Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District celebrated its ninth annual Founder’s Day today in observance of the District’s 140th year of service to our Nation.
The day began with a continental breakfast for retirees. The breakfast was immediately followed by the Founder’s Day ceremony where District Commander, Col. John W. Cross, made opening remarks by stating, “Welcome to all of you, especially to our retirees. You are all directly responsible for the current, impressive reputation this District has throughout the community and throughout the Corps. Thank you for all you have done in the past. The contributions of our employees continue to be outstanding.”
Col Cross’ remarks were followed by his presentation of Length of Service Awards to team members with 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service.
Special awards recipients were Philip Rogers, David Carraway, and Dennis D. Ward who received the Commander’s Special Emphasis Awards for their support to the War on Terrorism. Ward also received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for his support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Non-Article 5 NATO Medal in relation to the ISAF Operation.
Other special award recipients were Robert M. Stewart who received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for support of the St. Paul’s District’s 2011 Spring-Summer Flood Recovery operations in the Souris River Basin.
Other special award recipients included Robert C. Winders who received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for serving as hydraulic engineering national technical expert on behalf of the Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Production Center; Whitney R. Ladzick, and Karen L. Myers, who received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for excellent service to the Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Production Center.
The ceremony concluded with team members singing the Army song before the cutting of the Founder’s Day cake by Col Cross and the team members with 45 years of service, William Carpenter and Lillian Standridge.
Photo: Lillian Standridge, Col Cross, and William Carpenter cut the Founder's Day cake.