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Spotlight on
on John VanWatermeulen
the District
District Hydrologic Technician, Water Control Section,
Engineering Division
Story and photos by Patricia Ryan, Public Affairs

he Corps is home to people from all patrolled major supply routes along the computer on the status of about 180 sites
walks of life. After eight years Saudi Arabia and Iraqi border. In addition, at locks and dams, reservoirs, and field
serving in the Army, John his unit was responsible for detaining sites that span five states,”
VanWatermeulen was attending college in Iraqi Army troops who had surrendered. VanWatermeulen said. “We monitor the
1994, when he heard of a job opening for a “Traveling was fun,” VanWatermeulen field sites daily to ensure they are operat-
student assistant at the Rock Island said. "In Saudi Arabia we patrolled roads ing correctly, so the data we collect is
District and decided to apply. The built by engineers and spent a lot of time correct. I think it is important to have a
student assistant position led to his full- climbing sand dunes to set up antennas positive attitude and enjoy the work you
time job as a hydrologic technician with and radio towers for communications. do, and I have fun working on computers,
the Corps. You had to drive the Humvees straight up which is also something I do as a hobby.”
“One of the things I Staying in shape is
really like about my job is important to
working with the Corps VanWatermeulen, and
team to find the best way to many of his hobbies are
solve problems and achieve sports related, which help
goals,” VanWatermeulen him do that. He enjoys
said. “I like using my basketball, football,
background in computer running, and outdoor
science to troubleshoot activities. In spite of a
problems in computer severe injury to his
systems and in field Achilles tendon last year,
equipment. It is an ongo- which resulted in three
ing challenge for us to keep months on crutches and
everything synchronized one month with a walking
and operational.” cast, VanWatermeulen only
Born in Port Byron, Ill., missed five days of work.
VanWatermeulen has spent “I think it is important to
most of his life in the local always have a positive
area, with the exception of attitude in everything you
his assignments in the do,” he said. “In the Water
Army. He has two broth- Control Section, we enjoy
ers, three sisters, and (Left photo) VanWatermeulen works with weather equipment at Locks working with people to
and Dam 14 and (right photo) at District headquarters with Jim Stiman
enjoys spending as much find ways to fix what needs
(left), Engineering Division.
time as he can outdoors. fixing, and find new and
After graduating from high school, the face of the huge sand dunes, or you improved ways to do our jobs.
VanWatermeulen joined the Army and would roll over.” “I hope that hard work, doing a good
received training as a communications VanWatermeulen took advantage of the job, and dedication will lead to promo-
specialist working with vehicles, radios Montgomery GI Bill after leaving the tional opportunities here in the Corps,”
and maintaining company equipment. In Army, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree VanWatermeulen said. “Working in a job
1989, he was in Panama as a part of in electronics and an Associate of Arts you enjoy makes you feel great about
Operation Just Cause in support of the Degree in computer programming. He is coming to work.”
implementation of a democratic govern- also in the final stages of completing an
ment. In August 1990, he was deployed to additional degree offered by Microsoft as You can read further information
Operation Desert Storm where he was a computer technician. about the mission of the Water Control
assigned to military police unit that “I usually start my day by checking my Section on page 6 and 7 of this issue.

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Tower Times
U.S. Army Corps of May 2004
Rock Island District
Vol. 26 No. 6
Tower Times
May 2004

District Engineer
Col. Duane P. Gapinski

Mark A. Kane

Chief, Public Affairs

Ron Fournier
North American Safe Boating 4 District Faces New Challenges
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2004. the District's rain gages in the
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District Faces New Challenges
By Col. Duane Gapinski, District Engineer

he last week of April I attended the financial future; I plan to revisit the components of the recommendations be
Engineer Force (ENFORCE) Senior team awards in August and will have jointly implemented. We are waiting to see
Leaders Conference at Fort the opportunity to review options for if there will be funds in the FY05 appropria-
Leonard Wood, Mo. This years’ focus non-monetary awards by then; tion bill to begin design work on the
was “Forging Our Future-Shaping • We will cancel all level 2 and 3 recommended projects. Public meetings in
Engineers for Joint and Multinational training; the levels reference a method June will allow for input on the draft report
Operations.” Engineer commanders from of coding in the training database and recommendations. The Chief of
all across the Army attended. We had an (District Automated Training Man- Engineers report to Congress is scheduled
opportunity to receive some institutional agement Program) and correspond to for November.
updates and were provided excellent training that is important and benefi- Recent media reports have questioned
opportunities for informational exchanges cial. However, there are no plans to the Corps’ recommendations. The "rest of
pertinent both to the Corps and the entire cancel mandatory, level 0, and critical, the story" is that, in addition to using five
Army Engineer Force. It was quite clear level 1, training at this time; different scenarios to anticipate the future
that the rapid pace of change we are • We will actively pursue Voluntary demands on our locks, we have used the
experiencing in the Corps is not unique, Early Retirement Act and Voluntary best economic models available. Al-
and is occurring in the Army as a whole. Separation Incentive Pay initiatives though the Corps is pursuing improved
There is a lot going on within the and have sent our requests for economic models, they will never be
District and I would like to take this allocations to the Division; perfect and improved models are several
opportunity to give you the latest updates • We have reviewed the number of years away. Meanwhile, Congress has
on the cost-saving measures, the Naviga- student aides and made adjustments told us repeatedly that they want our
tion Study, P2 deployment, and our where practicable; recommendation as soon as possible. We
support to the Global War on Terrorism. • We have canvassed the District for propose to implement small-scale mea-
volunteers who are interested in leave sures such as mooring cells and
Cost-Saving Measures without pay and working part time; switchboats immediately, and will monitor
Over the past few months I have been this is strictly voluntary and we have the effectiveness of these measures
sending out e-mails to keep you informed had some individuals express interest before we begin any construction of larger
of the measures we are taking to address in both LWOP and working part time. locks. An adaptive approach will allow us
the funding shortfalls in Fiscal Year 2004 We are making progress, but we have to adjust construction schedules accord-
and posture ourselves to deal with more work to do and plan to continue ingly. Similarly, we will be monitoring the
funding issues that could be similar or these efforts into FY05. I urge your success of any environmental restoration
worse in Fiscal Year 2005. As a result of continued support in being good stew- work and adjusting our approach as
the hard work and efforts of the Financial ards. deemed appropriate. One of the good
Alternative Strategy task force, we will news stories that seem to escape many is
focus on continuing to refine our income Navigation Study the collaborative approach that has been
and expenditure numbers as we determine The Navigation Study continues to used to develop all these recommended
potential solutions. To date, here are the make progress; the study team has
measures we have taken: completed work on the draft feasibility
• Maj. Melody Smith and I are the study report and has sent it off to the
approval authorities on all vacancies printer. It is scheduled for release to the
until further notice; public in early May and may already be
• We have released all of our out by the time you read this. The draft
FedSource contractors report contains tentative recommendations
• We will have a Corps Day awards for $5.3 billion in ecosystem restoration
ceremony during duty hours, but the and $2.3 billion of navigation improve-
picnic will be on a weekend; see the ments. Navigation improvements include
back page for more about the picnic; small-scale measures, as well as construc-
• All remodeling projects, with the tion of 12 1,200-foot locks at those sites
exception of the water damage repairs, with the longest delays. The recommenda-
are permanently postponed; tions are based on potential traffic sce-
• We have additionally identified narios considering world market demand
facilities maintenance projects that we for grain from the Midwest. The report also
can postpone into future fiscal years; recommends $5.3 billion in environmental
• We will suspend all team awards until restoration work over the next 50 years.
we have a better determination of our The Corps is strongly recommending both

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measures. We have been working closely with representatives Process. The end result will be worth it when we have a system
from the states, several federal agencies (both Washington and that will allow us to more effectively manage our work. At
regional offices), and numerous non-governmental agencies present the deployment has been delayed two weeks so that
representing a wide variety of interests. some bugs can be worked out. The good news is that we will
Ultimately, Congress makes the final decision when it decides have the benefit of these improvements in the software, as well
what gets authorized initially, how often the Corps needs to as learning from those districts that are already deploying it.
report back, and any additional authorizations. Irrespective of There are sure to be other bumps in the road ahead, but we will
the final outcome, I am extremely proud of the work done by the work through them.
entire study team in laying out an objective analysis of the
options available. The decisions are not easy considering the Global War on Terrorism
complexity and magnitude of the analysis and the significance of The District has done a great job supporting the Global War
the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers to many who depend on on Terrorism with volunteers from all disciplines. During FY04,
them for recreation, water supply, commerce, and as a significant the District has deployed 19 volunteers in support of Operation
environmental resource. The study team has provided a high Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 32 volun-
standard on how to do team work regionally. teers since the start of the effort. I appreciate your dedication
and willingness to serve. If you have any interest in volunteer-
P2 ing, let Mark Clark in Emergency Management know. Speak to
The District is finally training employees on how P2 (the tool someone who has gone overseas and you will find out how
or software that will enable the Corps to change its culture and to rewarding this work can be.
implement the Project Management Business Process) will be I really appreciate your patience and understanding as we
implemented within the District. We have been hearing about P2 tackle these tough issues; the list seems to grow every day. We
for years as we implemented the Project Management Business can face these challenges head on … together!

North American Safe Boating Campaign Kicks Off

By John Punkiewicz, Operations Division

very year towards the end of May hopefully be safer and more alert to the the exam you may be eligible for a
marks the kickoff of the Safe dangers that go along with enjoyment of discount on your boat insurance?
Boating Campaign, a campaign the activities they are participating in. Did you also know children under the
designed as a season-long campaign of Campaigns such as Safe Boating can be age of 18 cannot operate a boat by
boating and water safety awareness and used as an additional tool in our ranger’s themselves, unless they attend and
education. toolbox of strategies, ideas and partner- pass an above mentioned eight-hour
As an outdoor recreation planner I ships. state class?
have been involved with boating and For more information on the campaign  Did you know the District has a
water safety since I started with the Corps go to, and water-safety information located in
in the late 80s. With the Corps being the be sure to check out the sponsor links. our Outlook Public Folders under
nations largest provider of outdoor and “Recreation and Natural Resource
water based recreation, it is providing that Did You Know? Management,” while the Corps has its
recreation on only two percent of the  Did you know in the Rock Island own water safety website? Corps web
nations federal lands -- a lot of highly District we have rangers that are site:
concentrated water-based activities. dedicated to boat patrol activities?  Did you know that in order to operate
Our rangers are involved daily in  Did you know our rangers do a boat, if you’re a federal employee,
education, and the enforcement of, the hundreds of water and boating safety you need to attend and pass a three-
rules and regulations governing our water programs each year in schools, at day class, which includes a day of
resource projects. Education through our beaches, to fishing and hunting classroom lessons, and two days of
interpretive programs is a primary prob- groups, at safety fairs, and to the intensive on water operations?
lem-solving tool for our operations general public.  Did you know that the week of May
managers and their staffs with enforce-  Did you know you could take an 22 through the 28 is the official kick
ment being secondary. eight-hour state boating certification off of the “North America National
A well-educated customer, participating class taught by our rangers, and by Safe Boating Campaign” for the 2004
in boating and swimming activities, will completing such a class and passing season?

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Rollin’ on the River
How the Corps and
Key Partners Keep
Barge Traffic Moving

Scott Pettis, a forecaster in the

Water Control Section, discusses
data from a field site to ensure the
proper settings are achieved to
maintain the navigation depths on
the river.
Daily forecasting provides
coordination between data coming in
from the field gages, to the decisions
made regarding the exact daily
settings at the locks and dams, as
well as the reservoirs.

Story and photos by Patricia Ryan, Public Affairs

s spring arrives on the Upper charged with disseminating weather and job done reveals it is anything, but simple.
Mississippi and Illinois rivers, the river forecasts to the public; and the U.S. Stiman said that the coordination
sight of barge traffic ferrying up Coast Guard, responsible for marking the process is a daily routine, as Corps water-
and down the river loaded with goods is channel.” control personnel receive information from
one we learn to take for granted. The Rock Island Water Control Section roughly 180 gages located on District
The Corps is a major player in the multi- coordinates water management activities rivers and streams. Every hour the
faceted and intricate process of keeping at the District’s 12 locks and dams on the information recorded at the gages is
barge traffic moving on the waterways Mississippi River, eight locks and dams transmitted to the District office via the
through coordination, partnership and on the Illinois River, as well as the three Geostationary Operational Environmental
teamwork. flood control reservoirs - Coralville, Red Satellite-East. The data collection effort
“The staff of the Water Control Section Rock and Saylorville. A major responsibil- involves teamwork and partnering
is available 24/7 to help ensure navigation ity of the Water Control Section is fostered through a cooperative agreement
on the waterways is as efficient as monitoring water levels, streamflow, and between the Corps and the USGS. The
possible and compatible with the daily precipitation and weather data on rivers USGS assists Corps staff by helping
conditions of the rivers,” said Jim Stiman, and streams throughout the District. This maintain gages and by taking stream-flow
chief, Water Control Section. “Coordina- data provides the Water Control Section measurements so that river flow can be
tion and teamwork play key roles in the and project staff much of the information correlated with water levels, an extremely
success of this mission. The major necessary to make operational decisions important piece of information for water
players we coordinate with are Rock at the projects. However, this is just part managers.
Island District Operations Division staff of the story. The rest of the story is how In addition to information from the
located at each lock and dam project, the the data is received, evaluated and gages, the Water Control Section consid-
St. Paul District and St. Louis District disseminated to the rest of the team to ers upstream-flow forecasts provided by
water control sections; the U.S. Geological ensure a nine-foot channel for commercial the St. Paul District and tributary-flow
Survey, whose major role is data collec- navigation. This may not sound compli- forecasts from the NWS. Upon analyzing
tion; the National Weather Service, cated, but a look at what it takes to get the all of this information, flow and stage

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Much of the information gathered by
the District's Water Control Section
is available to the public at, a web site and
world wide web address the section
helped create.

Elsewhere in the Water Control

Section, Tom Nock, hydrologic engineer,
checks field data as he prepares to
coordinate the daily readings to provide
forecasts to the locks and dams and

forecasts are generated for each lock and importance of constant coordination and continuous flow of accurate data to
dam. These forecasts are then used to communication to achieve the goal of ensure the correct position of the channel
compute gate settings at the locks and keeping the barges moving on the rivers, markers. They are also the ones who must
dams in order to maintain pools within even in low-water conditions. respond to any emergency on the river so
specified limits, guaranteeing a nine-foot The NWS is charged with issuing river accurate daily information assists by
navigation channel. forecasts to the public and is another providing a means for them to anticipate
“Operations Division staff at the partner involved in the water management problems before they occur.
projects physically make the gate set- process. Just as past technology used on radios
tings,” said Stiman. “Also, flow forecasts “The NWS provides tributary forecasts and telephones to transmit river data,
for Lock and Dam 22 on the Mississippi to the Corps used in the project operation today it relies on satellites. As new
River and La Grange Lock and Dam on the decision process,” said Stiman. “While methods and technology emerge to
Illinois Waterway are provided to the St. these forecasts provide important informa- improve communication the coordination
Louis District for use in their daily tion for operating the navigation dams, process adapts. However, consistent
operations.” they are especially critical for operating reliable communication, coordination and
Downstream of Mel Price Lock and the District flood control reservoirs.” teamwork continue to be the basis for the
Dam in the St. Louis District, the last lock Once operation decisions are finalized, success achieved by the Corps and our
and dam on the Upper Mississippi River, the Corps transmits this operational partners, working together to keep the
maintaining the navigation channel can be information back to the NWS so that it barge traffic rolling on the river, keeping
especially challenging. During droughts, can be incorporated in the final NWS river this vital link in America’s transportation
load restrictions are sometimes put into forecasts that are disseminated to the system up and running.
effect, so that barges don’t run aground public.
due to a lack of water, since there are no The U.S. Coast Guard is the regulatory On the ‘Net
navigation dams to ensure adequate arm of the process. They are responsible
channel depth. That is an unusual for setting the buoys that mark the
situation; however, it illustrates the channel, so it is vital they receive a

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he Rock Island District Corps of Engineers may be greater meaning to the thoughts and emotions being experienced
characterized as a web of participation. Change the in the wake of the change and by building trustful relationships
participation and you change the organization. and safe environments for interaction and experimentation.
Today the District's web of participation is being challenged to
change at every level, most importantly at the leadership level. "It is not what you do with people that is important, it is what
One of the District's greatest leadership challenges is to find you do for them."
ways to address the deepest kinds of problems we face. To
answer this challenge, the District will require leaders who are The transformational servant leader looks for the life-giving
able to transform their organizations through evolutionary and forces, and the moments of joy and satisfaction that live inside
revolutionary means. They will need to be transformational their organizations and find ways to harness those energies to
servant leaders. fuel more generative and challenging propositions for the future.
There is a significant and fundamental difference between a They help their people realize that they may be limited and
transactional or traditional leader and a transformational or constrained by an inability to see larger and more expansive
servant leader. realities and they guide them towards adopting new techniques
and methods, and shift
Transformational Servant Leadership - them away from traditional
deficit-minded “what’s
broken” approach towards
The Districts New Challenge a more productive, appre-
ciative, inclusive “what’s
By Doug Davis, Deputy for Small Business possible” mode of operat-
The District's new
The transformational or servant leader meets the needs of the challenge is to identify, leverage, and develop transformational
organization through the personal growth of followers. They servant leaders. Leaders that are able and willing to create
understand how to, and go beyond individual interest to increased cohesion, improve communication channels, expand
generate greater community and internal connectivity. They boundaries, inspire innovation, and encourage risk taking while
transcend the use of external rewards, and create internal demonstrating human compassion and “fire-in-the-belly” drive
motivation within their followers by shaping and elevating the for excellence.
values and goals of the organization.
In his acclaimed book, Servant Leadership: A Journey into the "The is no exercise better for the human heart than reaching
Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness, Robert K. Greenleaf out and lifting others up."
says, “A new moral principle is emerging which holds that the
only authority deserving one’s allegiance is that which is freely The new challenge will require leaders at every level who:
and knowingly granted by the led to the leader in response to,  Challenge the “status quo” by seeking out and testing new
and in proportion to, the clearly evident servant nature of the ideas;
leader. To the extent that this principle prevails in the future, the  Solicit and experiment with fresh perspectives for solving
only truly viable institutions will be those that are predominantly problems;
servant-led.  Listen from an unattached, nonjudgmental, open communi-
cations position;
"People don’t care how much you know, until they know how  Exhibit genuine empathy, compassion and spirit of commu-
much you care." nity;
 Model, mentor and reward preferred collaborative behavior.
The transformational servant leader accomplishes organiza- In his acclaimed book The Dance of Change, Peter Senge
tional goals by empowering people, engaging them in powerful suggests that what is needed is healthy leadership ecology, an
conversations for change, modifying attitudes and behaviors, interdependent human-community commensurate in diversity
developing shared vision, generating acceptance of change, and and robustness to the challenges of profound change. He says,
shifting mental models towards nonlinear systems thinking to "Organizations must enter a new domain of leadership develop-
solve day-to-day challenges. ment when we stop thinking about preparing a few people for 'the
The transformational servant leader encourages the develop- top' and start nurturing the potential for leaders at all levels to
ment and use of new techniques, tools, methods, aspirations, participate in the shaping of new realities.
beliefs, and guiding principles that foster and guide the organiza-
tion towards organizational sea change. Transformational "Where appreciation is alive and people are connected in
servant leaders do this by articulating ideas and concepts to give discovery, hope grows and organizational capacity is enriched."

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Sorting Out the Fats
By 1st Lt. Amy J. Baker, Nutrition Clinic, Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, S.C.

housands of Americans are seafood, and egg yolks. Many
diagnosed each year with elevated "cholesterol-free" claims are found
cholesterol levels, which are a on packaged food such as crack-
major risk for heart disease. Nutrition ers, nuts and other snack items,
information is so confusing these days, which do not contain cholesterol in
and many people don’t know what to the first place. But many of these
believe. Trans fats, saturated fats, products do contain hydrogenated
hydrogenated oils ... what do all these oils ... check the label.
terms mean? And how can we read labels When reading the nutrition
and choose healthier foods to help lower facts label, the first thing to look at
bad cholesterol and overall risk for heart is the serving size, because many
disease? What do we look for? foods contain two, two-and-a-half,
I like to separate fats into two major or four servings per container.
classifications: heart-healthy (unsaturated You want saturated fat to make
fats) and unhealthy (saturated/trans fats): up no more than 10 percent of your
Heart-healthy fats include oils, calories, so choose foods with as
avocadoes, olives, peanut butter, nuts and little saturated fat as possible.
seeds, and the fat found in vegetable Check the ingredient list and try to
foods like wheat germ and soy. The best limit foods that contain the word
fats to cook with are olive and canola oil, "hydrogenated." Try to choose
which are high in monounsaturated fats. foods lower in total fat as well.
These types of fat do not tend to raise Fiber, the soluble kind in
bad cholesterol levels, and can even lower particular, can help to lower
them when substituted in place of cholesterol levels. To increase
unhealthy fats. your fiber intake, choose whole
Unhealthy fats include saturated fats grain breads with two to three grams of shortening or lard.
and hydrogenated oils/trans-fatty acids. fiber per slice, cereals with more than three A person with high cholesterol levels
These are typically solid at room tempera- grams of fiber per serving, whole-wheat can likely lower them by following these
ture. Saturated fats include fatty cuts of pasta, brown rice, and other whole grains. healthy eating principles, along with
meat, full-fat dairy products, cream, butter, Good sources of soluble fiber include exercise, weight management and a
lard, coconut and tropical oils. oats, apples, pears, citrus fruits, peas, healthy lifestyle. And someone without
Hydrogenated or trans fats are made by carrots, green beans, barley, beans, and high cholesterol can also benefit from
taking a vegetable oil and chemically nuts. these tips by helping to prevent high
altering its structure to make margarine So must we avoid saturated and cholesterol levels in the first place.
and shortening. These are found abun- hydrogenated fats at all costs? Do we According to the American Heart
dantly in processed foods such as need to eat perfect all the time? No, that Association, heart disease and strokes
crackers, chips, cookies, snack cakes, would be impossible. Rather, try to account for 44 to 45 percent of the major
commercially baked goods and fried choose healthier foods, with lower causes of death in Illinois and Iowa, while
foods. When reading food labels, check amounts of the unhealthy fats less often. the Centers for Disease Control and
the ingredient list for the words "partially Save high-fat meats and desserts for Prevention attribute more than 220,000
hydrogenated." These fats tend to act in special occasions and watch the portion deaths in Iowa and Illinois to heart
the same manner as saturated fats, which size. Aim to eat more plant-based, less- disease between 1991 and 1995 for people
elevate bad cholesterol levels. processed foods such as fruits, veg- aged 35 years and older.
Do you notice all the foods that claim etables, whole grains, beans, nuts and
to be "cholesterol-free?" Well, it's not seeds. Choose fish and white-meat On the ‘Net
really the cholesterol that we eat that poultry more often than red meats. Use
raises our cholesterol levels, but rather the low-fat dairy products, and whenever
type of fat. Cholesterol is found only in possible, use an oil when cooking instead factsheets
animal products, such as meats, dairy, of a hard fat like butter, margarine,

May 2004 Tower Times 9

Investing In Our People
Around the District
District Commander’s Last year, Memorial Day gave Strotman Recent Retirements ...
an opportunity to provide his Cub Scouts
Award with a hands-on opportunity to serve their Williadean Ineichen, contract special-
Sharryn Jackson, Programs and country. Each Memorial Day the Rock ist, Contracting Branch A, Contracting
Project Management, received the January Island National Cemetery has numerous Division, will retire May 11, after dedicat-
Commander's Award. people place small American flags next to ing 30 years to the federal government.
Jackson earned the award for her the headstone of each and every grave,
contributions and assistance in process- this amounts to approximately 20,000
ing and completion of the annual Inspec- flags. Robert Smolka, lockmaster, Brandon
tion of Completed Works fall 2003 levee Memorial Day will soon be upon us Road Lock and Dam, retired May 3, after
inspection reports for Emergency Man- again, and the cemetery will be in need of dedicating 34 years, two months, and 21
agement. volunteers to set out flags. Strotman will days to the federal government.
Thomas Dumoulin, Engineering be back with his scouts on May 27.
Anyone can volunteer, so if you have the Galen Wanderscheid, lock and dam
Division, received the February
time please consider helping. The process operator, Lock and Dam 11, retired May 3,
Commander's Award.
of setting out flags will begin about 2 p.m. after dedicating 35 years, 11 months, and
Dumoulin earned the award for provid-
and will last until the last flag is placed. 17 days to the federal government.
ing ongoing support to numerous team
members and projects both within, and An alternate date of May 28 has been
outside of, the Geotechnical Branch. scheduled in the event of inclement Sandra Dixon, engineering technician,
Specifically, he assisted in the preparation weather on the 27. You can contact the Specifications Section, Design Branch,
of the District 2003 Annual Instrumenta- cemetery at 782-2094 if you have any Engineering Division, retired May 1, after
tion Survey, the Red Rock Multi-Purpose questions. dedicating 30 years, one month, and 27
Trail Segment 4B Project, the District Dam  days to the federal government.
Safety Program, the Lake Odessa Habitat
Restoration Project, the Pekin Lake Congrats ... Nancy Holling, writer-editor, Programs
Southern Unit Critical Restoration Project, Management Branch, Programs and
and the Lockport Rehabilitation Evalua- Congratulations to Project Management, retired May 1, after
tion Report. Kara and Frank dedicating 33 years and four months to
Mitvalsky, Engineering the federal government.
Duty to Country Division, on the birth
“I promise to do my
of a baby boy, Noah 
Marshall, April 14. He
best, to do my duty to weighed 9 pounds and
God and my country ... ” 9 ounces and was 19½
Sympathy ...
At the beginning of inches long.
every Cub Scout meeting Patricia McFate, 70,
across the country Cub Congratulations to of Rock Island, Ill. and
Scouts recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the Jim and Carrie Mission, Texas, died
Cub Scout Law, and the Law of the Pack. Homann, Muscatine April 23.
Then scout leaders like Scott Strotman, Ranger Office, on the McFate retired from
Operations Division, initiate activities birth of a baby boy, the District as chief
designed to build character, to build self- Adam Dale, Jan. 26. He procurement officer in
esteem, and to develop a deep respect and weighed 7 pounds and September 1994.
appreciation for the United States of 15 ounces, and was 21
America. inches long.

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Beginning with this issue of the Tower Times, Notes from the Mississippi will no longer be fea-
tured due to employee feedback. However, articles and information about lock and dam employees
and their accomplishments will continue to be featured in the publication.

Speakers Bureau
By Shannan Walsten, Public Affairs
On March 24, Brad Thompson, Pro- Bible Study on April 15, in Bettendorf, Iowa. On April 28, Mike Cox, Operations
grams and Project Management, spoke The Corps involvement in restoring Division; Steve Johnson, Programs and
about the Corps and water restoration Clear Lake was the topic of discussion Project Management; and Tom Gambucci,
with more than 25 students at Southern when Camie Knollenberg, Programs and Engineering Division, participated in the
Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Project Management, spoke with more Erie High School Career Awareness Day in
Jim Stiman, Engineering Division, than 100 residents of the Clear Lake area Erie, Ill.
spoke about current water levels with on April 16, in Clear Lake, Iowa. A Rockridge High School student
more than 25 members of the Propeller On April 22, Steve Johnson, Programs interested in civil engineering participated
Club on Mar. 25, in Davenport, Iowa. and Project Management, and Heather in a job-shadow event with Tom Heinold,
A Prophetstown High School student Schwar, Engineering Division, participated Engineering Division, on May 6.
interested in lock maintenance visited the in the Bettendorf High School’s Career The Speakers Bureau is part of the
LeClaire Base for a job-shadow event on Fair, which more than 1,320 high school District's outreach program. Through
April 1. students visited in Bettendorf, Iowa. these programs, employees work to foster
On April 2, two Moline High School Ron Deiss, Programs and Project positive relations between the community
students interested in biology job- Management, spoke about the history of and the Corps. Contact with our public
shadowed Clint Beckert, Engineering the Mississippi River with more than 30 provides an opportunity to reaffirm the
Division, and Steve Johnson, Programs members at the Izaak Walton Convention importance of the District’s role in our
and Project Management. on April 24, in Annawan, Ill. communities, the Midwest and the nation.
More than 25 students toured the The Corps’ Environmental Analysis District employees interested in these
hydrology section when they visited Jim Program was the topic of discussion when outreach opportunities can learn more by
Stiman, Engineering Division, on April 14. Charlene Carmack, Programs and Project visiting our website at
Darryl Carattini, Programs and Project Management, spoke with more than 25
Management, spoke about his deployment geography and environmental studies PublicAffairsOffice/
to Iraq with more than 30 members of the majors at the University of Iowa on April CommunityRelations.htm or by contacting
Pleasant View Baptist Church Community 27, in Iowa City, Iowa. Justine Barati at ext. 5204.

Seeking All Those Interested in Doing Armed Forces Day

Something to Keep Our River Clean May 15, 2004
By Public Affairs
Through the Adopt-a-Mississippi River
Mile Program, the Rock Island District has
adopted river miles 493-495, located at
Locks and Dam 14 in Iowa. We hope you
and your family will join us in our annual
cleanup of these miles. The cleanup is
scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 8 a.m., at
Locks and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley,
In the interest of safety, it is important
that participants wear long pants, long
sleeve shirts, gloves, sunscreen, and bug
spray. Participants also need to have an
up-to-date tetanus shot.

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2004 Corps Day Picnic
July 31 at 11 a.m.
The District is formally inviting all employees to the 2004 Corps Day Picnic.

Shady Creek Recreation Area

In year's past, the District coordinated its summer employee picnic to correspond with the
District's annual award ceremony, but this year the festivities are taking to the field.
This summer's picnic will take place near Fairport, Iowa, at the District's Shady Creek
Recreation Area.
Shady Creek is easily accessible off Highway 22, 1 mile east of Fairport, Iowa. The recre-
ation area is 10 miles east of Muscatine, Iowa, and 20 miles west of Davenport, Iowa.
Retirees are also invited to join the festivities to meet, greet and catch up with their former
For more information about the Shady Creek Recreation Area, as well as campsite reserva-
tion information, go to
For further information about the picnic refer to the 2004 Corps Day on “Rocky” (the
Intranet), while District retirees can contact Justine Barati at 309-794-5730 or e-mail at