THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 30, 1999 PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MEMBERS TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER COMMISSION The President today announced his intent to nominate Robert H.
Griffin and Sam Angel to serve as members of the Mississippi River Commission.
Brigadier General Robert H. Griffin of Atlanta, Georgia has served as the Commanding General for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division, with offices in Portland, Oregon and Omaha, Nebraska since 1996. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Commander of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, in Mobile, Alabama. Brigadier General Griffin commanded the 864th Engineer Battalion from 1989 to 1991, which included service in Operation Desert Storm. From 1984 to 1988, Brigadier General Griffin served as a battalion operations officer, brigade engineer, and brigade logistics officer in the 18th Engineer Brigade in the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany. He served from 1975 to 1977 as Commander of the Headquarters Company and later C Company of the 43rd Engineer Battalion in the 36th Engineer Group in Fort Benning, Georgia. Brigadier General Griffin is a decorated veteran having received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Achievement Medal. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and M.B.A. from Long Island University, C.W. Post.
Mr. Sam Angel, of Lake Village, Arkansas was first appointed to the Mississippi River Commission in 1979 and subsequently reappointed in 1988. Mr. Angel is a Chicot County, Arkansas planter and ginner. Mr. Angel has served since 1980 as President of Epstein Land Company and Epstein Gin Company in Lake Village, Arkansas, as well as Chicot Warehouse, Inc. in Eudora, Arkansas. From 1970 to the present, he has been the Commissioner of the Chicot County Watershed District and is a former Commissioner of Chicot County Rural Development Authority and the Southeast Arkansas Levee District. Mr. Angel also serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations including: the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, since 1978; Bank of Lake Village, since 1971; and was recently elected to serve on the Hebrew Union Congregation Board in Greenville, Mississippi. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Cotton Council of America and former President and Chairman of the Board of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. Mr. Angel served in the Army National Guard from 1957 to 1965 and the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1962.
Since the flood of 1928, the primary function of the Mississippi River Commission has been to implement, construct and operate the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project. This project involves the development and execution of a flood protection program comprised of levee construction, river dredging and water distribution.