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District Commander Col. Shawn McGinley 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: September 2009 Tower Times Contents September 2009 2 Tower Times 3 A Stage for the Future Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 New Barges Haul More Material 5 Recipe for a Successful Outreach Event 6 Brought to Life by Models Models built for components of the West Closure Complex 8 Mobility and Strength Go Anywhere Employees assist New Orleans District with gate changes 9 Safety Corner Driver Safety Program 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District BUILDING STRONG On the Cover One element of the Corps new standard ized branding initiative includes the Army Combat Uniform pattern to reinforce the Corps connection to the Army. Top, Col. Shawn McGinley takes a closer look at the Pump Station Physical Model for the West Closure Complex in New Or leans. See article on page 6. Below, Unit 1, Structures Maintenance loads the gate from the maintenance deck while assisting the New Orleans District with a gate replacement at Port Allen Lock, La. See article on page 8. Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 31 No. 8 September 2009


September 2009 Tower Times 3 T eam When I took command of the District in July, I commented during the change of command ceremony our great Army and nation. And, after nearly two months on the job, I can say profoundly that sentiment rings true. to come. As we all work diligently to accomplish our missions, we should prepare to focus on the Corps transformation under details are yet to be worked out, here are a few of the important 1. large and complex projects with short deadlines Increase regional responsibility and accountability while 2. decreasing the amount of stress placed on one District Build and enhance technical capability 3. Maintain a keener focus on customer and stakeholder rela 4. tionships 5. 6. 7. 8. out MVD One of my primary responsibilities as your commander will be implementing the ideas and philosophies outlined in the Chiefs Campaign Plan. eryone should consider as we go about doing business. The idea behind the Campaign Plan is to transform the Corps on the United States and other nations and build our organization By Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander for the future. We should look at the Corps Campaign Plan as our guiding light. The plan will be used to establish our priorities, focus our adapt to the needs of our growing organization. 1. combat, stability and disaster operations through forward deployed and reach back capabilities; Engineering Sustainable Water Resources Solutions 2. through collaboration with partners and stakeholders; 3. Armed Forces and the Nation; and 4. a competent, disciplined, and resilient team equipped to the nearly 34,000 Corps employees worldwide plays a part, and Campaign Plan goals. Corps way ahead. experienced. daily basis within the District. I need all of us to take the time portant that we need to risk someone getting hurt so be safe! Keep up the great work and continue BUILDING STRONG


By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist September 2009 4 Tower Times F abrication and repair is their game at the Motor Shop for recently completed a four-monthlong project. The project consisted of replacing two of the four, 900 series stantly being worked on and were starting to pose a safety hazard to employees. The team found the old design plans for the strike barges and winter months. It was a long challenge and cold, said Paul Braddock, weld er, MRPO, Maintenance Support Unit. The team actually built a hut outside to help protect them from the cold temperatures to The Motor Shop team didnt do it all on their own, they had help from Project Maintenance and Structures Maintenance Unit staff members along the way. It was a team effort, we all worked together, said Braddock. foot high walls. The old barges had a 6 foot hull, a three-eights inch deck plate and 2 foot high walls. The team also designed new ramps for the barges that are easily lowered with the crane The team used 60,000 pounds of material to build the barges including 1,800 pounds of welding material, 1,200 pounds of wire, and 600 pounds of stick electrode. They added to the barges in 20-foot sections and worked around-the-clock at times to com plete the job. tenance Support Unit. barges throughout the Rock Island District on scheduled and haul up to 50 percent more material compared to the old barges The only complaint so far came from one person running the end loader that it took a lot longer to unload the material, said Wamsley. The Motor Shop is getting ready to build the replacements for the remaining two strike barges. They expect the process will go amounts of material needed. New Barges Haul More Material From left, Travis Viren, Steve Klemme, Paul Braddock and Gary Gagne, Missis sippi River Project Maintenance Sec tion. In the background, Ron Cameron, project maintenance, Mississippi River newly built strike barge. The team built two barges in four months and are working on two more barges that will be completed for next navigation season.


September 2009 Tower Times 5 T his year the Rock Island District held two public outreach Normally, the MV Mississippi is stationed in Memphis, Tenn., season, each spring and summer, the members of the Mississippi The Rock Island District saw this as an opportunity to partner with others and highlight the challenges and opportunities on the enduring and essential water resources solutions through collabo erations to enjoy. Hopefully the public walked away from these By Angie Freyermuth, Outreach Specialist Recipe for a Successful Outreach Event Bill Gretten (right), Mississippi River Project Manger, speaks with a delegation of Chinese scientists about the locks and dams on the Mississippi River and how they op erate. The visitors, who all conduct research on the Yangtze River sys tem, were in the Midwest to learn about the long term monitoring program on the Mississippi River. Left, Sam Helig, park ranger, Mis sissippi River Visitor Center, then provided the visitors a tour of the Mississippi River Visitor Center where they saw a video about navi gation on the Mississippi River. sustainable solutions to water resource challenges. P lace the largest towboat ever built in the United States in the middle of the Illinois River; add a mixture of river partners; sprinkle in dedicated Corps employees and BAM!, you have the makings of a successful outreach event. Kevin Ewbanks, park ranger, Il linois Waterway Visitor Center, demonstrates the lock and dam model for attend ees at the public outreach event in Peoria, Ill.


September 2009 6 Tower Times By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist M Closure Complex at the Engineer Research and De nents and discuss the designs and make recommendations. The West Closure Complex is one the projects assigned to the Rock Island New Orleans Support Branch (RINOS) to repair and rebuild the New Orleans and Vicinity Hurricane and Storm Dam age Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) in 2011. The complex is located in Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes and will protect the West Bank and Vicinity. a cost estimate of more than $500 million. This is the largest and most complex of the four projects as design work. Major packages are being designed by Vicksburg cadis. Bob Hoffman, Lead Project Engineer, is doing an excel lent job pulling all the design teams together to synchronize the design effort, said Tom Hodgini, assistant deputy project manger for New Orleans support, Rock Island District. The models are still in the operating and testing stage and design features. When the modeling stage is complete the recom team. Tom Kirkeeng, MVR Hydraulics Engineer, has done a superb job coordinating with ERDC and regional design team mem Closure Complex designs, said Barb Lester, engineering project lead, Rock Island District. RINOS is also assigned the Western Tie-In, Eastern Tie-In and Algiers Canal projects to help reduce the risk from storm surge for residents and businesses on the west bank of the Mississippi According to Tom Podany, Chief of New Orleans District Pro dedication and support of the RINOS team in helping us execute this critical mission. They enthusiastically joined our team and The 2011 completion date for the HSDRRS has challenged Brought to Life by Models


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September 2009 8 Tower Times T he Structural Maintenance Unit 1, (MVN) to assist with a gate replacement at Port Allen Lock, La. The Crew started out on June 24 aboard the Motor Vessel City of Ottawa the crane barge Hercules. The trip ended without incident at Port Allen Lock after and a short distance on the Gulf Intercostal Waterway. The unit from Rock Island District sor. Their assignment was to assist with and out of the lock chamber. There were tractors totaling about 200 working around the clock to accomplish the task. With the Port Allen Lock chamber completely de-watered they could then reseal the monolithic expansion joints and set the contact blocks on the new gates. This was only feasible after the old gates were pulled. The personnel from the Illinois Water way were consolidated with other MVN maintenance crews and assigned with weather interruptions. Brad Blanchard, lockmaster at Port Allen Lock, said the maintenance crews The MV City of Ottawa and the Hercules crane barge are ideal for these gate changes. Both lock chambers are only 84 feet wide where normal lock cham bers are 110 feet wide. The crane barge is narrow and is able to get into the gate chamber and has the weight capacity to do captain of City of Ottawa. with a gate change. Johnny Dyer stated Mobility and Strength Go Anywhere By Susan Yager, Public Affairs Assistant Photos by Johnny Dyer and Brad Blanchard The Motor Vessel City of Ottawa of the Illinois Waterway Project moves the crane Hercules into position in the lock chamber at Port Allen Lock, La., to remove miter gate number one. The work is completed at Port Al the Hercules will be assisting the MVN maintenance crews with the repairs to the miles north of Baton Rouge, La., in order commented Dyer. Once the crew has changed out the gates back to Port Allen where they will be refurbished and stored for future use. days beginning on Oct. 15. Johnny Dyer, Jim Baird, and Chauncey Rosenblad, Illinois Water way Structural Maintenance, extract shims from the anchor bars before the miter gate is removed from the lock wall at Port Allen, La.


September 2009 Tower Times 9 M employees, their co-workers, and families. Many crashes are A driver safety program helps: injuries. To guard against potential company and personal li crash occurs. Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. The U.S. Army Corps Policy to help ensure the safety and well-being of its employ ees. The USACE driver safety guidelines state: Safety Corner hicle is in motion. General driver safety guidelines: and prepared. changing CDs or radio stations, turning to talk with pas sengers. choices. Are you ready or are you Ready? S eptember is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a nationwide effort sponsored by the Federal Emergen cy Management Agencys Ready Cam paign in partnership with Citizen Corps. This is a nationwide effort to encourage prepare for emergencies. This year, NPM focuses on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and will help Americans understand what it truly means to be Ready. Preparedness tors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the Emergency Supply Kit; making a Family Emergency Plan; being informed about emergencies and their appropriate respons efforts such as Citizen Corps. For more information on NPM or for help getting your family, business or com free preparedness resources such as Fam ily Emergency Plan templates, Emergency Supply Kit Checklists, and much more. The Ready Web site also has a special sections for kids, ages 8-12, (Ready Kids). Emergencies can happen at anytime and to anyone. Are you ready or are you Ready?


September 2009 Retirements ... Gary Kroeger, lock and dam operator, Lock 1, after dedicating 30 years and three and oneSympathy ... Around the District Viola Baker, 91, of East Moline, Ill., died July 31, at Trinity Medi cal Center-West Cam pus, Rock Island, Ill. Baker worked in the Corps and retired in 1980 as a clerk for the Rock Island Arsenal. If you are visiting Starved Rock Lock and Dam on the Illinois Waterway on a Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day be sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt. From left is Jake Eisert, lockman, Bill Keeney, lock man, Ed Watson, shifthead, and John Durdan, electri cian. This was started a couple of years ago and has been a real hit with the down the river. Photo taken by Mike Cox, Illinois Waterway Operations Manager Ronald Pulcher, archeologist, Economic and retired June 30, after dedicating 22 years and Robert Schroeder, assistant lockmaster, Lock 3, after dedicating 30 years, to the federal Michael Elliott, lock and dam repairer, Mis after dedicating 23 years and six months, to the Larry Folger, Project, Project Maintenance Unit, Operations years and one and one-half months, to the fed Paul Kowalczyk, assistant chief, Design sion, retired August 1, after dedicating 43 years Sibte Zaidi, sion, retired August 31, after dedicating 28 ment. Jane Ickes, 90, formerly of Moline,Ill., died Aug. 11, at Illini Ickes worked for the Corps of Engineers dur ing World War II. Dean Eichenberger, lock and dam opera retired July 31, after dedicating 22 years and 11


Tower Times 11 September 2009 MVR TASKS MVD ACTIONS USACE GOALS GOAL 1: Deliver USACE support to combat, stability, and disaster operations through forward deployed and reachback capabilities. GOAL 2: Deliver enduring and essential water resource solutions through col laboration with partners and stakeholders. GOAL 3: Deliver innovative, resilient, sustainable solutions to the Armed Forces and the Nation. GOAL 4: Build and cultivate a competent, disciplined, and resilient team equipped to deliver high quality solutions. The Mississippi Valley Division is responsible for various actions associated with the four USACE campaign goals. These actions include completing Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction in Coastal Louisiana, maintain ing a technically competent workforce, and enhancing our regional business processes. Visit the website below to see a detailed list of MVD actions. To help Mississippi Valley Division achieve success each of the six districts within MVD developed several tasks which support the Divisions actions. These tasks include building strong collaboration with partners to enable mission accomplishment, improving business processes, and supporting regional missions. Visit the website below to see a detailed list of MVR tasks. I f you have not heard of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campaign Plan, get ready. USACE will, through execution of this Plan, become a GREAT organization delivering superior performance through disciplined people, thought, and action. Want to know how YOU can help USACE BUILD STRONG ? visit Rock Island District BUILDING STRONG ONE DISCIPLINED TEAM in thought, word, and action meeting our commitments, with and through our partners, by SAYING WHAT WE WILL DO, AND DOING WHAT WE SAY. I BUILD STRONG by collaborating with our partners to come up with innovative solutions to environmental issues. ~Mark Cornish, supervisory biologist, Pro grams and Project Management Division BUILDING STRONG


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 M had learned, both from the Backwards Jeopardy and the Spotlight displays. They want to learn more about our local has created a calendar for District personnel. To access this cal endar one goes to Outlook, click Open, go to Open a shared partment of Defense encourages us to recognize, such as Hispanic Heritage Month. or Juneteenth Day. 3. Tidbits which are short notations of interesting historical information such spotlighting a day in history, birthday or public and each of us has the opportunity to attend such as lectures and programs, concerts, etc. We include familyenjoy, whether it is weekend of after school, or something formation includes the location, date, time, estimated length further information. We do not include partisan politicallyof conduct at work including disrespect for an EEO group; may be interested in attending. Each of you may also be aware of interesting historical tidbits that need to be included on our calendar. Please forward these to any of the EEO staff. tion of the Quad Cities Columbia By Liz Robinson, EEO Specialist Looking for Something to do? Check out the CEMVR-EE/SEPC Calendar