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Posted 7/21/2015

Release no. 15-048

Shirley J. Smith

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

David Wallace of the Technical Support Branch of Engineering and Construction Division received the Vicksburg District’s Employee of the Year Award. Wallace received this award for his outstanding dedication and initiative associated with providing valuable architect-engineer contracting and facilities relocations capabilities for the District, the region and other installations.

Among other team members receiving awards were:
Jacob Brister of the Programs and Project Management Division received the Commander’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity. Brister provided opportunities for minorities to pursue new career paths and continues to support the program through mentoring and coaching.

Wesley Crosby of the Engineering and Construction Division received the Engineer Award for his leadership as the national technical expert for dams. Under his leadership, the Modeling, Mapping, and Consequence Production Center completed approximately 320 dam failure analyses to support the USACE Dam Safety and Critical Infrastructure, Protection and Resilience programs.

Amy Shultz of Operations Division’s Lake Ouachita Field Office received the Park Ranger of the Year Award for her sustaining promotions of water safety programs through media and personal contacts while educating the public of practicing proper water safety techniques.

Gregory L. Anderson of the Hydraulics Branch of Engineering and Construction Division and Joshua Neisen of Sardis Lake Field Office of Operations Division both received Student of the Year Award. They were recognized for their willingness to accept challenges and the desire to succeed which are evidence of their strong character and leadership skills.

John David Randolph of Engineering and Construction Division received the STEM Employee of the Year Award for his professionalism, dedication, and expert technical ability when sharing valuable information to students on science, technology, engineering and math.

Sarah Koeppel of Operations Division received the Commander’s Public Service Award for her leadership, selfless service and stewardship through volunteerism. She consistently gives back to the community by providing opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders to learn and observe, while enhancing the quality of life for the local community.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District is one of 41 Corps districts worldwide and one of six districts in the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division (MVD). The Vicksburg District covers 68,000 square miles in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The District's 1,000-person workforce is eager to serve you and to be the Engineer of Choice for the 21st Century. Explore our web site at