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Corps of Engineers recognizes Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, resident

Published May 15, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, selected John McQuiston as one of its four Civil Servants of the Year for 2017. 

 The St. Paul District presents this award annually to the top three or four employees of its nearly 600-person staff. McQuiston, whose 43 years of service with the federal government includes 36 with the St. Paul District, is the head lock and dam operator at Lock and Dam 1, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 McQuiston received his award in recognition of the dedication he brings to his co-workers and the locks and dams mission every day. His leadership-by-example, mentorship to new and seasoned lock operators and steadfast work ethic has earned him the respect of all who know him.

 He received his award at the 41st Annual Minnesota Federal Civil Servant of the Year Awards at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, May 8.

 “I was surprised to have received the award,” McQuiston said. “It recognizes that hard work pays off, even if it doesn’t always come right away.”

 The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2015 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see

Release no. 18-040