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District’s Safety Chief Retires with 47 Years of Service

Published Sept. 30, 2016

VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Chief of the Safety and Occupational Health Office retired recently. After more than four decades of service to the federal government, Donny Weaver retired September 30, 2016. Weaver’s retirement brought closure to a long, successful and memorable career where he spent 43 of those years at the Vicksburg District.

      During his tenure, Weaver held a variety of positions and leadership roles. His career began in the plant branch at the Vicksburg Harbor in 1973, where he built mud boxes (temporary levee extensions). He rose through the ranks and ended his Corps tenure as Chief of Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) for six years.

        Throughout his many accomplishments, he strived to strengthen the District’s safety program and foster a safe and healthy work environment for all. While serving as motor vehicle and heavy equipment licensing agent from 1974 to1977, he recognized a need for the hearing impaired and took the initiative to implement the first Hearing Conservation Program at the District.

      He completed the Safety Intern Program in 1977, which provided him an opportunity in the safety community of practice with travel and new experiences.

      Weaver’s job also afforded him travel abroad. His first overseas tour was with the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanical) as the Safety Manager at Bad Kreznach, FRG in Western Germany (1983-1985). He then traveled to Vicenza, Italy, where he served one year as Chief of SETAF/5th SupCom, which included responsibilities in Turkey and Greece.


     Returning to Vicksburg as the District’s Assistant Chief of SOH from 1986 to 2010 did not end Weaver’s travel adventures. In 1987 he was stationed at Incerlink Air Base, Turkey, where he developed a safety program for Corps units located throughout Turkey; Alaska in 1989, where he oversaw the transfer of the Army base from Anchorage to Fairbanks; his last overseas tour was to Kuwait in 1991 where he served as Safety Officer for the recovery efforts there.

      He and his wife Virginia, also a District retiree, are the parents of a son and a daughter.

Shirley Smith

Release no. 16-035