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Natural resources chief garners prestigious award

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published July 12, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 12, 2011) The chief of engineers recently announced that a Nashville District employee has garnered a prestigious award.

In an official letter signed June 27, 2011 by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Acting Commander Maj. Gen. W. B. (Bo) Temple recognized Nashville District’s Tim Dunn for his outstanding achievements in the field of recreation management by selecting him as the recipient of the Natural Resources Management Recreation Employee of the Year Award for 2010.

Dunn, who is now the chief of Natural Resources at the Nashville District, received the award based on his dedicated efforts at Center Hill Lake and the Mid Cumberland Area of the Nashville District.

During the award period, Dunn served as resource manager of Center Hill Lake where he managed the staff as well as recreation and land management. He also served temporarily as operations manager for the Mid Cumberland Area of the Nashville District, which includes Center Hill Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, and Dale Hollow Lake.

According to Dunn’s nomination packet, he was also personally selected by Mike Ensch, former chief of Operations, to chair a project delivery team comprised of exceptional operations personnel from across the country to develop a long-term strategic plan, the initial step in the National Recreation Program Road Map.

Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, district engineer for the Nashville District, said as resource manager of a Corps lake, Dunn skillfully took care of the day-to-day operations and maintenance, and showed his team-first approach when he stepped up to support the entire Corps as a member of a project delivery team.

“Tim did a great job leading our employees at Center Hill Lake, serving as an operations manager, and with setting a new course for the National Recreation Program Road Map.  This award validates his value to the Corps and I’m proud to have him on my team,” DeLapp said.

Dunn received news of his selection for this prestigious award while on the road in the Nashville District late last week.

“I was surprised when I heard I had won the award, I didn’t even know I was nominated.” said Dunn, “I am very pleased though.”  He added that the best part of his job was working with a great team composed of quality people.

Chris Cantrell, a park ranger who worked briefly with Dunn, had only positive things to say about him.

“He was my supervisor here at Center Hill, and it was good working with him. He is very dedicated to his work and the Corps, and is extremely knowledgeable in all facets of operations, which was extremely beneficial to the project as well as the staff.”

Cantrell also stated that Dunn’s tireless dedication to his profession contributed to his selection.

“In my view, the Corps is the winner,” Maj. Gen. Temple said. “[Dunn’s] commitment and leadership to [his] staff translates into safe, quality recreation opportunities for the visiting public.”

Dunn is one of five U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selected to receive a Chief of Engineers Employee of the Year award.

Temple plans to personally recognize Dunn and the other Chief of Engineer Award recipients at the 2011 Summer Leaders Conference Awards Banquet Aug. 1, 2011 in New Orleans.

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