New MVD commander welcomed to Vicksburg

Published 1:41 am Monday, September 1, 2014

The Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander.

Brig. Gen. Michael C. Wehr assumed command of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a ceremony Friday.

He spent the last part of the ceremony giving his thanks to all who supported him, and telling the audience how gracious he was for his new position.

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“I’m honored, and will continue the legacy along the river. Thank you,” Wehr said.

Wehr moved back to Mississippi from Afghanistan where he served as director of the Joint Engineering Directorate for the United States Forces, and commander of the Transatlantic Division, Afghanistan.

Wehr’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab and Sapper Tab.

In his new position as MVD’s 38th commander, Wehr will be responsible for the Corps water resources program. The 370,000 square-mile stretch of area that includes portions of 12 states.

He will also be president-designee of the Mississippi River Commission. In this position, he will oversee the comprehensive Mississippi River and Tributaries flood control and navigation project.

Wehr said that it was an honor to follow Brig. Gen.l Peter A. “Duke” Deluca in command.

“No one can debate Duke is the best engineer we’ve ever known,” Wehr said.

Wehr takes over for Deluca, who was himself appointed commander in September of last year.

“I have a lot of gratitude and joy. In my 32 years, I have 14 years in command,” Deluca said.

He said he is excited to be stepping down and is excited to see what the future holds for Wehr.

“Good luck and welcome. You’re going to be great,” he told Wehr.