period following retirement. Soon after that he inter Clerk position at Lake Red Rock and has been a tremendous asset to the Corps. says Schmitt. Schmitts occupational talents include tools of P2, PD2, and CEFMS. He is currently managing Lake Red Rocks Operations and Maintenance budget. He and routine and non-routine purchases. of information your manager wants and sissippi near LaCrosse, Wis. He also summer and cheering on the Chicago Cubs. Schmitt is married and has two chil small community after many years of Marine Corps. worry about what happened yesterday and dont worry about what tomorrow


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 T The departments also competed against one another by creating spotlight displays of