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Randy Nelson Retires as GAC Base Manager

by Nate Hesse (RDD-01) |

Randy Nelson (GAC-87) is retiring at the end of Dec. 2011. Randy has been the Base Manager in Grangeville since 2003. He began his career with the USFS many moons ago on the Red River Ranger District of the Nez Perce National Forest. Becoming a smokejumper was always Randy’s dream and he pursued it until it became a reality when he rookied at Grangeville in 1987. Randy worked his way through the ranks over the years to accomplish many goals both within the program and in the larger fire organization. His accomplishments include Operations Section Chief on a Type II Team and Air Attack to name a few. Randy reached a milestone of 365 total jumps in his career. He will be remembered as doing great things for the program as well as his love of Husqvarna chainsaws and Ford trucks. If you would like to attend Randy’s retirement party, it will be held on Sat. Jan. 7th, 2012 at 5PM PST @ Oscars restaurant in Grangeville, ID. If you have any questions, contact 208-983-1964.