The National Wildfire Coordinating Group Leadership Subcommittee announced the 2016 Lead by Example Award winners: George Risko, South Puget Sound Region - Washington DNR, Scott Anderson, Diego Mendiola, and Debbie Myers and Dan Cottrell.
George Risko, Florida Forest Service, was awarded a LBE Award for his initiative and innovation.
The South Puget Sound Region, Washington Department of Natural Resources, was also selected for initiative and innovation at the regional level.
Scott Anderson, Bureau of Land Management (retired), received the award for motivation and vision. Scott has influenced others around him throughout his career as well as improved the wildland fire service through inspiration and intent.
Diego Mendiola, US Forest Service, has always shown great leadership and teamwork skills. He was awarded the LBE award for mentoring and teamwork.
Debbie Myers and Dan Cottrell, US Forest Service, developed the Lead Forward Program which contributes to positive workforce and organizational change in Region 1's smokejumper unit. This endeavor won Myers and Cottrell an award for mentoring and teamwork.