USACE Outstanding Knowledge Management Professional of the Year 2016

By Tulsa District PAO

Melissa Bryan-Manske, a systems coordinator, in the Plans Program and Management Division  was awarded the Outstanding Knowledge Management Professional of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Bryan-Manske demonstrated a high level of desire and commitment to advancing, advocating and implementing Knowledge Management Processes and principles across the Tulsa District, the Southwestern Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She developed the organization’s 2015 Flood Fight Wiki page and the established the Tulsa District’s Knowledge Management Advisory Committee.

Melissa has shown exceptional mentoring and collaboration across the District and Division. Her efforts have been recognized at the highest levels of the Corps of Engineers as best practices for knowledge management.

USACE Tulsa team receives Dam Safety Award of Excellence

By Tulsa District

The Dam Safety Team Award of Excellence for 2016 was awarded to the Tulsa District Project Delivery Team for their efforts in developing a phased approach to repairing the North Cumberland Levee after it breached June 21, 2015.

Following record flooding in May and June 2015, a section of the North Cumberland Levee on Lake Texoma breached on June 21, 2015.


A total of 22.8 inches of rainfall landed upstream of the levee in May 2015 and Tropical Storm Bill followed after a short dry spell, dropping an additional 11.15 inches of rain upstream of the levee over a three day period.

Despite strained resources from flood events throughout Oklahoma and Texas and multiple on-going high priority dam safety modification projects, the Southwestern Division Dam Safety Production Center and the Tulsa District assembled a team of engineers, technicians and managers to develop a phased approach to repair the levee.

While unfortunate, this event and the project that followed, illustrated the ability of USACE to respond quickly with a well-engineered product.  It has also provided an opportunity for entry-level to journeyman engineers to gain valuable experience on design of a significant geotechnical engineering and construction project

The team included Eaf Redden, Adam Smith, Russ Wyckoff, Richard Bilinski, Nathan Braithwaite, Michelle Lay, Robert Goranson, Steven Lucas, Terry Rice, David Blackmore, Tony Clyde, Joe Custer, Mark Ellison, Mike Nance, Tom Hammons, Mark Wittrock and Jess McBride.