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Archive: 2013
  • November

    Sampling the Mississippi River

    For the third time in almost eight decades, bed material samples are being taken from the Mississippi River. The first was in 1935 and the second was in 1989, but this is the first time it’s an effort being coordinated between different government agencies.
  • October

    Wastewater Treatment Facility to open doors for future growth

    It’s not sexy, but it’s the greatest thing for the county,” said DeSoto County Board of Supervisors President Mark Gardner, “And it’ll open doors for DeSoto County’s future growth.”
  • Grugett christened

    “Wooooh!” The blare from the mighty air horn announces “I’m the Motor Vessel George C. Grugett and I’m here to join the fleet!” A few seconds later, more horns blare in welcome response, filling the afternoon air with sounds reminiscent of early days on the Mississippi River.
  • Anderson takes command

    The soaring marble columns at One Commerce Square provided an inspiring venue for Memphis District’s change of command July 12. Col. Vernie L. Reichling Jr. turned over leadership of the district to Col. Jeffery A. Anderson at the event attended by employees, retirees, family members, partners, stakeholders and others. Deputy District Commander Lt. Col. Dave Patton acted as the master of ceremonies.
  • August

    District accepting nominations for distinguished civilian employee

    Since 1927, Memphis District has been recognizing Civilian employees for their extraordinary performance. A portrait of each individual hangs in the Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees, located on the 5th floor of the Memphis District headquarters, to honor these role models who’ve made significant contributions to the Corps of Engineers.
  • A life well-lived ... Remembering Thomas George

    Thomas George packed a lot of life into his brief 56 years with us. The former Memphis District employee passed away April 5 doing one of the many things he loved – being close to the river. Thomas was Master of the Corps’ Dredge Potter based in the St. Louis District. He died in his sleep aboard the dredge which was at Ensley Engineer Yard in Memphis for maintenance work.
  • Keeping pace … my journey to the finish

    I had the honor of running in the 117th Boston Marathon this year. During my 26-mile, 385-yard race I had the pleasure of witnessing how incredible people can be as well as the displeasure of seeing how despicably low people are capable of becoming.
  • Mitchem brings wealth of Army legal experience

    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Suzy Mitchem is the new District Counsel. She comes to the Memphis following a distinguished career in war and in peace while serving in a succession of leadership positions at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
  • New Labor Forum to Improve Work Life

    In the works for more than a year, a Labor-Management Forum Agreement between the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees Local 259 and the Memphis District was signed July 9 at district headquarters.
  • July

    Memphis District Commander Col. Vernie Reichling signs a Labor Forum Agreement at the District Headquarters

    July 9, 2013: Memphis District Commander Col. Vernie Reichling (left) and International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 259 President Melvin Tate (right) signed a Labor Forum Agreement today at the District Headquarters.
  • April

    District reflects on freedom, equality

    In observance of African American/Black History Month, Memphis District team members gathered at city hall council chambers Feb. 13 to reflect on the struggles that Americans and the world have had, and continue to have, in the history with civil rights and freedom.
  • Federally recognized tribes sign BPNM Floodway programmatic agreement

    Six federally recognized tribes have signed the new Birds Point/New Madrid Floodway Programmatic Agreement (PA). Two tribes, the Quapaw Tribe and the Delaware Nation, signed the PA during a signing ceremony held at Memphis District Nov. 20, 2012. Three tribes - Osage Nation, the Absentee Shawnee, and the Eastern Shawnee - signed by mail in December 2012, and the Thlopthlocco Creek signed in a ceremony Jan. 18.
  • White River receives National Blueway designation

    The White River and its entire basin became the second watershed to receive designation as a “National Blueway” at a ceremony in Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 9. The first was the Connecticut River; however the White River Watershed is the first to undergo the full nomination, evaluation and recognition process.
  • February

    Memphis-based Dredge Hurley finishes season on Middle-Mississippi River

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has completed an extended dredging season, and has brought equipment in for seasonal maintenance and leave for the crew.