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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (AL)
Tuskegee Airman Honored With New Stamp

The fifteenth stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Distinguished American Series, which honors pioneering African-American aviator C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, was dedicated at a ceremony at Hangar 2 on Moton Field at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site on Tuesday, April 16th.

The first day of issuance stamp ceremony took place on March 13th in Chief Anderson’s hometown of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and it was fitting to continue the commemoration with a ceremony at Moton Field.

Chief Anderson (1907 – 1996) holds a special place with extraordinary connection to Moton Field and Tuskegee, Alabama. He was personally selected by G.L. Washington, manager of Moton Field, to serve as the chief civilian flight instructor for its new program. As chief flight instructor at Tuskegee, he supervised primary flight training for 1,000 African-American pilots.

Chief Anderson’s love of aviation was contagious. He introduced many youth to the art of flight and is credited for creating the second generation of Tuskegee Airmen. Over the past two years, nearly 100 visitors to the park have shared fond memories of Chief Anderson and recount how he taught them to fly while growing up in Tuskegee.

Judge William A. Campbell was the keynote speaker with remarks from Superintendent Sandra L. Taylor, Site Manager Deanna Mitchell, U.S. Postal Service Alabama District Manager Timothy Costello, Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and Tuskegee Postmaster Elaine Taylor.

Honored guests included the Anderson family and actor Keith David. Other attendees included Macon County Commissioner Maxwell, Tuskegee City Council members and manager, the president and executive director of the Friends for Tuskegee Airmen NHS, Inc., and visitors.

The first class 70 cent stamp is designed for mail additional-ounce rate.

[Submitted by Patricia A. Butts, Public Information Officer]


Northeast Region
New Discovery Made At Petersburg National Battlefield

An avocational Civil War study group made an exciting discovery at Petersburg NB in February – undocumented tunnels for placing explosives and countering possible enemy lines.

The Civil War Fortifications Study Group (CWFSG), an offshoot of the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, now in its 22nd year, has met every year at a different site to examine earthworks associated with the Civil War. This was the group's third visit to the area, which preserves an astounding array of resources.

Only 25 miles south of Richmond, Petersburg was the seventh largest city in the Confederacy and an important supply center to the Confederate capital. In June 1864, Federal troops began a siege of the town that lasted 10 months. The siege involved 180,000 Federal and Confederate troops, front lines extending 35 miles around the city, and 150 miles of trenches, some that were inspected by the study group.

One of the most iconic Civil War features at Petersburg is “The Crater,” site an underground explosion that destroyed a portion of the Confederate lines and touched off a battle that did not end well for the Federal army. Well interpreted by the park, the Crater is still visible, as is the collapsed tunnel that was dug by Federal troops, miners from Pennsylvania, to lay explosives.

Digging beneath fortifications goes back as far as warfare – the Biblical battle of Jericho may be the first documented instance of undermining fortifications. Wall collapse in Biblical times was achieved by burning underground wooden supports at a specific time (coordinated by a trumpet); by late Medieval times, gunpowder was planted and detonated to destroy fortifications. The tunneling process itself had changed little since 1400 BCE.

Examples of mining are not rare at Petersburg. In addition to tunnels to lay mines, there were many countermines to intercept enemy tunnels, and listening wells – shafts to better hear tunneling movements. The study group, using the research of members NPS historian David Lowe and independent historian Phil Shiman, made an exciting discovery by locating two examples of collapsed counter-mining that had not been previously recognized and are well preserved.

Pencil lines on historic maps, when ground-truthed, were found to represent tunnels. The group went on to discover a tunnel not previously recognized or recorded that park archeologist Julie Steele will explore using ground penetrating radar.

Under direction of Chief Resource Manager Dave Shockley, teams at the park have undertaken work to restore several important Civil War view sheds. Previously wooded areas have been removed to allow views of long expanses of trenches and vistas from batteries.

One of the most dramatic views is across the valley from the Crater. The careful planning and attention to historical detail have significantly enhanced visitors’ experience in visiting and understanding the battles.

The CWFSG is made up of national and state park historians, archeologists, police officers, ex-military soldiers, battlefield park preservationists, physicians, and veterinarians, among others – all who are passionate about Civil War engineering.

Retired NPS Chief Historian Ed Bearss was a founding member; eight other founding members were present at this meeting, including one of the organizers, David Lowe. The group has witnessed damage to fortifications caused by metal-detecting, and the group’s by-laws do not condone such activity on battlefields outside of a professional archeological framework.

[Submitted by Karen Mudar, karen_mudar@nps.gov]


Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Services
National Park Service To Join In Police Week Events

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Annually, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events, which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The memorial service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and law enforcement supporters. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown into a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to the nation's Capital each year.

This year the National Park Service honors five of its own – USPP Officer Carl Hestikind (February 18, 1936), Ranger Nathaniel R. Lacy (June 23, 1966), Ranger Kenneth Meenan (August 13, 1934), Ranger Robert Dean Metherell (February 7, 1973), and Ranger Ronald V. Trussell (February 7, 1973), whose names will be added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

Here is a schedule of some of the main events leading up to, and also during, Police Week, May 11th through May 17th:

Tuesday, May 6

Blue Mass – The 19th annual Blue Mass for law enforcement and public safety officers will be held on May 6th. The celebration of the Blue Mass is one of the first events in National Police Week and is a fellowship gathering to remember the contributions of those who have served in law enforcement and public safety agencies and to ask for continued protection for them in the future.  Representatives of Federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and around the country will attend. The mass begins at 12:10 p.m., and is held at St. Patrick’s Church, 10th and G Street, NW.  For additional information please call (202) 347-2713 or visit www.saintpatrickdc.org

Monday, May 12

Police Unity Tour – The Police Unity Tour arrives at the Law Enforcement Memorial on May 12th.  Hundreds of officers and supporters on bicycles are welcomed after completing their multi-day, 300-mile journey in honor of fallen officers.   For additional information please call (973) 443-0030 or visit www.policeunitytour.com

Tuesday, May 13

DOI Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony – Formerly known as the DOI wreath laying ceremony, this event will be held on Tuesday, May 13th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Interior Building Yates auditorium. 

Annual Candlelight Vigil – The 26th annual candlelight vigil takes place on Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m., May 13th, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the 400 block of E Street, NW. An anticipated 20,000 people will pack the memorial grounds to raise candles in honor of all fallen officers and to hear the names newly engraved on the memorial walls read aloud.  No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. Due to parking limitations, it is strongly advised that anyone attending the event take the Metro Red Line to Judiciary Square. For additional information please call (202) 737-3400 or visit www.nleomf.org

Thursday, May 15

Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Service – Organized by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, the memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 15th, at 11:00 a.m. on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  A wreath laying ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Friday, May 16

The National Police Week Survivors Conference – Organized by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), the conference occurs on May 16th.  Law enforcement survivors from all across the nation gather for in-depth grief and issue-oriented information sharing.

Various other special events take place in and around the memorial during the week and as those events are finalized details will be forthcoming. For more information, go to www.policeweek.org or www.nleomf.com.

For more information contact:


National Capital Region
Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles Selected As Regional Spokesperson

Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles has been selected as the new spokesperson for National Capital Region. She comes to the post from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, where she served as a public affairs specialist. 

With strong family roots in the greater Washington area, Anzelmo-Sarles is no stranger to Washington D.C. She graduated from the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, and prior to permanently joining the NPS held multiple internships on Capitol Hill and at NBC News, first with Pete Williams, the network's Supreme Court, Homeland Security and Justice correspondent, and later in the Political Unit during the 2008 election cycle.

She has also served on several short-term assignments for the NPS in the Washington area, including for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Rock Creek Park’s deer management program and in the job she now holds. 

At Grand Teton, Anzelmo-Sarles served as a primary spokesperson and led the park’s strategic communication, public engagement and social media efforts. She is a strong advocate for the news media and the NPS, and sees her role as bridging the two – connecting people to the NPS mission by sharing stories and information.  

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies with an emphasis in public relations and journalism and a minor in political science from Lynchburg College (Virginia). 

Anzelmo-Sarles fills the media relations duties previously held by the late Bill Line. Carol B. Johnson continues to serve as the public affairs officer for National Mall & Memorial Parks. 

She can be reached at the following:

  • Preferred method: e-mail at jenny_anzelmo-sarles@nps.gov
  • Desk: (202) 619-7177
  • Office of Communications dedicated media line: (202) 619-7400

[Submitted by Jennifer Mummart, jennifer_mummart@nps.gov]


Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
Golden Gate Hosts Public Safety Day

On April 16th, Golden Gate National Recreation Area hosted its first Public Safety Day at Fort Baker in Marin County, California. 

The event brought together rangers and Park Police mounted patrol officers with numerous local emergency services agencies.  More than 500 people attended, including a large number of children who got to interact with rangers and officers and the horses, watercraft, patrol vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and a helicopter.  

Other agencies represented included the U.S. Coast Guard, California Highway Patrol, California Fish and Wildlife, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Sausalito Police Department, and Golden Gate Bridge Patrol. 

This event served as a great opportunity for community relations, and the park hopes to turn it into an annual event.

[Submitted by Alexandra Picavet, Public Affairs Specialist]


Southeast Region
Brad Bennett Named Superintendent Of Chickamauga/Chattanooga

Brad Bennett has been selected as superintendent of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Georgia and Tennessee, effective June 1st. 

Bennett has served as superintendent of Andersonville National Historic Site since July 2009.

“We are very pleased to have Brad shoulder the responsibility of superintendent at this historic park,” said Regional Director Stan Austin.  “He has been a great steward of Andersonville and has built great partnerships and coalitions there to help preserve the park and tell its story to the public.  We know he will carry that practice forward with outreach to the communities of Chickamauga and Chattanooga.” 

At Andersonville, Bennett improved the long-term preservation of historic resources by leading a work group of subject matter experts to update National Park Service policy for national cemetery operations.  He also represented the NPS on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials.

During Bennett’s tenure at Andersonville, the park’s interpretation and education program incorporated new scholarship, updated curriculum and publications, trained local high school students to participate in living history events, and successfully engaged area civil rights organizations. 

The park also developed new opportunities for the public to appreciate Andersonville’s stories of courage and sacrifice by collaborating with several organizations, including the Friends of Andersonville and the American Ex-Prisoners of War, to raise more than $250,000 to fund a traveling exhibit about the hardships and legacy of POWs. 

These efforts earned him Southeast Region’s 2012 Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation and Southeast Region’s 2013 Keeper of the Light Award for excellence in educational outreach.

Bennett started his NPS career in 1991 as a Student Conservation Association volunteer at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.  During his tenure there he served as a seasonal interpreter, visitor use assistant, park guide, park ranger, and interpretive specialist.  His career progression there led him to become the first manager of the $25 million orientation and transportation complex on the canyon’s South Rim, which opened in 2000.

During a subsequent assignment at Harpers Ferry Center in West Virginia, Bennett worked with planning and development teams on several interpretive media projects across the National Park System, including Manassas National Battlefield Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

Bennett held a series of NPS positions in Alaska, beginning with a 2002 detail as a management assistant in the remote Western Arctic National Parklands, based in Kotzebue.  He went on to serve as superintendent of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, as manager of the interagency Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage, and as Alaska Region’s chief of interpretation and education.

Bennett grew up on the front range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and met his wife, Emma-Gray, at the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing.  

Prior to securing his first permanent position with NPS, Bennett worked as a paralegal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and as the volunteer coordinator for the Mountains Education Program, a non-profit organization that introduced Los Angeles children to their first outdoor experiences in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

“I look forward to working with the park staff, volunteers, and partner organizations who collectively care for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park,” Bennett said.  “Together, we will invite more Americans to experience its inspirational values and preserve its significant history for future generations.”

Brad, Emma-Gray, and their three children – a 17-year old daughter and 16-year old twin sons – will move to their new home in early June.

[Submitted by Bill Reynolds]


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
WG-5716-10 Engineering Equipment Operator

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking candidates for a position as an engineering equipment operator.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on April 28th.
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Pacific West Region
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Dates: 04/22/2014 - 05/07/2014

The Pacific Islands Servicing Human Resources Office is seeking interested candidates for a lateral transfer to a full-time permanent law enforcement ranger position at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park is located in the town of Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii. Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park offers you the chance to enjoy the culture and natural history of Hawai'i. Established in 1978 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture, Kaloko-Honokohau NHP is an 1160-acre park full of incredible cultural and historical significance. It is the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement which encompasses portions of four different ahupua'a, or traditional sea to mountain land divisions. Resources include fishponds, kahua (house site platforms), ki'i pohaku (petroglyphs), holua (stone slide), and heiau (religious site).

The park is located approximately 3 miles from the Kona International Airport and 5 miles northwest of Kailua-Kona. The park is at sea level and averages less than 25 inches of rainfall annually. It includes three beaches and extensive archeological ruins. Complete shopping facilities and rental units are available in Kailua-Kona. Hospital and medical facilities are 5 to 10 miles away. Public schools are conveniently located within the surrounding area and distant bus service is provided for students. No public transportation is available.

Government housing is not available. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are authorized in accordance with appropriate federal regulations.

This position will serve as a law enforcement officer performing the full range of law enforcement responsibilities. Collateral duties may include Firearms Instructor and Firearms Custodial officer, EMS coordinator, boat operator, special park uses or development as an instructor, depending on interest and experience. A strong interest and background in Hawaiian culture, language and tradition are highly desired.

For more information regarding this position, please contact KAHO Chief Ranger Janette_Chiron@nps.gov at (808) 329-6881 x1331.

Applications will be accepted from permanent competitive service National Park Service employees currently (or formerly) at the GL-9 grade level or above, who currently possess a Type I commission. Interested individuals should submit the following:

1. A resume or application which includes your commission level and number

2. A copy of your latest performance appraisal

3. A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (non-award), that indicates your title, series, grade (with FPL if applicable), and step

4. At least three professional references with contact information

Submit your application materials via email to Anne_Clemons@nps.gov no later than May 7th. Please include “KAHO Lateral Opportunity” in the subject line of the message. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Human Resources Specialist Anne_Clemons@nps.gov at (415) 623-2165.

[Submitted by Janette Chiron, janette_chiron@nps.gov, 808-329-6881 x1331]

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