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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: January 2010 Tower Times Contents January 2010 2 Tower Times 3 2009 A Banner Year for the Rock Island District Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 Concept Becomes Reality Enterprise Geographic Information System implemented in three stages 5 Building Strong Leaders 6 Partnering Brings Training On-site 8 2010 Rock Island District Eagle Watches 9 Safety Corner Working in Cold Weather Conditions 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District Jennifer Hutchison On the Cover Park Ranger Wendy Frohlich helps students view eagles roosting along the Mississippi River during the 2009 Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days. (See information about 2010 eagle watches on page 8.) Photo by Hilary Markin, Corporate Communications Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 32 No. 4 January 2010


eration and maintenance of Corps projects and project studies as hard at work obligating more than $50 million. And, as we enter into 2010, ARRA will continue to be a hot topic as we obligate funding for projects and programs in our District. But, many other projects were underway as we executed our budget outside of ARRA dollars. One such project was the Flood Risk Manage of Cedar Rapids entered into a Feasibility Study Cost Sharing as a partnership between the Corps and the City to identify poten Cedar Rapids. This expansion transformed the study into the larg by the Rock Island District, with a current estimated cost of $7.5 million. There were many accomplishments this District can be proud near Locks and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, manages nearly 75 percent of the Districts funds for the central portion of the struction on the Peoria Upper Mid-sized Island Critical Restora tion Project. Stage One was completed and Stage Two is under way. This project, which was authorized by Section 519 of the that includes the dredging of 55 acres of backwater and channels. The project results in the creation of a 21-acre island and restores 2009 A BA NNER YE A R FOR THE DISTRICT January 2010 Tower Times 3 By Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander W elcome to 2010, the start of another decade and an other busy year for the Rock Island District. If 2009 agree that this year will be just as busy if not busier. challenges and opportunities to excel, which I can say without a doubt you did! The year began with a historic establishment. The Rock Island and the Corps of Engineers was hard at work to help minimize domestic priority is to repair the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) which means repairing and to help with the HSDRRS efforts. With more than $1 billion in domestic engineering projects in the world. mitment to ensure none of our other missions were affected by the increased workload. In March, many of our employees were knee deep in performing one of the Districts primary missions The Rock Island District responded, sending employees to ylene, 1,630 feet of Port-A-Dam and 19 pumps to our teammates in the St. Paul District. The efforts our employees made were President had signed a historical bill that is greatly impacting projects and programs within our boundaries. After some adjust ments, the total funding for our District was more than $140 million. (Continued on page 4)


challenges ahead. Each one of you is ready to execute the new paign Plan goals. I thank you for all of your tremendous efforts in 2009. I was only here to witness half of the year but those six months were eye opening and I am truly impressed with the District workforce. I know that with your dedication, this District will continue to do great things this year and for years to come. Continue BUILD January 2010 4 Tower Times ing and your hard work brought it to fruition. I think 2009 will be remembered as a banner year for this District. You operated and executed a budget that almost exceed ed $200 million in FY09 and by mid December 2009 you had already obligated almost $7.5 million (non-ARRA funds) in the numerous to list. Whether re-opening the auxiliary lock at Locks and Dam 15; or beginning repair work at the Districts three ma data. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) users with team members the concept is now becoming a reality. geospatial information and the tools like GIS to manipulate, ment information has a geospatial component and that the federal ing geospatial data and facilitating partnerships. The challenge is coordinating how geospatial data is acquired and used, and how the coordination of geographic information and data acquisition Manual 1110-1-2909. (USACE), is the integrated geospatial technology infrastructure data sets to all functional elements and business processes of the consolidation and standardization, dynamic data management practices, and an open exchange of information and technology. The implementation of the District EGIS was accomplished CON C EPT BE C OMES REALITY across the District often resulting in disorganization, duplica tion, and restricted access for users. Allowing open access to data holdings, reducing duplication, data stewardship and integrity were top priorities during this phase. product allowing robust multi-user editing, storage and access of extremely large geospatial databases. These datasets are stored, maintained, and managed locally but accessible by all USACE organizations. ArcSDE supports the USACE EGIS Architecture and will be fused together with other Corps organizations to form the USACE EGIS. The Rock Island Districts EGIS can be thought of as a single thread in the Corps EGIS web. CorpsMap Viewer that was released in December. This weba cross-functional need for geospatial information. It is useruser base but also expands to a new community of users within the District and Corps. cure access to District, USACE, and other geospatial data holding including imagery, Corps infrastructure, project locations, federal gage data. The creation of the Rock Island District EGIS will help us go from good to great as we streamline our business processes and By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Commanders Column, continued T


January 2010 Tower Times 5 H acronym worth learning! LDP stands for Leadership identify the program here in the District. training to keep up with the latest leadership trends. Incidentally, students across our nation are becoming ac to carry forward our mission. The Districts LDP has been around for nearly a decade. Our starting again soon. focus on oneself. It is a six month program in which participants ics. Readings will be assigned and participants will be required some form of mentoring. The application process is easy and many tools that will assist them in becoming a better leader. The format will be similar to before, although we will be con tracting the program out this year. This will ensure that our pro ing competent leaders. Each LDP class is unique and is typically course, as well as a few retreats to further enhance team build Good to Great. Ross Business School, was the head of General Electrics Leader Commander. In a few of his books, Dr. Tichy has commented on the organization enthusiastically champion the LDP and make it The LDP program at MVR supports Goal 4 of the USACE Campaign Plan, Recruiting and Retaining Strong Teams. Fur thermore this program supports one of MVRs tasks in the Rock Island District Operations Plan, to strengthen competencies of educated, competent, and experienced professionals who will continue to carry out our mission and build strong. Building Strong Leaders By Sara Paxson, Professional Development Specialist Leadership Development Program participants develop team building skills by doing a lap sit exercise, if one falls they all fall. Participants in the Leadership Devel opment Program learn about trust while working together to walk through the woods as a blindfolded team.


January 2010 6 Tower Times Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to Hilary.R.Markin@usace. a special prize and be recognized in the next Tower Times. The Grant River Recreation Area is located two miles south of Potosi, Wis., along the backwa ters of the Mississippi River. The area is not only a campground but also has a boat ramp, picnic shelter and playgrounds. It is a popular family get-a-way with beautiful sunsets. For more information visit Dec. Answer: Grant River Recre ation Area Submitted by: Jeff Nelson, Mississippi River Project T he Rock Island District Equal Employment Opportunity Employees from the Districts Special Emphasis Program Committee (SEPC) and Rock Island Arsenal attended the train and sharing training resources is just one more way to strengthen that bond. The training allowed new Special Emphasis Program Manag for longtime committee members. process of being a program manager. Each group put together a of under-represented groups. Above, instructor Alberto Crespo, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, checks to see if the class expectations were met during the week-long training. Partnering Brings Train ing On-site By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Above, Rock Island District presented the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) their support and the training they provided. Pictured from left, Amy Hess, chief of EEO, Jacqueline Chan dler, instructor at DEOMI, Maj. Jared Ware, Deputy District Commander, and Alberto Crespo, instructor at DEOMI.


B) Your role and responsibility Each district employee should report, to the proper au disclosure. ensure employees are trained and understand security your employees need-to-know. C) Reporting unsecure/unauthorized disclosure: Immediately take control and safeguard the information sonnel will not make any statement or comment that would information. D) What can I do: During duty hours place information out-of-sight if work ACE-IT, Records Management for copies. During non-duty hours, lock up material in an adequate January 2010 Tower Times 7 A bility to safe guard information and maintain its integrity. A) Two regulations govern and describe information security: 1. Information Assurance (IA) Security, AR 25-2: The protection of systems and information in storage, processing, or transit from unauthorized access or modi those measures necessary to detect, document, and coun ter such threats. The designation IA as the security disci compromising emanations (TEMPEST). ing of information requiring protection in the interests of national security is executed. It primarily pertains to Department of Defense (DoD) policy is to operate in an open there is a certain amount of information that we need to protect in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Rock Island District, we all work with two-types of information that require safeguarding and Information Security Rock Island District BUILDING STRONG 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 ? BUILDING STRONG I BUILD STRONG by providing legal advice to the Dis trict on diverse matters ranging from environmental regu lation and environmental compliance to contracting and contract labor. ~ Leslie Bohl, Assistant District Counsel,


January 2010 8 Tower Times 2010 Rock Island District Eagle Watches Mississippi River Visitor Center Eagle Watch/ Clock Tower Tours Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days Jan. 8 10 QCCA Expo Center Clinton Bald Eagle Watch Jan. 9 Educational programs Clinton Community College Muscatine Bald Eagle Watch Jan. 9 Call 563-263-7913 for more information Dubuque Bald Eagle Watch Jan. 23 Keokuk Bald Eagle Days Jan. 16 17 LeClaire Bald Eagle Watch Jan. 30 31 Educational programs Mississippi Valley Welcome Center Call 309-277-0937x120 for more information Hampton Bald Eagle Watch Feb. 27 Hampton Heritage Center, Hampton, Ill. Red Rock Bald Eagle Day March 6 Educational programs Central College, Pella Illinois Waterway Visitor Center Bald Eagle Watch Jan. 23 24 Educational programs Illinois Waterway Visitor Center American Indian eagle program Saylorville Lake Bald Eagle Watch Feb. 21 Visitor Center Call 515-276-4656 for more information Quincy Bald Eagle Watch Feb. 27


thick sweater. The air trapped between the layers helps to waterproof material. Mother was rightwear a hat! Half of the bodys heat is lost through the top of the head! If there is wind, consider frigid air. at the wrist, sturdy shoes, and two layers of warm socks. Good Winter Work Practices There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from cold-related injuries: starts. heated warming shelter such as: lock house, control shack, January 2010 Tower Times 9 Working in Cold Weather Conditions Safety Corner W inter signals the need to take extra precautions be cause prolonged exposure to cold can cause problems, particularly with workers who must spend a lot of time outside. Frostbite symptoms of frostbite are a loss of feeling (numbness), whitish skin, and sometimes blister. If medical help is not immediately water, rub with your hands, or use a heat source! Hypothermia occurs when the entire body becomes cold, and the bodys core temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. entation, slurred speech, and exhaustion. then the arms and legs, using blankets. Get the person into dry tions, and thyroid problems can increase the risk of cold-related problems. So can alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. Dress for Cold Weather Success A student from Pella Christian Grade School uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate a hidden cache during a geocaching program at Lake Red Rock. The interpretive staff held the program in November on the increasingly popular sport of searching for hid on geocaching basics preceded participants testing their skills searching for hidden caches. Geocaching is another way to provide visitors additional encouragement to get outdoors and explore the lakes resources.


January 2010 Retirements ... Around the District Lawrence Badtke, maintenance worker, Proj ect Maintenance Unit, Maintenance Section, retired Dec. 31, after dedicating 24 years and Gaylord Helms, electrician leader, USACE cating 24 years and four months to the federal Douglas Manary, 46, of Coal Valley, Ill., died Dec. 16, at Trinity Medi cal Center, West Campus, Rock Island, Ill. Manary owned and operated Manarys, LLC, Moline and Dougs Vend he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for six years. Sympathy ... Raymond Dzurisin, lock and dam operator, Marseilles Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway, cating 27 years and three months to the federal Daniel Leachman, lock and dam operator, Peoria Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway, Op ing 22 years and six and one-half months to the James Aschnewitz, safety and occupational Engineering Section, Design Branch, Engineer ment. Claude Stewart, lock and dam operator, Peoria Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway, Operations ment. Millard Engelkins, lock and dam operator, Kevin Marker, realty specialist, Federal Lands Contract ing Division participated in the Rock Island Arse nal Morale, Welfare and Recreation door decorat ing contest. There were 14 entries and although their door didnt win, they enjoyed creat ing a Corps of Engineers Frosty the Snowman. River Bend Brass, a band comprised of District employees, performed seasonal music during the Holiday Party at the Clock Tower. NOTE and other happenings around the District to


graduation she is looking forward to spending time with her Hutchison is married to a physicians assistant in the also works at Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Ill., as a physicians assistant. She has a son, Alec, who enjoys playing the guitar and soccer and is expecting a new addition to their family in May. During her free time, Hutchison enjoys making cards for family and friends and scrapbooking. She also sews quilts and other as sorted wall hangings. Hutchison also enjoys went to Hawaiis Big Island the week before the Ironman Competition. It was cool to see were amazed to see the course and that the portion they biked was on an asphalt They also learned that the top ten or so competitors usually complete this portion of the competition during the hottest part of the day. Tampa and Destin areas where some of her family and friends Seuss memorized. Sometimes the questions are complicated Tower Times 11 January 2010 By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Jennifer Hutchison Occupational Health and Safety Clerk Student Aide S ome of us seek a career while others happen upon one. working in occupational health and safety. Prior to working for the Corps she worked at an occupational was promoted to accounts she learned a lot about the industry and decided she wanted to make a career of it. She already had her as sociates degree in business cided to pursue a bachelors degree in business from Western Illinois, Moline, Ill. While taking classes she learned of an opportunity to a student aide and applied for the position. She started As a student aide she is re quired to take at least six hours of classes per semester and work twenty hours a week. The student aide program is a great opportunity to learn about the organization and will hopefully lead to full-time em I worked in safety and occupation health for 10 years and enjoy working with people and being able to help gather infor She will graduate from Western Illinois in May. Following I BUILD STRONG by respecting myself and those around me and continuing to help with the solutions, not the prob lems. Pictured from left, son Alec, husband Richard and Jennifer Hutchison.


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 President Harry Truman Wipes Out Military Segregation for equality of treatment and opportunity in the armed forces without regard to race, color, The Civil Rights Era The Montgomery Bus Boycott to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama, and was arrested in December 1955, she set off a such an opportunity to test the citys segregation laws. Deciding to boycott the buses, the African American community soon formed a new orga ful than anyone hoped, led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregated buses. Two Baseball Greats Born in 1921 in Philadelphia, Roy Campanella was inducted into the Base ball Hall of Fame in 1969. Willie Howard later. Both Campanella, who was a catcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers for most of his professional years, and Mays, the third African American player in the 1951 Giants leagues, these other players also faced dif hostile players and fans. Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement and performing their music. The most ambi of Max Roach, recorded in August and performers as Coleman Hawkins, Abbey small label Candid Records rather than on Max Roachs regular label, Mercury.