US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

District Announces Annual Engineer’s Day Awards

Published June 13, 2014
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 and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

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 and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Vicksburg, Miss… The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District recently hosted its annual Engineer’s Day Awards ceremony at District Headquarters.

Prior to the ceremony, District Commander Col. John W. Cross made remarks regarding the work that the District team accomplishes by stating, “I am in constant awe of the work that you do. A part of my job is to educate the public on what we do. We do above and beyond the works of our regular mission.”

Some team members receiving awards were:
August Martin, deputy chief of Engineering and Construction Division, received the Commander’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity. Martin provided outstanding leadership in recruiting, developing, and mentoring minorities and women within the Engineering and Construction Division.

Robert Corey Winders, civil engineer, received the Engineer Award for his leadership as the national technical expert for the Corps’ Water Management System (CWMS) of the Modeling Mapping and Consequences Production Center (MMC). The MMC completed 16 watershed models and executed over $8.3 million in the CWMS break modeling to support the Corps’ Dam Safety and Critical Infrastructure, Protection and Resilience Programs in FY 13.

Brad Arcement, analytical chief of the geotechnical branch of Engineering and Construction Division, received the Vicksburg District’s Employee of the Year Award for his exceptional commitment to the Corps values while leading his geotechnical staff during the past year. Significant accomplishments this year include the geotechnical design of the complex Plaquemines Parish projects.

Robert Shea Staten, a natural resource specialist at the Sardis Lake Field Office, received the Park Ranger of the Year Award for his expertise as the Interpretive, Outreach, and Recreation program manager. Staten developed two museum exhibits that were displayed in Tupelo and Tunica.

Eric Holcomb of the Mississippi Project Office received the Student of the Year Award for his work as a wildlife biologist intern during May 2013 to April 2014. Holcomb demonstrates strong leadership qualities, great problem solving abilities, and exemplifies exceptional team member abilities and attitude.

Contact
Shirley J. Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

Release no. 14-052