The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Commander Brig. Gen. Mark C. Quander made his inaugural visit to the Louisville District, Sept. 11-13, 2023.
During his visit, Quander received multiple briefings to learn more about the district’s missions, had lunch with recent graduates of the Leadership Development Program, held a town hall with district employees, and visited several project sites to include John T. Myers Locks and Dam in Mt. Vernon, Indiana; Olmsted Locks and Dam in Olmsted, Illinois; the new Louisville VA Medical
Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and Van Voorhis Elementary School in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
“You are all a hero to someone,” Quander said while participating in the district’s monthly forum. “Your work here matters.”
Quander recognized several teammates during his visit. Geotechnical Engineer Steven Shifflett, Contracting Branch Chief April Judd, and Payroll Liaison Officer Sandra Flanders were presented coins for their exceptional service during the Commander’s Forum held Sept. 11. Realty Specialist Patrick Shutt and Interior Designer Jessica O’Bryan were both presented Civilian Service Commendation Medals. Deputy Chief Value Officer Corey White was recognized for his exceptional support to the Chief Value officer of the Corps and outstanding contributions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Value Program as the team leader of the Office of Value Expertise and was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Maj. Brandon Jones was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional contributions throughout his career and was also awarded The Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal for his superior service to the United States Army Engineer Regiment.
Additionally, during site visits, Quander also recognized project staff to include Project Engineer Travis McKim, who was recognized for efforts for the major maintenance project at John T. Myers Locks and Dam. Sherman Baker, lock and dam equipment mechanic, was recognized at Olmsted Locks and Dam for consistently going above and beyond in his duties. Additionally, Office Engineer and Contracting Officer Representative for the Louisville VA Medical Center Area Office, David Kopecky, was also presented a coin for his work on the Louisville VAMC project.