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Corps of Engineers recognizes Rosemount, Minn., resident

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published May 6, 2021
Updated: May 6, 2021
Rebecca Seal-Soileau, Civil Servant of the Year

Rebecca Seal-Soileau is one of three St. Paul District Civil Servants of the Year for 2020.

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, selected Rebecca Seal-Soileau, a Rosemount, Minnesota, resident, and International Joint Commission specialist, as one of its three Civil Servants of the Year for 2020.

The St. Paul District presents this award annually to the top three or four employees of its nearly 700-person

staff. Seal-Soileau, with 27 years of service with the federal government, helps the IJC manage waters along the United States-Canada border.  

Seal-Soileau was nominated for the “Excellence Beyond Expectations” award for the U.S. Army core values she exemplified through her work as the United States alternate co-chair for the International Souris River Plan of Study Team.

She was critical to keeping the highly complex study involving two countries, multiple federal, state, and provincial agencies, and the U.S. State Department on track and continually focused on the outcome while ensuring all issues were addressed and the team came to a unified, mission-focused resolution. Seal-Soileau broke barriers while mediating controversial issues that ultimately formed long-term partnerships at the international, national and local levels.

"Rebecca is a true public servant, always willing to step up and help others,” said Elizabeth Nelsen, St. Paul District hydraulic engineer and Seal-Soileau’s supervisor. “Her facilitation skills, paired with her considerate and supportive nature, benefit the Corps in so many ways. She is truly an outstanding employee and a civil servant to the entire nation."

Seal-Soileau said she was honored to receive the well-deserved recognition. “It is incredibly humbling to receive an award that really reflects the efforts of so many fantastic, dedicated people working in supportive teams every day,” said. “I am grateful to so many for their kindness, intellectual challenges, mentoring and to our leadership that continues to foster a workplace supportive of people and achieving mission excellence.”

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