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Posted 8/14/2014

Release no. 14-065

Shirley Smith

VICKSBURG, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District recently selected a Mississippi State senior majoring in wildlife management as its Student of the Year.

Eric Holcomb, a senior at Mississippi State, is also working as a student trainee of biological sciences at the Mississippi Project Management Office located at Sardis Lake. His duties include assisting with the wildlife management program which consists of a variety of techniques such as performing annual surveys, maintaining existing wildlife habitat, and other habitat improvement tasks. He also works with foresters with applying herbicide and marking timber as well as patrolling with the park rangers at the Corps’ recreational facilities.

Holcomb’s selection was based upon his excellent performance of duties and for exhibiting a tireless work ethic. He is an exemplary role model for other students.

Holcomb, a native of Saltillo, began working with the Corps in 2010 and is a graduate of Saltillo High School. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, Game Keepers, and National Wild Turkey Federation.

He is married to the former Candace Coggins, and they are the parents of two children