Ernest W. “Butch” Lutz, Jr., chief of Internal Review at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, was named one of 12 distinguished Louisiana State University (LSU) alumni who were inducted into LSU’s military Hall of Honor this past fall. Lutz graduated from LSU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in history and was commissioned through LSU Army ROTC. A scholarship cadet, he was a member of the Troy H. Middleton Company, Association of the United States Army and D Company, 5th Regiment, Scabbard and Blade. Lutz’s enlisted service included service in Germany and the Louisiana Army National Guard. As a commissioned officer, he served on active duty in South Korea, Germany and Southwest Asia, as well as in the United States. His last 13 years of military service were spent at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff.
His numerous military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
Lutz, a certified public accountant in Maryland and Mississippi, served as chief, Internal Review, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, prior to coming to ERDC in 2012.
Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District recently selected Vicksburg native Patricia Hemphill as the deputy for programs and project management (DPM). This is the highest civilian position within the Vicksburg District. Hemphill previously served as the assistant to the DPM and led long-range planning and management of the civil works programs and operations and maintenance projects.
Hemphill’s education and training for this position include being a 2011 Senior Fellow, Excellence in Government Partnership for Public Service, attending Harvard University’s JFK School of Government at Cambridge, Mass., and the Army Management Staff College at Ft. Belvoir, Va. She received a degree in Sustaining Base Leadership Management Program, and earned her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University.
Hemphill is a registered professional engineer in the state of Mississippi and earned the Corps’ project management level one certification. She is a member of the Society of Military Engineers and serves on Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering Board of Diversity. She also serves on Jackson State University’s College of Engineering Advisory Council.
Her awards include the District’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement in Equal Opportunity, the District’s 2011 Employee of the Year; Women of Color Science Technology Engineering and Math Award; Modern Day Technology Leader, Black Engineer Science and Technology Awards; 2010 Mississippi 50 Leading Business Women; and the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award and Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.
Hemphill is married to Glenn Hemphill, also a Vicksburg native.