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November 14, 2013 – CROCKETT, Texas – Hundreds of Texas A&M Forest Service
employees convened Thursday at their annual personnel meeting to recognize
those who made significant contributions to the agency’s efforts over the past
During the award ceremony, Director Tom Boggus, thanked
Texas A&M Forest Service’s 400 employees for their continued service and
support of the agency’s mission.
“It’s a privilege to be the director and represent you
across the state,” said Boggus. “You keep that can-do attitude; you keep
showing up and getting the job done against all odds.”
The annual gathering allows employees from across the state
to come together and reflect on the previous year’s accomplishments while
enjoying comradeship, games and food at the Crockett Civic Center.
This year’s special guest speaker is No.1 best-selling
author and former Black Hawk pilot, Elizabeth McCormick. While giving an
inspirational account of her time in the U.S. Army, she encouraged TFS
employees to continue digging deep and performing their mission to the best of
“I am so impressed by the work that you all do,” McCormick
said. “You really make a difference for
our state, for our trees and for our communities in a way most people don’t
Fifty-seven employees were recognized for five or more years
of service. Dr. Ronald Billings, forest health manager in College Station,
received an award for 40 years of service with the agency.
Additional awards were issued to the following Texas A&M
Forest Service employees:
Director’s Award for
Field: Rich Gray, Smithville Gray was
recognized for his work of continually developing numerous partnerships across
the state, resulting in increased training opportunities for Texas communities.
Kathleen Flatt, College Station Flatt was
recognized for her continuous efforts to acquire and efficiently manage federal
grants and for her exceptional customer service.
Alice Kocurek, College Station Kocurek was recognized because of her strong work ethic and
commitment to help support new office associates and staff in the field.
Charles Krenek Award for Resource Specialist Mark Kerr, Nacogdoches
Kerr was recognized for his dedication to and leadership of
his new employees. Kerr spends extra time training new firefighters on the fire
line while also overseeing fire suppression activities.
Director’s Award for Team Effort The Timber Inventory Team: Jordan Herrin, Huntsville and
Kenny Harrelson, Livingston
This team originated from the need to have a standardized
timber inventory specification program. Both Herrin and Harrelson were chosen
because of their technical forestry knowledge and readiness to do more than is
required of them.
Director’s Award for Technical ForestryLee McNeely, Linden
recognized for his significant contributions in identifying the significant
risks wildfires posed for in Texas; and his continuous efforts help to update
mitigation plans for at-risk communities.
D.A. “Andy” Anderson I&E Award Mike Murphrey, Lufkin
Murphrey was recognized for his devotion to informing and
educating the public primarily through the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention
Program and the Invasive Species Program.
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