Federal employees of year to be honored

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2001

Four federal employees will be honored at the 28th annual Juneau Federal Employee of the Year award presentation Thursday in the Treadwell Room at the Westmark Baranof Hotel.

Carl Dierking is employed as a science operations officer for the National Weather Service's Weather Forecast Office in Juneau and has 22 years of federal service. In January 2000, he was presented with a Special Act award for maintaining and testing most of the critical data decoders and some operational software used by forecasters throughout the Alaska Region. This work is credited with helping ensure smooth operation of the forecast and warning programs during the rollover to the year 2000 (Y2K). In August 2000, he received a recognition award for his work with the commissioning of the Advanced Weather Interactive Process System (AWIPS). In November 2000, he was rewarded with a Special Act award for inventive technological avenues and development processes that enhanced forecast products and communications systems. Dierking is a member of the American Meteorological Society's Mountain Meteorology Committee, which works on issues of how geography and terrain influence weather patterns.



Susan Hargis is employed as a boating safety coordinator for the U.S. Coast Guard Seventeenth District and has 14 years of federal service. She managed the boating registration program for Alaska, including staffing and financial oversight. More than 15,000 registration transactions per year were handled by her and two other employees. As the primary legislative liaison and a member of legislative strategy team, Hargis is also credited with helping obtain passage of the Alaska Boating Safety Bill passed. Hargis co-chaired the Whittier Task Force, a multi-focus group seeking to improve boating safety in the Prince William Sound area and the "Kids Don't Float" program, which provides loaner lifejackets to recreational boaters. She heads the Rural Boating Task Force which has a goal to specifically address the high rate of drownings in rural Alaska. Hargis organized the Western Boating Administrator's Conference in July 2000, is the Coast Guard's Native Tribal Liaison and is an active member of the Juneau Area Cultural Awareness Committee.



Steve Lewis is a computer specialist with the Alaska Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service. As a Graphical Information Systems coordinator, Lewis established an interactive Internet map server, which gives Internet users the ability to see, query and analyze fisheries data. This tool allows NMFS, and public and private entities, to study questions surrounding the impacts of commercial fishing on threatened and endangered stocks of marine mammals, seabirds and fish and their habitats. In addition to his work with NMFS, Lewis serves as a chief warrant officer and assistant tactical operations officer in the Army National Guard Aviation Section. Lewis pilots a Blackhawk helicopter performing tactical exercises, medical relief missions and drug enforcement support to other federal and state law enforcement organizations. In March 2000, Lewis received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award Citation for recognition of his 18 years of service as a leader of the Juneau Mountain Rescue Team. Since 1982, JMR has participated in 73 rescue/recovery operations, one of which was the highly publicized rescue of the pilots and passengers from three Temsco helicopters that crashed on the Juneau Icefield.



Macky McClung is employed by the U.S. Forest Service as a conservation education specialist with more than 12 years of federal service. McClung is responsible for the program leadership and assistance to not only the Tongass and Chugack National forests, but also the communities of Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. This program specializes in providing resources and assistance to communities and schools through local Forest Service ranger districts through education about conservation, natural resources, cultural resources and the environment. Her leadership is credited with helping the Forest Service and communities successfully fund 13 educational grants in 1999. McClung is an active member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters School Mentoring Program, the Tongass Alaska Girl Scouts, the Statewide Project Learning Tree Steering Committee, the Society of American Foresters, the International Association of Business Communicators and The Nature Conservancy. McClung serves as workshop facilitator and instructor for Project WILD, a National Curriculum about the understanding and conservation of wildlife and habitat. Through the Juneau Community School program and USFS, she conducts workshops for educators in Southeast Alaska.

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