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Posted 7/13/2017

Release no. 17-014

Greg Raimondo

VICKSBURG, MISS… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Chief of River Operations retired recently. 

After more than 23 years of service to the federal government, Tommy Hengst retired June 30, 2017. Hengst’s retirement brought closure to a successful career spent serving the public with the Vicksburg District.
During his tenure, Hengst held a variety of positions and leadership roles. His career began at the Vicksburg District on May 31, 1994. He worked in Cost Engineering, Project Management, Project Resources Management and retired as the Chief of River Operations in the Operations.

After being Chief of River Operations branch, Hengst said “About 4 1/2 years ago I was given the opportunity to lead River Operations Branch. Of all of the other things that I did in my Federal career, that proved to be the most challenging as well as the most rewarding.” Throughout his many accomplishments, he strived to lead by example and encourage others to serve the public to the best of their abilities.

Tommy Hengst lives in Rolling Fork, MS and is married to his lovely wife Pam with one son, one daughter and many grandchildren.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects including disaster response and employs approximately 1,100 people.