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Posted 8/20/2014

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VICKSBURG, Miss., August 20, 2014 – In a formal change of command ceremony, Brigadier General Peter A. “Duke” DeLuca will transfer command of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to Brigadier General Michael C. Wehr, Friday, August 29.  The ceremony will be officiated by the Corps' Chief of Engineers, Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick, and will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Vicksburg Convention Center.

DeLuca, division commander and president-designee of the Mississippi River Commission since September 2013, will be retiring after more than 32 years of service with the United States Army.

Wehr comes to Vicksburg from Afghanistan where he served as director of the Joint Engineering Directorate for the United States Forces-Afghanistan, and commander of the Transatlantic Division (Forward), Afghanistan.

As MVD’s 38th commander, Wehr will be responsible for the Corps water resources programs in a 370,000-square-mile area that includes portions of 12 states; its boundary extends from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  District offices are headquartered in St. Paul, Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans.

In addition, Wehr will be president-designee of the Mississippi River Commission, the presidentially appointed agency that oversees the comprehensive Mississippi River and Tributaries flood control and navigation project, as well as the entire Mississippi River and its tributaries.