By Preston L. Chasteen
Public Affairs, Tulsa District, USACE
TULSA, Okla. – The Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sponsored a three day training event at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Oct. 25-27, focused on cultivating a high performance culture within the SWD region.
The Southwestern Division pilot program is an initiative of SWD Commander, Brig. Gen. David C. Hill and the SWD Human Capital Committee, in an effort to develop critical competencies for supervisors and leaders within the various SWD districts. This initiative is being led by Benjamin Bracken, SWD Director of Human Resources, and Frederick Olison, SWD Chief of Staff.
Training modules covered topics ranging from defining a high-performance climate, to performance expectations and development.
“The workshop was really worthwhile because it reinforces what we’ve already learned as supervisors and provides us with new tools as leaders to assist our people in being the best they can be by producing an environment conducive to success,” stated Neldia Watson, Tulsa District’s Equal Employment Opportunity Chief. “It was a great workshop and I would highly encourage supervisors to attend if they have the opportunity.”
In addition to the formal training conducted, several modules allowed for breakout groups to get hands-on training and put to use the information being taught with interactive scenarios.
Instructors for the course were selected from Tulsa, Little Rock and Galveston districts and comprised a variety of backgrounds as well as a demonstrated passion for managing, leading and developing employees.
The curriculum was based on competencies and practices that have received poor ratings in past surveys, town halls, and sensing sessions.
The course is intended to eventually be available to all SWD supervisors and is being re-evaluated as necessary based on instructor and student feedback.
This 3 day event was primarily made up of attendees from the Tulsa District, but also included personnel from other SWD districts.
DALLAS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.
The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.
“We began this initiative in 2006 to support and honor the men and women who have served the nation and the armed forces,” said Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson, USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations. “This Veterans Day we invite our veterans, active and reserve service members, and their families to visit one of the thousands of USACE recreation sites throughout the country and enjoy their favorite outdoor activities, free of day use charges.”
USACE is one of the nation’s federal leaders in providing outdoor and water-based recreation hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages close to home. To discover a USACE recreation site nearest you, please visit www.corpslakes.us.