US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Corps’ Regulatory Chief of Permits Retires

Published March 29, 2013

Vicksburg, Miss….David Lofton of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District is retiring with more than 36 years of total service.


   Lofton is a Supervisory Environmental Specialist and Chief of the Permit Section in the Regulatory Branch of the Operations Division, where he has worked for over 33 years.  He began his career as a Biological Assistant at Waterways Experiment Station before transferring to the Vicksburg District.


    A native of Vicksburg, he attended Warren Central High School, Hinds Jr. College,  and earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife from Mississippi State University.


    Lofton has received numerous awards and commendations within the Corps.  He is also an Eagle Scout, a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association, a Vigil Honor Member, and received the District award of Merit.  He holds a membership in the Association of Southern Biologists.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Mutual Credit Union. 


    His many hobbies include remote control helicopters, Ham radio, World War II modeling, and playing chess, and he plans to spend more time enjoying motorcycling and bicycling.


    Lofton and his wife, Helen Carter Lofton of Vicksburg, look forward to enjoying a second home near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  They are the parents of a son and a daughter.


    “I’ve had good challenges and opportunities with excellent people to work with.  I will take those friendships with me as I travel a new road,” stated Lofton.


   The Vicksburg District Regulatory team continues to work daily to assure that the Nation’s aquatic resources are protected while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible, and balanced permit decisions.  The Vicksburg District Regulatory team reviews thousands of requests for jurisdictional determinations and subsequent permit applications under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, which established a program to regulate the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands. The Corps was assigned the responsibility of administering the day-to-day program activities such as completing jurisdictional determinations, evaluating permit applications, and assuring enforcement. 



Kavanaugh Breazeale

Release no. 13-030