VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District hosted Founders Day in commemoration of the District’s 144 years of service to the nation. This event celebrates the founding of the Vicksburg district by Capt. William Henry Harrison Benyaurd on August 18, 1879. The Corps of Engineers has maintained a continuous presence in Vicksburg ever since.
Col. Michael C. Derosier, Commander of the Vicksburg District, opened the ceremony with remarks about the District and its team members. “Communication is key, but there is also another element that is very evident in the District, and is very present in the room here today. It is a passion for excellence, it is a passion for our mission and it is a passion for what we do.”
The district started the ceremony by inducting four new members into its Gallery of Distinguished Employees. Those recipients were Robert L. Flemming, Douglass J. Kamien, Glenn O. Oliver and Larry Harper. Tisha Parker, daughter of the late Mr. Larry Harper and Mr. Harper’s grandchildren were present to accept his award and speak on his behalf. Ms. Parker stated how Larry Harper felt about the Corps and how much he loved his job, “The Corps of Engineers was his second family.”
The Vicksburg District recognized team members with 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 and 55 years of service. Among team members recognized for their length of service, Willie J. Davis was recognized for his 55 years of service in the Government of the United States of America. The ceremony concluded with a cake cutting with a saber, held by Col. Michael C. Derosier, the senior serving member Willie J. Davis, and newest serving member Kimberly Day.
The District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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 and employs approximately 1,000 people. To learn more about the Vicksburg District, visit our website. www.mvk.usace.army.mil
Release no. 17-018