Fairfax native Randy Melby has seen his fair proportion of the world with the US Military Corps of Engineers.
After 4 a long time of service, the Montevideo resident retired from the group however continues to work on the Lac qui Parle dam undertaking as a high quality management consultant. He labored as a dam supervisor beginning in 1998 earlier than volunteering to work in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006.
Melby has volunteered in lots of different locations, together with a number of hurricanes, together with Hurricane Marilyn in 1995 within the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Louisiana in 1992, Hurricane Michael in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in 2018, Hurricane Maria that devastated Dominica, Saint Croix and Puerto Rico in 2017, Hurricane Erma that hit Florida in 2017, flooding in New Jersey and Arkansas.
“I used to be capable of do many issues, go to many locations with the Military Corps of Engineers,” Melby mentioned. “When you’re keen to volunteer, you possibly can. Every thing we do is on a voluntary foundation.”
He was fast so as to add that he wouldn’t have been capable of make all of the deployments with out the sacrifices his household made.
Melby was accompanied by Nationwide Guard troops on lots of his deployments. He volunteered with first responders in pure disasters on American soil overseas.
A lot of his service with the Corps was in and across the Lac qui Parle dam, situated on the higher Minnesota River, 30 miles east of the South Dakota border, seven miles upriver from Montevideo.
Funded by a $5.7 million contract, the latest dam modification and tools renovation undertaking replaces 9 gates, which cease the movement of water with a tapered wedge that slides into the groves. A everlasting cease log drainage system was added for inspection, upkeep and modifications of gates and concrete with out impeding movement by the dam.
The Corps of Engineers contains 37,000 troopers and civilians who present engineering companies in additional than 130 nations around the globe. Tasks embrace the development and upkeep of America’s infrastructure and the supply of navy services the place American service members prepare, work and dwell.
Tasks embrace dredging America’s waterways to assist the motion of commodities and supply recreation at campgrounds, lakes, and marinas.
By designing hurricane and storm injury discount infrastructure, catastrophe dangers are lowered.
The Corps additionally cleans up websites contaminated with hazardous, poisonous or radioactive waste and supplies.