NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 6, 2012) – A public affairs specialist who organized several recent media events is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Employee of the Month for November 2011.
Lee Roberts, who grew up in Virginia but is a Nashville native, is recognized for organizing the Travel Channel’s visit to Wolf Creek Dam Nov. 8 and putting together the communication plan for a successful media day at Wolf Creek Dam Nov. 18.
In addition to putting together the communication plan, Roberts also coordinated the visits with the Wolf Creek Resident Engineering Office, the Safety Office, the Security Office, and escorted the media onsite.
Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander, said Roberts also wrote stories and produced videos following both events for the district’s website and social media pages, and posted them on the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System for worldwide circulation.
“In addition to the high quality events that Lee coordinated, he was also the acting chief of Public Affairs,” DeLapp wrote in correspondence announcing Roberts’ selection. “Lee is a role model employee whose ‘can do’ attitude is an example for others to emulate. He combines great technical ability with sound knowledge and decision-making capabilities. He makes a positive impact on the Nashville District Public Affairs mission every month.”
Bill Peoples, chief of Public Affairs, said Roberts has made a tremendous impact since his arrival to the district nearly 16 months ago.
“We are fortunate to have Lee on our team," said Peoples. “Lee brought not only great experience from the Air Force, but also the perspective of working for the Los Angeles District in their Phoenix Area Office for nearly a year. His work in improving our social media sites has been outstanding, and he is recognized as an expert and a leader in social media field in USACE.”
Roberts is a retired Air Force senior non-commissioned officer who spent the majority of his 24-year military career in the Public Affairs career field. The highlights of his years in uniform include being deployed during the Gulf War; serving in the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs Office; working a stint in the media center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba following the 911 attacks; and being the only American assigned to the Kosovo Force Headquarters Public Information Office during his last deployment.
Since coming to Nashville, Roberts said he’s really enjoyed learning from the water management experts, project managers, resident engineers and staffs, planners, resource managers and park rangers at the lakes.
“I wouldn’t be successful or recognized without so many people informing me and educating me about the district’s missions and issues,” Roberts said. “I’ve learned a lot about the Nashville District in a short period of time. I couldn’t do my job without the help of so many people, especially my coworkers, and the support of leadership.”
Roberts said he especially enjoys getting out from behind his desk to visit locks and dams, lakes, recreation areas and campsites, and civil works projects. “I really enjoy writing print stories, taking photos, and producing video news stories. Journalism is something I’ve always liked,” he said.
He received his public affairs training from the Defense Information School and is a Texas State University graduate.
Roberts is married to Michaele Roberts of Philadelphia, Pa. They have four kids and five grandchildren. “I’m happy because I can spend more time now with my family than I ever could when I was in the Air Force,” he said.