06 October 2009

Best Wishes, Commander

For the past nine years, I have had the privelege of working with one of the most dedicated and respectful coworkers that anyone could ever ask for. Today marked the official last day for Andrew (The Commander) Blackburn at JFNew, as Andrew has decided to move on to the next phase of his career by working for the Regulatory Branch of the Chicago District Corps of Engineers.

Andrew worked in our Illinois office, so we didn't get to work together on projects as much as I would have liked (probably up to 10 times per year), but I always looked forward to the chance to work with him. Andrew would work tirelessly through unbearable heat and humidity that would have most biologists retreating to the air conditioned office, and downpoors that would cause some people to start building arks. Often times when we would have fieldwork together, Andrew would have already put in an hour or two in the office before we met up in the field. Amazingly, Andrew never complained. He will truly be missed.

Good luck, Andrew, as you begin your career with the Corps!


Justin Thomas said...

JFNew is crazy for not doing everything within their power to keep the Commander! The Corps is gaining a dedicated worker with exceptional skills and a winning smile. I too will miss working with Andrew on the occasional project. I wish him all the best.

Beth said...

I wish your coworker luck--he sounds like a hard worker!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hard to watch a good worker move on, good luck Commander :o)