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Leftwich named employee of the Month for May 2019

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published July 16, 2019
(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)

Matt Leftwich, Project Facilities Manager at Dale Hollow Lake, Operations Division in Celina, Tenn., is the Nashville District Employee of the Month for May 2019.

(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)

Matt Leftwich, Project Facilities Manager at Dale Hollow Lake, Operations Division in Celina, Tenn., is the Nashville District Employee of the Month for May 2019.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (JULY. 15, 2019) – Matt Leftwich, project facilities manager at Dale Hollow Lake, Operations Division in Celina, Tenn., is the Nashville District Employee of the Month for May 2019.

Leftwich is recognized for his significant contributions to the Dale Hollow Lake team for going above and beyond his required duties as the planner and manager of Dale Hollow’s maintenance and construction support program and administration of numerous contracts for the District. 

Leftwich, described by his co-workers as a team player, motivator.

During February 2019, historic high water elevation inundated portions of Dale Hollow Lake’s campgrounds, causing damage to more than 200 campsites and public use areas.   Leftwich, led his crew to clear and haul away more than 200 loads of driftwood and debris from the campgrounds. 
They rebuilt new campsites, sidewalks and developed contract modifications with options to use the service contract in repairs which enabled the campgrounds and public use areas to be operational with minimal delays for the 2019 recreation season. 

“He got the job done and I’m glad he is part of our Dale Hollow team," said Stephen Beason, Dale Hollow Lake resource manager.  "Matt has a big role here and he is totally dedicated to the Corps mission and continues to prove that he is an invaluable asset to our maintenance team." 

According to Beason, he considers Leftwich a great team leader who shares his knowledge and experience with his team about managing the facilities at Dale Hollow. 

“Matt is one of those quiet guys who just gets the job done and shares his experience with others,  which makes the entire team better," said Beason.  

Beason and the entire team at Dale Hollow are proud of Leftwich because he comes in each day with a great attitude and will go above and beyond his normal duties to make a positive impact on others.  

Beason said Leftwich performs a wide range of duties which includes overall responsibility for maintain campground construction, recreational and day use areas, maintenance contracts, mowing, small construction projects, and boat ramps.   

“Matt is a family man, quiet and humble, provides for his family and will go out of his way to help anyone," said wife, Christy Leftwich.  

Beason said Leftwich' patience and willingness to be of assistance to anyone at any time shows his dedication to his craft, to the Dale Hollow team and the personnel at the Nashville District.

“He is most deserving for this award because of the extra effort he puts forth to his job around here and we are happy he received the award," said Beason.

Leftwich said he was surprised by the recognition and feels great to know his co-workers noticed his work and appreciate his contributions to the team.  

“I love working at Dale Hollow Lake and I think it’s so important that we make our recreational areas great places for the public to enjoy," said Leftwich.  He said one of the best things about working for the Corps is being able to work with great people and learn to adapt to various working conditions, situations, serving the public, and meeting great people that visit the lake.  

Lt. Col. Sonny B. Avichal, Nashville District commander, recognized Leftwich and said his professionalism, attention to detail and knowledge make him a model for others to emulate around the district.  

Leftwich, a native of nearby Baxter, Tenn., began working with the Corps in May 2009 after he earned a degree from Tennessee Technological University.

He said his wife Christy have two boys Hunter, 8 and Fisher, 5, to keep him grounded and energized.

“This is Matt’s dream job and he loves working here at Dale Hollow Lake,” said Leftwich.  “He is a great husband and father and always makes family a priority.    

Leftwichs’ hobbies include fishing, boating and camping on Center Hill Lake, outdoor activities and relaxing with his family and friends

Avichal said Leftwichs’ work ethic, initiative, team player mentality makes him a valuable asset to the Dale Hollow Lake team, the Nashville District and the Corps of Engineers.

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Go to: http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/Lakes/DaleHollowLake/Recreation.aspx for more information on Dale Hollow Lake Recreation.