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									August 2011
Volume 3 Issue 5




 Shoring up Duval County beaches




 A Great Lakes Dock And Dredge operator prepares to         IN THIS ISSUE
 move pipe, as the Duval County Beach Project has made      •   Everglades ARRA project breaks ground
 steady progress northward in recent weeks. Story on page   •   Fun in the sun – Summer water safety
 3. (Photo by Jim Vecchitto)                                •   Safety Pays!
                                                                                                        ...and more
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                                                                                                            District Commander
                                                                                                           Col. Alfred A. Pantano, Jr.
                                                                                                     Chief, Corporate Communications
                                                                                                           Terry Hines Smith, APR
                                                                                                                Managing Editor
                                                                                                                 Nancy J. Sticht
      Jacksonville District Family,
                                                                                                              Editorial Assistant
      We’re crunching the numbers.
                                                                                                                Nakeir Nobles
      “Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them
    scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.” Robert I. Fitzhenry,            Design and Layout Artist
    Canadian publisher.                                                                                         Linda Torres

      Here in the Jacksonville District I think we can safely say boredom is at bay. We’ve been             Assistant Layout Artist
    strategically reorganizing over the last few months to make us more efficient and ensure our                Gabriel Gonzalez
    viability as a district as we progress to 2012 and beyond. The end of fiscal year 2011 is fast
    approaching, and we are all working to execute our budget and deliver what we promised.            JaxStrong is a quarterly electronic
    We have approximately $237 million in construction contracts left to award prior to Sept. 30.      publication of the U.S. Army Corps
                                                                                                       of Engineers, Jacksonville District
      As we execute our program, we are also tightening our belt for fiscal year 2012. It will         providing information about the
    be a leaner year than 2011 and meetings with your budget officer will drive that fact home.        people, activities and projects of the
    During July, members of the Resource Management team have met with your division chiefs            district. JaxStrong is distributed in
    and analysts to review budgets line by line to bring our fiscal year 2012 initial operating        accordance with Army Regulation
    budget submission in-line with South Atlantic Division’s directive of keeping fiscal year 2012     360-1. Questions about, or submissions
                                                                                                       to, JaxStrong should be directed to
    expenses and manning levels at or below fiscal year 2011 levels. My intent is to tighten our
                                                                                                       the Corporate Communications
    belts now to avoid the necessity of taking more drastic measures in the months to come. We
                                                                                                       Office. The editor can be contacted
    are getting there, but we still have a long way to go.                                             by telephone at 904-232-1667 or by
      The headlines from July definitely set the stage for the fiscal constraints we are facing:       email to JaxStrongEditor@usace.army.
                                                                                                       mil. Content in this publication does
           •   Obama team may soon decide: Who gets checks? (USA Today)                                not necessarily reflect the official view
           •   Republicans rally around Boehner’s debt proposal (Fox News)                             of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
                                                                                                       the Department of the Army or the
           •   War of words continues as debt limit deadlines nears (CBS News)                         Department of Defense.
           •   Debt deal or not, Social Security will change (MSNBC)
           •   No progress as U.S. debt default looms (NPR News)
       I’m asking everyone to find ways to maintain performance and output while reducing costs.
    It’s not just a wish, it is a fiscal necessity.
      With regards to program execution, we continue to move forward with Everglades
    restoration with the groundbreaking of the Indian River Lagoon, C-44, project taking place in
    October. We’ll also will be breaking ground at Wares Creek in the fall. Great work by all of           Get Jacksonville District
    you who pushed to make this happen. It’s been a very busy summer.                                      news and information at:
       Congratulations also to Laureen Borochaner, P.E. and Autum Ziegler, P.E. I had the honor             www.saj.usace.army.mil
    of presenting them with the Post Engineer of the Year and Post Young Engineer of the Year
    awards respectively at the annual Installation of Officers and Directors of the Jacksonville        Or visit our social media sites:
    Post for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) held at the NAS Jax Officers
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    Club. Hats off too to our Herbert Hoover Dike exercise team who performed exceptionally
    well during an emergency preparedness exercise held in Jacksonville, Clewiston and the Palm      www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
    Beach County Emergency Operations Center. Exercises like this help to better prepare us in
    the event of a real emergency. It is equally important that you have your personal emergency                YouTube
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      Alfred A. Pantano, Jr.                                                                                       Flickr
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Duval County beaches benefit with rare renourishment project




A wider beach and more protection for structures upland of the dune line will be the result of the Duval County Beach Project. The project was last
renourished six years ago. This project has been successfully functioning since the late 1970s. (Photo by Jim Vecchitto)

Story by Barry Vorse
  With funding approved and summertime efforts authorized,                      Ross noted that timing of beach renourishment efforts is often
Jacksonville District and its contractor, Great Lakes Dock and                dictated by external circumstances.
Dredge Company of Oak Brook, Ill., have made steady progress on                  “Beach projects don’t always get the funding requested for
the Duval County hurricane and storm damage reduction project                 renourishment,” Ross said. “Duval was one of the few in the
since early July.                                                             nation that received funding for construction this year. And since
  The project, approximately 10 miles long, stretches from the St.            it is so expensive to mobilize a dredge and associated gear for a
Johns county line north through the cities of Jacksonville Beach,             renourishment project, it is practical to put as much sand on the
Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. The project sponsor is the City of          beach as possible when you can, rather than spot treating.”
Jacksonville.                                                                   According to Ross, the schedule for the project is often dictated
   “Shortly before they started, the contractor told me they would use        by the dredging industry, which has finite equipment in constant
two dredges,” said Jim Vecchitto, Jacksonville Districts contractor           demand nationwide. Ross said that, due to calmer sea conditions,
liaison. “The Dodge Island started on the morning of our first day of         the cost of renourishing in the summer is often less than during
work and the Padre started that same afternoon. Right now, we are             the winter season. Federal and state agencies have determined that
staying in one location on the beach no more than 48 hours.”                  due to Jacksonville’s relatively low marine turtle nesting density,
  The $11 million project will take about two months to complete.             dredging in the summer is allowable, with certain monitoring
                                                                              requirements.
  “This project was honored in 2009 as one of the nation’s best
restored beaches,” said Steve Ross, project manager. “It has a long             Ross stated that to comply with all federal and state laws on the
and successful track record, dating back into the 1970s.”                     turtle nesting issue, the contractor is required to monitor marine
                                                                              turtle nesting activity daily. Any nest identified after construction
  Ross explained that the success of the project was demonstrated             begins will be relocated by an authorized permit holder. s
during the last series of hurricanes that hit Florida’s east coast.
  “The Duval County project was a prime example of how successful
nourishments can be,” Ross said. “Back in 2004, when several
hurricanes and nor’easters significantly eroded Florida’s Atlantic
beaches, we immediately assessed the impacts. What that showed
us was that buildings and property behind federal projects were
relatively unharmed, whereas those buildings and properties
not behind federal projects were seriously damaged. The beach
recreation opportunities provided by these projects are added
benefits.”
  Residents and visitors have enjoyed Duval County beaches
uninterrupted for several years.
  “It has been six years since this beach project was last
renourished,” said Ross. “The average time between projects is
usually about five years, so it has held up well, with the exception of       Progress has been swift on the Duval County Beach Project by the
several spots in Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach, which are in          Jacksonville District and its contractor. Here, sand is being pumped on the
need of additional sand.”                                                     beach in front of the city of Jacksonville Beach. Two dredges are working
                                                                              simultaneously on the project. (Photo by Jim Vecchitto)
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    Large turnout, impressive results at 2011 Corporate Run




    The turnout at the Corporate Run, held April 21 in Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, showed not only district team spirit but the high number of
    employees concerned with their health and wellness. (Photo by Stacy Cagle)

    Story by Jean Pavlov
       Engineer Brad Cox was one of 66 district members that lined up             stands more than 6’ 3” tall. Bass is a civil engineer with the
    for a group photo at the 2011 Corporate Run, held on a hot afternoon          Technical Services Branch and works on Architect-Engineer
    in April in Metropolitan Park. But for Cox, the race was more than            contracts. Formerly an Air Force active duty civil engineer, he
    a way to keep in shape or to get a new district t-shirt. He was with          graduated from the Air Force Academy, separated from the service
    a group of runners that included Steve and Erin Myer, Eduardo                 last summer and came to Jacksonville so his wife could study
    Marin and John Kendall, all of whom participated in support of Jason          physical therapy in St. Augustine . Bass says that he and his wife
    McKinnon, a district runner who could not be there due to a serious           mainly do off-road triathlons.
    illness. “[Jason] always ran this race with us; he would have been               Martin Durkin’s foot attire shocked some other participants.
    here,” said Cox.                                                              A coastal engineer in the Coastal/Navigation Planning Branch,
       The Corporate Run is an annual 5K event which attracts over                Durkin usually runs races barefoot. However, for this race he
    3,000 participants and is open to employees of corporations,                  ran with what some would call “surf shoes” – plain, non-arch-
    government agencies, financial institutions and individuals.                  supporting shoes. More shocking to most was that Durkin came
       For many, it was a chance to dust off their running shoes. For             in second best in time within the Jacksonville District group.
    Ray Wimbrough, it was a bit more. “This was my first race ever,” he           When asked about his style, Durkin’s reply was that “Indians run
    said. “I smoked for 17 years, and dipped before that.” Wimbrough              barefoot.”
    admitted to smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes a day, and said              Amanda Lavigne, a planner from water quality section and
    that a bout with pneumonia two years ago “shocked him into facing             organizer of this year’s team run was, in part, responsible for the
    reality.” It was then that he decided to stop smoking. Wimbrough,             large showing at the Corporate Run. Lavigne said the race was
    37, a wildlife biologist with Planning Division, did well in his first        quite challenging because “most of the route was not in the shade;
    race. “I beat my project managers, and both are younger than me,” he          it was direct sun the entire time.”
    said, laughing. “But, [District Commander] Col. Pantano was way                  Pantano arrived close to race start time with his three-child
    ahead of me. [Former Deputy Commander] Lt. Col. Rainey used to                stroller, two children and two dogs in tow, saying that he “didn’t
    try to get me to go running with him and I would never go; now I              want to let the team down.”
    wish I would have.”
                                                                                     Jacksonville District’s men placed first and the women placed
       Josh Bass, Jacksonville District’s fastest man in the race, was            fifth in the military/government category, and in the mixed
    running with his wife, Ellen. They met when they were both on                 men/women combo team, they placed second in the military/
    basketball teams in high school; not surprisingly, as each of them            government category. s




    LEFT - Marty Durkin (left) and Geoff Klug (right), both from Planning Division, stretch prior to the race. Durkin normally runs barefoot, but
    decided to hoof it in beach-type shoes. Durkin came in second on Jacksonville District’s team. CENTER - Ellen and Josh Bass, a district husband
    and wife running team, participated in the Corporate Run. They also enjoy participating in off-road triathlons. Josh Bass, a civil engineer with the
    Technical Services Branch, was the fastest man on the Jacksonville District’s team. RIGHT - Stephanie Groleau of Planning Division, Gavin Jackson
    of Operations Division and Amanda Lavigne of Planning Division show off their muscles at the beginning of the Corporate Run held April 21 in
    Jacksonville. Lavigne was the organizer of Jacksonville District’s team for this year’s event. (Photos by Stacy Cagle)
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Agencies launch construction of “bug nursery” to control exotic plants




About 70 officials, environmentalists and interested parties recently attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Melaleuca Facility in Davie, Fla.
Rather than turning symbolic shovels of dirt, the officials released insects onto the leaves of invasive trees, used for research by scientists at the
facility. (Photo by Ty Erickson)

Story by Barry Vorse
   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, the                 The ceremony was held in May at the USDA Agricultural
South Florida Water Management District, the U.S. Department                  Research Service’s Invasive Plant Research Laboratory in Fort
of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service and                     Lauderdale, Fla.
several other partners recently marked the start of construction of             The insects will be used as a biocontrol measure, to manage
a science facility for raising insects to help control invasive plant         exotic plants such as melaleuca, Lygodium and Brazilian pepper.
species.                                                                      Controlling these invasive species is critical to protect south
   “The construction of this facility is critical to the restoration          Florida’s environment and the Everglades.
of the Everglades,” said Jacksonville District Commander Col.                   Construction of the project began July 22 and the facility is
Al Pantano, “because you truly cannot have restoration without                expected to be completed September 9, 2012.
control of the invasive species.”
                                                                                The total cost of the annex is $16.7 million, which is funded
   Pantano stated that that much of his work in his first two years           through a 50/50 federal/non-federal agreement. Federal funds
in his current post has centered around managing invasive species,            were provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment
from aquatic vegetation to Burmese pythons.                                   Act of 2009.
   “The invasive species issue has grown rapidly in recent years,”              It is estimated that 25,000 non-native species have found a
he said to a crowd of about 70. “We will be able to attain control            home in the south Florida region, and now account for more than
of them if all the agencies represented here work together as we              one-third of all plants in Florida. The agencies and scientists
have on this facility project. No one agency can handle this major            involved are world-renowned for their expertise in pioneering this
issue alone. And today’s roundbreaking is an example the success              vital science, which has helped saved some native species from
we all can realize when we work diligently together.”                         distinction and ecosystem degradation. s




LEFT - Col. Al Pantano, Jacksonville District Commander, congratulates Kim Vitek, project manager following the groundbreaking ceremony.
Construction of the project began July 22. RIGHT - Paul Pratt, an invasive species scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural
Research Service in Davie, Fla., explains biocontrols of invasive plants to Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, South Atlantic Division commander. The
discussion followed a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the Melaleuca Facility Annex. (Photos by Ty Erickson)
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    Corps builds a strong bench through virtual Dam Safety University




    LEFT - Placing roller-compacted concrete at Portugues Dam, the only Corps dam currently under construction that is using this technology. (Photo
    courtesy Juan Sanchez). RIGHT - Karen Gonzalez, third from left, on site at Portugues Dam, Puerto Rico. (Photo courtesy Karen Gonzalez)

    Story by Nancy J. Sticht
       When six-year-old Juan Sanchez accompanied his father, a U.S.           since many of its dam safety engineers are nearing or have reached
    Army Corps of Engineers contractor, to work at Cerillos Dam in             retirement age. Before the former Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen.
    Puerto Rico in the early 1990s, he knew he would someday become            Robert L. Van Antwerp retired in May, he had challenged the
    an engineer; but little did he know that he would so closely follow        Corps’ dam safety engineers to “build the bench” by sharing the
    in his father’s footsteps by having a unique role in building another      benefit of their knowledge and experience in teaching young
    Corps dam in Puerto Rico.                                                  engineers through programs such as the Dam Safety University.
       After earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil            As the Corps enters an era of dam remediation, there is a need
    engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Sanchez          to prepare lead engineers, and the university program has now
    joined the Corps’ New Orleans District in 2008, where he worked            been further expanded to include training opportunities in risk
    on the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System.                   assessment with members of the Risk Management Center (RMC)
    Sanchez obtained his Professional Engineer license in May 2009             in Pittsburgh, Denver or Louisville, or in the latest in inundation
    and in November 2010, he was selected to participate in the Corps’         mapping with the Modeling, Mapping and Consequence Center
    virtual Dam Safety University, working alongside Jacksonville              (MMCC) in Vicksburg. A primary role of the RMC is to enhance
    District’s team on the construction of Portugues Dam, the Corps’           professionalism and technical competency across the Corps by
    first-ever roller-compacted concrete arch dam.                             championing dam and levee training opportunitie4s.
       Sanchez worked for the quality assurance section, performing               Assignments in the Dam Safety University program are filled
    drilling, grouting and foundation preparation inspections and              internally and competitively, and interest is growing. “We have had
    roller-compacted concrete placement and testing inspections. He            numerous applications,” said Brent Trauger, Jacksonville District’s
    also helped with mapping activities and foundation descriptions,           dam safety program manager, emeritus. “It’s a rare opportunity
    safety inspections and daily quality assurance reports.                    for real cross-training, particularly for participants who will be
       “I think that exposure to many areas of dam construction gave me        involved in dam safety modification projects in their home district.”
    an excellent understanding of the critical dam components as well          Applicants should either be involved in or projected to be involved
    as the risks during and after construction,” said Sanchez. “I thought      in dam safety modification projects in their home district.
    that [the Dam Safety University] would be something more like                 Karen Gonzalez, civil engineer with the Corps’ St. Louis District,
    class training and then some field training,” he added.                    completed a six-month university assignment at Portugues Dam
       In fact, what makes the Dam Safety University unique is that            in May 2011. Like Sanchez, she is a graduate of the University
    it is located, not in a classroom on a college campus, but on field        of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Currently an Engineer-in-Training,
    sites across the nation where the Corps is rehabilitating flood            Gonzalez worked as a construction inspector for the U.S.
    risk reduction projects, such as at Herbert Hoover Dike in south           Department of Housing and Urban Development and in private
    Florida, or building a new dam using new, cutting-edge techniques,         industry before joining St. Louis District almost two years ago. She
    such as Portugues, the final component of the Portugues and                was certified as an ACI Grade 1 field testing technician prior to her
    Bucana River flood risk reduction project.                                 assignment in Puerto Rico.
       “The goal of this program has always been to provide a learning             “One of the most important issues facing the dam safety
    opportunity for our engineers and geologists that is second to none        community is the risk of…structural failure of materials used in
    – actual hands-on experience in applying engineering solutions             dam construction,” said Gonzalez. “Another…is instrumentation,
    to some of our most challenging projects,” said Steve Duba,                which is used to monitor the behavior of the structure during its
    Jacksonville District’s chief, Engineering Division. Other Corps           life.” She appreciated the opportunity to observe the placement
    projects that host university assignments include Wolf Creek Dam           of instrumentation and learn about construction project
    in Kentucky, Center Hill Dam in Tennessee, Clearwater Dam in               specifications.
    Missouri and Canton Dam in Oklahoma, where the world’s largest                “A highlight for me was the opportunity to learn construction
    fuse gate spillway is being built.                                         techniques, such as joint preparations and polyvinylchloride
       Dam Safety University is one of the ways in which the U.S.              waterstops,” said Gonzalez. “Another was the opportunity to learn
    Army Corps of Engineers is implementing succession planning,                                                                      (continues on page 7)
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LEFT - Juan Sanchez, center, talks with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, right, on site at Portugues Dam, Puerto Rico.
(Photo courtesy Juan Sanchez). RIGHT - Karen Gonzalez, right, records data at the Portugues Dam construction site in Ponce, Puerto Rico. (Photo
courtesy Karen Gonzalez)

Corps builds (continued from page 6)
of the mechanical components of the concrete plant. I had never               As for Sanchez, he recently transferred from New Orleans to
seen concrete produced in mass so closely.”                                 Jacksonville District, to work as a project engineer on the Herbert
   “Juan and Karen participated in every aspect of the Portugues            Hoover Dike rehabilitation project in south Florida. “I’m so
Dam project and became familiar with the total construction                 happy that I had the opportunity to be 100% in the field and learn
process,” said Pablo Vazquez-Ruiz, resident engineer in the                 empirically,” said Sanchez, “because I’m now applying all that
South Puerto Rico Resident Office. “Both showed a great deal of             knowledge on the Herbert Hoover Dike. This experience fulfilled all
enthusiasm and commitment, and I anticipate bright futures for              my expectations and went beyond.”
each of them.”                                                                Sanchez added that he would strongly encourage others to
   Gonzalez said that everything from the experience will benefit           take advantage of the “opportunity to be part of this magnificent
her professionally, and she will be able to apply what she learned          training.”
about construction project specifications and the Resident                    Through this unique program, team members gain valuable
Management System to her work upon her return to St. Louis                  professional development and the Corps gains sustainability for its
District.                                                                   dam safety program. With the hallmark of a learning organization,
   “I think the program is an excellent strategy for the Corps              and a firm foundation of historic success, the U.S. Army Corps of
to develop its professionals,” said Gonzalez. “I look forward to            Engineers is BUILDING STRONG® by preparing its talented young
contributing to the dam safety efforts of our agency and beyond in          professionals to carry on the proud tradition of those who have
the future, in any way I can.”                                              gone before. s



   Long-awaited study to begin at Culebra
   Story by Amanda Ellison
     A tiny island paradise recently received big news, when Congress gave the
   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authority to begin studies on the northwest
   peninsula of Culebra, a small island near Puerto Rico. Jacksonville District
   has had an ongoing project on Culebra for several years, to clean up military
   munitions remaining from past Department of Defense activities. Recently,
   at the request of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an additional study will
   now be conducted on the northwest peninsula of the island, to determine the
   nature and extent of potential contamination there.
     The assessment will include an estimate of the types and amounts of
   unexploded ordnance; an estimate of the cost of removing unexploded
   ordnance; a determination of the impact of remediation on endangered or
   threatened species; and an assessment of threats, if any, to public health, safety
   or the environment.
     An $800,000 contract for the work was awarded to Parsons Engineering in
   June, and field work is anticipated to take place in July and August. The final
   assessment is due in November.
     The assessment will incorporate Flamenco Beach, known as one of the
   world’s most beautiful beaches. Flamenco Beach provides critical economic
   benefits to the island through tourism, and it is a source of great local pride.
      The study is long-awaited news for residents, who for the past decade have           A view of Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra.
   requested that the northwest peninsula be included in the Corps’ cleanup                (Photo courtesy of Parsons Engineering)
   efforts at Culebra. s
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    Summer water safety
    Story by Gabriel Gonzalez
       “Public safety is our number one priority,” said Maj. Gen.
    Meredith W.B. Temple, acting commanding general of the U.S.
    Army Corps of Engineers in response to a recent increase in deaths
    at Corps-maintained parks. “We want to do everything we can to
    make people aware of potential risks when they visit one of our
    recreation areas, and how to make good decision that will improve
    safety for themselves, families and friends.”
       A founding member of the National Water Safety Congress and
    the leading provider of recreation on federally-managed lands in
    the United States, the Corps actively promotes water safety year-
    round. Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are gifted
    with long periods of mild weather, plenty of sun and access to many         Visitors enjoy one of many Corps-maintained parks within the safety of
    beaches and waterways. This also brings greater risk of water-              boundary floats. (USACE photo)
    related accidents, given the amount of time residents and visitors
    spend in and around water.                                                    While learning to swim is a vital skill, it is important to learn to
       Jacksonville District operates three campgrounds, five boat              swim well and understand your body’s limits in the water. Over
    ramps and three visitor centers at Lake Okeechobee in south                 the July 4 weekend, several individuals drowned in the southeast
    Florida. In the past year there has been one case of a person               United States while attempting to swim from one area to another,
    drowning. A 36 year old male swam outside of the designated swim            but lacking the energy and skill to do so.
    are on the St. Lucie Canal. “It is unfortunate to see time and time           Tarplee recommends inflatable life jackets as they are more
    again the same scenario play out. A male between the ages of 18             comfortable and they meet the United States Coast Guard’s
    and 48 was swimming outside a designated area with no lifejacket            requirements for life-saving devices.
    on and drowned,” said Adam Tarplee, natural resources program
    manager.                                                                      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works hard to spread its
                                                                                message of water safety through several district-wide initiatives.
       Incidents such as this can be avoided when individuals obey the          The Corps partners with Safekids, American Red Cross, Lee
    guidelines and safety boundaries prescribed by park officials. Many         County and the Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention Coalition
    drowning victims had no intention of being in the water; many               to provide water safety information to the public through outreach
    slip and fall into the water and most drown within 10 to 30 feet of         events and through school and summer camp programs. Through
    safety. “Remembering and practicing these few simple water safety           these avenues, the Corps reaches more than 60,000 Floridians with
    tips helps to save lives,” Tarplee emphasized:                              water safety messages. s
    • Learn to swim well
    • Use an appropriate style and fit of personal flotation device, or               For more information about...
      life jacket
                                                                                        • Corps recreation areas nationwide, visit:
    • Watch small children at all times whenever they are in or around
                                                                                            www.CorpsLakes.us.
      the water
    • Take safe boating classes and observe safety and speed guidelines                   • Corps Water Safety program, visit:
    • Avoid alcohol use while in or on the water                                            http://watersafety.usace.army.mil/
    • Never dive into lakes or rivers without checking for depth and
      obstacles                                                                       For other recreation information, visit:
    • Never swim alone                                                                      www.recreation.gov/




    LEFT - Park visitors prepare to launch their canoes. RIGHT - A team of canoeists enjoys a paddle down river, while wearing appropriate lifejackets.
    (USACE photos)
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Corps teams celebrate 39 years of                                               PowerCorps
slow-pitch softball
Story and photos by Gabriel Gonzalez
  On June 16 the Federal Fun League (FFL) concluded its 39th regular
season with a double header between the four U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers’ slow-pitch softball teams. To commemorate the occasion and
the end of another successful season, the FFL captains proposed a special
event in tribute to Corps teams of the past.
  After digging through the archives, vintage photographs of Corps teams       Front (L to R): Calvin Caldwell, April Zepka, Beth
from years past were found and circulated around the office. Throwback         Vavrica, Jessie Cull, Ian McClary, Mike Lyons. Back
                                                                               (L to R): Coach Mike Ornella, Sr., Mike Ornella, Jr.,
uniforms were retrieved from closets, and the styles of the 70s and 80s        John Vohlken, Shawn Pillsworth, Brendon Vavrica,
once again graced Willow Branch Park for the evening. Outfits included         Brad Tarr, Andrew Rebman.
jorts, short shorts, pull-up socks and other iconic threads of decades past,
as well as mustaches (real and fake). The uniforms in particular were a         Water Boys
sight to behold as each team resurrected old uniforms from players who
have since retired from federal service. The classic uniforms included such
renowned teams as the Dam Engineers, Hard Corps, Bay Street Bombers
and the Pace Setters.
  The day began in a match-up between the PowerCorps, the four-time
consecutive winners of the Federal Fun League title, coached by Mike
Ornella, and the Water Boys, coached by Eddie Douglass. In the meantime
members of the remaining Corps teams cheered their co-workers from
the benches while enjoying an outdoor barbeque. The top-seeded
PowerCorps won the game, 15-5. Spirits were high and sportsmanship             Front (L to R): Justina Bachman, Nadine Traba,
                                                                               Kim Anderson, Coach Eddie Douglass, Gabe
was plentiful.                                                                 Gonzalez, Jeremy Crossland, Mike Drog. Back (L to
                                                                               R): Mike Holm, Jason Goldstein, Bill Mihalik, Derek
   The dugouts were cleared and then came the next two Corp teams to           Copeland, Brian Cornwell, Scott Calvin, League
face-off one another. Going Coastal, coached by Marty Durkin, and Better       Commissioner Tim Gysan.
by Design, coached by Tony Smith, stepped up to the plate as PowerCorps
and the Water Boys retired to the bleachers to enjoy the company of             Better by Design
friends and family. Going Coastal added another to their win column as
they defeated Better By Design 13-4. Players shook hands then each team
lined up at home plate shoulder-to-shoulder for their team photo, their
throwback uniforms and retro style harkening back to the team photos of
years past.
  The games were done for the day but the players remained at Willow
Branch Park. Hot Dogs were on the grill and teammates were enjoying
the company of fellow players and those who came to watch the four
Corps teams duke it out in humorous attire. While no retirees were
                                                                               Front (L to R): George Leverett, Robert Jenkins,
in attendance there were former FFL players who came to watch the              Kevin Coston, Ann Cassata. Back (L to R): Mark
games, such as David Hobbie, Alberto Gonzalez and his family. Even the         Mize, Clement Hall, Coach Tony Smith, Nichole
umpire of the day, Holger Euringer, was a member and part founder of the       Curtis, Iris Spratling, Gerald Deloach, Mike Cassata.
FFL. “Back when all the agencies were grouped together in the Federal
Building, John [Hashtak] and I talked about finding a way to bring              Going Coastal
everyone together.” Talks began in 1969 between the two, Holger from
IRS and Hashtak from the Corps. The first official season kicked off in
1972 and there hasn’t been a season missed yet.
  League commissioner Tim Gysan, whose entire family was in
attendance for the event, was proud of the turn out and the enthusiastic
participation. “Everyone seemed to have fun with it this year. There were
some great throw back uniforms that people brought out and the pictures
of the Corps teams dating back to the ‘70s were a great touch,” said
Gysan. He and the other coaches hope to continue this new tradition for        Front (L to R): Jesse Lugo, Jose Bilbao, Steve Meyer,
seasons to come. “Next year we hope to get some actual old-timers out for      Stephanie Groleau, Fernando Castaneda, Chris
the game to really celebrate the founders of the league,” said Gysan. s        Peaches, Brad Cox, Laurel Reichold. Back (L to
                                                                               R): Matt Borer, Paul Karch, Carlos Estrella, Coach
                                                                               Marty Durkin, Jase Ousley, Wild Bill Aley, Jenna
                                                                               Ousley, Aaron Lassiter, Dan Blaydes.
10
 Countries partner to find
 best engineering solution for
 unprecedented task
 Story and photos by Amanda Ellison
   They come from a different world. Their customs and culture
 are not like ours. Their country and its people are often judged by
 how they are portrayed by our media, and we by theirs. We are
 opposites on many levels; but at our core, we are all human. And
 that makes us more alike than different.
    The people of Iraq face challenges similar to those of Americans,
 and the one that recently brought a group of Iraqi visitors to south
 Florida was how to protect the lives of those who live and work
 near aging structures. Mosul Dam (formerly Saddam Dam) is Iraq’s
 largest dam and the Middle East’s fourth largest reservoir. It is        The Iraqi delegation visits a cutoff wall under construction at the
 located 45 miles north of the city of Mosul, Iraq’s third largest city   Herbert Hoover Dike in South Florida.
 with a population of 1.7 million. The dam is a critical energy source,
                                                                          critical need for construction management; and view different
 providing power and electricity to several countries. But it is also
                                                                          methods of technology being used during cutoff wall construction
 aging and in desperate need of repairs.
                                                                          at various sites.
    Iraq is fully aware of the challenges facing the aging structure,
                                                                          “The trip has created positive interaction,” said Paul. “They have a
 and the country is hard at work trying to determine the best path
                                                                        difficult project ahead of them.”
 forward for rehabilitation. The effort to rehabilitate the dam will be
 the largest ever attempted in the world.                                 The engineers gained great benefits from understanding the
                                                                        history of the Corps’ problems with seepage, how the Corps
    At the request of the Ministry of Iraq, a five-member delegation
                                                                        evaluates those conditions, and the decision to use cutoff walls to
 from the Iraq Ministry of Water Resources recently completed a
                                                                        mitigate seepage concerns.
 brief tour of the east coast of the United States to learn about dam
 structures and cutoff walls. For most members in the delegation, it      “Our projects are very similar to what they have going at Mosul
 was their first visit to the United States. The tour included a visit  Dam,” said Paul. “They could directly relate their experiences to
 to Jacksonville District’s Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee ours, and I think that was extremely valuable.”
 as well as to Nashville District’s Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dams,      The trip to Clearwater Dam provided an opportunity for the
 and Little Rock District’s Clearwater Dam.                             group to see actual cranes and rock mills in normal operation. They
    The Wolf Creek Dam project is the most similar to the Mosul         were also able to discuss crucial construction issues such as rock
 Dam, and was an important stop on the itinerary. However, Wolf         mill design and handling.
 Creek doesn’t even come close to the size of the effort that will be     The success of the trip would not have been possible without
 required at Mosul. The deepest cutoff wall constructed to date at      the collaboration between several Corps districts. Members of
 Wolf Creek was 400 feet. The cutoff wall to be attempted at Mosul the delegation expressed their sincere appreciation to the Corps
 Dam will be twice as deep, at 800 feet. The Mosul Dam is 10 times      for the time and effort that was put into ensuring their trip was
 deeper than the Herbert Hoover Dike. In fact, the equipment for the informative and beneficial.
 mammoth cutoff wall for Mosul is still under development.
                                                                          “All in all, I think it was a great moment spent collaborating and
    “There is no precedence to what they are trying to achieve,” said   learning from fellow engineers from around the world,” said Bobby
 David Paul, lead civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Van Cleave, geotechnical engineer at Clearwater Dam. “They have
 Risk Management Center.                                                an enormous task at Mosul Dam, and maybe some information they
    The goal of the tour for the Iraqi engineers was to learn how to    gained from their visit will help them successfully complete that
 secure contracts, from bid phase to completion; understand the         mission.” s




 LEFT - Ra’aid Abed Al Jaleel Abed Al-Ameer, director general, Center for Studies and Engineering Designs, learns about storm water treatment
 areas during a stop at the S-319 pump station in south Florida. RIGHT - Jaleel Sahib Abed, General Commission of Dams and Reservoirs, asks
 questions about the equipment used for cutoff wall construction at Herbert Hoover Dike.
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Cultural preservation a goal of
district archaeologists
Story by Jean Pavlov
    District archeologists, speaking at the June 14 Lunch and
 Learn program, wanted to get across one main message: Please
 include them early in district projects. Archeologists David
 McCullough, Grady Caulk, Dan Hughes, Wendy Weaver and
 Cindy Thomas all work under the special projects section
 in the Environmental Branch. Under its cultural resource
 management program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 is responsible for ensuring that properties of a historical or
 traditional nature located on Corps lands are preserved and         District archeologists from the special projects section, Environmental
                                                                     Branch, presented a cultural resources Lunch and Learn program June
 managed.                                                            14. Pictured (L to R): Wendy Weaver, Dan Hughes, David McCullough,
   Working in compliance with National Environmental                 Grady Caulk and Cynthia Thomas. (Photo by Stacy Cagle)
Protection Act, they determine if a civil works project will
potentially have an impact on a cultural resources site.             sites of human occupation that were once on dry land are now
McCullough described the many sites of historical significance       submerged.
throughout the district. Of special significance is the Antilles       Hughes said if human remains are found, the project manager
office building, with its distinct 1940s architecture and Moore      must contact Natalie Garrett, tribal liaison, who coordinates
Haven Lock, which was constructed in 1935 for navigation and         with the five tribes within Jacksonville District’s area of
flood control purposes and is still in use today.                    responsibility.
  Thomas, an underwater archeologist, said that developers             Nelson Colon, chief of the Environmental Branch, said the
had planned to build what would be one of the largest                purpose of the Lunch and Learn was to make the district aware
skyscrapers in Miami’s central business district. They had           that project managers should involve archeologists in their
already invested $80 million when 300 Indian burial sites            projects. “If things change in a project, throughout the life of
were found in one of the proposed tower sites, forcing them to       the project - we need to know,” said Colon. “It will save project
abandon plans to develop the site.                                   managers a lot of money in the long run if archeologists are
  Hughes spoke about Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands            included in all phases of the project.”
and the state of Florida around the second Spanish period,             The cultural resources management team advises that to
explaining that underwater archaeology is as important as that       prevent the destruction of sensitive resources and prevent
on dry land. Underwater archeology became broadly accepted           possible prosecution, artifacts must be untouched and left
in the 1980s due to changes in sea level. Florida’s land mass        where found. Upon witnessing anyone picking up such items
was larger in the time of the early Spanish settlers, and climatic   or digging in a site, report the activity to the district cultural
changes on a widespread continental scale mean that some             resources management office at 904-232-3028. s




                                                          Women’s Equality Day
                                                            In 1971, 50 years after the 19th Amendment to the Constitution
                                                          was signed into law, U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY 19),
                                                          introduced a joint resolution of Congress designating Aug. 26 as
                                                          Women’s Equality Day.
                                                            Not only was the 19th Amendment signed into law in 1920,
                                                          granting women the right to vote, it was also the year that Abzug
                                                          was born. While growing up, Abzug challenged the inequalities
                                                          that women faced. Later in life she became an advocate for
                                                          human and civil rights. In her successful 1970 congressional
                                                          campaign, she famously said, “This woman’s place is in the house
                                                          – the House of Representatives.” Abzug later become a leader
                                                          of the feminist movement and led President Jimmy Carter’s
                                                          commission on women. s
12
 Environmental compliance has significant role in disaster recovery




 Debris is removed from Neely Henry Lake by using a barge and track hoe. The spring tornadoes in Alabama impacted 65 percent of the state. The Corps
 had two wet debris missions, Neely Henry Lake and Lake Martin. (Photo by Adrian Bostick, ACE-IT)

 Story by Nakeir Nobles
    Terms such as Right of Entry (ROE), Right of Way (ROW),                    A site visit then took the pair to a grind pit, where vegetative
 debris removal and Blue Roof seem to be synonymous with                    debris would be ground into mulch. White noted that the location
 disaster recovery efforts. In the aftermath of Alabama’s 2011 spring       had been reported as not having a fire lane. Upon arriving at the
 tornadoes, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) became             site, she was informed that the fire lane had been installed within
 a term used almost as frequently as ROEs, ROWs and debris                  the last 24 hours.
 removal.                                                                      Site notes indicated, “This is a great looking site. Dust control
    Disaster victims’ concerns are typically focused on securing their      with water truck being conducted during site visit. Site was
 personal belongings. After receiving a mission from the Federal            utilizing tub grinders for vegetation. Silt fence around perimeter of
 Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Army Corps of                 site was in great condition.”
 Engineers provides assistance as quickly and safely as possible to            Rehired annuitant Arch Middleton, Wahl and White’s Recovery
 help victims return to a life of normalcy.                                 Field Office (RFO) supervisor, accompanied them on their
    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency                   inspections. He said the debris can be recycled and sold as mulch,
 (USEPA), NEPA is “one of the first laws written that established a         or it can be incorporated into sludge and compost as well.
 broad national framework for protecting our environment.” NEPA                There are issues with either method of debris reduction,
 requirements apply when federal activities with the potential for          according to Wahl. If debris is burned, there may be air quality
 impacts to the environment are proposed.                                   issues. If the debris is ground, dust and noise may be an issue for
    Melody White, a biologist with Jacksonville District and Greg           surrounding communities. “Whether the debris is ground or burned
 Wahl, a biologist with Charleston District, are in Alabama to              depends on the site location.”
 ensure NEPA environmental compliance at worksites.                            “We are the third wave of [NEPA specialists here] since the
    On a recent day of inspections, the duo visited a site located          disaster,” Wahl said. He said that the first wave of staff did an
 southeast of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in Bibb County, a burn reduction            initial NEPA review. “They looked for archeological sites, wetlands,
 site that uses the air curtain method. Burn reduction sites reduce         historical and cultural properties and coordinated with other
 vegetative debris by using either open burning, pit burning or an          agencies to be sure things were copasetic.”
 air curtain. The air curtain method uses a big blower of open air to          Wahl said the second group of NEPA specialists began
 make the debris burn faster.                                               compliance inspections. They ensured there were no stormwater
    “An example of how the air curtain works,” White said, “is              impacts and that burn pits were located in safe locations away from
 something like when you blow on fire. It makes the debris burn             houses and live vegetation.
 hotter and faster.”                                                           Wahl and White both agree that site visits allow them the
    Entering the site, they noticed that the tower is not staffed, due      opportunity to meet new people and hear personal stories of
 to debris not being hauled to the site that day.                           tornado survival.
    Wahl noted that although they were not at the site to perform              “We build a rapport with onsite quality assurance (QA) folks.
 safety checks, the site had several safety measures in place.              That really helps. I’ve learned a lot from being in the field. It’s been
    “I see they have an eyewash station over there, fire extinguishers      interesting to hear about different people’s experiences with the
 are available and they have port-a-potties. There is also a hazardous      storm and the work that the Corps is doing,” Wahl said.
 waste containment area as well,” Wahl said.                                   “The local contractors will talk about what happened, and it
    Pointing to a black silt fence that had been possibly compromised       gives us good insight,” White said.
 by the previous night’s heavy rain, Wahl noted, “This shouldn’t be            Serving as White’s navigator, Wahl said there are 40 sites. “I put
 this way. There should be a different erosion control device used.         the address in my phone, print directions and have my GPS.”
 This is something we will put in our report. We’ll wait a couple              “Sometimes we get in areas where we lose satellite and have no
 weeks and return to the site to make sure the violation has been           phone, Internet or GPS service,” White said. s
 fixed.”
    Boots weighted down with mud, White and Wahl trekked back
 to their vehicle.
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A call to continue to move towards
equality                                                       Borochaner, Ziegler
Story by Lucy Soto, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
                                                               take top honors at
  It’s been a long time since the world’s first women’s rights
convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The year was 1848 and
                                                               SAME annual banquet
women were regarded and treated as second class citizens.             Story by Barry Vorse
At that time, the concept of being treated with equality in
relation to men and enjoying the same rights and privileges             Two Jacksonville District              Col. Pantano presents Laureen
                                                                      engineers took top honors recently       Borochaner with the SAME Post
was only a dream. But a group of determined women decided                                                      Engineer of the Year award.
the time had come to make that dream a reality. And under             at the annual Installation of Officers
the leadership of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott,           and Directors of the Jacksonville
the Seneca Falls Convention took place, and the women’s               Post of the Society of American
rights movement was born.                                             Military Engineers (SAME), held at
                                                                      the Naval Air Station Jacksonville
   It was at this convention that the Declaration of Rights and       Officers Club.
Sentiments was introduced. This document, modeled after
the Declaration of Independence, listed the rights sought by             Outgoing Post President, Col. Al
women’s rights advocates, including the right to vote. The            Pantano, commander of Jacksonville
document was signed by one hundred men and women, and                 District, presented Laureen
although only one of the persons who signed the document              Borochaner, P.E. and Autumn              Col. Pantano presents Autumn
                                                                      Ziegler, P.E. with the Post Engineer     Ziegler with the SAME Post Young
lived long enough to witness the momentous occasion                                                            Engineer of the Year Award.(Photos
when women were finally granted their right to vote, the              of the Year and Post Young Engineer      by Christina Swanson)
convention ignited the passion in both men and women to               of the Year awards, respectively.
seek women’s equality and advocate for women’s rights. The               Borochaner is the chief of the Design Branch, Engineering Division and
Women’s Rights Convention set the tone for what became a              is temporarily the deputy chief of project execution. Ziegler is a senior
strong movement dedicated to women’s equality.                        electrical engineer and the engineering technical lead on the Picayune
   Since then, the arduous efforts, the perseverance and              Strand (Everglades) Restoration Project.
the sacrifices of many men and women did not waiver,                     “[Jacksonville District has] the largest design branch in the U.S.
culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the               Army Corps of Engineers,” said Pantano. “Laureen’s branch is the center
Constitution August 26, 1920, finally granting women                  of gravity for most of our workload. We’re very proud of her and her
the right to vote. In commemoration of this achievement,              people.”
Congress in 1971 designated August 26 of every year as
                                                                         Borochaner holds a Master of Science degree in structural engineering
“Women’s Equality Day.”
                                                                      from Tufts University, Medford, Mass. She maintains a Professional
   But Women’s Equality Day means much more. It means                 Engineer license from the state of Massachusetts. Ziegler earned a
providing the opportunity to reflect on what still needs to           Master of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Business
be done towards the efforts of achieving full equality in the         Administration degree from the University of North Florida.
workplace and elsewhere for women. Most importantly,
commemorating this day affords us the opportunity to reflect            “Autumn’s involvement in the construction of two pump stations on
on what can we do in our own lives to continue to improve             the Picayune Strand project has been vital,” Pantano said. “Even though
the conditions of women in our nation to guarantee full               she is young, she has become a go-to person.”
execution of their rights. May our actions contribute towards           The Jacksonville Post was also recognized as a “Distinguished Post,”
this effort and towards removing roadblocks and obstacles             the only post in the Southeast Region to attain that honor. s
that unfairly impede women’s equality. s


                                                                     Hispanic Heritage Month 2011
                                                                                                             “Many Backgrounds Many Stories,
                                                                                                           One American Spirit,” is the 2011 theme
                                                                                                           for Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM),
                                                                                                           celebrated Sept. 15 though Oct. 15
                                                                                                           annually.
                                                                                                             HHM began as Hispanic Heritage
                                                                                                           Week and was expanded to a month-
                                                                                                           long celebration in 1968 by President
                                                                                                           Lyndon Johnson. It was later signed
                                                                                                           into law Aug. 17, 1988.
 Led by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of                                                   Celebrating HHM allows the nation
 Engineers and the USDA Forest Service, Let’s Move Outside
 seeks to increase opportunities for outdoor recreation on public                                          to recognize the many contributions of
 lands so that kids can get exercise, be healthier and have fun in                                         the Hispanic American community by
 their local parks.                                                                                        celebrating Hispanic culture, tradition
 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:                                                                               and heritage.
 www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/npld-supporting-lets-                                                     For more information, visit www.
 move-outside-initiative                                                                                   hispanicheritagemonth.gov s
14
 District hosts fifth annual Safety
 Pays workshop
                                                                                   A “Book of the Month” recommendation from
                                                                                Jacksonville District’s librarian Oriana Armstrong.



                                                                                                     A Brief Guide to
                                                                                                     Florida’s Monuments
                                                                                                     and Memorials
                                                                                                     by Roberta Sandler


 Col. Pantano with team members from Dragados USA, Inc., one of several
 contractors recognized at the 2011 Safety Pays workshop.
 Story and photos by Nakeir Nobles                                           Florida is dotted with a wide array of public monuments,
   Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Resort was the host facility for               statues, and memorials that commemorate significant moments
 Jacksonville District’s fifth annual Safety Pays Workshop, May           in regional and national history. Many of these honor well-known
 12-13.                                                                   people, places or events, while others celebrate the obscure or
   With a slight increase in attendance from the 2010 event, the          nearly forgotten. Award-winning travel writer Roberta Sandler
 workshop boasted 171 participants. Construction Division Chief           presents a key to more than eighty of the most intriguing sites the
 Jack Rintoul told a standing room only audience, “I am impressed
 with the number of attendees.”                                           state has to offer. Organized geographically, the book recommends
                                                                          stops throughout Florida and covers a full five centuries of state
   The workshop featured several concurrent classes which
 provided participants the opportunity to attend more than one            history. In-depth descriptions carefully chronicle the sometimes
 session. The available classes included electrical code violations,      hidden stories behind the markers, including the person or the
 environmental safety and liability, fall protection and safety           event honored as well as the process of erecting the monument
 leadership.                                                              or memorial. From Civil War to civil rights, from Spanish
   District nurse Sierra Steele also attended, to provide free health     colonization to the twentieth-century founder of Coral Gables,
 screenings that included cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure         from Florida natives to famous visitors, intriguing monuments
 checks. To a patient who had just completed a screening, Steele          and memorials stretch from Pensacola to the Keys. Whether your
 said, “You have the best blood pressure that I’ve seen all morning.
 Your cholesterol is excellent.”                                          interest is in the Okeechobee, Olustee, or Dade battlefields, the
                                                                          1838 Constitutional Convention, the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935,
   Although the workshop had an increase in numbers, the lines
 were short at the nurse’s screening station. “Last year we saw           John Ringling, Ponce de León, Herbert Hoover, Jackie Robinson,
 more numbers than this year,” Steele said. She attributed the low        or Ernest Hemingway, this read brings to life the stories behind
 numbers to the compressed scheduled of the event. “This year the         extraordinary people and places. Excerpted from University Press of
 workshop was only a day and a half.”                                     Florida. s
   The Safety Pays program seeks to reduce accidents by
 encouraging safety awareness and leveraging Jacksonville District’s
 partnership with its contractors.
   The 2011 Safety Pays winners include: Fullard Environmental
 Controls, Inc., Brittan Industries, R & D Maintenance and
 Dragados USA, Inc. s




 District nurse Sierra Steele takes the blood pressure of a Safety Pays   August 9, 1934: View of a hydraulic fill and dressing related to the Lake
 workshop attendee.                                                       Okeechobee Drainage Area project.
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AUGUST
 August 1-5 – National Conference on Ecosystem
             Restoration, Baltimore
 August 15 – Mile Point public workshop at
             University of North Florida
 August 16 – Brooksville Turret & Gunnery Range
             Formerly Used Defense Site public
             meeting, Brooksville
 August 26 – Women’s Equality Day

SEpTEMBEr - Hispanic Heritage Month                       paulina Acosta             Molly Barth             Corina Cain             Christina Casler
 September 5 - Labor Day                                  Engineering Division      Office of Counsel      Project Management        Engineering Division
                                                             Student Aide            Student Aide              Student Aide             Student Aide
 September 11 - Patriot Day
 September 14-16 – Florida Shore and Beach
            Preservation Association Annual
            Meeting, Miami
 September 16 - POW-MIA Recognition Day
 September 16 - Anniversary of Lake Okeechobee
            Flood of 1928
 September 16 – Restoration Advisory Board meeting
            for Culebra Formerly Used Defense Site,
            Culebra, PR                                   Adam Morrison             Malton prifti          Colleen Shanklin         Amanda Tancreto
                                                                EEO               Engineering Division            EEO               Navigational Waterway
 September 24 - National Public Lands Day                   EEO Specialist           Student Aide             EEO Supervisor                Co-Op
 September 24 – National Estuaries Day




                                    Staying Family Strong
          Joy Crapps                Five Stages of Deployment
           Don Dorn                   Each stage carries unique emotional challenges and tasks for family members.
           Alicia Hill              Learning about the deployment will help ease the physical and emotional demands on
         Marie Huber                everyone.
         Rick McMillen
         Rich Newton                  For more information and resources, contact Maria Eggers, family readiness
           Gus Rojas                specialist, or view the “Deployment Tips” page on the family readiness website at:
           Joe Warn                   www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Executive/Branches/FRN/DeploymentTips.htm s


                                         Pre-                                                                Re-                    Post-
                                      deployment         Deployment              Sustainment             deployment              deployment
        Steve Baisden                    (Varies)          (1st   month)         (Months 2 - 5)          (Final month)          (3-6 months after)
        Edwin Cuebas
                                      Anticipation of        Despair                 Calm                    Joy                Renegotiation of
         Pedro Davila                      loss             Irritability         Self-assured             Excitement            marriage & family
          Dan Finke                    Frustration         Confusion             Being alone             Apprehension                 duties
        Frank Fischer                  Detachment          Loneliness            Detachment               Expectation            Disappointment
       Renee Hancock                      Denial         Sleeplessness           Confidence                 Hope                     Ecstasy
                                          Shock         Overwhelmed by                                                               Change
      Jessica McCaffrey                   Anger           responsibility                                                              Relief
         Andy Phillips                  Rejection                                                                                      Guilt
        Troy Swofford
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                    2011 Federal Fun League Retro Day
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     1. Better By Design player Claude Ross warms up before the game begins; 2. Fernando Castaneda chills while waiting for his turn to play; 3.
     Players from PowerCorps and Going Coastal congratulate each other after a well-played game. PowerCorps won, 15-5; 4. Tim Gysan, league
     commissioner, scores the first run of the day for Water Boys; 5. Bill Mihalik of the Water Boys connects and sends the ball out to left field; 6.
     Stephanie “Pink” Groleau of Going Coastal, ready to take the field; 7. Mike Lyons, pitcher for PowerCorps, throws a good underhand pitch;
     8. A group of players from Going Coastal enjoy a bit to eat before playing later that day; 9. Wild Bill Alley shows his retro pride with a mullet
     wig and throwback shirt; 10. Going Coastal’s Jose Bilbao and Coach Marty Durkin await their turn to play; 11. Umpire Holger Euringer calls
     the pitch as catcher Andrew Rebman returns the ball; 12. Player and coach of Going Coastal Marty Durkin throws a solid underhand pitch;
     13. Former player Alberto Gonzalez and current PowerCorps player Shawn Pillsworth check out the vintage photos from seasons past; 14.
     Brad Cox (L) and Dan Blaydes (R) pose in their throwback jorts while watching over the grill; 15. PowerCorps player April Zepka swings at an
     oncoming pitch; 16. Bill Alley, Marty Durkin and Fernando Castaneda watch the action unfold from the bleachers; 17. Maribel Gysan holds
     son Ethan as he cheers for his dad, Tim Gysan, league commissioner; (Photos by Gabriel Gonzalez)

								
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