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District Hosts Founder’s Day

Published Aug. 20, 2018
VICKSBURG, Miss. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District hosted Founders Day in commemoration of the District’s 145 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 and remains Vicksburg’s second oldest business. 

Vicksburg District Commander Col. Michael C. Derosier opened the ceremony with remarks about the District and its team members. “Today is a day of celebration, appreciation, remembrance, and anticipation. Today we are celebrating 145 years of District History.”  

The Vicksburg District recognized team members with 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service. Among team members recognized for their length of service, Norma Walker, Billy Williams Jr., Jimmie Kirkwood, and James Darnell were all recognized for serving the district for 40 years.  The Vicksburg District also recognized graduates of its Leadership Development Program. 

The ceremony concluded with a cake cutting with a saber, held by Col. Michael C. Derosier, the senior serving member Norma Walker, and newest serving member Janice Darby. 

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,


Catherine Jennison

Release no. 18-048