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Vol. 28 Issue 8
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4 Center engineer
5 World War II
at Fort Polk
6 City destroyed
by tornado starts
9 Five steps to a
11 HQ approves Photo by Jay Clark
of expertise The natatorium at the Fort Benning fitness center includes a lap pool, a recreational pool with
a fountain and a hot tub.
Mark your Benning fitness center
showcases design criteria
By Debra Valine foot, state-of-the-art exercise the physical fitness center
Equality Day Public Affairs Office facility. criteria, and it’s also the
The new $19 million largest to date, according to
oldiers and Family physical fitness facility is the architect Jay Clark,
Members at many result of a renewed push for Engineering Directorate.
installations exercise what the Army Corps of Clark worked with Janet
Aug. 23 in older facilities that offer Engineers calls Centers of MacKinnon, the Fitness and
11 a.m. basic equipment and limited Standardization. The U.S. Aquatics Program Manager
space, but few frills. Army Engineering and for the U.S. Army Family
Redstone With the dedication of the Support Center, Huntsville, is and Morale, Welfare and
Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith the Center of Standard- Recreation Command, and
Arsenal Fitness Center June 29 at ization for physical fitness other regional and installation
Officers’ and Fort Benning, Ga., Soldiers centers. sports and fitness experts to
Civilians’ Club and Family Members there The Smith Fitness Center
now have a 100,000 square is one of the first built using See Fitness Center on page 8
e begin August with two chief expects every project to be support the wall-to-wall inventory
new “teammates” added considered a legacy project. The this month, and the reassessment/
to the Executive Office. chief answers his phone validation of our
Rick Suever, our former chief of with “How may I serve workload requirements
Civil Structures, was selected as the you?”, and this is what that will follow. Please
director of the Business Management Huntsville Center is all continue to support
Office, and John Loyd, chief of about — serving its our regional
Advanced Technology, will be acting customers and leaving a information officer,
deputy commander. I believe both legacy of successful John Samuelson, and
individuals truly embrace the concepts projects that support the contact him with any
of T.E.A.M. that our chief of missions of the Corps, questions and concerns
engineers champions: (T) trust, (E) the Army, the you may have. We
excellence, (A) all about people and Department of Defense have successfully placed
Col. Larry D. McCallister
(M) motivation. Their knowledge, and other government all IM government
experience, and most importantly, organizations — Army strong and employees who are not retiring in
their attitudes will be invaluable to the engineer ready! other positions throughout the
organization as we prepare to end As we prepare to close out this Center. This has been a challenging
fiscal year 2007 and begin fiscal year fiscal year and enter the new one, we time for these employees, but they
2008. will be reviewing and revising many have been outstanding in their
We will also be incorporating the of our metrics. This is necessary to support and their hard work in
chief of engineer’s priorities, tenets ensure we are not only monitoring ensuring we have a seamless change
and philosophies, which I will the end result, but also the parts of to our new service model.
continue to pass on and emphasize the process that may impact how we I want to encourage each of you
during the coming months. You each get there. For instance, management to remain vigilant in safety. By using
have received a wallet-sized booklet controls is not a once-a-year composite risk management to
entitled, “What Every Employee function, but should be something identify hazards and taking steps to
Should Know.” Please ensure you are we monitor as part of our daily remove those hazards by following
familiar with the strategic directions, functions. Things like our ISO 9001 our plan, we can reduce the number
philosophies, initiatives and key process can help us track our of accidents that occur. Composite
messages provided in the booklet; management controls. Small risk management training is
particularly the 4 Cs and 4 Es, which Business contracts are also part of mandatory for all employees. If you
the chief almost always incorporates how we meet our projects and have not had the chance to complete
into his discussions. objectives and must be part of the it, I ask that you make this a priority.
You will also be hearing “SIW” planning and execution process that Army Strong!
which is the chief ’s code for “share we monitor on a regular basis rather And in closing, please remember
information willingly” (and on the flip than compiling numbers at year end. August celebrates Women’s Equality
side, “SIS” — “steal ideas We will also continue to see Day. I hope you will join me at the
shamelessly,” i.e., don’t reinvent the changes as we transition to the new Redstone Arsenal luncheon
wheel if you don’t need to). Information Management/ recognizing Huntsville Center’s
Communication, creative thinking and Information Technology honorees on Aug. 23 at the Redstone
motivation drive success, and the organization. It is critical that we Officers’ and Civilians’ Club.
The Huntsville Center Bulletin is printed by digital copier as an
unofficial publication authorized under the provisions of AR 360-
1. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the U.S.
Army. Inquiries can be addressed to Public Affairs Office, U.S. Commander.......................................... Col. Larry D. McCallister
Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Attn: CEHNC- Chief, Public Affairs.............................. Kim Gillespie
PA, P.O. Box 1600, Huntsville, AL 35807-4301. Phone: DSN Editor................................................... Becky Proaps
US Army Corps 760-1693 or commercial 256-895-1693. The Bulletin is also online
of Engineers at www.hnd.usace.army.mil. Circulation: 1,000.
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Two Huntsville Center contractor employees killed in Iraq
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Two working for the Coalition Munitions Huntsville Center’s Coalition
contractors working for the U.S. Clearance Program since September Munitions Clearance Program is
Army Engineering and Support 2003 to 38. responsible for receiving,
Center, Huntsville, died July 9 in Iraq “Our condolences go out to the transporting, segregating and
when the vehicle they were riding in Families,” said Bill Sargent, program destroying captured or any other
was struck by an Improvised manager, Coalition Munitions munitions posing a danger in Iraq.
Explosive Device. Clearance Program. “Our personnel Storage and disposal of the
Daryl De Thierry, 34, from New are highly trained and experienced ammunition is performed at several
Zealand, and Serupepeli Vunisa and are doing a superb job, but it locations throughout Iraq. To date,
Buruso, 33, from Fiji, worked as remains a very dangerous mission.” more than 400,000 tons of
security specialists for Armor Group The incident is under ammunition have been destroyed by
Iraq, which is headquartered in investigation. the Huntsville Center program,
London. Huntsville Center is the U.S. Army significantly reducing risks to Iraqi
This brings the number of Corps of Engineers’ Center of citizens and U.S. personnel serving in
contractor casualties killed while Expertise for Military Munitions. Iraq.
The Bulletin asks:
What do you do to beat the summer heat?
I like to take strolls out by Madison County Lake on Saturdays in the summer.
To beat the summer heat, I go out there early in the morning just as the sun is
beginning to rise. It feels good to be near the water while there is a nice early
breeze blowing. It is so peaceful and serene and the temperature is just right.
I like to go swimming with my 2-year
Shawn Willie old daughter and my husband.
Spectra Tech Inc.
I beat the summer heat by trying to stay indoors during Holly Hoagland
the middle of the day. I stay hydrated with plenty of Equal Employment
water and sports drinks. I’ll go for a swim occasionally, Opportunity Office
and I usually dress down by wearing basketball shorts
and sleeveless shirts when I’m outdoors.
I like to relax in the pool, on a float, with sunglasses/
sun visor on, playing a Jimmy Buffet or Bob Marley CD
and a cold refreshing beverage in hand.
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Huntsville Center structural engineer named
VIP member of Cambridge Who’s Who
By Becky Proaps members based on their Program Level 2 at question is invaluable.
Public Affairs Office accomplishments, academic Huntsville Center. And it’s not just people
achievement, leadership and “Being selected by in your field; you never
structural service,” said Lori Deville, Cambridge know when
engineer in the the Premier Member is a great you might have
Advanced Services director. “With a honor,” something that’s
Technology Branch with doctorate in structural Crull said. way out of
the U.S. Army engineering, more than nine “As an your area that
Engineering and Support years of experience as an engineer, you need help
Center, Huntsville, has engineer with the U.S. Army being with,” Crull
been named a VIP Corps of Engineers and her selected as said.
member of Cambridge’s involvement in numerous the Civilian Crull
Who’s Who Among engineering organizations Engineer of received a
Executives and and associations, her the Year was bachelor’s
Professionals. elevation to 2007-2008 VIP huge to me. degree in civil
“I’m very flattered,” status is a well-deserved This is right Photo by Becky Proaps
said Dr. Michelle Crull honor.” up there 1982 and a
of the selection. “When Just a few of her with that award.” master’s degree in civil
I realized what the accomplishments include Cambridge’s Who’s Who engineering in 1985
Cambridge being selected as the Corps is dedicated to providing from the University of
representative was telling of Engineers Civilian networking opportunities to Mississippi. She
me, I must admit I Engineer of the Year in individuals in all professions. graduated from
wondered ‘why me’.” 2003, receiving the Coastal “One of the biggest Vanderbilt University
It should not have America Partnership Award advantages of being with a doctorate in
come as a surprise to in 2004 and receiving a selected is the networking. I structural engineering in
Crull. “The Cambridge Commander’s Award for wouldn’t be where I am 1989. Crull is a member
Who’s Who selection Civilian Service in 2006 for without networking. of the Huntsville Post of
committee hand picks her efforts as a champion of Knowing the right person the Society of American
these special VIP the Leadership Development to call when you have a Military Engineers.
Handy information booklet now available to all employees
he booklet, “What Every Employee employees incorporate his
Should Know” has been distributed philosophies and tenets into their
to all Huntsville Center employees. everyday work habits. “The chief
The booklet is a wallet-sized guide expects everyone to be a ‘teammate’
summarizing Corps of Engineers’ guidance and to know what T - E - A - M, the
and strategy “that every employee should four C’s and the four E’s represent.
know,” Col. Larry McCallister, Huntsville Additionally, the chief asks that you
Center commander, emphasized. practice what he refers to as SIS (Steal
“Our strategic vision, direction and Ideas Shamelessly) and SIW (Share
campaign goals directly support the Army Information Willingly) so you, or
and the nation, and it is important that someone else, is not reinventing the
everyone remains familiar with them,” he wheel!”
said. “This booklet provides an easy and If you did not receive a copy of
portable reference.” the booklet, or need additional copies,
The new chief of engineers, Lt. Gen. please contact the Public Affairs
Robert L. Van Antwerp, has also asked that Office.
4 H UNTSVILLE C ENTER B ULLETIN A UGUST 2007
Those World War II buildings have to go
Huntsville Center helping remove
outdated wood structures at Fort Polk
By Debra Valine
Public Affairs Office
orld War II-era wood
buildings used to be a
quick, easy, inexpensive
option for office space and Soldier
housing on Army installations.
As the Army transitions to the new
modular force, newer, more up-to-date
buildings are needed and the old wood
buildings are being torn down.
Fort Polk, La., has 340 World War II
wood buildings. Photo by Jacob Rothberger, Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District
The Installation Management Bhate Associates is working with Fort Polk, La., and the Corps of Engineers to
remove 58 World War II wood structures.
Command contacted the U.S. Army
Engineering and Support Center, the installation to a private landfill. Polk. “We are really pleased with
Huntsville, to manage the demolition at The wood is used to a lesser extent. Bhate’s work. They are conscientious
Fort Polk. Huntsville Center is working It has little value because the wood was of our needs and requests and work
with the installation; Fort Worth District, treated with non-prohibited chemicals with us pretty good.”
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and and reuse is limited. It can be crushed Goins said a key to the project’s
Bhate Associates Inc. on the project. and used as a defoliant along fence lines, success was working out the details of
A $1.3 million contract awarded to Norton said. the project at a pre-demolition meeting.
Bhate Associates Inc. to remove 58 As of July 13, 40 of the 58 buildings “In our master plan, we have
wood buildings — 294,148 square feet had been taken down. identified facilities in the out-years,”
— is in progress. Demolition started “It’s a pretty straight-forward Goins said. “We will take these vacant
May 4 with completion expected in operation,” Westby said. “Keep it wet, lots and construct new facilities in the
August. Follow-on contracts will be knock it down, break up the slap or future. We save a lot of money
awarded for the remaining 282 piers, haul off the debris, cap the because the water, sewage and gas are
buildings. utilities, plant grass seed and move on already in place. There is also less
“We’re making a dent in the wood to the next one.” environmental impact because the site
building inventory at Fort Polk,” said It doesn’t take long to demolish the was previously disturbed, meaning that
Michael Norton, the program manager building, Westby said. the land is already cleared and utilities
for the Facilities Reduction Program at “A two-story building across the are already in place.”
the Huntsville Center. “Fifty-eight street came down in three hours,” he Goins said two individuals deserve a
buildings is a large footprint — about said. “Of course, it takes longer to lot of credit for the project’s success.
three-quarters of a mile will be cleared clear the area of debris after the “Robert Hughes, Fort Polk’s project
for new use by the installation.” building comes down.” manager with DPW, has done a great
All the concrete from the project is Phillip Gamble, the site superin- job when we have had to relocate
being taken to the installation’s recycling tendent, said Bhate has exceeded the folks. He found homes for them. He
center where it will be crushed and installation’s recycling expectations. also identified furniture that had to be
reused as road base, said Gary Westby, “Everything that can be recycled is moved prior to demolition. Bernard
the Fort Worth District project engineer being recycled.” Harris, DPW’s field guy, also deserves
at Fort Polk. Any asphalt will be taken “We’ve been very pleased with the credit for the project’s success. He goes
to a separate recycling center on the way the contract is progressing,” said out every day, meets with the
installation. All other construction and Scotty Goins, a program manager for
demolition debris is being hauled off the Directorate of Public Works at Fort See World War II buildings on page 10
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City destroyed by tornado
starts recovery process
By Andrea Takash for the U.S. Army Engineering and information to create accurate maps of the
Public Affairs Office Support Center, Huntsville, answered city. The framework of roads and
the call for a GIS technician. Hunt structures changed on a daily basis, and
t only took 15 minutes for a vicious deployed to Greensburg June 4 to Hunt dedicated himself to designing
tornado to destroy 1,100 homes, July 3. precise maps.
displace 2,000 residents and “After working Hurricane Ivan in “When I first arrived, I designed maps
completely alter the landscape of Florida and then Hurricane Katrina in that provided the emergency shelter
Greensburg, Kan. Louisiana and Mississippi, I really locations, which was vital information for
On May 4, the eye of an Enhanced couldn’t believe what I saw when I contractors and other people working in
Fujita level five (EF5) tornado, arrived in Greensburg,” Hunt said. town,” Hunt said. “I also updated road
slammed into the town and destroyed “Hurricane Katrina impacted several closure maps. These maps kept police and
almost 95 percent of its structures. The million people in Louisiana, Mississippi emergency responders informed on what
Enhanced Fujita scale measures intensity and Alabama, but there were only 2,000 roads were closed.”
of tornadoes. people who lived in Greensburg. At David Whitlock, FEMA’s GIU lead for
With the utter devastation at hand, this time, no one from Greensburg lives this disaster, said Hunt fulfilled a needed
the city of Greensburg needed maps to in their primary residence.” function in Greensburg.
correctly portray the new layout of Hunt served as a GIS program “Since Tommy’s background is in civil
streets and buildings. response team member in Greensburg engineering and GIS, he was able to
The Federal Emergency and became an integral part of FEMA’s understand what the contractors needed,”
Management Agency (FEMA) turned Geospatial Intelligence Unit (GIU). Whitlock said. “He actually was able to
to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “FEMA made me part of their envision products. He was very proficient
Tulsa District for help in rebuilding the team,” he said. “This made my job in his job.”
city’s mapping system. easier because FEMA kept me Hunt also supported the Global
Tommy Hunt, the Geographic informed.” Positioning System (GPS) location efforts
Information Systems (GIS) team leader Hunt needed this up-to-date for FEMA’s temporary housing sites. Once
completed, the group site will hold 347
mobile homes for the displaced residents.
Not only did the tornado destroy
homes it also damaged the city’s
infrastructure, including water, sewer, gas
and electrical power supplies. Even 30
days after the storm, Hunt said water and
power was still limited. He said
connectivity with the outside world was the
biggest challenge of his deployment.
“We were accessing large data sets
created by other contractors and other
FEMA offices,” he said. “Then we were
creating products of this disaster to
provide to the joint field office in Wichita,
Kan. We only had satellite link
communications, and the weather severely
impacted that capability.”
Despite the challenges, Hunt said he
Courtesy photo benefited both personally and
This split screen graphic shows Greensburg, Kan., before and after an EF5
tornado tore through the town May 4. professionally from this deployment.
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Photo by Tommy Hunt
The tornado that struck Greensburg, Kan., May 4 destroyed 1,100 homes and displaced 2,000 residents.
“From a personal and professional
standpoint, the deployment was
benefiting because I got the chance to
watch the town recover,” he said.
“Professionally, I benefited by
working a very technical job hour to
hour that I don’t get to do in my
normal job at Huntsville Center.”
Hunt said at the end of his 30 days
he witnessed significant changes, but
the town faced a long road to
“I saw a big difference by the close
of my deployment,” he said. “There
was a lot of debris gone. People
were rebuilding. I watched one
couple start building their home the
day after they received the permit.
Photo by Greg Henshall, FEMA
“Even though I saw glimmers of
Since the tornado destroyed almost 95 percent of Greensburg’s buildings, the Federal
hope in the city, many people were Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are updating the city’s
still discussing if businesses would mapping system.
even reopen,” Hunt said. “The only
full grocery store in town wasn’t sure
if they would return. The hospital
closed, and nobody knew if it would
After Hunt returned from his
deployment, Dustin Ray from
Huntsville Center’s Geographic
Information Systems team replaced
him as the Corps representative on
FEMA’s GIU team. Hunt said he Photo by Tommy Hunt
would go back to Greensburg if These residents in Greensburg, Kan., started rebuilding their home, which was
needed. destroyed by the May 4 tornado, the day after they received the building permit.
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continued from page 1 “We presented the standard, but overall, lots of good feedback on
answered questions and reviewed the the new facility.”
come up with the criteria. The team final design,” Clark said. “We worked Amenities include:
looked at what fitness facility functions with Fort Benning officials to resolve • A 10,000 square foot, two-story
already existed on the installation and any issues that surfaced during weight room with a cardio theater.
what functions were needed. Flexibility construction. For instance, the request • A cardio area in a balcony where
was built into the design so installation for proposal did not specify the right you can be out of the way, but watch
commanders can adapt the new type of aerobic flooring so they came what is going on in the weight room
facilities to their requirements. to us and we worked that issue.” below.
Clark said the • A smaller balcony with cardio
team learned they equipment that overlooks the lobby
need to develop and the pools.
very detailed • A three-court gymnasium for
criteria and make basketball and volleyball.
sure the RFP • A natatorium that has a lap pool
reflects that. The and a recreational pool as well as a
aerobic flooring hot tub.
was one example; • A large aerobic room that can be
the climbing wall divided into two rooms.
is another. • A women’s weight room where
“They would there is specially designed equipment
have liked it to be and a spinning room.
taller,” Clark said. “I think we’ve brought the fitness
Photo by Jay Clark “There were center designs to a modern level,”
The Fort Benning fitness center has a 10,000 square foot, pipes in the MacKinnon said. “It is wonderful to
open air weight room that includes a cardio theater.
construction they see a fitness facility with an open air
“We found installations had too weren’t aware of. We need to make concept.”
many basketball courts and not enough sure all this is addressed in the criteria.” A similar, but larger, fitness center
aerobic space,” Clark said. “We use Clark said planners also had to is being constructed at Fort Bliss,
standardized criteria rather than plans consider how to address anti-terrorism Texas. It will be built with the same
to get exactly what the installation and force protection issues. criteria. Once complete, it will be the
needs, for instance, more weight “To get the image that we want to largest in the Army with
rooms.” have in these new facilities but include approximately 120,125 square feet.
Huntsville Center worked as a some of the constraints we have in There will be five basketball courts.
consultant on the design charrette for Army construction like force Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock
the project. Savannah District, Corps protection and energy conservation is District is working with Fort Worth
of Engineers, had the lead for very challenging, especially on tight District on that project.
construction. Savannah District budgets,” Clark said. “The structure “Fitness is critical for Soldiers,”
awarded the construction contract to has special reinforcing and special MacKinnon said. “FMWRC conducts
Turner Construction. Huntsville Center frames. The glass must meet certain three surveys (Sample Survey of
is now involved in buying the office requirements, too.” Military Personnel; Survey of Army
furniture and furniture for the lobby What we are trying to push is a Families; Leisure Needs Survey) that
and pool. design that is more like what you address needs of Families and
“Standardized information we get would see at a college, university or a Soldiers. Every survey ranked fitness
from Huntsville is always a help,” said community center — a state-of-the-art facilities as No. 1. It is becoming
Tim Morris, Savannah District Corps facility, Clark said. increasingly important to Families.
of Engineers’ senior project manager “It is a great facility,” said Ken Within MWR, fitness facilities remain
for Fort Benning. “It is a beautiful Wetherill, Fort Benning’s sports director. No. 1 in importance and actual use. It
facility that came in ahead of schedule. “Everybody did a great job on this. is wonderful when Soldiers enjoy
The commanding general wanted the Overall the consensus has been positive. using a facility for recreation which
grand opening by July 4, and we held There are some personal preferences also helps them with mission
the ribbon cutting June 29. ” that people would have liked to see, readiness. They get two-for-one!”
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Hails and farewells
Welcome to new employees — Marta Anerton, Contracting Directorate; Deborah Jean Bogema, Installation Support
and Programs Management Directorate; Jenna Fanning, Executive Office/Small Business Office; Patricia Jeffery, Installation
Support and Programs Management Directorate; Christine L. Katterheinrich, Contracting Directorate; Monique Koeleveld-
Sanders, Installation Support and Programs Management Directorate; Patrick Lane, Installation Support and Programs
Management Directorate; Mark Harold McDonald, Engineering Directorate; Kim K. Phillips, Engineering Directorate;
Joshua L. Whitt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Learning Center; and Alicia Wilson, Business Management Office.
Farewell to Patricia Adams, Contracting Directorate; Carl Boquist, Chemical Demilitarization Directorate; Larry Cottles,
Information Management Directorate; Walter Lewis, Engineering Directorate; Charles Mack, Installation Support and
Programs Management Directorate; Barbara Pate, Engineering Directorate; Millie Reed, Resource Management Directorate;
and Donna Rovere, Resource Management Directorate.
Five steps to ‘greener’ car
Preventive maintenance saves gas, environment
By Car Care Council as much as 40 percent. today that allow the cooling system
2. The second step is to regularly to operate at a higher temperature
t doesn’t matter if the car check and replace dirty air filters. An air before boiling over, increasing the
you’re driving is new or old, big filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and system’s efficiency and reducing
or small. There are preventive bugs chokes off the air and creates a emissions.
maintenance steps every vehicle “rich” mixture — too much gas being 5. The last step toward keeping a
owner can take to make sure their burned for the amount of air — that “green” car is to properly maintain
car is as “green” or environmentally wastes gas and causes the engine to lose and repair your car as outlined in
friendly as possible, says the Car power. Replacing a clogged air the council’s Car Care
Care Council. filter can improve gas Guide. The
By following five simple mileage by guide helps
preventive maintenance steps, you as much as drivers
can help protect the environment by 10 percent, understand
improving gas mileage, which in saving their car, the
turn saves money at the pump. about 15 care it
1. The first step is to keep your car cents a gallon. needs, and
properly tuned for optimum 3. The third step is have the spark when it needs it and why. Single
performance. A well-tuned engine plugs checked — if they haven’t copies of the free guide may be
delivers the best balance of power already been checked as part of the ordered on the Car Care Council
and fuel economy and produces the tune-up — and replaced if necessary. A Web site, www.carcare.org.
lowest level of emissions. A 21st vehicle can have four, six or eight spark In addition to proper vehicle
Century tune-up for modern plugs, which fire as many as 3 million maintenance, vehicles can be more
vehicles includes the following times every 1,000 miles. This results in a fuel-efficient if tires are properly
system checks: battery, charging and lot of heat, electrical and chemical inflated and if drivers observe the
starting; engine mechanical; erosion. A dirty spark plug also causes speed limit, avoid aggressive
powertrain control (including misfiring, which wastes fuel. driving and excessive idling, and
onboard diagnostic checks); fuel; 4. The fourth step is to maintain the adhere to an errand list to eliminate
ignition; and emissions. A 21st cooling system of your vehicle. A extra trips to the store for
Century tune-up can improve gas cooling system thermostat that causes forgotten items.
mileage by an average of 4 percent. the engine to run too cold will lower For a free copy of the council’s
Fixing a serious maintenance the fuel efficiency of a car by as much Car Care Guide or to learn more
problem, such as a faulty oxygen as one or two mpg. There also are about how to maintain your
sensor, can improve gas mileage by improved radiator caps on the market vehicle, visit www.carcare.org.
A UGUST 2007 H UNTSVILLE C ENTER B ULLETIN 9
Women’s Equality Day Pete Geren named 20th
event set for Aug. 23 Secretary of the Army
By Army News Service the Department of the
overnment agencies in Huntsville will
WASHINGTON, D.C. Army’s annual budget and
observe Women’s Equality Day Aug. 23
— The Honorable Pete supplemental of $170
with a program beginning at 11 a.m. at the
Geren became the 20th billion. He leads a work
Officers’ and Civilians’ Club on Redstone Arsenal.
Secretary of the Army July force of more than one
During this program, each agency will recognize and
16, following his million active-duty and
present Equal Employment Opportunity awards to
nomination by President reserve-component Soldiers,
employees for outstanding career achievements and
George W. Bush 230,000
to employees of the year in the professional and
and confirmation Department of the
by the U.S. Senate. Army civilian
The EEO Supervisor of the Year Award will be
As Secretary of employees and
the Army, Geren 280,000 contracted
has statutory service personnel.
responsibility for all He has steward-
for significant contributions to the accomplishment of
matters relating to ship over 15 million
EEO program goals, i.e., through his or her efforts Courtesy photo
the U.S. Army: acres of land.
extended EEO to minorities, women, disabled Pete Geren,
manpower, Secretary of Geren was the
applicants and employees.
personnel, reserve the Army Under Secretary of
The keynote speaker is Sharon A. Houy, the
affairs, installations, the Army until Feb. 21,
associate deputy director with the Defense Intelligence
environmental issues, 2006. He was named Acting
weapons systems and Secretary of the Army
Tickets will go on sale Aug. 6 for $12 and can be
equipment acquisition, March 9.
purchased from Sonja Rice, in the Huntsville Center
communications and Geren joined the Defense
EEO Office. Anyone from Huntsville Center planning
to attend the function should RSVP to Rice by Aug. 15. financial management.
Geren is responsible for See Geren on page 12
World War II buildings
continued from page 5
contractor, takes photographs and
takes care of all the paperwork to
ensure the project is well-documented,”
Fort Polk, home to the 4th Brigade
Combat Team, 10th Mountain
Division; 1st Combat Support Brigade
(Maneuver Enhancement); and the
Joint Readiness Training Center, is
supporting the war on terrorism by
providing training rotations focused on
the Contemporary Operational
Environment and Counterinsurgency
operations for the Army’s light infantry
and special operations forces by
deploying home station, National
Guard, and reserve component forces Photo by Phillip Gamble, Bhate Associates
in support of Operations Enduring A pile of rubble is all that’s left of a World War II wood building at Fort Polk, La. The
Freedom, Noble Eagle and Iraqi U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Fort Worth District Corps of
Freedom. Engineers, and Bhate Associates are working to remove 58 wood buildings.
10 H UNTSVILLE C ENTER B ULLETIN AUGUST 2007
HQ approves new center of expertise
By Monique Farmer costs.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers In its report,
Omaha District the realignment
n the past, customers with noted initial
hazardous waste cleanup questions startup costs,
contacted one Corps of Engineers potential higher
organization; customers with military annual costs,
munitions cleanup issues contacted geographic
another Corps organization. separation and
To gain efficiencies, Headquarters, the fact that the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, decided new CX would
to combine the two organizations into not be aligned
one center of expertise. under a local
The decision aligns the Hazardous, command as
Toxic and Radioactive Waste Center of potential
Expertise (HTRW CX) out of Omaha disadvantages.
with the U.S. Army Engineering and “We expect
Support Center, Huntsville’s Military some things such Courtesy photo
Huntsville Center’s packaging team conducts a pre-
Munitions Center of Expertise (MM as cost savings operational survey prior to starting a removal action for
CX) to address both types of cleanup will simply occur chemical agent identification sets at Fort Benning, Ga.
issues. over time,”
The organizational move will not Youkey said. Implementation of the realignment
require HTRW CX employees who This is not the first time headquarters plan will occur in phases. Currently
work in Omaha to relocate to has considered approving the under way, Phase I will conclude Sept.
Huntsville Center. organizational move. In 2001, 1. It entails the Environmental
The new and improved center of Huntsville Center and the HTRW CX Community of Practice leading
expertise is expected to achieve full collaborated to develop a similar meetings involving Northwestern
operating capability no later than Nov. proposal for realigning the HTRW CX. Division, Omaha District, the HTRW
11. Headquarters USACE will At that time, the recommendation did CX and Huntsville Center. The
announce the name of the new center not receive approval from meetings will ensure realignment
in the near future. headquarters. actions are identified, and that
“Overall, I think this is a very good “Throughout the years, Department milestones are outlined and assigned
move,” said Carol Youkey, chief of the of Army environmental staff members to appropriate action offices.
MM CX, who helped develop the have expressed some confusion Phase II will span from Sept. 1
proposed realignment study. “The regarding the MM CX and HTRW CX through Nov. 10. Actions identified in
timing is right, and it fits into the and have not totally understood why Phase I will be completed during
perspective of being as efficient and there are separate centers of expertise Phase II. Final implementation will
lean as we can and still get the mission performing very similar functions,” said take place during Phase III, following
accomplished.” David Jaros, acting chief of the the completion of all planning and
Youkey said the realignment HTRW CX. transition tasks.
proposal team explored a number of “This move makes sense from a “This really embraces the ‘one door
factors before green-lighting the mission perspective,” Jaros said. “It to the Corps’ approach,” Jaros said.
organizational move. Factors allows us to build on the strengths of “The biggest benefit our customers
considered included similarity of both organizations. We have similar will see is that they will be able to get
mission, the possibility for increasing capabilities, similar strengths. As a support on any environmental cleanup
efficiency due to overlapping roles, combined organization, we’re issue from one USACE organization.
Huntsville’s history of housing several enhancing those, and there will likely be If they have a munitions question, we
CXs, the potential for streamlining more opportunities for us to expand can handle that. If they have HTRW
personnel processes and realignment our collective workloads.” questions, we can handle those too.”
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Fox in the henhouse? Yes or no!
By Toby Harryman Not really. 5 CFR 2635.703 states Procurement Integrity Act, 41 U.S.C.
Office of Counsel that government employees shall not § 423.
use non-public information for private Should all contractor employees
any Huntsville Center gain, either personally or through sign a broad non-disclosure
employees currently another. However, contractor agreement when they come into the
work with or around employees are not bound by the same “hen house?” Yes, and government
contractors. It is not uncommon for ethical rules and regulations that employees should ask a contractor
a contractor to occupy office space government employees are. To ensure employee if he has before providing
next to a government employee. contractors working with non-public him with non-public information.
When contractors work in such close information at Huntsville Center are If the answer is yes, then contractor
proximity to government employees, required to protect non-public and Huntsville Center employees
ethical issues can arise. information, all will sign a non- may share and receive necessary non-
One of the most serious issues is disclosure agreement when public information. A non-
the protection and/or disclosure of inprocessing. disclosure agreement does not,
procurement sensitive or otherwise This agreement serves as a binding however, authorize a contractor
protected contract information. contract between the government and employee access to classified
Generally speaking, government employee that states a contractor is information. Contractor employees
personnel are prohibited from obligated to protect non-public seeking access to classified
releasing this type of information to information just as if they were a information need a security
contractors. But what about when government employee. It also permits clearance.
contractors actually work for a a remedy in the event a contractor does So as year end approaches, let us
contracting officer or specialist to violate any terms of the agreement. take full advantage of our contract
help prepare and assemble contracts Contractor employees who advise on co-workers and enjoy the skill and
for award? Isn’t that the same thing procurements are also subject to the experience they bring to Huntsville
as letting the fox in the henhouse? disclosure prohibitions of the Center!
continued from page 10 initiatives, legislative affairs attorney and businessman in District of Texas for four
and special projects. He also Fort Worth, Texas. terms. He served on the
Department in September served as Acting Secretary From 1989 until his Armed Services, Science and
2001 to serve as Special of the Air Force from July retirement in 1997, Geren Technology and the Public
Assistant to the Secretary of to November 2005. was a member of the U.S. Works and Transportation
Defense with responsibilities Before joining the Defense Congress, representing the Committee during his tenure
in the areas of inter-agency Department, Geren was an Twelfth Congressional in the Congress.
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