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USACE Galveston District Employee Spotlight on Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams is an administrative professional in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District’s Resource Management Office.
Kathy Adams is an administrative professional in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District’s Resource Management Office.

It’s often said it’s the people who make an organization great. After meeting Kathy Adams, an administrative professional in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District’s Resource Management Office, you’ll understand why so many people love working for the Corps.

A U.S. Air Force retiree, Adams has a deep sense of pride to be a part of a military organization entrusted with providing vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen the nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.

“I work in a diverse office with a multitude of tasks and responsibili­ties,” said Adams. “I maintain a flexible attitude and am equipped to handle difficult or stressful situations by staying focused on the task at hand – to support those who execute our robust mission along the Texas coast.”

As the administrative assistant for the Resource Management Office and the Administrative and Advisory Offices, she is responsible for heavy workloads consisting of purchasing, preparing travel orders and vouchers and preparing training requests. Because of her multitasking ability and competency, she is successful with completing various assignments. Oper­ating under tight deadlines, she always gets the job done on time.

“I’m committed to providing top-notch customer service,” said Adams. “I take great pride in my work and often complete tasks with limited supervision, gladly accepting new work assignments and completing all tasks from start to finish.”

Adams’ reputation as an ambitious administrative professional has garnered the trust and confidence of management and enabled her to effec­tively provide sought-after support concerning a broad range of adminis­trative needs.

“My administrative background enables me to quickly learn her new tasks,” said Adams. “Whether I’m independently planning, prioritizing and carrying out administrative assignments in accordance with established Army policies and procedures or ensuring day-to-day administrative tasks are accomplished on time in order to manage workload and meet dead­lines, I am staunchly committed to upholding the integrity of my profes­sion.”

As a timekeeper, Adams assists the resource management staff with timekeeping questions or issues; audits timesheets to ensure reported time is accurately entered into the Corps’ financial management system and all required supporting documentation is attached.

“I interact and assists customers from every division and branch within the USACE Galveston District,” said Adams. “I tend to customers to ensure their needs are met in a timely manner or direct them to someone who is able to assist them – routinely resolving any issues, even if it isn’t in my ‘job description.’”

According to Adam’s supervisor, Rob Derrane, she is a person of integrity and one who places concern for others above her own; she genu­inely works to provide the Corps with top-notch administrative support at all levels.

One example of this was when she accepted, without hesitation, the responsibility to assist the district’s information technology department when they were in need assistance to purchase supplies, products and equipment for the district.

“As the training coordinator, I prepare training requests for staff; as­sist with preparing the Resource Management Office’s annual training plan; ensure staff stay current on Army mandatory training requirements and annotated completed courses in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System,” said Adams. “Additionally, as the office property coordinator, I conduct property inventories; maintain equipment inventory in the Auto­mated Personal Property Management System; prepare hand receipts for incoming and outgoing property; maintain hand receipts for staff; excess property and perform other tasks as requested by the district’s property manager.”

Adams’ steadfast commitment to the organization and commitment to the district’s mission can be seen in all of her work. Always cheerful and dependable, she successfully incorporates the Army Corps values and belief in hard work into her professional and personal life, making her a highly reliable individual both on and off the clock.

In addition to her normal work duties, Adams has volunteered to be the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree coordinator for the district to help ensure un­derprivileged children received Christmas gifts during the holiday season.

Adams is a well-rounded administrative professional with a diverse work background who continues to seek advancement opportunities within the Corps. Adams completed the Department of the Army Civilian Educa­tion System’s Basic Course through distance learning and is currently enrolled in a college-level course, Principles of Financial Accounting (maintaining an A grade). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs.


Spotlight on USACE Galveston District’s Andrew Weber

GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 1, 2015) – Often spending his summers

Employee Spotlight
Often spending his summers in the Texas hill country, building makeshift dams and playing in creeks in his younger years, Andrew Weber’s fascination with moving water hasn’t changed. As a civil engineer, specializing in geotechnical engineering, his work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District allows him to continue studying water and the impact it has on soil properties to prevent against loss of life and property for thousands of Houstonians.

in the Texas hill country, building makeshift dams and playing in creeks in his younger years, Andrew Weber’s fascination with moving water hasn’t changed. As a civil engineer, specializing in geotechnical engineering, his work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District allows him to continue studying water and the impact it has on soil properties to prevent against loss of life and property for thousands of Houstonians.

“I am working on the Addicks and Barker reservoirs and dams construction project to ensure modifications to this infrastructure meets design standards and are maintained to function as intended,” said Weber. “This multi-million dollar mega project affects thousands of homeowners, impacts the economy and protects billions of dollars in downtown Houston.”

Weber is referring to the upcoming $71.9 million construction project that will replace outlet works for both dams and implement a series of measures to decommission the existing outlet structures. The measures in decommissioning the existing outlet works included grouting the existing conduits, removing the steel gate structures, excavating and demolishing any unusable concrete structures, installing downstream filters and backfilling the excavated areas.

“The construction of the two 11-mile-long earthen dams were built in response to devastating floods that occurred in Houston in 1929 and 1935 in what was then undeveloped areas was a milestone in a longstanding partnership between the Corps and the greater Houston community,” said Weber. “They have been protecting the Houston metropolitan area for the last 70 years.”

Weber says that the Dam Safety and Levee Safety programs he operates under ensures that Corps’ owned-and-operated dams and levees do not present unacceptable risks to people, property or the environment, with the main emphasis being public safety.

“I enjoy knowing that my work has an impact on the lives of Texans,” said Weber. “My fascination with water as a child has carried into my career and instead of playing in the creeks or drainage ditches I now get to work on dams and levees to ensure these resilient structures will continue to protect.”

A native of Buda, Texas, the former Department of the Army intern earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station in 2009 and is a licensed professional engineer. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and infant son.

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