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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: November 2009 Tower Times Contents November 2009 2 Tower Times 3 Providing Sustainable Solutions Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 One Step Closer Stage Three contract awarded for project at Lockport 5 Mountain Bikes Descend on Farmdale Reservoir 6 Identity Theft and Workplace Security 7 Trumpeter Swans Released at Coralville Lake 9 But... 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District Tilford Flowers On the Cover The Iowa Army National Guard uses water from Saylorville Lake to stimulate preparation for a deployment to Kosovo next spring. The unit collected water in the Bambi water bucket and released it on a target at Camp Dodge. (See story on page 5) Photo by Tom Guillaume, Saylorville Lake Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 32 No. 2 November 2009


Providing Sustain able Solutions I think the Districts commitment to maintaining these aging support of the Corps Campaign Plan. The Campaign Plan goals include: readying for all contingencies; engineering sustainable water resource solutions; recruiting and retaining strong teams; dam maintenance. In the absence of a newly constructed system of locks, it is sustainable solutions. amount of cargo and the thousands upon thousands of boats and barges that pass through our locks on the Mississippi and Illinois is essential to the nations economy and to transportation and would not happen if not for the tireless efforts of the crews who channel. November 2009 Tower Times 3 By Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander T hose of us in the District working at the Clock Tower Building on Arsenal Island probably noticed the large Locks and Dam 15 in late October. The crews operating that equipment were replacing the upstream miter gates in the auxil iary lock. As I pondered the work being accomplished, I was once again throughout this District. My amazement was not based on the highly trained crane operators manipulate and place the huge gates with pin-point accuracy. But, my amazement is more focused on the history of the locks and dams because the crews replacing those miter gates were accomplishing critical mainte nance work to a system that dates back to the 1930s. Maintaining infrastructure of that era is tough work and our peoples ability to One of the ways we accomplish that mission is by maintaining locks and dams within our District. Its a big job and the crews, like the ones replacing the miter gates at Locks and Dam 15, work long hours in all kinds of weather conditions to complete scenes supporting these missions so our waterways continue to be H (USACE) Quality Management System (QMS) Meal tite for learning more about the USACE QMS and the website. become familiar with the QMS. Within the USACE QMS there is also a Regional QMS. The educate all employees about the QMS. The MVD Regional Team met in the St. Louis District (MVS) year (FY) 09 and for FY 10. They also conducted an initial QMS audit of MVS to determine familiarization of MVS staff with the QMS, and to assess compliance with two selected QMS Pro cesses as a trial-run and training for the Regional Team. At the mendations. To reiterate from Col. McGinleys QMS Roll-out message, to begin using these processes. QMS and the Enterprise Stan dards are the core guidelines of how we do business throughout USACE. We must truly implement and integrate the system into Going from Good to Great! By Sharryn Jackson, Planning, Programs, and Project Management Division


November 2009 4 Tower Times T he Rock Island District, in coordination with the Metro politan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), took another step in implementing a $110 mil lion multi-year program to repair the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal embankments along the three-mile upper pool approach area to Lockport Lock and to rehabilitate the Lockport Control ling Works. Lockport Lock, Lockport, Ill., is on the Illinois Wa terway and is part of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which The MWRD, through congressional action, transferred maintenance responsibilities of all pool retention structures to the Corps in the early 1980s. Due to a history of sinkholes and sur embankments structural stability and erosion resistance with the In 2005, the Lockport Pool Approach Dike and Walls, adjacent to Lockport Lock and Dam, were designated as a Corps Dam through the embankments that could threaten their integrity. The consequences warranted the rehabilitation project. pace. The rehabilitation project is being completed in stages. Stage One was rehabilitating the right descending Lockport Approach Dike by installing a 4,300-foot slurry cut-off wall. The contract was completed by Bencor Corporation of America in September at a contract cost of $20,000,000. The original dike was con structed in the late 1800s and early 1900s of a limestone, cementcore wall and non-homogeneous material that had deteriorated to the point where its function as a seepage cutoff was inadequate. Stage Two is the reconstruction of the Lockport Controlling Works which is currently in the design phase and a construction of 2012. The Controlling Works are approximately three miles upstream of the Lock and Dam and are used by MWRD to control Stage Three is rehabilitating the left descending Lockport many years. The District has awarded a $64,000,000 construction contract to Walsh Construction Company, Chicago, Ill., to place new structural precast concrete panels along the existing canal face for approximately two miles. Construction is expected to be complete in December 2011. of 2009, passed by the U.S. House and Senate and signed by percent of the ARRA funding is being used to complete Stage Three of the Lockport Lock Rehabilitation project. The remaining ARRA funds will be used to complete Stage Two. ONE STEP CL OS ER A birds-eye-view of Lockport Lock, Lockport, Ill., shows the Lockport upper pool is a perched pool (38-feet above the surrounding area), it has a roughly scending bank and a concrete canal wall on the left descending bank. The contractor used a Hydromill to install the 4,300-foot cut-off wall on the right descending Lockport Approach tonite (clay) Slurry is introduced into the trench from the slurry plant, then the cutter (above right) cuts the mate rial, with both wheels rotating towards the center of the the slurry with the cutting and returns it to the slurry plant where the slurry is separated and then returned to through tubes to the bottom of the trench as the slurry is removed from the top to form the cuf-off wall. Approach Dike Controlling Works Canal Wall


November 2009 Tower Times 5 T Camp Dodge. D espite wet and cool weather conditions, mountain bikers grown Race Series. The Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association (PAMBA) hosted Missouri. categories for men, women and children to compete in. years on their 20-mile trail system with an excellent mix of fast distance for bike climbers. and was impressed by a six-year-old that tore the trails up. I was elated at the end of the ride! working relationship for many years and look forward to continu ing this great partnership. OPERATI O N BAM B I BUCKET AT SAYL O RVILLE LAKE plied for this year. tors and ensure that their training exercises run smoothly. A member of the rotary aviation unit, Company C, 2nd a target at Camp Dodge during a training exercise at Saylorville Lake. Mountain Bikes Descend on Farmdale Reservoir By Susan Yager, Public Affairs Assistant Park Ranger Todd Ernen putsch, Farm dale Reservoir, poses for a photograph with six-yearold Will who Fall Festival. An agile mountain biker tests his skills during a race at the Festival at Farmdale Res ervoir, east of Peoria, Ill.


November 2009 Tower Times O ne of the missions within the Security and district employees and families from identity theft, and fraud. In the Army there is a term called or (SIs) can include anything from your Common Access Card (CAC), key card, any paperwork with a social security number, maps and many other things that could cause a threat if the item is lost or falls into the wrong hands. keep one another safe and secure. Here are some things we can all do as a team to 1. The CAC. computer when you are away from your desk. The CAC should remain with you at all times through out the workday. Do not let anyone else use your CAC for any as you, and you will be held responsible for any unlawful neck on your lanyard. Keep your card in a safe place at home 2. The Key Card. Your key card is a building access card, and anyone can pick your card up and gain access to anywhere in desk is where they need to be directed to. Do not let anyone use your key card. Again this is another item to keep on you at all times throughout the work day and placed in a secure place at home when not at work. 3. Important Documents. Following guide with social security numbers, maps of restricted areas, bank statements, checks, or needs to be secured within cabinets, drawers, or safes. You 4. Security 24/7. responsibility. At 4 p.m. your security does not shut off. on your lanyards make you targets. Those decals show you useful to someone with immor al and each other when security is at risk. 5. Vehicles. 6. Police Your Buddies. This is another military term. If you documents unsecured when not present, or sharing informa police them up. If they are absent secure the items for them. Recap with your coworker when they return. Annual Crime rates by city City Violent Crime Property Crime Chances of be coming a Victim Bettendorf, Iowa 104 795 1 in 301 35 1,338 7,482 1 in 74 3 Des Moines, Iowa 1,082 12,183 1 in 184 7 Moline, Ill. 126 1,537 1 in 348 23 Peoria, Ill. 880 7,028 1 in 176 6 Rock Island, Ill. 207 2,196 1 in 192 9 *The bold numbers on the far right represent the crime index rat ing. 100 being the safest possible. If the number is 60, that means the city is safter than 60% of all other cities in the United States. Information from Areas in the Rock Island District may not be the most danger straighter path in all areas. Remember: If one person does the right thing, others will follow.


outdoor classroom and working farm. The hope is that Kirkwood as well as other work. was another one of Athertons passions and he had worked on the leased two additional swans on the upper end of Lake MacBride in a more secluded habitat. The partnership between the Corps of Engineers and Kirk the college for the long-term lease that will further solidify their partnership. November 2009 Tower Times A sor at Kirkwood Community College, who had a passion professors for many years, bringing their students to the area for hands-on learning experiences. They are also making a big than just sitting in a classroom with a book, said John Castle, ceremony. Kirkwood Community College to use the 600-plus acres as an Trumpeter Swans Released at Coralville Lake John Castle, operations manager, Coralville Lake, addresses the crowd during a ceremony announc ing the potential partnership of the Corps of Engi neers and Kirkwood Community College and com memorating the late Steve Atherton, a professor at Kirkwood Community College. Two Trumpeter Swans were released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on the upper ends of Coralville Lake as a symbol of the wetlands Steve Atherton, a professor at Kirkwood College who recently passed away, loved. Atherton worked closely with the staff at Coralville Lake to bring his students routinely to project lands for hands-on learning experiences. H ot off the press is the updated publication featuring the locks and dams of the Upper nesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. If you would like a copy, please stop by the Rock Island 2009 Upper Mississippi River Illinois Waterway System Locks and Dams Books Available of EngineersMississippi Valley Division


A fter years of planning and construction, the Missis replacement for the 93-year old Kewanee Crane Barge. The Ke crane barge. employees with years of marine construction experience. Gen and Master Derrickboat Operator Joe Goin worked closely with both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engineers and engineers from Basic Marine, the shipbuilder, through out the entire process. The Derrick Barge 1280 Liebherr crane capable of lifting 300 tons. The crane will be used as the primary the Quad Cities Crane during gate change operations. The barge is 150 feet long and 60 feet wide and equipped with a heated spud system. DB-768 holds approximately 25,000 gallons of fuel and 10,000 gallons of water. It is equipped with a Caterpillar 215 kilowatt generator set and a eight. Some additional features of DB-768 include; two heads November 2009 8 Tower Times Rock Island District ONE DISCIPLINED TEAM in thought, word, and action meeting our commitments, with and through our part ners, by SAYING WHAT WE WILL DO, AND DOING WHAT WE SAY. Want to know how YOU can help USACE BUILD STRONG ? visit A NEW CR AN E AN D BA RGE I N THE FLEET Right, is the 93-year old Kewanee Crane its last gate change along the lock wall at spring. It has been replaced by the Der below. I BUILD STRONG by helping people whenever I can at work, in my community, and worldwide. ~ Pam Zepeda, secretary, Engineering and Construction Division and Special Emphasis Program Committee Native American Program Co-Manager made its debut during the gate change in October at


November 2009 Tower Times 9 Safety Corner D motions and improper lifting can cause painful inju ries? Your eyes may feel dry and uncomfortable after hours spent looking at a computer screen. Hands and wrists may any current issues. Start with a proper work area. You should be aware that the important. upward, and at the same distance as your monitor. footrest. It is suggested to maintain an 80-90 degree angle at your hips. tend them outward. upward, downward, or sideways. Short breaks will help to minimize the effects of sitting for hours working at the computer. and focus on something at a distance of about 20 feet for a minute or so. You can also blink for a few seconds to moisten your eye surface. Take a rest from your work station for a minute or two. Make exercises the focus on different areas of the body a regular and take it slow. and then extend the spread and then allow your hands elbows pointed out, straight en your arms until you feel the stretch then relax. your arms back to bring your shoulder blades together then, reach your arms your head from side to side then, tilt your head toward positions. and slowly bend backwards. close to your body and get help when needed. a time. keeping your back straight, squat and lift with your legs. 309-794-5820.


November 2009 Retirements ... Around the District Daniel Fetes, economist, Planning, Programs 30, after dedicating 36 years and eight months Correction: Cynthia Archer, program analyst, Planning, Programs and Project Management tired May 1, after dedicating 34 years and two Annual Chili Cook O Kicks O Combined Federal Campaign Kenneth Ayers, By Aimee Vermeulen, Legal Assistant and CFC Co-Chair The Illowa Bi-State Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has started! The CFC is an postal and military employees in their work places each fall. Millions of dollars are raised December 1st. The Corps of Engineers kicked off the CFC on October 8th with the 13th Annual Chili Cook Off. The cook off is an annual tradi tion and although outside conditions forced charities throughout the CFC. Each chili chef anonymously of their chili for tasting. The judges then spent time sam pling and deliberating on the winners. This year Jim Kohl, second place was awarded to Angie Freyermuth, Execu Chili. Third place went to SSSOOO GOOD Chili. painted haunted castle pumpkin. CFC pledge forms and information to fellow The 2009 Chili chefs, judges and event organizers. There were four entries in the decorated/ carved pumpkin contest. The painted employees for their chance to contribute to local, national and international charities through payroll deduction or one-time contri from which employees can choose. The Corps is currently running an on-line auction to raise money for the campaign. The auction continues to bring in thousands of dollars which the Rock Island District donates. This years co-chairs of the CFC are Julie any questions about CFC, please do not The campaigns runs until December 1st.


Tower Times November 2009 Tilford Flowers Security Specialist Security and Law Enforcement W hen an opportunity presents itself do you take it? been to at least 40 of the 50 states. he got older and joined the Army in 1977. He was a detach force protection and anti-terrorism for European seaports. He Europe for Desert Shield, Bosnia and other campaigns around curity details for the Secretary of Defense, Chief of Staff of the Army and others. He was stationed in Japan, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and many bases in the United States before retiring in December 1998. After retiring from the Army, Flowers went to work for corporate America as a security manager for Target Stores and worked to protect the brand, company name, budgets, and He also went back to school and got his masters degree in West Virginia in May 2009. After graduation he began look ing for jobs related to his masters program and applied for the to the Midwest from Los Angeles, and started with the District in July. dams, fresh air and quality of life, said Flowers about working for the Corps. His job entails coordinating the anti-terrorism, force protec for the district. municating basic tactics to employees to keep them secure and safe, said Flowers. ensuring the appropriate security train ing, tactics, awareness and program tools are available across the entire security platform; physical, anti-terrorism, force protection, personnel, law enforcement etc are maintained in support of the Corps Mission, Strategic Vision, Four Goals, Priorities and tenets. Photo taken while visiting the Grand Canyon. the world. Flowers. of San Diego. tomorrow you can do what others can not. Someone shared


W hat started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recogni tablishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. One of the proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Roch Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kan., formally Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Sat for recognition of Indians as citizens. The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot In claimed. day in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. recognition as a national legal holiday. ~ Information courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004