The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Richard Kaiser visited the Pittsburgh District Oct. 15 - 16 for an orientation tour.
“The purpose of his visit was to give him an understanding of our mission and people,” Col. Bernard Lindstrom, district commander, said. “It was important for him to see what we do to support the region and the nation.”
While at the district, Kaiser received a regional overview of the district’s key projects including the Upper Ohio Navigation Study, Shallow Land Disposal Area, and visited Charleroi Locks and Dam which is part of the district’s Monongahela River Locks and Dam 2, 3, and 4 Project (Lower Mon).
During his visit to Charleroi, he toured the locks and received a bird’s-eye view of the facility from atop the dam’s service bridge.
Additionally, he used his visit to present awards and commander’s coins to a few district members.
Lindstrom said, overall the visit was a positive first engagement. He said his only regret was that he couldn’t take Kaiser to see other projects and meet more people.
Charleroi Locks and Dam is one of nine navigation structures which provide year-round navigation on the Monongahela River between Pittsburgh, Pa., and Fairmont, W.Va. It maintains a pool for 19.7 miles upstream to Maxwell Lock and Dam just south of Brownsville, Pa., and is one of the highest priority projects in the National Inland Waterways System.
Kaiser took command of the division Sept. 26.