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Bateman speaks at Nashville District retiree luncheon

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published March 20, 2013
Vanessa Bateman, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Geology Section, briefed retires at Piccadilly Cafeteria March 20, 2013 on the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project and Information Management System during the Spring Retiree Luncheon. (USACE photo by Fred Tucker)

Vanessa Bateman, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Geology Section, briefed retires at Piccadilly Cafeteria March 20, 2013 on the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project and Information Management System during the Spring Retiree Luncheon. (USACE photo by Fred Tucker)

Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2013) — Vanessa Bateman, chief  of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Geology Section, briefed Corps retirees on the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Rehabilitation Project and the Wolf Creek Information Management System March 20, 2013 at their Spring Retiree Luncheon at the Piccadilly Cafeteria located at 874 Murfreesboro Pike.

“Engineering and construction technology has come a long way since work began on Wolf Creek Dam in August 194l,” said Oscar Krosnes, who serves as point of contact for the retiree group. “Being able to accurately drill nearly four-foot diameter shafts 275 feet to bedrock with only inches tolerance, and fill with interlocking concrete piles to create a barrier wall is amazing,” he added.

The semi-annual retiree luncheons are held for fellowship and to update retirees on current Nashville District projects and activities. They thanked Bateman for the detailed Power Point presentation on construction and how quality control monitoring was accomplished and recorded with computerization.  

“These luncheons have been held many years for fellowship among former Corps employees and to share information, and Vanessa’s presentation was well received,” Krosnes said. “As I recall, I attended my first one in the Spring of 1995 in the Federal Building Cafeteria, but area parking was so limited that Hobart Parish and I proposed holding the meetings at the Madison Piccadilly Cafeteria.”

(Note: Hobart Parish, 95, died three days before this luncheon and several retirees went from the luncheon to the Spring Hill Funeral Home to pay their respects during visitation hours.)

The retirees moved their luncheons to the Piccadilly on Murfreesboro Road after the Madison cafeteria closed in June 2011, according to Krosnes.

“There were 44 attendees at today’s luncheon, which I consider a pretty good turn-out,” said Ed Evans, retiree, and president of the local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.  “Attendees ranged from those who have been retired for decades to Carolyn Bauer who retired 19 days ago,” he added.

Krosnes pointed out that Ann Martin, 90, is also a regular luncheon attendee — as the daughter of the late Norman J. West who worked as a lock operator on the old Cumberland River Lock 2, and as a deckhand on the old steam-powered tug Orioto during the first half of the 20th Century.

“Old friends reminisced about past experiences, remembered those who had passed on, shared personal information and were briefed on current Nashville District projects while enjoying good food at a facility with ample parking,” said Evans.

The Fall 2013 Nashville District Retiree Luncheon is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 at the Old Hickory Lake Pavilion, which includes a pig roast cooked by Curtis Malone.

For additional information about Retiree Luncheons, please contact Krosnes at okrosnes@yahoo.com, or (615) 391-4488.

For additional information about NARFE, please contact Ed Evans at narfetime@gmail.com, or (615) 872-8978 or (615) 429-0342.