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This publication is an authorized publication for members of the views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of De fense, Department of the Army, or the Rock Island District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rock Island District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Articles or photo graphic submissions are welcome and should be submitted by the 15th of each month preceding publication. Circulation 1,500. On the web at: July 2010 Tower Times Contents Tower Times Rock Island District, Clock Tower Building P.O. Box 2004 Rock Island, IL 61204-2004 Email: Phone: (309) 794-5729 Commander: Col. Shawn McGinley Deputy Commander: Lt. Col. Jared Ware Chief, Corporate Communications: Ron Fournier Editor: Hilary Markin July 2010 2 Tower Times 3 Emerging Leaders Critical to Districts Future Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 Helping Soldiers Live in the Community Rock Island Districts Domestic Leasing Program 6 2010 Corps Day 7 District Increases Readiness Posture 8 Safety Corner Severe Weather Awareness 9 Building Our Bench 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District Ivan Tuthill 12 Waterway Watch


Emerging Leaders Critical to Districts Future L eadership is a valuable commodity within any organization. It is quite often the key to success, or failure, no matter the mission. The Mississippi Valley Division and the Rock Island District are committed to fostering and developing the future leaders within our organization and that commitment can be seen in activities like the Emerging Leader Program. The famous football coach, Vince Lombardi, was famously quoted as saying Leaders arent born, they are made. Although it can be argued that some people have inherent skills that may make leading come more natu rally, any effective leader has done the work and garnered experiences which created true leadership skills. That is why the ELP is so important to the Division and the District as we are able to take the breadth of existing talent and develop leadership from within. The ELP is a Division-level leadership program that provides participants an opportunity to learn regional lead ership skills and gain experiences. During the three-year program, participants attend and participate in regional meetings, take a series of leadership courses and complete a 120-day developmental assignment (in or outside home district). Over the years, the ELP has evolved and continues to grow into a robust leadership program providing MVD em ployees valuable leadership experience. To date, more than 95 employees have emerged from the program and three percent have emerged to leadership positions at major subordinate commands and more than 75 percent of graduates are currently in senior leadership roles across MVD. Two employees from the Rock Island District graduated from the ELP this year. Douglas Morgan, assistant lock master at Starved Rock Lock and Dam on the Illinois River; and Hank DeHaan, a program manager with the Pro gram Management Division, completed the course requirements. Congratulations are in order for their hard work and commitment. They will be invaluable to the future of this District and the Division. Also, several employees are currently enrolled and are navigating through the numerous courses and develop mental assignments. Angela Freyermuth, our Districts Outreach Coordinator, and Sarah Jones from our Emergency this year. I commend our District employees for pursuing the opportunity provided by the ELP. Maj. Gen. Walsh has challenged the Districts to help build the MVD bridge from Good to Great, as it relates to the Strategic Goals set forth by the Chief of Engineers. Going from Good to Great is going to take a regional focus and outstanding leadership. That leadership is going to come from the men and women like those who challenged culture and I thank all of those who have and who will enroll. Continue BUILDING STRONG July 2010 Tower Times 3 A message from.... Colonel Shawn McGinley, District Commander


July 2010 4 Tower Times W hen you are on active-duty in the military, every couple of years you receive a new assignment and pos sibly have to pick-up your family and move to a new location, state and possibly country. This hardly allows families time to get settled, buy a home, learn the ins and outs of the town and become involved in the community. To help military families gain access to the community at an affordable price the Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) contacted the Corps of Engineers in 2007 about starting a Domestic Leasing Program (DLP). Since then the Corps has been working closely of Public Works and Military Commands (Army, Navy, Marines) to lease 50 single-family homes. had participated in this program and from the onset the team has focused on providing high-quality residences for military families. Neither they (Rock Island Arsenal) nor us had ever done anything like this before. But in relatively short time we had all 50 leases in place, said Tim Fiscus, chief, Federal Land Support Branch, Real Estate Division. To begin, the team developed selection criteria of properties to participate in the program including a minimum of three bed rooms, garage or carport, standard-size stove/oven, dishwasher and the property has to meet all applicable rental property safety codes. We put out one news release regarding the program and had nearly 300 calls from people who wanted to lease their property, said Fiscus. The property owners who participate in the program sign a analysis and negotiations the Corps negotiates the best price for the property with the homeowners. This is limited to a maxi mum amount that is established by Congress each year and does include utilities. The homeowners are responsible for all the normal landlord obligations including property maintenance, providing a 24-hour contact for emergency repairs and payment of utilities, lawn care and snow removal when the property is vacant. To date, there is a list of nearly 60 properties wanting to participate in the program in the Quad City area in addition to the 50 homes already in the DLP. For the soldiers, they have the normal tenant responsibilities including routine maintenance and upkeep of the property. For emergency maintenance and large repair items they work closely with all the partners to get issues resolved. They participate in the program in exchange for their Basic Housing Allowance and can be part of the community. Helping Soldiers Live in the Community By Hilary Markin, Editor


July 2010 Tower Times 5 This program supports a family healthy environment and community connection for the soldiers and their families, said Jody Rowe, realty specialist, Real Estate Division. As the program has developed, the kinks have been ironed out and in 2009, the partners began establishing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the DLP. This document formally outlines the roles and responsibilities of the individuals and organizations participating in the DLP. With all the programs complexity and during its infancy track to be a premier leasing program, said Rowe. One of the biggest challenges the program has faced are the typical landlord issues that property management ensues. The team is hoping that the SOP will help address those issues and provide guidance to all parties involved. The Rock Island District DLP strives to build healthy commu nities and families and hopes to grow with the housing needs of the Rock Island Arsenal. Left and below, are homes Soldiers and their families lease through the Rock Island District Domestic Leas ing Program in the Quad Cities area. Photos taken by Jody Rowe, realty specialist, Real Estate Division. Helping Soldiers Live in the Community Making a Positive Difference By Hilary Markin, Editor former Domestic Leasing Program tenant, Staff Sgt. Bessette, took an active role in the community by ini tiating the development of a WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program. On a previous assignment Staff Sgt. Bessette had been involved with the program at the school his children were attending. When his family was relocated to the Quad Cities, Staff Sgt. Bessette approached his childrens school about starting the program. The program is a father-involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering to help students be positively and non-military) into the classroom to assist with a variety of tasks that may include helping in the classroom, working with small groups or even monitoring the lunch room. This program continues to operate, despite Staff Sgt. Bes settes retirement, and the school heralds it as a model for par ent participation in the classroom. On a nationwide level there are more than 1,559 programs in 38 states and New Zealand that participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program. A


July 2010 6 Tower Times 2010 Corps Day Employee of the Year Supervisor/Manager Occupations Thomas Mack Professional Occupations Marshall Plumley Administrative /Technical Occupations Carol Jacks Clerical, Assistant, Technician Occupations Mary Peschang Trades/Crafts & Laboring Occupations Harold Atherton Public Contact Sarah Jones Community Service Thomas Minear Engineer of the Year Robert Hoffman EEO Champion Camie Knollenberg Rick Nickel Donna Hardy Leah Deeds Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Service Teresa Kirkeeng-Kincaid Gary Loss Mississippi Valley Division Hard Hat of the Year Paul Whitmer Awards Program


Management Division. John Behrens, our subject matter expert The Rock Island District is the Regional Flood Fight Head states, three Divisions and 10 Districts in the central United States. In addition to the pumps the District also has expedient This mission supports Goal 1 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campaign Plan, Ready for All Contingencies. It further supports the Districts Operations Plan by maintaining a high degree of preparedness in Rock Island District for emergency response and recovery operations within the District, region and globally. July 2010 Tower Times 7 The following Rock Island District employees were selected as 2010 Federal Executive Association (FEA) Federal Employees of the Year. The Federal Executive Associations Federal Employee of the Year Awards Program is regarded as one of the premier honors for members of the federal workforce in the United States. The Quad Cities FEA Chapter chose the following District employees to receive this honor. Coach/Manager/Executive Thomas Mack Technical/Professional Marshall Plumley Clerical/Administrative Mary Peschang The Quad Cities Federal Executive As sociation (FEA) Chapter held a luncheon in May recognizing Federal Employees of the Year. Pictured from left, Lt. Col. Jared Ware, deputy commander; Mr. Joel Himsl, garrison manager; Tom Mack; Marshall Plumley; Jeffrey Lang, keynote speaker, U.S. Attorney; Carol Jacks; Mary Peschang; Harold Atherton; Mr. Rondoe Dice, vice-president, Quad Cities FEA Chapter; and Sarah Jones. Trades/Crafts Harold Atherton Public Contact Sarah Jones Community Service Award Thomas Minear Federal Executive Association Federal Employees of the Year District Increases Readiness Posture By Hilary Markin, Editor A s part of their responsibility to enhance the readiness posture of the District, Emergency Management Division purchased 16 new pumps to be used during high water events. The pumps are all Godwin Diesel pumps, nine are eight-inch pumps and seven are six-inch pumps. This increases the Districts supply from 28 to 44 gas or diesel powered pumps. The District also has Crisafulli pumps that operate from a power take off on a tractor. These pumps are typically used by levee and drainage Dis tricts during high water events but are also available to other Districts within the region during natural disasters. it werent for the assistance of Engineering and Construction and Contracting Divisions, said Rodney Delp, chief, Emergency All seven six-inch Godwin Diesel pumps were tested at the same time at the Mississippi River


July 2010 8 Tower Times Safety Corner SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY T he Midwest has a number of severe weather hazards that can affect our District. Seasonal threats include thun lightening. Severe weather has the potential to cause extensive property damage as well as injury or death. Becoming familiar with the signs of severe weather can help you stay safe. It is also important to be aware of terms used to describe thunderstorm threat levels. Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible. Watch the sky; listen to the radio or television for weather information. Be prepared to take shelter. Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe thunderstorms are oc curring. Take shelter and turn on a battery operated radio or television to receive warnings and severe weather statements. Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for the develop ment of tornadoes. Tornado Warning: A tornado has been reported/ spotted, or National Weather Service meteorologists have determined that one is about to form in the next several minutes. Go to a predetermined shelter immediately. Sirens will typically sound at this threat level Flood/Flash Flood Watch: usually as a result of heavy rainfall in a short period of time. Be alert. Flood Warning: Flooding is expected to threaten life and property a few hours after the onset of heavy rain, ice jams, reservoir releases or snowmelt. Flood warnings may be in effect for days or even weeks depending on weather and soil conditions, land topography and river size. Flash Flood Warning: Rapidly rising water which poses an immediate threat to life and property within a few hours due areas especially in vehicles. What to Include in your Emergency Kit: You should always have an emergency ready during Severe Weather. Water one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) Food nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) Flashlight Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) Extra batteries First aid kit Medications (7-day supply) and medical items Multi-purpose tool Sanitation and personal hygiene items Copies of personal documents (medication list and perti nent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to Cell phone with chargers Family and emergency contact information Extra cash Emergency blanket Map(s) of the area Severe Weather Checklist: Knowledge about your communitys safety plans and how to react in a Serve Weather situation will put you one step closer to Staying Safe. I know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in my community. I have a family disaster plan and have practiced it. I have an emergency preparedness kit. aid and CPR/AED. I have taken action to help my community prepare. For more information on family preparedness please visit The American Red Cross at Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to June Answer: Engineering and


This project is realistic and allows the team members to use their leadership skills to look at a policy within the District and offer suggestions for the program. It is just one in a series of proj ects that LDP participants will be involved with revolving around the Human Capital Plan and helping the District go from Good to Great, said Lt. Col. Ware. Each of the LDP participants have also chosen mentors to guide them throughout the year and help them further develop their skills as leaders. They will also be assisting the mentees in setting goals throughout the year and reaching those milestones. The mentors are there to help guide the participants through the process, offer honest feedback and share experiences they have had, said Bob Walsh, contractor. 2011. The Rock Island District Leadership Development Pro gram continues to undergo changes as the program moves from Good to Great. The program will assist the District as it continues to build our bench of educated, competent and experienced professionals. LDP supports Goal 4 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campaign Plan, Recruiting and Retaining Strong Teams. It further supports the Rock Island Districts Operations Plan to strengthen competencies by supporting leadership and develop ment at all levels. July 2010 Tower Times 9 T he 2010 Rock Island District Leadership Development Program (LDP) participants are well on their way to fur ther developing themselves as individuals and leaders of the Rock Island District. The program kicked off in May with an orientation meeting allowing the participants to get to know one another and learn about the expectations for the year. The contractor administer ing the program is Robert (Bob) Walsh of Evans and Associates Consulting Corporation. The company has conducted LDPs for the Detroit, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans Districts and the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. The Rock Island District LDP class of 2010 is Alaena Ensey, Todd Ernenputsch, Beth Hann, Jim Homann, Leo Keller, Hilary Markin, Julie Millhollin, Lisa Perrault, Scott Perrilles, Steve Rumple, Matt Schneider and Matt Traver. The participants will be meeting monthly throughout the year building their skills as leaders, listening to guest speakers, read ing relevant reference materials, working on presentation skills and on team projects. Lt. Col. Jared Ware, deputy commander and champion for The LDP team will be taking a look at the Student Cooperation Program Policy in regards to the Fiscal Year 2011 Human Capital Plan. They will be assessing the current program, considering the schools involved with the program and how the District recruits and retains the participants. The team will be presenting their 2010 Rock Island District Leadership Development Program participants. First row from left, Julie Millhollin, Hilary Markin, Alaena Ensey and Beth Hann. Second row from left, Scott Perrilles, Todd Ernenputsch, Leo Keller and Matt Schneider. Third row from left, Lisa Perrault, Jim Homann, Matt Traver and Steve Rumple. Building Our Bench By Sara Paxson, Professional Development Specialist


14 Tower Times July 2010 Retirements ... Around the District Ivan Tuthill, welder leader, Structures Maintenance Unit, Maintenance Section, Mississippi River Project, Operations Divi sion, retired June 30, after dedicating 30 years and 21 days to the federal government. Carl Lehman, engineering equipment oper ator, Project Maintenance Unit, Maintenance Section, Illinois Waterway Project, Opera tions Division, retired June 30, after dedicat ing 28 years to the federal government. Congrats ... Michael Barndollar, engineering technician Section, Technical Services Branch, Engi neering and Construction Division, retired June 30, after dedicating 27 years and three and one half months to the federal govern ment. Andrew Luber, engineering technician (civil), Project Support & Natural Resources Section, Illinois Waterway Project, Opera tions Division, retired July 3, after dedicat ing 36 years and nine months to the federal government. Dorene Bollman, supervisory outdoor rec reation planner, Rock Island Environmental & Economics Branch, Regional Planning & Environmental Division, North, retired July 3, after dedicating 31 years and six months to the federal government. S.K. Nanda chief, Hydrology & Hydraulics Branch, was inducted to the Academy of Distinguished Alumni, College of Engineer ing, University of Iowa, on June 12 at a ceremonial reception in Iowa City, Iowa. Pictured are Dr. Barry Butler, Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa and S.K. Nanda. The Rock Island District Emerging Leaders, Angie Freyermuth Sarah Jones and Dennis Shannon helped showcase the Campaign Plan at the Mississippi Valley Di vision (MVD) Senior Leaders Conference with My Plans. The My Plans are designed into the Corps Campaign Plan. Everyone helps the Corps Build Strong and it takes the whole Corps to do it, said Joni Nichols, chief, Business Management Division, Mississippi Valley Division. My Plan brings the Corps Campaign Plan, MVD Implementation Plan and Rock Island Elmer Steinke, 93, of Moline, Ill., died July 3, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Moline. Steinke worked for the U.S. Army Corps of En gineers at the Clock Tower for many years before retiring. Sympathy ... Districts Operations Plan down to the individual level. The Corps Campaign Plan provides a strategic vision to make the Corps of Engineers a great organization. Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerps intent is for the Corps to be ONE DISCIPLINED TEAM in thought word, and action and to meet our commitments, with and through our partners, by SAYING WHAT WE WILL DO, AND DOING WHAT WE SAY. If you havent reviewed the Corps Campaign Plan please visit www.usace. Emerging Leaders


Tower Times 11 July 2010 Spotlight on the District T here arent many people who can say they worked in the He started with the Rock Island District as a welder on the Mississippi River Structural Maintenance Unit (SMU) in April 1982. He was promoted to Weld Leader in 1993, the posi tion he retained throughout the rest of his career. Tuthill spent his entire career on the decks of the Structures Dams. During his 28 years with the SMU he saw lots of changes from the way the Corps does business to how the work is divided and crews are formed. Over the years, Tuthill worked on many different projects, provided support to other districts and deployed during natural disasters. He saw the entire river from St. Paul, Minn., to New Orleans. During the Flood of 1993 he helped sandbag at Locks and Dam 17 and hauled sandbags to Des Moines, Iowa, to assist he deployed to New Orleans performing tasks that ranged from of 2008, Tuthill helped dispatch pumps to Lock and Dam sites that were underwater and helped distribute sandbags to surround ing communities. Tuthill also had an opportunity to provide regional support to other Corps districts. He served the Memphis District as a weld inspector at Ensley Engineer Yard, the Corps of Engineers largest dry dock on the Mississippi River. He supervised painting and repairs to the Quad Cities Crane and the SG-3 spare gate barge performed by the shipyard. During the early 1980s Ivan supported the St. Paul District by performing gate change operations on numerous lock and dam sites. Tuthill served as a crew member on the steam powered Hercules, the Districts heavy lift crane that was replaced by the Quad Cities Crane in 1986. The work that Tuthill did for the last 28 years has been extremely dangerous but also very rewarding knowing that the work he did kept the locks and dams in good working condition. When asked what he will miss the most his reply was his cowork ers. He has established many friendships during his time with the Corps. Tuthills leadership, work ethic and loyalty will be missed by every employee of the SMU. During his free time Tuthill enjoys spending time with his family and riding motorcycles. He has a collection of Harley Davidson Motorcycles that keep him busy. During retirement, Tuthill plans to travel and restore hot rods. His last day of service was June 30, 2010. Ivan Tuthill Retired Weld Leader, Structural Maintenance Unit