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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Island, IL, 61204-2004; or e-mail at On the web at: February 2010 Tower Times Contents February 2010 2 Tower Times 3 Rescinded Funds Not Cause For Alarm Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 At Your Fingertips 5 Bobber and Seamoor Become Celebrities 6 Scholarship Established for Women Engineering Students 7 Gaining More Usable Space 9 Safety Corner Stroke Awareness Month 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District Stephen McCann On the Cover During a recent rise in temperature, a closely to ensure no damage occurred to (See story about Lock and Dam 22 on page 8.) Photo by Tom Pickett, Lock and Dam 22 Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 32 No. 5 February 2010


within the region. of money and it is. But, rest assured that we are working diligent ly to recoup some of that money and regardless of the outcome of those efforts, the Rock Island District is still operating with an erations tempo is still at one of the all time highs for this District. Last year the Rock Island District executed a budget of more year. Our FY 2010 budget is less than last years but still robust rescinded, our operating budget is healthy and readies us for the Goals. amount of money rescinded could be cause for alarm for some commanders. But, for me, knowing the hard-working profession BUILDING STRONG Rescinded Funds Not Cause For Alarm February 2010 Tower Times 3 By Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander I has to be in place to get projects underway and completed. The ins and outs of the budgetary process can often be con ing considered for reprogramming from the Rock Island New 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. Want to know how YOU can help USACE BUILD STRONG ? BUILDING STRONG I BUILD STRONG by working hard, staying involved in my community, and being a good role model for my kids. Perry Jones, Brandon Road Lock and Dam and Special Emphasis Program Committee Black Employment Program Co-Manager


February 2010 4 Tower Times At Your Fingertips By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist S ince 2006, the Rock Island District Technical Library has coordinated the centralized purchase of online knowledge resources for districts throughout the U.S. with six districts contributing funds for online research material and has blossomed into 36 USACE locations using the estimated 3,000 journals and 2,000 online reference and reliable information to users simultaneously, supplies resources to districts without professional library sup standardize the procurement of library resources. ing a centralized access point. According to library sci compared to the cost of purchasing the material through an and labor of the employee. The USACE Electronic Library has also gained in popu larity with more employees accessing and using the more of material downloads doubled compared to 2007 (44,000 resilient workforce. The USACE Electronic Library contains knowledge re engineering reference manuals the KNOVEL Research Library; and for information on the congressional legisla ecological modeling, hydrology, leadership, restoration, management, soils and sediments, and wetlands. ciplines, ranging from equal employment opportunity and Bob Romic, District Librarian. CAC authorization number, and enter the USACE Library Program Intranet website. On the left-hand side, employees employees. tact the District Library staff for assistance. Bob Romic, District Librarian, views the Electronic Library and helps customers use the more than 5,000 resources available in one location. More than 5,000 Resources Visit and explore the Electronic Journals BUILDING STRONG


Illinois Waterway Park Rangers Todd Ernenputsch and Bob Petruney talked with more than 500 people during the they had their pictures taken. Illinois Waterway staff will be at three more family fun games in the next month, along with Bobber. Seamoor has other appointments and will not be back to Peoria. February 2010 Tower Times 5 W ith frozen water inside and out at the Peoria teers from the Il linois Waterway en couraged people to think about summertime by sponsoring a table during family fun night at a Peoria game. Starting 90 minutes before the opening face off, sheets, coloring books and temporary tattoos. Also at the Seamoor and Bobber. through the crowd, talking with kids and encouraging those Bobber and Seamoor Become Celebrities Left, Bobber greets a young man while promoting water safety at the Peoria River men hockey game. Right, Ranger Todd Ernenputsch helps Bobber pass out water safety color ing books to boys and girls before the hockey game. T security assessment of the Rock Island District, Jan. 11-15. conduct the assessment. According to Tilford Flowers, security specialist, Rock Island and document four separate security assessments while meeting the requirements set by the Pentagon, the U. S. Army and the Corps. Throughout the week, members of Emergency Management, Information Technol Flowers said the assessment will help the District ensure compliance with security meet higher headquarters requirements for checklists to be used in future assessments. District Undergoes Security Assessment From left, Tilford Flowers, security specialist, watches Dr. Vic LaGarde, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), use a security assessment during a recent visit; while Dave Coltharp, ERDC, watch es over his shoulder.


26-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and UWP ing Norwegian woman who didnt want to be treated differently than anyone else. I, and so many others, remember her being so at Madison. According to her husband, she earned a reputation in the Upper Mississippi region as a person of great dedication and Council Junior Engineer of the Year award and the 1994 Rock Island District Professional of the Year award. Kirkeeng-Kincaid was a member of the ASCE, Society of American Military Engi neers, Project Management Institute, UWP Alumni Association Women in Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Editors Note: John Kincaid is a Rock Island District employee in Engineering and Construction Division. February 2010 6 Tower Times T Foundation, the Kincaid family has established the Teresa A. Kirkeeng-Kincaid Memorial Scholarship for Women in and daughter, Jacob and Ann, created the scholarship in memory of their wife and mother, who passed away in 2007 after battling cancer for some time. student from Wisconsin with at least a sophomore standing and also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. UWP means a lot to me and it meant a lot to Teresa as well als who was more concerned with making a difference than mak Scholarship Established for Women Engineering Students


The unique table and room are complimented by a 4-foot by 4-foot-6-inch tall chandelier that was purchased from Habitat The addition of the conference room is part of the Clock Tower Buildings ongoing maintenance and rehab plans for the oldest building on Arsenal Island. The next step is the creation of a hall way corridor featuring exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of displays are expected to be complete this summer. Alma Gaul, Quad City Times, contributed to this article. February 2010 Tower Times 7 T he Clock Tower Building (originally called Storehouse A) It was used for storage until World War I and before it was ordered to be torn down. Thanks to the response of local senti In 1930 when Congress authorized the nine-foot channel project on the Upper Mississippi responsibility for much of this District employees quickly outgrew their space on the second Locks and Dam 15. In 1934, the building underwent a transformation from a store and heat, water and electricity were installed. On Dec. 10, 1934, air-conditioning system were installed, the walls were painted, and a unique table was added to the space. Iowa, and it is 10 feet in diameter and 3 inches thick. The idea for the table was former deputy commander, Lt. Col. Mike Clarkes. He was instrumental in getting the project accomplished. In the middle of the table, under glass, is a replica of the Gaining More Usable Space By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist A true conversation piece, this clock face is ence room. The time is 2:22, the same time found on the clock on a $100 dollar bill. Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to Hilary.R.Markin@ receive a special prize and be recognized in the next Tower Times. Clarks Ferry is a Class A recreation area along the main channel of the Mississippi Riv er. It was named after Captain Benjamin W. Clark, who in 1833 started a ferry operation to transport cargo between Illinois and Iowa. The area offers peaceful surroundings and ac For more information visit January Answer: Clarks Ferry Recreation Area Submitted by: Kevin Zidarich, Mississippi River Project


February 2010 8 Tower Times L Group of the Year category. The staff at Lock and Dam 22 were nominated by the Safety time accidents for the past 29 years. They also had an exceptional Army Safety and Occupational Health Inspection. This was an damage to site structures and surrounding areas requiring a mas and maintained their safety record. During clean-up efforts the ards in the workplace before commencing work. The team at Lock and Dam 22 is an excellent example of Health. The award will be presented to Lock and Dam 22 at the Safety Now Awards Banquet on Feb. 3, in Orange Beach, Fla. implemented under the direction of the Commanding General. The program is designed to place an emphasis on safety at all Mississippi Valley Division SAFE GOVERNMENT GROUP OF THE YEAR By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Moline, Ill. The Symposium is being held on April 12, with a training session on April 13. Also on April 13 at the i-wireless Center, the Rock job opportunities with emphasis on their Small Business Programs. as sessions packed with information and networking opportunities. The NDIA also has a scholarship program for high school seniors, please visit their website for more information. Building Strong Together 2010 Spring Conference The staff at Lock and Dam 22 receiving the award include Stephen McCann, lockmaster, Thomas Pickett, assistant lockmaster, Michael Encochs, equipment mechanic, Brian McMillen, head lock operator, Joshua Hathaway, head lock operator, Richard Feaster, head lock operator, James Fierge, head lock operator, Ryan Lee, coop lock operator, Steve Saylor, lock operator, Travis Dryden, lock operator, Justin Bramblett, lock operator, Heath McClain, lock opera tor, Brian Moore, lock operator and Joshua Lewis, lock operator. (Please see the Tower Times online for additional photos.) Left, Steve Saylor, lock operator, closely watches the large ice 22 in January. Right, Justin Bramblett, lock operator, removes his gloves to assist a barge locking through ters receded in 2008.


a genetic disorder that mainly affects African-American and carry oxygen to the bodys tissues and organs. These cells also the brain and cause a stroke. High blood cholesterol People with high blood cholesterol women. Poor diet Diets high in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol can contribute to increased blood pressure. Diets with excess the risk of stroke. can increase your risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. So go on a brisk Alcohol abuse Alcohol abuse can lead to multiple medi cal complications, including stroke. For those who consume alcohol, a recommendation of no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for non-pregnant stroke risk. Drug abuse Drug addiction is often a chronic relapsing dis order associated with a number of societal and health-related problems. Drugs that are abused, including cocaine, amphet of stroke. Strokes caused by drug abuse are often seen in a younger population. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, espe cially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordina tion. If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, dont delay call 9-1-1 immediately. February is National Heart Awareness Month, for more in Information from the American Heart Association. February 2010 Tower Times 9 Safety Corner stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart and cancer. Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die. A stroke can be caused either by a clot ob brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). Stroke Risk Factors Some stroke risk factors are hereditary, while others are a function of natural processes. Still others result from a persons lifestyle. You cant change factors related to heredity or natural What stroke risk factors can be changed, treated or con trolled? High blood pressure High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. cigarette smoking as an important risk factor for stroke. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke damages the stroke risk. Diabetes mellitus Diabetes is an independent risk factor diabetes is treatable, the presence of the disease still increases your risk of stroke. Carotid or other artery disease The carotid arteries in your neck supply blood to your brain. A carotid artery narrowed by fatty deposits from atherosclerosis (plaque buildups in artery walls) may become blocked by a blood clot. Carotid artery disease is also called carotid artery stenosis. breaks off, enters the bloodstream and lodges in an artery lead ing to the brain, a stroke results. Other heart disease People with coronary heart disease or that work normally. Dilated cardiomyopathy (an enlarged defects also raise the risk of stroke. Sickle cell disease (also called sickle cell anemia) This is A


February 2010 Retirements ... Around the District John Kilburg, mechanic, Maintenance Support Unit, Main cating 24 years and 11 months to the federal James Aidala, erations Technical Support Branch, Operations George Hartman, 93, Lutheran Home. Hartman worked for the Corps of Engineers for 47 years. United States Army dur ing World War II. Sympathy ... Keith Weuste, assistant lockmaster, Lock and ment. John Roodhouse, assistant lockmaster, Lock ing 27 years and three months to the federal Feb. 21 Start at the Visitor Center Call 515-276-4656 for more information Quincy Bald Eagle Watch Feb. 27 Hampton Bald Eagle Watch Feb. 27 Hampton Heritage Center, Hampton, Ill. program Red Rock Bald Eagle Day March 6 Educational programs Central College, Pella Recreation doesnt halt during the winter. Saylorville Lake provides a sledding hill at Cherry Glen for visitors to enjoy. Photo by Jonathon Wuebker, Saylorville Lake Moline Bridge Closure The Arsenal Moline Bridge closed to The bridge will remain closed for a nine-month period allowing for complete replacement of the bridge roadway and miscellaneous repairs to the structure and piers. The Rock Island Gate is now the main tors passes and conducting truck inspections.


the public and the nations tow industry. The manner in which effect on the publics perception of Lock and Dam 22 was recently nominated and awarded the Safe tained an outstanding safety record of no lost-time accidents during the past and current safe daily work He is married and has one son who works for the Corps of Engi neers at Lock and Dam 19. He and the years, including places like the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Mexico. eral weeks backpacking in the Andes Picchu, a pre-Columbian Inca site Machu Picchu is often referred to as where they had originally honey mooned years ago. When asked about his career with the District and what he Tower Times 11 February 2010 By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Stephen McCann W hen you grow up in Hannibal, Mo., you cant help McCann has done just that. said McCann. His knowledge of the were instilled in him by his father who worked for LaCrosse Dredging attended college before joining the ing the Vietnam War. Following his working for the Rock Island District in 1972. During his tenure with the Corps he has worked on both the mainte ed him an opportunity to see and learn the District. In addition, he worked on projects in the St. Paul District that al lowed to him to become familiar with thinking back to the inspections he did retired from it at age 50. During his time on the team he enjoyed I BUILD STRONG by working as a team to daily execute the mission of this site, as well as the District, to the best of our abilities. Stephen McCann, Lockmaster, Lock and Dam 22


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 T or interest in science, technology, engineering, math or open to students in the sixth through ninth grades. Now in its eighth year, eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition that are responsible for scoring student project submissions, known as Mission Folders, on the eCYBERMISSION web site. Virtual Judge registration is open through Friday, Feb 26, 2010, at www. m Command Program Manager for eCYBERMISSION, urges partly on our leadership in STEM education. eCYBERMISSION Virtual Judges are in a position to promote these important skills technology, engineering, math or education disciplines, and youth is important to our nations continued global Want to contribute their expertise in a fun and unique way to the next generation of Americas leaders; apply math, science and technology in a school setting; and periods, from March 1 through March 29, 2010. students from all backgrounds a chance to compete and win up the opportunity to determine the winners based on their Mission Folder submissions. Since the competitions inception in 2002, m using the code ARMY (462-9237) or by e-mailing co m U.S. Army Launches Virtual Judge Recruitment for eCYBERMISSION Volunteers needed to support web-based science, math and technology competition for youth