Last week I proudly presented the Indian Health Service Engineer of the Year award to Cmdr. Alexander Dailey, P.E., assistant director of the Indian Health Service’s Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction program, during the United States Public Health Service Engineer Category Awards Ceremony at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland.
The award ceremony takes place annually during National Engineers Week to recognize the role of Public Health Service engineers who create safer, healthier and more productive environments in which to live and work.
Cmdr. Dailey transferred to IHS Headquarters a few months ago from the Portland Area, and his impact has already been noted. He is a part of a nationwide program delivering environmental engineering services and sanitation facilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
PHS engineers design, construct and provide technical assistance to local operators of water supply and waste disposal systems serving Native American homes and communities. They also manage a wide array of facility design, constructions, renovation, operation and maintenance activities in Indian country and at PHS research/laboratory and public health centers.
Rear Adm. Randall Gardner is the chief engineer of the United States Public Health Service and works for the Indian Health Service Headquarters Office of Environmental Health and Engineering.