Vicksburg, Miss……The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, Regulatory Branch has awarded Jeffrey (Chad) Phillips the 2014 Larry N. Harper “Regulator of the Year” Award. Phillips was recognized for his work to assure that the Nation’s aquatic resources are protected, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible, and balanced permit decisions.
Phillips was nominated by his peers as this year’s award recipient. His willingness to accept additional duties and perform assigned tasks without hesitance embodies the essence of the award’s namesake, Larry N. Harper.
Phillips, a native of Vicksburg, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in forestry from Mississippi State University. Phillips began his career in 2009 in the Regulatory Branch as an Environmental Specialist, and is also a registered forester.
The award honors the memory of Larry Harper who was a District team member and gained his “Professional Wetland Scientist Certification” while in the service of the Corps. Harper established an interagency team to provide technical wetland training for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and served as the primary instructor. Harper began his regulatory career with the Corps in November 1978 where he worked in the surveillance and compliance section. Harper retired in June 2007 following 35 years of dedicated service to the Corps. He also served his country well by serving with the Army Reserve where he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
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