La. National Guard awards Distinguished Civilian Service Medals to two state employees


Kevin Chapman, the conservation branch manager with the Louisiana Military Department’s Construction and Facilities Maintenance Office, is presented the Louisiana Distinguished Civilian Service Award by Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, at Camp Beauregard, Pineville, La., July 29, 2020. His wife Mandi and children Lily, Oliver, Simon, and Corrine attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Toby Valadie)

NEW ORLEANS (BrProud) – Two state employees were awarded the Louisiana Distinguished Civilian Service Medal by the Louisiana National Guard’s Environmental Program during an official ceremony at Camp Beauregard on July 29.

Civilians Kevin Chapman and Ben Thomas with the Louisiana Military Department’s Construction and Facilities Maintenance Office, were presented the awards by Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell, the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard (LANG).

“There’s no other place I’d rather be today than honoring these two gentlemen for their service to the Guard as they provide focus for action on our environment and help us protect what matters,” said Waddell.

As a compliance branch manager, Thomas is responsible for coordination with state and federal agencies to ensure the LANG falls within all regulatory requirements, environmental laws and permits at the local, state, and federal levels. His efforts are now utilized as best practices by the National Guard Bureau.

As a the conservation branch manager, Chapman focuses on environmental laws and regulations and their impact on LANG policies or practices. He manages numerous subprograms, including forestry, natural resources and cultural resources. His efforts are now utilized as best practices by NGB in regards to conservation initiatives, as well as implementation.

“[Their] steadfast dedication, selfless service, and endless support was instrumental in the overall success and sustainment of the environmental program and a prime contributor to the overall growth of the environmental program, “both Chapman’s and Thomas’ awards read. “He is an essential team member, focused on promoting and enhancing training sites, ensuring environmental quality without interruption to the training of the force.”

The Louisiana Distinguished Civilian Service Medal is awarded to a civilian who has done great service in furthering the security and welfare of the State of Louisiana.

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