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Posted 8/19/2014

Release no. 14-067


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Shirley J. Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

VICKSBURG, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District (District) inducted Wayland Hill into its prestigious Gallery of Distinguished Employees today at its Founder’s Day ceremony while celebrating 141 years of service to the Nation. Hill, a former team member with the hydraulics branch of Engineering and Construction Division, is the 77th inductee into the Gallery.

Induction into this Gallery dates back to 1955 for those who went above and beyond with their dedication to duty and made a significant impact upon the mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Vicksburg District.

Hill’s career with the District began in 1969 as a draftsman in the minor structures section of design branch of Engineering Division. He was an iconic river forecaster for the Vicksburg District. He was well known and respected among his peers at the District, Division, the National Weather Service, and most importantly, members of the general public, for his river forecasting expertise. Well known for his professionalism, during major flood events Hill handled as many as 200 phone calls per day from persons seeking forecasts.

In 1978, Hill began working in the hydraulics branch of the reservoir regulation section of Engineering Division. He became an expert at forecasting river stages and was responsible for overseeing the work of the other reservoir regulation sections of other divisions. Other duties included work with the locks and dams within the Vicksburg District. He was also responsible for the operation of nine reservoirs, ensuring that each operated according to the water control plans, and for river forecasting for all rivers and streams within the District for operational purposes.

Throughout his career with the Corps, Hill was a valuable member of the District team. He exemplified the Army values in his approach to achieving solutions to problems within his areas of expertise and assisting other team members. He was an exemplary role model and mentor who continuously demonstrated personal character, integrity, and leadership ability.

A native of Water Valley, he is a graduate of Water Valley High School, and earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Northwest Mississippi Junior College.

He is married to the former Glenda Justice from Mantachie, chief of the District’s design branch of Engineering and Construction Division. They are the parents of two sons, Dean and Josh.
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