Corps Survey Technician Selected as Employee of the Year

Published May 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. ---The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District is proud to announce that Chris Wright, of Goose Creek, hydrographic survey technician, was selected as the Federal Executive Association of the Greater Charleston Area’s 2012 Federal Employee of the Year in the Outstanding Technician/Assistant Employee Award category.


Wright is an exemplary and essential employee. As a hydrographic survey technician, Wright is responsible for surveying the Charleston District’s navigation channels, which provide safe, reliable and efficient harbors and waterways for the movement of commerce, national security needs and recreation. With the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project a priority to the District and one of the President’s “We Can’t Wait” initiatives, the accuracy of his surveys is extremely important because it directly affects the estimated cost of the deepening. An error even on the magnitude of inches in the entrance channel could potentially increase the cost of the project by more than $1.3 million, for taxpayers and the South Carolina State Ports Authority.


This is just one example of Wright’s dedication to the District, the state and the nation.  He provided support for four search and recovery operations and built relationships with local agencies for emergency response, homeland security and data information so in the event of an emergency all agencies are aware of the District’s response operations.  On top of all this, he also serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and recently deployed to Kyrgyzstan for nine months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 


The FEA Employee of the Year luncheon was held on May 2nd at the Red Bank Club to honor Charleston’s best and brightest federal employees. FEA is comprised of local federal agencies that meet regularly to improve communication and coordination among the agencies.





Glenn Jeffries

Release no. 13-0501