NewsCastle                 Los Angeles DistrictVol. 42 No. 10      A monthly publication of the Los Angeles District of th...
USACE Environmental chief visits Southern ArizonaBy Daniel J. Calderón    TUCSON, Ariz. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...
COMMANDER’S MESSAGEDear District Teammates,                                             fiscal year-end close-out was the ...
EEODiversity United, Building America’s Future Today                                                                      ...
City funds additional Newport Harbor dredging                                                                  By Greg Fud...
SECURITYBe aware of your surroundings, minimize risksBy Jeff Koontz, Security and Law                b. If possible, trave...
New Border Patrol station named for Brian A. Terry opens                                                                  ...
BUILDING WELLNESSWater intoxication, how much is too muchBy Cecy Ordonez    LOS ANGELES — One of thecommon mantras heard w...
District readies FUDS work for Kingman area                                                                   than that al...
SAFETYYou need more than smoke alarmsBy Steve McCombs   LOS ANGELES — I’ve a questionfor all of you. Do you have a CarbonM...
New center honors legacy of serviceBy Dave Palmer                                                     Care of People.’”   ...
Joint Forces Training Base home to energy-efficient headquartersThe Army Reserve Center project is in the “punch list” sta...
District celebrates future leadersBy Daniel J. Calderón   LOS ANGELES — The U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers Los Angeles Distri...
Welcome new employees   1st Lt. Sean Petersen - SIG        Elena Eggers - OC           Drew Nollsch - CD    Madalyn Esch -...
Welcome new employees   Sandra Voss - PPMD            Leslie Nguyen - CD             Alex Rybak - ED             Clarence ...
Around the District                                                                           professional pride  District...
Leadership Development ProgramTomas Beauchamp-Hernandez, LDP Tier I facilitator, and Col. Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps ofEngi...
Recognizing the contributions of Americans withdisabilities to both our workforce and our society                         ...
Voice Over Internet Protocol, migration and trainingBy Kenneth Bautista, ACE-IT   LOS ANGELES — The Districtoffices locate...
FINAL WORDFair-weather friends – is that a redundancy or not?By Daniel J. Calderón                                        ...
FINAL LOOK                                                         Endeavour                                              ...
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  1. 1. NewsCastle Los Angeles DistrictVol. 42 No. 10 A monthly publication of the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers October 2012 River Access for AllAs part of the LA Conservation Corps’ Paddle the LA River program, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority launched anew initiative ‘River Access for All.’ On Sept. 26, LACC guides and MRCA Rangers hosted special needs young adults in the morning anda group of veterans and a very cool service dog, Atticus, in the afternoon. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer)By Dave Palmer with another program partner, Friends veterans, because it is so wonderful.” of the LA River, a call was made to These veterans were fairly LOS ANGELES — Success of the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los ambulatory, although many still showedLA Conservation Corps’ Paddle the Angeles District. physical signs of their injuries, makingLA River program is well documented. “When the call came in from FoLAR them perfect candidates for the newOne of the program tenets is access to that space was suddenly available in program.the river. To answer that call, program the MRCA program, one group came “With our inflatable rafts we’re ablepartner the Mountains Recreation and to mind,” said Jennie Ayala District to accommodate various disabilities,Conservation Authority developed outreach Coordinator and STEM we’ve had a variety of organizations‘River Access for All,’ which offers kayak program manager. “I remembered the come out,” said Fernando Gomez, Chiefoutings on rafts that can accommodate passion of Tova and Sterling Barbour Ranger of the MRCA. “Today, VAGAchallenged children and adults and of the Veterans Advocacy Group of was able to participate; one individualthose with limited mobility. America. They’d contacted me for was blind and we had our first service “We wanted the boating experience USACE support on an educational dog. Because the KaBoat platform is soto not be limited to a select group program they offer to veterans’ stable and if they aren’t able to paddle,of people who can pay to paddle the children.” they can leave it to the rangers.”Los Angeles River so we also required VAGA also reached out through As a fully committed partner to thegroups to submit a plan on community veteran channels and in keeping with city’s Los Angeles River Revitalizationinvolvement and outreach,” said Lisa tradition, were able to fully book the Master Plan, the District’s own workSandoval, District realty specialist. opportunity for a group of veterans. on river ecosystem restoration plans The program was booked solid as “One thing that we like to do is to to restore natural habitat wheresoon as it was announced and openings give back, to see our veterans out here; appropriate, improve water quality andare rare, but with little more than a the smile on their faces just means so enhance recreational benefits, all whileweek before the final trip of the season, much,” said Sterling. “Next year we are maintaining its primary mission ofMRCA had a vacancy. After consulting definitely going to do this again for our flood damage reduction.
  2. 2. USACE Environmental chief visits Southern ArizonaBy Daniel J. Calderón TUCSON, Ariz. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers LosAngeles District hosted Dr. Christine Altendorf, the USACEEnvironmental Division chief during a two-day visit Aug. 29-30 to the southern Arizona area. “It was a great honor for the Tucson Resident Office team tobe able to host Dr. Altendorf’s visit to our area of responsibility,”said Jesse W. Laurie, a project manager in the Formerly UsedDefense Sites program at the TRO. “Dr. Altendorf is the first[Senior Executive Service] member from USACE Headquartersto visit us here.” On her first day, Altendorf toured District projects inthe Fort Huachuca area. There, she spoke with the garrisoncommander and had the opportunity to see how the Corps isworking to create more sustainable projects at the post. Shealso visited Col. Smith Middle School on the post. The school,which officially opened in early August, is touted as “Arizona’sfirst net-zero school.” During her stop at the Tucson area on her second day,Altendorf visited Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and spoke withthe wing commander there. She also visited the new barracksbuilt by the District. The barracks received a Leadership inEnergy and Environmental Design Gold certification from Jesse W. Laurie, a project manager in the Formerly Used Defensethe U.S. Green Building Council for sustainability designs Sites program at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angelesthroughout the facility. Altendorf said the Corps is always District’s Tucson Resident Office, shows Dr. Christine Altendorf, theon the lookout for new ideas and ways to increase energy USACE Headquarters Environmental Division chief, the location ofindependence. District projects on Fort Huachuca during her Aug. 29 and Aug. “This is a National priority and our customers are 30 visit to Southern Arizona. Altendorf visited the sites to seedemanding more sustainable products and services,” she said. the scope and progress of the District’s sustainability initiatives.“The Corps is always looking for ways to be good stewards of (USACE photo by Daniel J. Calderon)the Nation’s resources, whether those resources are natural,financial or social. Reducing energy consumption will reduce conservation measures in our facilities and get paid back fromoperating costs, reduce dependence on foreign oil, reduce the savings that the improvements generate.”impacts on the climate and attract future talent by creating a Throughout the visit, Altendorf had high praise for theculture committed to sustainability.” work being done by District members. Laurie said the visit To create a culture of sustainability, the Corps has introduced required significant coordination throughout the area anda series of sustainability initiatives. Altendorf said among said he appreciated the work done behind the scenes by Corpsthe proposals for internal operations and infrastructure, the members and by members of the area military installations.Corps is focused on reducing energy intensity by 30 percent “Dr. Altendorf’s visit was a great example of a combinedfrom a fiscal year 2003 baseline, reducing water intensity by team in action,” Laurie said. “The success of her visit required26 percent from a fiscal year 2007 baseline, reducing non- close coordination between several Corps districts... USACEtactical vehicle petroleum consumption by 30 percent from a Headquarters... [and the installations].”fiscal year 2005 baseline, and reducing greenhouse gas scope Altendorf said the District is right on track with Corps-wideOne and Two emissions by 23 percent from a fiscal year 2008 initiatives. She said the projects at Fort Huachuca are keepingbaseline. in line with how the Corps, as a whole, should be caring for its “Within our internal operations and infrastructure, we military customers.have established our baselines and apportioned goals out to “LA is doing a great job on supporting the Army and Airour Major Subordinate Commands – so each commander has Force,” she said. “What we must do now is focus on our owna clearly defined share of the overall Corps goal,” Altendorf backyard and really look at what can be done with Corpsexplained. “We are training energy managers, working to property [vehicles and buildings] to reduce energy usage.complete energy and water evaluations at our largest facilities The Corps as a whole is lagging on our Office of Managementand developing a metering strategy. We are also implementing and Budget sustainability metrics and it is going to take eachalternative financing tools, such as Energy Savings Performance person at every district to be aware and involved for us to moveContracts, where third parties implement energy and water forward.”2 NewsCastle
  3. 3. COMMANDER’S MESSAGEDear District Teammates, fiscal year-end close-out was the smoothest that they could H remember! appy Fiscal New Year! As usual, the entire What now? IT’S CLEAN-UP MONTH! district team did a fantastic job closing out the For the month of October, I encourage everyone to take fiscal year. A quick recap of the fiscal year 2012 the time to clean up their personal work spaces and the program shows that we processed 1,903 actions common areas that you share with your fellow employees.valued at over $800 million ~ a phenomenal Our logistics team has located recycling binsaccomplishment! The worst part of closing on every floor to facilitate the recycling andout our program year was that the last two clean-up effort. As you know, FACILITIESdays of the fiscal year were a Saturday and a are one of my three focus areas. We all play aSunday; however, this fact did not deter the part in maintaining the areas where we workSPL team. Throughout the weekend, every so that we can create an atmosphere whereemployee that I came in contact with was all people can do their best work!enthusiastic and driven to accomplish the We head into the fall season with a lot ofmission. momentum. I look forward to beginning the Again, everyone did a great job, but first quarter of the new fiscal year with you! Ispecial kudos goes out to our top-notch am so thankful to be working with so manyContracting Division! Danny Carrasco and dedicated and talented teammates. In fiscalMaria Cisneros ran our recurring AAPB year 2013, we continue our march forwardmeetings the entire year. These meetings BUILDING STRONG® and Taking Care ofwere efficient and effective and guaranteed People!that everyone was on the same sheet ofmusic. I enjoyed hearing the collective“YAAAY!!!” from all AAPB participants when we awarded acontract. Warm Regards, In Construction and Programs and Projects Managementdivision, where the “rubber meets the road” with our COL Toycustomers, I was thoroughly impressed with the incredibleefforts of our resident engineers, project managers andproject engineers. With the influx of late expiring funds inthe last two weeks of September, everyone worked hard to getto an “awarded” project. The key to success was “teamwork,”and I saw that happen on a daily basis. On the money side, our Resource Management teamensured a smooth and orderly close-out of our financialbooks! At 10:00 p.m. we began our close-out process; andby 10:26 p.m., we handed off our portion of the close-outto the USACE Finance Center in Millington, Tenn. I tookan informal poll Oct. 1 and everyone agreed that this year’s District Commander: Col. R. Mark Toy The NewsCastle is published monthly under the provisions of AR 360- 1 for the employees and extended Engineer Family of the Los Angeles Public Affairs Officer: Jay Field District, USACE. Editor: Dave Palmer Views and opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the District or of the Department of Defense. Staff: Daniel J. Calderón, Greg Fuderer, Brooks O. Hubbard IV, Kim Matthews Address mail to the Los Angeles District Public Affairs Office, ATTN: and Mario Zepeda NewsCastle Editor P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90017-2325 Administrative Assistant: Beverly Patterson E-mail the Public Affairs staff at: Tel: (213) 452-3922 or Fax: (213) 452-4209. October 2012 3
  4. 4. EEODiversity United, Building America’s Future Today from 1994 when the number of Hispanics WWW.ARMY.MIL/HISPANICAMERICANS entering the Army was just 6.6 percent of new recruits. Despite recruitment levels lower than the overall population, Hispanics are retained in the force and promoted at the same or higher rates than other groups. Today, I want to highlight a few outstanding Hispanic Americans who have risen to the highest ranks and are serving in high profile and critical positions for the defense of our nation. Gen. David Rodriguez leads the United States Army’s Forces Command. As the 19th leader of this critical organization, Rodriguez oversees one of the Army’s most important functions, preparing forces for deployment to combat. Diversity United, Building Americas Future Today Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez recently La Diversidad Unida, Construyendo el Futuro de América Hoy stood up the Army’s Cyber Command, which brings the Army’s cyber resources under a single command. UnderBy Sonya M. Trammell-Jones recipients, thousands of Hispanics have the leadership of Hernandez, CyberEEO Specialist died in combat defending our freedom. Command is developing and protecting We are a better country for their the critical network that links our LOS ANGELES — The Office of Equal dedication and sacrifice. civilian and military war fighters in everyEmployment Opportunity recognizes Beyond the military, Hispanics battle space.Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage continue to play an important role in Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas began herMonth. Sept. 15 was chosen as the every aspect of our society, and their military service as an enlisted Marine instarting point for the celebration because influence is growing. According to 1974 and now serves as the Director of theit is the anniversary of independence of the 2010 Census, the U.S. Hispanic United States Marine Corps’ Manpowerfive Latin American countries: Costa population surged 43 percent, rising to Management Division. In this position,Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras over 50 million up from 35 million in she ensures that the Marine Corps hasand Nicaragua. They all declared 2000. Latinos now constitute 16 percent the right mix of forces to respond to anyindependence in 1821. In addition, of the nation’s total population of 308 contingency worldwide.Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their million. Hispanic population growth Rear Adm. Samuel Perez serves asindependence days on Sept. 16, 18, and accounted for more than half of the the Commander of Carrier Strike Group21, respectively. The month’s national nation’s growth over the past decade. One. Carrier Strike Group One is basedtheme is “Diversity United, Building The Hispanic population in the in the Pacific and has a 100 millionAmerica’s Future Today.” I would like military has also grown, but Hispanics square-mile area of highlight the effort that Hispanics continue to be under represented in our At every level of our nation’s military,have made in building our nation and nation’s military forces. Despite making Hispanic Americans are serving inrecognize our comrades that wear our up over 17 percent of the population critical leadership positions. They haveservice colors! between the ages of 18 and 40, only 11 demonstrated exceptional dedication Hispanics have served in the United percent of the United States Army and to their country and their fellow serviceStates military since its establishment the Air Force are Hispanic. Hispanics members. They have risked their livesand have fought in every conflict since make up 12 percent of the Marine Corps fighting to defend our nation andthe Revolutionary War with 44 Hispanic and 14 percent of the Navy. While these our freedom, and we owe them anAmericans being awarded the military’s figures are lower than the percentage immeasurable debt of gratitude for theirhighest honor for bravery, the Medal of Hispanics in the general population, sacrifice.of Honor! In addition to these MOH they represent a significant increase4 NewsCastle
  5. 5. City funds additional Newport Harbor dredging By Greg Fuderer LOS ANGELES — By year’s end, Newport Harbor will hold 210,000 fewer cubic yards of material, thanks to a $3.6 million contribution from the City of Newport Beach that allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award a contract modification for additional dredging in the harbor. The city provided the funds to the Corps in order to add work to a $6.3 million dredging contract begun in May, which removed 348,000 cubic yards of material from the harbor’s federal channel. The contract and its modification provide significant maintenance dredging of the harbor for the first time in more than 70 years, re-establishing safe navigation for nearly 12,000 first responder, commercial and recreational vessels that call the port home. While the base contract allowed for the removal of a significant amount of material, it was not sufficient to dredge the entire width of the channel. The additional funding provides that. “This work will bring the federal channel down to a uniform controlling depth,” said Scott John, a project manager with the Corps’ Los Angeles District. “It will improve water quality through increased tidal flushing, eliminate dangerous high spots throughout the harbor and most importantly improve navigation. We couldn’t have done the additional work without the funds from the city.”R.E. Staite’s dredge Palomar works in tight spaces alongside The contractor, R.E. Staite Engineering, transported aboutwaterfront homes in Newport Harbor to remove sediment from 110,000 cubic yards of the material from the base contract tochannels, restoring safe navigation for boats using the harbor. Port of Long Beach for a development project. The remainder(Photo courtesy of Chris Miller, Newport Beach Harbor Resources went to an offshore disposal site, where the material fromManager) additional work, begun Sept. 22, will also be placed.Corps awards $100 million water treatment plant contractBy Brooks O. Hubbard IV lives on the post. water recovery rate requirement,” said The three-year construction project Seybold. “EDR separates contaminants LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Army will replace the current treatment from source water through anCorps of Engineers Los Angeles system as well as use new technologies electrochemical process.”District awarded CDM Constructors, to process the water to meet state and The current system uses reverseInc., of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., a federal standards. osmosis to treat potable water at the$100.1 million construction contract Lt. Col. Joseph Seybold, the WTP post and is unable to meet currentSept. 12 for a new water treatment and project manager with the U.S. Army potable water demands.distribution System project at Fort Corps of Engineers, said Fort Irwin has The project also includes waterIrwin. established strict standards to conserve system improvements, supporting The facility is designed to provide as much as possible of the area’s limited utilities and infrastructure upgrades.up to six million gallons of water per water resources. All information concerning projectday to the inhabitants of the National “The new WTP will use a milestones and project constructionTraining Center. Fort Irwin Garrison combination of electro-dialysis reversal schedules can be found at the Federalofficials estimate 50,000 soldiers train (EDR) technology, reverse osmosis, and Business Opportunities websiteat the NTC annually and 85 percent of a mechanical evaporator to purify the ( permanently assigned community water to achieve the post’s 99 percent October 2012 5
  6. 6. SECURITYBe aware of your surroundings, minimize risksBy Jeff Koontz, Security and Law b. If possible, travel in pairs, at least c. Ensure that you have programmedEnforcement chief to your mode of transportation. Avoid into your phone, the contact phone taking shortcuts through alleys and number of the law enforcement agency LOS ANGELES — As the days get unlit areas and attempt to travel on that would respond to your situation onshorter and daylight savings time kicks populated streets with good lighting. your mode of on Nov. 4, our morning hours will be The LAPD advises; if you see something 3. Mode of Transportation to Youreven darker and the sun will set before suspicious, call the police. Never try to Residence5 p.m. We are all aware downtown Los handle it yourself. It could cost you your a. This is perhaps where we are theAngeles changes dramatically after dark life. most vulnerable; just like accidentsand so do the transportation routes we 2. In Transit on your Mode of tend to happen closest to home, theuse to get home. For an extended work Transportation same holds true here. We need to stayday, the safest way to travel would be to a. In most cases, this would probably vigilant especially for this final step ofdrive your own vehicle to the District be on a train (buses as well), so pick a our journey. If driving, travel on busy,and park in the secure lot. This is a train/bus with plenty of occupants and well-lighted streets, keep your windowscostly option, but it is hard to put a stay close to the phone/operator that up and car doors locked.monetary value on your personal safety. connects you with the conductor/driver. b. If you are walking to your 1. District to your Mode of b. Same procedures for walking; residence, simply re-look at number 1aTransportation continue to observe your surroundings and 1b above. Or have a loved one meet a. When walking outside of the and things going on around you. you for the short trip home.building, be aware of your surroundings Keep your head up make eye contact Bottom line is that without you, weat all times, keep your head up and with individuals and give them the will not have a successful year! If youconstantly scan from right to left. greeting of the day! Let them know you would like to discuss your individualMake eye contact with individuals and are around and that because of your transportation plan or for suggestionsmake a conscientious decision to give awareness, you would make a terrible don’t hesitate to stop by the Securityindividuals the greeting of the day. victim for them to select. office or contact me for assistance! Los Angeles Police Department crime prevention tips LA attracts all types of people and the majority of them If a stranger is at your door are law-abiding. However, you have no way of knowing who • Never indicate you are home alone. When home is and who is not. For this reason, you must be prepared alone never open your door to a stranger. to protect yourself. The LAPD encourages you to practice • Do not open the door to anyone you do not know the following crime prevention measures to increase your without first verifying the person’s identity. personal safety and security. This includes police officers, repair, delivery or At home salespersons, and political or charity volunteers. • Install quality deadbolt locks on all exterior doors Ask to see identification. and windows and use them. • Have the person slip their identification card under • Install a wide-angle viewer in the doors at all the door. If you have any doubts about the person, entrances to see who is outside without opening the look up the telephone number in the telephone door. directory and call the company or agency the person • Remove or trim shrubbery that hides doors and claims to represent. windows so neighbors or passersby can see someone • Do not rely on telephone numbers given to you by trying to break into your home. strangers at your door, the telephone number they • Light the outside of your home to discourage give you could be an accomplice. prowling or loitering. Use outside floodlights for • Do not open the door to a stranger requesting help all entryways, pathways, stairwells and laundry, or the use of your telephone. Offer to make the trash and parking areas. Connect outside lights to telephone call yourself while the stranger waits a timing device, motion detector or a light sensitive outside. switch so lights switch on automatically during • Have telephone numbers for emergencies, such hours of darkness. as police, fire and paramedic services on every • Make a decision about installing an alarm system telephone instrument in the house. only after considering such factors as the cost, the For more tips on safety visit the LAPD Foundation online reputation of the company and the likelihood of at false alarms.6 NewsCastle
  7. 7. New Border Patrol station named for Brian A. Terry opens memory of a fine Border Patrol agent. This facility will serve as a reminder of his commitment and his dedication to duty.” During the ceremony, Larry Flatau, chief of the District’s Interagency and International Support program, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the CBP for the work done on the new facility. The District awarded the contract for the 450-agent station in August 2010. The $34 million facility includes work space for the Customs and Border Patrol agents assigned there, a vehicle maintenance facility, fuel station, indoor shooting range, a wash rack, helipad and stables for horses. In the course of building the new facility, the District’s contractor did run into some interesting obstacles, however. “One of our biggest challenges wasA Border Patrol Agent salutes during the raising of the U.S. Flag as part of the Sept. 18 that we had to build up the new stationdedication ceremony of the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station in Naco, Ariz. The U.S. Army before we tore down the old facility,”Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District built the station which was named for the Border said Bob Gillis, CBP project manager.Patrol Agent killed in the line of duty Dec. 15, 2010. (USACE photo by Daniel J. Calderon) “To do that, we had to work around the agents working three shifts a day.”By Daniel J. Calderón the idea to name the facility for the Agents said they appreciated slain agent up through Congress and working with the District. BISBEE, Ariz — Members of the President Barack H. Obama signed H.R. “It wasn’t bad to work with theU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los 2668, the “Brian A. Terry Memorial Corps,” said supervisory Border PatrolAngeles District joined with state and Act,” which designated the station as Agent Kelly Videc. “They really hadnational representatives along with the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station a talented group and they were veryfamily and friends to honor Brian A. in May. Robert Heyer came forward mindful of what we needed throughoutTerry, a border patrol agent who was on the Terry family’s behalf to thank the project. Throughout the wholefatally shot while on duty Dec. 14, 2010, the CBP and everyone involved in the process, they were helpful andduring the dedication ceremony of the facility’s construction. He also spoke accommodating when we needed toBrian A. Terry Border Patrol Station about the Brian A. Terry Foundation make a change. Not everything we [CBPheld Sept. 18 in Bisbee, Ariz. ( agents] needed was in the plans, but “This station really is designed for which, according to the website, strives they were very amenable to changes.”our 21st century Border Patrol Agents,” to “honor Brian’s work ethic, love of With all the changes made and thesaid Humberto De La Cruz, the Patrol country, and love for his fellow Border facility completed, agents in BisbeeAgent in Charge of the new station. Patrol Agents by providing” support for were ready to continue their mission.“The design of this facility was laid out agents across the country. Agents at the facility are responsiblefor our specific needs.” More than two dozen friends and for covering nearly 1,200 square miles With the logistics worked out, the family were on hand for the ceremony of area, including more than 32 milesproject began moving full ahead when in addition to dozens of CBP agents. of the border between the U.S. andconstruction started in 2010. The “I remember that day. I was angry. I Mexico.project took on a new tone with the was hurt. I was stunned with disbelief “Today, we open a new chapter,” saiddeath of Agent Terry. Although the trying to figure out what kind of people, Barlow. “I stand here before you todayagents were still excited about the new what kind of scourge of the earth, could to celebrate the life and legacy of Borderfacility, there was a sense of need to “do perpetrate such a heinous crime,” said Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry. May hesomething” to remember him. Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow continue to remind us of the core values During the course of the project’s during the dedication ceremony. “We’re under which we serve – Vigilance,construction, Rep. Darryl Issa took gathered here today to honor the Integrity and Service to Country.” October 2012 7
  8. 8. BUILDING WELLNESSWater intoxication, how much is too muchBy Cecy Ordonez LOS ANGELES — One of thecommon mantras heard when engagingin weight loss, exercise and healthyliving is “drink plenty of water.” Afterall, approximately 7o percent of anadult’s body is made up of water ( Water is neededto maintain body fluids, regulatebody temperature, detoxify harmfulchemicals, protect and moisturize jointsand to transport nutrients and oxygento organs and muscles (e.g. brain andheart). In other words, drinking wateris necessary for our survival. However,what most people don’t realize is thathaving too much water can be fatal andis becoming an increasingly recognizedproblem. In 2007, a Sacramento radio stationheld a contest, called “Hold Your Weefor a Wii,” where the contestants wereasked to drink as much water as they A student at California State University, Chico was made to drink excessive amount ofcould without urinating. The winner, water as part of initiation rites to join a fraternity in 2005. He collapsed and died of hearta 28-year old female, died hours later failure due to water intoxication. (U.S. Army photo by Chris Miller)from water intoxication. In 2008, a 40-year old woman died after drinking 4 water in and out as needed. If too to drink this much. The recommendedliters of water under two hours as part of much water is present outside the cell, in amount of water to drink depends onher diet plan. In 2011, a 29 year-old male attempt to keep the sodium at the right many factors: weight, weather, activityhiker died from drinking too much fluid concentration, the water moves into the level, medications and existing medicalduring a long hike. Although these are cell where theoretically the cell can swell problems. As a general guideline, eighta few examples of notable cases, water and burst. to 12, 8 ounce glasses a day is a commonintoxication is becoming more frequent. One common example of water recommended intake and should beThe frequency has increased enough intoxication occurring is during high taken in roughly one 8 ounce glass perthat even doctors are now performing intensity or prolonged exercise. During hour, giving the body adequate time toan “on-the-spot test” for blood sodium exercise, sodium and water are lost when absorb and remove the water effectively.levels to determine if dehydration or sweat is produced. If the exerciser drinks For those who exercise longer than 60-water intoxication has caused a runner only water, the sodium concentration is 90 minutes, replacing fluids with ato collapse. decreased. Consider a glass of salt water; sports drink (or natural coconut water), Water intoxication occurs when the if you pour half the glass out (as lost sports gels or a salty snack can keep thenormal balance of electrolytes in the body when sweating) and replace that with sodium levels pushed outside safe limits. Although water only, the sodium concentration Keep in mind that the majority ofthere are several types of electrolytes, of the glass is decreased. Another the problem with intake of water isthe main culprit of water intoxication example is infants who are given bottles dehydration rather than a decreased concentration of sodium, of water or diluted infant formula and A quick way to keep both balanced isalso known as hyponatremia. Sodium is are not able to regain balance of their looking at your urine: a clear color is over-responsible for regulating blood pressure electrolytes. Both these examples can hydration, pale yellow means adequateand also maintains the muscles, heart lead to seizures, coma or death. hydration, concentrated or dark yellowand brain function. Sodium is crucial to It is important to note that it is not means dehydration. Bottom line is this:these organs and basically to every cell about how much you drink but rather too much or too little of a good thing,in the human system. Each cell has a how fast. A healthy adult can process like water, is bad. Attention to theself-regulating system that regulates and fifteen liters of water per day, which level and balance of your hydration is anensures an adequate amount of sodium is an insane 60 cups per day (http:// important key to healthy present by moving electrolytes and, though it is not advisable8 NewsCastle
  9. 9. District readies FUDS work for Kingman area than that allowable under 2007 Arizona residential risk-based screening levels,” wrote Fran Firouzi, the District’s project manager. “The surface soils of approximately 60 residential lots have been impacted by skeet fragments and PAHs.” The District has already completed the site inspection. During the inspection, the District found the PAH levels in the area to be significantly higher than acceptable. Many of the lots have not been landscaped or modified, and they still show evidence of the clay pigeon shards used at the skeet range. The contaminants are likely from fragments of clay pigeon debris leftover from the area being used as a skeet-shooting range during World War II. Firouzi and her team are in the process of completing letters to send to residents outlining the requests to enter the property for further testing and soil removal. Work on the property involves sampling the soil on the properties identified by the study to see how much impact the PAHs have had. If the inspection warrants, the District could remove up to one foot of soil from properties and replace it with clean soil. The District will replace any surface grading, landscape or xeriscaping it removes during the course of the cleanup to try and match pre-work status.Fran Firouzi (right), a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los AngelesDistrict project manager for Formerly Used Defense Sites, talkswith Opjit Ghuman, Eco and Associates, about a site which mayneed to be cleaned of hazardous material just outside Kingman,Ariz. (USACE photo by Daniel J. Calderon)By Daniel J. Calderón KINGMAN, Ariz. — The U.S. Army Corps of EngineersLos Angeles District is preparing for work at the FormerlyUsed Defense Site just outside of Kingman, Ariz. The District has approved the Time Critical Removal Fran Firouzi, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles DistrictAction for the former Skeet Range, which is referred to as project manager for Formerly Used Defense Sites, looks at theMunitions Response Site 03 of the former Kingman Ground- surface of a property near Kingman, Ariz., for signs of hazardousto-Ground Gunnery Range. The site covers approximately 75 material. The District is working on a plan to contact residentsacres. about a Time Critical Removal Action for the site which was used “Analysis of soil samples at this site found concentrations as a skeet range when the area was part of the Kingman Ground-toof polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons over 1,000 times higher Gound Gunnery Range. (USACE photo by Daniel J. Calderon) October 2012 9
  10. 10. SAFETYYou need more than smoke alarmsBy Steve McCombs LOS ANGELES — I’ve a questionfor all of you. Do you have a CarbonMonoxide detector in your home? No?Well, you should. Let me tell you howmy CO alarm saved my life. It was a very cool April morning atabout 3 a.m. and I, my wife and my eldestson were all contentedly snoozing away.So were my two dogs, Tala and Atouk (ifyou’re a fan of the movie “Caveman,” youmay recognize those names). Anyway, Iwas suddenly awakened by a very shrilland obnoxious noise and it was notmy wife (I am so dead when she readsthis). This annoyance was, in fact, myCO alarm going off. Pulling myself outof bed, I also noticed the house heatingsystem had come on. The thermostatwas set fairly low, but the temperaturehad dropped enough during the nightfor it to engage. And when it lit off,something went terribly wrong with theair/fuel mixture in the furnace. It wasrunning very, very, rich. But it wasn’tthe heat I was concerned with. My more of the oxygen. Thus, your hemoglobin why you should, too.immediate concern was the level of CO molecules don’t have space to carry the You also need a smoke alarm in everyreading on my alarm. oxygen to keep you alive. And the more bedroom, one in the hallway, one in the Here’s a quick “science guy” lesson. CO in the air, the quicker this occurs. kitchen, one in the garage, and if youCO is an odorless, tasteless and colorless What’s even worse is that it takes a long live in a two-story house, both floorsgas that is a by-product of incomplete time for your body to “gas off” the CO. need coverage. As to your CO alarm, Icombustion, especially from fossil fuels. Thus it is often called “the silent killer.” recommend the plug-in variety that hasIn short, almost anything that burns gives So, how do you stop a silent killer? a readout and battery backup. Install itoff CO and you won’t know it’s there. It Noise works quite well. When my CO in your bedroom at chest level. CO haswill also kill you pretty quickly when the alarm went off, the reading was 289 almost the same weight as air, so if anyconcentration goes high enough. At 50 parts per million and rising. Had I not is present the alarm will sound and wakeparts per million most healthy adults will had the alarm, or not been awakened you up. Since I cannot officially endorsebegin to get symptoms of CO poisoning by something else, there’s a very good any particular product, just use your- those include headache, nausea and chance that I and my aforementioned search engine to find one. Or if you wantvomiting in the early stages. The higher loved ones would have all died. to call me personally, I will tell you whatthe concentration, the quicker this stuff Eventually, the heater would have caused brand I own…just can’t do it in an officialwill make you unconscious and dead. a fire and the smoke alarms would have capacity.Here’s why. gone off. But if we were all unconscious And remember to change out the Your red blood cells carry oxygen from CO poisoning, the smoke alarms batteries twice a year. The time changearound to your body parts, right? would have made no difference. That to and from daylight savings time are aThere’s a substance called hemoglobin obviously did not happen as I am alive to good way to remember. Go spend thethat is part of the red blood cell. The write this column. What did happen is I money and make sure your home ishemoglobin molecules are what grab got everyone the hell out of the house, protected. The lives of your family are atoxygen molecules and carry them turning off the heater and turning on stake.around your body to be used. Well, our whole-house exhaust fan as we went As always, drive safe, drive sober andguess what? Hemoglobin’s attraction to out. Not one of us had any symptoms buckle up!CO is about 400 times greater than it is and we were able to return inside Safety Steveto oxygen. So when CO is present, the within 30 minutes. This is exactly whyhemoglobin will latch onto it instead I purchased the alarm. And it’s exactly10 NewsCastle
  11. 11. New center honors legacy of serviceBy Dave Palmer Care of People.’” Officials also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the LOMA LINDA, Calif. — After more than medical center’s namesake, who championedthree decades of service to the community, the the cause for bringing a modern VA Hospital toJerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center the area. A bust of Pettis was unveiled by the latein Loma Linda, continues to enhance its service congressman’s widow, retired U.S. Rep. Shirleyto veterans. Healthcare System Director Donald Pettis.F. Moore and Lt. Col. Joe Campbell, the U.S. “I want to thank congresswoman ShirleyArmy Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Pettis for her dedication to the Loma Linda VASouthern California Area Office executive officer, Hospital,” said Campbell. “Her efforts and thosecut the ribbon on a new 9,000 square-foot of her late husband were instrumental in theTransition Center here Sept. 21. establishment and continued growth of the Loma The center hosts reception, registration, Linda VA Hospital and in providing health care tocompensation and pension, as well as patient our veterans.”education services for returned veterans. According to their website the facility opened “Offices nearest the center will include patient advocates, in 1977 and is one of the top 25 employers in the Inlandchaplains and representatives from several veterans service Empire; with more than 2,294 employees and 1,332 volunteersorganizations who can assist with claims at the federal, state serving more than 65,000 Veterans who entrust their healthand local level,” said Campbell. “We are very proud of our care needs to the with the VA; we are truly ‘Building Strong and TakingCamp Elliott public meeting discusses munitions projectBy Greg Fuderer will include collecting and analyzing soil samples and conducting digital SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Army Corps ground mapping to identify magneticof Engineers held a public meeting here anomalies in the study areas. MagneticSept. 20 to address an upcoming field anomalies could indicate the presenceinvestigation for munitions debris at the of munitions, or they could be scrapformer Camp Elliott in northeast San metal or trash with no association to theDiego, Calif. former military use. Lloyd Godard, a project manager The project area, known as Eastfor the Corps’ Los Angeles District, Elliott, consists of approximately 3,200discussed the Remedial Investigation acres, about five square miles. It isand Feasibility Study that will investigate part of 30,500 acres acquired by thethe presence of military munitions and Department of Defense in 1941 and usedchemical constituents that might have as a U.S Marine Corps training facilitybeen left behind from military use of from 1941 to 1944 for live-fire exercisesthe property and determine alternatives with tank, anti-tank and artillery If you see (Recognize) what you think isthat could be taken in the event any are detachments. The investigation at the a military munition, a UXO, or piece offound. former camp is being managed by the a munition, the most important thing to The remedial investigation serves as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the remember is do not touch it. Immediatelythe mechanism for collecting data to Formerly Used Defense Sites program, get away (Retreat) from the area in thecharacterize site conditions, determine which was created by Congress to same direction from which you entered.the nature of the waste and assess risk clean up the environmental hazards at Make sure to tell (Report) your concernto human health and the environment. formerly owned, leased, possessed or about the suspect munition to an adult (aThe feasibility study is the mechanism used Department of Defense properties. police officer, a teacher, a parent). The bestfor the development, screening and The majority of East Elliott thing to do is to call 911. (USACE Graphic)detailed evaluation of alternative is undeveloped at present, andremedial actions. unrestricted access along its southern biking, horseback riding, and off-road Field work for the investigation, set boundary makes the area attractive for vehicle use. Rock climbers also useto begin Oct. 22 and expected to take a variety of recreational uses, including several clusters of large boulders locatedthree and a half months to complete, hiking, mountain biking, jogging, motor near the southeast corner of the site. October 2012 11
  12. 12. Joint Forces Training Base home to energy-efficient headquartersThe Army Reserve Center project is in the “punch list” stage with safety officials, contractors and District project delivery teams makingfinal inspections before furniture is installed and the customer takes possession in October. The ARC is the headquarters for the 79thSustainment Support Command which was activated Dec. 1, 2009. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer)By Dave Palmer To reduce construction costs and increase future savings, the project is using eco-friendly features, like re-cycled LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Soldiers, family members and material, and in the case of the covered parking lots, theycivilians of the 79th Sustainment Support Command will will generate energy with a photovoltaic system. The contractsoon have a new headquarters, organizational maintenance partner’s quality assurance manager for the project explainedarea and acres of parking at the Joint Forces Training Base the The work is all part of a nearly $25 million project “At peak, they produce 375 KVA [kilovolt-amps],” saidmanaged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles Edward Desmond, Cox Construction of Vista, Calif. “InDistrict. theory, it’s enough power to offset the footprint of the Army Andy Stevens of Retrofit Services Company from Rancho Reserve Center building.”Cucamonga, Calif., was onsite Sept. 12 putting the finishing While not designated a net-zero facility, the extensivetouches on the computerized building management system use of energy efficient materials during construction willthat will control the state-of-the-art energy efficient heating, enable the photovoltaic system to actually return power toventilation, and air conditioning for the headquarters the Los Alamitos grid, off-setting the operating costs of otherbuilding. The system uses multiple condensers and is nearly buildings on the base, according to Desmond.30 percent more efficient than systems of just five years ago. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 mandated the use of “low “This one [building zone] is calling for one stage cool, fans flush” urinals in government facilities. This project takes iton, temperature is 72 [degrees] in the zone and the set point a step further with water-free urinals. The USACE Engineeris 72, so it’s doing just fine,” said Stevens. “You can change Research and Development Center estimates that they pay foryour occupancy status at any time, emergency override it, themselves in six-months to three years and the cost savingsshut it down and we do have the chemical alert push-buttons don’t end there. All new Army construction is designed tothat will close all dampers inside and out.” satisfy the Silver-level standards of the Leadership in Energy The alert buttons are located throughout the facility and and Environmental Design rating system, in accordance withonce activated because of an attack or a release of hazardous the U.S. Green Building Council guidance.chemicals, no air is allowed in or out of the building to According to Oster, the project is in the “punch list” stageprotect the occupants, according to Maj. Phillip Oster, the with safety officials, contractors and District project deliveryU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Santa teams making final inspections before furniture is installedAna Resident Office deputy who oversees the project. and the customer takes possession of the ARC in October.12 NewsCastle
  13. 13. District celebrates future leadersBy Daniel J. Calderón LOS ANGELES — The U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers Los Angeles Districtcelebrated a successful completion toanother year of Leadership DevelopmentProgram classes during a ceremony heldat the District headquarters Sept. 12. The ceremony was the culmination ofLDP Tier I and LDP Tier II, both of whichare meant to develop future leaders forthe District. “I think this went extremely well,” saidDavid M. Boals, a District managementanalyst and the District’s LeadershipDevelopment Program coordinator. “Iwas very pleased with the entire process.” During the graduation event, LDPparticipants gave presentations forCol. Mark Toy, Los Angeles District During the graduation event, Leadership Development Program participants gavecommander, and other senior leaders. presentations for Col. Mark Toy, Los Angeles District Commander, and other senior leaders.Presentations ranged from proposed (USACE photo by Richard Rivera)sponsorship packages so new employeeswould feel more welcomed into the District. In Tier I, the ideal number As a relatively new member of thethe District to a totally new way of of students is 10-12 and in Tier II, eight District, with less than five years withdistributing employees across the is the magic number. Each level does the Corps of Engineers, Lind said theDistrict to maximize productivity and require some travel and a commitment program will help her focus her effortsincrease quality of life. of time outside regular work hours to become a future leader in the Corps. “This is the most important thing I to ensure assignments are met. Tier “I felt I needed to find my stride inhave to do all day today,” Toy said as he III involves students in Division-level becoming a leader here,” she said. “I feelwelcomed the graduates and assembled leadership and requires more of a time the program helped me become moresenior leaders. “I’m glad to see so many commitment from students and from self aware of my strengths and leadershipbranch chiefs and division chiefs here. I their leadership. Boals said his only potential. I’m also more aware of theknow they realize the importance of this concern about the program is continued management and work styles of peopleprogram and of your accomplishments.” funding from across work groups. around me. In the long run, that’s going Students worked for the past nine Boals said the program has been in the to help me and I’m going to be able tomonths to reach the graduation. District for six years. He credits former help the Corps.”Each tier of LDP covered leadership District commander, Col. Thomas The future leaders already have theirprinciples. The goal of LDP is to develop Magness with revitalizing it. Boals said near futures planned for them. Toy saidleaders at all levels, across all functional there were trends senior leaders in the the graduates’ first assignment is toareas and career programs. Students District could see that warranted a attend the upcoming Senior Leadershipbegin at Tier I and can progress through return of the program. Trends included Conference in November. There, Toy saideach of the higher levels. The program an increase in retirements and a loss of the LDP graduates will help shape theis also designed to meet the needs “corporate knowledge” that is passed policy for the District and work on waysof prospective and current leaders at down from one generation of workers to ensure they match up with the overallvarious stages of development. Leaders to another. With six years invested in USACE and South Pacific Division goals.within the District and from around the future leaders, Boals said the program is “This year will be a celebrationCorps of Engineers come in to speak paying off. of senior leadership” Toy said as hewith students about various topics. “When I see the people come out of discussed the speakers lined up for theStudents also have the opportunity to the program, I don’t worry about our three-day event. “You’re not just going tolearn about their strengths and how to future,” he said. “I can see how strong our be attendees. You will all be developingapply those strengths in their regular leaders will be in the future when I see the future of the District. Based onwork environment. the graduates we have in this program.” what I’ve seen today, I’m really excited The Leadership Development Allison Lind, an LDP Tier I graduate, about what you will be showing us at theProgram is open to employees across said she enjoyed her time in the program. conference.” October 2012 13
  14. 14. Welcome new employees 1st Lt. Sean Petersen - SIG Elena Eggers - OC Drew Nollsch - CD Madalyn Esch - ED Eric Holland - CD Bonnie Rogers - RG Sondi Matovich - AM James Hagen - AM Mark McLarty - ED Sgt. 1st Class Terstriep - CD Maria Batiste - CD Spc. John Wiles - DE Victor Ozuna - CD Richard Dulac - CD Justin Gay - PPMD Amber Perry - AM14 NewsCastle
  15. 15. Welcome new employees Sandra Voss - PPMD Leslie Nguyen - CD Alex Rybak - ED Clarence Manalang - CD Kimberly Payne - CPAC Debra Higgins - PPMD Dennis Graham -CD Sonya Trammel-Jones - EEO Enoch Burrola - ED Brianne McGuffie - RG Matthew Berger - RM Daniel Heyenbruch - EDLos Angeles District Commander Colonel Mark Toy shared his thoughts on leadership during the NewEmployee Orientation July 18 and Sept. 19.According to the commander leaders must be passionate about their jobs and what they do. They shouldmentor their employees to help them reach their personal and professional goals. They must continuelearning through self-development and training. Leaders must take care of people and work to build andstrengthen relationships because those relationships can help carry them through and lastly, leaders must bethankful and humble.“Never get to big for your britches,” said Toy. “You can never take things for granted.”(USACE photos by Richard Rivera) October 2012 15
  16. 16. Around the District professional pride District Commander Col. Mark Toy took time Sept. 14 to recognize these employees for their contributions to the District. Col. Daryll Fust (left) received the Army Commendation Medal for his leadership and attention to detail that enabled successful mission execution while serving as the Acting Deputy District Commander. The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service was presented to Ventura Gomez (right) for his service as an advisor to the Deputy District Commander and District Commander for multiple policy and staffing issues related to Human Resources. The Achievement Medal for Civilian Service was presented to Larry Estrada (not pictured) for providing comprehensive knowledge of legal and human resource management laws and advisory services and assistance to the Deputy Commander and Division Chiefs. (USACE photos by Richard Rivera) in memoriam Karen Warren, a retired Programs and Projects Management division budget analyst passed away Sept. 23. She is survived by two adult sons, relatives and many friends.16 NewsCastle
  17. 17. Leadership Development ProgramTomas Beauchamp-Hernandez, LDP Tier I facilitator, and Col. Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers Los Angeles District commander, stand with LDP Tier I graduates (from left toright) Chris Spitzer, David Silvertooth, Veronica Romero, Shanti Santulli, Quana Higgins, MerisBantilan-Smith, Chad Allen, Richard Polanco, Blake Horita, Jonas Kidd and Alison Lind alongwith David Van Dorpe, the District’s Civil Works Branch chief, following a graduation ceremonyheld Sept. 12 at the District headquarters. The LDP program develops leaders from acrossthe District’s functional areas and career programs to provide a continuity of leadershipthroughout the Corps. (USACE photo by Richard Rivera) Following a ceremony Sept. 12, Col. Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District commander, stands with LDP Tier II graduates (from left to right) Veronica Chan, Sheri Brandt, Jesse W. Laurie, Daniel J. Calderón, Damien Lariviere, Ruben Sasaki, David Van Dorpe (not a participant – he is the District’s Civil Works Branch Chief), Rosa Ramirez and Jeff Owens along with Mark Cohen – the facilitator for this year’s program. The LDP program is designed to develop leaders at all levels, across all functional areas and career programs. (USACE photo by Richard Rivera) BUILDING STRONG® and Taking Care of People October 2012 17
  18. 18. Recognizing the contributions of Americans withdisabilities to both our workforce and our society Expectations are not enough. People with disabilities must also have the opportunities available to us to work. We need access to a complete range of employment choices in order to maximize our talents and abilities. With both opportunities and choices available to us, people with disabilities will have the ability to maximize the many talents we have in American society. We will have the ability to contribute to the economy and build the communities we live in. “People with disabilities must be woven into our work culture,” said Kathy Martinez, U.S. assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Already, we benefit from the incredible array of talent they bring to our workplaces. But we must raise the bar, we must create the inexorable expectation that people with disabilities will contribute in every way to ourSgt. Jerrod Fields, a below-the-knee amputee sprinter in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete economic successes. Only by nurturingProgram. Fields competed in the trials at the recent Paralympics. (U.S. Army photo by Tim this expectation and providing peopleHipps) with disabilities with unlimited employment opportunities, can we allBy Sonya M. Trammell-Jones The month of October finds people benefit from their talents.”EEO Specialist in America recognizing the value of A disability, as defined within persons with disabilities in employment. regulations, is either physical or mental. LOS ANGELES — During July of 2009 found the percentage of What this means is the disabilitythis month, we pay tribute to the people with disabilities in the labor force must substantially limit one or moreaccomplishments of both men and at 23, compared to the rate of 71.8 for of the person’s life activities, such aswomen with disabilities, whose work non-disabled persons in America. There walking, impact one of the person’shelps keep the nation’s economy strong, is much to be done in relation to people senses or affect breathing, learning orby reaffirming our commitment to with disabilities where employment several additional activities that peopleensure equal opportunity for everyone is concerned; this much is plain, and usually perform on a regular basis. Thein America. The effort to educate the awareness of disability issues in relation categories of targeted disabilities withinpublic concerning issues related to to employment is crucial. the federal government include, yet aredisability and employment began in The theme of this year’s National not limited to, ‘deafness, blindness,1945 when Congress enacted Public Disability Employment Month, “A Strong missing extremities and paralysis.’Law 176, which declared the first week Workforce Is An Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do to Advance theof October as ‘National Employ the What Can You Do?” has been designed Employment of People with Disabilities?Physically Handicapped Week.’ The year to capture the vital role that expectations In support of the “What Can YOU1962 found the word, ‘physically,’ being play in our success as individuals as Do?” outreach effort, the EEO Campaignremoved in order to acknowledge the well as a society. It is important that we for Disability Employment asks that youemployment needs and contributions ensure, as a nation, that both people help spread the word about the value andof persons with all forms of disabilities. with disabilities and their employers talent that people with disabilities bringTwenty-five years later, Congress expect that they will fully participate in to the workplace by participating inexpanded the week-long recognition to our workplaces. People with disabilities the events planned by your Disabilitiesa month, changing the name to National offer a wide variety of skills and abilities Program Manager, Deborah Lamb. SheDisability Employment Awareness to employers, with a level of loyalty that can be contacted at extension 3798.Month. cannot be surpassed.18 NewsCastle
  19. 19. Voice Over Internet Protocol, migration and trainingBy Kenneth Bautista, ACE-IT LOS ANGELES — The Districtoffices located at 915 Wilshire Blvd. willbe switching phone systems from theGeneral Services Administration legacyphone service to the Corps of Engineersmanaged enterprise Voice Over InternetProtocol system. During the next fewweeks a number of activities will occur. 1. A new VoIP phone will be placedon your desk and connected betweenyour data outlet and your computer.This will take about 10 minutes. Yourexisting phone will remain in place andwill work as it did before. VoIP phoneswill be deployed through Oct. 9. 2. The VoIP phone will become activeimmediately once connected to yourcomputer for outgoing and incomingcalls, from other VoIP phones only. Ifyou’re having connection problems,please contact Sonia Cretaro, LindaChew or myself. 3. Your new voice mail system willbecome active as well. Please ensure youattend one of our training sessions. 4. ACE-IT will provide one hour of Benefits of voice over Internet protocol; Relocate your VoIP telephone instrument from oneclassroom training on the new VoIP work station to another with ease, your number remains the same and there are no chargesphone and voice mail prior to the cut or associated paperwork to move the phone from one work station to another, integrateover. The training is scheduled for Oct. your telephone messages to your email account for easy access and archiving and reduce4–5 and 9–10. The cut over is scheduled telephone costs significantly. (USACE photo by Dave Palmer)for Oct. 10. 5. Following cut over, your old phone for the new phone by removing as information will be coming out onwill not receive calls to your phone much stuff as possible from around disposal of the old phones by U.S.number. your computer and under your desk Army Corps of Engineers Logistics 6. Please prepare your desk area near your Ethernet cable. Additional Activity. Computer Chit Chat Make the Most Out of Outlook By Mario Zepeda Set Reminders to Act on Messages. If you spend a lot of time in Outlook, this tip can really boost your efficiency. Easy as it is, it’s very underused. To set a reminder... visible in your Inbox... to act on or reply to any message, right-click on the message you want to set the reminder for, select Follow Up, and choose your Due By time and date. When you click OK, the message will be flagged for you to remember to respond to, and the date and time will be automatically kept track of. To clear the flag, right click on the message and choose Clear Flag. Plus: it’s almost the end of the year; it’s a good time to start cleaning up unwanted emails. DELETE... October 2012 19
  20. 20. FINAL WORDFair-weather friends – is that a redundancy or not?By Daniel J. Calderón for you than a $200-an-hour psychologist. Having that kind of backing can help keep you from foundering under what I know, that seems a bit cynical; but, sometimes that’s might otherwise become an overwhelming series of crises.the way I think. Believe it or not, not everything that goes Truly, those people would be considered priceless by anythrough my head is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows measure.everywhere. Every now and then there are some things that However, what does it say about you if you’re the one injust seem, well, there’s really no other way to say it. They’re the friendship disguise? Who do you know that deserves fordark thoughts. Maybe it’s true that cynics are just frustrated you to be so fervent a waver of the friendship flag only toidealists. Maybe the only way to handle being hit in the head pull it out from under like a bad magician doing the “magicwith so much “reality” is to put up a shield of cynicism. tablecloth” trick? If you are that kind of person, I truly hope Just recently, I was pondering how people who say karma is not just a concept. I would rather have no one inthey are your friends can be so fickle. Is my life than people who hide beneathfriendship such a capricious thing that the banner of friendship for their ownsimple disagreements can allow someone aggrandizement.who claims the title of friend to simply pull To be sure, friends are important. Theyout of that friendship? How can someone are there before you need them and will staywho truly believes he or she is your friend even when you think you’re ready to face thetake themselves out of your life so quickly, world on your own. They are different fromcleanly and completely without even the family because you do choose them andbenefit of an explanation or a goodbye? you cultivate each other and grow through It seems appropriate at this time of year the years as you face your own unique set ofto wonder if friendship is a mask people challenges that you find in your way. Truewear, a disguise with multiple uses. On the friends are the people you never knew youone hand, it’s a good tool to get close to needed; but, once they are found, you knowpeople who may be able to advance your you really don’t want to live without. Theycareer, social standing or benefit you in any laugh at your jokes, cry at your misfortunes,number of ways. Friendship can also be a are ready to destroy anyone who dares toway to hide the fact that you don’t want to harm you and don’t tell you it’s too late atbe alone. It’s a good way to insinuate yourself into a social night when you call to talk about your if you’re unhappy with the idea of going through nights False friends, however, are worse than no friends at all.and weekends as a solo act. Friends can also be used (if you’ve A false friend can do more damage than trying to live lifegot a family) to help watch your kids. Good friends are the on your own. A false friend will build you a bridge of tissuemost convenient babysitters since they usually don’t charge paper across the chasm of life and lead you to it with honeyedmore than the cost of a pizza and they sometimes cover promises of never-ending support. Then, they will disappeardinner themselves. as soon as you set foot upon it. As you tumble on your own, Under the guise of friendship, you also reap the benefits you look back for them and they will be long gone with onlyof a support system that rivals anything the government can the memory of their assurances hanging in the wind.provide. After all, any business will charge for a loan; but, Which are you? Are you the duped? Are you the fauxsomeone you have cultivated as a friend will not only not friend? Or, are you ready to be someone’s strength? Arecharge interest, he or she might not even remember loaning you ready to stand with someone as their true friend? It isyou money in the first place. When you go to work every day, a responsibility not lightly borne; but, it is one that reapsyou expect to be paid for the time you are there. Someone a bounty matched by few things in this world. For the truewho comes to work for you as a friend might not keep any friend, adversity is not insurmountable; rather, each difficultytally of the hours put in and will probably never ask you for is a new adventure to overcome with someone you choosea dime for all of that time he or she is helping you keep your to stand shoulder to shoulder with for as long as both of youbusiness afloat. stand at all. Counseling sessions from people you bring in under the Just a thought…friendship flag is also an incalculable asset. Depending onwho you bring in, you might have the therapeutic servicesof an individual (or group of individuals) who can do more20 NewsCastle
  21. 21. FINAL LOOK Endeavour Returns Damian B. Pipkins, the grants coordinator for the City of Inglewood and son of Beverly Patterson, Los Angeles District Public Affairs Office, took this photo from the Metro Green Line Station on the corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and 120th St.For some, the view was close to home.This photo courtesy of Ed Louie familyfriend Stacy Brown in Inglewood, Calif. Shuttle Endeavour as she flies over Air Force Plant 42 near Palmdale, Calif., on Sept. 21. AFP 42 is where all the pieces and systems for the shuttle came together, were assembled and tested. Thanks to District employee Dennis M. Graham, civil engineer technician, for sharing. October 2012 21