Paul Gleason Lead by Example award given to group on Black Hills National Forest

This year one group and three individuals received “Paul Gleason Lead by Example” awards. We will be posting information in the coming days about the three individuals, but congratulations to Black Hills National Forest’s North Zone Fire Management for earning a group award. The Black Hills NF is in South Dakota and Wyoming.


Black Hills NF North Zone Fire Management
Black Hills NF North Zone Fire Management. Click to see larger version. USFS photo

Back Row L-R: (Brian Rafferty, Dennis Mauch, Ben Dempsey, Shane Phillips, Tim Haas, Chris Zoller, Brandon Selk, Robert Cota, Scott Wheeler, Adam Ziegler, Bryan Karchut, Don Doten, Angela Mendoza, Andrew Hostad, Rochelle Plocek, Craig Bobzien (Forest Supervisor), Steve Kozel (Bearlodge District Ranger)

Front Row L-R: Rhonda O’Byrne (Northern Hills District Ranger), Trevor Papenfuss, Jeff Gies, Chris Huhnerkoch, Andrew Larive, Clint Sell, John Snyder, Chip Harris, Randy Skelton.

Here is the text of a letter that the NWCG Operations and Workforce Development Committee, Leadership Subcommittee, sent on February 1, 2011 to each individual in the group:

Congratulations, your team has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2010 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. This year three individuals and one group from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

The award was created by the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee to remember Paul Gleason’s contributions to the wildland fire service. During a career that spanned five decades, Paul was a dedicated student of fire, a teacher of fire, and a leader of firefighters. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals or groups who exhibit this same spirit and who exemplify the wildland fire leadership values and principles. Your work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of mentoring and teamwork.

North Zone Fire Management employees have risen to the challenge of building leadership—not only within their own organization but also throughout the wildland fire service as a whole. In 2010, the crew came together to create 10 lesson plans for the Leadership in Cinema program that showcase leadership lessons found in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. Members of the crew were also instrumental in revitalizing the briefing and intent tool in the Leadership Toolbox. Thinking beyond themselves, the crew attempted to raise more than $10,000 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation through various fundraisers. North Zone Fire’s efforts through mentoring, teamwork, and giving of selves are examples of duty, respect, and integrity.

Again, congratulations on your accomplishments. You have provided an example for others to follow.


Jim Cook, Chairman

NWCG Leadership Committee

Congratulations to North Zone Fire Management!

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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