The Sand Castle
Volume 21 Number 11
Switch is thrown on P2
Commander’s column pg. 2 Galveston District is the first
A message from Headquarters On October 7, the Galveston will ultimately cover the revolv- The drawbacks that the
pg. 2 District became the first district ing fund accounts as well. district has seen include; system
Corps-wide to throw the switch Their integration into P2 is performance/reliability contin-
Buried section of seawall on P2-CEFMS. projected to occur during the 2nd ues to be an issue, project status
uncovered during UTMB
“Most people don’t know it or 3rd quarter of FY 05. Once will need to be performed more
construction pg. 3
even occurred,” said Enrique this happens the creation of frequently (at least once a pay
Update on Packery Villagomez, project manager. “I work items will be driven by period) to insure accurate
Channel pg. 3 would suspect that the first P2. reporting of project data in P2-
signs of the final switch being Benefits of P2 include; CEFMS, overcoming the
District conducts wetland
thrown was when folks tried to project structure standardized CEFMS funding worm, which
forum pg. 3
amend their non-P2 labor across the district/Corps, project evades the P2 budget hammer
Fall Fest photos pg. 4 PR&Cs to add funds and cost in CEFMS directly linked and funds management will
CEFMS denied their request.” to project activities in P2, and require better stewardship by all.
Awards from townhall pg. 6 The initial deployment of P2 resource-leveling functionality The Galveston District has
covered all non-revolving fund exists within projects and across been working on activating P2
participates in JWOD accounts, said Villagomez. P2 projects. project since July 2004.
program pg. 7
Wellness: Call in sick or
go to work? pg. 7 closing
Corps Spotlights: tribulations
Erik Nelson pg. 7
A Thanksgiving Story pg. 8
the fun of
A retiree update pg. 8
Castle Comments pg. 8 The Recreation Committee is
in full swing. Fundraisers are
rolling and parties are being
UPCOMING EVENTS planned.
Nov. 11 The Galveston District held
Local fisherman tackles the surf while fishing. On the left is construction on its second annual Fall Fest Oct.
the jetty walkway.
8 in the Jadwin Building and
Corps gives updates on projects with the active participation of
Team Galveston, it went off
at Matagorda Heritage Day without a hitch!
Thanksgiving On Oct. 9, Matagorda River Locks Modifications and Opening the end-of-year
visitors were greeted with a the Mouth of the Colorado celebration was a townhall
Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 festive parade, reenactments River General Reevaluation. meeting under the leadership of
Small Business Conference Other presenter’s included Col. Steven Haustein. Awards
from history and a video
presentation on projects along Raymond Butler with the Gulf and coins were distributed; the
Dec. 7-9 the Colorado River by the U.S. Intracoastal Canal Association, FY05 budget was discussed, and
SWG Command Inspection Army Corps of Engineers, along with representatives of Col. Haustein complimented his
Galveston District during the the Lower Colorado River employees for a job well done.
Dec. 10 Authority, and the Nuclear Highlights from Fall Fest
annual Matagorda Heritage
SWG Christmas Party
Day celebration. Regulatory Commission. included; the vigorous cake
Dec. 25 Rick Stanley, president of Other Corps members in walk, where people were fight-
Christmas the Matagorda Area Chamber attendance were Simon ing for cakes, the battle of the
of Commerce, was on hand to DeSoto, lockmaster of the water guns which left the room
introduce the program. “I Colorado River Locks, Marilyn virtually empty for a few min-
know that a lot of you have Uhrich and Michele Thomas, utes while everyone hid and
many questions about what Public Affairs Specialists. plotted their attacks, a silent
these folks have planned for The first Matagorda Heri- auction and, of course, the last
SWG Christmas Party the area,” he said. “Here is tage Day was in 1936, when and most famous event – the
‘An Island Christmas’ your chance to find out the real the city celebrated the Texas pie-in-the-face contest. This
answers.” Centennial, and it has been year’s victims included Col.
District Commander Col. observed every decade since Haustein, Lt. Col. Chris Sallese,
11:30 - 3:30 p.m. Steven Haustein began the then. and Fred Anthamatten.
Corps program with introduc- In 1998 the city decided to Pro pie-in-the-face thrower,
Tickets go on sale Nov. 29 tion of Nicolle Dailey, plan- hold the celebration every year Paula Wise, planning, received
More details to come ning lead, who presented a in October. The celebration is the “honor” of putting a pie in
program on the status and sponsored and coordinated by Lt. Col. Sallese’s face. If you
outlook of ongoing SWG the Matagorda Area Chamber remember, last year Paula won
projects in Matagorda, TX. of Commerce. the chance of putting it in Col.
This included the Colorado See Fest continue on page 4...
November 2004 1
It’s starting to make sense! That’s how I feel after four months in Team Galveston. Somewhere
along the race track that I’ve been zipping around for the last 100 days, I started to understand some of
the nuances associated with Team Galveston and the USACE Civil Works program. The more that I
see and learn, the more I have come to appreciate the dedication and expertise that characterizes Team
Galveston. I am proud to serve with all of you.
We started FY05 so…where’s the money? As you know, we’re operating under a Continuing
Resolution Act (CRA) until the Congress passes an FY05 Appropriation Bill. Do not spend any time
worrying about that. Instead, channel your energy toward executing the dollars that we do have. Trust
the District senior leaders to do what we can to get you the resources that we can, when we can. My
intent is to aggressively execute our program now within CRA constraints and line up planning, project
management, operations and contracting so that when we do get a FY05 budget, Team Galveston will
be postured to immediately obligate all SWG FY05 funds and any other USACE funds that cannot be
Col. Steven P. Haustein
executed elsewhere by districts that are using the CRA timeframe to wring their hands worrying about
the sky falling. Execute!
It’s getting cold outside. One of my trips back in late September took me to Indiana. The week
before I left, it was still hovering around 90 degrees everyday. The first night of the conference, there
was a reception held outside on the hotel grounds and it was very appropriately called an Icebreaker!
During the three days in Indiana, I don’t thing it got above 60 degrees and I ran on crunchy frost along
a golf course in the morning. Hey, I remember this from living in Washington DC for three years. It’s
called…autumn. Get out and enjoy it. The Texas coast has all sorts of fall festivals, carnivals, fairs
and great events during this time of year such as the annual thrashing that the University of Texas gives
the Aggies on the football field. Additionally, in Texas, Mother Nature contributes pleasant
The Sand Castle temperatures and low humidity to make it all the more enjoyable to get outside.
www.swg.usace.army.mil The holiday season is here. Left over Halloween candy is the staple of the district headquarters now.
Appropriately, we take time in November to thank and salute our Veterans – many of you now are on
A newsletter for and by the receiving end of that exchange after your service in Iraq. We take a long weekend in November to
the employees of the recognize our many blessings at Thanksgiving. And we lace the whole month of December with the
Galveston District holiday spirit, football bowl games, school vacation time and culminate the whole season with the
beginning of a new year. How many shopping days until Christmas? I don’t know but I do know that
Col. Steven P. Haustein all of these events are made more enjoyable and more memorable by spending these days with family
and friends. See Commander’s Column continue on page 8...
Public Affairs Chief
A message from headquarters
Public Affairs Specialists
Marilyn Uhrich Corps Team,
Michele Castelline Thomas
Editor During the past several months, I’ve been privileged to see the
Michele Castelline Thomas great work being accomplished by our multi-talented organization. I
couldn’t be more proud. Recently, all of you have been especially
Writers stretched and challenged and I thank you for your extra efforts. In
Michele Castelline Thomas
addition to your normal, daily missions, you worked hard to ensure
the year-end close out was a success. You continue to provide
Photography outstanding support to the Global War on Terror, both at home and
Marilyn Uhrich abroad. And you are helping fellow citizens in the Southeast after
Travers Powell four hurricanes hit in rapid succession. I had the opportunity to see
Tina Ybarra Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock
some of the great work firsthand. In August, I visited Iraq and
Afghanistan and was impressed by the progress being made in both countries. In Iraq, we are
HOW TO REACH US: rebuilding the infrastructure, improving power and oil production, and supporting military forces with
construction and engineering services. In Afghanistan, we are constructing Afghan Army facilities,
DISTRICT OFFICE LOCATION:
Jadwin Building, 2000 Ft. Point Rd,
helping to repair bridges and roads and supporting our Armed Forces. It was especially heartening for
Galveston, TX. 77553 me to hear from the commanders deployed to both countries. They all expressed their appreciation for
the Corps of Engineers’ contributions.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE:
Two weeks ago, I visited the Southeast to see the hurricane response/recovery efforts. As
Telephone: (409)766-3004; E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne hit, Corps employees across the nation stopped what
they were doing to help those in need. Right now, over 1200 employees are working with FEMA to
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR provide temporary roofs and housing, generators, water, ice and debris removal. It has been very, very
Please include an address and
phone number on all letters. We gratifying to see the Corps team come together so quickly and respond so efficiently to this crisis. It’s
reserve the right to edit letters for a reflection of the Corps’ culture of being responsive and caring. I was pleased to run into members
clarity, style, and space and to use of the Forest Service and Bureau of Reclamation assisting us in our efforts. It’s also a reflection of
them electronically and in print.
Mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
the quality of people across government: people who are flexible, adaptable and who possess a public
P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, service ethic.
TX. 77553-1229. We still have a need for volunteers to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, so I ask that you consider a
Fax: (409) 766-3049. deployment. We will also need volunteers standing by to assist when the next disaster strikes.
Let me add that it takes the entire Corps team to respond the way we have over the past few
The Sand Castle is an unauthorized months. I’m proud of all volunteers who deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and to the Southeast states. I’m
publication for members of the U.S. also proud of those who have not deployed. Thanks to everyone. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Army. Contents of The Sand Castle
are not necessarily official views of, has done a great job of responding to many difficult missions, under difficult circumstances, in many
or endorsed by, the U.S. locations.
Government, Department of Defense, I also wanted to provide a quick update on the recent Transition Conference at Ft Belvoir. Many of
Department of the Army, or the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers. It is our senior leaders met and discussed potential refinements to our strategic direction. The dialogue at
published once a month using offset the conference was superb. We also discussed several of our processes or, how we do things. I am
printing by the Public Affairs Office of confident these efforts will continue to build upon the momentum of our previous Chiefs and
the Galveston District, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 1229, effectively posture us for continued success in the future.
Galveston, TX 77553-1229. Again, I’m very proud of all of you. Keep up the great work. ESSAYONS!
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Buried section of seawall uncovered during UTMB
Construction crews recently
began excavating the site of the
former Sealy & Smith
Professional Building, along
University Boulevard, for work
on the University Plaza Project
The work uncovered a long-
buried section of the original
seawall that stretches from the
beachfront to the bay, along
what today we call University
Boulevard (Sixth Street). While
its discovery is not a surprise,
it’s the first time in recent
history anyone’s actually seen
anything more than the tip of
this concrete iceberg. If you’ve
ever walked on the sidewalk on
the east side of Sixth Street, or
stood in front of the former
Sealy & Smith Professional David Campbell, chief of engineering branch, and Don Sexton, project manager from UTMB look at a portion of the
Building, you’ve been on top of uncovered seawall in front of Waverly Smith Pavilion. Story provided by Pep Valdes, public affairs officer, UTMB.
this stretch of seawall. original John Sealy Hospital. It 1926, another mile was added about 10 miles of seawall in
At the turn of the century, followed Sixth Street to the connecting the seawall to a more Galveston. It stands to this day
this area was the eastern beachfront, where it curved seaward section of the south as a monument to a
boundary of the city; beyond it westward to 39th Street. This jetty and what eventually community’s resolve and to
was marsh, wetlands and spoil first section of the seawall was became the east end of today’s engineering know-how.
areas that were gradually filled funded locally and completed in Galveston Island. These two As for the future, a “little off
in and have since served as the the summer of 1904; it cost stretches extended the island’s the top” of a short segment of
site for hundreds of homes and about $1.6 million. growth eastward and eventually the unearthed seawall will be
businesses. Work on a second segment to made the original section of removed as part of the
On Sept. 7, 1901, almost a protect Fort Crockett began in seawall along Sixth Street University Plaza Project, which
year to the date after the 1900 December 1904; the 5000 ft. redundant. The section was will serve as the hub of new
hurricane, the Texas legislature extension elongated the seawall covered and built over as the development on the UTMB
approved construction of a to 53rd Street. city grew. campus for the next two
seawall in Galveston. Plans for In 1921, a new three-mile In 1927, the seawall was decades.
the original seawall took it segment was completed which extended west to 61st Street, and In this first phase, a two-level
approximately from today’s extended the seawall in the in 1963, the final stretch was parking garage will be built and
Eight Street and Harborside Dr., opposite direction, from Sixth installed, with the new western the utilities and other
(at the base of the south jetty), Street to the east, to the San boundary just beyond 99th infrastructure to support future
not far from the rear of the Jacinto military reservation. In Street. All together, there are growth will be installed.
Update on Packery Channel District conducts
A forum on wetlands, con-
ducted by the US Army Corps of
Engineers, Galveston District,
took place Nov. 9, at the Central
Middle School in Galveston .
Local developers, city planners,
and the citizens of Galveston
were in attendance.
The forum, open to the
public, involved topics includ-
ing the importance of wetland
resources, wetland delineations
and Corps of Engineers regula-
tions for obtaining permits for
development in waters of the
United States, which includes
Ray Newby, Texas General
Land Office, also presented a
Kahala Development, Inc.
assisted the Corps with the
forum as part of a wetland
The second load of blanket stone being placed on the south jetty.
violation settlement. Kahala
At the recent project review board meeting, Project Manager Carl Anderson announced that 43% covered all expenses for the
of construction on Packery Channel is complete. The completion date for construction is August forum, including ads in the local
2005. The storm damage reduction and environmental restoration project began in 1998 after the city media as part of the mitigation
of Corpus Christi expressed an interest in reopening Packery Channel. for a wetlands violation.
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Fest continued from page 1...
Waterworth’s face and felt pretty
uneasy about it.
However, there was no
uneasiness with Alicia Rea,
regulatory, and chairwoman of
the rec committee, when she got
chosen to put the pie in the
commander’s face. “I am dedi-
cating this to all the Aggies in
the room,” said Rea, before
placing the Redi-whip concoc-
tion in Haustein’s face. Col.
Haustein, who took the pie well,
just smiled and replied with
‘Hook’em Horns’ and the
familiar Longhorn gesture.
Overall, the event was a great
success and the recreation
committee wants to thank
everyone again for participating
in the event, especially those
from the regulatory office, who
came down to assist in setting
up the room.
“This was great and kudos
goes out to the rec committee
for doing such a great job,” said
Col. Haustein. “Who knew I
could buy an Aggie mug for
$5.00 – it’s the cheapest pooper
scooper I have ever bought,”
Haustein said jokingly.
Upcoming events include the
holiday party at the Balinese Say it isn’t so....Lt. Col. Chris Sallese said his chili was the best and that he would win first place...he was right. Pictured is
Lt. Col. Sallese with his winnings- a certificate signed by the commander and a gift certificate to the local hardware store.
Room on Dec. 10; please keep In the corner,is Casey Cutler, a judge and announcer of the winners of the chili cook-off. “They were all winners and if we
an eye out for more information. could give out all #1’s we would, but Chris’s chili stood out from the rest,” said Cutler.
Employees enjoy a round of cakewalk. This is the most popular game played during fall fest. Alicia Rea prepares the ‘pie’.
Col. Haustein cleans up after his pie. Diana Laird received the chance to throw the ‘pie’ in Fred Anthamatten face. Lt. Col. Sallese recovers from his ‘pie’.
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Rhonda Brown catches up with ‘devil’ Debby Jones.
Erik Nelson looks over a set of planters at the silent auction. ‘Biker’ Nikki Minnichbach smiles for the camera.
Judges Willie Joe Honza, Fredalyn Colston, and Casey Culter enjoy tasting the
different chilis during the cook-off.
Pro pie-in-your-face thrower Paula Wise smiles second before throwing the’pie’
in Lt. Col. Sallese’s face
Frankenstein and bride of Frankenstein (Rob and Michele Thomas) make an Glenn Weitknecht tries for a hole-in-one.
appearance at the festival.
November 2004 5
Congratulations to all the
These awards were presented at the quarterly townhall meeting
in the Jadwin Building Oct.8 by Col. Steven P. Haustein,
commander and district engineer.
Superior Civilian Service Award - SWD
Joshua A. Adekanbi
Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Medal
HQ CACS & Commander’s Coin
Dennis Thomas Enrique Villagomez
Michael deMasi Patricia Hardeman
Michael Rawls Enrique Villagomez
Bill Wise James Worthington
Achievement Medal for Civilian Service
Col. Haustein with Terri Stinnett-Herczeg.
LDP Graduation Awards
Andrea Catanzaro Jayson Hudson Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation w/coin
Sharon Tirpak James Fawcett Robert Heinly
Richard Medina Terri Stinnett-Herczeg
SWD Achievement Medal for Civilian Service Sharon Tirpak Betty Voelkel
Vicki Halley Valerie Miller Gloria Appell Joanne Williams
Selma Hampshire Charlotte Stockwell Paula Wise
Carol Hankamer-Freeman Jeff Waters – time off award
Nicolle Dailey – time off award
Certificate of Achievement - Institute for Water Resources Glenn Weitknecht – On-the-spot
Gloria Appell Jayson Hudson – On-the-spot
Andrea Catanzaro - On-the-Spot Cash Award
Certificate of Appreciation, Hurricane Isabel, Norfolk District
Norma Garcia Kristy Morten Team Award Commander’s Castle Coin
Gus Marinos Reggie Thomas Team Award
Bob Peel Pat Kershaw
Service Citation, CPA Baghdad, Iraq Kathy Moore Mary-Ann Cooper
Terry Bautista Pat Lingo Fredalyn Colston Roseanne Theobald
Mike McClenan (Iraq) Shakhar Misir Betty Voelkel Jenny Hymel
Ralph Bledsoe Mike deMasi Carolyn Murphy Janelle Stokes
Arthur Janecka Mike Bragg
Certificate of Achievement, COE Gulf Region Division Diana Laird Rick Medina
Steve Ireland Joe Hrametz Christy Sorrels
Gloria Appell Jim Fawcett
Omaha District, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Team, Certificate Gilbert Alvarez Mario Flores
of Appreciation Erika Herlugson Scott Jorda
Ruth Ann Millsaps Donnie Smith Sharon Jorda Joseph Lucero
Kimberly Luna Leroy Martinez
Letter of Appreciation – Ms. Autumn Selman, Landowner Steven Patranella
Jayson Hudson Kenny Jaynes
Hispanic Employment Program Team Award
Tina Ybarra Tom Benero
Lucy Smith Cecil Cockburn
Angela Zahid Tencha Deckard
Ricky Villagomez Rosanne Theobald
Frank Garcia Maria Green
Pat Salinas Marianne Fullen
RMO Team Award
Vicky Cambiano Glenda Gallaway
Vicki Halley Selma Hampshire
Carol Hankamer Freeman Cindy Jones
Diane Kovacevich Valerie Riedel Miller
Trina Ruse Willie Smith
Johnnie Simmons Charlotte Stockwell
Blood Donators Coffee Cups
3 Gallons – Bruce Bennett
2 Gallons – Lynette Radcliffe
1 Gallon – Pauline Villalobos
CFC Open House (award) Jul 28, 04
Col. Haustein with Mike deMasi.
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Galveston District participates in JWOD program
Did you know that the Javits- “We have awarded contracts based nonprofit agencies Javits amendment also
Wagner-O’Day Program saves that are suitable for the JWOD nationwide dedicated to the expanded the Act to include the
the federal and state program; such as our lawn care training and employing provision of services to the
governments more than $46 and janitorial service,” said individuals with disabilities. federal government.
million a year? JWOD provides Linda Fredendall, contracting JWOD began with Wagner- Today the program strives to
employment opportunities to officer. “We must remember that O’Day Act in 1938, which reduce the high unemployment
more than 42,000 people and the people with disabilities desire to permitted agencies serving rate of 70% faced by individuals
largest single provider of jobs be productive and can produce people who are blind to sell who are blind or disabilities by
for people who are blind or services that meet our mission products like brooms and mops providing employment
severely disabled in the United need in a timely and cost to the government. This was opportunities on federal
States. effective manner.” expanded in 1971 when New contracts nationwide.
And Galveston District does The program uses purchasing York Sen. Jacob Javits led an If you are interested in
its part to provide disabled power of the federal government effort to permit people with learning more about JWOD,
persons with employment to buy products and services disabilities other than the named please visit its website
prospects! from participating, community- few to participate. www.JWOD.gov.
Wellness: Call in sick or go to work?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re well enough to go to work; here is a list to help
The alarm’s probably allergies. Get to work! Unless you’ve got other nausea, vomiting, watery
buzzing ... but something’s not • Sniffling, achy, tired, common cold symptoms, such diarrhea, aches, low-grade fever
right. You’re sniffly, sneezy ... fever? You’re coming down as aches or fever, get to work! — can lay you low for several
queasy. You have a common with the common cold or the flu. • If the cough feels deep, days. For 24-48 hours, you’ll be
cold. Or is it something worse? You are contagious in those first makes you short of breath, and absolutely miserable. It can take
Should you drag yourself to days. You are miserable, face it. brings up green mucus, it’s up to five days to recover. Drink
work? Or spend the day in front You’re not going to get much likely more than the common lots of fluids, especially water.
of the tube? done at work. Also, you will cold — perhaps bronchitis or • For the first day or two,
“Presenteeism” — going to recover quicker from the pneumonia, according to fluids and soup should be your
work when you’re sick — is as common cold or flu if you get Horesh. See a doctor! diet. Then it’s soft solids like
contagious as the flu. Millions some rest. Earache mashed potatoes, applesauce,
of Americans are doing it. By Chills, Sweats • If your ear really hurts, if Jell-O, toast, and bananas.
one estimate, upwards of 75% • If your clothes are you can’t hear well, you may Slowly get into solid foods like
head to work with the common getting drenched, you likely have an ear infection. That’s not meat. If you eat solid food too
cold or other problems. have a fever. (A warm forehead contagious. Congestion from a early, it just upsets your stomach
Sure, sick employees keep is a very low-grade fever or common cold can also leave more.
the computer warm. But nothing at all.) When you have a your ear in pain. You need to see • Rule of thumb: If you
research shows that people sick fever, stay home — you’re a doctor to see which it is. You can hold down food, you can go
with the common cold are not contagious! It’s likely flu or, yes, may need an antibiotic. Ear into work.
very productive. the common cold. Stay away infections don’t go away on Sprains/Strains
In fact, their lost productivity from work until you feel better. their own. • Go to work if you sit at a
accounts for up to 60% of • If you have a fever plus Sinus Pain computer all day. But if you’re
employer health costs — more white patches on your tonsils • Pain around the eyes, top on your feet, you will have more
than if they’d taken a sick day. (say “ah”), it may be strep of the forehead, the cheekbones, swelling, so wait until you can
Here’s a checklist of throat. It’s highly contagious. even the top of your teeth are walk with little discomfort.
symptoms that help you You may need an antibiotic. signs of a sinus infection, but it Anti-inflammatory pain
determine if you have a common Coughing could be a common cold. Call in relievers help most people, even
cold or something else: • If it’s a tickle in the sick and see a doctor to see if if they’re not in a lot of pain,
Sniffling throat or it feels like postnasal you need an antibiotic. because they reduce swelling;
• If you are sniffling — drip, the cough is probably from Tummy Problems take it with food so your
but not achy, not feverish — it’s allergies or the common cold. • A stomach virus — stomach isn’t irritated.
Name: Erik L. Nelson
Office: Programs Management Branch, PPMD
Years in Service: 12 years civil Service; 16 years total federal
service, including military time
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia
Tech, and completed an alphabet soup of Army courses since
(EOBC, EOAC, CAS3, SBLM)
Family: Parents, two younger brothers (35 and 33), two nephews
(5 and 1), and one niece (11 months).
Most interesting assignment: Program Manager for Task Force
Restore Iraqi Oil (RIO) in Baghdad, Iraq
Secret goals: If published, they wouldn’t be secret, now would it?
Rainy days are for: Indoor activities??
Favorite sport: Watching: College Football
Favorite Drink: Guinness!!! Followed closely by fresh-ground
coffee and Mountain Dew
Favorite Musician: U2, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Cure,
The Police, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite meal: Anything cooked by someone else!
Biggest Gripe: People that spend more time griping and less time
Corps Spotlights: Erik Nelson doing. If you don’t like something, use your “Do It” card and fix it!
November 2004 7
Guest Column Commander’s column
A Thanksgiving Story By Bobbie Joe Schedlapp continued from page 2...
Are you doing your O&M?
I love Thanksgiving. uncertain as they begin to chart a quality of life. And it was all
new nation without much more done with little fanfare. No big Team Galveston has had a
Looking back on my childhood,
headlines raced across the number of folks that have
I remember more Thanksgivings than faith and hope in their tool
than any other holiday. The big kits. The only joy in their lives newspapers. No promises recently been in the hospital for
meal with all my favorite dishes is that they no longer live under accepted to repay the generosity surgery and other health related
an oppressive dictator where latter. It was simply man reasons. Fortunately, these
that didn’t appear very often
basic human rights are absent. helping his fellow man in need. folks were practicing good
throughout the year. The leaves
They helped because they could O&M and their medical issues
on the ground and crisp autumn Their quality of life is
air. A long weekend with no characterized by inadequate and because it was the right were discovered early so that
school work and a steady dose utilities, rudimentary shelter, no thing to do. their treatments were less
livestock, a terrible harvest and I’m not discussing our intensive than they would have
of football games – on TV and
a diet that is lacking in both nation’s Pilgrims and the Native been otherwise. You know
out in the backyard. Knowing
Americans that helped them what you should do. I’m too
that Christmas wasn’t too far quality and quantity. Winter is
away. All wrapped in a warm coming and the outlook is make it through that first winter busy is a horrible excuse. I’m
family blanket that made the focused on survival alone. in Massachusetts. Instead, I’m young and I feel fine doesn’t cut
Imagine the doubt that these describing the scene that took it either. Hoping that it will not
food taste better, the air sweeter
people must have had. Did we place last year in Iraq and happen to you is just plain
and the football games more
Afghanistan and continues to dumb. Take the time to get
exciting. trade our past lives, as bad as
That’s my picture of an they were, for the real possibility take place there today. your regular medical check ups.
American Thanksgiving today. of dying from exposure, albeit Your Corps of Engineers is If you don’t want to do it for
as free men? playing a central role in this yourself, do it for your family.
But not everyone is that lucky.
And then, they were saved by effort. Many of you have They care.
Fortunately, we are a nation of
volunteered for service there and Last and least importantly,
caring, generous givers. We the kindness of others until they
readily share our wealth and our could make their own way as a made this a personal campaign. the Division Command
fortune with the less wealthy self-sufficient free nation. One All of you have either served Inspection team is coming in
group – wealthy, caring, there or carried a heavier December. I am not concerned
and the less fortunate. We
generous – helping another workload back here while chairs whatsoever about this event.
always weren’t so lucky. In fact,
were empty in the cubicle next Instead, I’m looking forward to
Thanksgiving’s historical origin group in need. Helping others
is really a celebration of thanks when the need was greatest and door. All of you have made a it. Use it to MAKE Southwest
by the less fortunate toward the ability to help themselves difference, by caring and giving, Division work for you, answer
non-existent. Food and in the lives of the people in Iraq your questions and take away
another group who shared their
livestock was provided so that a and Afghanistan while they taskers from you. Have an
bounty when it was needed
build a fledgling nation based on agenda and be aggressive about
most. basic level of sustenance was
Imagine this scene from the achieved. Shelter was improved the principles of freedom and using these two days to address
past. One group of people who to protect them from the harsh democracy that we take for your issues. This is not two
winter elements. Utilities and granted here. Many others will days of being graded by SWD
is on the brink of human disaster
sanitary conditions upgraded to be doing the same around the and getting more hep’ from
through no fault of their own.
world because of you. Dallas. Have fun…I will.
Their future is very much acceptable health standards and
Castle Comments Retiree Update
Get Well Soon Gone fishin’
Get well wishes are sent to
the Public Affairs Office. It is
suffering from the temporary
loss of both Marilyn Uhrich and
Michele C. Thomas, public
affairs specialists. Both were
forced to undergo surgery.
Please note they left kicking and
A speedy recovery is sent to
Herbie Maurer, deputy district
commander and chief of pro-
gram and project management,
who had surgery at the end of
October. Paul Roberts with his catch. Henry Fleming, Corps retiree, takes over the helm of M/V Sam Houston
Paul Roberts, son of Terry during a tour of the Houston Ship Channel.
Happy Roberts of environmental, Hello friends -
caught a big flounder at the
Anniversary Corps dock Oct. 17th. After being retired for a year and a half I have had a chance to
Lisa and Darrell Johnson, The flounder was 25 inches meet a lot of other retirees and it makes me glad that I was with
Northern Area Office, celebrate long and weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. the Corps. However, I keep abreast of things with the district thru
their one-year anniversary on
Nov. 24. The happy couple friends and the Sand Castle.
celebrated by spending two Condolences On the trip aboard the M/V Sam Houston I could reflect back
to the days in ’82 when I was surveying the channel and it gave
weeks in the hill country. Edward Huff, Bay Area
me a since of pride that I was apart of the organization that made
Office lost his father, Tuesday,
the ship channel possible. Perhaps everyone in the district should
October 12, 2004. Duane Huff,
Speechmakers passed away in Mason City,
take the tour and see all the industry that was made possible by
John Machol (PE-RB) gave a the creation of the ship channel. The tour is free thanks to
Iowa at the age of 72. Please
presentation on Wetland Mitiga- Houston Port Authority. Keep up the good work!!
keep Ed and his family in your
tion Banking to the Ecosystem thoughts and prayers at this
Banking Workshop on Take care,
September 22-24, 2004. Henry Fleming
Galveston District Corps Retiree
8 The Sand Castle