Copperas Cove native wins the Corps' Hard Hat of the Year Award

Lance Speer, quality assurance representative and Fort Worth district construction quality management instructor for Fort Hood and San Antonio, was selected as the district’s 2012 Hard Hat of the Year recipient for his exceptional and numerous contributions to supporting the district's engineering and construction efforts.

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The 2012 recipient of the Fort Worth District’s Hard Hat award was Lance Speer for his exceptional and numerous contributions to supporting the district’s engineering and construction efforts at the Central Texas Area Office at Fort Hood.

“I was in San Angelo, Texas, at Goodfellow Air Force Base when our area engineer, Sam Parker, got the email announcing the award,” Speer said. “I was very surprised to hear that it was me and everyone around me offered their congratulations.”

“Lance is ... a valuable asset to the Fort Worth District,” said Col. Charles H. Klinge, commander of the Fort Worth District. “His efforts contribute to the success at Fort Hood as well as across the entire Fort Worth construction branch.”

A 1994 Criminal Justice graduate of Tarleton State University, Speer enjoys supporting his children in activities such as gymnastics, T-ball, dance and swimming. During his remaining spare time, Speer enjoys golf, hunting and lake activities.

Speer is considered an expert in the contract modification process and the turnover of real property. This led to his selection to serve as the district’s subject matter expert and primary instructor for its Quality Management System course attended by contractors and government personnel.

“He shares his experiences with his fellow quality assurance representatives and provides mentorship and wisdom to less experienced personnel in his area office,” said project engineer, Andrew R. Bury.

“He translates his field experience into valuable lessons learned that have benefited the area office and the installation (Fort Hood) on subsequent projects.”

The Copperas Cove native has been in the Central Texas area his whole life so working at Fort Hood keeps him close to home. Speer currently serves the district as the quality assurance representative and Fort Worth District construction quality management instructor for Fort Hood and San Antonio.

“It was very gratifying that someone thought this much of me to nominate me for the award,” Speer said.

Speer was among 16 other annual award recipients as well as a host of length-of-service and special recognition awardees recognized June 13 during the district’s 2013 annual awards ceremony.

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