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Posted 7/21/2017

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By Gwyn G. Neill
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Public Affairs

VICKSBURG, Miss. (July 17, 2017) -- After 21 years of faithful service to the U.S. Army, Lt. Col. John T. “JT” Tucker, III, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is retiring September 1.

A retirement ceremony and celebration in a crowded room full of family, friends and colleagues was held Tuesday, July 11, in the William R. Curtis Conference Facility in the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. 

Tucker entered military service at Auburn University where he earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, and later received his master’s in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. During his military career, Tucker served in Bosnia, Baghdad, Iraq and Afghanistan.

ERDC Commander Col. Bryan Green recapped Tucker’s impressive military career and presented him with the Meritorious Service Medal while thanking him for his service to his country and the ERDC, and for a job well done. He was also presented with an official retirement certificate and pin, as well as a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Green also honored Tucker with an Auburn University flag as he read a letter written by Dr. Steven Leath, Auburn University president. 

Leath wrote, “It is a pleasure to recognize 21 years of hard work, dedication and service to the U.S. Army and our great nation. You have clearly exemplified the characteristics of an Auburn man throughout your honorable service.” 

Tucker offered a sincere and heartfelt thank you to his family, colleagues and mentors for their support and guidance along the way. 
“I would like to thank my teammates at the ERDC and former teammates at the Vicksburg District for all the support in executing their critical and extraordinary missions. I would also like to thank the great people of Vicksburg and the Warren County area for welcoming my family and providing us an exceptional home to raise our children. It has been an honor to serve my nation and the people of the United States,” said Tucker.
He added, “I missed a lot of family time during the four years I was deployed. My wife Courtney was my rock. Our parents were always there for us and supported her when I was away. I owe them for that, and I owe my four children a lot of play time!”
Tucker will continue to call Vicksburg home while advocating for ERDC and its core mission. He promised to spend a lot of time on the golf course with his children perfecting his golf game.