WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The public is invited to attend the Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, change-of-command ceremony set for 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center.
Lt. Col. Damon A. Delarosa will assume command of the District from departing Commander Lt. Col. Timothy R. Vail, who commanded the Walla Walla District for two years and is rotating to an assignment in the Assistant Secretary of the Army’s office in Washington, D.C.
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.
Brig. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, commander of the Corps’ Northwestern Division, will preside over the ceremony. He is responsible for five districts and their work across an area that includes all or parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.
The July 8 ceremony will include the 204th U.S. Army Band, from Vancouver, Washington, and a ceremonial color guard from the 864th Engineer Battalion, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Washington.