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                                                                   A publication of the
                                                        U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
                                                        Volume 37, Number 8               Oct/Nov 2011

Corps, local partners team together to combat record flooding
By Ashley Williams
Public Affairs Office


I
    n September, U.S. Army
    Corps of Engineers flood
    risk management projects in
northeastern Pennsylvania proved
their worth after being tested by
record flooding. On the heels of
Hurricane Irene, which passed
through the region in late August,
Tropical Storm Lee drenched the
region, causing the Susquehanna
River to overflow its banks, flood
neighboring towns and test the
Wyoming Valley Levee System at
                                       Citizens of Sunbury, Pa., decorated a portion of the floodwall after it
unprecedented levels. Combined,
                                       successfully protected them and their homes as part of the Wyoming Valley
the projects prevented more than
                                       Levee System, Sept. 11. -- USACE courtesy photo
$4 billion in damages.
  Experts from the Corps               what it was designed to do –           the entire project is approximately
responded to the heavy flooding        protect lives and property,” said      $250 million.
by deploying a team to Wilkes-         Baltimore District Commander              Through fiscal 2010, the project
Barre, Pa., one of the towns           Col. Dave Anderson. “It                has prevented an estimated $3.6
protected by the Wyoming               definitely withstood some wear         billion in damages, and played
Valley Levee System, to provide        and tear, but it performed exactly     a pivotal role in protecting the
technical support to Luzerne           how it was designed to perform.”       cities along the banks of the
County Flood Protection                   The Wyoming Valley Levee            Susquehanna River during this
Authority throughout the record-       System, originally constructed         historic flooding.
setting event, Sept. 8-10.             in 1936, consists of three levee          “I commend Governor Corbett
  “We are extremely appreciative       systems at Plymouth, Kingston-         and the Luzerne County Flood
of the relationship with the Corps     Exeter, and Wilkes-Barre-Hanover       Protection Authority for their
of Engineers, especially during        Township. The levees extend for        proactive preparations for this
this historic event,” said Executive   approximately 15 miles with 13         storm, and for their partnership
Director of the Luzerne County         storm water pump stations.             throughout the historic event,”
Flood Protection Agency (LCFPA)           In 1972, Tropical Storm             said Anderson.
Jim Brozena. “Their rapid              Agnes drenched Pennsylvania,
response was pivotal in helping        resulting in overtopped levees         WATCHING THE WATER RISE
this region respond to the flood       and approximately $1 billion in           Leading up to and during the
event.”                                damages. In response, the Corps        event, Baltimore District’s water
                                       improved the levee project to          control team monitored water
THE SYSTEM                             provide Agnes-level protection.        levels along the Susquehanna
   The river gage in Wilkes-Barre      All 15 miles of levees and             River, its tributaries and Corps-
recorded 42.66 feet of water at        floodwalls were raised three to        managed dams. The team used
the peak of the high water event,      five feet and the storm water          stream gages, weather and flood
a full 1.75 feet higher than 1972’s    pump stations were modified.           forecasts from the National
Tropical Storm Agnes, which            The levee raising portion of the       Weather Service, and information
reached 40.91 feet.                    project was completed on Jan. 14,      received from dam operators in
   “The levee system did exactly       2003. The total projected cost of
                                                                                          Continued on page 4
               Commander’s Comment
2011: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
By Col. Dave Anderson
Baltimore District Engineer                    world-class research facilities,              Throughout the flooding, our
                                               intelligence and analytical centers,        experts were on the ground,
Wow, what a year!                              and valuable service centers and            providing valuable support to
                                               facilities that will improve the            our partners to help ensure the
  Looking back, I will                         quality of life for our Service             safety of the many communities
remember Fiscal Year (FY)                      members and their families for              behind our dams and 56.7 miles of
2011 as an incredible period                   years to come. I could not be               Federal levees across the state.
of accomplishment and                          more proud of the investment                  Overall, Baltimore District
transformation for the Baltimore               of time, energy, expertise and              executed more than $2.3
District. We were moving at                    attention to detail that each of you        billion across all business
lightning speed to get to the                  has made to help build our Nation           lines and reached several key
end of some of the Corps’ most                 and military stronger than ever             milestones throughout our
historic missions, while also                  before.                                     region. Among them included
adapting to our Nation’s changing                Just as we were hitting the               the implementation of a
economic climate. Now that the                 home stretch of BRAC, and the               Maryland Regional General
dust has settled and we flip our               frantic moments that come with              Permit for Oyster Aquaculture,
calendars to 2012, let’s step back             the end of a fiscal year (not to            the signing of the Pennsylvania
and take in the view of all that we            mention an earthquake!), we                 State Programmatic Permit -4 to
accomplished in FY11.                          were also hit with two storms:              streamline the permit process
  Perhaps the most obvious                     Hurricane Irene and Tropical                in Pennsylvania, and reaching
place to start is the successful               Storm Lee. Irene grazed the                 an agreement with the State of
completion of an historic,                     Eastern Shore of Maryland, but              Maryland to study the sources
five-year, $4.2 billion Base                   tested our Atlantic Coast project           of sediment that are building up
Realignment and Closure (BRAC)                 in Ocean City, Md., leaving many            behind several dams on the lower
mission. Talk about a period of                residents and businesses thankful           Susquehanna River.
high tempo! Pushing this mission               for the work we did to bring that             Our Real Property Services
across the finish line required                project to their city. While Lee            Field Office (RSFO), which
the collective efforts of our entire           may only have been categorized              manages design construction for
workforce, from construction to                as a tropical storm, its persistent         Department of Defense customers,
engineering to contracting and                 and slow moving rain bands                  executed another stellar program
customer support across the                    caused record-setting flooding              over more than $839 million.
board. No matter how steep the                 throughout central Pennsylvania             Among their impressive list of
challenges or far the setbacks, we             where the Susquehanna River                 highlights includes managing the
got it done…and done well. By                  reached a record 42.66 feet                 $1.2 billion Utah Data Center that
the time the clock struck midnight             through Wilkes-Barre, surpassing            will help our military to address
on Sept. 15, 2011, we proudly                  the previous record of 40.91 feet           threats to our Nation’s cyber
said, “Mission accomplished!”                  during Tropical Storm Agnes in              infrastructure. They also awarded
We delivered cutting-edge labs,                June 1972.                                  critical projects in Maryland and
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Virginia to include the North         testing of a $110 million Residuals   build our Nation will continue
Campus Substation ($126 million),     Management project, which will        with rigor. Baltimore District’s
the Research and Engineering          eliminate the need to discharge       Military Program is forecasted
Building Chiller Plant Upgrade        water treatment residuals to the      at $406.5 million, with highly
($36 million), Phase 1 of the         Potomac River for disposal, has       visible projects including the
Intelligence Community Campus         begun in preparation for start-up     Army Forces Command battalion
($40 million) as well as numerous     in early 2012.                        headquarters at Aberdeen
projects located throughout             While our team was busy             Proving Grounds, the Defense
Maryland, Virginia, Texas and         on the home front, 26 of our          Distribution Center headquarters,
Colorado.                             colleagues deployed overseas in       a water treatment plant at Fort
  In support of the District’s        our continued support to overseas     Detrick, Md., and the applied
tremendous workload,                  contingency operations, with an       instruction facility at Fort Meade,
Contracting Division executed         additional 23 employees who           Md., among others.
7,556 contract actions totaling       deployed Nationwide to support          We will soon complete the
more than $980 million.               Federal Emergency Management          Oyster Restoration Master Plan
  The Washington Aqueduct             Agency response efforts. Our          and push forward on important
produced 51.5 billion gallons         communications capabilities are       design agreements for Mid-
of high quality drinking water        key components of our response        Bay Island and the expansion
for three wholesale customers         efforts, and at Indian Rock           of Poplar Island, all of which
and spent $40 million to operate      Dam our Operations Division           will help rebuild important
and maintain the Dalecarlia           partnered with the Emergency          ecosystems throughout the
and McMillan plants upholding         Operations Center to help build       Chesapeake Bay.
our relatively low water rate         a new facility to house two             While we look forward to
as compared to utilities across       vehicles of the Corps’s fleet of      tackling the challenges that lay
the Nation. Additionally, they        Deployable Tactical Operations        before us, we are comforted in
executed $39 million in capital       Systems, including an Emergency       knowing that the District has the
improvements to include               Command and Control Vehicle           right people, with the right skills
completing a $21 million project to   and a Mobile Communications           and talents, to get it done, and
convert from using pure chlorine      Vehicle.                              done the right way. Thank you all
gas to sodium hypochlorite              As we look forward toward           for everything you do!
for disinfection, a significantly     another exciting year in 2012,
safer process. Moving forward,        our missions to support and           FY 2012, here we come!

Honoring, recognizing current quarter Federal observances




 Hispanic American Heritage Month        National Disability Employment        Native American Heritage Month
     September 15-October 15                   Awareness Month                           November
                                                    October

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Continued from page 1
order to strategically manage
releases from the dams. The goal
is to reduce downstream flood
peaks by storing water during the
period of greatest flow and slowly
releasing it after the flood crest
has passed.
   “We monitor reservoir and
river levels before, during and
after an event,” said Julia Fritz,
Baltimore District water resources
section chief. “When rivers rise
and forecast exceeds the flood
stage, we will close the outlet
gates at the dams.”
   This process includes close      (r to l) Ben Fedor, Baltimore District civil engineering chief, and Structural
coordination with dam operators Engineer Rich Ludwitzke, assess a floodwall during Tropical Storm Lee in
at Baltimore District projects.     Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Sept. 8. -- Photo by Ashley Williams.
   “The dam operators are critical
to the flood response,” said Fritz.   York. This extensive network                performance.
“The water control team makes         of reservoirs and dams in                      “Patrols are conducted to look
the decisions, but they are the       Pennsylvania and New York                   for any irregularities that may
ones on-site, making the gate         helped reduce downstream                    compromise the project and so
changes and taking action as the      flooding along the Susquehanna              that in the event something is
reservoir level rises.”               River.                                      discovered, engineers can quickly
    Gates were closed or                 In Wilkes-Barre, the Corps               propose an interim solution,”
reduced to minimum releases           worked in partnership with state            said Ben Fedor, Baltimore District
at multiple dams in New York          and local officials to provide              civil engineering section chief.
and Pennsylvania during               technical assistance and support.           “Typically during patrols we
this event. Flood waters were         Additionally, the Corps team                look for cracking, tilting and soft
stored at Stillwater, Sayers,         performed 24-hour levee patrols             foundation conditions around the
Tioga-Hammond, Raystown,              on projects experiencing high               floodwall. We also look for boils
Cowanesque and Indian Rock in         water, walking the levees and               and properly working closure
P ennsylvania.; and East Sidney       examining the flood walls and               structures, drainage structures
and Whitney Point in New              pump stations to ensure proper              and pump stations. If an issue
                                                                                  arises, we are ready to react.”

                                                                                 FORTY-FORT
                                                                                    As the water continued to rise,
                                                                                 the Wyoming Valley levee system
                                                                                 began to show signs of wear,
                                                                                 particularly at two locations at
                                                                                 its section at Forty-Fort. Late in
                                                                                 the day Thursday, Sept. 8, the
                                                                                 patrol team discovered a series
                                                                                 of cracks in a floodwall at the
                                                                                 cemetery along River Street. The
                                                                                 wall in this location includes steel
Mericle Construction add fill material to the levee where boils threatened the   sheet piling that extends into the
levee system in Forty-Fort, Pa., Sept. 8-9. -- Photo by Ashley Williams

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ground with a concrete facing        noticed by local first responders        were placed in an area more than
above ground. The cracking           when they saw that a set of              100 feet wide.
wall, combined with soft ground      grandstands at a local recreational         “The area around the boils was
conditions at the landside base      field had fallen over near the toe       extremely unstable, but Mericle
of the wall, caused the team to be   of the levee.                            safely and carefully performed
concerned that small movements          A phone call to the Baltimore         the work by pushing out the
of the wall system were beginning    District Emergency Operations            stone platform from nearby stable
to develop.                          Center prompted engineers to             ground,” said Glock.
   “As water rises on one side       examine the scene, where they               By noon on Friday, the field of
of the floodwall, it causes          notice a field of boils that had         boils had been eliminated, and
the floodwall to begin to            developed and began eroding the          engineers began watching the
bend back,” said Tony Vidal,         ground near the toe of the levee.        water recede on its way below
Baltimore District deputy chief of   Boils occur when seepage of water        flood stage.
engineering.                         from the river rapidly flows out of         In the record-setting days since
   Recognizing this danger, Corps    the ground. This flow can carry          the high water event, officials
engineers and representatives        away soil from below the levee           from the Corps and LCFPA
from the local flood protection      possibly leading to eventual levee       took an initial assessment and
authority quickly consulted on the   collapse                                 concluded that, despite the few
best way to ensure the continued        “Walking on the grass [near           troubled areas, the system did not
integrity of the wall, determining   the boils] sort of felt like walking     sustain any significant damage,
that a “stability berm” of crushed   on a water bed, because soil             due in part to the quick thinking
rock should be placed against        underneath the turf had literally        and cooperation among the
the landside of the wall. This       liquefied,” said Jim Ludlam, one         agencies.
berm would add support and           of the Corps engineers onsite.              “The Luzerne County
prevent further movement. Local         Emergency officials coordinated       Flood Protection Agency was
contractor, Mericle Construction     with local law enforcement to            exceptional in addressing any
Inc., immediately mobilized          cordon off roadways and escort           issue that arose,” said Anderson.
equipment, staff and truckloads of   a steady stream of large “quarry         “I am extremely proud of the
material to the area.                type” dump trucks to the site,           performance of our team and
   In the darkness of night, the     three-to-four at a time for the next     helping this levee system done
contractor used flares to help       four hours, according to Ludlam.         what it’s supposed to do: hold
guide their trucks, carefully        Contractors performed the work           back the water.”
navigating through a cemetery,       as dozens of truckloads of stone
where they dropped more than
500 tons of rock onsite. For the
next four hours, the contractor,
the LCFPA and Corps worked
through the night to buttress
the strength of the wall with an
approximate 30-foot wide berm
more than 100 feet along the wall,
finally finishing at around 2 a.m.
   “The area was frequently
monitored through the remainder
of the flood event and was
a complete success,” said
Brian Glock, a Corps engineer
onsite who helped oversee the
operations.
   At daybreak, a second trouble     Local contractor, Mericle Construction, provides geo-textile material and
                                     equipment to support the deteriorating levee in Forty-Fort, Pa., Sept. 8-9.
area appeared at Forty-Fort, first
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District Engineer visits PSU, educates cadets on Corps
By Stacy Ouellette                                                           for an organization where you
Public Affairs Office                                                        and those with the Army Values,”
                                                                             Anderson said. “You are then


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        rmy ROTC cadets received                                             serving with people you can trust
        some insight into what                                               and whose values you share; that
        it means to be an Army                                               experience is truly awesome.”
engineer from someone who’s                                                    The university’s AROTC
lived it for the last 25 years.                                              program was one of the first
   Baltimore District Commander,                                             participants in the Morrill Land
Col. Dave Anderson spoke about                                               Grant Act of 1862, which offered
his career, the U.S. Army Corps                                              Federal land to colleges in return
of Engineers and the District to 28                                          for college-sponsored military
cadets at Penn State, Oct. 3.                                                training. Penn State’s AROTC
   “It’s a huge Army, massive                                                program has been part of the
Army and a really great place            “You’re in this program to          university since the founding in
to serve,” Anderson said. “It’s       maximize leadership skills to lead     1855.
important regardless of what          Soldiers in the future,” Anderson         Currently, there are 330
branch you choose, to be a            said. “It’s about being leaders for    AROTC cadets at Penn State
technical expert and be expected      the rest of your life and to make      University home to the Nittany
to know stuff.”                       things better.”                        Lion Battalion. The unit has one
  Anderson spoke personally              While six cadets are pursuing       company at State University Park,
about what being an Army officer      degrees related to engineering,        Hazleton, and Altoona campuses.
and engineer has meant to him         Anderson reminded all to keep             The battalion is one of 19
during a career that’s spanned        learning from others and never         participating battalions in the
across three decades. His fondest     take for granted the opportunity       Second “Liberty” Brigade,
memories were while he was            to serve the Nation, in the military   headquartered at Fort Dix, New
a platoon leader and company          or as a civil servant.                 Jersey, and a member of the
commander.                               “There is nothing like working      Eastern Region Cadet Command.

Team conducts training, deploys new DTOS in field exercise
  In September, District employee
 Mike Vaccaro deployed with
 Dave Sowers, Mobile District,
 for seven days in support of the
 Federal Emergency Management
 Agency’s operations to Lakehurst,
 New Jersey.
    Vaccaro and Sowers headed to
 Pennsylvania to pick up the De-
 ployable Tactical Operations Sys-
 tem (DTOS) and within an hour
 of arriving on the site, the vehicle
 was fully functional. This was the
 “maiden voyage” according to
 Vaccaro as it the first deployment.
    Deployable Tactical Operations
 System (DTOS) provides mobile
 command and control platforms
 in support of the quick ramp-up
 of initial emergency response
 missions for the U.S. Army Corps
 of Engineers. DTOS is a system
 designed to respond to District,
 Division, National, and
 international events.                    USACE Courtesy Photo

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District employee retires after serving five decades
                                                           They are trained to recognize and remove
                                                        something pretty dangerous called “munitions and
                                                        explosives of concern” or MEC. In recent years,
                                                        Wilken has been in the thick of tricky and high-
                                                        profile MEC missions cleaning up old, and inherently
                                                        unstable, munitions, often in very public places.
                                                           Starting in 2004, the Baltimore District had a
                                                        tough job in Delaware and New Jersey searching for
                                                        MEC items in complex and unexpected settings -
                                                        residential and business paved areas.
                                                           Another high-profile, and unexpected, project
                                                        came on the beach in Surf City, N.J. After a beach
                                                        replenishment project, MEC was found on top of and
             John Wilken (left)                         deep within the new sand.
By Clem Gaines                                             Wilken provided safety oversight for this project as
Public Affairs Office                                   the entire amount of new sand was sifted to find and
                                                        remove munitions. The materials were taken by the


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    ohn Wilken began his service to this country        McGuire Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Device
    before many of us were born. He started wearing     team for disposal.
    the uniform of a Navy enlisted person in 1955 and      Wilken worked with the team to ensure that the
he retired in September after 56 years of service in    clean-up mission was safe and totally complete so
and out of uniform.                                     that the beach could be returned to the public.
   “I went to Navy basic training two weeks after          On Sept.28, his longtime Corps friends and
high school graduation in 1955,” Wilken said. It was    colleagues threw him a retirement party, complete
the start of a successful career.                       with a personal slide presentation.
   He served three tours in Vietnam and later became       While it was like many of these events (balloons,
the lead instructor at the Navy EOD school at Indian    cake, “Do you remember when John” anecdotes),
Head, Md. He concluded his service in 1991 as the       there was a unique poignancy to this event. He
Command Senior Chief at Mare Island in northern         described his coworkers as family.
California, and stayed there to begin his civilian         Maj. Tom Piazze, deputy District Engineer for
service.                                                Support Operations, brought personal greetings
   From the day he took his oath of enlistment until    from Col. Dave Anderson, Commander and
now, the words explosives and safety were the           District Engineer, who was unable to attend, and
key descriptions in his military service and civilian   he presented the retirement certificate. He was also
positions. In addition, due to his work with specific   presented with an Engineering Division Certificate of
explosive devices, he held a Top Secret security        Excellence.
clearance.                                                 By his own description, he was happiest out on a
   “Every job was different. I treated every piece      job site, finding and removing unexploded ordnance
of scrap as live munitions until it was proven          or UXO. In his Baltimore District service, he was
otherwise,” he said.                                    involved in numerous high-profile, and successful,
   In 1997, he began working for the Corps of           UXO recovery and clean-up projects. For his decades
Engineers at the Rock Island District and he came to    of service, in uniform and out, the District wishes
Baltimore District in October 2001.                     John well as he moves into retirement.
   When you know the Engineering Division office           He said he will miss Nancy Hammond, “the best
where he worked, you realize that the environmental     supervisor I ever had”, and the work, but mostly the
and explosive safety section workers do not spend a     people.
whole lot of time behind a desk.
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Washington Aqueduct hosts international, Army unit tours
                                                                              delivered to their homes by way
                                                                              of distribution pipes as compared
                                                                              to $3 to $4 a gallon of bottled
                                                                              water.
                                                                                 “Tours provide an excellent
                                                                              opportunity to educate the public
                                                                              on the Washington Aqueduct’s
                                                                              expertise in carrying out the water
                                                                              treatment mission and share
                                                                              information with other water
                                                                              professionals.”
                                                                                 Tour groups come from
                                                                              many different places – schools,
                                                                              universities, professional
                                                                              organizations and associations,
                                                                              other utilities, the Army and the
A group of international visitors from seven countries of the former Soviet   Corps of Engineers and even from
Union pose for a photo with Tom Jacobus, General Manager, during their tour   foreign countries.
this summer. --USACE photo by Stacy Ouellette                                     Twenty-two Soldiers from
                                                                              Headquarters, 249th Prime Power
By Patricia Gamby                         Most people in the U.S. take        Battalion visited the facilities in
Washington Aqueduct                    safe water for granted. The            September as part of leadership
Deputy Manager                         average citizen is unaware of the      development exercise.


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      he Washington Aqueduct           carefully controlled processes and         Jacobus, a retired Army
      has a daily mission to           extensive monitoring needed to         colonel, values the opportunity to
      provide potable water to         produce a high quality product         contribute to the development of
the District of Columbia and           used for drinking, bathing,            our future military leaders. He
Arlington County and Falls             washing and other purposes.            said
Church, VA.                               “Communicating with the                “It was a valuable learning
  Most people would not think          public is particularly important       experience for the Soldiers and
about water treatment as a             to the mission,” Jacobus said.         a valuable experience for me, as
particularly exciting field, yet       “We need to educate people so          well. I always gain something
for more than 300 visitors who         that they get an understanding         from interacting with the groups–
have toured the facilities this year   of the treatment process and,          a new perspective, an intriguing
alone, it is absolutely fascinating.   more importantly, see that testing     idea, an insightful observation
  Thomas Jacobus, General              the quality of the water at every      and even inspiration.”
Manager, oversees the                  step along the way ensures that           Earlier this year the Washington
Washington Aqueduct operations         they can have confidence in the        Aqueduct hosted a delegation
and all activities supporting the      safety and quality of the water we     of 18 professionals representing
operation.                             deliver.”                              seven countries of the former
  “We produce and deliver safe,           Another point that most             Soviet Union: Armenia,
high-quality potable water to          people tend to overlook is how         Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyz
meet demand every hour of every        inexpensive public water supply        Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan and
day, every day of every month          is in comparison to bottled water.     Ukraine.
and every month of every year,”        It costs Washington Aqueduct’s
Jacobus said. “Failure is not an       consumers approximately 1 cent
option.”                               per gallon for water conveniently
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                                                                                 Safety and Wellness
Defensive Driving: protecting yourself, others on the road
By John Houvener
Safety and Occupational Health Office


D
       efensive driving is driving to prevent
       accidents IN SPITE of other unskilled drivers    What to do if you are in an accident in a GOV:
       or drivers who ignore traffic regulations; as
well as unpredictable pedestrians; bad weather;         1. If there are injuries, seek medical help immedi-
and equipment failures. ALWAYS ANTICIPATE               ately
problems as far ahead as possible and
Watch out for the other guy (or gal)                    2. Notify local authorities. Appropriate police must
                                                        investigate all GOV accidents
Although the Baltimore District has had no serious
injuries from government operated vehicles (GOV)        3. Notify your supervisor as soon as possible.
accidents in a few years, automobiles are the num-      Supervisor must notify their Division Chief who in
ber one cause of work related deaths. More than half    turn will notify the District Engineer and the Safety
of the total reports of work related accidents in the   Office.
U.S. were vehicle accidents. The accidents that we
have experienced over the last few years had many       4. Complete the Standard Form-91, Operator’s Re-
different causes. Some of the causes include: back-     port of Motor Vehicle Accident
ing up into stationary object; pulling out on a blind
corner; hitting deer; vehicles being struck by other    5. If someone is injured or the damage to the vehicle
drivers; and driving too fast. Although some of the     exceeds $2000, complete the ENG Form 3394 (Report
accidents were not the employees’ fault, most of the    of Accident/Illness) and submit to the Safety Office
accidents could have been avoided. Supervisors and      within 5 working days (copy goes to Logistics Of-
employees at all levels must increase driving safety    fice)
awareness. There are some things to pay attention
to and/or avoid helping reduce the chances of ac-       6. If injured, the employee and his/her supervi-
cidents.                                                sor must complete Form CA-1, Federal Employee’s
                                                        Notice of Traumatic Injury and Request for Continu-
The Top Five DRIVER DISTRACTIONS Are:                   ation of
                                                        Pay. This form is completed online (contact HR for
1. Rubbernecking                                        guidance)
2. Driver fatigue
3. Cell phone use                                       October is National Fire Safety Month. Here are
4. Passenger distractions (child)                       some tips to ensure that your work station is safe.
5. Adjusting radio/CD                                   In your office area check to confirm:
Tips to ARRIVE ALIVE….                                  • You understand the building evacuation plan and
                                                        what to do in case of a fire
• Avoid distractions.                                   • Extension cords are not used in place of perma-
• Don’t drive when you are overtired,                   nent wiring.
• Check the road ahead: always leave yourself an        • Surge suppressors are used for computer circuits.
out.                                                    • Lights/Lamps are clear of combustible materials.
• Don’t follow too close, stay back and get the big     • Heat producing appliances are clear of combus-
picture.                                                tibles.
• Always wear your seatbelt.                            • Materials are not stored in front of electrical pan-
• Drive defensively: Watch out for the other guy.       els.
• Slow down: adjust to changing weather and road
conditions.
• Use your headlights to make yourself more visible
to others.
• Maintain the appropriate speed.




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     District Digest
Combined Federal Campaign kicks-off, needs donors
 By Stacy Ouellette                   ing that we are not alone in our       per pledge. This is similar to the
 Public Affairs Office                challenges and hope in knowing         Kennedy Society pledging, yet


E
                                      that work is being done to offer       pledges must equal $750 or more
      very year, employees of all     solutions.”                            to join the Kennedy Society.
      Federal government offices       As the only authorized work-             Pledging $750 or more will
      are able to make a difference   place giving campaign for Federal      result in the donor receiving the
in the world by donating              employees, Sakin is certain there      lapel pin. Pledging $1,500 or
to the Combined Federal               is an organization from the 4,000      more will result in the receipt of
Campaign(CFC).                        to suit all contribution needs.        the Kennedy Society coin and la-
  This year marks the fiftieth           This year’s CFC committee has       pel pin. Only those pledging $750
anniversary of President John F.      planned a variety of fundrais-         or more become members of the
Kennedy signing the executive         ers events including free coffee       Kennedy Society.
order establishing the CFC. Still     breaks, raffles and a roving bakery       “In the face of our nation’s
today, many organizations are in      cart to help the Baltimore District    uncertain economic times, let us,
need of support to continue serv-     surpass last year’s goals.             the Baltimore District, be commit-
ing others.                              This year the goal is to at least   ted to the rock solid certainty of
   “I am sure everyone, at one        match last year’s contributions of     charitable giving and turn to each
time or another has been aware or     $90,000 and strive for a 50 percent    other for inspiration,” said Sakin.
has experienced the comfort and       participation in celebration of this      Please see your CFC represen-
hope that charity can provide,”       legacy year.                           tative or visit www.cabcfc.org to
said Robin Sakin, real estate divi-      Participants will receive a res-    make a pledge.
sion and CFC committee coordi-        taurant gift certificate by pledging
nator. “There is comfort in know-     $50 or more, one per person, not


District project protects Ocean City citizens, property
                                                                                   Following Hurricane Irene,
                                                                                Baltimore District Com-
                                                                                mander Col. Dave Anderson
                                                                                and Project Manager Kevin
                                                                                Brennan visited Ocean City,
                                                                                Md. on Aug. 28 to conduct a
                                                                                preliminary assessment of the
                                                                                Atlantic Coast of Maryland
                                                                                Hurricane Shoreline Protec-
                                                                                tion Project.
                                                                                   The project played a sig-
                                                                                nificant role in preventing
                                                                                damages from the effects of
                                                                                Hurricane Irene. The project,
                                                                                completed in 1991 at a cost of
                                                                                $42 million, includes a con-
                                                                                crete-capped sheetpile bulk-
                                                                                head, 3.6 million cubic yards
                                                                                of sand, and a vegetated sand
                                                                                dune.
                                                                                  The Baltimore District pro-
                                                                                vides beach re-nourishment
                                                                                every four years, with the
                                                                                most recent re-nourishment
                                                                                ending in May 2011. -- Photo
                                                                                by Ashley Williams



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                                                                                          District Digest
“Building Strong” on the personal level, supporting OCO
By Mark Ray
AED South Public Affairs Office



T
       he U.S. Corp of Engineers
       is building a lot of big
       projects in Afghanistan,
which we hope will make a big
difference in the lives of many
Afghans. Many Corps personnel
find ways to make a difference
on a more personal level as well.
Two Corps personnel at Forward
Operating Base Farah took a
personal interest in the children
at a local orphanage, and made
a big impression with some help
from donations by their friends
and families back home.                Ashley Kosmal distributes school supplies to Afghan children at the orphan-
   Good will came in the form          age in Farah, Afghanistan. Kosmal, the senior civilian engineer at the Farah
of balls, pencils, notebooks and       Area Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer-
other toys and school supplies,        District South, worked with Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Brewer, the senior
when two U.S. Army Corps               noncommissioned officer at the area office, to collect school supplies and
of Engineers team members              toys for children at the orphanage. (DoD Photo by Senior Airman Alexandra
visited an orphanage in Farah,         Hoachlander)
Afghanistan on Sept. 17, bringing
with them donations from friends
and family in the United States.       a lot of the buildings in the city.”    laughing and knowing that I was
   Ashley Kosmal, the senior              The children at the orphanage        making a difference in their lives,
civilian engineer at the Farah         were surprised and happy when           even if it was just for one day.”
Area Office of the U.S. Army           Kosmal and Brewer arrived                  “It’s great knowing you’re
Corps of Engineers Afghanistan         with their security team and a          helping to brighten a young
Engineer District South, and Petty     photographer, the pair said.            child’s future, with the necessary
Officer 2nd Class Derek Brewer,           “They were all sitting looking       tools to do so,” Brewer added.
the senior non-commissioned            at the teacher with empty desks,”       “I do believe we are making a
officer at the office, worked with     Brewer said. “They had no school        difference for the next generation
family and friends in the United       supplies of any kind. They all          of Afghans.”
States for months to gather the        eagerly raised their hands to              Brewer and Kosmal are both
toys and school supplies.              get notebooks. And they were            leaving Afghanistan soon, but
   “We took soccer balls, footballs,   fascinated by our body amour and        both plan to continue to work
basketballs, Frisbees, crayons,        high-tech cameras.”                     with charities at their home
pencils, notebooks, erasers, pencil         “It was such a good feeling to     stations.
sharpeners, folders, coloring          do something for these children.          And they will leave with the
books, and paper.” Brewer said.        One of the reasons I was excited to     satisfaction of knowing they have
“The majority of the donations         go was to interact with the girls,”     helped build the infrastructure to
came from our families and             Kosmal said. “Knowing how               help Afghanistan become a more
friends.”                              difficult things can be for woman       stable country and that they have
   “There are 170 kids at the          in Afghanistan, I was excited           made a personal difference to the
orphanage, mainly boys.”               for them to see a woman as an           children at the Farah orphanage.
Kosmal added. “They kept it            equal with her peers. When I was
very clean and the buildings were      passing out things to the kids, it
in nice condition compared with        was great to see them smiling and


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Congratulations to… Ayesha Bonnette (EN) on          retiree Charles Williams on his passing; Amy Yale
the birth of her daughter, Khameel Williams; Bill    (RSFO) on the passing of her sister-in-law.
Ferrier (SA) for becoming an Associate Safety
Professional (ASP) and Brian Cantu (SA) for          Welcome to ...Jasper Burton, Anh Dalton, Olufemi
completing the requirements for certification as     Sonde, Ian Williams, (RSFO); two new PMs on
a Construction Health and Safety Technician;         developmental assignments in PPMD (Civil)
Justin (OP) and Katrina Green on the birth of        (Rolando Sanidad from EN-Military Design
their son, Henry; Jennifer Gross (PL) on her         Branch and Robert Wright from PPMD-Belvoir
recent marriage; Dave Robbins (PL) and his wife      IPO); David Fergerson, Michael Grzesiak and
on the birth of their baby daughter; Tim Smay        Mona Okhovat-Yazdi(WA).
(OP) at Curwensville Lake on the birth of his son
Cooper; Steve Yale (APG IPO) on the birth of his     Special Thanks…“In spite of the terrible things
daughter Charlotte. Congratulations to Dan Noble,    that happened to us on August 25th, we appreciate
Engineering Division, Alan Andrysiak, PPMD and       and are comforted by the tremendous amount of
Patrick Giardina, Real Estate Division on passing    support we received. We are truly touched by your
the Project Management Professional certification    prayers, thoughtful expressions, and contributions
exam.                                                in our time of need.” -- Thank you and God bless,
                                                     Barbara Bond & Family
Farewell to… Fontella Moore-Brockman (PL) who
accepted a position at HQ USACE; Bennett Griffith,   “Thank you to my Corps family for the flowers,
Gregory Harrison, Lorn Lane, Marlin Webb and         cards and kind expressions of sympathy during the
Reza Saadat (WA); John Lambert (CT) who has          recent loss of my Father. Please put this in the next
accepted a promotion with Defense Contract           issue of the Constellation.” -- Thank you, Melody
Management Agency.                                   Quinn

Transfers… Jack Connolly (PPMD-Civil) to RSFO
as a PM.                                                   Changes to the Constellation
                                                       We are updating the Constellation into two
Get well wishes to…Craig Eisenhower (OP) at            formats. The printed edition will come out
Foster J. Sayers Dam.                                  every quarter and it will have specific mis-
                                                       sion themes. We will also produce an e-
Sympathy to… Heather Cisar (PL) on the passing of      constellation on a monthly basis. This will
her grandfather; Vincene McClain on the passing
                                                       cover the District people and missions with
                                                       more photos than a printed edition. We ask
of her mother; Melody Quinn (OP) on the passing        for your feedback with a note to
of her father; Tracey Wilder and Sandy Souders         christopher.augsburger@usace.army.mil
(WA) on the passing of their brother; family of


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