News: Nashville District EAGLEs graduate in ceremony at Belmont University
Story by Mark Rankin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, Lt. Col. Anthony P. Mitchell presented 16 students from its Employees Achieving Greatness and Leadership Excellence 2010 class with graduation certificates here today at the Frist Lecture Hall at Belmont University.
Mitchell praised the group for their commitment to the seven-month course that includes college lectures, classes, on-the-job training, and site visits to projects. He also told them that they are a diverse class of individuals with exceptional talent.
“You’re a talented group of young leaders, with so much to offer this district and I’m proud of each of you,” said Mitchell to the graduates. “I’m confident that the future of this district is in good hands and you are equipped with the tools for leadership.”
Also during the graduation program each student was asked to speak on the topic, “What they took from the EAGLE 2010 experience.” Allison Ross, a geographer in the Natural Resources Office motivated the group and provided insight to their future in her stirring speech.
“I really believe each of us have something valuable to contribute to the Corps team,” said Ross. “We have to invest in self development and be that spark to foster growth in excellence,” Ross added.
Corps employee and Assistant Program Administrator for the EAGLE 2010 group, Amanda Gill said, the group are great listeners and learners. She commended the group for their teamwork, attention to detail and for working together well on projects.
“I think believe they are a talented group of individuals and they are definitely ready to go back to their work places and put the training to use,” said Gill.
The EAGLE program includes learning components that include: district orientation, (Division Chief’s leadership philosophy briefs, and office overviews); generic skills (Communication, self –development, interview techniques,) and Career management and leadership skills (team building, conflict resolution, time management). The training is both internal and external. Internal classes were taught by USACE district personnel and external classes were instructed at the Belmont University Scarlett Leadership Institute.
Scarlett Leadership Institute instructors were Mary Fink and Melanie Adams. The district instructors were two former EAGLE graduates, Program Administrator, Adam Walker and Amanda Gill.
Karen Hackney, a project management specialist who works in the Planning, Programs and Project Management Division said she is very appreciative of what she learned from other classmates and will cherish learning about other employees’ jobs, duties and responsibilities.
“I’ve learned so much, but I think what I’ve taken from the class is to learn how important other jobs are to the district,” said Hackney. “The entire group worked well together in the courses and I’m proud of myself for accomplishing this.”
Another graduate, Karla Miller, said she was excited to meet other employees in the district and had the opportunity to be a part of this class.
“This was a very good class and I really liked meeting and working with others from the district,” said Karla Miller from the Real Estate branch. “I enjoyed learning about the Myers-Briggs type indicators from the Scarlett Leadership Institute instructors and learning that I can actually do more than I think I’m capable of doing,” said Miller
Graduates of the class include: Johnny Barton from the Old Hickory Lock and Dam; Benjamin Burnham from the Chickamauga Lock; Christopher Dean from the Kentucky Lock and Dam; Tracy Dorrough from the Security Office; Heath Dunigan from the Lake Barkley Dam; Steven Gregory from Cordell Hull Dam; Karen Hackney from Project and Program Management branch; Brian Jones from the Lake Barkley Lock and Dam; Lacey Kelley from Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, Jake Kennedy from the Old Hickory Lock and Dam; Karla Miller from Real Estate branch; Dale Raines from Dale Hollow; Allison Ross from Natural Resources; Janet Smith from Engineering and Construction branch; Kyle Tanner from the Safety Office and Paul Weaver from Chickamauga Lock and Dam.
After viewing a short video of each student’s progress by Walker, he said in his closing remarks, that he thanked everyone for attending, but specifically expressed his appreciation for the Corps Senior leaders for showing their support and participation.
Mitchell said, “The Scarlett Leadership Institute brings leadership development to a new level by applying not only current leadership training to ‘real world’ business situations but teaches the principles of moral purpose and ethical leadership which are vital to Corps success.