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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent, Costa Dillon, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award of the Department of the Interior. The presentation was made by National Park Service Deputy Director Mickey Fearn.
Mr. Dillon received the award in recognition of a career of outstanding accomplishments in support of the National Park Service Mission and in the training and development of the employees of the National Park Service.
Mr. Dillon was recognized for his leadership and contributions to visitor services by developing park education programs and publications in national parks throughout the country. He was also recognized for his career contributions to the training of National Park Service employees and achievements as Superintendent of the Albright Training Center. Mr. Dillon was specifically recognized for managing the renovation of the training center and in developing the NPS Fundamentals program, the training program for all new National Park Service employees.
The Meritorious Service Award is presented by the Department of the Interior to employees who "have made exceptional, continuing contributions to accomplishment of the National Park Service Mission."
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 394 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year.