2 Tower Times June 2011 Tower Times June 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 District always ready, willing and prepared Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 4 Coralville Lake A multiple-use project 6 Restoring bottomland forest Project at Odessa restores forest and habitat 7 Turkey hunt held for veterans 8 Going the distance Illinois Waterway staff travel to New Orleans District 10 Final site visit Chief of Engineers visits Rock Island before retiring 11 LDP class graduates...program starts again this fall 12 Safety Corner How to prevent a bad back 14 Around the District 15 Spotlight on the District John Castle
June 2011 Tower Times 3 A message from.... Colonel Shawn McGinley, District Commander District always ready, willing and prepared those teams. our teammates in the south. BUILDING STRONG
the dam. 4 Tower Times June 2011 dam. that summer is the only busy time when in fact it is year round. Note In an ongoing effort to meet requests resulting from the Tower Times survey, this is the third article in a series to educate the workforce about the missions of the Rock Island District. Coralville Lake A multiple-use project T The specs Left, high lake levels force water over the spillway at Coralville Lake in 2008. Right, construction of Coralville Lake started in 1949 but was delayed due to the Korean War and was completed in 1958.
others. species. June 2011 Tower Times 5 Coralville Lake A multiple-use project Water rushes over the spillway in 2008 at Coralville Lake once again scouring the De vonian Fossil Gorge and uncovering more fossils. Photo by Mary Sue Bowers. Devonian Fossil Gorge Veterans Trail specialist. C downstream which has been tested two times since it be
6 Tower Times June 2011 and shorebird habitat. tion of tree stands for treatment. Restoring bottomland forest Two contractors plant native tree species near Sand Run access as part of an ARRA-funded project at the Odessa Wildlife Complex. (Pho tos courtesy of Northwind Engineering.) A contractor from Northwind Engineering cuts a silver maple to help restore the native bottomland timber along the Mississippi River.
(Continued on next page.) June 2011 Tower Times 7 T in preparation for the hunt. Saturday was another opportunity for Turkey hunt held for veterans The goals of the Lake Odessa EMP-HREP are to restore and protect wetland, terrestrial and aquatic habitat. The proj ect features include restoring the perimeter levee, installing a lishing grassland, as well as planting and enhancing bottomland hardwood forest. Continued from page 6... The hunters and guides pose for a photo following Veterans Turkey Hunt at Coralville Lake on April 17. ( Photo by Erika Billerbeck, Iowa De partment of Natural Resources.)
8 Tower Times June 2011 T The Hercules lifts and manuevers a sector gate at Fresh Water Bayou Lock in Lousiana. The sector gates are pie-shaped and weigh approximately 157,000 pounds each. The crew that traveled from Peoria, Ill., to Louisiana pauses for a photo before starting work for the day. Crew Fred Tazelaar, Johnny Dyer, Danny Johnson, Lisa Per rault, Kenny McClain, Bill Zar, Layne Yager, and Matt Dil Bielser, Randy Kyle, Cameron Klein and Jim Baird.
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10 Tower Times June 2011 T Final site visit Below, Kara Mitvalsky, Engineering and Construction, and Monique Savage, Planning Division, were stopped in the hallway by Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, chief of engineers, after picking up sup plies from Emergency Management to go Above, Andrew Barnett, Mississippi River Project, discusses the Mississippi River Structures Maintenance Unit with Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, chief of engineers, and Col. Shawn McGinley, district commander. (Photos by T.F. Eyre.)
June 2011 Tower Times 11 T man Capital Plan. sions and materials to participants. They also facilitated a mentor of leadership and how it applies to the Corps. business. LDP class graduates...program starts again this fall The 2010-2011 Leadership Development Program class was recognized during the April awards ceremony by Col. rilles and Matt Traver. Not present was Todd Ernenputsch. (Photo by Troy Larson.) senal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center in November learning about their business processes. (Photo by Hilary Markin.)
12 Tower Times June 2011 Safety Corner How to prevent a bad back A destination. posture. Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to April-May Answer: Coralville Lake Winner: Donna Hardy, Real Estate Division
A aquatic species. June 2011 Tower Times 13 Illinois Waterway Project Mississippi River Project Lake Red Rock and Saylorville Lake Programs & Project Management months. Rep. Leonard Boswell hold the ribbon while Col. Shawn McGinley, district commander, and Mike Slatterly, manag ing the boat ramp at Saylorville Lake Marina. Also in the from Jensen Construction and the Corps of Engineers. Left, broken concrete from the old Saylorville Lake Marina boat ramp drops into the lake creating a spawning and New Saylorville Lake Marina boat ramp open
14 Tower Times June 2011 Around the District Dan Johnson Retirements ... Congrats ... Sympathy ... Robert C. Bob Vander jack, United States Army. John Herren Danny Till, Jerald McAlister C mates celebrate after earning a gold medal at the Special Olympics region al bocce ball tournament. Spring blood drive held = 46 units of blood collected (1 unit can save up to three patients) products and therapies to help patients who Diane Karnish, checks her black berry while a nurse prepares her to give blood.
students and staff. Castle is married with two sons and chapter in his life as he nears retirement. end of the day and see that he accom June 2011 Tower Times 15 Spotlight on the District John Castle Operations Manager Coralville Lake, Operations Division John Castle, speaks during a cer emony in 2009 announcing a poten tial long-term partnership between the Corps of Engineers and Kirkwood Community College. (Photo by Hilary Markin.) for fulltime employment opportunities with the Corps. public. are educated on what we offer and what
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 Corps. ments. Contracting Division participates in Procurement Management Review