USACE Vicksburg District celebrates history, inducts distinguished employees on Founders’ Day

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U.S. Army Corps of EngineersĀ Vicksburg District:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District celebrated Founders’ Day and 150 years of service to the nation by inducting distinguished employees at district headquarters on Thursday.

Vicksburg District Commander Col. Christopher Klein recognized employees with five to 45 years of service to the federal government.

Two district retirees were inducted into the Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees. Ms. Barbara Petersen, former Programs Management Branch chief, and Mr. Alfred Dulaney, former Visual Information specialist, were commended for their years of service and dedication. The last inductees were recognized in 2019.

This year’s special award recognition included several employees.

The Arkabutla Lake dam safety emergency team members, which included Lanny Barfield, James Cumberland, Dalton Hanley, Dakota Kolb, Barrett Lewis, Brian Oliver, Dereck Redwine, Melinda Sisco, and Cory Winders, each received Civilian Service Achievement Medals.

Dam Safety Manager Mason Jarabica received a Civilian Service Commendation Medal for his dedication.

Jimmie Elliott received the Hydrologic Modeling and Statistics and Risk Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Coastal (HHC) Community of Practice Annual Award for improving the USACE Mississippi Valley Division’s (MVD) technical strength.

Anita Griffin received the Modeling, Mapping and Consequences Center (MMC) Award of Excellence for her contributions to labor and funding needs.

Eight employees graduated from the Vicksburg District Leadership Program (VLDP). The VLDP is a year-long undertaking that provides personnel with extracurricular assignments designed to acclimate them to future supervisory positions. The graduates included Cody Barfield, Laura Barlow, Jamie Lynn Barnes, Jennifer Brown, Mabry Dye, Resa Holmes, Judy Huell, Richard Jones, Lakenya Thomas-Coleman and Jon Munz.

The VLDP class of 2023 also organized a time capsule as part of their group project. Items include an original rivet from the nearly 90-year-old Dredge Jadwin, a vintage planimeter used for drafting, a year’s worth of The Current, the district’s employee newsletter, and a letter from the VLDP class of 2023 to the class of 2048. The time capsule will be kept at the Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum in downtown Vicksburg until 2048.

Finally, the incoming Emerging Leader (EL) class of 2024 was announced and includes Jamie Lynn Barnes, Brandon Griffing and . The two-year program is designed to allow supervisory personnel with hands-on experience and mentoring from leadership members.