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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: March 2010 Tower Times Contents March 2010 2 Tower Times 3 Message from the Commanding General 5 Deployment Proves to be More than a Job 6 Writing Women Back into History March is Womens History Month 8 Placing Concrete Underwater Emergency repairs begin at Dresden Island Lock and Dam 10 Emergency Preparedness: Are you Ready? 12 Clock Tower Historic Corridor 14 Around the District 15 Spotlight on the District Kathleen Sullivan On the Cover Adam Ziegler (left) and Jason Brown, Engineering and Construction Division, inspect the pipe transporting concrete from the staging area to the boom truck during a site visit at Dresden Island Lock and Dam. (See story about Dresden Island on page 8.) Photo by Hilary Markin, Editor Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 32 No. 6 March 2010




March 2010 4 Tower Times C ol. Shawn McGinley promotes Maj. Jared Ware to lieutenant colonel in a ceremony held on the lawn of the Clock Tower Feb. 25. Lt. Col. Ware has been the deputy commander of the District since Oct. 1, 2009. (Photos by Hilary Markin) Maj. Ware Promoted to Lt. Col.


March 2010 Tower Times 5 G safety were my top concerns as I contemplated deploying to Afghanistan. After some hesitation I made the commitment to go and the experience was something I wont soon forget. I saw the opportunity as the chance of a lifetime. As someone who a challenge, deploying to Afghanistan seemed like a logical step. But once I decided, things happened so fast and I had many concerns -how was my family going to manage without me? What do I need to do to prepare myself? Quickly, most of my concerns were answered. I had medical appointments ranging from regular physicals to im munizations and blood tests, to eye exams and dental screenings. Then, an international VISA. The VISA alone can take up to three or four week at the deployment center attending more classes focused on areas culture, and more. While at the deployment center, a person deploying will get issued body armor, and other equipment necessary. Upon completion of the bunker call, which was the result of an attempt on the Afghani Presi dents life. It was not as frightening as I thought it would be. Actually, had periodic bunker drills to maintain preparedness. The only time I worried about my safety was on the return trip when I was pulled aside and patted down by an Afghani female in airport security. from family and friends. I made new friends, learned new skills, and grew both personally and professionally. Editors Note: Julie Brown is one of many District employees who have deployed in support of the Corps missions in Afghanistan. DEPLOYMENT PROVES TO BE MORE THAN A JOB By Julie Brown, Executive Secretary


January 1915 ployee of the Rock Island District. July 1927, From 1946-1947, engineer of the Rock Island District. In 1981, Janice M. Bennett became the second female engineer of the Rock Island District. April 1981, Brandon Road Lock and Dam. In 1986, Barb Lindquist was the second women to be hired as a lock and dam operator by the District. She was employed at Lock and Dam No. 11. In May 1986, the Federal Womens Program initiated the Federal Womens Pro gram Lock and Dam Operator Detail for Women. The goal of the program is to interest more women in applying for wage grade jobs. said Mary Ann Baker, the Federal Womens Program Manager at the time. Mary Scott and Brenda Chacon, In October 1988, Annette Bealer began her detail at lock and dam No. 14. The youre by the water, so you can catch some rays along with a nice breeze. But, on a cold day, you still do a lot of walking, and youre by the water, and you catch a hell of a breeze. Let me tell you, it rips right through you. June 1989, Cheri Sersland began her temporary lock detail and on October 8, 1991 she became the third permanent female lock worker hired by the District. In 1990, And in 1991, Judi Gooch, formerly a secretary in the Operation Branch of the Chicago District, began her employment with the Rock Island District as a lock and dam operator at Lockport Lock. Presently, Ms. Gooch is the acting Lockmaster at position. The current Federal Womens Program Managers are Donna Hardy (who partici pated in the Federal Womans Program Lock and Dam Operator Detail for Women in the fall of 1991) and Melinda Bratthauer. Editors Note Excerpts taken from March 1991 Tower Times article District women at the locks and dams by Evelyn Fincher. MARCH IS WO M ENS HISTORY MONTH Writing Women back into History W O M E N O F T H E D I S T R I C T By Rachal Deahl, Equal Employment Opportunity Trudi Sholtz (photo by Evelyn Fincher) Myrtle L. Burge Annette Bealer (photo by Denise Yale) March 2010 6 Tower Times


Remember When... T he Tower Times is due for a fresh new look what about a new name to go with the new look? An updated design is in the works and we would like your input on the idea of a new name should it stay or should it go? In the 30s and 40s the publication was the present day Tower Times. Send your thoughts, name suggestions, and feedback to Hilary.R.Markin@usace. All the feedback will be consolidated and taken into consideration. Stay tuned for more information on the future of the Tower Times. March 2010 Tower Times 7 Freshening Up March 1978 Construction of the Visitor Center, to be built at Locks and Dam 15, is expected to begin this spring, as a result of the bid opening held Wednesday, Feb. 8. C.H. Langman & Son, of Rock Island submitted the apparent March 1980 Dale Hickle, who works in Channel Maintenance March 1981 projects were selected as award winners in the 15th annual U.S. program. Engineering and Science Council at their National Engineers Week banquet on Feb. 21. March 1982 The Rock Island repair crew, headquartered on their Quarterboat in the Peoria project slip, has worked the last Highlights from previous Tower Times editions paint. Bud Martin is in charge of the crew. March 1983 15, Rock Island, Illinois, which reported 4,000 tons of cargo for January 1983. March 1989 Commanders Award for the month of December. March 1990 Jim Piper, Bill Long, and Howard Cooper rescued a young beagle hound from the icy waters of the lock chamber of February 6 at Lock and Dam 16. On February 13, the Black Employment Program committee held a soul food sampling to celebrate Black History Month. March 1991 Inspection on January 14-18, 1991.


Story and photos by Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist D uring an inspection late last year at Dresden Island Lock and Dam, scouring of limestone bedrock on the down and potential dam failure. are taken from a boat using a multi-beam echosounder (or sonar). then back to the machine. Engineers use the amount of time it takes for the beam to return to the machine to create a map of the The area that the lock and dam was built on is limestone bed Left, Russell Con struction, Daven port, Iowa, pumps concrete under water through a boom truck (seen below). More than 10,000 cubic yards will be pumped into two scour holes below Dresden Island Lock and Dam. PLACING CONCRETE UNDERWATER March 2010 8 Tower Times


more easily than limestone. This formation is not completely unique to Dresden. It can be found throughout the Upper Missis nois Department of Natural Resources to use an already estab lished access road to route cement trucks and other necessary equipment to the far end of the dam. The design work was kicked off with a meeting on Dec. 3 and two and one-half weeks later it was ready to hit the street. The quick turn around on contract documents is attributed to a lot of hard working, dedicated team members who put time port, Iowa, in mid January for $2,895,445. The contractor started mobilizing equipment in early February to prepare for the place ment of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of concrete. The contractor began placing concrete in the largest scour hole on March 1. They are using a large pump to pump the mate where the concrete enters a boom truck before being pumped concrete and ensures the operation is running smoothly. The contractor mobilized quickly with a good plan and some great subcontractors. They placed just more than 3,000 March 2010 Tower Times 9 conditions continue, the repair will be completed before the scheduled date, said Brown. proximately 15 miles southwest of Joliet, Ill. Left, Berry Pence, superintendent, Russell Con struction, discusses the progress thus far with Tom Mack (middle), chief, Geotechnical Branch, Engineering and Construction Division and Jason Brown, contruction control representa Engineering and Construction Division (right). Photo was taken on day two of placing concrete underwater below Dresden Island Lock and Dam. Above, Ed Stowitts, diver, Global Infrastructure, climbs the ladder after supervising the placement of concrete underwater below Dresden Island Lock and Dam. Part of the contract requires a diver to be underwater to oversee the operation and ensure proper placement of the material.


The Order of the Engineer was organized after the failure of a engineers formed what became known as the Order of the Engi sacred trust that resides with them in their work. They originally used a beam of that same bridge to form a wrought iron ring of the pledge they took as an engineer to practice in a profes sional and competent manner. March 2010 10 Tower Times National Engineers Week Center, Denny Lundberg, chief, Engineering and Construction Division, and Lt. Col. Jared Ware, Depu ty Commander, unveil the updated Engineering and Construction Professional Registration Board. Also in the photo are employees whose names were added to the board. EC Professional Registration Board Professional Engineer Charles Bauer Richard Busch Paul Holcomb Matthew Coffelt Rachel Fellman Matthew Schneider Structural Engineer Registered Architect Dennis Hawley Ronald Mott Professional Geologist Alan Tamm Engineer Intern Erica Stephens Trent Robertson Joshua Hendrix Elizabeth Bruns Nathaniel Hanna-Holloway Amanda Geddes Allen Giger LEED Accredited Professional Richard Busch Bob Castro Matthew Schneider T he Rock Island District took a moment during National Engineers Week, Feb. 14-20, to recognize engineers re Engineer. The engineers whose names were added to the profes world-class engineering dedicated to the protection of public health, safety and welfare. The backbone of our organization is the professional engi met by many of you in this room, said Lt. Col. Jared Ware, dur ing the ceremony. Engineers were also inducted into the Order of the Engineer which was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a Order of the Engineer Aaron Heidenreich Andrew Goodall Anthony Heddlesten Bryan Snook Elizabeth Bruns Andrew Goodall, Project Engineering Section, re cieves his Order of the Engineer symbol from Gary Loss, Engineering and Construction Division. Felix Castro-Calderon Jeffrey Tripp Nathaniel Hanna-Holloway Rachel Fellman Trent Robertson Story and photos by Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist


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al elements dating from the period of initial or original design and A contracted architectural historian made recommendations for restoration and repair of the clock tower faces, following the Secretary of the Interiors recommended guidance. The exterior restoration of the Clock Tower Building took place between 2000 and 2001 on the attic windows, stone walls, clock face, and roof; nation, and is ongoing. The Historic Corridor enhanced the stairway from the base March 2010 12 Tower Times By Ron Deiss, Archeologist (photos by Hilary Markin) T he Clock Tower Building was listed as a contributing element to the National Register of Historic Places Rock Island Arsenal Historic District, September 30, 1969. It has been suggested that the Clock Tower Building may be one 125 years and stands as the most recognized symbol of the Corps Corps of Engineers inspection of the Clock Tower Building exte This inspection and proposed remedial actions were con tracted in 1988 and met the Secretary of the Interiors Standards Historic Landmark Status in 1988, along with the Arsenals Old In 1994, a proposed interior-remodeling plan was formulated. nal or initial construction materials and architectural elements) the Corps of Engineers requirements under Section 106 of the in the Midwest. The restoration and remodeling was coordinated Tower Building Historic Corridor, focusing on the restoration of In 1998 and 1999, exterior maintenance remodeling was proposed and in August 1996 the historic corridor concept was Clock Tower Historic Corridor The Corps has been documenting the restoration of the Clock Tower throughout its history. The exhibit above explains how the stairwell has been restored to what it is today.


March 2010 Tower Times 13 Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to special prize and be recognized in the next Tower Times. February Answer: See photo above. Winner: Beth Hann, Resource Management A replica, using the description from historic documents, of the missing cor nerstone was created as part of the fourth dor. (Photo from Feb ruary Tower Timess Wheres This?) tures and displays that tell the history of the Corps and the Clock Tower Building. In 2007, the Corps conducted an exte Building which proposed stone repairs based upon safety concerns. Many of these repairs remain too costly. Since 2008, the Corps has continued A formal design report was written in Corridor. This year the Corps contracted with located on the Rock Island Arsenal to de within the design report. The exhibits include information on the restoration Rock Island District, and a replication located. A handicap accessible booth the history of the Clock Tower, Corps of Engineers, and a detailed tour of the by stairs. The displays all meet the requirements of the National Historic The Historic Corridor is open to all public during weekend Clock Tower A virtual tour of the Clock Tower building with detailed information about its most recent phase of the Historical Corridor renovations. The virtual tour booth is handicap accessible allowing visitors not able to climb the stairs a


March 2010 Retirements ... Around the District Robert Morandi, assistant lockmaster, T.J. OBrien Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway, cating 29 years and four months to the federal Congrats ... Dennis Franks, natural resources special after dedicating 32 years and six months to the Paul Moltmann, lock and dam operator, Lock ment. A. John Gall, Jr., David Valentino, lock and dam equipment me chanic, Brandon Road Lock and Dam, Illinois after dedicating 11 years and eight months to Glenn Merry, lock and dam repairer, Struc tures Maintenance Unit, Maintenance Section, retired March 1, after dedicating 31 years to the The Quad City Engineering and Science Coun cil (QCESC) held its 48th Annual National Engineers Week Banquet. Two employees from the Rock Island District were recognized president Scott Bullock (below, left in photos). Chris Trefry (right), hydraulic engineer, Water Control Section, Hydrology and Hydraulics sion. awarded to Joe Jordon (right), general biolo Branch, Planning, Programs and Project Man Michael Edwards, Quincy resident engineer, Construction Branch, Engineering & Construc Management Excellence Award in the Rock Island District. Paul Whitmer, sion, is the recipient of 2009 Hard Hat of the for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hard A portrait of Russell Gruenwald is on the this 100 page book by Rose Frantzen, docu menting residents of Maquoketa, Iowa. Gruenwald retired from Engineering & Construction in June 2004. The Portrait of Maquoketa is currently on display at the Smith sonians National Portrait Gallery through July 5, 2010.


around the water treatment plant. projects are being completed and comply with the plans and to get back into one day. Her family enjoys frequent trips to Chicago taking in all the sites and culture the downtown area has to offer. question. No matter how big or small, it always brings a differ Tower Times 15 March 2010 Sotry and photo by Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Kathleen Sullivan Project Engineer H sity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following graduation she Phase I designs and construction inspections. She then returned commercial sector. Other past work experience includes working nearly six years and project manager. challenges that contractors face. I had the opportunity to contrib ute to bids as great as $11 million and work on-site at Minot Air Force Base installing new taxiways. It was a great experience that will always remind me that hard work does pay off, said Prior to becoming a Corps employee she worked at Valley cial projects in the Quad City area. the way. I really enjoy working with and seeing a project through from beginning to end and working with all the different parties ect through others eyes and see what they see. of knowledge of the construction industry and business. Her position with the District is a project engineer in Engineering and Since starting, she has been doing a mini-rotation through the organization and to meet fellow employees. She has also started


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 Tower Building, February 10. These quarterly events help new employees become familiar with all (photo by Hilary Markin)