Deployments in support of OIF OEF shift from Iraq by nrg44159


                                             St. Louis District                                     Fall 2009
                                                                                                   Volume 48
                                                                                                   Number 3
                                   U.S. Ar my              Corps of Engineers

Deployments in support of OIF / OEF
   shift from Iraq to Afghanstan

    The picture above from Afghanistan symbolizes the      turning it down, it is hard earned from long hours
ongoing dedication of MVS employees to serve our           and as compensation for difficult living and working
nation by supporting Overseas Contingency Operations.      conditions.
On the left are Kristina Weis and Joe Kellett. Kristina        But from those who are making or have made
is a relative newcomer to Afghanistan while Joe is in      the commitment, you hear many of the same words:
his second six-month voluntary tour there. On the right    service, opportunity to make a difference, and even
are Kale Horton and Frank Johnson. Both are recent         something they say they hope doesn’t sound corny –
returnees from deployments.                                patriotism. They all anticipate or report adventure,
    Why do people deploy to far away Iraq and              excitement and satisfaction. The experiences are fodder
Afghanistan?                                               for a lifetime of memories and stories.
    Talking to prospective deployers, from those with no       The St. Louis District currently counts 12 persons
previous military or overseas deployment experience, to    deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in its roles. That
military retirees or persons with multiple deployments     number has been as high as 14 in recent months and
under their belts, and to recent returnees, you hear       fluctuates with each deployment and return. But ask
recurring themes.                                          any one of them if they feel they made a significant
    Non-deployers often focus on the money that            contribution and the odds are great that you will receive
comes from deployment. While nobody reports                a resounding “Yes!” Note the smiles in the picture.
                                                                                      [More deployers on page 11]
Fall 2009
From the Corner Office                          it, or the people it will serve.                    simply better as a team. Shar-
                                               People, people, people. This                        ing expertise across regional
                                               includes your MVS colleagues,                       boundaries, bringing partners to
                                               our partners and stakeholders                       the table or going to their table
                                               and finally, the public our work                     and being willing to consider
                                               serves. If you feel a task is                       solutions “not invented here”
                                               burdensome, stop and consider                       are keys to developing and
                                               who is working with you and                         executing the best answers to
                                               who will be served by your                          the challenges we face. While
                                               work. This provides a proper                        the Corps of Engineers embod-
                                               and refreshing perspective to                       ies a great deal or expertise and
                                               your tasks. People are both                         experience, we must be ready
                                               how, and the reasons why, we                        to accept that others may have
                                               do what we do.                                      ideas that will improve a proj-
                                                                                                   ect or even push it over the top
                                          •    Deliver what we promise:                            to completion. Involving all
Col. Thomas E. O’Hara, Jr.                     Creating quality products or                        facets of teamwork also builds
                                               services, on schedule, at or be-                    “buy in” and ownership, which
   I am focusing in this Esprit on             low projected cost, that prove                      in turn better guarantees the
continuing of my discussion of                 to be sustainable and reliable,                          —   SEE   CORNER OFFICE,         NEXT PAGE
“Keys to Success” that I started in            should be our goal – our prom-
our October town hall. I see these             ise. It is how we will be graded
four areas as keys to our success as           at day’s end. I am not saying                  In this issue:
individuals, as a District, Division           we will always be perfect. But                 Overseas deployment in
and Corps. They are neither mys-               delivering what we promise                        support of OCO      Cover
terious nor magic. Rather, I think             should be the standard we are                  From the Corner Office                             2
they are common sense. They are                driving towards. As we work I                  The Chief Sends                                   4
not separate items either, but rather,         want us each to focus on doing
they should flow seamlessly and                 what we say we will do and                     Kellett visit                                     5
logically through all that we do.              doing it right, on time and on                 Wapp feral hog update                             6
                                               cost. Remember who we are                      Mark Twain Lake celebration 8
•   People first and always:                    and who we serve. Do it right.
                                                                                              30... by Thirty                                 10
    Whether it is designing a com-             Make it right. Deliver what we
    plicated lock structure, provid-           promise.                                       More OCO deployments                            11
    ing a safe and enriching recre-                                                           Batteries ARE included                          12
    ation visit, or making a small        •    Develop collaborative solu-                    Night on the Kaski                              13
    but significant improvement to              tions: The days of the Army
    our region and nation’s water              Corps of Engineers designing                   QMS                                             14
    resources, nothing is more                 a project in a vacuum, execut-                 Passing of Ruddle Spring                        15
    important to success than the              ing it and then handing it to                  St. Louis District honors
    people who conceive it, plan               someone else are over, if they                     Veterans              Back
    or design it and then execute              ever really existed. We are
                       ESPRIT is an unofficial publication        District Commander ......................... Col. Thomas E. O’Hara, Jr.
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CORNER OFFICE,    FROM PREVIOUS PAGE          Become the standard and                  As I have said to individuals, to
                                              benchmark by which other’s           groups at town halls, to new em-
    best service to the public.               measure their abilities.             ployees and to grizzled veterans,
                                                                                   the keys to success are the choices
•   Set the standard for our                 As I said, this again is not a mat-   we make. I believe that if we
    profession: Whether you are          ter of four separate points. They         commit ourselves – every day – to
    an engineer or a lock operator,      flow from one to the next and then         delivering standard-setting an-
    an environmental specialist or       back to the beginning. They point         swers, we must and will succeed.
    a human resources manager,           to our U.S. Army Corps of Engi-               We owe ourselves, our col-
    you must aspire to set and           neers motto: “Building Strong.”           leagues, our partners and the public
    sustain the standards for what       The four points above are all di-         we serve no less. You are a remark-
    you do. You must do so safely,       rected to that goal – to Build Strong     able group of people and I know that
    with unfailing attention to          – to build the best, lasting value for    if you set your minds to success, you
    each other and to our custom-        America. It doesn’t make any dif-         will succeed. We will succeed.
    ers. You must strive for and         ference if you are kindling a child’s
    stay at the cutting edge and be      first grasp of the environment or if          Thanks for your continued
    a leader. You must be the best       you are leading a team executing          service to our nation. I hope each
    you can be and then try to get       a multi-billion dollar project. It is     of you has a safe ad enjoyable
    even better. You do that by          about building a team and doing           holiday season. Happy Holidays!
    growing professionally, by first      each of our parts to ensure that this
    becoming a contributing team         is the best team humanly possible
    member and then by assuming          and then as a team, meeting the                             Essayons. Hooah!
    increasing leadership roles.         public’s needs.                                                       Col. O

District Commander, Col. Thomas E. O’Hara, Jr., addresses the District during a Town Hall meeting on October 26, where he
highlighted what was accomplished in FY 2009, where the District was headed for 2010, outline of the Campaign Plan and
an awards ceremony.
                                                                                                USACE photo by Alan Dooley

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                                                                 Campaign Plan roles out,
                                                                 going from “Good-to-Great”
                                         achieve the actions in the IPlans.          Each of you play an important
   This is an important period in the        My intent is for the Corps to        role in the success of this plan,
history of the U.S. Army Corps of        be a disciplined team--disciplined       because it is only through our
Engineers as we firmly establish our      people doing disciplined thinking        combined and synchronized efforts
Campaign Plan and accompanying           and executing with disciplined           that we will achieve our goals. All
implementation plans to help our         action. We intend to meet our            of us--from our most senior leaders
organization advance to great! We        commitments, with and through our        to our newest employee--need to be
are using the Campaign Plan to           partners, by saying what we will do,     accountable for delivering superior
establish our command priorities,        and doing what we say.                   performance. Your performance
focus our transformation initiatives,        We have set up a webpage (www.       objectives for next year should align
measure and guide our progress, and       with and support your respective
adapt to the needs of the future.        that provides detailed information       plan.
   I have had the privilege of talking   on the Campaign Plan. The goal is           I am honored to serve with you
with many of you and your local          that this site will help each of you     as we transform our Corps from
leadership during the past year to       determine the important role you         Good to Great.
shape the specifics of the overall        play in our new plan. Additionally,
plan. The divisions have developed       each of your commanders will work        Now, let’s get ‘er done!
implementation plans (IPlans) to         closely with supervisors at all levels
achieve our goals and objectives         to ensure you are able to discuss        Best, Van
and many of the districts have           -- in detail -- the specifics of where
corresponding operation plans to         you fit into the plan.                    BUILDING STRONG®

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Joe Kellett visits from Afghanistan

    “I think we really have a chance
to make a difference – to change the
outcome in Afghanistan,”
St. Louis DPM Joe Kellett told a
group of prospective volunteers for
Afghanistan duty. Kellett, who was
in the area for a rest and relaxation
break from duty in the Afghan
capital of Kabul, came to the District
to talk to people demonstrating
interest in serving in Afghanistan or
Iraq and to answer their questions.
    He told the group that the answer
in the long-time war torn nation
is not just a military one. Rather        Joe Kellett, left, talks with Chris Wilson, Mike Kessler, Trisha Stavely, Luke Miers,
                                          Jim Zerega and Alina Smith during an R&R trip back to St. Louis.
he told, helping develop the land                                                                  USACE photo by Alan Dooley
locked nation’s infrastructure is
critical to success. He described             “You will start in the bunk house.      earlier in the day.
how, for example, completing              That’s not the most comfortable                 “Of course the money is good,”
operating facilities for Afghanistan      way to go. But after just a few             Kellett told people. “You can expect
National Police leads to stability in     nights you will move to two-person          to make twice your salary at home
the region.                               quarters. Then you will work your           and more. But that’s not the reason
    Kellett took on one question          way up to a private living situation,”      to decide to go. You go to make
uppermost in most minds: safety.          he said. “You will have heat and air        a difference. You go to have an
He told about security precautions        conditioning, TV and a computer             adventure and be part of a team.
and how everyone is protected by          and phone connectivity.”                    If you just go for the money you
large numbers of NATO soldiers,               Kellett weighed the relative            are unlikely to be very happy,” he
including American and other-nation       advantages of volunteering for six          concluded.
combat troops. He acknowledged            and 12 month tours, noting that at              Joe Kellett’s passion for what
that risks are higher in outlying areas   the midpoint of each six months, and        he is doing in Afghanistan was
away from Kabul, but noted that the       at the six-month point, volunteers          very evident as he told of the work
great majority of onsite construction     receive paid trips home, “or just           ahead and fielded questions from
management is handled by Afghan           about anywhere in the world you             those who may be doing it. It was
nationals. “When you would make           want to go” he said. He replied to a        also illustrated by the fact that
a site visit it would be under military   question about how emergencies at           while he initially volunteered for a
protection,” Kellett said.                home would be handled by telling            six month tour, he added six more
    When asked what kind of people        the group, “If it became necessary          months for a year tour. Both his
succeed best, Kellett answered with       you’d be on a plane en route home           passion and satisfaction showed in
a single phrase: “Self-starters.”         within 24 hours.”                           his face and his actions.
When you arrive in Kabul you will             The slender Kellett described a             Anyone who is interested in
not have your hand held. It will be       typical work schedule as being long.        serving overseas with the USACE,
up to you to get the administrative       “We work seven days a week and              but who didn’t have an opportunity
details wrapped up and then to make       about 12 hours a day,” he said. “But        to visit with him in August can reach
your own arrangements to get to           the hours are flexible,” he added. “I        Joe Kellett at his USACE global
work,” he said.                           come in about 8 a.m. and work into          email address: joseph.p.kellett@
    He described living conditions as     the evening. There are others who  or his AKO address:
a progressive situation.                  arrive before sun up and get done 

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Corps and other federal and state
agencies to root out feral hogs

    In 2007, Governor Jay Nixon
issued an Executive Order to create
a multi-agency task force to address
concerns over feral hogs. Concerns
began to arise in the 1990s when
recreational hog hunting became
popular. People began raising
European wild boar to hunt on
licensed shooting preserves. Some
of the boars escaped and some were
intentionally released onto public
lands to create populations to hunt for
    Feral hogs are destructive to
native wildlife. They compete for         Eric Lemons with a 150 pound boar he got at Wappapello Lake near Little Creek
food sources such as acorns, nuts,        on February 28, 2005. It was the first one captured on Corps property at Wap-
and fruits. Feral hogs are voracious      papello Lake.
predators, feeding on anything they                                              USACE photo courtesy of Wappapello Lake
can capture including eggs, fawns,            State and federal agencies, such as   as hogs come to feed is also effective
frogs, salamanders, lizards, and other    the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers,        and is enhanced when night vision
reptiles. Their rooting and wallowing     U. S. Forest Service, Missouri            equipment is employed by state and
destroy or alter wetlands, small          Departments of Conservation               federal employees. A pig that betrays
streams, and ponds. Nationwide, it        and Natural Resources are active          others, known as a Judas Pig, has
is estimated feral hogs cause $800        in the eradication of feral hogs          also proven effective. This involves
million damage annually. This figure       on their properties. The Animal           placing a radio transmitter on a small
does not include losses due to disease    and Plant Health Inspection and           female and releasing her back to the
and environmental damage, such as         Wildlife Services staff from the U.S.     wild. She then joins with other hogs
fens, glades, springs, and streams,       Department of Agriculture assists         and eradication efforts are focused on
which are difficult to quantify.           private landowners with their efforts     the whole group.
    Feral hogs can carry 30 significant    to control or eradicate hogs.                 State and federal agencies tried
viral and bacterial diseases and 37           Trapping and snaring are the          to incorporate hunters to control and
parasites that can affect people, pets,   most common and effective methods         possibly eradicate feral hogs. This
livestock, and wildlife. Of most          for catching hogs. Aerial gunning         approach did not work and may
concern are swine brucellosis and         has also proven to be very effective      have exacerbated the problem by
psuedorabies, primarily because of        under the right circumstances             creating a heightened interest in hog
their potential impact on the livestock   APHIS Wildlife Services have used         hunting. The majority of hogs killed
industry and human health. Swine          this method extensively in Kansas         by hunters are taken incidental while
brucellosis causes abortions in           and the Missouri Department of            hunting other species such as deer.
domestic hogs and can infect pets,        Conservation has successfully used            Eradication of feral hogs may be
cattle, and people. This disease is       this technique to a lesser degree.        difficult due to the reproductive cycle
known as Undulant Fever in humans.        Bay dogs are effective for removing       of this species. Research indicates
It is a serious disease but can be        small pockets or hogs or hogs that        a minimum of 70% of a feral hog
treated with antibiotics.                 are “trap shy”. Baiting and shooting                 —   SEE   FERAL HOGS,   NEXT PAGE

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population must be removed annually
to keep it from growing. To further
complicate the problem, sows are
sexually mature at approximately
60 pounds (less than one year old).
They can produce two litters per
year with an average litter size of six
    The Governor’s task force was
divided into four subcommittees to
focus their expertise to the directives
of the Executive Order. The
subcommittees are Public and Private
Land, Statutes and Regulations,
Voluntary Disease Testing, and
Outreach and Education. Each              Feral Hogs photographed in the wild (not at Wappapello Lake).
subcommittee was asked to arrive at                                      Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture
the best approach to deal with each       are not regulated under the Missouri       to be used by natural resources
issue, including estimating financial      Department of Conservation’s               managers, and tailored state and
needs.                                    Wildlife Code. Recommendations             federal websites. Programs are
    A Memorandum of Understanding         have been made to strengthen the           ongoing at state fairs, visitor centers,
(MOU) was developed to establish          law under one state statute for such       and various media outlets.
a working relationship among state        offenses as illegal releases and               Currently, a subgroup of the task
and federal agencies who agree to         profiting from such releases.               force is working on development of
support the concepts and goals set in         Disease testing is accomplished        a fully coordinated pilot effort for
Executive Order 07-26.                    through test kits distributed to private   feral hog eradication. The goals of
    The intentional release of swine      landowners who call to identify a          this group are to select a geographical
is a major contributing factor in the     feral hog problem. The specimens           landowner and, since feral hogs
spread of feral hog populations across    are sent to the Missouri Department        are populated in isolated areas,
Missouri. The complexity of issues        of Agriculture Diagnostic Laboratory       eradicate them from the selected
regarding feral hogs is considerable      in Jefferson City for analysis.            area. This effort will be instrumental
and solutions are challenging due to          Education and outreach needs           in developing a plan of action for
the fact that hogs are usually owned      have been addressed through the            eradication. With effective education
by someone. When free ranging they        development of a color brochure, a         and outreach, the public is likely to
are NOT considered wildlife so they       15-minute PowerPoint presentation          be supportive.

   Participating agencies:
   • United States Department of Agriculture
   • Animal and Plant Health Inspection/Wildlife Services
   • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
   • Missouri Department of Agriculture
   • Missouri Department of Conservation
   • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
   • United States Army Corps of Engineers
        (St. Louis, Little Rock and Kansas City Districts)
   • United States Forest Service (Mark Twain National Forest)
   • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
   • National Park Service (Ozark National Scenic Riverways)
   • Fort Leonard Wood (Natural Resources Branch)

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Mark Twain Lake ce
    Mark Twain Lake celebrated twice Saturday,
September 12. The lake is getting a new visitor
center and celebrated 25 years of service to the
region and the nation.
    First in late morning more than 100 people
from across the region and as far away as
Maryland gathered to mark a new beginning
for the multi-purpose lake project by breaking
ground for the new M. W. Boudreaux Memo-
rial Visitor Center. The center, illustrated by
large architect’s drawings will go up on the site
of a previous facility, the shell of which was
undergoing demolition in the background. The
original visitor center, by the same name, had to     Mark Twain Lake Operations Manager, Sandra Spence, recognizes
be closed in 2004 when structural deterioration       Mary Anne Heitmeyer and Diane Hellhake for their efforts in pre-
was assessed, making it unsafe for visitors.          paring for the ground breaking
    The new $4.5 million facility is being built
with funds from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). In his
remarks, St. Louis District Commander Col.
Thomas O’Hara told the audience that without
the ARRA funds it was extremely unlikely that
we would have seen funding to build this center
for years.
    He also noted that the design-build process
using existing contracts from the Huntsville,
Ala. Engineering Center was the only way this
work could have been accomplished under the
time constraints of the ARRA. “More than 85
percent of the materials and labor to design and
build this facility are being obtained locally,” he   Partners break ground for the new M. W. Boudreaux Visitor Center.
noted. “We could not have done this any other
way,” he concluded.
    “We are carrying out the intent of the ARRA
with this project,” Col. O’Hara told the audi-
ence that ranged from babies to people who had
lived in the region all their lives, and some who
had worked on the original building. “We are
putting Americans to work and we are building
lasting value for the nation,” he emphasized.
    The new facility will continue to portray the
history and natural resources of the 55,000 acre
project. Its design was influenced heavily by
local partners who have been working to make
the replacement center a reality, and it will
include a multi-purpose room for education and        Diane Hellhake shows some of the features of the new visitor cen-
other local events.                                   ter to Roy Fishback.

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elebrates a “two-for”
                                                                           Many of the same people who broke ground
                                                                       in the morning moved down the hill to a site
                                                                       below the Clarence Cannon Dam, which forms
                                                                       Mark Twain Lake, to celebrate the 25th anni-
                                                                       versary of the lake’s operation.
                                                                           The keynote speaker for the observance was
                                                                       the same person who delivered the keynote
                                                                       remarks when the lake was dedicated 25 years
                                                                       ago: then governor and now senior Missouri
                                                                       Senator, The Honorable Christopher “Kit”
                                                                           Senator Bond contrasted the splendid sunny
        Doug Smith, Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce Presi-
        dent and local businsess owner holds up a bumper sticker for   Saturday event with the first day celebration
        Joanna Dam, which was to be the original name of the dam.      that saw six inches of rain and a sea of mud.
                                                                       “People lost shoes and they had to use heavy
                                                                       equipment to extricate vehicles,” he remem-
                                                                           The Senator also announced that with his
                                                                       forthcoming retirement from the Senate that he
                                                                       intended to come to Mark Twain Lake to fish.
                                                                       “Every time I come they tell me I should have
                                                                       been there the day before or they tell me, ‘you
                                                                       ought to come tomorrow.’ Well, I will be back
                                                                       for that tomorrow,” he told.
                                                                           District Commander Col. Thomas O’Hara
                                                                       noted that the project’s first purpose was flood
                                                                       damage reduction and that in its first 25 years
                                                                       it had prevented an estimated $1.5 billion in
   U.S. Senator, Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond was the keynote speaker for    damages.
   the 25th Anniversary ceremony. He was also the keynote speaker          The Honorable Harold Volkmer and Sam
   at the dedication ceremony, only he was governor of Missouri.       Leake, former U.S. and Missouri State repre-
                                                                       sentatives of the area also spoke at the celebra-
                                                                       tion, as did current Mark Twain Chamber of
                                                                       Commerce President Doug Smith.
                                                                           The day was wrapped up by opportunities to
                                                                       look back at historic photos and memorabilia,
                                                                       as well as music by the local RalūGerri group.
                                                                       Another highlight was the first public visitor
                                                                       access to the Clarence Cannon Hydroelectric
                                                                       Powerhouse since the 9-11 attack, which oc-
                                                                       curred eight years and a day earlier.
     Monroe City Scouts                                                    In closing the ceremony, Col. Thomas
     parade the National
     Ensign and Missouri State                                         O’Hara presented each event speaker with an
     flag at the beginning                                              original dedication coin from the first day of
     of the 25th Anniversary                                           operation of the facility 25 years earlier, and all
     ceremony.                                                         promised their support for the next 25 years and

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                    30... by Thirty

    There comes a point in life –
earlier than we care to admit – at
which we realize that looking and
feeling good is not necessarily a
natural thing. The ease of motion
and relative invincibility of youth
starts to emerge as somewhat of an
achievement vice an entitlement.
    This is a crucial hinge point in
most people’s lives. We can suc-
cumb to momentum and try to ig-
nore the fact that thirty-something
isn’t the teen years or we can do
something about it.
    Then 29-year-old Natural
Resource Specialist Ashley Florey
had that epiphany last year af-
ter the birth of her second child,
daughter Avery. “I kicked it
around with my sister and close        Ashley Florey with her her husband, Matt and son, Wade and daughter Avery after
                                       the Tom Short 5K at Shelbyville, her 30th run.
friends before deciding that I was                                             USACE photo courtesy of Wappapello Lake
not going to follow the path of
least resistance. That decision        weekend run on the calendar and a        shoes on for that one,” she told.
evolved into a goal and a plan. I      reason not to go emerged, I knew I           There were no area runs to be
decided to run thirty road runs        might just blow it off. I mean, I’m      found in January or February, she
before I turned 30,” the 10-year       a Mom, I have a full time job and        said.
Corps employee said.                   you have to actually get out of bed          As she got down to the cross
    She recently completed the 30th    and show up before race time,” she       road of accumulating race num-
race a 5 kilometer trail race on       said, listing reasons to fail that she   bers and her looming birthday, she
August 8 before her 30th birthday      resisted.”                               even had to deal with an emerging
on August 13.                             She eventually spent over $800        schedule problem. “I thought pair
    Athletic endeavors are a natural   on race fees in a year.                  of 5 and 10k runs were on consec-
part of Ashley’s life. She was a          Ashley’s first race was 5 kilo-        utive days. But I found they were
multi-sport athlete at Cowden-         meters (3.1 miles) last fall. Over       on the same day – morning and
Herrick High School in Herrick,        coming months she competed 29            afternoon. I had paid the registra-
Illinois. She was a scholarship        more times, running a half-mara-         tion fee and decided to run both of
basketball player and golfer at        thon (13.2 miles) and numerous 5         them. And I did,” she reported.
McKendree University in Leba-          kilometers (3.1 miles) or 10 kilo-           The Tower Hill resident, who
non, Illinois as well.                 meters (6.2 miles) races. She also       lives on a farm with husband Matt
    “I knew I had to make a plan       competed in trail runs over rough        and her children, said that her Mom,
and a commitment,” she said. “I        ground and in a Mud Run at Scott         Cathy Mathias, was her strongest
got on the computer and started        AFB. In the latter she covered 5         supporter in her quest. “She usually
identifying road races. I figured       kilometers with crawls through           watched the kids or brought them
that if I signed up, and commit-       mud, “runs” through knee-deep            to the races so they could be part of
ted my registration money I’d go       mud and through and around other         the event,” Ashley said. Twice she
through with it. If it was just a      obstacles. “I had to duct tape my                        —   SEE   RUNNER,   NEXT PAGE

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       OCO Deployments
 Recently deployed:

                           WES GAFFNER                                    MIKE KESSLER

                               PAT SHAW                                   KRISTINA WEIS

 Others currently deployed:
                       CHAD ADAMSON                                        MATT RECTOR
                       GERALD ALLEN                                        HENRY SHELTON
                       JOHN CANNON                                        JASON THOMPSON
                        JOE KELLETT                                        GREG WALGATE
RUNNER,   FROM PREVIOUS PAGE                            as reasons. She tried to run at least five miles, six
pushed both of her children, son Wade-3 and daughter    times a week to prepare.
Avery-1, in a jogging cart during the race. She also       Life consists of a series of forks in the road. They
told how she was able to shape work hours around        are times to decide which path to follow. If you have
runs, coming in a little late to fit in Saturday races   questions about your path, you might want to ask
when she was scheduled to work on weekends. “A lot      Ashley Florey for advice. But ask only if you aren’t
of people made this possible,” she said.                afraid of a path that leads up hill, that resists instead
   Ashley says she intends to continue running. “It     of surrendering. Ashley runs in Asics running shoes
keeps me in shape and I like to compete,” she listed    – but she subscribes to the Nike solution: “Just do it.”
BUILDING STRONG ®                                                                       Esprit              11
Fall 2009

            Batteries ARE included
           ALAN DOOLEY, PA

    The Stephen Spielberg sci-fi
film titled “Batteries Not Included”
entertained audiences nationwide
in 1987. In 2009 the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers in St. Louis has
been acquiring vehicles that include
batteries – big batteries. Known
as hybrids, they use batteries for
propulsion versus simply to provide
lights, dash board info or other
small scale uses. The new hybrids
combine smaller gasoline engines
and battery-electric motors to drive
the vehicles.
    The growing hybrid fleet
included seven vehicles at the
start of July 2009. There are three
Chevrolet Malibu sedans, a hybrid
Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck
and most recently, two new Ford
Escape 4x4s, according to fleet         Charlie Johnson, fleet manager for St. Louis District’s inventory of vehicles,
                                       inspects the new Ford Escape Hybrid shortly after taking possession. The fleet of
manager Charlie Johnson.               seven hybrids also includes the District Commander’s Saturn Vue Hybrid.
    Added to the growing list of                                                              USACE photo by Alan Dooley
high tech fuel savers is the vehicle
assigned to the Commander’s use, a     assumed about trucks and cars. It         gasoline hybrids, the Corps
Saturn Vue Hybrid van.                 is well know that most hybrids get        vehicle fleet downtown includes
    The Malibu sedans have been        better mileage around town than           five flexible fuel vehicles that can
very popular with users, Johnson       on the highway, Johnson noted.            burn unleaded regular gasoline, 85
reports. “We expect the same kind      This is because they store energy         percent ethanol or combinations
of acceptance of the new Escapes       in batteries that was formerly            of those two fuels. More flexible
as well,” he said. Johnson went on     discarded as heat from breaking,          fuel vehicles are positioned at field
to say, “The Escapes may be the        which occurs more frequently in           projects around the District. “This
first of their kind in the USACE        stop and go city use.                     gives us added flexibility in buying
fleet, but I can’t prove that. They         “But when you stop the                fuel as well as helping to save oil-
are early for sure though,” he added   Silverado, the gasoline engine            derived fuel,” Johnson said.
with a laugh.                          stops as well. Suddenly there is              The new high tech vehicles are a
    Are they more fuel efficient?       no oil pressure indicated and the         multiple win, Charlie Johnson said.
“It’s too early to get the whole       vehicle starts to move again on           They are being built by hard pressed
picture, but on a vehicle for          electric power. Then the gasoline         auto workers, they are serving as
vehicle basis, it appears they are,”   engine restarts and oil pressure is       examples for Corps employees who
Johnson indicated. For example,        indicated. I insist that the people       may consider similar purchases
we are seeing mileage numbers in       in Engineering, who are going to          when they know more and are
the range of 35-plus mpg for the       operate this vehicle, review the          saving fuel while they are doing
Malibu sedans.                         operator’s manual before they drive       that. “We need to be able to move
    Some of the vehicles add new       it the first time,” Johnson said.          around anyhow, so why not do it a
wrinkles to what we have long              In addition to the battery-           better way,” Johnson concluded.

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Kaski is reviewed by stakeholders
    More than 250 stakeholders,
partners and guests who are working
toward the future of the Kaskaskia
River went aboard the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, St. Louis
District Barge 51. They boarded
just upstream of the Kaskaskia
Lock and Dam on “Kaski.” The
purpose of what was billed as the
9th Annual Showcase event of the
Kaskaskia Watershed Association,
and hosted by the Lower Kaskaskia
Stakeholders, Inc. (LKSI), was to
discuss mutual watershed goals and
to hear from Congressman Jerry
Costello, District leadership and      Kaskaskia River stakeholders and members of the Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders,
others intimately concerned with the   Inc., board the Corps’ barge, pushed by Southern Illinois Transfer’s M/V Dale W,
                                       immediately upstream of Kaskaskia Lock and Dam.
future of the longest river wholly                                                           USACE photo by Alan Dooley
within the State of Illinois.
    The afternoon departure            turned and locked upbound in               buffet dinner and opportunities for
was prefaced by remarks by             company with a commercial barge            congenial discussion as the barge
Congressman Jerry Costello             tow pushed by the Lisa Ann, a sister       was pushed upstream to Fayetteville,
(D-Illinois 12th District). The        vessel of the Dale W.                      Ill. as the sun descended and
Congressman, who has long                  As the barge was pushed                evening took over on the Kaskaskia
championed Corps of Engineers          upstream, District Commander,              River as it passed through some
work in his district, which includes   Col. Thomas E. O’Hara told the             of southwestern Illinois pristine
the lower navigable stretch of the     embarked guests about recent               wetland and wooded environment.
Kaski, updated his audience on         work in the St. Louis District as          Fulltime residents and recreation
recent issues in Washington and        well as future work supporting a           campers waved as the towboat
reiterated his continued support for   spectrum of goals from improving           passed.
navigation as well as environmental    navigation, to floor risk reduction              The return trip back to the Lock
and other work by the Corps.           and environmental enhancement.             and Dam was filled with night
Congressman Costello expressed his     The Colonel praised the Kaskaskia          sounds and the music of a traditional
regrets at needing to depart due to    Watershed Association (KWA) for its        cruise participant, the one-man song
another commitment before the river    cooperative spirit and work, which is      and music man who calls himself
cruise started.                        often cited by federal authorities as a    “Shakey Dave.”
    Prior to departing, Congressman    model for regional cooperation.                 On arrival above the Kaskaskia
Costello was presented a custom-           Other speakers, including the          Lock and Dam the cruise
made puzzle of images of the           new LKSI President, Ms. Pat                participants were greeted with a
Kaskaskia River, with his picture at   Wetzel, discussed the contributions        resounding fireworks display before
its center.                            of the river, especially to agricultural   coming ashore, where they were
    After departing from the river     interests in the rich valley, who are      hosted to additional refreshments
bank, the barge, pushed by the         able to ship their farm commodities        and conversation.
Southern Illinois Transfer tow boat    to market via barges, as well as to             The river cruise marked the
Dale W, first locked downbound          other commercial interests along the       third time the Lower Kaskaskia
through the 600-foot by 84-foot        river.                                     Stakeholders have hosted the KWA
concrete lock chamber. Then they           Following the remarks, cruise          Showcase and based on comments
                                       attendees were hosted to a $10             and reactions it won’t be the last.
BUILDING STRONG ®                                                                              Esprit              13
Fall 2009

Four Square MEALs A Day
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Quality
    You’ve seen it on your computer
desktop and you’ve seen it on
e-mails by way of the Quality QMS
MEALs, but just what is this QMS
anyway? QMS is the acronym
for Quality Management System
and comes from ER 5-1-11 titled
USACE Business Process, and
our Project Management Business
Process (PMBP). It is a web-based
depository for written processes that
we use daily in our work.
    The Corps is becoming
much more focused on mission,
customers, teamwork, and operating
principles. We want to be able
to measure quality. Quality is          by the Communities of Practice          solutions by using best practices and
the degree to which a set of            (COP’s); and improved through           operating principles, and endeavor
characteristics fulfills requirements.   Lean Six Sigma so that USACE            towards continual improvement. By
Quality is managed through the          PDT’s can respond virtually             using standard business processes,
Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle which can       and seamlessly in support of the        the MVD teams can place their
be found in the ER.                     Nation’s Civil Works priorities         focus on the Corps’ customers and
    The first part of the cycle          and the Armed Forces’ call for          partners.”
is “Plan” for Quality which is          expeditionary technical teams in           Whose idea was it to have
the development of the Project          real-time, anywhere across the          QMS? Back in 2007, the National
Management Plan (PMP); the              globe with minimal onsite training.”    Management Board started an
second is “Do” by Working the           That’s a mouthful but what it’s         effort to create QMS instead of
Plan and Building Quality which         trying to say is that if globally we    each district and division having
is executing the PMP; the third is      are able to do all of our processes     their own Quality Management
“Check” for Problems which are          the same, or at least similar, we’ll    Plan (QMP). They figured that
the technical reviews, management       give consistent quality products and    the benefits of QMS and standard
oversight, after action reviews, and    services to our customer, the public,   processes include: a structured
lessons learned; and finally, “Act”      in a much more efficient way, no         approach to accomplish work;
by Revising Procedures which            matter where we are on this earth.      promoting work sharing (working
means revisions to management               By the way, our division,           regionally and across regions),
plans and adjustments to resources.     MVD, has its own QMS vision             lessons learned, and capturing
    Let’s get back to QMS. If           statement: “To execute the USACE        institutional knowledge; executing
you get onto the site you’ll see        Mission through standard business       work consistently; improving
the Corps’ vision statement: “To        processes that increase efficiency,      customer satisfaction and the Corps’
execute the U.S. Army Corps of          effectiveness, and product quality,     reputation; increasing efficiency;
Engineers’ mission through standard     and instill the concepts of quality     and centralizing the processes which
business processes that increase        into everyday operations. The MVD       are now accessible world wide.
efficiency, effectiveness, and           teams engage the standard business         Our mission is to provide
product quality; are championed         processes, reach sustainable                               —   SEE   QMS,   NEXT PAGE

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Another chapter of history is lost: Ruddle Spring
   Forty-three-year river man and U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers employee Ruddle
Spring passed away November 2 at age 95.
He passed away at the Lincoln Community
Nursing Home in Lincoln, Mo.
   Ruddle was born near Grand Tower, Ill.,
January 17, 1914. He began work for the St.
Louis District at age 17 at the Service Base
in 1931. He moved to the towing industry in
1935 after he obtained a pilot license.
   He returned to the Corps as a pilot in 1952.
In 1960 he became captain of the Pathfinder.
After retireming in 1974, piloted the excursion
boat Admiral in St. Louis for four years.
   Ruddle’s obituary noted his love for his
family, friends, the rivers of our heartland and
the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals.

                                          expectations. QMS enables USACE         were pretty much following the two
quality, responsive engineering           to achieve this goal by adapting and    sample processes that they reviewed.
services to the nation. This includes     refining its management practices.       That was good news.
planning, designing, building, and            How do we know that it’s               You need to take a look at this
operating water resource projects         working out for us? QMS will            QMS. Everyone has the star icon
and other civil works projects;           be regularly evaluated by internal      on their computer desktop. Just
providing design and construction         audit and management review. The        double-click and explore. Keep
management for other federal              MVD team of auditors arrived in         your eye out for the next MEAL
agencies; and, meeting customer           our District in late August. Except     that will come by way of e-mail. It
expectations by providing quality,        for some issues with familiarity with   will help satisfy your hunger for
cost-effective products and services,     QMS, the auditors found that we         knowledge and awareness.
and in a timely manner. You can
just imagine how inefficient our
processes were before QMS. The
Corps has eight divisions and forty-
one districts throughout the States,
Asia, and Europe. What are the
chances that all of those districts are
doing things the same way?
    There is an Engineering
Regulation on QMS. It is ER 5-1-
14, USACE Quality Management
System. It is the policy for
development and implementation
of the comprehensive quality
management system (QMS) which
is focused on the achievement of
customer satisfaction and continual
improvement. USACE is committed
to providing services and products                                Screen shot of QMS home page
that meet or exceed customer
BUILDING STRONG ®                                                                                Esprit           15
 St. Louis District honors veterans

 Vietnam veteran Archie Ringgenberg, contracting team leader, speaks to a crowd of employees during the
Veterans Day ceremony on November 10 at the RAY Federal Buildiing. During the ceremony, current and past
service members were recognized for their service.
                                                                            USACE photo by George Stringham

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