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Corps’ Greenwood Area Office Area Engineer Retires

Published June 1, 2016
Vicksburg, Miss…Samuel J. Horton, Area Engineer of the Greenwood Area Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, retired recently with over 39 years of service. Sam began his career with the Corps in 1977 as a civil engineer in the Vicksburg District’s Construction Division.  He later worked as a project engineer in the Greenwood Area Office.  

     Some of the highlights from his career include his work on the construction of the Red River Lock & Dam Projects (1983–1995) to include Locks & Dams 2 and 3, and resident engineer at Lock & Dam 5.  Upon completion of Lock and Dam 5, Horton returned to the Greenwood Area Office in 1995 as assistant area engineer, and was later selected as area engineer in 2002, a position he held until his retirement. He also worked on multiple temporary details, most notably as chief of Engineering and Construction Division from Nov 2008 – Feb 2009.

     During his tenure in Greenwood, he oversaw construction on major projects including the Upper Yazoo Channel Projects, Delta Headwaters Projects, Mississippi River Levee Enlargement and Seepage Projects, numerous repair or renovation projects at the Mississippi Lakes, and the Greenwood Protection Works. He also participated in numerous flood events including serving as area commander during the historical Mississippi River Flood of 2011, and as deputy area commander during the Red River Flood of 2015. Especially noteworthy is his service as deputy commander of Task Force Hope Mississippi during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

     Horton, a native of Tippah County, and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Greenwood, and they have two children.

Shirley J. Smith

Release no. 16-015