VICKSBURG, Miss., September 17, 2013 – In a formal change of command ceremony, Major General John W. Peabody will transfer command of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to Brigadier General Peter A. “Duke” DeLuca, Tuesday, September 24. 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.
Maj. Gen. Peabody, MVD Commander and President of the Mississippi River Commission since November 2011, has been assigned as the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C.
Brig. Gen. DeLuca comes to Vicksburg from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he is the Commandant of the United States Army Engineer School, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. He has also served as the Commanding General of the Corps’ North Atlantic Division in Brooklyn, New York.
As MVD Commander, General DeLuca 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, General DeLuca 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.