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Archive: 2019
  • September

    Corps completes Randolph-Hatchie project

    The Memphis District completed final stone placement and final inspection for the Randolph-Hatchie Towhead Dike Construction project on Sep. 6. The project, located in Tipton County, Tennessee at Mississippi River mile 772, upstream of Richardson Landing Casting Field assists in maintaining a safe and reliable navigation channel for commercial towboats traveling on this particular area of the river. The District completed the $4.9 million Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Project funded work as part of its navigation channel improvement responsibilities.
  • Boyd takes ‘Taking Care of People’ to heart

    We hear a lot these days about the importance of taking care of people. Revolving Fund Accountant Christopher Boyd recently translated this from mere words into valuable actions.
  • District employees receive stormwater training

    Forty-one employees from across the District participated in a class at Ensley Engineer Yard (EEY) Sept. 4 preparing them to receive stormwater certification. Memphis District Stormwater Coordinator Conrad Stacks organized the class taught by Tom Lawrence on behalf of Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control.
  • Bailey Hunt receives Commander’s Award

    Real Estate Review Appraiser Bailey Hunt received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Sept. 9, for work he performed for the Memphis District from May 2018 through September 2019. District Commander Col. Zachary Miller presented the award in his office, with Hunt’s Real Estate coworkers in attendance.
  • Welcome Home Daniel Rocha

    Memphis District Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Nathan Molica (left) and Jordan Bledsoe (right) greet Daniel Rocha upon his return home from a two year deployment with Task Force Essayons in Iraq. There he served as the Engineering Branch chief, a role for which he earned the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
  • Art Hamm retires after 63-year of combined federal service

    Memphis District employee Art Hamm retired on Friday, Aug. 30, capping an amazing 63 years of federal service. Before coming to work for the Memphis District in 1979, Hamm served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an electronic technician at locations around the world including service in the Vietnam War. Following his retirement from the Air Force he completed another 40 years of service as an electronic industrial controls mechanic for the Memphis District.
  • Memphis District Power Team deploys for Hurricane Dorian response

    Thirteen members of the Memphis District’s Power Planning and Response Team (PRT) deployed to South Carolina over the last few days to provide temporary emergency power in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
  • Rowland earns Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

    Seth Rowland, a legal assistant summer hire, was awarded the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service just before returning to his studies at the University of Memphis School of Law. Rowland earned the medal for providing expert “legal computer engineering in supporting multiple takings lawsuits totaling over $1 billion in government exposure.”
  • August

    Trotters seepage remediation project underway

    Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller visited the Trotters Seepage Remediation Project on Aug. 26 to view work progress. The work site is located in Tunica County, Miss., near the community of Trotters. The project’s purpose is to reduce seepage under the Mississippi River levee to protected areas and prevent sand boil activity during periods of high water. The contractor, VuConn, LLC, is building a compacted earthen berm in an approximately 47-acre area in the bend of the levee. They are also installing six relief wells to relieve pressure in the aquifer during periods of high water. The existing drainage ditches will direct water to a pump station south of the project area where it can be transferred back into the river.
  • Survey Boat Clark repaired at Corps’ Ensley Engineer Yard

    A small army of skilled workers is completing work on the Rock Island District’s Survey Boat Clark after divers recovered it from a watery grave. Here’s what happened.
  • Caruthersville Area Office team members recognized

    Area Engineer Daimon McNew recognized members of the Caruthersville Area Office team, Joanie Dodson, Michael Mann, and Ben Baddour, for their dedicated service during a Aug. 2 luncheon at Reelfoot Lake. McNew presented Joanie Dodson with the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award upon her retirement, culminating 37 years of service. McNew also presented Michael Mann with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. And, he presented Ben Baddour with his Five Years Length of Service Certificate.
  • Douglas earns Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

    Workforce Development Specialist Wendy Douglas received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service during a Human Resources Forum Aug. 26. Memphis District Commander Col. Zachary Miller presented the award that recognized her work from February 2018 through August 2019. The citation accompanying the award praises her “… persistent hard work, and technical expertise resulted in success of the District’s Workforce Management. She greatly improved the District’s hiring process, enabled the District to grow personnel end strength, and managed the training program for 100% of the District’s employees.” Douglas is leaving the Memphis District soon for a promotion with the Internal Revenue Service office in Memphis.
  • Memphis District awards contract for new dragline machine

    The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on July 10, 2019, awarded a $15 million contract to construct a new dragline machine to Seatrax, Inc., of Houston, Texas. Procurement of this new machine represents Phase I of a project to replace the current dragline machine. Workers will eventually mount the machine on a barge, allowing it to work from the river. A separate contract for the barge is set to open bids on Sept. 11, 2019.
  • June

    MVM 2028 Initiatives: District team working to prevent electrical accidents

    With its 2028 Initiatives, the Memphis District is identifying and aggressively pursuing a range of innovative measures to equip it with the tools, training, and resources that enable it to deliver increasing value to the region and nation. One such initiative is its new Arc Flash Evaluation Project. The District has trained and resourced a team of arc flash analysis experts with the goal preventing electrical accidents at Corps facilities and sites.
  • May

    MVM 2028 Initiatives: Faster projects, under budget

    The Memphis District has embarked on a bold initiative to revolutionize its processes for delivering projects and engineering solutions. The initiative is called MVM 2028 and its vision is for the District to “bring value to every local, regional, and national interaction as the one stop shop for a full suite of project management, engineering and other technical services.” One way the District plans to bring value is through its ongoing efforts to deliver projects faster and under budget. The District’s interdisciplinary project delivery teams—consisting of engineers, project managers, program analysts, and others—are seeking to gain maximum benefit from the functions and capabilities of Primavera project management software. They recently teamed with the Corps’ Savannah District to complete advanced Primavera training as a means of enhancing their ability to deliver projects faster and under budget.
  • Davidson is the new Memphis District Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management

    Donny D. Davidson, Jr. is the new Memphis District deputy district engineer for programs and project management. He assumed his new role in April, after serving four and a half years as the Engineering and Construction Division chief.
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  • April

    Memphis District hosts Job Fair

    On March 14, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District held a Job Fair at the America Job Center, 3040 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis. The successful four hour event attracted approximately 50 potential candidates. At the time of the event, the District had 31 open positions listed on Though the event is over, job seekers can still search openings with the district on or by going to the district’s website ( and clicking on the “Jobs” link.
  • March

    Evans wins 2018 Engineer Regimental Outstanding Civilian of the Year Award

    The 2018 U.S. Army Engineer Awards Board’s Outstanding Civilian of the Year Award Committee recently selected Memphis District’s Jamie Evans as the Outstanding Civilian of the Year. Every year the committee selects an Army civilian engineer to recognize for their outstanding contributions and support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the regiment, including civil works, humanitarian, and community achievements.