2 Tower Times July 2011 Tower Times July 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 Emergency response continues into summer months Col. Shawn McGinley, District Commander 5 Reestablishing a partnership Commanding General signs new agreement 6 2011 Corps Day 8 AmeriCorps team improving trails at Coralville Lake 9 10 Rangers receive valuable training 12 Safety Corner Potential hazards outdoors 13 Operation Honor Card Corps pledges one million volunteer hours for program 14 Around the District 15 Spotlight on the District Buddy Beaver 16 District Alumni Corner
July 2011 Tower Times 3 A message from.... Colonel Shawn McGinley, District Commander Emergency response continues into summer months her wrath. mission area were minimally affected by country to help those areas most affected. conference calls. The following Rock Island District employees have assisted in emer gency response efforts in 2011. Tornado Recovery in Alabama: James McKeon Robert Meyers Tornado Recovery in Mississippi: Christopher Hawes Operation Watershed: Eric Hackbarth Corey Hardt John Hayes Anthony Heddlesten Donald Hocker Brad Houzenga Steve Johnson Sarah Jones Robert Lee Meyers John Quick Bryan Snook Jeff Tripp Brant Vollman Susan Yager Continued on page 4. A
tify how those funds would be used if no transfer occurs. Those priorities are determined. happen. 4 Tower Times July 2011 Message from Commander continued... Screen shot of the QMS homepage go there today and see what you can learn. Eric Hackbarth, Geotechnical Branch, rings a boil along a Lower Mississippi River levee near Memphis, Tenn., during Operation Watershed. Photo by Corps of Engineers. BUILDING STRONG Click on the star icon on your desktop and see what you have been missing out on. ?
Erik Hogstrom, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, contributed to this article. July 2011 Tower Times 5 our partnership with them. Reestablishing a partnership Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh (right), commanding general, Mississippi Valley Division, and Jerry Enzler, executive director, Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, sign and continuing the partnership. Photo by Allen Marshall. Maj. Gen. Walsh holds Town Hall Col. Shawn McGinley (left) and Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh dem onstrate the Mississippi River as the 3rd largest watershed. The presentation concluded with an award presentation rec
6 Tower Times July 2011 2011 Corps Day Col. Shawn McGinley presents Harlen Briggs his plaque in honor of being inducted into the Rock Island District Gallery of Distin guished Civilian Employees. Mr. Briggs began his federal career in 1968 and started with the Rock Island District in 1975 in the Program Development Branch of Engineering Division. He pro gressively moved up the career ladder with each position gaining in responsibility, culminating as the Chief of Construction Division. His technical and managerial skills, innovation, and commitment to people greatly contributed to the engineering excellence for which Rock Island District is known. Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees Employees of the Year Supervisor Barbara Lester Professional Shirley Johnson Administrative/Technical Mary Scott Assistant/Clerical Angie Gilbraith Trades/Crafts Bryan Smith Public Contact Marsha Dolan Community Contact JoAnn Wilgenbusch Engineers of the Year Brent Anderson Andrew Barnes Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees Harlen Briggs
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8 Tower Times July 2011 T team. AmeriCorps team improving trails at Coralville Lake County. A special appreciation lunch was held for the AmeriCorps Above, AmeriCorps National Civilian Commu nity Corps members begin work on a portion of the Woodpecker Nature Trail at Coralville Lake. Below, AmeriCorps team members put the Photos by AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team members. Before After
Section also were in attendance. The current draft of the national utilization plan lays out mile July 2011 Tower Times 9 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team Melissa Haynes, Holly Elder, Megan Richards, (second row) Milton Ronan, Jarran Wilder, Joshua Menke, Michael Langen, and Matthew Wright pose at the head of Wood pecker Nature Trail before heading to work for the day. AmeriCorps story continued... Increasing efficiency with FEM
to sit in the courtroom where the Assistant U.S. Attorney and the can be authorized to carry. each year. The refresher is used to update staff on Corps policies others if the need should arise. 10 Tower Times July 2011 Rangers receive valuable training T Summer park rangers train in the use of pepper spray as a self defense tool during the week-long Visi tor Assistance Training. Photo by Corps of Engi neers.
July 2011 Tower Times 11 Can you name where this photo was taken? If so, send your answer to June Answer: Wicket Dam at La Grange Lock and Dam, Illinois Waterway Winner: Raymond Martin, Below are some tips to help you become a better communicator with fellow employees, visitors, partners, customers, and stake holders. Smile 1. frame of mind. Always be friendly and professional 2. and treat them the way you would want to be treated. Be polite and courteous 3. Remain cool, friendly and cooperative 4. Be a good listener 5. Ask questions 6. Always take the extra step 7. Its all about communication Rock Island District BUILDING STRONG ONE DISCIPLINED TEAM in thought, word, and action meeting our commitments, with and through our part ners, by SAYING WHAT WE WILL DO, AND DOING WHAT WE SAY.
12 Tower Times July 2011 Safety Corner T Lyme Disease/Tick-Bourne Diseases face. ture. West Nile Virus Poison Ivy-Related Plants Sun Heat The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat. Know if your medication reacts with heat. stress. Black-legged tick. Photos courtesy of CDC Public Health Image Library.
July 2011 Tower Times 13 T Illinois Waterway Project Saylorville Lake Coralville Lake Lake Red Rock Mississippi River Project
14 Tower Times July 2011 Around the District Michael Coltrain Retirements ... Sympathy ... Bonnie Vorel, later employed by the U.S. to retirement. Sharryn Jackson, Kiran Patel, Congrats ... outreach special Tyson on the birth Rock Island District employees were honored by the Quad Cities Federal Ex ecutive Association Chapter during a Federal Employees of the Year awards program in May. From left, Mr. Joel Himsl, Garrison Manager, U.S. Army Gar rison-Rock Island Arsenal; Col. Shawn McGinley, district commander; Angie Gilbraith; Barb Lester; Mary Scott; JoAnn Wilgenbusch; Bryan Smith; Marsha mand and Randoe Dice, vice president, Federal Executive Association Quad City Chapter and Regional Director, Social Security Administration. Shirley Johnson was unable to attend. NOTE the information that enables us to inform
July 2011 Tower Times 15 Spotlight on the District Buddy Beaver Buddy Beaver welcomes a visitor at North Overlook Beach at Lake Red Rock. During his visit he shared water safety messages reminding visitors to swim with a buddy and to always wear a life jacket. Buddys partner Park Ranger Junifer Kruse, handed out water safety goodies to beach goers during the visit. Photo provided by Lake Red Rock. swim with a buddy.
District Alumni Corner DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 Annual Retirees Luncheon Sept. 7 Rock Island District retirees gathered at the 2011 Corps Day picnic for a photo followed by an update about the District from Col. Shawn McGin ley. Photo by Hilary Markin.