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Lt. Tyler Williams

Cradle Roll

Brynnleigh Leann Rose Austin

Sydney Nicole Overton and Marshall Clay Austin, Hopkinsville, announce the birth of a daughter, Brynnleigh Leann Rose Austin, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.

She weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces.

Siblings are Passion Austin, 7, Kingston Austin, 3 and Serenity Austin, 1.

Grandparents are Jaci Nelson, Oak Grove, Kevin Overton, Hopkinsville, Tonya Hester, Pembroke, and Gary Allen, Hopkinsville.

Great-grandparents are James Nelson, Crofton, Patty and Ronnie Overton, Hopkinsville.

Military News

Navy's Military Engineer of the Year

NORFOLK, Va. -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic selected Princeton, Kentucky, native Lt. Tyler Williams, the 2020 Military Engineer of the Year award, Oct. 21.

Williams is the assistant public works officer at Public Works Department Crane, Indiana.

Williams, whose parents, Fred and Julie Williams reside in Princeton, Kentucky, spearheaded a unique and critical $85 million research, development, test and evaluation project serving a critical Department of Defense program with a compressed military construction timeline. He was selected as the project field lead to coordinate and lead local engineers, technicians and planners to keep early development critical path items on track including environmental regulations, geotechnical engineering, and local and state laws.

Williams managed a cradle to grave annual project list for Naval Surface Warfare Center Command, which included more than $30 million in planned and $6 million in unplanned projects. He provided 100% award or completion of all projects during fiscal year 2019. He was hand-selected to serve on an improvement team for engineering category III/IV projects, which were limited in design or no design scopes of work, and developing a course of action for these improvements.

While serving as the acting Utility & Energy Management Branch head, filling a critical gap for several months, Williams lead a team of technicians and craftsman to ensure water, wastewater, steam and electrical distribution were maintained to the highest levels. He developed a plan to bring 21 lift stations throughout the installation up to standards and ensured all power requirements matched, reducing the need for spare parts.

"Tyler is able to understand the strategic picture and use tactical efforts to bring about that vision," said PWD Crane Public Works Officer Cmdr. Joel McMillian. "He tackles challenges head-on and is a trusted officer, engineer and leader, able to make wise decisions in a timely manner. His efforts to ensure PWD Crane kept its commitments helped solidify trust from the supported commands."

Williams, who joined the Navy in 2012, said his being selected is a reflection of all the great people at PWD Crane and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic who he gets to work alongside every day.

"I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected for this award," said Williams, who is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. "I am privileged and grateful to be able to work with those who drive us in achieving excellence."


Grantham University

LENEXA, Kansas -- Brandon Ruck of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, graduated with an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Grantham University, a 100% online university.

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