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Happy Birthday Little Rock

Captain T.H. Handbury became the first Little Rock District Engineer in February 1881.
Captain T.H. Handbury became the first Little Rock District Engineer in February 1881.

In 1881 Capt. Thomas Handbury assumed officer-in-charge responsibilities for a collection of Corps of Engineers waterway improvement projects in a wide geographical area. The boundaries for his waterway improvement mission stretched from Wichita, Kansas to Memphis, Tennessee, and from the Ozark Mountains to south of the Louisiana border. Upon his arrival, 136 years ago this February, Handbury opened the Army Corps of Engineers office in Little Rock.

The Little Rock District’s presence in the region has definitely helped shape the success of the communities around your infrastructure projects. Northwest Arkansas’ rapidly growing economy and the tourism industry along the White River in southern Missouri and Arkansas are a true testament to that success.

Little Rock District Map

Your civil works and military missions impact millions of people at home and around the globe. The district’s $6.5 billion in public infrastructure provides reliable navigation, renewable electricity, flood risk reduction, clean drinking water and some of the best recreation opportunities in the nation. Managing and maintaining 12 reservoirs, 13 navigation locks and dams, 7 hydroelectric power plants, 138 public parks, and 308 miles of navigation channel is no small feat and I applaud your contributions to the nation.

Navigation Chart Cover
Navigation Chart Cover

Because of your forward thinking and strong stakeholder relationships, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is reliable, resilient, relevant, and promotes growth for future generations.

Both Beaver and Millwood Dams marked their 50th anniversaries last year and Nimrod Dam is knocking on the door of a 75th anniversary in 2017.  I know these and all your other projects will be there for generations to come thanks to the dedication of our Corps teammates in the Natural and Show-Me states!

Colonel Robert G. Dixon, Commander of Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers puts memorabilia in a time capsule after the Millwood Lakes 50th anniversary celebration held Dec. 1, 2016.
Colonel Robert G. Dixon, Commander of Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers puts memorabilia in a time capsule after the Millwood Lakes 50th anniversary celebration held Dec. 1, 2016.

Thank you for all you do to ensure success in the Little Rock District. Without your extraordinary contributions, our Division would not be what it is today.

Happy Birthday to each of you!

David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“Building Strong…Army Strong!”

Mark Mazzanti to become Programs Director for USACE Southwestern Division

DALLAS—Mark Mazzanti has been selected to become the director of Programs for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, headquartered in Dallas.  He will replace Mr. Robert E. Slockbower, who is retiring on June 30.

Mark Mazzanti to become Programs Director for USACE Southwestern Division
Mark Mazzanti to become Programs Director for USACE Southwestern Division

As the director of Programs, Mazzanti will be responsible for the development and execution of Civil Works, Military, Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste, and Support for Others Programs within the Division. He will provide leadership and supervision for the SWD Programs Directorate and have staff oversight for programs, planning, and project management activities in the division’s four district offices in Fort Worth and Galveston, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; and Tulsa, Okla.

Mazzanti, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is currently serving as the chief, Programs Integration Division, Civil Works Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Washington D.C.  He has served in this capacity since May 2011.

“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Mazzanti join our Southwestern Division leadership team,” said Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, SWD commander.  “His wealth of experience in the Army Corps of Engineers and the civil works arena makes him a valued asset to our Division as we continue to deliver on our commitments to our region, our military, and the Nation.  We are looking forward to his expertise and leadership.”

Mr. Mazzanti was selected to the Senior Executive Service in July 2009, when he was appointed as Programs Director for the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He oversaw the execution of MVD’s Civil Works program, including the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System and the Mississippi River and Tributaries project. In this position, he also served as a senior advisor to the Mississippi River Commission.

Other prior assignments include serving as Deputy to the director of Programs and the chief of the Civil Works Integration Division in the Mississippi Valley Division and the chief of the Programs Management Branch for the Vicksburg District.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Southwestern Division and leading the Programs Directorate,” Mazzanti said.  “SWD has an outstanding reputation for providing great engineering services to our Nation and our national security, and I’m very proud and excited to be a part of this team!”