A tribute to our veterans

Every year, we celebrate our veterans on Veterans Day as a way of saying thanks for their service. Originally called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I,  November 11 was renamed Veterans Day to honor ex-military personnel who served in other conflicts.

Scott Frickey. via USFWS

Scott Frickey. via USFWS

Many members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are military veterans. Now the experience they developed while protecting our country is being used to protect our natural resources.

Some of the veterans with whom we’re honored to work at the Service include:

Scott Frickey joined the Air Force in 1991 and served for six years of active duty, as well as in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. After a stint as the Bald Eagle Permit Coordinator in Juneau, Alaska, Scott moved to the Northeast Region to be a wildlife biologist in our Migratory Birds Division.

Judith Bradway, at the regional office. via USFWS

Judith Bradway, at the regional office. via USFWS

Judith Bradway was a master sergeant in the Army for 24 years, stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. Now she works for the Northeast Region’s Realty Division and was deployed to the Gulf of Mexico for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Craig Knights, serving with distinction. via USFWS

Craig Knights, serving with distinction. via USFWS

Craig Knights, originally of Lincoln, Maine, served from 1989 to 2009 in the Air Force. During that time, he received many awards and decorations, including the Air Force Commendation Medal. “It was an absolute honor and privilege to be able to serve with such a high caliber of professional men and women during my 20 years of service,” Craig says. “The same level of teamwork and professionalism is needed and provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure that our mission gets accomplished.”

Damien Martelli, during Desert Storm. via USFWS

Damien Martelli, during Desert Storm. via USFWS

Damian Martelli served in both the Army and the Air National Guard and was stationed in Germany during Desert Storm. Now a Wildlife Inspector in Amherst, New York, Damian says of his military service, “it was awe-inspiring to know I belonged to something great with a long legacy of distinguished service to the United States. The same holds true in my service as a wildlife inspector — I belong to a great organization that performs a unique mission in support of our country.”

From left to right: Kyle Covill, a bear. via USFWS

From left to right: Kyle Covill, a bear. via USFWS

Kyle Covill served in the Marines for four years as in aircraft rescue and firefighting, and was stationed in both Norway and Haiti. Kyle is also now working for the Service as a wildlife inspector. “I am honored to not only have served the people of my country, but also the animals that are in need of saving around the world,” Kyle says.

These are but a few of the many brave men and women who served our country with distinction before starting their careers in conservation. On Veterans Day, it’s our honor to celebrate them and their service to the nation. If you want to see more of our employees in action, check out the service-wide flickr page for veterans here.

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