Corps of Engineers announces July 12 change of command ceremony

Published July 8, 2024

The public is invited to attend the Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, change of command ceremony on Friday, July 12, at 10:00 am.

The ceremony will take place in the Clark and Sacajawea rooms at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, WA. The event will also be live streamed on YouTube at

Lt. Col. ShaiLin KingSlack will relinquish command of the Walla Walla District to Lt. Col. Kathryn (Katie) Werback, following her two-year command of the District, which employs over 880 personnel across its footprint.

Following this command, KingSlack, a native of Elk Grove, Calif., is slated to serve as the Corps Engineer for the U.S. Army’s I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Werback, a native of San Jose, Calif, joins the district following her assignment as the deputy district commander at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Portland District.

Col. Jeffery D. Hall, deputy commander of USACE Northwestern Division, will preside over the ceremony on behalf of Brig. Gen. William C. Hannan Jr., commander of the USACE Northwestern Division.

The Walla Walla District, established in 1948, encompasses more than 107,000 square miles in parts of six states – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah. It is a multi-faceted district responsible for providing hydropower, environmental stewardship, flood risk management and recreation opportunities, and for maintaining a navigation channel in the Snake and Columbia rivers.

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