VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District (District) recognized team members with 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service and some Vietnam veterans at its recent Founder’s Day ceremony held at headquarters building. The ceremony was in commemoration of the District’s 142 years of service to the nation. Retirees, including those who are Vietnam veterans, were also recognized at the ceremony. A breakfast for retirees was held in the executive conference room prior to the ceremony.
Col. John W. Cross, Commander of the Vicksburg District, opened the ceremony with remarks about the District team members and Vietnam veterans. “I welcome our retirees and our Vietnam veterans, and thanks to all of our District employees. The District has a phenomenal reputation with our congressmen and stakeholders up and down the Mississippi Valley. Your reputation is strong, and that makes me proud.”
Among team members recognized for their length of service were Wray Hogan and Nelson Harvey, who received certificates and pins for their 40 years of service in the Government of the United States of America. Hogan, also a Vietnam Era veteran, is a budget technician at the Louisiana Field Office and Harvey is an equipment operator at the Grenada Lake Field Office.
Col. Cross mentioned the 9,000,000 men and women who served during the Vietnam War, and those killed in action and missing in action. A film was shown depicting the 58,286 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. “To our Vietnam veterans - A grateful nation thanks and honors you and your families for your support and diligence. We thank you for your greatness; your greatness is etched in history.”
The ceremony concluded with a cake cutting by the Commander, a retiree, and the least tenured employee.
The Vicksburg 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 1,100 people. To learn more about the Vicksburg District, visit our website. www.mvk.usace.army.mil
Release no. 15-053