The Refuges have a new Deputy Manager, John Stark.
He started working in the federal government in 1999 in the U.S. Army as a 63B20 “Light-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic” and operated an M936A2 5-ton recovery vehicle. He was stationed in Europe for most of his time on active duty, including a 202-day deployment with NATO into Kosovo (2000), and a 455-day deployment as Section Sergeant into Iraq (2003-2004). He was also briefly a Section Sergeant at MacDill Air Force base in Tampa.
His work with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service started at Alligator River NWR (2009), Subsequently, he worked at White River NWR in Arkansas, and most recently at St. Vincent NWR where he has been Deputy Refuge Manager since 2015. At St. Vincent, he worked with endangered red wolves and Asian elk, as well, he says, as with awesome Friends and other refuge supporters.
We are happy to have you here. Welcome aboard, John.