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  1. 1. NewsCastle Los Angeles DistrictVol. 42 No. 6 A monthly publication of the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers June 2012Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick assumes command of U.S. Army Corps of EngineersMrs. Renee’ Bostick (left), and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff places the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-neers pin on Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick’s collar after Bostick officially assumed the role as the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers Chief of Engineers and Commanding General. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Dana M. Clark) WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Thomas project management and construction Engineers. One that serves the ArmyP. Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Army support to 250 Army and Air Force and nation; and one that truly teamsCorps of Engineers commanding general installations in more than 100 countries with our many military, federal,and U.S. Army chief of engineers during around the world. state, local government, host nationan assumption of command ceremony Bostick also oversees USACE’s governments, tribal, academia, industrytoday at Baruch Auditorium, Fort Lesley diverse missions such as hundreds of and non-government partners to solveJ. McNair. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. environmental protection projects; the the engineering and scientific challengesLloyd J. Austin III hosted the event. regulatory permit program to protect, facing the joint force, the nation and the “I absolutely believe Lt. Gen. restore and enhance thousands of global community,” Bostick said.Bostick is the right person to lead the acres of wetlands; and the emergency “I’m committed to working withArmy Corps of Engineers,” Austin said response mission to support the Federal all our partners to continue the richduring his remarks. “He is one of the Emergency Management Agency. traditions of the Corps, meet the needssmartest, most gifted general officers of In addition, as the chief of engineers, of this country and always deliver,” heour time, with the ability to do well and Bostick advises the Army on engineering added.thrive in any environment.” matters and serves as the Army’s Lt. Gen. Bostick graduated from the At USACE, Bostick serves as the senior topographer and the proponent for real United States Military Academy in 1978military officer overseeing most of the estate and other related engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree. Henation’s civil works infrastructure and programs. holds a master’s in civil engineering andmilitary construction. He is responsible “Now, more than ever, the nation mechanical engineering from Stanfordfor more than 37,000 civilian employees needs a lean, agile, strong, capable, University, and is a graduate of the U.S.and 600 military personnel who provide competent and trusted Corps of Army War College.
  2. 2. District hosted soon to be commander District Commander: Col. R. Mark Toy Public Affairs Officer: Jay Field Editor: Dave Palmer Staff: Jennie Ayala, Daniel J. Calderón, Greg Fuderer, Brooks O. Hubbard IV and Kim Matthews Administrative Assistant: Beverly Patterson The NewsCastle is published monthly under the provisions of AR 360-1 for the employees and extended Engineer Family of the Los Angeles District, USACE. Views and opinions expressedLt. Gen. Thomas Bostick (center), U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, is herein are not necessarily those ofbriefed by Resident Engineer Mike Siu on construction work by the Corps at the District or of the Department ofJoint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos during a visit May 18. District Com- Defense.mander Col. Mark Toy (far left) and Military Programs Branch Chief DebraFord (far right) look on. (USACE photo by Brooks Hubbard) Address mail to the Los Angeles District Public Affairs Office, ATTN:By Brooks Hubbard the Ports of Los Angeles and Long NewsCastle Editor Beach, and culminated with a walking P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles tour of the Armed Forces Reserve 90017-2325District welcomed Lt. Gen. Thomas Center construction site at the JointBostick, currently the U.S. Army Deputy Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos. Tel: (213) 452-3922 Fax: (213) 452-4209.Chief of Staff, G-1, during his visit here “I was really impressed with theMay 18. leadership Colonel Mark Toy provides E-mail the Public Affairs staff at: Bostick was recently confirmed at the and all the camaraderie in the people,” of lieutenant general and to be the said Bostick. “You can really see that it’s53rd Commanding General, U.S. Army a team.”Corps of Engineers and Chief Engineer “Everything in the Army is based onof the U.S. Army. the leadership and the team that they Bostick was in the area to attend lead,” Bostick further said. “Obviously,the City of Torrances 53rd Annual you have great leaders here; you have aArmed Forces Day Celebration and great team and they are doing fabulousto administer the Oath of Enlistment work.”to area future soldiers in a public Bostick took command of the U.S.enlistment ceremony. Army Corps of Engineers May 22. Col. Mark Toy, Los Angeles Districtcommander, and his staff took Bostickon a ground and aerial tour of some ofthe Districts projects. “I’m very happy that General Bosticksaw the opportunity to visit his firstDistrict, as he was here in his capacityas the current G-1,” said Toy. The District tour highlighted the LosAngeles River Ecosystem RestorationStudy area, the lower Los Angeles River,2 NewsCastle
  3. 3. COMMANDER’S MESSAGEDear District Teammates, the District in August with his Family upon completion of his duties as Rear Detachment Commander for a Brigade Combat In the month of June, “CHANGE” is in the air. The biggest Team in Germany. Until Alex’s arrival, Daryll Fust will step upchange of all is that for the first time in 44 years, Brian Moore, from his duties as our District Safety Chief, don the U.S. Armywill not be working in the District. In a memorable luncheon uniform once again as he is re-activated, and serving as Col.for our Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Programs and Daryll Fust , Acting Deputy Commander.Project Management, who served admirably Even with two major changes in ourin this capacity since 1989, we bid farewell Executive Office, the mission continues. Iand good luck. The outpouring of well wishes very much appreciate the feedback thatand support for Brian and his wife Nancy I received from all of you at our recentwere tremendous. For those of you who were town hall sessions in May. Our questionable to attend the event, my personal thanks. and answer sessions were very helpful andReplacing Brian Moore was no easy task. reinforced for me the idea that “People areAfter weeks of advertisement, short-listing, the foundation for everything we do!” As yourinterviews, board consultation and thought, Commander, I will continue to keep us onBrig. Gen. Wehr selected David Van Dorpe. course with my vision and strategic direction. In David Van Dorpe, the District promotes With a focus on PEOPLE, TRAINING andand elevates from within our own ranks. As FACILITIES, and our seven people initiatives:Chief of our Civil Works Branch, Programs in/out processing and sponsorship, awardsand Project Management Division, I saw and recognition, training, performancefirst-hand the outstanding work of David and management, mentoring, projecthis civil works team. David is ready for the management and facilities, the District willDPM job and eager to tackle this upcoming move forward in a positive way as we continuechallenge. He has an outstanding reputation with all of our BUILDING STRONG AND Taking Care of People!sponsors, partners, and stakeholders; and I know that, morethan anything, he will TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE! Warm Regards, Another big change in the District is the departure of ourDeputy Commander, Lt. Col. Steve Sigloch. After two years of COL Toyserving as my 2IC, Steve heads to the University of Memphiswhere he will serve as the Professor of Military Science. I’m Col. R. Mark Toyincredibly proud of Steve’s selection to this prestigious post.In his new capacity as PMS, Steve will be responsible forgrowing and nurturing the future officers of our United StatesArmy. The Army could not have selected a better commandteam than Steve and Dara Sigloch. We wish Steve, Dara, andtheir daughters Andrea and Emily, all the best and a safe tripto their new duty location. Go Memphis Tigers! Succeeding Lt. Col. Steve Sigloch as the new DeputyCommander is Lt. Col. Alex Deraney. Alex will be coming to June 2012 3
  4. 4. Change is constant “The project wasn’t moving forward at the time I was involved and the district commander at the time, Col.Brian Moore retires after nearly five decades with the Corps Jack Foley, put me in charge of the project. This was back in 1978 or 1979,”By Daniel J. Calderón Moore explained. “I was involved in re-studying the entire project. It had an LOS ANGELES — The end of the element in the original authorizationmonth of May also brought the end called Mentone Dam, which is upof an era as Brian Moore, the U.S. near San Bernardino. That was aArmy Corps of Engineers Los Angeles controversial element. As a result ofDistrict’s former Deputy District the re-study and further work andEngineer for Programs and Project effort, Mentone Dam went away andManagement, retired after serving with Seven Oaks dam became the dam thatthe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for replaced it. It was moved further up intoalmost 50 years. the canyon and was less visible and had “Through all my career, I’ve worked less impact to the community. Gettingon almost every project and study you that project started was incredible andcan think of here from the Santa Ana then actually seeing it constructed wasProject to Santa Paula Creek to Lower Moore briefing Maj. Gen. Bo Temple, even more incredible. So, I went allMission Creek to White Water to a lot then acting Chief of Engineers, over the way from working on the planningof projects on military installations and part of it almost all the way through the helicopter intercom headset.a lot of projects for our Interagency and construction. It’s probably about 80International Services customers,” he (USACE photo by Dave Palmer) percent done right now.”said. “The scope and breadth of these Moore remembers nearly every one It is that tenacity that has remainedprojects – you just can’t get it anywhere of the projects he’s worked on. He’s an endearing aspect for some of theelse. The variety is just absolutely worked on dams, hospital projects and District team members Moore hasamazing. And then the ability to on airfields and barracks at military mentored through his years with thework with local politicians and local installations and on the border fence Corps. Drew Savage, a senior projectsponsors, congressional interests. It’s in California and Arizona. He said the manager with the District, said Moore’sjust been the type of work I don’t think Santa Ana Project is one of the most perseverance has been an inspiration foryou can get in any other agency other memorable projects he’s worked on, him.than the Corps.” even though it isn’t even complete yet. “Brian has taught me to rarely accept Moore began with the Corps in1968 as a graduate of the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley. A representativefrom the San Francisco Districtinterviewed and hired him into theintern program. The Corps agreed tomove Moore to Los Angeles from SanFrancisco and he began his career.He had a brief hiatus from the Corpswhen he was drafted into the Army.However, after he applied for and passedOfficer Candidate School and receivedhis commission, Moore served as thedirector of public works for an Armyinstallation in Charleston, S.C. Once histime in the military was completed, hereturned to Los Angeles and his careerwith the District. Upon returning, his career beganin earnest. He moved from Planning,which was a branch of the EngineeringDivision at the time, as a study managerassistant to section chief, to waterresources branch chief to assistant chiefsoon after Planning became its owndivision. Moore also met his wife in theCorps when she came in to train. Theymarried in 1974. Still moving up throughthe ranks, Moore served as assistant Moore had a brief hiatus from his civilian career when he was drafted intoPlanning division chief, and then moved the Army. He applied for and passed Officer Candidate School and receivedinto his current position. his commission. (Courtesy photo)4 NewsCastle
  5. 5. ‘no’ for an answer,” Savage said. “Inthis time of seemingly ever-increasingregulations, getting even simple itemsapproved is a daunting task. Brianconstantly reaffirms that there is nearlyalways a way to move a project forwardand that persistence will be rewarded.He has also taught be that it is alwaysbetter to be as direct and as honest asyou can be in life. If things look sourand start to head south, it will notnecessarily help to plot an unrealisticpath forward.” To be sure, Brian Moore is notwithout his sense of humor. Many of thepeople who have known him more thana day have remarked about how funnyhe can be and how his peculiar sense oftiming can simply add to the moment. “I remember driving through themountains up to Flagstaff in a passengervan with three division chiefs, two Los Angeles District Commander Col. R. Mark Toy presents Moore with abranch chiefs, three sections chiefs, plaque of appreciation representing his nearly 50 years of contributions toand a project manager,” began Savage. the Los Angeles District. (USACE photo by Richard Rivera)“Brian, very dryly, makes the statementabout how devastating it would be to career and a changing organization. really miss them a lot. It’s been a lot ofthe district if we all died in a fiery crash. He said he has seen the organization fun working with them and it’s beenThe silence was priceless.” change itself to ensure it maintains pace great seeing people grow as I’ve been Another team member recalled with the times even though some of that working with some folks and helpinganother time Moore’s humor and good change is painful. their careers along. I’m going to missnature were on display. And, it involved “I think things are more difficult to the sponsors we deal with. We have aCol. Mark Toy, the District commander. accomplish now because there are more lot of great sponsors out there. They’re “A few years into my time with the issues and more people, more groups, very sophisticated people, not only inLA District (and the Corps) I started involved in decisions,” Moore said. “I civil works but in military and our I&IStacking ‘Dilbert’ cartoons on my cube remember when I first started out, you program as well. It’s been great workingwall, especially those featuring the could plan, design and build a concrete with them. They’re great people to work‘pointy-haired boss’ and his ‘interesting’ flood control channel and you had very with. Together we’ve accomplished anmanagerial skills and practices,” began little contact with anybody but the awful lot. I’m going to miss all of them.”a recollection from District employee sponsor and maybe a few folks in the So, what has he learned? WhatPete Kroese, ”These were pinned on community and that was it. Of course, wisdom would he like to pass on to thethe inside of the cubicle walls (for that’s changed. The Corps is much more current and future generation of Districtobvious reasons) adjacent to the entry sensitive now to the needs of everybody. team members?so folks could only see them if they I think it’s made a better organization; “The thing I’ve said, and willactually walked into my cube. Came but, it’s made it much more difficult always say, and the thing that’sthe day when Brian had occasion to do to get things through the system. But, motivated me is that I think the workjust that and, as he turned to leave, he when all is said and done, you end up we do is important,” Moore said. “Itsaw the Dilbert cartoons. He stopped, with something that serves a lot more doesn’t matter where you are in theread them all, laughed - a lot - and purposes than maybe just a single- organization, no matter what kind ofthen turned to me and said ‘that’s the purpose.” job you have. Whether you’re a budgetColonel, isn’t it?’ Moore said the changes through analyst, or public affairs officer or “Now I’m not the smartest guy in the the years have allowed the Corps to whatever, you’re a part of that machine,world but Brian was my boss at that become more adaptable and more part of that group that makes thingstime so I said ‘of course. Amazingly open to the needs of the people its possible. Keep in mind that whateverenough a short while later the Colonel members serve. With more input, Corps you’re doing on a job, it’s for a purposehad occasion to visit me, he too actually projects serve a variety of purposes – an important purpose – and it is tocame into my cubicle. As with Brian, from environmental restoration to serve somebody. Our projects resultwhen he turned to leave, he too saw the flood control to recreation. Moore has in not only making life better forcartoons. Like Brian he read them all, seen evidence of those projects and people. It makes life safer for people.laughed as much as, if not more than, their positive influences throughout his We help the economy and help theBrian, turned to me and said ‘that’s career. However, the work is not what he environment. You need realize you’reBrian isn’t it.’ I saw no reason to change will miss most. part is a very important piece of thismy answer.” “I’m going to miss the people, he puzzle that you put together and it ends Moore’s sense of humor and tenacity said. “There’s great people in the Los up being something very important forhave been constants through a changing Angeles District and I’m going to really, somebody.” June 2012 5
  6. 6. Corps breaks ground for replacement hospital projectBrig. Gen. Mike Wehr (right center), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division commander, breaks groundfor the 216,000 square-foot Weed Army Community Hospital May 30. On Wehr’s left is Maj. Gen. Richard Thomasfrom the Army’s Western Medical Command. The new facility is to be the first net-zero, carbon neutral medical facil-ity in the nation. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer)By Dave Palmer FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Groundbreaking ceremoniesheld May 30 marked the start of construction for areplacement to Ft. Irwin’s Weed Army CommunityHospital, built more than 40 years ago. “It should be noted that this is, in fact, one of theArmy’s largest military construction projects breakingground this year,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr, SouthPacific Division commander. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los AngelesDistrict manages the nearly $160 million contractawarded to Turner Construction Company ofWashington, D.C. The 216,000 square-foot facility is tobe the first net-zero, carbon neutral medical facility inthe nation. “You’ve got a consolidation of clinics, a more robustfacility in terms of earthquakes and it’s powered bysolar power, over 5 acres worth of solar collection… notonly taking care of our Soldiers, but taking care of theenvironment,” said Wehr. Since 1978, the USACE Medical Center of Expertisehas supported more than 425 medical treatment and Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan Buckner (left), the commandresearch facilities, including new hospitals at Fort Hood, sergeant major for the National Training Center and Fort Ir-San Antonio, Fort Belvoir and Fort Knox. win, speaks with Brig. Gen. Mike Wehr, U.S. Army Corps of “This is more than a building; it is a national Engineers South Pacific Division commander, at the ground-commitment to the strength of our Army, which is based breaking ceremony for the 216,000 square-foot Weed Armyin our Soldiers and the families that support them,” Community Hospital facility May 30. (USACE photo by DaveWehr said. Palmer)6 NewsCastle
  7. 7. District returns to Armed Forces Day in TorranceBy Brooks O. Hubbard IV TORRANCE, Calif. — The LosAngeles District returned to the Cityof Torrance to participate in its 53rdAnnual Armed Forces Day Celebrationhere May 19. The District’s new EmergencyCommand and Control Vehicle,operated by Alex Watt, made its debutappearance and was led by the District’scommander, Col. Mark Toy, wife May,daughter Kayla and son Brandon. TheToys carried the District’s banner,followed by the ECCV, Fany Andersonof the District’s safety office and Bobberthe Water Safety Dog, along the two-mile parade route. “Seeing the people along the routeand seeing the support they give us[Soldiers] just reminded me of howmuch families mean to the Army,supporting its Soldiers,” said Toy. Col. Mark Toy, wife May, daughter Kayla and son Brandon carried the District’s The parade is an official Department banner, followed by the Emergency Command and Control Vehicle operatedof Defense event and is the city’s way by Alex Watt, Fany Anderson of the District’s safety office and Bobber theof expressing respect and reverence for Water Safety Dog, along the two-mile parade route for the 53rd Annualthe personnel who served in the Armed Armed Forces Day Celebration May 19. (Photo by Brooks O. Hubbard IV)Forces, according to the city’s website. The three-day celebration included visitors viewed and toured a host of and helicopters from the Nationalfestivities at the Del Amo Mall, where static military displays, including tanks Training Center and Fort Irwin, and were also able to get a firsthand look at the ECCV. Anthony Henson, also from the District’s Safety Office, along with Project Manager Ed Louie, manned information tables passing out water safety coloring books, safety stickers and Frisbees, along with advice on how to remain safe during the upcoming summer’s water recreation activities. Joining the festivities this year was the next U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick. Bostick is currently the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and was in the area to attend the celebration and to enlist area future soldiers in a public enlistment ceremony. Bostick led those future soldiers down the parade route. Immediately after the parade, Bostick administered the oath to more than 200 future soldiers as their familiesBobber the Water Safety Dog waves at spectators along the two-mile parade and friends watched.route during the City of Torrance’s Armed Forces Day Celebration May 19.(Photo by Brooks O. Hubbard IV) June 2012 7
  8. 8. BUILDING WELLNESSFit to Win: Dave Coltharp’s journeyBy Cecy Ordonez LOS ANGELES — What catalyzedyour weight loss efforts? Dave: The Fit to Win FitnessAssessment we did in June of 2011 was aneye opener. You pointed out that my bodymass index was in the obese level, mybody fat percentage was high, and moreimportantly my health was reflectingmy poor food choices resulting in myhigh cholesterol. I started exercising;however, I still hadn’t focused on myfood so I wasn’t making any change. InJanuary 2012 my sister introduced meto a weight loss program. After seeingimmediate results with very little timeand effort – I was hooked. According to my measurementsfrom last year until now, you havelost 23.5 inches (your waist alonewent from 42 to 32 inches), 6.6%body fat, 53 pounds and your totalcholesterol went from 230 to 147. Howdid you accomplish this? Dave: It was incredibly easy. I ateand continue to eat six times per dayand drink a lot of water. This in turnincreased my metabolism and energylevels. so many ways. First, I am healthy and I (chocolate or banana pudding) every How has your life changed? feel good. I sleep better, have increased night. I will always eat and drink some Dave: This has changed my life in energy level, increased passion about of the program’s meal replacements each life and I am more mentally focused. day because they are very easy to prepare What has been the best and provide great nutritional balance. compliment you have received? If you can give three easy tips our Dave: Everywhere I go where I see team members can incorporate in people that I have not seen in a few their every day life, what would it be? weeks or months are telling me how Dave: great I look. The best compliment I have 1. Drink between 80 and 120 ounces received lately is two different friends of water every day. This will flush out telling me I look 20 years younger – and old dirty water and toxins as well as I feel it too! any fat recently burned. Now that you are on maintenance, 2. Eat small nutritionally balanced what are you doing differently to meals, fruits and vegetables every keep your new healthy lifestyle? three hours. Dave: I have a nutritional breakfast 3. Enjoy life, smile, share the love and every morning followed by 10oz of help other people in any way possible! water. I try and drink another 10oz Follow the same formula Dave did of water while driving in to work and to achieve these dramatic results-- driving right past the fast food place it’s simple; move more and eat less. If where I used to buy 2 breakfast burritos you find yourself wanting to conquer every morning. I eat 4 small nutritious your weight loss battle, come by and meals every day, followed by a “Lean and see me. I will help you move to a Green” dinner (steak, chicken or fish healthier you. ~ CeCy with salad and vegetables) and desert8 NewsCastle
  9. 9. Building big for water at Vandenberg By Dave Palmer in this area, but it was obvious the tanks had been leaking for years.” VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Wynn mentioned the previous Calif. — Vandenberg Air Force Base is reservoirs did enjoy some longevity, but currently home to the second largest the replacements will be in service for a reinforced concrete dome in the world. century and she intends to check up on By summer’s end, they may have some them for some time to come. bragging rights anyway; a twin is on the “We’ll place approximately 1,700 way. cubic yards of concrete per tank,” said The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Greg Tague, a quality control manager Los Angeles District has the first of for SOLTEK Pacific Construction. two, 4-million-gallon reservoir tanks “Once we completed the first tank... we online, with the second scheduled for calculated that the roof alone weighs completion in September. 940 tons.” Surprisingly they aren’t adding The new reservoirs support a capacity as much as economies of population of more than 18,000; efficiency. The previous reservoir tanks military, family members, contractors, were built in the 1940s, when the base and civilian employees. was the Army’s Camp Cooke, and they For some perspective, the U.S.Construction Control Representative were leaking like sieves. Geological Survey says if you built aValencia Wynn oversees construction “The biggest hurdle we faced was pool to hold a million-gallons it wouldon the second of two 4-million-gallon drying out the site,” said Construction need to be 267 feet long, 50 feet wide,reservoir tanks on Vandenberg AFB, Control Representative Valencia Wynn. and 10 feet deep. You’re on your own forCalif. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer) “The water table was already pretty high any higher math.Corps contractors construct the second of two new 4-million-gallon water reservoirs May 11 at Vandenberg AFB,Calif. The new water tanks support a population of more than 18,000 military, family members, contractors andcivilian employees at the base. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer) June 2012 9
  10. 10. SAFETYSummertime, the heat is onBy Steve McCombs and increase the blood flow to your • Drink enough water that skin to increase evaporative cooling. you never become thirsty! LOS ANGELES — Summertime It’s essentially your body’s upon us. In fact, summertime has Reptiles don’t have a hypothalamus, rapid and bounding pulse and usuallyalready hit us in a number of Project which is why they sun themselves to some sort of change in consciousnessOffices! Hooah to Fort Irwin, Creech, warm up. – confused, seizures, hallucinationsNellis, Yuma, El Centro, Tucson, Fort The least dangerous is Heat Cramps. and even coma. It is vital to cool theseHuachuca, High Desert, Edwards, Heat cramps are painful, involuntary people down immediately. Get themPhoenix, Tres Rios and our O&M crews! muscle spasms that usually occur during in the shade, remove clothing and wetPoint is, it’s getting really warm out there heavy exercise in hot environments. the victim with cool water, then startand will only move from warm to HOT! Most often they occur in the leg muscles, fanning them any way you can to allowSo, as you may have already guessed, my but can occur in any large muscle group. evaporative cooling. Then it’s off to thetopic de jure is Heat Stress. Your body is telling you to rest, cool Emergency Room in an ambulance. Safety Steve Science Guy must once down, stretch and increase your fluid The key to preventing all of theseagain enter at this point. Our bodies intake. types of Heat Stress is to maintain youroperate in a range of temperatures that Heat Exhaustion is the next level up level of hydration with good old, plain,is surprisingly small. On the upper end, and, if not treated properly, can ramp up WATER. It is vital to stay hydrated inonce your body temperature reaches to the life-threatening condition of Heat hot climates, especially if high humidity104 degrees Fahrenheit, you are going Stroke. Heat Exhaustion is recognized is a factor. Rest periods in shadedto have big problems. Below 95 degrees by heavy sweating, dizziness, weak areas are required for employees whenand you’re in the opposite kind of and rapid pulse, cramps, nausea and temperatures and humidity levelstrouble. So we have roughly a 10-degree headache. Again, your body is telling increase to certain levels. Loose, lightrange of body temperature where we can you to rest, cool down and increase clothing is preferred. Avoid strenuousfunction. This will vary from person to fluids. If you don’t pay attention to these activity during the hotter times of theperson depending on metabolism, body symptoms, your body will simply shut day. And always keep an eye out for yourweight and other factors. But what we down for a bit. companions.all have is a “Hypothalamus.” This gland Heat Stroke is the killer. Your brain To learn more, go to the followingsits inside your noggin and controls a temperature becomes so high that page at the Centers for Disease Control:number of bodily functions, including your hypothalamus shuts down. This your temperature. As you is an absolute medical emergency and heatstress/begin to heat up, the hypothalamus 911 call. Heat Stroke victims have a As always, drive safe, drive sober andwill kick your sweat glands into gear high temperature, a lack of sweating, buckle up!! ~ Steve10 NewsCastle
  11. 11. Corps completes Vandenberg Child Development CenterChild Development Center Director Verna Brown (left), Col. Paul McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, Rep.Lois Capps and Col. Kelly Kirts, 30th Mission Support Group commander, cut the ribbon to the new CDC May 11. The$9.7 million, 23,390-square-foot facility consolidates the CDC’s operations into one building while nearly doublingthe floor space of the previous facilities. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer)By Dave Palmer thing on their mind is; is my family freely here.” well, are my children thriving.” The $9.7 million, 23,390-square- VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Capps spent 20-years as a nurse and foot facility consolidates the CDC’sCalif. — Rep. Lois Capps joined public health advocate for the Santa operations into one building whileVandenberg family members and senior Barbara School District and has served nearly doubling the floor space ofleaders for the dedication of the base’s her district since March 17, 1998. the previous facilities. Infants fromnew child development center May 11. “This child development center six weeks, pre-toddler, toddler andRepresenting the District were John is a matter of local pride because pre-school children enjoy rooms,Keever, chief of the Los Angeles District this community is very proud of the furnishings and outdoor play areasConstruction Division and Debra Ford, relationship that we all have with the that are age appropriate in design andchief of the District’s Military Branch base,” added Capps. “We want the best features.and the Corps’ base project delivery for their families.” “Classrooms are organizedteam; Priscilla Perry, Project Manager Staff Sgt. Francesca Fleming is a with various learning centers thatand Valencia Wynn, Construction military mom who liked what she saw at provide specific age groups withRepresentative. the new facility. the appropriate toys and activities “This is a great day for the “Safety! I like that the playgrounds designated to enhance their learningVandenberg Air Force Base family and are right outside the door, they have and developmental skills,” said Wynn.I stress the word ‘family,’” said Capps. eyes on the children,” said Fleming. “It has been a pleasure to witness the“For those who are serving in harm’s “And art, my daughter loves art, that’s overwhelming joy and appreciationway... I know from conversations with something I know she’s going to go that the director, staff and families havemany of them... that the number one straight to and express herself more expressed for the new CDC.” Downloading the NewsCastle from home? Visit June 2012 11
  12. 12. EEOStriving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion America what it is today. Their histories recall bitter hardships and proud accomplishments -- from the laborers who connected our coasts one-and-a- half centuries ago, to the patriots who fought overseas while their families were interned at home, from those who endured the harsh conditions of Angel Island, to the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving our Nation’s economic growth in Silicon Valley and beyond.” The keynote speaker for the day was Eugene Moy from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. His presentation focused on a recently published book, “Portraits of Pride II,” which features the personal stories of eight Chinese-American Nobel laureates. “One of the goals that we have as a Chinese Historical Society is, really,Eugene Moy from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California based to personalize the history and tohis presentation on a recently published book, “Portraits of Pride II,” which identify those who have been un-sungfeatures the personal stories of eight Chinese-American Nobel laureates. The heroes who have been working in theDistrict headquarters hosted a one-hour program championing this year’s background, quietly, never really takingtheme “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion” on May credit but, at the same time, they have10. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer) enriched the country,” said Moy.By Dave Palmer remembers playing in as a child. His The book, “Portraits of Pride II,” grandfather was a high school graduate features more than 30 essays about LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles and his grandmother only completed outstanding Chinese Americans fromDistrict honored the contributions the eighth grade. Their hard work many fields of endeavor. To date theof Asian Pacific Americans with an ensured a better life for their children, society has donated 7,000 copies ofobservance May 10 here. District with all three of their sons graduating the first book in the series, “PortraitsCommander Col. Mark Toy said it from college. of Pride,” to school and public librariescaused him to reflect on his own “It all starts with those that come with an overall goal of 20,000 for theChinese heritage. before us, to make life better for us. new effort. “A little bit of history, back in the That is something deeply rooted not The remembrance is held in1890s my great-grandfather Din Toy only in the Chinese community, but in May, because it coincides with twocame from China and settled in Helena, the Asian community in general,” added milestones in American history; MayMont., opening up a general store,” said Toy. 10, 1869 marks the completion of theToy. “He eventually came and settled It’s a theme that President Obama transcontinental railroad throughin Bakersfield, Calif., not very far from championed in his Asian American contributions of Chinese workers, andhere.” and Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 7, 1843 when the first Japanese A fourth-generation American, proclamation. immigrants arrived.Toy mentioned he recently lost his “Generations of Asian Americansgrandmother, whose restaurant he and Pacific Islanders have helped makeHope you “Like” us on Facebook @ NewsCastle
  13. 13. Inaugural award presented to District employeeBy Daniel J. Calderón LOS ANGELES — Quana Higgins,a lead planner in the U.S. Army Corpsof Engineers Los Angeles District’sArizona-Nevada Area Office, receivedthe first Kevin Inada Employee of theQuarter award during a ceremony heldat the District headquarters May 4. “I feel extremely humbled andgrateful,” Higgins said of receivingthe award named for Kevin Inada,the District’s former deputy chief ofconstruction division until he passedaway Jan.1. “It was also very unexpected,because my colleagues make for somevery tough competition. It’s still asurprise to me, and there are no wordsto express the honor of being the firstaward recipient in memory of a greatSPL [Los Angeles District] employee.” Higgins has been with the District Quana Higgins, a lead planner in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angelessince June 2009. She began her career as a District, receives the first Kevin Inada Employee of the Quarter award fromDepartment of the Army intern. During Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Steven Sigloch during a ceremony held at theher internship, she worked in several District headquarters May 4. (Photo by Richard Rivera)different branches and disciplineswithin the District and “found a home” Toy said awardees demonstrate traits recipient of the award, she was initiallyin her current position in 2011. exemplified by Kevin Inada during his nervous; but, she felt more comfortable “My work is mainly focused on the time with the District. as the ceremony went on.plan formulation required to authorize “Ms. Quana Higgins is an excellent “It was sort of surreal even at theprojects for construction or budget initial recipient,” said Toy. “Since there end of the event,” she said. “It was aincreases,” Higgins explained. “About will be only four identified per year, being very humbling experience, overall. Thehalf of my time is spent working with singled out as the best employee in any significance of the ceremony and thethe Sacramento District working on dam given quarter is significant. Given the award was sincerely felt through thesafety studies.” number of deserving employees in the kind words of Lt. Col. [Steven] Sigloch Col. Mark Toy, the District district, this is a great accomplishment.” [the District’s deputy commander]commander, said the award Higgins Inada’s widow, Judy Inada, and and John Keever [chief of the District’sreceived recognizes the outstanding their son Ben were on hand for the construction division]. It was also a greataccomplishments of a District employee. presentation. Higgins said, as the first honor to meet Kevin’s wife, Judy, and son, Ben. Toy was pleased to award Higgins the District’s first honor. He is looking forward to recognizing other deserving employees in the future. “As you know, the focus on ‘awards and recognition’ is one of the seven people initiatives that we’ve adopted in the Los Angeles district as part of our dedication to [the theme] ‘Building Strong and Taking Care of People!’” Toy said. “This award is one among many awards that we use to recognize the great work that people do throughout our District. I can’t wait until we award the second deserving individual.” June 2012 13
  14. 14. Maintenance dredging project will restorefederal channels in lower Newport Harbor with city of Newport Beach to establish those.” “We’ll monitor water quality at all dredge areas to ensure we’re honoring our environmental commitments,” Scott said. “We’re working closely with the environmental resource agencies to ensure the project is as beneficial to the environment as it is to the boaters of Newport Beach.” The lower harbor dredging project will also benefit from work previouslyA clamshell dredge begins a five-month project May 2 to remove up to done upstream.350,000 cubic yards of material from the federal channel in Newport Harbor, In 2010, the Corps completed a $47Calif. The Port of Long Beach will use about one-third of the dredged material million ecosystem restoration projectfor its middle harbor redevelopment project. (Photo by Chris Miller, Newport in the adjacent Upper Newport Bay,Beach Harbor) dredging 2.3 million cubic yards of material and creating a basin designedBy Greg Fuderer groundings of some vessels. The project to capture sediment entering the upper will return the federal channels to their bay for the next 21 years. NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The design depths of minus 10 to minus 20 “Whatever happens in the upperU.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a feet, improving navigation safety in the bay affects the lower bay,” John said.five-month, $6.5 million maintenance federal channels within the harbor. “By dredging in the upper bay, we candredging project May 2 when a clamshell “Safe navigation is the big benefit store more material there and preventdredge started removing up to 350,000 of this project,” said Chris Miller, the it from entering the lower bay. It’s allcubic yards of material in an effort harbor resources manager for Newport interconnected.”to restore safe navigation to federal Beach. “We’ve been working on this for “This project was a long time coming,”channels in lower Newport Harbor. many, many years. We’ve been working said Ralph Rodheim, chairman of the The contractor, R.E. Staite together with Corps for nearly 10 years, Newport Beach Harbor Commission.Engineering of San Diego, Calif., will and have had a lot of upper level support. “The harbor’s not been fully dredged inoperate two clamshell dredges and We’re very happy with the cooperative 70 years. We’re a safe harbor, so any boatsup to four scows, or barges, to remove nature of the project.” in distress will now be able to come inthe material and place it at one of Miller said sediment testing was one and not worry about running aground.two locations. About one-third of the of the major factors in determining how This is a critical project.”material will go to the Port of Long the project would proceed. Rodheim called Newport “the largestBeach middle harbor redevelopment “As with all projects, one of many small boat harbor in the world” and saidproject and about two-thirds to an EPA- hurdles is funding,” Miller said. “We had it is homeport for 10- to 12,000 boats.approved offshore placement area. to figure out what material was suitable “This harbor is clearly one of America’s “This project was a big challenge for for ocean disposal and what was not jewels,” Rodheim said. “It’s a mixed useus,” said Col. Mark Toy, commander suitable. We had to get the best value for harbor, and we’re very proud of it.”and district engineer of the Corps’ Los our dollar on this project, which I believe Toy said the Newport Harbor projectAngeles District. “We’re dealing with we have. So we’re very excited about this is similar in some respects to some othersome contaminated sediment, and project.” Corps projects, like the dredging takingthat could be cost-prohibitive for a “It’s been a multi-year process to place at Marina del Rey that also willproject this size. Fortunately, we have an get to this point,” said Scott John, who place material at the Port of Long Beach.opportunity with parties in Long Beach manages the project for the Corps. “The strength of the districtto use that material. That will reduce the “Newport harbor is pretty large. We have is its relationships with partners,cost of the project and make maximum six different areas we’ll be dredging, stakeholders and sponsors,” Toy said.benefit of the federal dollars.” from 3,000 cubic yards to 60-, 70-, “The strength of Corps is that long after Over the years, some of the channels 100,000 cubic yards. They’re prioritized I’m gone, we’ll have the great employeesin the harbor have shoaled in, creating by depth. The areas most shoaled in and relationships to continue work likea navigation hazard and resulting in are the highest priority, and we worked this.”14 NewsCastle
  15. 15. Los Angeles River: location, location, locationChief of Planning Division Josephine Axt (right) joins the Friends of the LA River’s 23rd Annual La Gran Limpieza: TheGreat Los Angeles River CleanUp on April 28. In all 4,000 volunteers spread out over 15 community sites to removetons of debris from the river’s channel. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer)By Dave Palmer Armstrong, Bureau of Engineering, Los Planning Division Josephine Axt. “We Angeles River Project Office. “One of really feel like this is [a place], albeit LOS ANGELES — Rio de Los the reasons the Army Corps’ study and in an urban environment with a lot ofAngeles, a state park, named for a river the city’s master plan focused on this constraints, [where] we can make theit has limited access to – such is the area, in terms of concrete removal, is case here that it’s worth federal dollarsstory of the LA River. that you already have stuff to work with, to do some restoration.” The area adjacent to the park was one in terms of no concrete and in terms of The river has also benefited fromof three sites featured for informational habitat.” recent federal attention throughtalks given by key stakeholders during The “Army Corps” study mentioned America’s Great Outdoors Initiative andthe Friends of the LA River’s 23rd is the Los Angeles River Ecosystem the Urban Waters Federal PartnershipAnnual La Gran Limpieza: The Great Restoration Feasibility Study that the that named the Los Angeles RiverLos Angeles River CleanUp on April 28. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Watershed one of seven pilot locationsIn all, 4,000 volunteers spread out over Angeles District hopes to conclude by to receive financial help because15 community sites to remove tons of next summer. Armstrong explained of existing programs and work in-debris from the river’s channel. that in the 1930s, this portion of the LA progress. “We know, because millions of River, near the Taylor Rail Yard, didn’t The city marked the five yearpeople live in the historic floodplain get a concrete bottom because of the anniversary of the Los Angeles Riverof the river, that we’re never going to high water table. Revitalization Master Plan May 9. Tobe able to take out all the concrete, “The Corps’ mission is aquatic learn more about their many projects,but we can change it,” said Dr. Carol ecosystem restoration,” said Chief of visit June 2012 15
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  17. 17. U.S. Army Geospatial Center: Enabling Geospatial Information Dominance What is it? The AGC, a U.S. Army Corpsof Engineers Major SubordinateCommand, coordinates, integrates andsynchronizes geospatial informationrequirements and standards acrossthe Army. It also develops and fieldsgeospatial enterprise-enabled systemsand capabilities to the Army andDepartment of Defense as well asprovides direct geospatial support andproducts to Soldiers. What has the Army done? Geospatial information consists ofdata associated with geographic andtemporal references. This includesinformation about the earth, itssubsurface, surface, bodies of water,atmosphere and adjacent regions ofspace. The Army relies heavily ongeospatial information and services for geospatial information to every echelon Why is this important to theall of its operations to the point where throughout the dynamic battlefield Army?they are now considered to be a key environment. The AGCs collection, creationcommodity, critical to its ability to plan What continued efforts does the and provisioning of high-resolutionand execute its missions. The AGCs Army have planned for the future? imagery, geospatial information andprograms and expertise are helping The AGC will continue to provision mission-related products in supportto build the standardized, shareable the AGE-an integrated system of of unified land operations ensuresgeospatial foundation required to technologies, standards, data and that ground forces are able to develop,generate the high-fidelity common processes that delivers a standard and exploit and share a feature-rich COP,operating picture (COP) Soldiers use shareable geospatial foundation. The extending the Soldiers combat edge toto plan contingency, crisis response center will also continue to provide humanitarian and operational missionsand humanitarian missions stateside domain expertise, thought leadership as across the globe. Its efforts to deploy anand abroad. As the Armys Knowledge well as conduct research, development, enterprise solution across the force willCenter for Geospatial Expertise, testing and evaluation to ensure that help to eliminate geospatial informationthe AGC supports its LandWarNet/ the Department of Defenses ground interoperability deficiencies, which willMission Command on-the-move forces and mission partners have the ultimately reduce redundancy, improveconcepts, capabilities and systems - right information, at the right time, at the probability of mission success, andfacilitating dissemination of relevant the right place. save lives. Flag Day June 14, 2012 June 2012 17
  18. 18. Honors: Hospital Replacement Project Team South Pacific Division Commander Brig. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, during his visit to Ft. Irwin for the hospital groundbreaking ceremonies, took time to honor two project team members May 30. Randi Elder (left photo) received the Superior Civilian Service Award for his role as senior project manager. Jonathan Stratton (right photo) received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service as the project manager for the mission essential Hospital Replacement Project. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer) Graduate Landscape Architecture Studio University of Southern California School of Architecture’s Assistant Adjunct Professor Alex Robinson (standing), invited Steve Dwyer (cardinal and gold tie), to be a juror for final reviews of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Studio on May 8. Established in 1919, the USC School of Architecture was the first of its kind in Southern California. Educational offerings include architecture, landscape architecture, building science and historic preservation. (Photos courtesy of architecture student Yingjun Hu)18 NewsCastle
  19. 19. FINAL WORD How I spent my two weeks awayBy Daniel J. Calderón Some people take time away from work to dash off toexotic locales like Fiji, Spain or Australia. They do thingslike go swim with rays; dive off of cliffs or explore the wildsof some deep dark jungle or unknown city. Some people optinstead to spend time at home when they take a break fromwork. They putter around a nascent garden in the hopes ofgrowing veggies or flowers; finish up a project in the housethat they’ve been meaning to get to for a while or maybe theyjust sit by their pool and read books until they go inside andtake a nap. What did I do during my two weeks away from work? Iwent to Thailand. Yeah, I know it sounds glamorous andexotic; but, I didn’t go on a vacation. I went for my two weeksof Navy training. I’m a Reservist. I spent two weeks covering CARAT Thailand 2012.If anyone wants to see the photos, you can check themout here and leave any comments you’d like.Was it fun? Yeah. I have to admit it was a good time. It wasreally cool to hang around with our Sailors, Marines and are still those who feel Reservists are somehow lesser SailorsCoast Guardsmen along with Royal Thai Navy personnel as (using that because it’s what I know, but it can probablythey performed drills, exercises and community events. apply to every branch of service) than Active Duty Sailors. I A couple of the most fun things I did were cover riverine dispute that notion very strongly.exercises and a band concert at a school near Pattaya City. We put our names on the line and agree to be at theRiverine exercises are in small boats that go really, really fast. Nation’s call when needed. We, and our families, agree thatThey’re designed to work best on rivers; however, the river we will leave our jobs and our lives behind when we arewe were supposed to use for our exercise was low so we had needed. It’s different than being on active duty. Yes, there isto do the exercises in the bay. The boats can still move really a Navy Operational Support Center here in Phoenix; but it’swell; however, the bounce factor is significantly higher on the not the same as having a fleet presence in San Diego, Norfolkocean. I nearly bounced out of the boat on a few occasions as or any number of coastal towns. As a Reservist, we don’t haveI tried to get the “perfect shot” and my knees were scraped up as much to fall back on when we deploy or go on our traininga bit from the non-skid surface. Oh well. as our Active Duty counterparts. We don’t have that sense The concert was pretty wild. We had nearly 4,000 of community that active duty Sailors have when living instudents and teachers in attendance. The U.S. Navy band military housing. It’s an ineffable thing, but it is pervasive asplayed first. It’s not what you might imagine. It was a well.contemporary music ensemble so they had a couple of I see signs and hear people say how they support theguitars, drummer, keyboard, horns and a vocalist. He sang troops; but, I still see a division between Active Duty andsongs like “Baby, Baby,” “Hotel California” and a popular Reserves. I think it’s disappointing in the airport to hearThai song in its original Thai. He learned it specifically for the call for “uniformed military personnel” to get prioritythe Thai audiences. Then, the Royal Thai Navy Band came boarding. I laugh because most of the time my orders call forout and played. Then, they played together. By this time, me to travel in civilian clothes and I’m sure it’s the same for athe kids were on their feet dancing and singing along. It was lot of my brothers and sisters in arms. It seems to me the callan amazing thing to see. Really. If I had ten pages to tell the is to assuage the airline’s conscience so they can claim theystory, I still don’t think I could do it justice. There’s just no support the troops. It seems more a marketing ploy than anway to accurately describe the joy in the faces of these kids. actual acknowledgment of the less-than-one-percent of theThey were genuinely excited to see our Sailors play and were population that has agreed to stand as the nation’s defenders.genuinely thrilled to get their autographs after the show was So, how did I spend two weeks away from work? I spentover. Being there, seeing all this and being able to capture them, as a Reservist, away from hearth and home. I spenteven the small bit that I did on camera was great for me. them working. I spent them with Sailors, Marines and Coast It’s one of the important things about being a Reservist. Guardsmen in Thailand. I spent them preparing and trainingI had no idea what I was going to be doing this year for my with a group of men and women using their days to train totraining. I didn’t know where I’d be going or exactly what I’d defend our nation and our allies. I spent them well. Just abe doing. But, that’s what it means to be a Reservist. There thought… June 2012 19
  20. 20. Corps of Engineers, June 16, 1775The Continental Congress authority for a “Chief Engineer for the Army” dates from June 16, 1775. A corps of Engineers for the UnitedStates was authorized by the Congress on March 11, 1779. The Corps of Engineers as it is known today came into being on March 16,1802, when the President was authorized to “organize and establish a Corps of Engineers ... that the said Corps ... shall be stationedat West Point in the State of New York and shall constitute a Military Academy.” A Corps of Topographical Engineers, authorized on July4, 1838, was merged with the Corps of Engineers on March 1863. Editors Note: Image is a 1942 U.S. Army Engineer recruiting posterdesigned by Jes Wilhelm Schaikjer.