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USACE Vicksburg District announces new Emergency Management Branch chief

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Robert Hess (courtesy of USACE)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District has selected a new Emergency Management Branch chief to lead and inform throughout crises situations.

Robert Hess will serve as the principal advisor to USACE Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard on all matters relating to natural and technological disasters, national security emergencies, civil disturbances, and terrorism activities. He will also manage the Vicksburg District Emergency Management program.

Hess previously served as the deputy chief of Emergency Management and Force Readiness Department at the United States Coast Guard Sector Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. Throughout his tenure, he implemented and enforced of all aspects of Executive Order 10173, the Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972, Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002, Security and Accountability of Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006 and other U.S. Coast Guard maritime security authorities for the Sector Mobile Area of Responsibility covering five deep-water ports located in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

In addition to various civilian assignments with the Department of Defense, Hess completed 27 years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard and retired in 2016. His operational assignments include Deepwater Horizon branch director, USCG State of Alabama, Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer, USCG Eighth District New Orleans, Louisiana, and Hurricane Katrina Operations section chief, and USCG Sector Mobile Incident Management Team (IMT).

A native of Indiana, Hess is a certified Masters Level emergency manager, exercise practitioner, professional continuity practitioner and Type 3 incident commander. Hess is also a fire, Emergency Management Services (EMS), Incident Command System (ICS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) instructor, as well as a paramedic and career firefighter. He is also an adjunct professor at Alabama Fire College, where he is one of few instructors permitted to teach the HAZMAT Awareness and Operations level, HAZMAT Technician level and HAZMAT Incident Commander Certification courses. Hess holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management.

For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 601-631-5818.

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