Brian Ragsdale, master of the St. Louis District’s Dredge Potter, has been presented with the 2023 Chief of Engineers Operations and Maintenance Castle Award for his work during a persistent low-water event on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Through his commitment to safety and a mission-focused attitude, Ragsdale and his crew navigated the challenges, leading the Potter team to dredge 38 locations and move more than twice the amount of material compared to a typical dredging season.
This award recognizes an outstanding wage-grade employee who exemplifies superior public service, technical knowledge and professionalism in support of the Corps of Engineers Operations and Maintenance Program and its civil works infrastructure.
The award was presented by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers and Commanding General Lt. Gen Scott Spellmon during the 2023 National Awards Ceremony at Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 29.
“In the face of challenges, Brian exemplifies the essence of leadership. His commitment to excellence, safety and unwavering dedication to the dredging mission sets a standard we all aspire to achieve,” said Lou Dell’Orco, chief of the St. Louis District’s Operations and Readiness Branch.
In a press release, the St. Louis District said Ragsdale’s “achievements highlight his technical abilities and his resilience and dedication to the Corps’ mission.”
Caption for photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers and Commanding General Lt. Gen Scott Spellmon presents Brian Ragsdale, St. Louis District Dredge Potter master, with the 2023 Chief of Engineers Operations and Maintenance Castle Award during the 2023 National Awards Ceremony at the Corps of Engineers headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 29. (Photo courtesy of St. Louis Engineer District)