Memphis District employee Art Hamm retired on Friday, Aug. 30, capping an amazing 63 years of federal service.
Before coming to work for the Memphis District in 1979, Hamm served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an electronic technician at locations around the world including service in the Vietnam War. Following his retirement from the Air Force he completed another 40 years of service as an electronic industrial controls mechanic for the Memphis District.
Friends and colleagues joined to honor Hamm at Ensley Engineer Yard on Friday. Deputy District Commander Lt. Col. Nathan Molica attended the event, standing in for the District Commander who could not attend. He presented Hamm with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
The citation with the award states Hamm is “… commended for his exemplary service and dedication to duty while serving in several roles with the Memphis District from 1979 to present. Mr. Hamm’s understanding of the significance of the responsibilities placed upon him was not an issue when it came to ensuring the Memphis District’s communications and navigation electronic equipment was always fully functional. Mr. Hamm has endured many long shifts, harsh working conditions, and time away from family whenever called upon to contribute his expertise for communication support to the District and Nation.”
Hamm’s institutional knowledge and amazing technical expertise were legendary. These skills proved invaluable during the many natural disasters he responded to including hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and numerous floods in the valley.
Art Hamm leaves a large pair of shoes to fill, and we wish him a long and happy retirement.