W.Va. – Today Col. Philip Secrist, Commander, Huntington District, presented
awards for several significant achievements by members of the district at a
Town Hall and Award Ceremony held at the Huntington City Hall Auditorium.
The 2015 Natural Resources Environmental Stewardship
Employee of the Year is Audrea O’Quinn. As Natural Resources Specialist at John
W. Flannagan Reservoir, she provided oversight of natural resources on an
8,274-acre project where she identified and monitored invasive species
activities such as the southern pine beetle, gypsy moth, Didymo, Hemlock Wooly
Adelgid, Japanese knotweed, and kudzu.
In 2014, she managed the Branham Farm wildlife area, re-opened hiking
trails and developed a universally accessible bird-watching trail. She also managed and monitored the threatened
species Spiraea virginiana using the
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological recovery plan.
The Achievement Medal for Civilian Service
was awarded to Rick Hammond for exceptional performance during Fiscal Year 2015
yearend closeout, as the Accounting Officer, Resource Management for the
Huntington District. Hammond’s expertise
of accounting policies, procedures and regulations contributed to a successful
closing of the financials.
Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Gregory Jones for his outstanding
efforts and invaluable assistance in supporting the difficult tasks required to
complete the endeavors of the Rivers Repair Fleet Action Team.
2014 Special Emphasis Program District Office Woman of the Year is Allison Pack.
She has been described as a leader to both supervisors and subordinates by
encapsulating the theory of a 360 degree leader. She is a highly effective navigation
assistant who goes above and beyond expectations daily. Her positive attitude reflects the Army
values, as she assists and encourages others with tasks they are unfamiliar
The Commander’s Award upon Retirement was
presented to Carol Edlin. She is commended for over 28 years of dedicated
service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Edlin, Lake Project Assistant, has
provided superior performance and support to the Huntington District, Big Sandy
Area, as well as her coworkers during her career at Grayson Lake. Edlin’s
administrative knowledge and dedication to quality have had a significant
impact on Grayson Lake’s successful mission accomplishments.
Leo Arbaugh, Randy Campbell, Adam Gaskin, C.
J. Hamilton, David Humphreys, Wyatt Kmen, Jason Ritter, Jay Van Hoose received
the Army Unit Award Pin for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts for their work during
October 29, 2012 to May 31, 2013. During
their mission, the unit demonstrated superior performance by delivering rapid
and timely expeditionary engineering projects and services. By utilizing extensive knowledge and
substantial experience in emergency response and recovery in their workforce,
the unit aggressively pursed and resolved innumerable political issues and led
the interagency efforts to reorganize, prioritize and execute emergency
response and recovery actions with the greatest of efficiency.
The Commander’s Coin for Excellence was
presented to Evan Dailey, Paul Belcher, Kevin Davis, Christopher Dennison and Kathy
Numerous district employees were
recognized for their length of service. Their achievement was recognized with a
certificate and lapel pin denoting years of service achieved.
For 20 years of service: Kimberly
Bacon, Christopher Clinton, David Conley, Peter Dodgion, Sandra Hardwick, William
McNabb, John Paxton, David Rexroad, Stormie Roberts, Dale Smith, Daniel Stark, Robert Vanhoy and Gary
For 25 years of service: William
Adkins, Leo Arbaugh, Tom Baker, Donna Dickson, Steve Hann, James Hill, Kevin
Obsorne, Rebecca Rutherford, Karen Simmons and Darin White.
For 30 years of service: Robert
Cifranic, Kimberly Courts-Brown, Kristina Goff, William Fusselman, Todd Milnes,
Darla Pack and Owen Pemberton.
For 35 years of service: Kenneth
Clemons, Karen Miller, John Nichol, Linda Plumley, Alicia Scruggs and Joseph
For 40 years of service: David
Eskridge, Christine Fonda and James Hosta.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through
its military and civil works programs, is known as the Nation’s engineer. Our
national leaders have looked to Army engineers to map the Nation, develop its
rivers and harbors for navigation, survey early road and canal routes, provide
leadership to construct the Panama Canal, control flooding, respond to natural
disasters and protect our wetlands. The Huntington District is one of 43 Corps
Districts worldwide. It is responsible for navigation on 311 miles of the Ohio
River, along with 101 miles of the tributary rivers Big Sandy, Kanawha and Elk
within drainage basins that flow into the Ohio River. In all, the District
encompasses 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including West
Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
The District has built and maintains 35
flood control dams, 31 with reservoirs and 4 that impound water only during
high water events (dry dam), more than any other district in the Corps. Since
their construction our flood control dams and our floodwalls, levees and stream
improvement projects have prevented $12.2 billion in flood damages to the area
served by the District.
The Huntington District employs around 750
people, 147 of whom have deployed to Overseas Contingency Operations and many
more for disaster relief operations since 2003. Currently, one is deployed to
The Huntington District is the home
of as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center
of Expertise (DSMMCX) to provide technical advice, oversight, review and
production capability for dam safety modification projects nation-wide which
are under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And the Planning Center of Expertise for
Inland Navigation Risk Informed Economics Division (PCXIN-RED) which handles
the coordination of technical and external reviews of Inland Navigation studies
and USACE reports submitted for Congressional authorization. PCXIN-RED supports
the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC) in data collection and analysis
for the ORS and Great Lakes that also serves as key reviewers of Lock
Performance Monitoring System (LPMS) data to ensure quality data. We use those 2 primary data sources to
develop Forecasts, Waterway Transportation Rates, and Vessel Operating Costs
that support Inland Navigation Economic modeling and studies.
For more information, you may
contact the Huntington District Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.