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Spotlight

Spotlight on
on
the
the District
District Doug Davis
Story and photo by Mark Kane Deputy Director for Small Business

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f you ask the District's new Deputy "My job gives me the very unique worked in private industry as an Organiza-
Director for Small Business what his opportunity to help develop and sustain tional Development Consultant and
hobbies are he'll tell you wildlife art the ability of small businesses to compete Training Manager," said Davis.
and music, but dig a little deeper and for and win government contracts," said Davis also served eight years of active
you'll find out that, like his job, there's a Davis. "There are 23 million American duty (1970 - 1978) and three years reserve
lot more than most people might expect. small businesses that generate more than (1981 - 1984) with the U.S. Navy. He was
Doug Davis does enjoy wildlife art and 50 percent of the Gross National Product, stationed on board the USS Bryce Canyon
music, so much so that he creates them. create more than 50 percent of industrial (AD-36), homeported in Pearl Harbor,
Davis says he paints Hawaii; on board the USS
wildlife art in a variety Kitty Hawk (CV-63),
of mediums including homeported in San Diego,
watercolor, acrylics, Calif.; and at the Naval
pencil, and pen and ink. Construction Battalion
He says he also plays Training Center in
the guitar and enjoys a Gulfport, Miss.
variety of musical Davis earned a
genres including blues, bachelor's of art from the
jazz, rock, and country. University at Albany,
On the surface, his State University of New
job title of Deputy York, Albany, N.Y., and is
Director for Small a native of Shenandoah,
Business might not Iowa.
mean much to people, He currently lives in
after all, the Corps of Davenport with his wife
Engineers isn't a small and says he likes the area
business, so what does and the Corps.
Davis do? "I have found the
Specifically, Davis Doug Davis, left, speaks with Leonard Ernst, lockmaster, Lock and Dam 12, Corps to be very family
says he serves as the about his new position with the District and how employees can use his oriented and proactive
advisor to the District position to make sure they purchase from small business when it is required. regarding professional
commander and other District staff innovations and inventions, employ development," said Davis.
members on all policy and procedural more than 50 percent of the private Davis and his wife have two sons, two
issues related to small business. workforce, and are the principle source daughters, eight grandchildren (five girls
The District interacts with small for new jobs." and five boys from ages eight to 16). Not
businesses all the time. When asked, Davis says he chose surprisingly, he says almost all his
"The District procures service and the Corps because it seemed to be grandchildren are also musicians.
supplies which are typically suited for operating on the cutting-edge of "They are very active in sports and we
acquisition from small businesses includ- organizational leadership and manage- love to watch them play," said Davis.
ing construction and architectural and ment practice. Davis' advice to anyone reading this
engineering services," said Davis. Davis started his new job at the District article is, "Listen to your neighbors in the
That's where Davis says he comes into April 20, but has plenty of government community of life and do whatever you
the picture, and if you dig a little further experience behind him. can wherever you are, for no one is
into his job you'll find out that the "I have been with the Department of devoid of resources or opportunity."
specifics are exactly what he like, most the Army for more than 20 years (29 years To put it in a nutshell he simply said,
about it. total government service), and I have "Think globally, act locally."

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Tower Times June 2003
U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers
Rock Island District
Vol. 25 No. 4
Tower Times
Contents
June 2003
District Engineer
Col. William J. Bayles Pepper Spray is Here
4-5
Editor
Mark A. Kane

Chief, Public Affairs


Ron Fournier

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Army. Contents of the Tower Times
are not necessarily official views of,
or endorsed by, the U.S. Govern-
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Department of the Army, or the
Rock Island District U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.

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Army Corps of Engineers, Clock
Tower Building, Box 2004, Rock Corps Day 2003 (Insert)
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Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engi- On the Cover
neers, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Coralville Lake offers an abun-
Box 2004, Rock Island, IL, 61204- dance of excellent fishing opportuni-
2004. ties as demonstrated here by Rick
Frasher of Manchester, Iowa.
The Tower Times is printed
Frasher holds his 30-pound catfish
on recycled paper.
he caught at the Dam, May 30, using
On the web, in living color, at: Russians Visit District Sites 7 a nightcrawler.
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil Photo by Mark Kane.

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Pepper Spray is Here
Story by Scott Strotman, Operations Division, photo by Mark Kane

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t was clear and sunny, but a fairly cold Feb. 12, the District's first group of held this month, so the total number of
day at Coralville Lake on Feb. 12. With rangers certified to carry pepper spray volunteers carrying pepper spray will
the temperature in the low- to mid-20s, graduated from the pepper-spray training change.
rangers stood outside, some in T-shirts, course. Now that summer and this year's
waiting their turn to be sprayed, while Pepper spray was approved as a recreation season are in full swing,
others waited to help with decontamina- defensive tool for use by rangers in April rangers who volunteered have already
tion. Once sprayed, students were of last year. The next step was to train a begun carrying pepper spray. Most are
required to fend off other rangers who select few as trainers. Therefore, train- grateful the Corps
posed as attackers in order to earn a good
dousing of decontamination spray. They
the-trainer training occurred in September
of 2002. At that time, a select amount of
has finally authorized
pepper spray as a "Hopeful
were then escorted into a heated mainte- rangers from every district in the Missis- defensive tool that
nance garage. There, the welcome relief of sippi Valley Division were trained as
trainers, which included four rangers from
rangers can use to
extricate themselves
won't ne
the warmth, plenty of fresh water, sham-
poo and more decon spray awaited them.
However, getting sprayed is one thing,
the District, one each from Coralville Lake,
Red Rock Lake, Saylorville Lake, and the
from a sticky situa-
tion, if the need ever
use it,
spraying another person is an entirely Mississippi River. Then, in February, arises.
different matter, especially when that training efforts for all park rangers in the "At first I didn't glad I h
another person is your own team member. District were initiated. plan to get sprayed at
"I was somewhat hesitant about
spraying other people at first," said José
While the training is mandatory, getting
sprayed and carrying pepper spray is
all, but I hadn't really
thought about the option.”
Rivera, a pepper-spray instructor and voluntary. So far, 47 rangers and two fact that I might be
ranger at Saylorville Lake. "I knew what it District-office team members have called upon to assist
felt like and wasn't sure I wanted to deliver received basic pepper-spray training. Of another ranger in
that discomfort to people I work with." those, 17 have elected to carry pepper trouble (not just myself), and I would
But, after considering the safe and spray and have received live spray. A regret not having the ability to assist them
controlled environment, and his own second training session was held on Feb. as fully as possible,” said Tracy Spry, Red
personal experience, Rivera volunteered to 25, but there was no opportunity to be Rock Lake. "Even so, I most sincerely
spray the first group of students. And on sprayed. A third training session is being hope that day never comes."

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José Rivera, Saylorville Lake, hesitantly looks down
the nozzle of a canister of Oleoresin Capsicum
(pepper spray) milliseconds before being sprayed
directly in the face as a part of train-the-trainer
training held at the Clock Tower Building last fall.
As a result of successfully completing the training,
Rivera is now a certified pepper spray instructor.

"It's a good thing," said Cindy Klebe, experienced in interpersonal communica- could be used against me anyway."
Mississippi River Project. "Hopefully I tions, verbal Judo, etc., and that they have Some declined for other reasons,
won't need to use it, but I'm glad I have the right personality to be dealing with largely because of the requirement to get
the option." visitors in a stressful situation. I am sprayed. Some did not like the idea of
"Pepper spray will be a good defensive concerned that some people within the getting sprayed, while others had medical
tool for rangers to have," said Jeff Rose, Corps will put the emphasis on getting out considerations that caused them to avoid
Saylorville Lake. "I will still use good of bad situations, instead of avoiding being sprayed.
judgment and be them." As reported in a previous article, Rock
ly I aware of my
surroundings to
With the excellent ranger safety record
present in the District (and throughout the
Island District decided that someone who
carries pepper spray must be sprayed
stay out of situa- rest of the Corps for that matter), in during the training to better prepare
eed to tions. However, in
the event I am
addition to many years of experience
gained by some, it is easy to understand
carriers in the event of indirect exposure.
For some, it was very frustrating that the
but I'm involved in a
situation beyond
why others are not as concerned.
"I do not want to personally carry it,"
rest of the Corps had the option of
carrying pepper spray without the
my control, it will be said Marvin Morris, Saylorville Lake. "I requirement of being sprayed. Procedures
have the nice to have some thought back over 28 years of serving as a for spraying carriers have been negotiated
method of self- park ranger and could not recall one with the Union.
” defense besides
throwing my radio
instance where I think I would have been
safer carrying it."
But whether rangers want to carry it,
don’t want to, or are sitting on the fence,
- Cindy Klebe at someone."
Kevin Ewbank,
John Noble, Mississippi River Project,
has similar feelings.
the consensus is nearly unanimous and
could be summed up by Joseph Laird,
Illinois Waterway, "I do not believe I need it," said Noble. Lake Red Rock.
has similar thoughts. "I am not going to get myself in a situa- "I think it was good that the Corps
"Pepper spray is something that, tion where I need it -- I will be long gone approved carrying pepper spray," said
hopefully, will never be needed," said using my cell phone and radio by the time Laird. "Pepper spray is a valuable tool for
Ewbank. "We need to continue our it escalates. If someone jumps me and I all rangers to have. It is just like having
emphasis that our people are trained and am unprepared for the attack, the spray access to radios, cell phones, etc."

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By Col. William Bayles, District engineer

Silver Linings
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t seems as though I often write about Coop, Wage-Grade Training, and
challenges. Perhaps that is a good Pathfinders Mentoring programs, are
thing, because challenges are what aimed at preparing our workforce for
keep quality motivated people interested the future. The Leadership Develop-
in what they are doing. Someone once ment Program finished its initial class
said, for there to be a silver lining, there last winter and the next class of 11 set the and international needs. Therefore, it's
also has to be a cloud. So, as I relate a course for their 2003-2004 academic year vital that we respond, both corporately
couple of challenges, let me begin by just a couple of weeks ago. Our Wage- and individually, when the need arises. I
saying that there are also myriad opportu- Grade Training Program aims at develop- am proud that many of our fellow employ-
nities -- silver linings -- for each of us. ing those skills, which are hard to hire ees volunteered for overseas duty and, as
The first challenge is that some of our from the workforce at large -- crane of this writing, five are slated to serve in
valued coworkers have retired. In some operators and boat operators, among Southwest or Central Asia. The very
cases these were people who had served others -- to ensure we have a steady nature of contingency operations is that
loyally for a number of years and I'm supply of people who can operate this they are unpredictable -- things change.
certain that many of us have asked, equipment safely and efficiently. Simi- When the president makes a decision, or
"Whatever will we do when so-and-so larly, the Wage-Grade Coop program will the United Nations takes a vote, we
retires?" The answer is that we always provide greater opportunity for college react. These missions are constantly
find someone to take their place, or we students to work with us during breaks in evolving, so if you are asked to go,
find ways to do what that person did. their studies. The Pathfinders Program please be patient as changes occur.
We miss them, but they are not irreplace- matches employees with mentors who Deployments provide the District with
able, and we always find a way to carry have experience to provide career and job the opportunity to gain new ideas and
on. advice. These are part of the District's new experience from those who actually
This gives us opportunity in two program to support the Corps’ and do deploy.
dimensions. First, it gives us a fresh look Mississippi Valley Division’s goals of As always, I ask you to be thorough
at that position and what the person preparing our workforce for the future. and safe in all you do. With construc-
actually did. In some cases, we may find We also face other uncertainties. For tion season in full swing and good
that we can do some things more effec- example, what changes do we expect as weather for outdoor work, we will face
tively. Secondly, it gives the next genera- we deploy parts of our workforce to greater exposure to hazards. This does
tion of employees an opportunity for provide vital support overseas? First, not have to mean an increase in our
advancement. As we see more and more please realize that contingency operations accident rate. Please be careful and use
of these opportunities, I am particularly are a vital part of our business -- it's why your protective equipment. As many of
encouraged by four initiatives recently we exist as a part of the Army. The Army you have heard me say, a minute for
developed to prepare our employees for retains the civil-works mission to ensure safety each day is one way to prevent a
future responsibility. the nation has a trained engineering and second of injury. Please take that
Our Leader Development, Wage-Grade construction capability to meet defense minute for safety.

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Thursday, June 12
Arsenal Island, Memorial Field
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The 137th Anniversary
Rock Island District Program
Master of Ceremonies .................................................... Roger Brown

Retiree Program (Clock Tower Building, Conference Rooms A, B & C)


Opening Remarks by Col. William Bayles .............. 8 a.m.

Awards Presentation at the RIA Memorial Field ....... 10 a.m.

Lunch ............................................................................... 11:15 a.m.

Activities and Games ..................................................... Immediately after awards

Door Prize Drawings ...................................................... During lunch

Closing and Cleanup ...................................................... 4 p.m.

Q MeNu Items
Pulled Pork aNd ChickeN
Baked BeaNs k
c Chips & Potato Salad
Soft DriNks & Water

b R Veggies

Cookies
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2 Corps Day June 12, 2003


Rock Island District Welcomes ...
James Abbitt Jr., Michael Ballard, Randy Brotherton, Cynthia Rutledge,
Brown, Justin Carter, Kenneth Cook, Gary Coursey, Verna Coyle, Douglas
Timothy Crisp, Douglas Davis, Henry DeHaan III, James Schaer, David
Grederickson, Stephen Goben, Cory Haberman, Eric Hackbarth, Schipper,
Christian Hawkinson, Michael Hoh, Marvin Hubbell, Nancy
Eric Johnson, Stephen Moseley, Robert Nelson, Schnoor, Carol Rothert, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
Timothy Olson, Kiran Patel, Dean Peters, Joel Bryan Smith, Shawn Steeples, Tami Storm, David Valentino,
Peterson, Bryon Ray, Michael Reed, Arturo Heather Whitman, Jennifer Zeitler, Adam TJ Zeigler, Michael
Rodriguez Jr., Jeffrey Rose II, Carol Rothert, Gary Zukowski

And Says Goodbye To ...


Laura Abney, Patricia Ballman, Nancy Scott Gilbertson, Mike Guldemond, Florence Gupton, Charles
Bivens, Kelly Ulrick-Blackledge, Perry Henyan, Ted Hinds, Monte Hines, Jean Hollinrake, Michael Hrzic,
Blake, T. Mike Bunch, Barbara Carlock, Lori Jones, Amy Klein, Erika Mark, Thelma McCoy, James
Roy Chapman, John Coleman, Janet McKeon Jr., Kraig McPeek, Dennis Metz, Mohamed Moussa,
Cook, Jerry DeMarce, Virginia Patricia Nemerguth, Gayla Pacheco, Jerome Peter, José Rivera,
DeMarce, Gerald Dowell, Connie Dale Rossmiller, Gary Rutledge, Robert Shaw, Elliott Stefanik,
Duffy, James Farris, Larry Folger, Kent Stenmark, Robert Stevenson, Rosemary Strohbehn, E.
Thomas Fratzke, Richard Fristik, Florence Taets, Robert Thomas, Wen Tsau, Louis Uptmor,
Vicki Gabrysiak, Victor Gervais, William Vaughn Jr., Russell Weeks, Virginia Zimmerman

Length of Service Awards - July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2003


40 Years - Terry Stieger Steele, Steven Vacek, Warren Vincent, Jr., James Hipschen, Robert Hoffman, Jeffrey
Patrick Wharry, Robert Yager Inks, Rex Johnsen, James Kelley, Jr.,
35 Years - Russell Gruenwald, Carl George Kimbrell, Randall Kinney, Jon
20 Years - Suzanne Apple, Harold Klingman, Howard Lardi, James Luellen,
Johnson, Marvin Martens, S.K. Nanda,
Atherton, Jr., Michael Barndollar, Glen William McCarthy, Timothy Mitchell, Lynn
Joseph Raoul, Jr., Larry Straight, Galen
Baugh, Jr., Kenneth Brenner, Ronald Parker, James Punkiewicz, Bryan Radtke,
Wanderscheid, David Washington, Jr.
Brown, Otis Capps, Robert Cokley, Jose Jody Schmitz, Brian Smith, Denise Tyler,
30 Years - Millard Engelkins, Daniel Coronado, Anna Cramblett, Diane Nancy Vanderleest, Eugene Walsh, Jr.,
Fetes, Victor Gervais, Rodney Hallstrom, Demeyer, Alois DeVos, Raymond Dzurisin, Ronald Williams
Hugh Harness, Danny Johnston, Gregory Larry Folger, Stephen Frank, George Gitter,
Lannan, Paul Moltmann, Michael Murtha, Fred Hanshaw, Lorraine Jestel, James 10 Years - Heather Anderson, David
Betty Nash, Elizabeth Robinson, Richard Kankel, Larry Melaas, Ronald Meyer, Avenarius, James Bounds, Peter Corken,
Samson, Michael Sowa, Mary Frank Monfeli, Kenneth Mulally, Patricia Willie Crayton, Lyle Crum, David Dean,
Strassburger, Joe Vann II, Gregory Weist Nemerguth, Stephen Nylin, Timothy Cory Delong, Thomas Gambucci, Timothy
Olson, Jonathan Perrault, John Quick, John Holland, David Husted, Rodney Jones,
25 Years - Holly Alford, Mary Roodhouse, Richard Rupert, Harold Theodore Kerr, Junifer Kruse, Thomas
Bartemeyer, Charles Bates, Jr., Richard Shepler, Jeffrey Sniadach, Sally Stewart, Mack, Erika Mark, Randall Mayse, Lucas
Campbell, John Carr, Dean Cerny, Noah David Strickler, Danny Till, James Turner, McCutcheon, Thomas Nock, Carlos
Clatt, David Clements, Jeanne Elliott, Aimee Vermeulen, Robert Ward, Herbert Olvera, Bryan Pattschull, Jeffrey Peck,
Rocky Flynn, Carl Fox, Dennis Franks, Wendt, Philip Whiston, James Wilson James Ross, Alan StClair, Catherine
Dawn Gatlin, Marian Goetzmann, Karen Tillberg
Grizzle, James Headley, Katharine Higdon, 15 Years - Annette Bealer, LaVeta Bear,
Charles Hodges, Alfonso Lopez, Kevin Edward Bell, Diana Buck, Dale Carton, Accrued Sick Leave: 3000 Hours -
Marker, John Miller, Joseph Morris, Verna Coyle, Ronald Deiss, Marsha Dolan, James Hart, Galen Wanderscheid; 2000
Thomas Pickett, Larry Reever, Scott Rolfes, Richard Doyle, Alaena Ensey, Ronald Hours - Bernard Dolezal, Janet Hodges,
Harold Schweiger, Kathryn Soska, Robert Faletti, William Hallam, Donna Hardy, Michael O’Keefe, Pauline Zitzke

June 12, 2003 Corps Day 3


Corps Day 2003 Activities Committee
General Co-Chairpersons - Annette Fund Raising Committee - Aimee Games Committee - Judy Walters, chair;
Bealer, Mark Lampe Vermeulen, chair; Beth Baze; Holly Cliff Artis; Damon Barati; Tom Gambucci;
Hintzke; Gary Huston; Al Lopez; Jody Chris Haring; Heather Schroeder
Set-Up/Clean-Up Committee - John Schmitz
Punkiewicz, chair; Gene Walsh Awards Committee - JoAnn Wilgenbusch,
Retirees Committee - LaVeta Bear, co- chair; Theresa Duvall; Joseph Nobiling;
Food Committee - Sherri Lewis, co-chair; chair; Tony Zemo, co-chair Angela Rursch
Heather Whitman, co-chair; Heather
Gilbert; Lynn Parker; Nancy Schnoor; Logistics Committee - Mary Strassburger, Publicity Committee - Mark Kane, chair;
Penny St. Clair chair; Gaylord Helms; Sue Pauli Ron Fournier
T
he District played host to a 10-member Russian delega- Division, then provided an overview of the District's reservoir
tion, sponsored by the Iowa National Guard, as they system operation, which included gaging systems and data
visited the Saylorville Lake Project, Locks and Dam 15, collection and analysis. Stieger then provided an overview of the
the Mississippi River Visitor Center, and the Clock Tower District's flood-fighting team practices and levee-inspection
Building May 19 and 21. program.
The visit included 10 Russian officials and translators. It took "I felt they were probably frustrated in that they would like to
place at their request, so they could become more familiar with explore issues in greater detail, but the language barrier was
the Corps' flood mitigation practices, first hand. cumbersome," said Stieger. "It seemed to me they were very
Several years ago, Corps Headquarters established a program impressed with our water management system. The automation and
to provide Corps support to Russian emergency services extent of the system, in my opinion, boggled their collective minds."
personnel, said Terry Stieger, Emergency Management. During the Russians’ visit to the Saylorville Lake Project they
Kevin Carlock, Operations Division, personally made a visit to toured the Bob Shetler West campground, Saylorville Dam
Moldova (former Soviet Republic) and Germany (to work with the control tower, outlet, and pneumatic-crest gate spillway. While
Moldovans) to provide briefings on Geographic Information they were at the campground, they also had the chance to see
System applications to emergency response, said Stieger. Kevin the inside of a camper's recreational vehicle.
Anderson, a former District employee, also made trips to Russia "They were very impressed by the RV and the open reception
during his tenure. they received and presented the camper with a pin," said Marvin
"The Corps’ emergency management community have sent Morris, Saylorville Lake Project. "I believe they were genuinely
several folks to Russia to brief the Corps’ approach to all hazards impressed with what they saw of our operation."
emergency response," said Stieger. Al Frohlich, Mississippi River Project Office, gave the Russian
This was the District's chance to play host to the Russians visitors their tour of the Visitor Center and Locks and Dam 15.
and showcase our equipment, personnel and accomplishments. "As with many first-time visitors to the Mississippi, I thought
During the Russian officials' visit to the District's Emergency they were excited to see it up close," said Frohlich. "When the
Operations Center, Dennis Hamilton, Programs and Project District hosts international visitors, it gives us the chance to
Management, provided an overview of federal programs de- showcase what we do. Sharing information with others is a great
signed to mitigate flood impacts. Jim Stiman, Engineering way to learn about their country and culture."

Russians Visit District Sites


Story by Mark Kane, Photo by Dan Crone, Saylorville Lake Project

Chief Park Ranger Marvin


Morris (right) waits to field
a question from one of the
Russian visitors through an
interpreter (left) regarding
Saylorville's role as a
multipurpose project.

June 2003 Tower Times 7


Summer Heat Injuries
By Darrell Taylor, Army Medicine News Service

W
ith rising tempera- exposed to extreme heat or they are not used to being active in it,
tures, outdoor so they can be more susceptible to heat injuries.
activities increase There are three stages of heat injuries - heat cramps, heat
and the potential for heat injuries exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat cramps are caused by an
rises. However, they can be excessive loss of salt from the body and result in painful cramp-
prevented with a bit of knowledge ing in the arms, legs and stomach. If a person continues to be
and planning. exposed to heat and intense physical activity, he or she will go
Here are tips to prevent heat into the second stage of heat injury known as heat exhaustion.
injuries. Heat exhaustion is caused by the body’s excessive loss of
 Drink water frequently. When both salt and water. Symptoms include profuse sweating,
training in the heat, know the water tingling sensation in the hands and feet, paleness, difficulty
requirements per person, per hour, and breathing, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting,
increase water intake as work activity trembling, weakness, lack of coordination, and a slight clouding
increases. When out and about, take of the senses-up to momentary loss of consciousness. Many
along bottled water to ensure your body times the skin will be cool and moist with a lower than normal
is getting its daily requirement. It’s temperature. A rapid pulse rate and low blood pressure may also
recommended we drink at least 64 ounces occur.
of water every day. Never rely on thirst as Further exposure to heat can shut down the body’s heat-
an indicator for water replacement. Drink control mechanism and result in heatstroke. Some early signs
water moderately throughout the day to include headache, dizziness, delirium, weakness, nausea,
ensure your body maintains its proper water vomiting, and excessive warmth (sweating may or may not be
levels. present). At this point, the heat casualty has become a medical
 Avoid excessive salt intake and heavy emergency due to the rapid deterioration of the individual’s
midday meals to decrease your chances of condition.
becoming a heat casualty. Contact a local health facility’s preventive-medicine section
 Acclimatize your body to the heat. Do not stay for guidelines on fluid replacement and work-rest times during
closed up indoors playing video games for half the warm-weather training and work.
summer and then suddenly decide to run five miles On the ‘Net
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On the ‘Net
TIP: Accessing Rocky is
easy! From any District
computer connected to the
network, you can quickly
access the page by going
to our homepage and
clicking on the red District
Intranet button in the
upper-left corner.

www.mvr.usace.army.mil

Rocky Hits the District


By Damon Barati, Information Management

T
he Rock Island District has a new start looking for it Parking > ClockTower This will allow you to search the collec-
Intranet and we've dubbed it or Logistics Management > Parking or tion of web pages here in the District. It
Rocky. It was designed to accom- Clock Tower > Parking > Where to Park will take us a bit longer to add the capabil-
modate feedback received in the past to Well, let us know how you would catego- ity to add outside sites of interest into the
allow all District employees to find useful rize this one web page, and it will be collection of web pages that are indexed
information, fast and easily. entered as such (after obtaining any for the search. But once that is done, a
The design will accommodate anyone approvals, if needed). Any combination is search on a keyword may also give you
who knows of a useful file on the network, possible. Keep in mind ... while it is other web sites that have the keywords
or a web page on a web server no matter possible, it may not necessarily be you entered.
where it is (in the District, on the Internet, authorized. Who decides? The links to the categories on the
at Mississippi Valley Division or Head- For the moment, the first stop will be Intranet could be to other web pages. If
quarters). To create a new link, send with your immediate supervisor. After they are, a new browser window will open
Information Management information that, the Information Integration and to show you the other web page that is
about where the information is located so Implementation Branch will look at it and, not directly a part of this new Intranet.
others can find it from the home page. if we are not aware of any issues from the They may also be links to a collection of
Think of a portal like Yahoo!® or Executive Office, we will enter the pro- other sub-categories and information that
MSN®. You could find your favorite posed categories into the database that is part of the category you have entered.
coffee shop by looking under the catego- stores the category navigation for the In that case, you will be presented with a
ries coffee shops > Quad-Cities or Quad- Intranet. possible list of sub-categories, as well as
Cities > coffee shops. We've designed the Future plans are for you to be able to possible information listed in chronologi-
new Intranet to accommodate this. submit your suggested categories on any cal order for that category.
For example: Parking at the Clock Tower file, web page, or web site, and have the If you have any questions, sugges-
is one web page that informs you where to system notify the appropriate folks to tions or comments please give us a call at
park at the Clock Tower complex. From approve your proposal. ext. 5759 or e-mail us at
the Intranet home page, how would you Another feature is the search capability. WebManager@mvr02.usace.army.mil.

June 2003 Tower Times 9


Investing In Our People
Around the District
Designers Receive National Thomson Camping Sites Sympathy ...
Design Award Rehabilitated
The principal design group for the The Mississippi River maintenance Martha Beldin, 89, of
Devonian Fossil Gorge Visitor staff continue the work of rehabilitating East Moline, Ill., died
Facility received a national award, the U.S. 10 select sites prone to floodwater May 22, at Davenport
Army Corps of Engineers’ Merit Award, at damage at Thomson Causeway Recre- Lutheran Home.
an award ceremony at the Devonian Fossil ation Area. Beldin had worked
Gorge Visitor Facility at Coralville Lake, The pads are being enlarged to meet, or with the District in the
Iowa, on May 30. exceed, Corps design standards for pad personnel office.
Recipients of the award were: the Rock construction and are being converted
Island District Corps of Engineers of Rock from gravel surface to concrete.
Island, Ill.; Shoemaker & Haaland Profes- Long-term savings will most likely
sional Engineers of Coralville, Iowa; John Jorgensen, 83,
result through the elimination of herbicide of Davenport, Iowa, died
Armadillo Arts of Iowa City, Iowa; and mowing requirements, as well as the
McComas-Lacina Construction of Iowa May 18, at his home
placement of pads that can withstand following a brief illness.
City, Iowa; and Devonian Fossil flood events without damage and costly
Gorge Inc. of Davenport, Iowa. Jorgensen worked
repairs. with the District and
The Chief of Engineers Design and
Environmental Awards Program is a Mississippi River Project retired in 1982.
national program of the Corps that recog- He served in the U.S.
Office Involved in Avian Army from 1942-1946.
nizes design excellence in projects accom-
plished by Corps team members Monitoring
Richard "Dick" Falls, 75, of Thomson,
working in partnership with the private Forester Joe Lundh, Mississippi River Ill., died at the Savanna Marina, Savanna,
sector design and construction community. Project Office, assisted avian contractor Ill., when a large pontoon boat, that was
The Visitor Facility received the award Kelley McKay in developing point being welded, exploded May 12.
for turning a scoured flood-spillway into a locations for avian monitoring in the Long Falls had worked for the District and
community-learning asset. This Island Refuge Area of Mississippi River served as a lockman at Lock and Dam 13
grassroots community initiative and Pool 22. in Fulton, Ill.
funding effort resulted in an excellent The large forested tract is Corps fee-
interpretive design at minimal cost and title land incorporated into the Mark
Mary Jane
environmental impact. Twain Complex of the U.S. Fish and
Blumenthal, 94, of Rock
Wildlife Service refuge system.
Vander Horn Earns Liberty- Island, Ill., died May 3,
Avian surveys have been an important
at Rosewood Care
Bell Award component of the Mississippi River
Center, Moline, Ill.
Steve Vander Horn, Operations Project Office's forestry management
Blumenthal worked for
Division, received the Liberty Bell award program for the past 20 years, and have
the District at the Clock
given out during Law Day festivities by provided the basis of support for active
Tower Building for 33
the Office of Counsel, May 1. management of forested resources in
years and retired in 1963.
The award is given annually to recog- Mississippi River Pools 11 through 22.
nize community service that has strength-
ened the American system of freedom
under law.

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Notes from the Mississippi*
Lock and Dam 11, Dubuque, Iowa Locks and Dam 15, Rock Island, Ill. Lock and Dam 19, Keokuk, Iowa
 Bridge crane undercarriage serviced.  Roller-gate machinery chains oiled.  Missing miter-gate timber replaced.
 Depth sounders installed.  All lock machinery degreased and  Upper guide wall and bull nose
 Chains on dam oiled. painted. painted.

Lock and Dam 12, Bellevue, Iowa Lock and Dam 16, Muscatine, Iowa Lock and Dam 20, Canton, Mo.
 Handrail installed.  Six roller-gate bulkheads pulled,  Upper shelter painted.
 Storage cabinet in scooter shed built washed and stored.  Concrete at upper building poured.
and installed.  All lock gate pans cleaned.  Cables on crane replaced.

Lock and Dam 13, Fulton, Ill. Lock and Dam 17, New Boston, Ill. Lock and Dam 21, Quincy, Ill.
 Lockhouse lockwall entryway painted.  Semi-annual maintenance on lock  Safety rail on upper gate repaired.
 Lifeboats checked for new navigation machinery completed.  Couplings and shafts moved to pier
season.  Tool board for maintenance shop built. house.

Locks and Dam 14, Le Claire, Iowa Lock and Dam 18, Gladstone, Ill. Lock and Dam 22, Saverton, Mo.
 Semi-annual hoisting equipment  Area around new security fence  New breathers installed on all valve
service and inspections completed. landscaped. and miter-gate speed reducers.
 Storage yard fence modified.  Lower tow-haulage sheave repaired.  Broken water lines repaired.

*This is a small sample of work completed at District locks and dams throughout the month.

Speakers Bureau
By Shannan Walsten, Public Affairs

Rick Nickel, Engineering Division, Division, and another WJHS student 2003 Junior Achievement classroom
interviewed five high-school juniors and interested in civil engineering, job volunteers. They are: Janel Schaeffer,
seniors during a mock job fair held at shadowed Rachel Fellman, Engineering Emergency Management/Security Office;
United Township High School in East Division. Cliff Artis, Christian Hawkinson, Tom
Moline, Ill., on April 10. Perry Hubert, Programs and Project Heinold, Rick Nickel, Heather Bishop
Federal budget and appropriations was Management, discussed his Corps career and Toby Hunemuller, Engineering
the topic of discussion when Dave Hays, with 8th graders at Sudlow Middle School Division; Jimmy Aidala, Sue Clevenstine
Programs and Projects Management, on April 30 in Davenport, Iowa. and Steve Russell, Operations Division;
spoke with more than 30 college students Environmental management and and Andy Leichty, Frank Monfeli and
at the Iowa State University in Ames, hazardous waste was the topic of Tracy Street, Programs and Project
Iowa, on April 16. discussion when Bob Hoffman, Engi- Management.
On April 23, more than 100 students neering Division, spoke with more The Speakers Bureau is part of the
participated in the Rockridge High School than 18 students from United Town- District's outreach program. Through
career fair. Tom Heinold and Kevin Holden ship High School, in East Moline, Ill., these programs, employees work to foster
from Engineering Division; Jim Ross from on May 6. positive relations between the community
Programs and Project Management; and On May 8, Larry Jones, Executive and the Corps. Contact with our public
Roger Bollman from Operations Division Office, discussed the mission of the Corps provides an opportunity to reaffirm the
all spoke with students about their careers with more than 50 members of the South importance of the District’s role in our
with the Corps. Park Presbyterian Church Brotherhood in communities, the Midwest and the nation.
Two Wilson Junior High School Rock Island, Ill. District employees interested in these
students interested in the field of biology, Scott Whitney, Programs and Project outreach opportunities can learn more by
job shadowed Kenny Brenner, Opera- Management, presented a Corps update visiting our website at
tions Division, on April 29. Three other on the Mississippi River to more than 30 www.mvr.usace.army.mil/
WJHS students interested in heavy- members of the Moline Conservation Club PublicAffairsOffice/
equipment operation, participated in a job on May 20 in Rock Island, Ill. CommunityRelations.htm or by contacting
shadow with Steve Felderman, Operations A special thanks goes out to the Spring Justine Barati at ext. 5204.

June 2003 Tower Times 11


Seeking All Those Interested in Doing a
Small Part to Cleanup Our River
By Public Affairs

Steve Vacek, Mississippi River Project


Office, instructs river-cleanup volunteers
about where to pickup trash and debris
during last summer’s event. Photo by
Mark Kane.

On the ‘Net
www.cleanrivers.com

O
n June 28, District employees and the cleanup. The cookout is sponsored The Adopt-a-Mile Program is an
their families are invited to by the Rock Island District Welfare important part of the Mississippi River
participate in the District’s annual Association. Beautification and Restoration Project.
cleanup of our river miles adopted through If you are interested in participating in Schools, organizations, companies, and
the Adopt-a-Mississippi-River-Mile the cleanup, it is important to remember to families have adopted shoreline miles
Program. We will be meeting at 9 a.m. at wear long pants, long shirts, and gloves, since the program started in 1999. There
Locks and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa. since nails and other debris will be are no fees involved in adopting shoreline
If you are interested in participating, you present. It is also important to wear miles, only a voluntary commitment to
must contact Justine Barati at ext. 5204 or e- sunscreen and bug spray and be up-to- stewardship. Chad Pregracke, coordinator
mail her at Justine.A.Barati@usace.army.mil date on your Tetanus shot. of the MRBRP, estimates that by the end
by June 13. “Each year, Corps employees and their of the project more than 100 groups will be
The District has adopted river miles families have made a difference by adopting Mississippi River miles.
493-495. These miles are located at assisting with this cleanup effort. We The MRBRP was founded in 1997 with
LeClaire Base, Iowa. The locations to have always appreciated everyone’s the objective of cleaning up the Missis-
clean include the area around Locks and efforts in chipping in for a good cause, sippi River. In addition to cleaning the
Dam 14 and Smith’s Island. and we look forward to another large shoreline, the project’s mission is to
There will be a cookout for participants turnout this year,” said Justine Barati, involve as many people as possible in the
at the Smith’s Island recreation area after Public Affairs. hands-on project.

228th Birthday
of the
United States Army

June 14, 2003


www.army.mil/birthday/228