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Mr. Jaime A. Pinkham, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, visited the US Army Corps of Engineers, District of ‘Omaha July 7-9 to learn more about the district’s programs. and operations.
Pinkham was appointed the Army Deputy Senior Assistant Secretary for Civil Works on April 19, 2021 and oversees Department of the Army functions related to the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program. Previously, Pinkham was executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Portland, Oregon, and vice president of the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota.
As a citizen of the Nez Perce tribe and a former member of the tribal council, Pinkham also has twenty years of experience in tribal politics, advocating for sovereignty, self-determination and treaty rights.
For him, this appointment brings new challenges and learning opportunities.
“I am from the Pacific Northwest; most of my experience is with the Snake River. It’s a whole different landscape – socially, politically, economically – so one of the things that was important when I started this job was to deepen my understanding of the Corps of Engineers, ”said Pinkham.
To familiarize Pinkham with the district mission, the Omaha District Commander, Col. Mark Himes, and district staff prepared three days of visits and briefings in the district area of responsibility.
On the first day of his visit, Pinkham met Colonel Himes and John Remus, head of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Office for the Northwest Division at Omaha District Headquarters. Colonel Himes and Remus introduced Pinkham to the many missions in the 700,000 square mile district as well as the Corps’ operations on the Missouri River.
Over lunch with Col. Himes and the district administration board, Pinkham shared stories from his career and offered leadership advice.
“One quote from Mr. Pinkham that touched me was: ‘We need patience and courage to work with our critics. He used that quote as a bridge to the Corps of Engineers’ credo of “Let’s try” or “Let us try,” said Ted Streckfuss, assistant district engineer. “He linked our willingness to tackle difficult challenges with a call to the ‘Let Us Try’ message that guides and directs our daily attitude and mission with the Corps, and our willingness to listen and work with all of our stakeholders. to solve difficult problems, difficult problems.
Pinkham then traveled to the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City to meet with staff from the Omaha District, Kansas City District, Northwest Division and Headquarters. Topics covered included the Missouri River flooding and emergency response in 2019, dike repairs, bank stabilization projects, and the Missouri River Recovery Program.
On the second day of her trip, Pinkham cruised the Missouri River by boat, then visited the L536 Seawall Project trailer in Rock Port, Missouri. During his stay, he learned about the progress and challenges of the dike project and had a meeting with project partners, including the Nature Conservancy and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Following a tour of the L536 breakwater, Pinkham toured the L575, L594, L611-614 and R616-613 breakwater sites by helicopter.
On the last day of his visit, Pinkham traveled with Col. Himes and district staff to South Dakota to meet with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and discuss the development of the Environmental Impact Statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“My wish is that Mr. Pinkham appreciates the highly professional and caring staff who live and work in the Omaha district, and a new appreciation for the complexity of the missions that this district supports and performs,” said Streckfuss. “I have greatly appreciated his willingness to listen to and absorb the challenges facing the many groups that surround the Missouri River, and his willingness to get involved in helping solve some of the challenges we face.”