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Spotlight

Spotlight on
on
the
the District
District Kenny Brenner
Engineer Technician
Story by Mark Kane Technical Support Branch, Operations Division

A
lot of District employees have channel maintenance, coordinating anyone casts a line in the water.
hobbies, but few have taken their dredging, working with wing dams and "At the FLW Walleye tournaments I
hobby to the level that Kenny small boat harbors, as well as working as a fish, they always play the national anthem
Brenner has. He earlier this summer came Corps boat license teacher. and say a prayer for everyone including
in second in the co-angler standings in Newsflash … Brenner says he loves our Soldiers and service people around
the Angler-of-the-Year competition in the working around water. the world," said Brenner. "I can't put into
national 2005 Wal-Mart Forrest L. Wood "It's a natural fit," says Brenner. "I love words how much it means to live in a
Walleye Tour. the river, fishing and hunting." country where we can freely do the things
Brenner, an engineer technician in the When it comes to why Brenner chose a we do."
Technical Support Branch of the Opera- career with the Corps, and why he enjoys If a person were betting Vegas odds,
tions Division, finished the fishing Brenner might be the person to bet
tour with 662 points, just 14 points on, as he's accumulated a string of
shy of the co-angler winner after fishing competition achievements.
the tour's final regular season "I have several Walleye Club
qualifier held on Devil's Lake, N.D. tournament victories," said
He said he finished second overall Brenner. "I placed well in various
as a co-angler on the FLW Walleye local money tournaments, finished
Circuit. 25th last year at the Spring Valley
The Dubuque, Iowa, native's Ranger, Crestliner and Lund Tour
love of fishing goes back to the fact (now FLW Tour) and finished 40th
that his parents had him fishing for the year. This year, I finished
before he could walk, but he said it seventh at Bull Shoals, 81st at Lake
really caught on in his teenage Erie, 28th at Green Bay and 26th at
years. Devil's Lake, N.D.; and this year,
"I caught a 7 pound trout when I finishing second overall as a Co-
was 14 and got my picture in the angler on the FLW Walleye
Dubuque paper," said Brenner. working with the Corps, his answer was a Circuit."
Since then, Brenner's interests seem to little more specific. When it comes to fishing tips, Brenner
have stayed around fish or water in some "It's the chance to work with people has some fairly simple ones for anyone
way, shape or form. He served in the who are as concerned about the environ- wondering how he's been so successful.
Naval Reserves during Vietnam from 1969 ment as I am," said Brenner. "Patience, observation, and trial and
through 1970 and saw plenty of water Today Brenner lives in Moline, Ill., with error," said Brenner. "And just go and
during a cruise in the Western Pacific. his wife of 31 years, Jackie, and their three have fun."
Sometime after that, he put three years of sons, Kyle, Cory and Troy. Brenner said Walleye and smallmouth bass rank as
college courses in fish and wildlife his son Cory is in the Army National Brenner's favorite fish to catch; however,
biology under his belt from Southeastern Guard and has already served in Iraq. he says he enjoys eating bluegill and
Louisiana University, as well as Iowa State Now, with Labor Day drawing closer, sauger fish more than any other.
University. Brenner has his eyes on the next level … Brenner's advice to anyone reading
That education and experience eventu- the 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour this article is that, "Fishing, like golf, is a
ally brought him to the District in April Championship in Moline Sept. 28 through sport that you can enjoy with family all
1984, where he started in a GS-4 temporary Oct. 1, headquartered at Sunset Park. your life. Time together on God’s great
position in the Technical Support Branch. One moment Brenner cherishes at earth is precious. I thank God for all my
Today Brenner works in survey and fishing tournaments takes place before blessings."

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Tower Times
U.S. Army Corps of July/August 2005
Engineers
Rock Island District
Vol. 27 No. 8
Tower Times
Contents
July/August 2005

District Engineer
Col. Duane P. Gapinski Corps Day 2005

Editor
Mark Kane
8 - 10
Chief, Public Affairs
Ron Fournier

This newsletter is an authorized


publication for members of the U.S.
Army. Contents of the Tower Times
are not necessarily official views of,
or endorsed by, the U.S. Govern-
ment, Department of Defense,
Department of the Army, or the
Rock Island District U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.

It is published monthly using


offset press by the Public Affairs
Office, Rock Island District, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Clock
Tower Building, Box 2004, Rock District Hosts Student Ocean 11
Island, IL 61204-2004. Phone (309)
794-5730. Circulation 1,500. Conference
On the Cover
The deadline for submitting Sally Duncan, Contracting, talks
articles for the Tower Times is the with Brig. Gen. Robert Crear,
7th of the preceding month. Send Division commander, about the Latvia
articles to Editor, Public Affairs cultural wall, during Crear's tour of
Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engi- the displays that were part of the
neers, Clock Tower Building, P.O. District’s inaugural Diversity Week.
Box 2004, Rock Island, IL, 61204- Contracting and Construction
2004. Division created the Latvia cultural
wall. For more information on
The Tower Times is printed
Diversity Week check out pages 4
on recycled paper.
through 6.
On the web, in living color, at: Battling Invasive Honeysuckle on Photo by Mark Kane.
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil
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Story and photos by Mark Kane
iversity Week, held June 20 through 24 at the Clock Tower Complex, took place as a week-long

D event to combine all Special Emphasis Program observances into one week of education and
celebration of the people of the Rock Island District, and their diverse cultures and to under-
stand that all cultures share common values.
Brig. Gen. Robert Crear, Division commander, spoke at the Diversity Week kickoff and emphasized
how important diversity is to our Division.
"To my mind, diversity is not merely the absence of discrimination; more fundamentally, it is the
powerful presence of a sense of teamwork and community – one that brings all kinds of people from
different backgrounds together, with the end result of creating a whole that is much greater than the
sum of the individual parts," said Crear. "My challenge to you is be equally bold and energetic in
bringing that kind of teamwork and community into play … in making the Mississippi Valley Division
a true house of diversity." Story continued on page 6 
From Top Left to Bottom Right
 Adrienne Blackwell, Real Estate, and Doug Davis, Programs and Project Management, go over
the results of who was voted out at the conclusion of the Survival workshop. The workshop spilt
participants into two different groups and had them decide what individuals would be selected as the
last surviving humans on Earth.
 Ron Deiss, Programs and Project Management, talks about his hand-carved spear fishing lures
with Gail Clingerman, previously with Programs and Project Management, and Nicole McVay, Programs
and Project Management, during the Talent Day portion of Diversity Week. The inset photo shows the
hand-carved spear fisherman Deiss created.
 Judy Gooch, assistant lockmaster, Dresden Lock and Dam, speaks to District employees and
attendees during the Diversity Week kickoff about the importance of diversity and her experiences with
diversity in the workplace.
 The last food items are laid out as part of the Costa Rica cultural wall display that was
located between the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and the Office of Counsel. The
display placed first in the Cultural Wall decorating competition, as well as tying with the
Cameroon display for the people's choice award.
 Brig. Gen. Robert Crear, Division commander, plays a thumb harp during his
visit to the Cameroon cultural wall display outside Information Management. The
enlarged photo of the Cameroon native in the background set off the display that earned
it first place in the people's choice award, tying only with the Costa Rica display.
 Robert Romic, Information Management, creates a handmade copper-wire tree
during the Talent Day portion of Diversity Week. Romic displayed numerous versions of
his wire creations.
 Amy Moore, Engineering Division, elaborates on how the District scores in
regard to how diverse its employment numbers are during the Affirmative Employment
Program for Managers workshop.
 Tracy Street, Programs and Project Management, points out a baby picture to
student aides Kassie Keeney and Lindsay Bjerregaard, Programs and Project Manage-
ment, that was part of her scrapbooking display during Talent Day.
 The dolls in the upper right and lower left hand corners are from the Ecuador
display in the Cultural Wall Contest.

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Continued from page 5

T
he District's first Diversity Week world," so to speak, in a little less than art; Sharryn Jackson, Programs and
Celebration went over with a bang, two hours – sampling the food, learning Project Management - therapy dog; Lonn
drawing in crowds of employees the culture, and taking in the sites of each McGuire, Programs and Project Manage-
through all four days of events at the display. ment - turtle clocks; Joe Nobling, Informa-
Clock Tower Complex. Susan Dikeman, Equal Employment tion Management - fiddle; Joni Redman,
Diversity Week, kicked off that Mon- Office, said the event was not only fun, Information Management - quilting;
day with a ceremony featuring informal but educational. Robert Romic, Information Management, -
presentations and discussions on "We heard many positive comments art pieces; Jody Schmitz, Engineering
diversity by Brig. Gen. Robert Crear, regarding the interesting information that Division - craft/candy; Karly Steele,
Division commander, and Judy Gooch, was provided at each display," said Information Management - art pieces;
assistant lockmaster, Dresden Lock and Dikeman. Tracy Street, Programs and Project
Dam. The winner of the Cultural Wall Management - stamping; Nancy
Nine teams created displays to decorating competition were the creators Vanderleest, Resource Management -
accurately depict the people and culture of the Costa Rica display, while the crochet/embroider/candles.
of nine different countries as part of the people's choice winner was a tie between Throughout Diversity Week, District
Cultural Wall Contest, which took place the creators of the Cameroon display and employees had the chance to answer
Monday and Tuesday of Diversity Week. the Costa Rica display. diversity questions from the Test Your
The countries included Costa Rica On Wednesday, Diversity Week Knowledge Quiz. Each day of the week a
(created by Public Affairs, Executive featured four workshops in different different set of questions were made
Office, Civilian Personnel Advisory locations in the Clock Tower. The available that covered women's history,
Center, and Office of Counsel), Kenya workshops included: Communicating black history, Asian-Pacific Islander
(created by Resource Management and Across Your Full Spectrum, Survival, heritage, Hispanic heritage, and disability
Logistics Management), Turkey (created Independence for All, and the Affirmative awareness. More than 125 District
by Programs and Project Management), Employment Program for Managers. Each employees participated, but at the end of
Ecuador (created by Operations Division, workshop was one-hour long and was the week only two surfaced as overall
Emergency Management, and Security), designed to inform and heighten aware- winners. Joyce Duffey, Central Area
Estonia (created by Safety Office, ness for its subject matter. Office, had a perfect score of 25 and
Internal Review, and the mailroom), Thursday showcased the talents of earned the top place in the field site
Cameroon (created by Information numerous District employees during the category, while Judy Kornbrust, Informa-
Management), Latvia (created by Talent Day portion of Diversity Week. tion Management, was close behind with
Contracting and Construction Division), Fourteen employees put their talents on the best score among Clock Tower
Czech Republic (created by Real Estate), display during the event. They included: Complex employees. Each winner received
and Thailand (created by Engineering Elaine Boone, Engineering Division - a replica of the Clock Tower Building.
Division). crochet quilts; Doug Davis, Programs and This year's event was the inaugural
The judging of the cultural wall Project Management - art; Ron Deiss, Diversity Week Celebration, and if the
displays took place early Monday Programs and Project Management - success of the first is any indication of
afternoon, while Crear took the opportu- carving; Jeanne Elliot, Information what to expect next year, then the second
nity to see all the displays after the Management - painting; Angie annual Diversity Week Celebration will be
judges. Crear traveled "around the Freyermuth, Information Management - a highly anticipated experience.

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Corps' Strategic Direction,
Permission Slip, Its Impact On Us
By Col. Duane Gapinski, District Engineer

B
y now you should have received The Corps’ Strategic Vision is a key
your new Permission Slip, referred component of the Strategic Directions
to popularly as the Just Do It card, Brochure. The opening paragraph of the
and a copy of the Corps’ Strategic Vision states the Corps is “One team:
Directions brochure. If you have not yet Relevant, Ready, Responsive, and
received these items, please contact Reliable, proudly serving the Armed
Public Affairs. Forces and the Nation now and in the
I encourage you to thoroughly read the future.” I believe we exemplify that here in
brochure and Permission Slip. Don’t be the Rock Island District.
surprised if you are asked questions Some of the key ideas in the brochure
about how the Corps’ strategic direction are that we must improve our responsive-
affects your day-to-day mission and how ness to customers. We must actively
you contribute to reaching our goals and engage those we serve to learn about their
enhancing our service to the nation when vision and goals, which will help us to
I (or Brig. Gen. Crear) visit your desk or anticipate their needs. We must also
field site. In other words, Lt. Gen. Flowers’ provide earlier and better preparation and
30-second infomercial still applies. coordination, and follow through on the
It is crucial that you adopt the ideas commitments we make.
suggested in these materials. You are the The enduring values in the brochure
key to keeping the Corps moving in the include a key excerpt from the Oath of
right direction, the Corps needs your Service that each of you swore to when
continued support to make our vision a you entered federal service -- to support
reality. and defend the Constitution against all national-security objectives around the
The Permission Slip has been updated enemies. It also includes the Army Values, world. The second and third goals will
and endorsed by Lt. Gen. Strock as the which are just as applicable to our enhance our relevance and reliability as
51st Chief of Engineers. The brochure personal lives as to our professional we perform our civil works and military
contains both enduring values embodied careers. There are intentional similarities program missions. I encourage you to
within our command and our people, and between the Army Values and the Permis- read the campaign plan at:
also strategic directions that will be sion Slip. www.hq.usace.army.mil/cepa/vision/
emphasized in the years ahead. The new Campaign Plan focuses our plan.pdf.
Lt. Gen. Strock has also produced a efforts and will help us provide better, As always, I appreciate your continued
Strategic Directions video which can be faster, cheaper, safer, and greener solu- support of the Corps' refined strategic
viewed at http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/ tions. The Plan’s first goal prepares us to direction and the tenets of the Permission
PublicAffairsOffice/video/strategic.wmv. be ready and responsive in support of Slip. Essayons!

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From Top Left to Bottom Right
 Steve Fairbanks, Operations Divison, is assisted by Steve Hall, Internal Review,
in picking out a door prize.
 Scott Pettis, Engineering Division, turns over another burger of the vast amount
of hamburgers and hotdogs prepared at Corps Day.
 Cory Haberman, Engineering Division, throws a pie at Col. Duane Gapinski,
District Engineer, in the place of winning bidder Maj. Melody Smith, Deputy District
Engineer.
 Competition heats up on the sand during the volleyball tournament. Award Winners
 A youngster readies himself to spring across the bounce house that was put to
good use by many children at the event. Employee of the Year District Commander’s Lapel Pin
 Janet Hancks, Contracting, lays down her card during the Euchre tournament,
Professional Occupations Kenneth Ayers, Operations Division
while JoAnn Wilgenbusch, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, David Bequeaith,
Kirk Sunderman, Engineering Division Glen Baugh, Operations Division
Engineering Division, and Steve Johnson, Programs and Project Management, plan
Technical Occupations Mari Fournier, Resource Management
their next move.
Nancy Vanderleest, Resource Management James Hipschen, Operations Division
Trades and Crafts Occupations Thomas Lafrenz, Information Management
John Greif, Operations Division Kevin Landwehr, Engineering Division
Public Contact Occupations Sherri Lewis, Programs and Project Management
Thomas Guillaume, Operations Division Amy Moore, Engineering Division
Jacqueline Peterson, Operations Division
Scott Pettis, Engineering Division
EEO Champion of the Year
EEO Champion of the Year, Supervisory
Karen Grizzle, Real Estate Suggester of the Year
EEO Champion of the Year, Non-Supervisory
David Washington, Operations Division
Angela Freyermuth, Information Management

Pathfinders Graduate Certificates Federal Executive Association, Quad-City Chapter


Bonnie Bernat, Noah Clatt, Ronald Faletti, Angela Freyermuth,
Certificate Recipients
LaShell Harper, Toby Hunemueller, Troy Hythecker, Eric The following individuals were recognized for their selfless
Johnson, Jason Jones, Perry Jones, James Kelley, Laurie service to our country in support of the Global War on Terror-
Kotecki, Robert Petruney, Stephen Reeder, Heather Schroeder, ism at the Federal Executive Association annual luncheon on
LuAnn Steen, Mathew Zager, Adam Ziegler May 5. These individuals were presented with a certificate from
the Federal Executive Association: Eric Aubrey, Robert
Balamut, David Bequeaith, Dana Brosig, Randy Brotherton,
Honorary Awards Peter Corken, Julie Fisher, Janet Hancks, Mark Hoague, Terry
The following individuals are recognized for their selfless service Hoover, Randall Kraciun, Jason Larsen, Kevin Peel, Jonathan
to our country in support of the Global War on Terrorism: Perrault, Mary Peschang, Nick Peschang, Robert Petersen,
Christian Hawkinson, Mark Hoague, Paul Holcomb, Charles Steven Russell, Karl Schmitz, Penny St. Clair, Charles
Thieling - Superior Civilian Service Award and a Commander's Theiling, James Trail, Ralph Werthmann
Coin; David Bequeaith, David Dierickx, Randall Kraciun, Thomas
Mack, Mary Peschang - Commanders Award for Civilian Service
and a Commander's Coin; Robert Adams, Rick Granados, Janet Special Honorary Awards
Hodges, Toby Hunemiller, Theodore Kerr, Jennifer McDermott, David Purdy, Operations Division, - Secretary of the Army
David McIlrath, Nicholas Peschang, John Quick, Larry Spengler, Medal of Honor; Timothy Olson, Resource Management, -
George Sporer, Kathryn Soska, David Swanson, John Department of the Army, Finance Officer of the Year; Ronald
VanWatermeulen, Matthew Zager - Achievement Medal for Fournier, Public Affairs, - Michael C. Robinson Award as the
Civilian Service and a Commander's Coin; Patrick Flaherty, Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Officer of the Year; and
Rowland Fraser, Michael Mannhardt, Harold Schweiger - Thomas Mack, Construction Division, - Mississippi Valley
Certificate of Achievement and a Commander's Coin Division’s 2004 Construction Excellence Award Winner

Volleyball Tournament Winners


Euchre Tournament Winner
Jeff Hopkins, Mississippi River Maintenance Crew, and Brice
Janet Hancks, Contracting Bennett, a family friend of Hopkins

Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees Inductees for 2005 on page 10 

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Thomas F. Crane George E. Johnson
Crane was born in Burlington, Iowa, on Aug. 22, Johnson was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., on
1932. He began the practice of law and his Feb. 28, 1933. Johnson graduated from
federal career as an attorney with the Legal Sturgeon Bay High School in 1951 and then
Section of the Rock Island District on June 29, entered the Marine Corps in 1952 after
1959. In only eight years, Crane was promoted completing high school. After an honorable
to District Counsel, a position he held for 32 discharge in 1955, Johnson returned to
years until his retirement on July 2, 1999. Wisconsin, and began his training as a civil
Crane's 40-year career with the Rock Island engineer at the University of Wisconsin. He
District was devoted to selfless public service, received his bachelor’s of science degree in Civil
dedication to the welfare of the Rock Island Engineering in 1960, and shortly afterward
District and the citizens of the region, and accomplishment of the began his career with the Corps of Engineers in Rock Island as a civil
District's mission in strict accordance with the law and ethical standards engineer trainee. Following several promotions, he became chief of the
of conduct. Crane's career is most noteworthy for the creative Water Control Section in 1969. In 1970, he earned a master’s of science
transitioning of legal services and Corps programs through the modern degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
era. Dramatic legislative changes and federal agency restructuring during In 1976, Johnson became chief of the Hydraulics Branch as a supervi-
the second half of the 20th century significantly transformed the legal sory hydraulic engineer. In 1992, several branches consolidated, and he
requirements with which federal agencies must comply. Crane's became the chief of the Hydrologic and Hydraulics Branch. Johnson
distinguished career spanned these turbulent decades. He met the was elected to the Iowa State Chapter of Sigma Xi and is a fellow of
challenges and pro-actively shaped the Office of Counsel to succeed in American Society of Civil Engineering. In 1981, he was recognized as
providing professional, reliable and timely legal services in the 21st the Engineer of the Year by the Quad-Cities Engineering and Science
century. Crane's expertise in contract law and agency authorities was Council. He later become involved with and served as president of that
highly coveted. He was a leader in legal services automation and council. Throughout his life, Johnson exhibited a strong commitment
innovation. From completion of Saylorville Lake, to rehabilitation of to the community. He has served on the board of supervisors for
multiple locks and dams, to emergence of environmental restoration Milan, Ill., and the Rock Island Public School Board, including a term
programs, Crane's tireless efforts and sound legal advice have contributed as president of the school board. He has been very active in Rotary
greatly to the nation's resources. International, serving as Rock Island Rotary Club President from 1990-
1991. Johnson was a mentor to many young engineers who are guiding
Dudley M. Hanson the District today. His integrity and professionalism will continue at
this District well beyond his 40 years of government service.
Hanson was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Jan. 20,
1941. Hanson began his career with the Rock
Island District in 1961 as an engineering aid. He
Doyle McCully
received his bachelor’s of science degree in Civil McCully was born in Saltillo, Miss., June 11,
Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1964, 1931. McCully started his Army career when
a masters of science degree in Structural Engineer- he served on active duty from 1952 through
ing from the University of Iowa in 1968, and a 1954. He joined the Corps of Engineers in
master’s of science degree in Public Works from 1958, serving in various positions in the
the University of Pittsburg in 1970. He served in Huntington District and at Headquarters. He
Engineering Division as a civil and structural arrived in Rock Island as chief of Engineering in
engineer, becoming assistant chief in 1980. He 1973. In 1989, he was reassigned as a special
became chief of the Planning Division in 1986. His career culminated as assistant to the District Engineer, a position
the deputy for Programs and Project Management. His influences in the that later became the Deputy District Engineer
District are many. He oversaw the standup of the first Program Develop- for Project Management. McCully served
ment office external to Engineering Division and initiated the District’s during times of great change in the District and in the Corps of
first Strategic Planning effort. He was responsible for the initiation of the Engineers. The District completed many flood-damage reduction
Upper Mississippi River – Illinois Waterway System Navigation Study, projects and began ongoing efforts to rehabilitate navigation facilities.
and the start up of the Upper Mississippi River System – Environmental He helped to nationally define the position now known as the Deputy
Management Program, both multi-district efforts. Throughout his career, for Programs and Project Management. He was a strong proponent for
Hanson successfully handled large, complex, and nationally significant customer satisfaction, improving project management in the District,
water resource challenges. His ability to work in a collaborative manner, and employee training. He was a key member of the CP-18 Executive
to anticipate water resource trends and needs, and to identify and nurture Development Program. An outstanding executive, McCully was
talent, left a legacy impacting the entire Upper Mississippi River Basin. committed to the long-term health of the District and especially to the
His work was in the finest tradition of public service and advanced the missions it serves.
reputation of the Rock Island District and the Corps of Engineers.

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District Participates in Student Ocean Conference
By Mark Kane

R
ock Island District employees agencies. This specific
joined with staff members from the conference reached out
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to regional high school
Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. teachers and students to
Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, explore issues about the
National Resource Conservation Service environment; specifically
and other federal agencies, for the first hypoxia, the Mississippi
Student Ocean Conference to be held River Watershed and its
inland on the five-state Upper Mississippi link to the Gulf of Mexico.
River watershed. The District's involve-
In an effort to educate the public about ment in the two-day
marine issues, an attempt is being made to conference included
reach out to students of coastal communi- providing some of the
ties (and those communities of waterways boats the teachers and
that feed into the ocean) across the students used to see the
country. The venue for this collaborative Mississippi River, as well
effort is known as the Student Ocean as a lock tour given at George Millar pilots one of the District's boats on the Mississippi
Conference, and the objective is to Lock and Dam 11 by River during the Student Ocean Conference, while Dorie Bollman
educate and empower students about lockmaster Bill Hainstock. (located top middle of the boat), a teacher, and group of students
protection of the marine environment. George Millar, Engineer- look on from the boat.
A Student Ocean Conference is ing Division, and John
coordinated through a Coastal Ecosystem Punkiewicz and Karl Schmitz, Operations shed and their relationship to the events
Learning Center in partnership through Division, piloted the Corps' boats that in the Gulf of Mexico.
Coastal America. The National Missis- were used in the event. "It was really successful," said Bollman.
sippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dorie Bollman, Programs and Project "The kids in my boat had never seen
located in Dubuque, Iowa, has been voted Management, coordinated the District's forested bluffs and just being on the river
as one of Iowa's number one attractions involvement in the event. was a real treat and educational experience."
and became the first Coastal Ecosystem "We took them to the Pool 11 Islands, The students also had the chance to
Learning Center (in June 2004) located on Stage 1, of the Sunfish Lake Habitat visit farms in the area, as well as the
an inland waterway. Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project, experience of traversing a lock.
The CELC coordinated the local and talked about the wildlife habitat," said "The kids got to lock through 11 and
Student Ocean Conference, held in mid- Bollman. "I also spoke to them at Eagle Bill Hainstock gave a very good talk on
May, with the Corps and other partner Point Park and gave them an overview of how the locks work between lockages,"
the locks, the river, said Bollman.
the navigation Bollman said that twice as many
system, the Corps' teachers in the region applied for the
missions, and a little Student Ocean Conference than were able
about our interna- to attend.
tional role in "Those that were accepted had the trip
supporting the Army paid for through a grant," said Bollman.
in Iraq and Afghani- The Student Ocean Conferences are
stan, as well as funded by the National Geographic
talking about career Society's Geographic Education Founda-
opportunities with tion in collaboration with the Sustainable
the Corps." Seas Expedition, and Coastal America and
Bollman said the its CELCs and federal partner agencies.
event did an Bollman said that students were picked
excellent job in by age group and essays they wrote
teaching the kids the describing why they wanted to attend.
inter-relationships "The program targeted science and
Karl Schmitz pilots one of the District's boats on the Mississippi between the activi- biology students who are young enough
River during the Student Ocean Conference, while a teacher and ties in the Upper to be influenced on career decisions," said
her students look on from the boat. Mississippi Water- Bollman.

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Volunteers from Pleasant Valley
High School, recruited by Living
Lands & Waters, work to dig up one
of the numerous honeysuckle plants
that were removed from Smith's
Island.

Battling Invasive Honeysuckle on Smith's Island


Story and photos by Mark Kane

A
mur Honeysuckle, Lonicera It’s no wonder the plant
maackii, an invasive shrub that out caused problems on Smith’s
competes with native plants, was Island and why there was a need
threatening to cover Smith’s Island near to get rid of it.
Locks and Dam 14, until the District “Their efforts have made a
partnered with Living Lands & Waters to dramatic difference in wooded
get rid of the pesky plant. understory on Smith’s Island,”
Living Lands & Waters, the foundation said Lundh. “This gives native
created by river man Chad Pregracke, has woodland species an opportu-
coordinated removal events on the island nity for recovery.”
for the past three years. They recruited The effort is part of the
volunteers from the Pleasant Valley High preparatory work underway for
School volunteer program and Augustana highlighting the Smith’s Island
College along with businesses such as Nature Trail during the sched-
LaFarge North America to name a few. To uled 18th Annual National Trails
date, nearly six acres of honeysuckle have Symposium, which will be held
been cleared. Oct. 19 through 22, 2006, in the
To say that removing honeysuckle Quad Cities. The one-mile long
takes a lot of work is definitely an under- Smith’s Island Nature Trail was
statement. recently designated a National
“This year, sixty-five volunteers worked Recreation Trail by the Depart-
a total of 660 grueling hours to pull, cut, ment of the Interior.
pile and chip a mountain of honeysuckle,” The symposium provides an The roots of an Amur Honeysuckle plant give way to
the removal efforts from the Living Lands & Waters
said the efforts organizer Joe Lundh, opportunity for greenways and
volunteers.
Mississippi River Project Office. trails advocates, managers,
Amur Honeysuckle, originally a native planners, and users, outdoor product
to Asia, is an invasive plant that was providers, as well as conservationists, On The ‘Net
introduced for ornamental plantings, private landowners, and tourism and
www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/
erosion control, wildlife cover, and food. business interests to come together to
SmithsIsland/Smith.htm
It produces an abundant amount of seeds, communicate and experience an inspira-
which are dispersed by birds. The plants tional and educational conference. The www.americantrails.org/quad/
can grow up to 20-feet tall and can shade symposium addresses both non-motorized
out nearly all vegetation underneath them. and motorized trail issues.

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By Mark Kane

Coralville Lake Veterans Trail Adds 11 Names


O
n Memorial Day 1989, a barrier- walking disabilities, as well as able-bodied Sentman's name.
free trail was dedicated as the users, and is situated among mature maple During the Coralville Lake ceremony
Veterans Trail in honor of all and oak trees. It features a bird observa- that officially added this year's names,
veterans who have served in the military. tion area, various rest areas, and an 80- Sentman said the veterans are being
The quarter-mile trail was constructed to foot bridge, all named for past honorees. honored for their, "courage and dedica-
accommodate wheelchair users, users with Each year on Memorial Day, the tion" while serving in the military.
District, and organizations Sentman works throughout the year to
dedicated to Johnson recognize area veterans.
County veterans, honor More than 500 people attended the
veterans for their courage ceremony at East Overlook Picnic Area,
and dedication while which is located across the road from
serving with the military Veterans Trail and included the presenta-
by adding their names to tion of the awards and a flyover by three
the trail. Stearman biplanes used for training during
The public is asked to World War II.
nominate veterans for this The total number of veterans recog-
recognition. nized at the trail has now climbed to 110
This year, two new rest with the addition of the 11 names added
areas were added to the this year.
trail. Ten veterans' names For more information about Veterans
Col. Duane Gapinski presents retired Maj. Gen. Robert were added to a monument Trail, call the Coralville Lake administra-
Sentman with a certificate of appreciation during the Memo- located at the first rest tion office at (319) 338-3543, Ext. 6300, or
rial Day ceremony held May 30 at East Overlook Picnic Area area; while the second rest go online to www.mvr.usace.army.mil/
at Coralville Lake. A bench along Veterans Trail at Coralville area had a limestone coralville/VeteransTrail.htm.
Lake also was dedicated in Sentman's name. Photo by bench added displaying Dick Hogan, Cedar Rapids Gazette,
Jonathan Woods, Cedar Rapids Gazette. retired Maj. Gen. Robert contributed to this article.

1988 – During the fall, construction completed on quarter-mile- Sexton, William Knowling, Rex Flansburg, Robert Bowers, Roy
loop, barrier free trail at Coralville Lake. McAtee, and Harry Eister.
Timeline

1989 – Memorial Day, trail dedicated as the Veterans Trail in 2000 – Seven names ceremoniously inscribed on the rock:
honor of all veterans who have served in the military. George Dane, Terry Michel, Reed Parker, David Patten, Earle
1989 – Bird observation area dedicated to Daniel Vickroy. Scheetz, Curtis Utley, and John Wilmoth.
1990 – Eighty-foot bridge dedicated to Richard Pelechek. 2001 – Eight names ceremoniously inscribed on the rock: John
1991 – Rest area dedicated to Congressional Medal of Honor Beranek, Bernard Collins, Leo Embree, Louis Ernst, Donald
recipient Ralph Neppel. Erusha, Daniel Knuckey, Leonard Tomash, and Gary Weppler.
1992 – Rest area dedicated to E. Raymond Campbell. 2002 – Additional rock added to the trail and nine names ceremo-
1993 – Rest area dedicated to Bill Doherty. niously inscribed: Dean Andersen, Bernard Aldeman, Robert
1994 – Rest area dedicated to Edwin, Earl, Guy, John, Donald, Forbes, Harry McGrath, Cyrus Shockey, Theodore Spivey,
Lyle and Robert Seydel. Leonard Tepoel, Steven Wieneke, and Robert Williams.
1995 – Rest area dedicated to Martin Dvorak, Waunetta Stubbs, 2003 – Twelve names ceremoniously inscribed on the new rock:
Bob Watkins, Fred Hahn, George Neitderhisar, Carl Villhauer, Leo Richard Feddersen, John Fenstemaker, Dale Hill, Charles
Villhauer, David Villhauer, Louie Villhauer, Herman Villhauer, and Hromidko, Victor Kostiw, David Mitchell, Merle Nevenhoven,
Howard Villhauer. Charles Plymale, Richard Reihman, Anthony Rocca, Ronald
1996 – Rest area dedicated to William Tucker, Philip Von Stein, Schump, and Gary Spevacek.
Richard Grell, William Bock, Robert Randall, William Meardon, 2004 – Nine names ceremoniously inscribed on the new rock:
Clifford Cox, Harold Cox, Louis Cox, and Donald Cox. Michael Alber, Ralph Baughman, Leonard Fuhrmeister, John
1997 – Granite rock added to the trail and eight names ceremoni- Jones, William Peterson, Charles Pratt, Francis Thoman, Partrick
ously inscribed: Lauren Tonne, Dale Hostetler, Thomas Fountain, Zenishek, and Gordon Zumwalt.
William Hutcheson, Robert Burns, Donald Farnsworth, Albert 2005 – Two new rest areas added, one with a monument with 10
Hieronymus, and Donald Brannaman. names ceremoniously inscribed: Garlyn Ash, Steven Clark, Junior
1998 – Seven names ceremoniously inscribed on the rock: Earl Courtney, Danny Curtis, Harlan Henely, Michael Hess, Clarence
Barnes, Charles Callen, Bill Crow, Willard Freed, James Lynch, Hightshoe, Leo Slattery, and Reno Walter. The second rest area
Richard Martin, and Howard Stock. had a limestone bench added with retired Maj. Gen. Robert
1999 – Six names ceremoniously inscribed on the rock: Maynard Sentman's name ceremoniously inscribed on it.

July/August 2005 Tower Times 13


Investing In Our People
Around the District
Smith Earns Bronze Star Knollenberg Earns Congrats ...
Maj. Melody USACE Planning Award Congratulations to Rachel and John
Smith, Deputy Fellman, Engineering Division, on the
District Engineer, Camie Knollenberg, Programs and Project
Management, earned the Corps of Engi- birth of a baby boy, Zane Michael, July 7.
was presented He was 7 pounds, and 19 inches long.
with a Bronze Star neers' 2004 Planning Excellence Award.
Aug. 5, for her Knollenberg earned the award for
Congratulations to Tom
work in Iraq as promoting the use of innovative technology
and Mary Gambucci,
part of Operation and state-of-the-art planning tools during
Engineering Division,
Iraqi Freedom. the Lake Belle View Aquatic Ecosystem
on the birth of a baby
The Bronze Restoration study, which was used to
girl, Catherine Jessica,
Star Medal is awarded to any person who complete a superior planning product.
June 16. She was 7
distinguished himself or herself by heroic Specifically, the District's first use of
pounds and 8 ounces,
or meritorious achievement or service in virtual-reality technology was used to
and was 20 inches long.
connection with military operations create the Lake Belle View Virtual Tour, a
against an armed enemy or while engaged tool that was used to provide before and 
in military operations involving conflict after views of alternatives at six locations
with an opposing armed force in which the in the project area. Retirements ...
United States is not a belligerent party. This innovative tool proved valuable at
Jeffrey Pignato, maintenance me-
The Bronze Star Medal is the nation's public and stakeholder meetings to convey
chanic, Coralville Lake, Operations
fourth highest combat award. the design of each plan.
Division, retired July 31, after dedicating
Smith earned the Bronze Star Medal for 13 years and 10 months to the federal
her meritorious service while serving from District Commander’s government.
February to June as the Al Asad resident
officer in charge of the Corps of Engineers Award Edward Foxworth, assistant lockmaster,
Lockport Lock, Operations Division,
Central District during Operation Iraqi Samantha Heilig, Operations Division,
retired July 1, after dedicating 33 years
Freedom. As the officer in charge, she received the June Commander's Award.
and two months to the federal govern-
proactively took responsibility of key Heilig earned the award for taking over as
ment.
construction projects and rapidly estab- chair of the Pathfinders Mentoring Program
lished communications and procedures Committee while the previous chair was on 
with tactical commands to improve the maternity leave.
Sherri Clark, Contracting, received the
Sympathy ...
district’s capabilities. Her outstanding
efforts as a leader were critical in the May Commander's Award. Richard Buller, 74, of
completion of 52 projects valued in excess Clark earned the award for proving to be Prophetstown, Ill.,
of $20 million. instrumental in conducting market research formerly of Erie, Ill., died
Smith’s military service includes in conjunction with meeting the District’s June 18, at Genesis
command and high-ranking positions in small business goals. Medical Center, Illini
the 34th Engineer Combat Battalion Robert Romic, Information Management, Campus, Silvis, Ill.
(Heavy); 36th Engineer Group (Combat); received the April Commander's Award. Buller retired from the
63rd Engineer Company (Combat Support Romic earned the award for providing District in 1996 after 24
Equipment); Camp Zama, Japan; the customer service to the Fiscal Year 2005 years of service.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency; and Leadership Development Program class, He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948
the Savannah and Rock Island Districts, while continuing to provide service to the through 1952 and then spent many years
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. rest of the District. with the U.S. Naval Reserves.

14 Tower Times July/August 2005


support, sacrifice for Corps
Thanks to our employees currently supporting the
Global War on Terrorism
Eric Aubrey, Randy Brotherton, Scott Bullock, and Ron Plante, Engineering Division; Bob
Balamut, Lance Gardner, and David Varner, Operations Division; Rod Hallstrom and Ron
Williams, Real Estate; Randy Kraciun, Programs and Project Management; and Nancy Pierce,
Thank You For Serving!
Logistics Management.

Robert Emmert and Kyle Retzlaff, Operations Division; and Chris Churney, Engineering
Division, are District employees currently serving on military active duty in support of the
Global War on Terrorism through their respective reserve units.

Thanks to our employees for their support of the


Global War on Terrorism
Maj. Melody Smith, Executive Office; Eric Aubrey, Dave Bequeath, Dana Brosig, Pete Corken,
Ben Ferrell, Julie Fisher, Dan Foltz, Christian Hawkinson, Mark Hoague, Brian Lane, Larry
Melaas, Ron Plante, Nicholas Peschang, Joel Peterson, Tom Reinhardt, Richard Rupert, Ray
Tatro, Charles VanLaarhoven, and Judy Walters, Engineering Division; Bob Balamut, Randy
Brotherton, Alois Devos, Dave Dierickx, Terry (Sam) Hoover, Lee Myers, Steve Russell, Karl
Schmitz, John Stiffey, James Trail, David Varner, Randy Walters, and James Wilson, Operations
Division; Darryl Carattini, Perry Hubert, Randy Kraciun, and Mary Peschang, Programs and
Project Management; Randall Braley, Daniel Holmes, Paul Holcomb, Tom Mack, and Rick
Stebens, Construction Division; George Sporer, Ralph Werthman, and Ron Williams, Real
Estate; Jan Hancks, Contracting; and Nancy Pierce, Logistics Management.
Eric Aubrey, Scott Bullock, Kevin Peel, and Scott Pettis, Engineering Division; Jason Larsen,
Jonathan Perrault, Robert Petersen, and Larry Reever, Operations Division; are current District
employees who completed military active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism
through their respective reserve units.

Retiree Luncheon Sept. 7


By Barbara Morgan, District retiree

T
he annual retiree's luncheon is and includes gratuities. Barbara Morgan at (309) 798-2990, Jan
being held at Hickory Garden Dick Fleischman will chair a golf Krahl at (309) 787-1915, or Nancy Berg at
Family Restaurant, located at tournament on the morning of the event. (309) 788-9851. You can also e-mail
3311 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, If you are interested, contact him no later Barbara at morgan-ent@msn.com.
Iowa. than Aug. 16, at (563) 391-2585, or e-mail Checks for the luncheon should be
The luncheon will be held the first him at whitey@netexpress.net. Dick mailed to: Bonnie Donelson, 6355 132nd
Wednesday after Labor Day, Sept. 7, needs your handicap to make the pairings, Street, Blue Grass, Iowa 52726, no later
with a social hour at noon and the so have that ready when you contact him. than Aug. 25.
luncheon at 1 p.m. All retirees and their spouses or guests Not everyone has a current e-mail
The menu for the buffet luncheon are cordially invited to attend. It is a lot of address or receives the Tower Times, so
consists of chicken, roast beef, mashed fun, so we hope to see everyone there. please spread the word to other retirees.
potatoes, cole slaw, rolls and butter, and Reservations are necessary, so please Hope to see all of you at the luncheon.
beverages. The cost is $10 per person call Bonnie Donelson at (563) 381-3143, Let's have a great turn out like last year.

July/August 2005 Tower Times 15


Women’s Equality Day
85th Anniversary Celebration
August 26

I
n 1971, the U.S. Congress designated
Aug. 26 as Women's Equality Day. The
date was selected to commemorate the
1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to
the Constitution granting women the right to
vote. This was the culmination of a massive,
peaceful civil-rights movement by women
that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the
world's first women's rights convention, in
Seneca Falls, N.Y.
The observance of Women's Equality Day
not only commemorates the passage of the
19th Amendment, but also calls attention to
women's continuing efforts toward full
equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations,
and public facilities now participate with
Women's Equality Day programs, displays,
video showings, or other activities.

On The ‘Net
www.nwhp.org/events/equality-
day/history-of-equality-day.html

womenshistory.about.com/
od/wed/

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