Robert Cory Winders, hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Modeling, Mapping, Consequences, and Production Center (MMC), recently received a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service at the. Winders received the award for his exceptional performance as a hydraulic engineering national technical expert during the national implementation of the Corps Water Management System (CWMS). He successfully executed the Corps Water Management System in 10 basins in the first year of its production.
At the District, he serves as the MMC’s CWMS project coordinator and provides technical review and oversight of the model implementation. He creates schedules, budgets, and staffing of modeling teams; mentors and leads CWMS team members and ensures timely completion of tasks within budget. Winders began his career with the Corps in 2009 as a hydraulic engineer in the hydraulics branch of Engineering and Construction Division. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
A native of Olive Branch, he earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in civil engineering at Mississippi State University.
He is married to the former Jennifer Forrest and they are the parents of two children.
Also, Dennis Ward, a contract representative at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sardis Lake Field Office, recently received a Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Medal, a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and the NATO-5 Medal. Ward received the medals and Commander’s Award for his support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as a construction representative in support of construction efforts and execution of more than 28 projects totaling $360 million for the Afghanistan National Security Forces Program. He began his career with the Vicksburg District in 2002 as a contract representative with the Sardis Lake Field Office.
Ward, a native of Excelsior Springs, Mo., completed electrical technology training with the U.S. Air Force while he was on active duty from 1983-1992. He is married to Mercedes Ward and they are the parents of a daughter. He is the son of Ella Jean Ward and the late J.R. Ward of Excelsior Springs.
Finally, Whitney R. Ladzick, a hydraulic modeler with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Production Center (MMC), received a Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. Ladzick received the award for her role in the completion of dam break analyses on Corps dams, consequence estimates, and geographic information systems assistance throughout three Corps divisions and four Corps districts.
Ladzick began her career with the District in 2011 as a Department of the Army intern working as a hydraulic modeler in the hydrology branch. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers. A native of Sherwood, Ore., she earned her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
She is the daughter of David and Denise Ladzick of Sherwood.