FORT WORTH, Texas -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District Levee Safety Program Manager Brian Brasher, was awarded the 2017 Levee Safety Professional of the Year, Aug. 15 in Fort Worth.

The USACE Levee Safety Professional of the Year Award is given annually to one deemed to have had a significant impact on the USACE Levee Safety Program. Brasher is the second recipient of the award and had to compete with numerous USACE employees nationally for the honor.

Brasher separated himself from many other well-deserving USACE employees when he went above and beyond his normal duties during the 2015 and 2016 flood events. He provided invaluable training, executed additional tasks with limited resources, and strengthened relationships with stakeholders.

"Brian is a great example of what we strive to do here at the Army Corps of Engineers," said Col. Calvin C. Hudson II, Fort Worth District commander. "He strives for excellence every day, and demonstrates his willingness to ensure public safety."

Brasher served as a technical lead for levees impacted by flooding and was commended for his effective communication to Federal and Non-Federal levee sponsors/stakeholders. He also took on added leadership roles, training and mentoring many employees throughout the District.

"I really do not see this as an individual award," said Brasher. "I have received so much support from family, colleagues, and supervisors. When faced with challenges, our organization has shown the ability to accomplish tasks while working with many different departments and outside organizations as well."

Presenting the award at the Fort Worth District office was Eric Halpin, special assistant for Dam and Levee Safety, Headquarters, USACE, with several family members, coworkers and supervisors in attendance.