2 Tower Times April-May 2011 Tower Times April-May 2011 Contents This publication is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. submissions are welcome and should be submitted by the 15th of each Tower Times On the web at: 3 Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 5 District supports communities during spring high water 6 What happens behind the scenes in Water Control 8 10 12 Spring safety tips 14 15 February Answer: Spillway at Coralville Lake Reservoir Winner: Sam Heilig, Mississippi River Project Visit the Tower Times online for the latest Wheres This photo and information at http://bit.ly/jl2xKO.
April-May 2011 Tower Times 3 A message from.... Colonel Shawn McGinley, District Commander C BUILDING STRONG
4 Tower Times April-May 2011 Below, the skeleton of the Motor Vessel Clin ton II sits at the Patti Marine Enterprises shipyard undergoing construction. It is ex pected to be complete in August. in Florida. It is expected to arrive in the Rock Island District on June 15. Christening of M/V Rock Island II
April-May 2011 Tower Times 5 hoods and communities. reopen them to the public. Reaching out to communities Corey Hardt, emergency management spe cialist, shows John Punkiewicz and Larry Josh Cack ley and John area engi neers, present information to Quad City area public works personnel.
6 Tower Times April-May 2011 Forecasting Mother Nature Note This is the second in a series of articles to educate the workforce about the missions of the Rock Island District stemming from the Tower Times survey results. ne of the most dynamic forces humans contend with is Matt Zehr, Water Control, servic es the rain gage at Lock and Dam 16.
April-May 2011 Tower Times 7 tion was fed immediately to all necessary channels. the Corps compare daily model results to ensure forecasts are that are displayed in a format easily read and interpreted by the Background photo of Saylorville Lake by Jonathan Wuebker other photos by Hilary Markin. Goal 2, USACE Campaign Plan Engineering Sustainable Water Resources. Delivering enduring and essential water re source solutions through collaboration with partners and stakeholders. Gene Vandusseldorp, Water Control, uses a water level indicator to verify the river stage at Lock and Dam 16.
8 Tower Times April-May 2011 facilities accessible to people with disabilities in our community. a report that outlined a complete snap shot of the accessibility of to address full accessibility. Their mission is to create and maintain independence options for in all aspects of the community. years. Rachal Deahl, equal employment opportu nity specialist, and Lt. Col. Jared Ware, depu ty commander, accept an award on behalf of the Rock Island District from Liz Sherwin (cen ter), executive director, Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living (IICIL). The award was presented during the IICIL 23rd Anniversary celebration in March. Photo courtesy of the Illinois/ Iowa Center for Independent Living. District recognized for accessibility audit
April-May 2011 Tower Times 9 Asian or Asian American. sional potential. The purpose of the Special Emphasis Program Committee is to promote fair and equitable treatment for all personnel and ap May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month The artist, Peter Hemmer, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, designed this years poster translated the theme Diversity, Leadership, Empow erment, and Beyond into eight different languages (Indonesian, Hindi, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese). There is also a transla tion from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Samoan. Information from the Department of Education and University of Il linois at Chicago. Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
10 Tower Times April-May 2011 what income you can anticipate and and decide when you want to retire. 180 days prior to retirement download forms from the forms. 120 days annuity payment. Last month of work Last day of work A SharePoint site has been established that contains useful Goal 4 of the Campaign Plan is to Recruit and Retain Strong Teams. To meet this goal the District has de veloped Task 4d1, which is to recruit and retain a high quality, diverse workforce to meet current and future mission requirements. Rock Island District BUILDING STRONG How close am I ? A s employees near retirement there are many commonly If youre eligible for retirement what are the steps to retire? 5 years 1 year
April-May 2011 Tower Times 11 C pull your CAC out of your computer when you are not Dont leave your CAC behind... P message able life jacket while conducting a boat inspection on the Illinois Waterway. Photo courtesy of Illinois Waterway Project.
8 Tower Times April-May 2011 Engineer Safety GramEngineering the Edge for Safety Excellence The snow is melting, the trees are budding...S pring is finally here! Spring is a great time to get away from the cold, dark days of winter and have some fun in the sun. Keep your family safe while enjoying the warmer weather by following these tips. If your spring plans include traveling, consider these safety tips Look out for each other. Always travels with a group, because there is safety in numbers. Prepare for the unexpected when you travel, carry extra cash or credit card to deal with an emergency Drivers are reminded to be on alert for motorcycles, especially when pulling out into or across traffic, and when changing lanes. Motorcycle riders need to wear prop er riding gear and take advantage of motorcycle training safety courses Motorcycle riders should also remember to look out for po tholes, loose sewer lids, and l oose gravel. The long hard winter took its toll on the roads and many of these problems have yet to be fixed. If drinking alcohol is part of your spring leisure plans, remember that it can impair your judgment and actions. Dont drink too much! Decide in advance what and how much you will drink. Plan on how you will refuse once you reach your limit. DO NOT DRIVE. Use a designated driv er or choose public transportation. Outdoor Spring Safety Tips You can get dehydrated anytime of the year. Drink plenty of water, non-carbonated and non-alcoholic drinks, even if you do not feel thirsty. Be aware of the weather conditions. It can change quickly. Seek shelter in case of storm. If barbequing is in your plans, make sure you clean your BBQ and check for leaks, breaks, and other wear & tear. Remember, never store propane inside your house or garage. Dont let the cool spring time temperatures fool you, prot ect yourself from the sun whenever youre outside at work or play. Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Look for the words "broad-spectrum" on the label it means that the sunscreen will screen out both ul traviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. Dont forget to protect your eyes also While you are enjoying the beautiful weather and dusting off the cobwebs of winter, remember to take y our on the job safety awareness with you.
April-May 2011 Tower Times 13 Kirsten Brown Nathan Gorham Illinois Waterway Project how to protect them. Lake Red Rock tion industry. Engineering and Construction Division Photos by Hilary Markin.
14 Tower Times April-May 2011 Around the District John Hamill Retirements ... Congrats ... Carol Jacks T The male and female contestants with a healthy lifestyle. John VanWatermeulen and Vicki Kohl proudly display the $50 they won Wellness Association Biggest Loser contest. Photo by Hilary Markin. Some of Rock Island Districts newest employ ees attended a Newcomers March. These trainings pro vide new em ployees with an overview of the District and a chance to talk with leaders of the District. Photo by Hilary Markin. Paul Whestine Sympathy ... Michael Schultz, Biggest Loser Competition
April-May 2011 Tower Times 15 Spotlight on the District Scott Pettis Hydrologic Technician Water Control Section, Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, Engineering and Construction Division to stay away. That is true for many Susan and they decided to raise their fam when a position came open in Channel As he and his wife started a family he added. made. interaction with the public and our internal a day because the pool of each dam is close eye on the current weather condi forecast accuracy. ments made if needed. Scott Pettis, enjoys being out of course at Coralville Lake. Photo courtesy of Coralville Lake.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 Scott Pettis, teaching a U.S. Coast Guard boat safety class to local children. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.