VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District held a “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony Sept. 4 to commemorate the deployment of the district’s Mat Sinking Unit and the official start of revetment season.
The ceremony was held at the Vicksburg District Harbor and included blessings from USACE Chaplain Col. Bradford Baumann, Rev. Sam Godfrey of Christ Episcopal Church and Rev. Carl Young, a crew member on the Mat Sinking Unit. Members of the Memphis District revetment team and representatives of the Mississippi Valley Division were also in attendance. District leadership, including Commander Col. Robert Hilliard and Chief of Operations Julie Vignes, spoke at the ceremony and emphasized the importance of the unit’s work.